Tino Asprilla Can Only See The Money, Not The Quality
Newcastle United’s mercurial former striker Faustino Asprilla launched a stinging attack on the modern-day footballer, when speaking to Italian media.
After Kevin Keegan signed the Colombian for United from Parma for around £7million in the late 90s, Asprilla scored some crucial goals for Newcastle against top opposition, including a hat-trick against Spanish giants Barcelona. He remains highly thought of on Tyneside but regards today’s professionals with disdain.
“I earned good money but nowhere near as much as players get now.
Nowadays, even a flop earns per month what someone like Marco van Basten earned in a year. I do not see many players of van Basten’s level around.”
Columbian Asprilla, 43, enjoyed just under two calendar years on Tyneside before being sold back to Parma for £6million by United manager Kenny Dalglish.
He then went on to become something of a journeyman overseas; appearing for clubs in Brazil, Colombia, Argentina, Mexico and Chile, while still finding time to appear in a number of exhibition games for Newcastle, including Steve Harper’s recent testimonial match against AC Milan Glorie.
For no other reason than it is a wet Monday afternoon on Tyneside we bring you Tino’s unforgettable hat-trick v Barca, via The Mag’s YouTube Channel (Click HERE to subscribe for free)
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