The sad story of a man who became a synonym for a failed career from the "new Zidane"

Zlatko Ilijevski
19 Oct 2021
The sad story of a man who became a synonym for a failed career from the "new Zidane"

It is difficult when you carry a load with you all your life and when the highest level of expectation is set in front of you, you are absolutely not ready. The football world is not always beautiful and caring, and the well-known name of all football fans - Samir Nasri- will best testify to that.

 Once apostrophized and announced as "the next Zidane", this midfielder recently ended his turbulent career, and he is only four years over thirty. He made his debut for the French national team at the age of 19, when he assisted his colleague Karim Benzema for the only goal in the match at the time. Just look at where Benzema is now and how he plays for his club and the national team, while Samir "hung his football boots on a peg" as an almost completely forgotten person in the world of football.

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 He possessed enormous talent, but did not achieve even a fraction of what he could. Sixteen years of professional football in which he changed a large number of teams, and fans and admirers of this sport will remember him the most for his performances from Marseille, Arsenal and Manchester City. There is also a rather astonishing fact, it will additionally describe to you how much Nasri's career has gone downhill, and it reads as follows: only 44 recorded appearances in the last five years of playing football. In that period, we include the stay in Seville, Antalyaspor, West Ham and Anderlecht, and it is also worth mentioning the punishment he received for the so-called doping. A really sad ending for once one of the most promising football players on the continent.

 At the Velodrome, he was even given the nickname "Little Prince". And the reason for the comparison with the great Zinedine was the fact that they come from the same city. Vision, technique and a phenomenal overview of the game were the factors that introduced Nasri to the fans as a football wizard. Some of the moves really did look that way to him.

 When the great Arsene Wenger wants you at his club, then you know you are definitely on the right track. Legendary expert and Samir's compatriot brought him to Arsenal in 2008 for a figure of around 12 million pounds. The midfielder continued to progress and improved his game, but was soon followed by his parting and departure from the Emirates, and was mostly influenced by Gary Neville, a former United footballer who called Nasri an "intruder and worm" of Arsenal. This led to his move to the Etihad.

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In the first season, he was one of the key players in the ranks of "Citizens", winning the title with his teammates under Roberto Mancini in the legendary final of the championship, which was decided by the goal of Sergio Aguero in overtime. After that, instead of going to the very top of the sport, Nasri's career began to fade dizzyingly, simply inexplicably. It all culminated in a penalty for use illicit substances after a short period in Antalyaspor. An attempt to revive his career on the Island was prevented by a terrible injury, which quickly sent him one step back to Anderlecht. It turns out that this is the last page of Nasri's career.

As far as his representative career is concerned, it ended with a tweet from his girlfriend, who sharply attacked the French football association in 2014 and at the same time cursed Didier Deschamps. After that, her husband never wore the "Gallic Roosters" jersey again. There were also numerous conflicts with teammates, such as the famous quarrel with Galas and an argument with Henry.

Nasri will now work as a professional consultant on a French television station, but he stated that he wants to try his luck at coaching soon. From the most talented kid in the country to a completely forgotten veteran - Samir Nasri…

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