Former Real Madrid and Italy forward Antonio Cassano believes he could have ended up just like FC Barcelona star Lionel Messi if he had not ruined his career and fulfill his potential due to his approach to football.
Cassano started his career with hometown club Bari, where he made a reputation for himself as a standout amongst the most promising youngster, yet one of the troublesome players in Italy; his talent and performance earned him a sweet move to Serie A champions AS Roma in 2001, where he promptly won the Supercoppa Italiana and was named Serie A Young Footballer of the Year in 2001 and 2003.
Before moving to Spain to join Real Madrid, where he increased further reputation for his poor conduct and later enjoyed short spells with AC Milan and Inter Milan, while he additionally earned 39 international caps for the Azzuris.
The 35-year old forward– recollect old memories and on his decision to sign for Verona in the off-season insisting he has not retired – but regretted not reaching his full potential
“I am a problematic guy, as I never know what mood I’m going to wake up in,” Cassano told Rai Sport.
“I could’ve been playing on another planet, but I had this issue that I didn’t like training and I wanted to eat the way I felt like at the time and I ruined myself…
“I played in the best clubs in the world, like Real Madrid, Inter and Milan. If I’d had another head on my shoulders, I could’ve been playing on Mars. I’d be like Lionel Messi, Neymar, and few others.”
“I see a real downturn in Italy, as there are just organization and no talent. Serie A games bore me, I prefer to watch guys down the park.”