Former Real Madrid striker Antonio Cassano has admitted he was ‘an idiot’ when he played for the club and was too distracted by off-field temptations to be a success.
The Italian spent two unsuccessful years in the Spanish capital but never established himself in the side due to poor form and injuries. The forward is now enjoying a renaissance back in Italy where he is playing for Sampdoria.
But having played for some of the biggest clubs in the world including Inter Milan and AC Milan, he admits he could have done better with his career.
Reflecting on his time in Madrid, the 33-year-old told AS: “At Real I played very little and obviously it was my fault. But they also had very strong players like Ronaldo, Zidane and Raul.
“I remember when I received the call to tell me that Los Blancos were interested in me. At first, I didn’t believe it but then I realised it was not a joke when Florentino Perez was put on the phone. I couldn’t refuse the deal. So many people would pay their own money to play for Real Madrid with the Galacticos. Only an idiot would have behaved like I did.”
He then went on to admit the off-field distractions were too much for him.
“I was young. Football, sex and then food was perfect. Those were the best things. When you are young and you like girls and have the chance to do it every day, it was great. I had that chance. I was Cassano the Madrid player. Nobody would have looked at me if I had any other job, only my mother because I’m a good guy but I’m not handsome,” he commented.