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Footballers have forgotten the value of loyalty

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Suarez wants to leave Liverpool. (©GettyImages)
Suarez wants to leave Liverpool. (©GettyImages).

Players have forgotten about loyalty to their employers.

All they care about is the glory, the fame, the money - especially the money. Gone are the days when footballers played football out of love for their teams. Nowadays, it is how much they can earn to determine how well they will play. Most often than not, players with big salaries and massive price tags fail and fail woefully. 

While some lack a sense of loyalty because of money, others cite ambition as the reason. Whatever it is, it reveals the ugly and greedy side of players who have no gratitude or regard for the clubs they often owe their careers to.

Radamel Falcao snubbed Champions League-eligible suitors to play for Monaco. He will earn a reported £10 million per annum. Edinson Cavani moved to a less attractive league because he felt Napoli were not big enough for him. 

Too bad if he thinks PSG are a bigger club just because they throw money around. Now Napoli are stronger and better without him.

Luis Suarez decided that the best way to say thank you to Liverpool for standing by him all through his on-field and off-field controversies was to demand a transfer. Now Liverpool are embroiled in an unnecessary battle to reach a solution regarding their star striker. 

Robin van Persie did it to Arsenal last summer, Mario Gotze did it to Borussia Dortmund, Robert Lewandoski tried to force a move to Bayern, Luka Modric did it to Tottenham last year and Gareth Bale is set to abandon Spurs this time around.

These players cannot be faulted for being ambitious. 

All players want honours and this is understandable. However, they cannot and most likely will not attain the same legendary status reached by true football greats.

Frank Lampard, Steven Gerrard, John Terry, Andrea Pirlo and Gianluigi Buffon are among contemporary footballers who will be adored by the fans of their clubs because they stuck it out through thick and thin. 

Marek Hamsik of Napoli is another player making his way towards icon status in the Neapolitan club.

These sorts of players are the real greats in football, not the travelling show men in footballing disguise. They get the applause, then move on and are quickly forgotten. 

The other breed, they receive the applause, the boos and the adoration - all in one long career - and they are remembered forever, even if they do move on to end their careers elsewhere.

Kudos to them, for they understand the beauty of the beautiful game.


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