Frenchman Samir Nasri has just turned 25 years old, an age when the typical footballer matures and enters the prime of their career. But he still has a lot of growing up to do in his dealings with other people. The talented midfielder has had a rather tumultuous past few weeks with many highs and few lows, but his recent antics have left a rather sour taste in the mouths of his fans.
Following France’s EURO 2012 defeat to Spain, Nasri hurled a plethora of abusive swear words at a journalist. Both the manager and the president of the French Football Federation have come out against Nasri’s words and have labeled the incident “intolerable” and “regrettable”.
This outburst was building after an apparent locker room fight following the Sweden loss, where Nasri was again in the middle of self induced drama. His issues from that altercation resulted in his relegation to the substitute’s bench for much of the Spain match.
Samir Nasri has always been an outspoken player. Following his first Premier League title with Manchester City this past May, he threw insults towards his former club Arsenal, berating their third place finish and lack of trophies in recent seasons. He rejected claims that he had left for money and used the club’s celebration as an excuse for personal outrage towards Arsenal fans.
Such a level of immaturity is the work of a schoolboy scoundrel. Although he has had a very successful past few months, helping his club to victory and scoring an impressive goal at the EURO tournament against England, his frightening comments and angry behavior lead me to assume he will never become the next Zinedine Zidane of France as so many of the scouts proposed.
He is developing into the prototypical team cancer. Even when he scored his EURO 2012 goal, he chose to celebrate by yelling “shut up” in the direction of the journalists, as though his effort was a mere excuse for him to chastise the press. He made little attempt to celebrate with his team mates, and I feel he is more concerned with telling people off than winning games.
Nobody likes to lose, but one would think a professional could do so in style. Samir Nasri has nothing to be sore about, as he was part of a Premier League winning side and a country that looks set for a decade of fortune. Yet he still embraces every opportunity to speak his boastful mind. Let us hope that he can begin to mature in his 25th year, because for as much as he likes to talk big, he has a lot of growing up to do on and off the pitch.
With both France and Manchester City absolutely loaded with talent, his silliness could result in reduced playing time and downward spiral to professional mediocrity. Such a turn of events would leave his angry pleas to fall on deaf ears and silence.