With the Tokyo 2020 Olympics in the final stretch, it’s a good time to review unhappy data from the competition. Next, we review six great footballers who did not win the Olympic gold medal …
The Phenomenon played only one Olympic Game with the Brazilian National Team: it was Atlanta 1996 and he left her golf as always when he decided to go play. In this contest scored 5 goals in 6 games and won the bronze medal. You can sleep easy, of course.
At the age of 20, Xavi played the Sydney 2000 Olympics and never again appeared in the Olympic Selection of Spain. He scored 2 goals and lost the final – despite his contribution on the scoreboard – to Cameroon on penalties. But, the highlight is that it allowed us to delve into the talent that we were soon to enjoy. A silver medal for him.
While the Argentine National Team hung the gold medal around his neck, Ronaldo gave us the face of greatest disappointment throughout his career at the 2004 Athens Olympics: was left out in the group stage with the Portugal National Team and the last match ended on the bench. It did not negatively influence the Bug, of course.
Unlike most cases, Pirlo, after the failure in the 2000 Olympics, which was left out in the Quarterfinals, sought revenge four years later. But, unfortunately – although he changed his face – he did not have it: he took the bronze medal of Athens 2004. The Master also learns from his defeats.
The Olympics for Giggs did not serve to show his potential as a youth but to end his career in the elite. In London 2012, he wore the captain’s armband and defended the Great Britain Olympic Team until the Quarterfinals, when they were out on penalties. Example.
Although he won absolutely everything, it is not necessary to clarify that for the Brazilian star, football was on the other side. That is why the stumbles he suffered in the Olympic Games 2000 -out in Quarter-Finals- and 2008 -third place- They had little influence on his way of expressing his talent. But nothing, he didn’t win … So what ?! We have much to learn from the man who is criticized for issues other than the green grass. Good loser.