Speaking to France Football, Newcastle United’s French winger Allan Saint-Maximin discussed the his reputation as a talent player more than a hard-working player.
“People think I do nothing, that I live off my “natural” ability. I am not someone who likes to show what he has done, that likes to show off everything he does, who shows off in every room, posting videos, photos. Maybe because I am a believer too and in my faith it is not necessarily good to always show off what we do, as it is a form of vanity. And then we have to have a conception of the notion of work. Lionel Messi for example. Ok, he certainly has out of this world coordination qualities. But when you watch his handling of the ball, which is so special, I am convinced that it is because he must have walked around almost the entire time only with a ball. His touch, frequency, flexibility of his ankle were refined in all these moments. So then to say that he did not need to work, when I think that all the practice you do that goes back to your childhood is part of the job…”