Do you think players lose there passion for the game?

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Thinking about there are few players who I know still probably like the game after there days, Maradona is one. But I've also read players like Batistuta hated watching football and turned it off whenever it was on TV, reason I'm bringing this up is cause of Lionel Messi, I think he's a great player, injured all season, 43 goals in 46 apps, but people says he's lost his passion, do you think it's possible that he has grown tired of the game?
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I think, with the scrutiny players are placed under at every level, it would be easy for high-profile footballers to resent it after a while.
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They do grow to resent it. Assou Ekotto I think it was, said once he's retired he'll never kick a ball again.
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They do grow to resent it. Assou Ekotto I think it was, said once he's retired he'll never kick a ball again.
I also remember Assou Okotto saying that he only plays for the money
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I also remember Assou Okotto saying that he only plays for the money
He did and fair play to him for admitting it.
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A fair few young players who won't make the cut for playing regular first team football (and usually end up retiring or playing in like the 10th division of English football) seem to get disillusioned with the game. I can see why though.
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Assou-Ekotto said he hates football and it's purely a job for him. Fair play. He wants to play basketball in the NBA.
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Assou-Ekotto said he hates football and it's purely a job for him. Fair play. He wants to play basketball in the NBA.
i'd give anything to be in ekotto shoes though lol
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The most famous example of this was Tomas Brolin.

He had been training as an accountant and playing semi-pro in Sweden when he left school and then they realised he was pretty amazing and he got fast tracked in to the Sweden squad for Italia 90 when he was only 18, when he scored a great goal against Brazil. For the next five years he was one of the best forwards in Europe. He was one of the biggest names in Serie A at the time with Parma and he was great for Sweden in Euro 92 and USA 94 where Sweden were pretty strong. In 1995 Leeds signed him. This was at the time Tony Yeboah was smashing goals in from everywhere and I was at school at the time, when we heard Leeds had signed Brolin we were all like, **** Brolin playing behind Yeboah that is a scary forward line.

Brolin now always comes up in those "worst Premier League import of all time" discussions. He was absolutely garbage at Leeds, he became fat, and was totally disinterested. I think the problem was Howard Wilkinson shuffled the team around and played Brolin as a wide midfielder and had him tracking back and he just didn't like that kind of running up and down the touchline role, he was a creative attacking midfielder/forward. So he just lost interest in the game and moped about. I seem to remember him going to Palace briefly (think it was when they got Atilio Lombardo as manager who didn't speak English so they signed Brolin as his mate who could translate for him as he spoke Italian and English fluently), but he was garbage there too and he quit the game.

Then went off running his own business ventures doing various things, think he briefly had a go at professional poker too. I think Brolin was basically an intelligent guy that wasn't all about football but just found he had a massive talent so went along with it, but then when the game stopped being fun he cba with it.
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(Original post by Zeroic)
Thinking about there are few players who I know still probably like the game after there days, Maradona is one. But I've also read players like Batistuta hated watching football and turned it off whenever it was on TV, reason I'm bringing this up is cause of Lionel Messi, I think he's a great player, injured all season, 43 goals in 46 apps, but people says he's lost his passion, do you think it's possible that he has grown tired of the game?
Injured all season? He has the same no. of games as ronaldo this season.
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Injured all season? He has the same no. of games as ronaldo this season.
struggling with injuries
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struggling with injuries
So is ronaldo... Thats why messi has more la liga games
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I think Adriano said he lost his interest in the game.
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So is ronaldo... Thats why messi has more la liga games
but ronaldo and messi have same amount of appareance and messi was sub on twice.
im not comparing the two in this thread, i'm saying about how some people are saying messi has lost interest and motivation for football now.
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