If we ask the majority of young kids around the world what they want to be when they grow up, many of them will choose to be elite athletes . Footballers, tennis players or basketball players, depending on the country in which we do the survey, and the sport that triumphs in those parts. For children and young people, athletes are the best examples of success that one can find. Talented, fearless, ambitious, brave, billionaires … Adored by the masses and with dreamlike lives, or at least that’s what it appears from the outside. Footballers are often role models for many kids who kick a ball in the squares and streets of their neighborhood, dreaming of reaching the elite one day. However, these athletes are no longer usually an example off the field, and many of them are involved in a multitude of controversies .
Precisely because they are young and have a lot of money, footballers usually believe they are above good and evil, capable of doing whatever they want. They are used to being cheered on by thousands of people in matches , but that pressure can also work against them. An unmarked streak, and the striker who was once a god now becomes a villain. A small slip after many stops, and the goalkeeper is disowned by the fans. You need a well-furnished head to survive all that pressure, but the truth is that there are footballers who don’t seem to be exactly right up there. And we say it because they do not stop getting into trouble that, in the end, also end up affecting their sports career . It is not something new, and there are the cases of Geroge Best, Paul Gascoine or Eric Cantona to prove it. However, it seems that now, with football turned into an industry where players are also walking advertisements, exemplary should be greater. This is not the case, and no matter how good you are on the pitch, if it were his that you don’t know how to behave in the end, all this has its consequences, as in the case of Karim Benzema.