Soccer legends are human after all. Ahead of the Legends Match, four Korean and Italian legends expressed their worries ahead of the match.
Lashing City Group held a press conference to promote the Legends All-Star Game at Fairmont Ambassador Seoul in Yeouido, Seoul on Feb. 22. Korean, Italian, and Brazilian legends will gather for an event match at Goyang Sports Complex on March 21.
Lee Jae-hwan, Choi Jin-cheol, Francesco Totti, and Paulo Maldini appeared at the press conference.
With a month to go before the match, they were all worried about their physical condition. It had been a long time since they finished their professional careers, and their physical condition was not as good as before.
“It’s been a long time since I retired. I won’t be able to show it like I used to, but I’ll do my best. Coach Kim Nam-il is also participating, and I hope he’s prepared a lot. I’m looking forward to it,” but also said, “I’m most worried about myself. I don’t think I can play for more than five minutes. My knee is not in good shape and I have a big stomach. I will whip myself as much as possible and prepare well.”
Choi Jin-cheol also said, “I think physical fitness is important because soccer is a sport that uses the entire body. I’m in my mid-40s to early 50s, so I think there’s a limit to how much I can improve my body. I think it will get better. I hope my partner, coach Kim Tae-young, will exercise more. Otherwise, it’s very hard for me.”
The same goes for Italian legend Maldini. “Unfortunately, I have a knee injury and haven’t played soccer for seven or eight years,” said the 55-year-old. But I prepared a lot for this match,” he said. Totti, 46, was confident, saying, “I’m always ready.” Totti was the only one of the four to express confidence.
“As I said earlier, I don’t think I’ll be able to score a goal. I’ll do my best, but goals honestly give me the most joy no matter how they are scored. I personally loved watching Totti, who is the opposite of my style. He has something that I don’t have. I would like to be able to shoot from mid-range like Totti.”
Of course, it’s impossible to perform like he did in his playing days. However, the fact that Korean, Italian, and Brazilian legends are playing together is meaningful in itself.카지노사이트
“I hope they have a happy time together, and I wonder if I can play with these legends again in Korea. I think it’s our last chance, and I hope you will come and support us by reliving the memories.”
Maldini added: “We’re going to make the game more fun than the 2002 World Cup. I hope many people will come and enjoy it with us.” Totti said, “I will be back in top form in October. I know the Korean fans are very good, so I’m going to come back with my best game.”