Me and my mates often play a game called: “Would you rather win the World Cup, or…?”The premise is simple, you ask the question and fill in the gap. For example: Would you rather win the World Cup, or headline Glastonbury? Or would you rather win the World Cup, or win the lottery? It goes on for hours and hours until it gets out of hand, but more often than not, the World Cup wins.
The World Cup is the pinnacle of any footballer’s career; to even play in it must be absolutely insane. It is watched by billions of people around the globe and the final is one of, if not the
biggest sporting occasions there is. So, when you play in the World Cup and also go on to win it, you would expect your name to go down in legend.
Wherever you walk, you would expect people to be buying you a beer, patting you on the back, ruffling your hair and just constantly congratulating you. You would expect clubs to be lining up to sign you, you are a World Cup winner after all! What you wouldn’t expect, though, is to be on LinkedIn looking for a new club to sign you.Sadly, this is exactly what has happened to World Cup winner, Christian Zaccardo. Zaccardo, who won the World Cup with Italy in 2006, has taken to the social network site, LinkedIn, in order to find himself a new club.The defender, who made three appearances for Italy during their triumphant campaign, most recently featured for Vicenza in Serie B last season, but the club were relegated and Zaccardo cut his ties with them, making himself a free agent. Putting up a list of his appearances and goal record, alongside a message for any potential employers, Zaccardo says he is still in good shape, and that whoever takes him will get a good deal.
“I’ve cancelled the contract that tied me to Vicenza until June 2018,’ Zaccardo wrote on the job site. I’m currently an unattached footballer. I’m still good physically, I could play two more years at high levels. Whoever takes me will get a great deal. Serious and strong professional footballer!”
Although not one of the standout players at the tournament, Zaccardo still managed to play the first two games for Italy during their successful 2006 World Cup campaign. However, he did score an own goal against the USA in his second appearance. The defender went on to make one more appearance at the tournament (as a substitute in the quarter final against Ukraine) and only received two more caps for the Azzurri.
Zaccardo’s club career is packed full of serious pedigree though, with the defender having plied his trade at AC Milan, Wolfsburg, Palermo and Bologna previously. Given the clubs he has played for, you would think that Zaccardo shouldn’t have an issue with someone snapping him up shortly, and his entrepreneurial skills have to be lauded, too. At least he’s cutting out agent fees!