Football analyst Eamon Dunphy is not one bit impressed by the current state of the beautiful game, opining that it’s ‘dying’ and ‘good footballers are not appearing’ anymore.
While to most this would appear to be the height of hyperbole considering football is the most watched, lucrative and played sport on the planet, Dunphy has a differing view of the state of play.
Speaking to RTÉ 2fm’s Game On show, the 72-year-old firstly stated that this is the worst Premier League he’s seen before going on to explain how the game is deteriorating globally.
“I don’t like to hyperbole, but this is the worst Premier League.
“Good footballers are not appearing. (Lionel) Messi and (Cristiano) Ronaldo set the bar and there is no one approaching them.
“The game is dying because it is a street game. The only place you can learn it is on the streets, but you have guys coaching six and seven years olds and just confusing them.”
The Dubliner then went on to extol the virtues of rugby, which he believes is a more attractive product these days, before strangely using Zlatan Ibrahimovic to contextualise why the the beautiful game is ‘dying’.
“Football is a dying game. I mean, Ibrahimovic should be working in a car wash and they still talk about him as if he is one of the great players of all time.
“Even Pep Guardiola couldn’t make him a player when he had him for a season.”
With half a season of football left, this won’t be the last we hear from Dunphy on the state of the game as he will surely be on our screens again soon analysing the very game he claims is ‘dying’.