Roberto Soldier (Valencia, 5/27/1985) shows his most sincere side in an interview with the British newspaper The Guardian, in which he reviews his career, especially his stint at Real Madrid. The current striker from Granada, very critical of himself, admits that his attitude was not the best in the galactic stage and that possibly the fame rose too much to his head.
“I weigh seven pounds less than in Madrid. I see pictures of myself and feel ashamed. I was a child. There were players like Figo, Zidane, Raúl, who were super professional. But I looked at the others … I followed what I shouldn't have followed"admits the battering ram with the prospect of personal maturity.
"Everyone should take responsibility for their actions, know what is appropriate and what is not, where the limits are. He left thinking he was bigger than Beckham. I was not mentally prepared; My head was not ready. It's difficult. I wish I had the opportunity to play for this 100% Madrid. I look back and think, "What a child he was." Someone should have grabbed me, slapped me and said, "What are you doing?"he keeps remembering his internship at the white club until the situation became untenable and something changed.
"He was a kid, I thought he was bigger than Beckham"
"I wasn't taking care of myself, I ate a lot. I look at the pictures and think: how was I going to play with galactic like this? If I had taken better care of myself, I would have matured, maybe had more opportunities. This idea haunts me. […] At 17 or 18, at 1 am, someone said "why don't we have a drink?" … and I was the first one to get ready to leave. Madrid contacted my parents. My father took a two-year leave, came to Madrid and set the boundaries. So I moved in with a friend who is now here in Granada. It was more conscious. And that's when I met my wife, who solved everything, "he says."I knew I had gone too far, crossed the line. I met many people in Madrid for leaving. They could lead this life because they weren't professional soccer players, they didn't have to play for Madrid. In the end, you understand, "You go out, if you want, I have something else to do." Fortunately, my parents and my wife were there to get me on the right track. It was a good job, "he says.
* Data updated on December 13, 2019
Another tricky stage of his career was Tottenham's, which he arrived in 2013 after three good seasons in Valencia. "I don't regret going to Tottenham and was convinced that everything would be all right.. I thought that with my style, I would fit in well, but when I went … Well, it was just the opposite, "he admits."If there's one thing I won't be totally at peace with the day I retire, it's how I played in England"
Despite his years in England, he will always retain the memory of sharing costumes with one of the best strikers of recent years. "My son is very fond of football and if we are watching the Premier or England and Harry Kane brands I say "I played with that boy". "Yes?" He replies. I'm very happy for his success, especially for the person he is, "he says before joking:"I wish I had waited a while (to explode). I had to deal with the boom from Harry Kane. I pulled back a little, but understood perfectly, you could see from the beginning. I saw his level in training and it was amazing. I don't think there is a limit to what you can do. We haven't seen the best of Harry Kane yet. What if it's good enough to end up in Madrid? I would like to see there"verdict.