Rooney is noth­ing com­pared to Mur­ray

The Sun (Malaysia) - - SPORTS - BY GARY CHAPPELL

ANDY MUR­RAY is ar­guably the finest Bri­tish sportsper­son ever. But Manch­ester United striker Wayne Rooney wants more re­spect.

Let that sink in for a mo­ment.

Now be­fore the hordes of Sur­rey-based acne-cov­ered Manch­ester United youths clog so­cial me­dia with bile in sup­port of dear Wayne, he got a lot right and a lot wrong in his post-match rant on Satur­day.

He was right when say­ing what has been go­ing on has been “dis­grace­ful”.

His ‘crime’ was be­ing soppy enough to be pho­tographed three sheets to the wind. The re­ac­tion was over the top; from some as­pects of the me­dia, yes, but also from foot­ball of­fi­cials.

The Daily Ex­press pub­lished a piece de­fend­ing him, so his gen­er­al­i­sa­tion of the me­dia “writ­ing my obit­u­ary” is equally over the top.

Fail­ure to prove to club and na­tional man­agers that you are wor­thy of a place in the start­ing XI is akin to writ­ing that “obit­u­ary”. That is not the fault of the me­dia.

But where he went more wrong was the clas­sic ego-fu­elled, don’t-you-know-who-I-am com­ment: “It shows a lack of re­spect.”

Par­don me? A blue-blood now are we? A higher spec­i­men of the hu­man race, per­haps? Sorry Wayne, no. No lack of re­spect. Each time any­one on the face of the planet – blue­bloods in­cluded – says they are be­ing shown a lack of re­spect it should be a green light for show­ing them no re­spect what­so­ever.

But it is not just Wayne Rooney’s rant. This com­par­i­son ap­plies to the sorry state of Eng­land’s ‘finest’. The preen­ing. The ex­cuses for fail­ure. The dis­re­spect shown to their own sport while ex­pect­ing bucket loads in re­turn.

Con­trast all this with the king of Bri­tish sport. The man who does de­serve re­spect but has never asked for it. Andy Mur­ray.

Re­mem­ber the time he put bad per­for­mances down to be­ing tired, de­spite trav­el­ling all around the world play­ing tour­na­ments? No? Me nei­ther.

Re­mem­ber the time he took a 220-mile round trip be­tween Grand Slam matches to visit a strip club? No? Me nei­ther.

But surely you re­mem­ber the time dur­ing one of his many de­feats by for­mer world No1s Roger Fed­erer, No­vak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal that he spat ob­scen­i­ties into the TV cam­eras be­rat­ing fans? Can’t re­call it you say? Me nei­ther. Be­cause he didn’t. Win or lose, strug­gle or suc­ceed, crit­i­cised by fans and me­dia, or praised, Andy Mur­ray con­ducted him­self quite bril­liantly. And it is a cry­ing shame that only now has he be­gun to re­ceive the ac­claim he so richly de­serves.

That tire­some gag about be­ing Scot­tish when he loses and Bri­tish when he wins still, even now, gets used in some cir­cles. But here is a man who de­serves bet­ter than that. Much bet­ter.

Here is a man who recog­nised his weak point and re­vi­talised him­self as a stronger ath­lete, in an in­com­pa­ra­ble era of his cho­sen sport, to be­come the world’s best. At al­most 30 years of age.

Here is a man who treats his sport with the ut­most re­spect in his un­wa­ver­ing quest to ex­cel.

Here is a man who, with­out any shadow of doubt, de­serves our re­spect.

For all that the furore over Wayne Rooney was over the top, his de­mand for re­spect was sim­ply laugh­able. – Ex­press News­pa­pers

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