It pays to be humble at all times, even for footballers on the World Cup stage.
After England were trounced 4-1 by Germany, and before the Argentina vs Germany game last night, Argentina’s centreback Martin Demichelis took a dig at England defender John Terry.
Demichelis said he believed Terry’s performance against Germany was downright embarrassing. “Seeing the way Terry played against Germany, if I was Terry I wouldn’t be able to go back to my country,” a news report quoted Demichelis as saying.
Next thing you know, Germany promptly thrashed Argentina 4-0. Talk about having to eat humble pie. I wonder if Demichelis will be returning to Argentina in a hurry.
Come to think of it, some of the most egotistical football ‘superstars’ who were expected to make a huge impact in South Africa have also been shown the exit, much earlier than expected. Instead it is the unknowns, especially from Germany, who are making people sit up and take notice.
There’s a lesson in humility there for all of us: “Blessed are the meek for they shall inherit the earth.”