CAPE TOWN, South Africa – Soccer’s superstar players never materialized here at the World Cup. The game’s best – Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo, Kaka, Wayne Rooney, etc. – often failed to lift their play and, in turn, their teams, to a level this grand stage demands.
The conventional wisdom on why: They were too selfish, unable to adapt to the team concept of a national squad.
Then there’s Diego Maradona’s take: Unlike the past, the stars weren’t selfish enough.
“Today the players are more collective, more team players,” the Argentina coach said after his own star-studded team was bounced from the World Cup. “They want to do everything with their teammates. It is a different type of game right now.”
This goes against so much of what we’ve come to believe, and expect, in sports. The reason that Uruguay and the Netherlands square off here Tuesday in a semifinal is because they embraced selfless, team-oriented play.
Such a mentality is celebrated.
What Maradona is suggesting is that this line of thinking has become so widespread it’s actually killed the star player, who no longer acts like a star player. Rather than demanding his place in the natural pecking order of pure talent and past performance, they sink back into the pack.
( more retarded journalism here. someone needs to keep these guys in check tooCollapse )
i dunno, some things this guy said are somewhat valid, but who the fuck is he to fuel the media hit parade on maradona, as if he's not going to get in enough in his own country. i just don't know where this guy gets off from watching 5 weeks of football, that he can start expertly commentating on one of football's greatest players, who changed the game. we all know maradona's crazy, but that's why we love him (or not). yes, for many argentina's exit proved that maybe diego really is mad, but honestly Germany were just that good, and yes maybe maradona wasn't prepared. but then again, by any means, diego maradona was someone who the whole world looked to and he delievered. no one can take that away from him. i just think this writer got it all wrong, and even though i'm hardly the biggest fan of maradona, as a lover of football, i find myself offended. We all know maradona's flaws and we know there will be lots of people ready to rub this in his face, i just think this american writer has no business in it.