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Five football players who don't really like football

Many of us would like to be like them, with a bank account over six-figures and being acclaimed by thousands of fans, but there are many football players who find their work as a day of their life.


Author photo Daniel M. Venzalá @danielmv,

Who has never dreamed of being a football player? Luxury cars, a bank account over six-figures, being the centre of attention pretty much 24-7... It would be the perfect script for any of us. But there are many players who don't feel that way, and they see their profession as a work, not as a privilege.

The following five players are the ones who don't really like football:

Mario Balotelli

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The striker who plays for the Nice is known for his little enthusiasm in celebrating goals. Something that he explained it this way: “When I score, I don't celebrate my goals because I'm only doing my job. When a postman delivers letters, does he celebrate?”.

Christian Vieri

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The italian former striker was a football icon during the 90s, but he recognised kicking a ball was never his strong point. He once said: “To be honest I wasn’t very good at football. I loved cricket and when I started making some big scores for my boys team, I dreamed of becoming the next Allan Border” (cricketer).

Gabriel Batistuta

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Another football legend as Batistuta recognised in an interview that scoring goals with Argentina and Fiorentina was not something that pleased him: “I don't like football, it's only my job”.

Carlos Vela

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The Real Sociedad player is currently one of the best strikers in Mexico, and a great fan of films... "Between a good film and a good match, I prefer the film”, he said.

David Batty

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The english former defender from the 90s doesn't understand how there are so many people able to pay for seeing a handful of players (like him) kicking a ball. "The national game is boring. And I've not been to watch any match since I finished playing. I can never understand anybody paying to watch it”.

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