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Name Hernan Crespo
Gender Male
Ethnic Argentinian
Job Argentinian Footballer
Desc Hernan Crespo’s £35.5m move to Lazio from Italian rivals Parma in 2000 was the last time a club other than Real Madrid broke the world record for a football transfer fee

Affiliation

Org Argentina National Team
Club as Player Chelsea FC
  Inter Milan
  Parma FC
Club as Coach Parma FC [Youth Coach]

2013 11 09 Retrieve

[Hernan Crespo on Messi vs Maradona] I grew up with Diego – he was my idol. But I also played with Messi. Maradona or Messi? You can never forget history, but I’d say Messi

2015 01 24 Retrieve

[Hernan Crespo on Inter Milan’s Dani Osvaldo] Osvaldo’s problem comes from within himself. The problem is how ready is he mentally to accept the decisions and the rules that come with the job. It’s Osvaldo fighting against Osvaldo

2015 03 19 Retrieve

[Parma legend Hernan Crespo, who is now a youth team coach at the club, added to the outpouring of shock regarding the state of disarray at the Ennio Tardini but issued a rallying cry for his youngsters to stick together] I no longer know what to say. Unfortunately something terribly serious has happened again. I don’t want to discuss the details, I’ll go over them in the future. I can’t pass judgement on the legal issues but I can say that we’re going ahead in spite of the difficulties. My lads are motivated and want to end their season on a high note. I have a stupendous group. Please don’t ask me to say anymore, this is such a difficult moment for us at Parma

2017 04 14 Retrieve

[Hernan Crespo believes Inter are a better team than Milan going into Saturday’s crucial derby at San Siro] I have thought since the beginning of the season that Inter boast a better squad than AC Milan. Since Stefano Pioli’s arrival, you can see that reflected on the pitch too. Anything can happen in a 90-minute clash, but Inter are the better team

Since Stefano Pioli’s arrival, you can see that reflected on the pitch too. Anything can happen in a 90-minute clash, but Inter are the better team

Since Stefano Pioli’s arrival, you can see that reflected on the pitch too. Anything can happen in a 90-minute clash, but Inter are the better team. Milan allows you to enjoy football and the derby to the fullest, but as the game ends, you could be happy if you win or sad if you lose, but it is all over.

2017 08 14 Retrieve

[Hernan Crespo suggested Perisic may end up at Stamford Bridge] It’s possible he joins Chelsea. But he plays on the left, and on the left you have Eden Hazard, Perisic and Marcos Alonso. Maybe he could come in through the middle or to the right

2019 08 02 Retrieve

[Former Lazio and Chelsea striker Hernan Crespo on Sergej Milinkovic-Savic] If he went to the Premier League, he would be great. He plays very well as a physical midfielder and he gets into the box almost effortlessly

2019 11 13 Retrieve

[Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina] Leo is very much loved, he is Argentina’s top scorer. He was unlucky enough to lose three Copa America finals and one in the World Cup. Imagine if he’d managed to win them …

Maradona is a declared Boca fan and played for Boca. Leo grew up in Spain; his whole life has been spent playing for Barcelona. Diego is probably more popular because it makes a huge difference growing up in South America rather than Europe

2020 02 28 Retrieve

[River Plate idol Hernan Crespo returns hoping to spoil their title celebrations] I am going back to the River stadium, with River fans inside, for the first time since 1996. It is impossible not to have strong feelings about that. I have been back with the national team and to see other games in those 24 years. The stadium will be packed and I will be there. It is going to be beautiful, a fantastic feeling.

2020 03 27 Retrieve

[After watching Lionel Messi miss a penalty in Argentina’s opening group game at the 2018 World Cup, Hernan Crespo pleaded for his compatriots not to be too hard on the national team’s talisman] Of course, we expect more from him. But Messi is not (Diego) Maradona. He cannot win the World Cup alone

2020 04 09 Retrieve

[Crespo admits it is ‘very difficult’ to be Messi] It is very difficult to be Messi, nobody can put himself in his place as nobody could, at the time, put himself in Maradona’s place. It is impossible to know what they think and what they live. It makes me happy to see him play in the national team, I would love, as an Argentine also, to see him become world champion. Leo is a guy who has been at a very high level for many years, receives kicks, gets up and carries on, always working. Actually, if you think about it, somehow it is soccer that owes Messi. But that is not going to take away greatness. We are Argentines and we want him to be world champion, I want it all my heart, but he goes beyond a title and he will not stop being immense.

2020 04 21 Retrieve

[Former Argentina star Hernan Crespo says Lautaro Martinez should wait a few years before leaving Inter] He must stay at Inter without doubt for a simple reason. He did well in Argentina with Racing, he arrived at Inter and for one season he was on the bench, then he was promoted to being a starter. This is his first season as an indispensable player. He needs at least three years to finish growing, then he can think about a transfer elsewhere

[The former Argentine international says that he believes that the club has changed in a big way in recent years, especially this season under Antonio Conte] I have followed the evolution of Inter. Conte and [Beppe] Marotta have brought a different style to the past.

2020 04 10 Retrieve

[Hernan Crespo says Lautaro Martinez could well be the new Sergio Aguero] We know Mauro Icardi and Paulo Dybala, while we’re getting to see what Lautaro Martinez can do. Lautaro could well be the new Sergio Aguero. He’s not as sharp in his dribbling, but he is more of a team player than Kun, who too often gets distracted and looks disinterested. Lautaro is always participating in the move, so he can play as a lone centre-forward or with another striker like Romelu Lukaku, even in a trident. I really like his mentality

[Crespo said of the two-time World Cup winner, a man he considers to sit alongside legendary figures of the modern era] For people of my generation, Ronaldo was a phenomenon. CR7 has had the good fortune, like [Lionel] Messi, to play at the same time and improve each other but for Il Fenomeno Ronaldo it was different. At the time there was probably not as big a stimulus that Ronaldo and Messi have today to improve even further.

Without a doubt Cristiano Ronaldo has shown incredible longevity but the way that Ronnie got in on goal and the things he used to do to get away from opponents make him unreachable

[Crespo is currently working his way up the coaching ladder, with a spell being taken in as manager of Argentine side Defensa y Justicia, but he hopes to return to Europe at some stage in the future] I would like to manage the teams I played for. sI want to go back to San Siro, so long as they do not pull it down. I dream of going back there every day, it is a magical place

2020 05 06 Retrieve

[Hernan Crespo has explained the emotions that went behind the now-famous photo of him staring at his Premier League winners’ medal in the Chelsea dressing room] This image means I was appreciating what I had, being isolated a little bit from the madness around you, congratulating yourself and analysing the work behind the achievement. I looked at the medal and I thought: ‘You got it, what an achievement.’ That’s what’s it all about. To prepare and to achieve it.

It had consequences for many people: the kit man, the massage man, fans, there was so much happiness behind all of that. And that is just for some lucky people. That’s the reason why I try to convince my teams to understand how they impact everyone. That’s why I want my teams playing in a certain way, being respectful between themselves and to their opponents. For all of it, because you, unintentionally, are an example and everybody is looking to you

2020 05 06b Retrieve

[Former Argentina star Hernan Crespo says Barcelona target Lautaro Martinez should stay at Inter for the next few seasons to continue his development] I would love for [Lautaro] to stay for a thousand reasons. He’s in a big team and doing two or three years like this is good. You have to live with that pressure of having to play at that level all the time. You need a balance that you can get if you stay in the same place. It seems to me that it would do him good to stay in that sense. He is young and has had many changes. This was his first year as a starter, he earned it and the season did not even end.

Lautaro could well be the new Sergio Aguero. He’s not as sharp in his dribbling, but he is more of a team player than Kun, who too often gets distracted and looks disinterested. Lautaro is always participating in the move, so he can play as a lone centre-forward or with another striker like Romelu Lukaku, even in a trident. I really like his mentality

2020 06 03 Retrieve

[Hernan Crespo has described Lautaro Martinez as a complete player] I would like him to stay at Inter because this has been his first year as a starter. I wish he had a bit more of a solid foundation before another change comes. Trains slow down at the best stations and Lautaro is one of them

He is a very serious and focused boy. I really like that. He has a lot of personality. He is a complete player who can play in attack both alone and accompanying another striker

[Crespo also reserved praise for Lautaro’s international team-mate Lionel Messi] What I admire about Messi are the forms, the way he achieves things and his consistency. They kick him millions of times and he gets up and continues playing. Respect the opponent and the game to the fullest. This is an example that transcends beyond soccer.