It’s not easy being a £31.5m footballer…
Mario Götze hasn’t had an easy summer. Branded a turncoat by Borussia Dortmund supporters after agreeing a £31.5m move to rivals Bayern Munich, the German has made an inauspicious start to life in Bavaria.
July 4th, 2013
The 21-year-old, currently the poster boy of German football after scoring 15 goals from midfield last season, turned up in Munich for his official unveiling as a Bayern player yesterday, thinking that everything was going to work out just fine and dandy – like any other tedious press conference.
However, in the biggest fashion faux pas since the white suits worn by 1996 Liverpool FA Cup final team, Götze turned up in a Nike T-shirt.
Ordinarily, that wouldn’t be a problem. However, with Bayern being sponsored by rival sports brand Adidas, a right royal kerfuffle has kicked off.
Adidas, who also own a 9% stake in the club, sternly stated that the photos that transpired from the event “surprised them” and that it was “not allowed”. Strong words there for Bayern, who will no doubt be making their press officer take a time out on the naughty step to think about what he has done.
Apologetically, a Bayern spokesperson blubbed: “We have apologised to Adidas on the phone. We have promised them: such a thing will never happen again”.
See, you don’t get this sort of nonsense at Manchester United – where David Moyes is still probably driving frantically towards any camera crew that he can find in a £20,000 Chevrolet.