The Warm-Up: ‘Destroy his career’ – Agent Trippier sent on Beckham revenge mission
He’s waited 21 long years, but finally an opportunity has arrived for David Beckham to get revenge on Diego Simeone. And it’s all thanks to Kieran Trippier, as Ben Snowball explains…
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Agent Trippier sent on Beckham revenge mission
"…and Simeone is booked. And a red card for David Beckham! Well, question marks have been raised over his temperament on the big occasion, but what an awful time to receive a red card in an international … and one wonders as he goes down the tunnel whether he takes England’s World Cup hopes with him."
Jon Champion’s immortal commentary from France '98 still hurts. England were vying for a World Cup quarter-final when wannabe celeb David Beckham flicked out a boot at Argentina’s Diego Simeone. Simeone crumpled into a heap, a flash of red followed, the penalty curse began, the infamous ’10 heroic Lions, one stupid boy’ headline spread across the globe.
Ultimately, Beckham earned redemption at the 2002 World Cup but he never truly tasted revenge on Simeone… until now. He has a plan involving another England free-kick wizard: Kieran Trippier.
Becks and Tripps’ careers have followed EXACTLY the same script – but in reverse. Beckham became relevant thanks to Simeone, was hated and then rebooted his reputation with that free-kick. Trippier rebooted his reputation with that free-kick, was hated and then became relevant thanks to Simeone. It’s formed an unbreakable bond between the pair, with Beckham now offering Agent Trippier a mission: destroy Simeone as a manager.
Beckham has used his contacts to create unfounded clamour in the right back, one of the most disappointing performers of 2019. He urged Juventus, Napoli, Bayern Munich and Real Madrid to submit ‘interest’, just so Atletico Madrid boss Simeone would want a slice. He took the bait. Out of nowhere, Trippier is on the verge of a £20 million move to the Spanish capital. If he can replicate his form from last season, Beckham will finally have payback from that fateful day in Saint-Etienne.
We must actually add that it’s incredibly short-sighted of everyone to be #TrippierOut already. Admit it, he made your summer in 2018. Thousands of you named your firstborn Kieran. Learnt a northern accent for kicks. So what if he had a few (read: a lot of) iffy games for a Tottenham side without any midfield protection? Ignore all of the above and give the lad a chance…
Man gets off a plane
"At the end of the match, Cristiano told me: 'Join me at Juventus'. At first I didn't understand him and it surprised me a little. I was in shock. That's why I laughed but I didn't say anything."
Cristiano Ronaldo’s pursuit of Matthijs de Ligt has shades of Chelsea’s sneaky tactics to get Ashley Cole, given he’s effectively Juventus manager, director of football and owner wrapped into one such is the weight he carries. Expect a tapping-up probe to follow.
Anyway, the Juventus Twitter feed were getting very excited about a plane landing last night. We can only assume they thought Trippier was on board.
The warmest of welcomes
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