AS Roma legend Francesco Totti has joined the world’s greatest debate and tossed in his two cents.
The Italian, who retired from football after a remarkable 25-year career with the aforementioned outfit, spoke during the International Sports Conference in Dubai, lending his opinion on the changes in football.
“Football has changed profoundly between my time and now,” he said, via Mundo Deportivo. “I prefer the romantic football of before, now everything is a matter of business.
“There are players like [Cristiano] Ronaldo and Neymar, but Neymar is an example of this exaggerated price, it is too much to pay 220 million euros for a player. This goes beyond reality.”
Totti also said who he thinks is better when it comes to Ronaldo and arch-rival Lionel Messi. The Portuguese star was named the Best FIFA Men’s Player for 2017, also winning the Ballon d’Or this year. But the former midfielder picked Messi as the best player in the world, adding a snide remark as well.
“Messi is number one,” he said. “But do not tell Cristiano!”
?It’s hard to find anyone without a social media profile in today’s world, let alone a professional footballer – one who plays for the biggest teams in the world at that.
But as it so happens, Barcelona midfielder Sergio Busquets is that guy.
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“If it was up to me, I’d get rid of Twitter to stop the fake profiles and people saying and doing what they want,” he said El Larguero on Cadena Ser some time ago.
So not only is he uninterested in such platforms, he seems to actually detest them.
Can a guy be more old-school than that without actually being old?
?Neymar and Gerard Pique have opened up about their earliest memories of watching the World Cup in their native Brazil and Spain.
In a wide-ranging interview, the former Barcelona teammates sat down with the ?Players’ Tribune to hold a lengthy personal chat on a number of topics ranging from Neymar’s time with current side Paris Saint-Germain and their hopes for the 2018 World Cup in Russia next summer.
Pique, who spent much of the talk interviewing Neymar, asked his former teammate about what he remembers from the first encounter he had with the prestigious international tournament and also offered up his own memories of watching games on TV.
The centre-back said: “I … damn … ’94 … (Mauro) Tassotti elbowing Luis Enrique — our buddy Enrique — in the ’94 World Cup in the United States in the quarterfinals, and Spain getting eliminated 2–1 against Italy, and I remember Luis Enrique’s shirt, which was the white national team shirt, all wet in blood.
“That’s my first memory. I remember being at home with all my family in Blanes on the Costa Brava — that was a summer house we had there — and it made a huge impact. It was the first image I remember from a World Cup.”
Neymar replied: “Yeah, mine is from the ’94, too. But of Brazil.
“Although, I was two years old, I think my first memory was on the TV, watching on TV and Romário scoring the goals, one goal that … that Romário scored against Holland I remember, that Bebeto crosses, and he takes first time, you know, and it’s a ‘golazo.’
“That’s the first one. And the second is from 2002. I watched the whole tournament and remember everything… including Ronaldo.”
?Aleix Vidal is set to leave the riches of Barcelona in January, with former club Sevilla a likely destination.
Vidal joined the Blaugrana in 2015 from Sevilla, despite not being eligible to play until the January of that season due to a transfer ban placed on the club.
The defender has found minutes difficult to come by ever since his transfer, starting in just three La Liga matches this season and fourteen overall.
At the end of helping Sevilla win their second successive Europa League trophy, Vidal earned a call-up to the Spanish national team and debuted against Costa Rica.
Not in Ernesto Valverde’s first-team picture, local source ?ABC de Sevilla report los Nervionenses are favourites to being the 28-year-old back for a fee of approximately 10m euros.
Moreover, it is also claimed fellow domestic sides Atletico de Madrid and Valencia have expressed interest in the defender in an effort to improve upon their fine domestic campaigns.
Despite featuring for an inconsiderable amount of time, Vidal managed to score Barcelona’s third in El Clasico, putting the Catalans fourteen points above Real Madrid, and nine clear of los Colchoneros.
Barcelona will look to continue their long undefeated streak as they play Celta de Vigo in the Copa del Rey round of sixteen, while hosting Levante inbetween both legs.
?Mesut Ozil’s contract is set expire within the summer, leaving many Arsenal fans worried as he is yet to sign a contract extension. However, it appears that the German midfielder may be making a move away from North London.
Caught Offside have reported that Barcelona are set to join the race along with Manchester United to sign the creative midfielder. However, sources close to the Arsenal manager have said that he would prefer to sell to the Spanish club over the Red Devils.
This is due to the fact that Arsenal will not have to play against the German midfielder on a consistent basis if he were to join the Catalan giants, only playing against the North London team if they met in the Champions League – which Arsenal currently do not feature in.
In addition to this, it prevents Jose Mourinho from having the player as the ongoing feud between the French and Portuguese managers continue.
If Ozil were to leave North London, Arsenal would prefer for the creative maestro to depart the club during the January transfer window – therefore, they can receive a suitable fee for the player or else he would leave for free during the summer.
Despite Arsenal sitting in 6th position, Mesut Ozil has had a stella season. The German midfielder has contributed towards a goal every 142 minutes and his recent strike against Newcastle is definitely worth a mention.
Arsenal’s next fixture will take place against Crystal Palace and with Mesut Ozil’s future at the club very much in the air, this may be one of the German’s last games in his four-year stay at the club.