O raritate în Guardian-ul de sâmbăta trecută: un interviu cu Ryan Giggs, omul pe care eu, unul, îl admir cel mai mult din fotbalul englez, pentru discreţia şi cumsecădenia sa.

O să fiţi surprinşi să aflaţi că Giggs e mulatru, tatăl sau fiind un fost jucător de rugby de culoare.

Mi-a plăcut în special fragmentul ăsta, în care Giggs condamnă felul în care cultul celebrităţii suceşte minţile fotbaliştilor:

The greatest change in his footballing life, he says, is the attitude to privacy and celebrity. Everything is up for grabs today, nothing is sacred. There are countless stings, girls selling stories, and even some of the players themselves seem to measure their renown as much by front-page exploits as back-page achievements.

“I don’t think that’s just football. Celebrity culture, it’s everywhere, isn’t it? It’s reality TV, Big Brother. I didn’t become a footballer to be famous, I became a footballer to be successful. I didn’t want to be famous. Now people want to be famous. Why? Why would you want people following you about all day? I couldn’t think of anything worse.”

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