Posts Tagged ‘Crystal Palace’

For people of a certain age, the name Edgar Davids will always carry a resonance of association with the ultimate player. With his dark glasses and dreadlocks, Davids looked more like the alien from ‘Predator’ than a human. And during the period of the late 1990s and early 2000s , Davids was unarguably one of the best players in the world. The only players who were on a similar level with him during his peak were his teammates from international and club football respectively, Dennis Berkamp and Zidane.¬† Now the former Champions League winner can’t even secure a place in the Crystal Palace squad. Oh how the mighty have fallen.

Football can be cruel and fickle but todays news which just barely garnered a mention in the Telegraph is downright sad.

Years ago on an affiliate newscast from Buffalo, NY, there was a one minute snippet about the Chuck Berry making a local appearance. Except that it was a free concert at some hole in the wall mall. The news footage showed Chuck Berry playing his red Epiphone guitar to a crowd of about 15 or 20 people who probably didn’t know who he was, while other uninterested shoppers¬† ignored him to get on with the important business of buying discount sox. That’s what the notion of Edgar Davids playing for Crystal Palace reminds me of. Something so very undignified for a legend who deserves more. Yet the football gods think that Davids deserves even less than this.

Professional athletes need to know when to step away from the game. I just hope that Davids realizes it is time for him to hang up his boots before he slides even lower and makes an appearance on the Maidenhead United bench.

The best thing for those of us who used to dream about making slide tackles and backheel flicks as sweet as ‘the Pitbull’ did, is just pretend you never heard anything about this episode of his life and just remember the days when Zinedine Zidane was overshadowed by the Dutch legend.

Better days: Trezeguet, Davids, Zidane

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