In what was a somewhat bizarre gesture, Manchester City recently took to the field wearing shirts branding Ilkay Gundogan’s name in support of the injured German international.
It was a move that many criticized as most highlighted the fact that the former Borussia Dortmund star was not dead but had simply been injured. However, it seems the move went completely over Alexis Sanchez’s head as the Chilean had no clue who Gundogan was to begin with.
Speaking to Claudio Bravo before their recent clash with City, Sanchez was filmed asking his former Barcelona teammate what the shirts were about?
“What happened? Who’s that?”Sanchez said to Bravo.
Bravo: “He f****d up his knee the other day.”
Sanchez: “Who? Who is the 8?”
Sanchez: “Is he a youth player?”
Bravo: “No, he plays for Germany.”
Sanchez: “Haha, I don’t know anything.”
It seems bizarre that a Premier League star would not know about a footballer of Gundogan’s stature, especially when one considers that both teams are competing for the league. However, it seems true that some professional footballers are not the biggest fans of the game and Sanchez certainly falls into that bracket.
Check out the moment in question below;
Alexis Sanchez has no idea who Gundogan is! "Who is 8? Is he young?" pic.twitter.com/hdfOvrwC9x
— Photos of Football (@photosofootball) December 24, 2016