Marco Verratti Has A Very Different Lifestyle To Your Typical Footballer
French football journalist Julien Laurens has questioned what Italian midfielder Marco Verratti could achieve if he had the work ethic of five-time Ballon d'Or winner Cristiano Ronaldo.
Laurens, who was speaking to BBC Radio 5 Live after PSG's win over Manchester United last night, revealed some remarkable details about Verratti's lifestyle, which apparently includes smoking, drinking and partying.
In fact, he claims that the PSG midfielder was until 6am for Neymar's lavish party last week in Paris, which makes his masterclass at Old Trafford on Tuesday night even more impressive.
"For me Verratti, because he was not fit, because he was not 100 percent, because he's only played one game in the last month." he said.
"Last week he was partying until 6am for Neymar's birthday, because he smokes, because he drinks because he's out almost every day of the week.
'He smokes, drinks and parties but Marco Verratti was just sensational' @LaurensJulien wonders what the Italian midfielder could achieve if he only had the work ethic of Cristiano Ronaldo
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- BBC 5 Live Sport (@5liveSport) February 12, 2019
"When he comes out with a game like this tonight at Old Trafford I think it's just sensational.
"I think if he had the lifestyle of Cristiano Ronaldo, for example, the work ethic of him, I don't where he would be in terms of world-class midfielders.
"But the ability he has combined with the lifestyle that he has at the moment and yet still being able to put out a performance like tonight is just incredible."
Despite a lack of game time in recent weeks Verratti was superb in the round of 16 tie, dominating the midfield with Marquinhos and Julian Draxler.
1 - Marco Verratti :flag_it: v Manchester United last night:
87 touches - highest tally of the game
75 passes / 39 in the opposite half - 1st
93.3% passing accuracy
4 fouls won - 1st
- OptaJean (@OptaJean) February 13, 2019
L'Équipe also pays tribute to PSG's midfield duo of Verratti and Marquinhos, who "illuminated the Theatre of Dreams and plunged Manchester United into darkness". Verratti saw more of the ball than any other player, despite leaving the pitch after 75 minutes. #UCL #MUNPSG pic.twitter.com/b4FTjwwXUZ
- Football 24/7 (@foetball247) February 13, 2019
PSG went on to win the game 2-0 thanks to goals from Kylian Mbappe and Presnel Kimpembe.
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