The World Cup is the pinnacle of a player’s career – also the pinnacle of the game’s corruption. Yet, none of us actually really give a monkeys, as long as we get to have the boys over, and drown ourselves in copious matches between the likes of Algeria versus South Korea, who really cares? It’s football at the end of the day, and if that means watching, Kwon Chang-hoon score a brace in a group stage game, then spot on, it makes the summer that much sweeter.
Whilst we sit there working our way through a 20 pack of Fosters which Dave’s mum has bought us as a ‘little something’, we’re celebrating our heroes lucky enough to be on the field. There in the moment, vuvuzelas or not, an atmosphere filled with colour and culture… beats Dave’s living room. Some of the lucky lot playing on the green have described the feeling as better than the birth of their child; lets hope the wives didn’t hear that.
Hiding from the missus?
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Anyway, there’s an anomaly amongst the pack; the man that is, Luis Monti, who played in two finals, for two different countries. Snake or renegade? We’re plumping for the latter. You’ve got those that snub their nation for one reason or another, but then there’s, Monti, who could play for his country of birth and for another nation through oriundo – don’t worry, we had to look it up as well – the immigrant of a native ancestor.
In far more stylish fashion than Diego Costa reppin’ two nations, Monti played for Argentina during the 1930 World Cup; yep, he played in *that final*, the first World Cup – where the hosts turned over the Argentinians 4-2. That’s not enough, though, for Monti; the man called doble ancho (double wide) as he made N’Golo Kante look like Dimitar Berbatov with regard to his pitch coverage.
This hunger and appetite led him to another World Cup Final, but with the Italians; the famous, Gli Azzurri. This time, Monti was victorious; spaghetti flying, and pizza doing the rounds – now we are stereotyping – the Argentine turned Italian was a cult hero. Plus, helps when you make 225 appearances for Juventus and deliver four Serie A titles.
Well played, Luis; you truly are in the first class renegade category 👏.
The players who snubbed their country of birth