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Name Roberto Ayala
Gender Male
Ethnic Argentinian
Job Argentinian Footballer
Desc One of the last greats of a dying breed, Roberto Ayala was one of the most accomplished, no-nonsense defenders of the 21st century. Ayala was capped 115 times for Argentina, captaining them for 63 of those appearances, and enjoyed a stellar club career at the highest level, fielding for the likes of ​Napoli, ​Milan and Valencia, before hanging up his boots in 2011

Affiliation

Org Argentine National Team
Club as Coach Argentine National Team [Assistant Coach]
Club as Player xxxx
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2020 04 20 Retrieve

[Roberto Ayala gave an interview where he spoke about Lionel Messi’s evolution] Lio likes to be treated like anyone else. He’s a very closed person who has grown a lot in recent times. Today, he’s a leader on and off the pitch.

When he first started, we were team mates, he practically didn’t speak. What’s more, he would go out and train because he had to. If not, he would have stayed in his room. Today, he participates in everything: He talks with his team mates, he asks them how they are. Even before the matches, he talks a lot

[On the goal scored by Dennis Bergkamp vs. Argentina] I’ve seen that play many times and I still can’t find my mistake. In the penalty area, I didn’t make a mistake. Yes, there’s the incredible ball control by him, an incredible finish. In that play, there are many good things which Bergkamp did that no one gives any importance to, they just see a supposed error by me. What I do admit is that I was badly positioned when the ball came because had I been properly placed, I would have fought for the ball without problems

[When ask about being part of the Argentina national team coaching staff] Being back with the Argentina national team as an assist with Scaloni is very special for me because I’ve been there since 1993, when Alfio Basile first called me up. I feel very comfortable. You have to make an effort to be here because you leave aside many things to be able to have the prestige that can only be given to you by this shirt. There is nothing more beautiful than putting on the sky blue and white shirt

2020 05 02 Retrieve

[Roberto Ayala on Messi] I hope that he gives us his footballing level, that he makes us grow as a team. Having a team with him, not of him. He wants to be treated like this, like just one more player. We told the players that he will not be treated differently by us. You all have to step up, do what you do for your clubs, and he will help you. You have to take advantage of that

2020 05 09 Retrieve

[Roberto Ayala, another of those to have seen both Messi and Maradona at close quarters in his playing career] I played with both of them, with Diego I was taking my first steps. They are two footballing giants, and when he retires, Messi will be remembered. I don’t know if it’ll be like Diego, it doesn’t matter. They are different. Diego was pure art in all his mannerisms, Messi a Speedy Gonzalez who carries the ball two centimetres from his foot

2020 06 09 Retrieve

[National team’s assistant coach Roberto Ayala says Lautaro joining Messi at Barcelona would benefit Argentina] The more matches they play together, the more they can get to know each other, it can be an advantage [for Argentina]. But we will have to see if Lautaro plays for Barcelona or not because we can’t forget [Luis] Suarez is there. We will see. It’s an important decision Lautaro will have to make. Whatever he decides you have to respect because he’s managing his career. The more chances of them playing together, the more they’re going to understand each other. Lautaro is in a very important club at the moment and scoring goals in Italy is not easy. At Inter he’s grown a lot and learned to earn his place. Inter trust in him a lot, his coach is empowering him, he found a partnership that complements him very well

2020 06 10 Retrieve

[Argentina assistant coach Roberto Ayala feels the national team would benefit from the attacking duo playing together at club level] The more matches they play together, the more they can get to know each other, it can be an advantage [for Argentina]. But we will have to see if Lautaro plays for Barcelona or not because we can’t forget [Luis] Suarez is there. We will see. It’s an important decision Lautaro will have to make. Whatever he decides you have to respect because he’s managing his career. The more chances of them playing together, the more they’re going to understand each other. Lautaro is in a very important club at the moment and scoring goals in Italy is not easy. At Inter he’s grown a lot and learned to earn his place. Inter trust in him a lot, his coach is empowering him, he found a partnership that complements him very well