Sometimes people make mistakes and live wishing they had done things differently. This happens in every aspect of life and football is no exception. This is the story of an ex-Arsenal midfielder who moved from being hailed as the next Zidane to a UEFA ban and a lesson to learn from his mistake.
In June 2008, Arsenal's greatest ever manager who was known for his nurturing of young talented players signed an unknown French midfielder from Olympique Marseille. This midfielder's name is Samir Nasri.
His arrival at the Emirates Stadium revealed his huge talent and he became known for his incredible dribbling, close ball control, passing, vision, creativity and clinical finishing. Being that he has the same cultural background as France legend Zinedine Zidane, Samir Nasri was nicknamed "The next Zidane".
After playing under Arsene Wenger at Arsenal for three years and becoming a household name, whilst winning individual awards like the PFA player of the month award and French player of the year, Samir Nasri rejected all contract extension offers and forced a move to Manchester City in August 2011.
Samir Nasri won the Premier League title with Manchester City in his first season at the club and also played a key role in the club's second title triumph in 2014. Then he fell out of favour and his career took a negative turn when he was convicted of taking drugs and was subsequently issued a six-month ban from football which was later extended to 18 months by UEFA.
While still 23 years old, Samir Nasri was accused of having a poor attitude but his response during an interview was surprising. He said, "Just because I'm young, I don't have to shut my mouth and say amen to everything".
During Euro 2012, Samir Nasri was among other players who were probed for falling out with the media after a game against England in which Samir Nasri told a journalist "Shut your mouth" live on television.
Even former teammates Emmanuel Frimpong and William Gallas didn't have good things to say about Samir Nasri's attitude with Frimpong saying "Nasri was an idiot".
These aren't good things to be associated with a young and talented player who was being heralded as the next Zidane. Nasri allowed his bad attitude to rob him off achieving greater things that his incredible talent suggested.
This teaches us that talent can get someone far, but attitude and commitment to a profession will make one go farther. And it is what has made Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo remain at the peak of football for so many years.
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