Journalist slams Paqueta: “The real greats do not take off during battle”

By Oliver Fisher -

Lucas Paqueta has been criticised by La Gazzetta dello Sport journalist Luigi Garlando for his attitude amid doubts over his future.

It was confirmed on Thursday that the Brazil international would not be called up by head coach Stefano Pioli for Friday’s trip to face Brescia, with Sky Italia confirming that Paqueta has asked to be left out of the squad.

Meanwhile, they also reported that the 22-year-old had tests carried out for a mild anxiety attack on Sunday after the win against Udinese.

Tuttosport stated that request by Paqueta not to be called up is a move by the player to force Milan to sell him, with PSG heavily linked, while his agent Eduardo Uram denied that his client is suffering from any kind of depressive condition.

Now, Garlando has given his take on the situation and did not spare Paqueta from criticism, with his words transcribed by

“Perhaps he will have saudade of the carioca [editor’s note: expression meaning he misses them] regarding friends with whom he constantly chats, without mentioning much discomfort,” he said.

“Also because Lucas, who loves to post on Instagram, is more prone to happiness than depression. As we recognise anxiety, we remind him that there are professional duties, enshrined in a contract.

“For Pioli, who yesterday teased him in public (“Must become more decisive”), Paquetà remains an important option, with great technique, to change the course of games.

“He could have served in Brescia, even in a delicate moment. Suso is also dazed by the market, but, despite the whistles, tries to make himself useful. Rebic also ended up on the sidelines, worked harder and found a way to get back.

“Kaka, before coming to Italy, trained with iron studs even at the cost of splitting his feet on the dry ground of the San Paolo, because he knew that in Europe these shoes are used. 

“He became Kaka because he wanted to become it, at all costs, even suffering. The real greats do not take off during battle.”


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