Everton midfielder Royston Drenthe has said that he was racially abused by Barcelona striker Lionel Messi while the Dutchman was at Real Madrid. Royston Drenthe spent a few seasons at Real Madrid before eventually moving to Dutch club Feyenoord a few seasons back. He is currently on loan at Everton, but has said that he would like to return to his parent club at the end of the season. The 25-year-old has been one of the reasons for Everton to have a great end to the season. It is quite possible that Everton can finish above Liverpool in the league for the first time since 2005. Everton managed to qualify for the Champions League back then, but now they are unlikely to make it even into the Europa league.
Royston Drenthe was signed by manager David Moyes on a loan deal till the end of the season, but there have been rumours that the club could be looking at the possibility of making the deal permanent in the summer. The player, however, has confirmed that he would not like to stay with the Merseyside club and would like to return to Feyenoord. He has also said that Barcelona striker Lionel Messi has racial abuse to him on a number of occasions using the same word used by Liverpool striker Luis Suarez on Patrice Evra.
“I played against him many times and we always have problems with each other. You know what bothers me so? That tone with which he always says, ‘negro, negro’. I understand that negro in South America is very common, but we can not stand it. Mahamadou Diarra, my team-mate at Real, could explode if ‘negro’ was aimed at him. The Argentinean Gabriel Heinze and Gonzalo Higuain said it initially on the training ground, but they were stopped,” said Drenthe.
Despite playing for a number of clubs like Everton and Inter Milan, Andy van der Meyde has found it difficult to convince the potential clubs to sign him.
However, he seems to have finally found the right club in the form of Ajax, as the winger is currently enjoying the best spell of his career so far. Andy van der Meyde has played for the likes of Everton, Inter Milan and FC Twente. However, he has been largely unused in all of the club’s before finding his true home in the form of Ajax. The winger admitted that he has made some mistakes in the past, but has found a consolation in the form of Ajax.
So far, Andy van der Meyde has made 17 assists and scored 11 goals for Ajax. It is the kind of form that has persuaded clubs all over the world to be interested in him. However, it is only now that he is capable of reaching the heights many expected him to do. Still, he says that the most important thing in life is to enjoy your career and it is something that he is doing at the moment. He also says that if there had been a time machine, he would be willing to go back into the past to change some things.
“I was good, did not leave and was not concerned with other clubs. A big bag of money from abroad, I did not, I earned enough to Ajax. “We were preparing for the new season when Ronald Koeman said:” Andy, you have to go upstairs to the office. ” Arie van Eijden, the general manager, said: “We’ve had a fax and Inter is willing to 8 million euros to pay you, so you’re sold.” I was stunned and was completely overwhelmed,” Van der Meyde said.
Andy Van Der Meyde was born on the 30th of September, 1979 in Netherlands. He currently plays for th Dutch at the position of the right winger. He started off his initial football career by playing for AFC Ajax and even though he was as young as 18, he showed amazing gam play and skills and made his team win in his debut match against FC Twente. He continued playing for Ajax despite certain troubles at times and was finally signed off to F.C. Internazionale Milano for a whooping 4 million dollar in the 2003 season. Andy Van Der Meyde was 23 by then and had gained enough experience to play professional football. However he was just selected for the Serie A tournament in his first season with the Italian club.
Once Andy had left and resigned from Inter in the year 2005, there were speculations that he would join Ajax again from where he started off. However he proved everyone wrong and decided to go for the Premier League club Everton and was signed for 2 million dollars. Although this was just a small fee compared to his previous transaction, he was not disheartened and decided to speak with his skills. However, even here he was not given a chance to prove himself and appeared in just 10 matches during the entire season. However in due course of time, he did manage to show his talent and help Everton win in a few matches where they were trailing behind.
Andy Van Der Meyde started off his international career debut with the Dutch team in the year 2002. His initial game was again a success where his team beat the USA by a score of 1-0. He also helped his team reach the sem finals in the Euro 2004 tournament and hence has had a more eventful career in his international phase.