Our Pick of Player Interviews
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With Raheem Sterling’s controversial BBC interview earlier this week, we’ve taken a look back at some of the best, and worst, player interviews in recent history.
Sterling wanted to get his point across, claiming he is not a “money-grabbing 20-year old” after turning down Liverpool’s latest contract offer of £100,000 a week.
There has been a backlash from the Liverpool fans and management, who believe a player, should not be doing these interviews, especially at such a pivotal point of the season. Liverpool are vying for 4th in the Premier League, which would secure Champions League football, and also have a chance of lifting the FA Cup.
Is he wrong to want to move clubs where he can make more money and achieve more on-field success? Would you change job or profession if you were offered a lucrative deal with a rival company?
You can watch the full interview (27.01 mins) on the BBC website here.
Away from Sterling, let’s take a look at some other big interviews from football players:
In a BBC interview in 2011, Cantona was quoted as saying his best moment was when he kung-fu kicked Crystal Palace fan Matthew Simmons in January 1995.
In the interview Cantona is seen laughing and joking about the incident with quotes such as “My best moment? I have a lot of good moments but the one I prefer is when I kicked the hooligan.”
The offence caused Cantona to have to do 150 hours community service, after managing to get his two week jail sentence reduced. The Manchester United player was also banned from English football for 8 months.
You can watch the video of the kick here: https://youtu.be/wo2aUfwPQvs
Or the video of the BBC interview here: https://youtu.be/zmcBRIZG87o
This interview is a much more light-hearted affair from 2009, where Cristiano Ronaldo was interviewed by … himself. Work that one out.
Ronaldo mocks himself and journalists asking questions such as ‘Is Lionel Messi better than you?’ in an interview for Sky Sports. At the time the Portuguese forward was playing for Manchester United, and went on record saying he would ‘stay here’ and not move to Real Madrid.
You can watch the short interview here: https://youtu.be/U0BcmEtxF7E
Our final player interview is by then-Tottenham Hotspur defender Assou-Ekotto. Most young fans look up to their football idols, wishing they had the chance to replicate their careers. They want to play football, win medals and have the fans singing their name.
Assou-Ekotto is brutally honest, saying football is just his job and not his passion. Away from the training ground or match he does not play football, and prefers to be more like a tourist in London.
The defender is also honest about money. With Sterling saying this week that the contract is not about wage-demands, it’s a million miles from Assou-Ekotto’s opinion. In the interview he says: “I don’t understand why everybody lies…The first thing that you speak about is the money.”
The interview is refreshing, it’s not often you hear a footballer talking in the way Assou-Ekotto does in this interview.
You can read more about the interview here: http://www.theguardian.com/football/2010/may/01/benoit-assou-ekotto-tottenham-hotspur