Of Footballer DreamsBy: The Offside | August 18th, 2010
Some footballers dream in money, others in trophy and even more like Brooks from Dirty Tackle. One thing, however, is universally true: those dreams change. By the year, by the month and by the day.
And always the juiciest when that change is contradictory.
La Liga Loca has unearthed a quote muttered last fall from Real Madrid’s latest footballing phenom, Mesut Özil. At the time, he was being linked to another Spanish giant and the other half of El Clasico, Barcelona.
Özil has told AS that he can now say with some satisfaction that “a dream of mine has come true”, although the blog did have to pinch itself and recheck Tuesday’s news, considering Özil told ‘Bild’ last October that it was a “dream of mine” to join Barcelona as “I’ve been a fan of Barcelona, ever since I was a little boy.”
It’s an epidemic, and it’s not just Umlauts. Antonio Candreva, another gifted young playmaker, proclaimed his ‘dream’ to play for Roma, then joined their rivals Juventus two weeks later and dubbed it a ‘dream come true’.
Dreams are cheap unless they’re directed by Christopher Nolan, and so is the sentiment.
Someone, somewhere needs to hold a class for young footballers: never dream, just do, and if one slips in there, don’t tell anyone about it.