“I didn’t mind being a bench warmer at the Camp Nou for the money I earned”, the phrase of a former Barcelona player about his arrival at the club
Alex Song signed with FC Barcelona in 2012 and stayed with the team until 2016. Song came from Arsenal FC and the African player was expected to shine in a team led by Messi, Xavi, Iniesta and Puyol.
Despite his sporting expectations, Song revealed in an interview with Pascal Siakam that what motivated him was money beyond any title he could win with the Blaugrana team.
“When Barcelona offered me a contract and I saw how much I would earn, I didn’t think twice. I felt that my wife and children should have a comfortable life once I finish my degree. I met the sports director and he told me that I would not play many games, but I did not care, I knew that now I would become a millionaire. I didn’t give a shit about being a bench warmer at the Camp Nou for the money I made,” he said.
Song has played for nine teams during his career as a professional footballer where he has stood out for teams such as FC Barcelona, Arsenal, West Ham and Russia’s Rubin Kazan. The 34-year-old footballer has a contract until 2022 with Astra Solar from Djibouti, Africa.
Another of the things that the former Barcelona spoke about was the expenses in eccentricities that he made at the beginning of his career and later regretted.
“Most footballers live beyond their means. I was at Arsenal for eight years, but only started making a living in the last four, when I realized what a waste it was.
“I was going to practice and I saw Thierry Henry show up with a real gem of a car. I told myself that I wanted the same car at all costs. I went to the dealer and bought the same one. But I swear I had to pay it back after two months, all my money was going on gas.”
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