Thursday, 15 September 2016

Cultura de humildade, fala FC Barcelona

When Zlatan Ibrahimović arrived at Barcelona in 2009, he carried expectations as great as his ego. Though his sense of finesse seemed to make him a good fit, his swagger quickly jarred with a culture of discreetness and understated professionalism: he was told to ditch private jets, and, after Guardiola had ordered him to park his beloved Porches and Ferraris, he pulled up to training in a club-sponsored Audi. (An unlikely vehicle for a man who would try to establish his own name as a verb, and refer to himself as Jesus and God.) His struggle to conform was compounded by a lack of playing time, and led to a communication breakdown between him and Guardiola. Like a seventies rock star stuck in a monastery, he felt inhibited and extrinsic. “None of the lads acted like superstars, which was strange,” he wrote in his autobiography. “Messi, Xavi, Iniesta, the whole gang—they were like schoolboys. The best footballers in the world stood there with their heads bowed, and I didn’t understand any of it.” -- '20-Minute Reads'


El día que Pep Guardiola le entregó la Nike Cup
a un niño de 16 años … Andrés Iniesta

Usually jealously exists among players, egos getting in the way of each other, but it’s the complete opposite there (FC Barcelona).” -- Diego Simeone

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