Former Manchester City defender Micah Richards explains why he doesn’t like many footballers and their constant need for the best car and house
Sept. 17, 2019
Former Manchester City defender Micah Richards has admitted he doesn’t like many footballers, revealing many of them get themselves into financial trouble by flaunting their wealth.
The 31-year-old, who was at Aston Villa when a knee injury forced him to retire from playing in July, is now back working at the Etihad Stadium in an ad hoc off-the-field role.
And speaking to the Athletic the former defender explained why he has little time for many plying their trade in the professional game.
“Do I like most footballers? Not really. Joe Hart, Shaun Wright-Phillips, Joleon Lescott, Gabby Agbonlahor and a group of the guys at Villa — good people,” he said.
“But you get caught in this bubble. It’s, ‘Who has the best car? Who has the best house? Who has the best watch? Who has the best girlfriend?’”
“These type of conversations happen every day. I see players skinting themselves every month to live up to this reputation.
“Then divorce rates are high at age 35 when we finish football. You cannot live the same life because the money is not the same.”
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Richards, who issued an apology to Aston Villa supporters on talkSPORT following an injury-ravaged spell at Villa Park, says there is a divide between the young and older players at many clubs due to the difference in wages.
“A lot of the older pros — I won’t name names — they need the money and are bitter about the money in modern football,” he revealed.
“In my position, Trent Alexander-Arnold is a £100 million footballer now. I am happy for a Kyle Walker, who has kicked on under the best manager in the world.
“I would give my other knee to play for Pep’s City. A fit Micah Richards would be up there but I am not bitter towards these boys about their money and success.”
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