Former Arsenal midfielder Alex Song has revealed that he left Arsenal to join Barcelona in 2012 because of money, despite being told he will have limited playing time.
According to Cameroonian website, Lion Indomptable, Song was speaking in an Instagram Live chat with Toronto Raptors Pascal Siakam, said he knew he would become a millionaire going to Barcelona.
“I met Barca’s sporting director, and he told me I would not get to play many games, but I didn’t give a f***. I knew that now I would become a millionaire. When Barcelona offered me a contract, and I saw how much I would earn, I didn’t think twice.
“I always say, a young man of 20 who drives a Ferrari is poor because at 20 you haven’t done anything yet. But a man of 50 who drives in a Bentley, is a man to respect.”
Song joined Arsenal in 2006 and made 205 appearances. He established a great understanding with Cesc Fabregas, Samir Nasri, and Robin Van Persie but surprisingly left for the Catalan giant.
He also revealed how Thierry Henry’s car blown him away when he first arrived at Arsenal.
“When I arrived at Arsenal… I arrived at training then I saw the king arrived (Thierry Henry) with a car but damn, the car was a jewel and therefore I told myself that I needed the same car whatever the cost,’ Song admitted.
“I swear that after two months I had my car returned, all my money was going to fuel and I told them give me a Toyota.
“When I got to training, Titi asked me “but son where is the car”, I told him “this car it’s not at my level!”
Alex Song, who is a nephew to Cameroon Rigobert Song, won 1 La Liga title and 1 Supercopa de Espana, but found life very difficult in Spain and later had two loan spells with West Ham, also with Russian side, Rubin Kazan.
In March 2020, the 32-year old was sacked by Swiss Club FC Sion for refusing to take a pay cut because of the coronavirus pandemic.
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