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What The French Public Think Of Hatem Ben Arfa

8 years ago

We asked our intrepid French translator Pierre to investigate what the French football public have been saying about Hatem Ben Arfa after his wide-ranging comments this week.

Hatem clearly provokes strong reactions one way or another and the only thing that pretty much everybody can agree on is that he has the most fantastic ability…but will that be enough?

Pierre has toured various websites and came up with the following assortment of comments, mainly from ‘Pro Footeo’ and ‘Eurosport.FR’;

‘Why doesn’t he stay in England and keep his mouth shut!’

(In Reply) ‘Why don’t you shut up! it shows you know nothing in football, he is the best!’

‘In France we like the ones who show off and we don’t know how to handle the ego of great players. You cry because the French team game is boring, no surprise when we don’t select players like Ben Arfa and continue to play the likes of Valbuena as a play maker, that’s brilliant !!!’

‘He is the best technically in the world and has the best movement with ball at his feet’

‘HBA will have a great season. This player cannot stay in the shadow of the others bearing in mind his talent, it’s impossible!’

‘Big season maybe but to become a legend!…forget it!’

‘Listen well Thauvin and see what awaits you!’

‘How can one have so much talent in his feet and yet no brain! Every time he opens his mouth it’s to say stupid things. You may be talented but that’s not enough!’

‘The guy, I don’t know what he smokes at Newcastle but it’s good!’

‘Ben arfa scores 30 goals in the season, leaves Newcastle for a big club like Olympic Lyon … LOL or rather Real Madrid, that’s much better. In the Summer he  is reselected in the French Team and guides them  to the World Cup victory by finishing Top player, Top scorer and passer of the competition. The year after, he is pivotal for Real, easily qualifies France for Euro and wins the confederations Cup, inflicts 5 goals against Barca and guides Real to six trophies as did barca in 2009 (world Cup for clubs, Europe and Supercup the whole shebang …) does the same for the Euro 2016 as he did for the World Cup. Wins the title of best  FIFA player of the year, le ballon d’or,  Golden Boot….And then I could possibly rate this player!’

‘Having seen HBA play in the flesh, I can actually say that he is technically amazing !! He has nothing to envy from anyone else. His problem is in his head, it’s really really sad…

I fear that it is too late, had he understood all this 3 or 4 years ago he would be one of the best players in the world!’

‘I too have seen play in the flesh and he used to dribble, dribble and never play as a team player. He has got the talent but never showed the application, this is for sure his last chance.’

‘He ought to work hard like his elder Ribery who too has had his problems!’

‘Could not agree more, Ribery has had to fight to get where he is now.’

‘Player with an incredible talent, could end up being the  biggest waste in history!’


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