Looks at the barca squad
Brendan Rodgers made a comment a while back about young players at Celtic
Edit: Actual quote
Rodgers said: “You have to be careful with young players. I say to them here that it’s very easy to walk around with the Louis Vuitton soap bag.
“But when you walk out of here, don’t tell people you play for Celtic. No, you are training with Celtic. You are playing for Celtic when you are in the first team.
“Lots of young players these days look good, they smell nice, but they don’t put the work in. They don’t play. It’s about working to play for the first team.
I miss awkward Messi
That is Professor Messi for you.
They smell nice ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)
Spot on. 15 years ago you hadn't made it until you were 22 and had about 100 first team games.
Now you have twerps in reserve teams think they deserve play time and big contracts, despite not doing anything at professional level. Product of their environment and exponential growth of social media.
History TA Messi who grades on a curve and holds office hours in his carrel.
My favourite comment about that photo was someone said it looked like Messi was the chaperone driving the minivan for a group of typical Brazilian fashion victims. (Though it should be said that Rafinha looks pretty good on the right there.)
Ah, the Peruvian panflute player.
Depay's most iconic moment while at Manchester United.
Morale would be shite, no one would renew a contract but they might become a bit better tbh
Filipe Luis is actually a very aware guy (dispite of some horrible trackles... Messi sends his regards). I remember back in 2011 (?), when Santos played Barcelona at the Club World Cup final and the whole Brazilian press was like "Santos can win", "Barcelona is not unbeatable" and so on. And he gave a very sane interview, quite precisely predicting what would happen, even in details and with the interviewer getting somehow upset with him. I think he'll make a great coach if he wishes to follow that path.
EDIT: For those asking about the video and some context:
It starts with them talking about how Messi doesn't dive and Filipe says that he had faced Messi 6 times so far and jokingly saying that to cover him you must be ruthless (the hand gesture is universal).
Then he talks about how Messi is playing in a different way now (2011), between the midfield and defense line, camly walking, till he gets the ball, quickly turns into the goal direction and goes into beast mode. He then says that Santos should watch his games against Real Madrid (don't know which) and a game against Sevilla (a draw) and play in a park the bus way.
The interviewer (he would be a perfect fit for The Sun, that's all I have to say to describe him) acts like he's shocked and make some fuss about a player saying something like that, then tell him that Santos' coach is planning to go face to face and Filipe replies that if they go like that they'll lose 5-0 (the final result was 4-0) and how Xavi is, to him, the most important player on the team (Xavi had 1 goal and 1 assist in that game).
Also because so many youngsters are paid so much. Their clubs have to pay up or the youngsters will threaten to go somewhere else that will. But when you have teenagers routinely being paid as much in a week or two as the average adult earns in a year, you get a lot with terrible attitudes.
Messi looked like he had to go to the bank.
always wondered what happen if some elite manager went full boot camp with his squad. crewcuts, fatigues, bunkbeds and not a selfie in sight.
Messi looks like a college student who finally got to take his dream girl out for a nice dinner, but had to borrow his dad's pants.
Rafinha looks good, though.
He looks like one of those meek and timid accountants who work for a cartel/mafia that you'll find in films/series
Messi looks like his mum has picked some clothes for him to wear to an interview.
Whereas Neymar and Dani Alves look like someone walked into a shop and bought the most expensive shit with no care at all about how it would look.
I think these photos say a lot more about British media than it says about Depay.
I like Filipe Luis even more now.
He was probably just reminiscing about his game of twister with Kolo Toure
There's nothing wrong with a nice haircut.
there'd be a definite talent churn, but you'd attract a very specific type of player who would putting winning above all else.
football is a game of expression as anything else though and i can't imagine militarism fostering much creativity.
Add a 0 maybe
Actually TA Messi and TA Ronaldo are different types of TAs so you can't compare the two.
RM is actually not that bad. I just did a quick run down of "name + clubbing" and "name + town" to see which ones fulfill the stereotype. can't help but looking like a douchy fuckboi most of the time. Bale looks like a lumberjack half the time and someone who grabbed random pieces of clothing off their floor, but can make it work, the other half of the time. Ramos... I don't even know. Marcello is shockingly bland, considering how many of his fellow Brazilian athletes dress (tshirts and shorts in almost any picture you find when googling him). Then there's Isco... well shit. But then I found this absolute gem of him and Morata, so I guess he fits the stereotype sometimes but goes complete Messi sometimes. Kinda knew Benzema was already the stereotype before searching. Varane is in that weird space between dressing like a douche and just dressing like he's French, though he mostly is photographed in a suit coat, I did find his best forgotten corn row days. Navas is either almost never seen in public, or just never sticks out in a bad way. Modric seems the same way. Mostly only pictures of them with their families. Kroos is German, so very German over and over. Almost like he never leaves the house unless he's wearing lederhosen, which I can respect. Casemiro looks like a reformed fuckboi. Good on him (or maybe his wife). Asensio is, shockingly, a jeans and tshirt guy. I thought we'd be fine when it came to Vazquez, but he's punched his fuckboi card too. Nacho was, unsurprisingly, lacking any compromising photos.
Okay, that took far longer than I expected it to. It also turned out pretty much the way I had expected it to turn out.
Reminds me of this picture from the Barca squad : With Messi and Rafinha (far right) looking nice and while the other (imo) looked ridiculous
It's not about RM, or barca. It's about 80 percent of the players.
I doubt agents these days help much either.
Every player with an inch of talent has a money hungry agent at the side of him telling him he deserves 100x more.
Why do they wear those shit bags anyways, they're awful
A friend of mine plays in the Dutch 1st Division (Jupiler League) and played as an amateur for a while. While he gets to do the thing he loves the most, he knows this wasn't what he thought of, growing up. It's working your ass off and hoping that one day, maybe, he can make a transfer to a team going into the Eredivisie. He's 28 now and basically, it's doing what he can right now, but most of it is just setting up a network so he can continue working in football after his career.
These kids are hailed as a supertalent sometimes and get the names of Barcelona, Madrid, Manchester thrown around and thinking they're gonna do it. But then you get older, reality sets in and you just have to be grateful that you're able to play fucking football as a job.
Messi is Pallomari confirmed
A silver blazer, gold shoes and sunglasses indoors. What was Alves thinking?
Money can’t buy taste. Fucking ugly
LOL Everyone making fun of Messi but to me he looks like an adult. Especially with the others around him for comparison.
Best TA Messi
I mean when you're making 100-300k a week a £600 Gucci/LV bag is nothing
Barca is not that bad, i thought of RM honestly. Almost every player has the same douchey haircut with the beard and designer clothes, even the young players. Barca youngins are much more reserved imo. Look at Sergi or Denis.
Better attitude is why Mboopi will win the balloon door.
Yeah I’m not clear on how a story about Depay buying milk is supposed to reflect poorly on him? Was there a milk shortage in England that caused prices to skyrocket? Is milk a symbolic drink of the royal family? I have so many questions.
I honestly think it's ugly AF, and each piece of cloth probably cost like €500.
to be fair, i've heard him described as the biggest talent in the "golden generation" of Belgians before, he's incredibly highly rated.
You could've said 'that Pogba kid' a few years ago and look how that turned out
Rafinha looks like Alberto Del Rio's long-lost son here.
These are really reasonable quotes.
Funny enough it's two that are dressed the nicest.
No, you are training with Celtic. You are playing for Celtic when you are in the first team.
Rodgers clearly understands the role perception plays, especially for/with younger players.
Plus, it's a self-fulfilling mantra, as...by the time the lad is in the First Team...the club's entire fanbase will then know of him. And thus...they will be the ones to openly declare "Johnny Player plays for Celtic. He's one of ours."
Excellent, simple, strategy.
Curious though...is this International emphasis on Entitlement...a direct result of certain International teams failing to qualify for the WC...or was there another event that stirred the initial remarks from Luis?
TA Ronaldo is amazing and you have the feeling he studies books from dusk till dawn, staying way past office hours to practice studying and keep improving. On the other hand, TA Messi knows just as much if not more than TA Ronaldo but you don't necessarily feel like he's ever read a book at all, it all seems to come natural to him.
TA Messi> TA Ronaldo
Just loses out to Neymar for me. It's easier to forgive Alves' unfortunate color scheme than the leathery hell Neymar wears. Maybe it's the skinny-baggy pants that make the jacket seem comically huge, but either way. And he's like 20 % shoes.
Seamie Coleman said something to this effect last year. Think it was along the lines of Louie Vuitton toiletries bags are whats wrong with modern football.
It all sounds a bit "yer da" but at the same time its far cry from scrubbing the clay of the senior players boots.
"Nutmegging someone is the savoury, the goal is dessert. Nutmegging the main course, the goal the treat. Jokes on them though because I actually love nutmegging people"
Will i am dresses like a nob and people love him. Maybe if I dress like a nob, people will love me too.
That Musonda kid. I swear I only heard about him for the first time last season. He scores a goal in the league cup and now he thinks he's done enough and wasn't treated fairly. Insane.
Yeah Dani looks like he was going through a midlife crisis
Loooks like he’s getting ready to cast for a Western
Indeed. He also loves DBZ. A true kindred spirit.
Yeah Rafinha looks great. Alves by far the worst
Brazilians are the Persians of South America.
It helps when you don't have to compensate for not being the best player in the world.
i would sell everyone in this picture $30 a g except messi
In a mixed changing room, my guess is you only need a bag to carry personal wash items, medicine etc. Everything else is taken care of.
He looks like Mark Corrigan.
30€ pair of jeans
look at mr moneybags over here
Yes that’s true but isn’t that kind of the agents job? To get their client the best deal possible?
you'd attract a very specific type of player who would putting winning above all else.
Tackles :D Not my first language + posting via the phone: a disaster waiting to happen.
Easy to say but these contracts set up their families for generations. Personally I wouldn't care what role I played. I'd take the max money possible and not worry about whether Felipe Luis thinks I'm respectable
do you really believe that interest in fashion and getting new hairstyles makes players worse? tell me why pogba is a world class player, and why ronaldo is an icon off the field who changes his hair quite often in his career. grizemann changes his hair a lot too, would he be better if he had a buzzcut? stop talking bullshite, this thread is full of bitter people who get upset about locker room selfies and think they know what they're talking about. taking complete bullshite
You don't buy taste. Go to H&M and get a 30€ pair of jeans and 10€ shirt and you'll look better.
Dembele has a bad attitude
I find I have to completely ignore everything off the pitch to justify following football. The money, the players, the organisations and the execs.. It's usually distasteful and often downright grotesque, and collides with everything I value in life (such as equality, social justice and a even just a sense of perspective).
football is a game of expression as anything else though and i can't imagine militarism fostering much creativity.
You're probably wrong.
There's a documentary called Red Army that provides some insights into that question. Great film, ostensibly about ice hockey, but that I would highly recommend to those who, like me, know little to nothing about it.
I preffer Robben, giving us the same answer to every question
Messi could play the lead in the Ozarks
Serious question but might this be because a lot of the players (South Americans in particular, where there's a wealth gap not just between the top players but the countries too) come from a rough background and don't know what to do with their newfound wealth?
Similar to American rappers
even better because my man filipe luis
Yeah, he looks like an 8 year old who got into his mother's closet.
Yeah but why those bags
I guess they're being paid to wear them
Whats wrong with short sleeves and gloves? Ive never understood this. I get very cold hands and feet but everywhere else is fine.
Yeah, Alex Hunter wins Scunthorpe Utd a trophy and he thinks he's a Galactico now.
Or a dirty Aldi plastic grocery bag.
Its hilarious really. You also notice that all of these images and news reports came out in shit rags such as Sun, Mirror, sportsjoe etc.
Yeah but these players are actually stars and respected? What felipe luis is talking about is different, there are a lot of not that good players who dress like this and have the ego of CR
Yeah but its the player's job to keep their head screwed on. If their agent is going "you're so talented, you're easily worth ten times as much!!" it's your job to go remind yourself "hang on, I'm just a youth team player, calm down"
Leave my brand new Alex Hunter out of this ok !
Should invest in bitcoin
Gotta love messi's outfit
Back when he looked innocent
Yep, he seems like a really nice guy. Sometimes I go to atletis training ground and whenever I've gone there he arrives by taxi. Not in some ridicilously expensive car like Griezmann or Carrasco. Most of the atleti players seem really humble thankfully though.
And then they're all broke 10 years after retirement.
Pallomari was the best character in the third season imo
he was so funny
Forgot this one -
I felt the image description was important.
Where were you throughout the Transfer window?
There's not much that can save a double-breasted, red leather suit jacket
Nah number 4 is very stylish, and not insanely over the top like the others.
have you noticed how every single premier league manager seems to wear those big bulky hublot/audemars pigeut watches?
that’s their marketing tactic; those close zooms of the manager on the touchline etc is exposure and worth handing those 50k watches out for free
He already is. They're called New Balance.
4th and 5th (left) pics aren't too bad
Messi looks like the fun dad who’s going to drop off his children at the club