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Name Michael Laudrup
Gender Male
Ethnic Danish
Job Danish Footballer
Desc Andres Iniesta was once asked to name the best player of all time. Without a moment’s hesitation, the Barcelona midfielder replied, ‘Michael Laudrup’. The thinking man’s footballer, the Dane saw passes that nobody else could. He was always ahead of the game and, after making a name for himself with Brondby, the teenager earned a big-money move to Juventus in 1983 before starring for Denmark at the following summer’s European Championship in France, during which he turned 20. The forward never quite settled in Serie A but he proved his undoubted genius in Spain, becoming a key member of the Barcelona ‘Dream Team’ that won four successive Primera Division titles - and the European Cup - before moving to Real Madrid, where he promptly made it five Liga titles in a row

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Org Denmark National Team
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Son Andreas Laudrup
1982 06 15
Michael Laudrup made his Denmark debut at 18

2010 11 29 Retrieve

[Michael Laudrup admits Malaga caused his Mallorca team problems despite their 2-0 triumph] We played very badly in the first 30 minutes, and Malaga created many problems for us. We were very slow, and against a team like Malaga that can cost you dearly. We then improved, and at present the most important thing is the points, giving us permanence in the top half of the table. Fortunately, [Dudu] Aouate has made many good saves and was very important to us

2014 10 15 Retrieve

[Former Real Madrid and Barcelona star Michael Laudrup believes that Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo need one another to keep improving] I think they need each other. If one scores a hat-trick, the other tries to beat that. They are two of the best, not just of this era - in 30 years we’ll be talking about them and the debate will be whether Messi, Cristiano, Maradona or Pele is the greatest of all time

[When asked which of them he would rather have in his team, the Dane replied] Both would have to be in it, as they’ve clearly been the best two over the past four or five years

[Laudrup also said that James Rodriguez must become accustomed to the pressure of representing Real Madrid before he becomes a weapon for Carlo Ancelotti’s side] He’s a great footballer. He’s got to get used to playing for such a big side, with all the pressure that comes with that

2015 01 17 Retrieve

[Michael Laudrup advises Norwegian prodigy Martin Odegaard] Odegaard? I’m not entirely convinced that joining a club like Madrid would be the right move. He is 16-years-old and I cannot imagine seeing him playing right now for Real Madrid or Bayern Munich. If he were my son, I would advise him to go to Holland

2016 02 10 Retrieve

[How are you and what will be your next move?] Since I left Qatar I have not done anything as a coach. I’m working with several media outlets and thinking about what I’d like to do in the future. I would like to coach again but I want new experiences. To return to the same thing I have done before is not something I want. I was in Spain, with Mallorca and Getafe, which were exceptional experiences. I enjoyed my time in the Premier League and in Qatar. But now I’m looking to do new things

2016 02 10b Retrieve

[Let’s talk about your career. Do you remember your first no-look pass?] I do not remember, really. Many people ask me why I did it. It was to fool the defence, not to ridicule them. I did not do strange things for show, just to be more effective. In the end, we all want to win and you have to use all the resources at your disposal

2016 02 10c Retrieve

[In Barcelona you are remembered for being a stylish player. Do you think you were an inspiration to the likes of Andres Iniesta?] We should ask Iniesta, not me, but there were other players who also played with the same style as me. There are players who do things that remind me of what I was doing, but I never say they do what I do. Iniesta is one of them but he is himself. I played the way I did it because I knew it was effective. My intention was to win always, not to gain applause

2016 02 10d Retrieve

[You made your Denmark debut at 18. What was going through your head at that time?] I remember it well. June 15, 1982 against Norway. It was the year of the World Cup in Spain and I came in a bit unnoticed because everybody was thinking towards the World Cup. But for me that friendly was special and I scored a goal that I will never forget

2016 02 10e Retrieve

[At 20 you were playing for the biggest club in Italy. What was it like playing with stars like Scirea, Platini, Boniek and Rossi?] It was very different from today’s era. There were very few foreigners and in Italy you were only allowed to play two per team, there was barely thirty six foreigners in the league. I came to Juve at a very young age and it was amazing being one of the two, especially since the other was Michel Platini who was the best in the world at that time along with Diego Maradona

2016 02 10f Retrieve

[What made you accept Barcelona and Cruyff’s offer?] At Juve I had everything. The first year was great. We won the Scudetto and it was very good. After that, however, I had injury problems. Platini was gone and Juve were going through a time of transition. We were not at the same level as our rivals. Arrigo Sacchi’s Milan were powerful and the German trio at Inter made them big rivals. I realised that big clubs are not the place to be when they are going through a transitional period. That was the problem and I went to Barcelona, it was a great club, but it was nowhere near what it is now. They won a league maybe every eight or 10 years and had never lifted the European Cup

2016 02 10g Retrieve

[You had five years at the Camp Nou. What is your best memory?] It’s impossible to choose. Many of my former colleagues would pick the European Cup final at Wembley in 1992, but for me it is impossible to pick just one moment. We won four league titles, one European Cup and other titles while also playing great football. If I had to choose something I would pick the spirit that was in the group. We were friends and had a very good atmosphere in the dressing room. I think it was the most important thing

2016 02 10h Retrieve

[Your time with Barca ended with THAT final in Athens how did it feel to go out on a low?] It showed that the club entered a new era. I had a lot of experience in football by then and I realised football is continuous evolution, at whatever level. A team is never complete. You have to think to win today and tomorrow and to plan for the future. When you have to change seven or eight players that is when something has gone badly wrong. The day Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo leave Barcelona and Real Madrid they will both face a crucial challenge to try and keep on winning

2016 02 10i Retrieve

[When did you decide to leave? Before or after that game against Milan?] Before. I could have stayed but there was a limit of four foreigners and you could only play three. The first few months of the 1993-94 season I was the one who played most but I was losing form in the decisive stretch and missed the final in Athens. I considered whether that trend would continue into the next season and came to the conclusion that I would have problems and time proved me right. Barcelona had problems with injuries in 1994-95 and they could only finish third

2016 02 10j Retrieve

[What was it like returning to Barcelona as a Real Madrid player?] I will never forget it. It was very intense on a personal and emotional level, but that is normal. When you’ve been very comfortable for so long that happens. But with the passing of time I also saw that people still loved me despite going to a rival team, which I understand was a blow to the fans

2016 02 10k Retrieve

[Why do you think fans do not treat you like Figo was treated?] I don’t know, maybe we should ask the fans. When I returned two years ago I did not get a very good reception but when I finished as a player there was never a problem. I still go to the Camp Nou often. I always got well treated in Spain, both in the Camp Nou and the Santiago Bernabeu, but also in Bilbao and Seville. The truth is I do not know why they treat me so well in places where I did not play but this is what I’m most proud of

2016 02 10l Retrieve

[Do you think you left a lasting legacy at Barcelona?] That’s very hard to say. Do you see yourself reflected in a younger journalist? It is not for me to say. That would be one for the players. I left Spain almost twenty years ago and sometimes people will say ‘that move reminds me of Laudrup’. Considering all the great players who have played for Barcelona that fills me with a lot of pride

2016 02 10m Retrieve

[Who was the toughest defender you ever played against?] I cannot pick just one but there were four who played together. They were Lopez, Thomas, Solozabal and Toni. I still know them by off by heart. In my day we talked about the defence as a unit, not a single defender. Atletico were very tough to play against

2016 10 28 Retrieve

[Al Rayyan coach Michael Laudrup asserted that his team will still fight for his chance to win Qatar Stars League] Al Kharaitiyat will be difficult such as all QSL games, but we play to win in all matches to keep our chances of competing for the trophy. Things are getting better, and despite of the short period I spent with the club, I can see good reactions from the players.

2018 01 11 Retrieve

[According to Michael Laudrup, Zinedine Zidane deserves to keep his job at Real Madrid even if they do not win any further trophies this season] I think he has done a fantastic job. He came in a difficult moment, he has achieved something for the first time in the history of the Champions League since it started in ‘93- the first team to win two consecutive Champions Leagues and in one of them he also won the Spanish league ahead of Barcelona, so I think he has done a fantastic job this season. Everybody was talking since the very beginning in the Supercopa, when they beat Barcelona, and that year they won everything. This year is not like that but I think what he has achieved in the last two years should be more than enough to give him a lot of more credit even if they don’t win anything. He should have much credit and should continue with his job

2018 01 18 Retrieve

[The Danish football legend says comparing the two Argentina team-mates is unfair on the Juventus forward, who has also rejected comparisons] He’s a talent. The problem I think is that he’s from Argentina and he’s another player that people like to say could be the next Messi. No, there is no next Messi now. To see the next Messi, we’ll have to wait. I don’t think I’ll see the next Messi in my lifetime. You don’t see a player like that every ten years, or every 15. Maybe we’ll have to wait 25, 30 years, 50 years to see another player like that. This is the standard you use sometimes. He [Dybala] is from Argentina, he’s left-footed, he’s not so tall, the way he is moving. But I don’t think it benefits him that he’s compared to Messi, because he is no Messi. He is a very talented player, but he is no Messi