For all the amazing advancements of modern football, the beautiful game seems to be fighting a losing battle when it comes to keeping uncompromising personalities at the forefront.
Players are constantly criticized for robot interviews, PR teams regulate their output on social media, and stars seem more distant from fans than ever before.
But there is one player who continues to embark on a one-man quest to maintain a sense of drama in football: Mauro Icardi.
Argentinians have had a career that could easily secure her own reality TV show – for stories on and off the pitch.
Icardi, who is currently trading for Paris Saint-Germainhas managed to balance playing for a selection of the biggest clubs in the world with becoming football’s most popular headlines in recent years.
To celebrate his 29th birthday, here are five of his most notable stories.
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Wanda Nara scandal
Even if you’re not familiar with Icardi’s playing career, you’ve probably heard of ‘Icardiashians’.
The striker and his wife, Wanda Nara, have been together since 2013, the same year she divorced Maxi Lopez.
Lopez is married to Nara, an Argentine model and media celebrity, who became too fond of Icardi during social events arranged between the two.
Five months after their relationship came to light in late 2013, Icardi and Nara married, with the front appointing her as his agent and in a well-documented turn. , the names of Lopez’s three children are tattooed on his arm.
As you’d expect, animosity quickly formed between old friends, as Icardi left Sampdoria to join Inter shortly after the wedding.
Icardi brutally raised the record by defying Lopez’s request not to post pictures with his children on social media.
And, according to the divorcee, the Nerazzurri’s teenager rubbed salt into his wounds by repeatedly hanging up while Lopez was talking to his children.
They then went head-to-head on the field in a Series A match in April 2014 – famously dubbed the “Wanda derby” – in which the two players refused to shake hands before the match.
And the drama has only just begun.
Icardi opened the scoring against his former team, celebrating in front of their mocking fans, but Lopez was given a chance to level the score and equalize just five minutes later. ..
According to the written script, Inter won 4-0, when Icardi – who now has two daughters with Nara – scored another goal.
A relationship of Messi
Lopez isn’t the only former Barcelona player Icardi is said to have had beef with, none other than Lionel Messi – now his teammate in Paris – is said to be not a fan.
In October 2016, speculation arose that the superstar was behind Icardi’s removal from the Albiceleste đội team due to his friendship with Lopez.
The then coach Edgardo Bauza denied that Messi had already decided his options, although he would never call up Icardi.
To replace, Gonzalo Higuain and Lucas Pratto were surprisingly chosen to replace Icardi, who is having the most prolific season in Serie A and is regularly included in the Team of the Tournament.
“When Messi sees something in the team that he doesn’t like, he says so, but it doesn’t hurt the team,” Bauza said. “It is not true to say that there are players who are not picked because they are not liked by the team.
“If I wanted to pick him, I would, but today he’s below Higuain and Pratto.”
The supposed bad blood between Messi and Icardi is not something anyone could have predicted as the pair – from the same Argentine city – were both involved in the founding of Barcelona’s La Masia as teenagers. year.
Confronted with Inter’s super product
Claims that could spark a riot are usually reserved for post-retirement footballers’ autobiographies, but in 2016 during his prime, Icardi caused trouble with fans. supported Inter in the book Semper Avanti (‘Always Looking Forward’).
An almighty row was reimagined with the club’s superstar, Curva Nord, as he revisited an incident that occurred midway through the 2014-15 season when Roberto Mancini tried and failed to get the Nerazzurri back Champions League.
Their calamity was most evident when they lost 3-1 first Sassuolo in February of that campaign, whom they beat 7-0 in the back-to-back game.
While Icardi – already captain at the age of 22 – scored a consolation goal, fans were unimpressed when he threw his shirt into the crowd, immediately sending it back to spark a rage. hot exchange.
And while the debate has only been largely forgotten, the autobiography has returned to it.
Icardi wrote: “It was a shame when an Ultra’s head flew towards him, took the shirt from his hand and threw it in a disgusting manner.” “The moment I was by my side, I would have punched him for the gesture of the bastard he just pulled.
“So I started insulting him roughly.” Damn, co-stars a big and powerful man with a small child to show off in front of Curva. You should just be ashamed. You should all be ashamed”.
“With that said, I threw the shirt in his face. In that moment, it all started as if the world was ending.”
That’s not the end, however, as the former Barca prodigy went so far as to challenge Curva to scrap alongside “criminals from Argentina.”
“I’m ready to face them one by one. Maybe they don’t know that I grew up in one of the South American neighborhoods with the highest rates of crime and street murder,” Icardi said.
“How many of them are there? Fifty? One hundred? Two hundred? Okay, record my messages and let them hear. I’ll bring 100 criminals from Argentina who will kill them on the spot. place.”
It didn’t go well in the San Siro, forcing him to apologize amid calls to be stripped of the captaincy – more on that soon – and to no one’s surprise, the incendiary passage was cut from The final.
Chaos Captaincy and his sister’s pleas
Fast-forward to February 2019 and Nara, long a controversial figure for Inter to deal with as Icardi’s agent, took the bold step of starting his downfall. in Milan.
Not wanting to give up her popularity, she used her media presence to campaign for Icardi to be rewarded with a new contract amid reported transfer interest from the likes of… people like Manchester United and Juventus.
But her plans, including criticizing his teammates and coach, quickly backfired – unsurprisingly Icardi is suffering from a seven-match goal drought in Serie A. .
Reports suggest that the Nerazzurri instead pushed the striker to find a new agent; something that Icardi’s sister, Ivana, agreed to.
Clearly not a fan of Nara, whom she labeled a “harmful”, Ivana added: “My poor brother, why does he continue to allow this? Inter, they don’t allow these attitudes.
“If he had someone serious behind taking care of him, this wouldn’t have happened.”
Inter responded to the backstage drama by stripping Icardi of the captain’s armband, handing it to the goalkeeper Samir Handanovicwho still wears the captain’s armband to this day.
Another scandal of Wanda Nara
We end where it started, with Wanda.
Just as Icardi looked happy playing for PSG after a successful loan season that saw the French giants splash out £45m for him, his relationship once again took center stage.
In fact, their time together almost came to a dramatic end in October 2021 when Nara confirmed she had signed the divorce papers after accusing her husband of cheating.
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Icardi missed training and matches for the Paris team, only for the two to find their relationship again before a month was over.
They were interviewed on the show “Susana, Invitada de Honor“as Icardi admitted that he cheated on his wife with Chinese actress Suarez.
“We went through tough, sad moments. But everyone knows my love for her. I got married when I was very young; I was 20 or 21 when we got married.” Icardi explained. UOL Esporte.
“And that’s love for a lifetime. I made mistakes, but we fixed it. I know a lot of people want to know. But this is the last time we’ll talk about it.”
Nara talked about her Instagramwhere she reaffirmed her love for the feverish goalscorer, writing: “We went to the lawyer. In two days, Mauro accepted all the conditions and we signed the agreement.
“The next day, he wrote me a letter like no one had ever written to me: ‘I gave you everything and you had it all, I hope you can be happy because that will make me happy. ‘.
“And there, I realized one thing: that having it all, I’m nothing without him. I’m sure the bad moment we’re going through will strengthen us as a couple as a couple. and as a family.
“The important thing is that we both had the freedom to end our eight-year history, but with weary souls that wanted to cry, we were free to choose each other again.
“I love you, Mauro Icardi.”
They may have finished that story well, but we expect a response from the 29-year-old and his lover soon.
https://www.mirror.co.uk/sport/football/news/mauro-icardi-wanda-messi-inter-26271515 Mauro Icardi's 5 silliest stories: From the love scandal with Wanda Nara to Lionel Messi's toxic relationship