Francesco Totti has questioned Higuian and Pjanic’s loyalty, claiming their transfers to Juventus a ‘disaster’.
The one club A.S Roma captain is classed in a rare breed of players these days. Since his debut in 1993, Totti has witnessed the rapid transformation football has taken.
Long gone are the days when football used to be about winning trophies. Football teams have become a business tool for owners/business investors to make mega dollars. Somewhere along the way, players have gotten lost in the money trap forgetting why they began playing in the first place.
Speaking to Gazzetta World, Totti described the Miralem Pjanic and Gonzalo Higuian transfers as a disaster.
“Look at what’s happened now with Gonzalo Higuain leaving Napoli for Juventus.”
“It’s a disaster.”
“THEY’RE LIKE GYPSIES”
A.S Roma star Pjanic and Napoli striker Higuain signed to Juventus for a combined price of €107 million.
“Maybe this is the difference between me and everyone else. There aren’t many athletes who follow their hearts. They choose go somewhere to win more and earn more money. “They’re like gypsies,” said Totti.
Pjanic has received a fair amount of criticism from the Roma faithful and players. Dutch midfielder Kevin Strootman however said he would never switch allegiances like Pjanic. Last seasons golden boot winner Higuain received criticism from Napoli legend Diego Maradona and even an Italian priest.
“The sport has changed a lot. Now the focus is more on money. Players change teams more often, to make maybe more money. It’s more business than passion,” said Totti.