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Moussa Sissoko achieves double dream and we salute him

1 year ago
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Moussa Sissoko made a double dream come true on Saturday night.

Newcastle fans watching on TV as their former midfielder got to play in Madrid and in a Champions League final.

Sadly for him, Sissoko wan’t playing for Real Madrid and hardly got a kick as the team he was ‘playing’ for meekly lost the game.

Some people will say that it is wrong to bear grudges and take delight in somebody failing.

Well, there is only one answer to that…he started it!

When he arrived at St James Park back in January 2013 he looked like he could be a world beater at times in those first three months.

However, all we got after that for pretty much all of the next three years was Moussa Sissoko talking about where else his talents would be better suited to be playing, as he desperately tried to engineer a move to another club.

It became a running joke. Newcastle fans finding him annoying but also hilarious, as his deluded belief in his talent rose at the same rate as his output on the field decreased.

Basically, the more he talked himself up in the hope of attracting a ‘top’ club, the worse he played. Indeed, he committed the worst double crime of all, not giving 100% on the pitch at times and not respecting the shirt.

In the build up to this Champions League final, Rafa Benitez said you couldn’t attach any blame to Moussa Sissoko, whether for leaving Newcastle or whatever.

That’s fair enough, it isn’t Rafa’s job to have a go at former players who didn’t care/try, that’s our job! Newcastle fans paid his wages whilst all Moussa Sissoko did was tell us in interview after interview how this club wasn’t good enough for him.

In the weeks before he eventually left Newcastle United in August 2016, Moussa Sissoko honestly believed (see below) he would be joining Real Madrid…

I have also picked out a couple of quotes from 2014 and 2015, just two of countless examples where in interviews he would repeatedly talk about other clubs and leaving, though half-heartedly add something along the lines of ‘but I’m a Newcastle player and until anything happens I will give 100% etc etc’…

If only he had done, the likes of myself and countless other Newcastle fans wouldn’t be taking great delight in his failure, especially giving away that crucial early penalty.

Holding grudges against former players who disrespected the fans/club is an essential characteristic of any decent football supporter.

Moussa Sissoko speaking to the BBC World Service – 11 August 2016:

“I hope Real Madrid will come for me, I’m still waiting…

“If Real Madrid are interested in you then of course you will be happy, but right now I am still a Newcastle player.

“I spent three and a half years here. I gave everything for this club and I want to play some big games. For that I need to go somewhere else.

“I want to play in the Premier League, I want to play for a big club who can get into the Champions League.”

Moussa Sissoko – 28 January 2015:

“My wish is to play the Champions League, I want to play in it, I want to live the big games.

“If I have to leave Newcastle then this is something that I would take into consideration.

“It doesn’t just depend on me as I am under contract with Newcastle, so if a club wants me, they need to discuss with my agent and my club.”

Moussa Sissoko – 5 September 2014:

“I would like to play in the Champions League but I feel very happy at Newcastle.

“There was nothing concrete (offered) this summer.”

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