The Italian newspaper Gazzetta dello Sport has performed an interesting anonymous poll made to 50 random Serie A players.
One of the questions of the poll was to determine who was the most overrated player in the league. Surprisingly, the top three answers were Mario Balotelli, Mauro Icardi, and Ezequiel Schelotto. The three of them share the first spot with eight percent of the votes.
The Bianconeri Giorgio Chiellini, Angelo Ogbonna, and Mirko Vucinic, along with Stephan El Shaarawy, Pablo Daniel Osvaldo, and Emanuele Giaccherini (the poll was made before the last two left Serie A) follow the top three with the four percent of votes.
Through the poll, Gazzetta also allowed the word to the players about delicate topics that are always around the football environment, such as depression, racism, and sex.
Out of the 50 players, 29 admitted that depression is a real problem for a footballer. To the question: “Have you ever suffered from depression?”, 12 of them answer “yes.”
36 percent of the players confirmed that they have heard racist comments from their own teammates. Only two players, however, believe that a black-skin color individual has to struggle more than others to make a career.
Only three players who participated in the poll admitted that they have played at least once with a teammate who was openly homosexual.
Fiorentina manager Vincenzo Montella is the manager that most of the 50 players would like to be coached by. One out of three players would like to work with Juventus boss Antonio Conte, despite his tough training methods.
Insignificant popularity for former Roma coach Zdeněk Zeman: desired by only one player.