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Fernando Redondo: A man of principle
Fernando Torres has stated in the past he didn't care about Chelsea (from El País via Sid Lowe at The Guardian):
I had teammates who didn't care if the team won or lost because they were not playing. I never wanted to be like that.
But, one day I discovered that I was like them, that it didn't matter it we won or lost if I was not playing.
I learned to look at myself and to realise that the only person that can change is you.
Torres also threw his teammates under the bus for their "slow build-up play" (per BBC Sport).
In came Eden Hazard (£32 million) and Oscar (£25 million) to supplement Juan Mata (£23.5 million) in Roman Abramovich's £80.5 million-valued SOS package for El Niño.
More importantly, Fernando became the Blues' undisputed No. 9 by default.
No more Didier Drogba to make Fernando insecure.
Two potential successors (Sturridge and Lukaku) to Torres' starting gig were sent packing.
Former mentor Rafa Benítez, who openly disrespected Chelsea in the past and wrecked a UEFA Champions League winning team in Inter Milan, was signed to help Torres regain his confidence.
This is why Yossi Benayoun's comments about the club mismanaging Fernando are way off the mark.
So many concessions were made for the former Liverpool striker and what has he done this season.
- 92 players have scored more league goals (8) than Torres (7).
- 142 footballers average more shots per game (2.2) than Fernando (2.1).
- How is that possible? Mata, Oscar and Hazard combine for 0.4 more shots created per game than shots taken.
Statistics sampled from La Liga, Bundesliga, Premier League, Serie A and Ligue 1.
Fernando Redondo wasn't just one of the most elegant midfielders in recent memory, but he was a man of principle.
He was so dismayed with his AC Milan career being stuck in Limbo that he abdicated his salary on his own volition (from UEFA.com).
Damiano Tommasi restructured his contract with Roma, having returned from a long-term injury, which meant he went from earning millions to just the minimum salary. It was an act that he instigated (per Barbara McMahon at The Observer).
We know Torres isn't a man for the moment like Drogba, nor is he a ruthless goal scorer in the mould of Cristiano Ronaldo, and Fernando certainly doesn't make his teammates better, à la Lionel Messi.
However, Torres can still be a man of principle.
Give up your salary like Redondo—just do it!
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Statistics courtesy of WhoScored.com and Eplindex.com.