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Mido: Early retirement? I suffered like Owen and Torres

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Posted on November 11, 2015
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Current Ismaily coach Mido claims that playing at high levels at a young age exhausted his energy, and was the reason for his early retirement.

Speaking to TV channel MBC, Mido has insisted that his early retirement was brought on by physical problems, and that the same problems were suffered by Owen and Torres, seeing as they started their top-level careers aged only 17.

“I’ve played at very high levels in the Champions League and  since I was just 17,” Mido said.

“It was natural to have my energy exhausted at the age of 30. Michael Owen and Fernando Torres suffered from the same problem too,” he added.

Mido admitted that he had neglected too many things during his professional career and hadn’t taken the advice of older players about the importance of  maintaining his body while he was young.

Mido concluded ” My retirement decision was never a moment of breaking down but it was a moment of insistence to succeed in other fields, such as match analysis and coaching.”

One Comment

  1. Yusuf

    November 11, 2015 at 9:05 PM

    Listening to Mido talk about his career of failure makes me roll my eyes so far back in my head I can see my brain. He was one of the most talented players Egypt has produced, benching Ibra at Ajax was no small feat, but he got lazy.

    To talk about himself in the same sentence as Owen and Torres laughable, those players didn’t gain weight and smoke cigarettes while being professional athletes. Torres lost his confidence (he’s not doing too bad being back at Madrid now) and Owen had crippling injuries. Mido got lazy and overweight.

    And to make things even worse, he has the audacity to talk about Abu Trika and politics? Please. Mido is the symbol of Egyptian failure among footballers. The fact that we have to listen to his drivel is beyond annoying. He talks about his past glories no matter what the situation.

    Hell, there could be a ganaza and he’d find a way to talk about “you know I played with Totti and in England?”

    Mido threw scissors at Ibra. Scissors. And it’s not like he grew out of that, but honestly, what sort of child throws scissors, let alone someone who is 19-20? Scissors are dangerous. Children know that.

    Anyway, he’s horrendous as an analyst and as a manager, and I’m tired of listening to him.

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