Thug. Disgusting. Cabrón. Hijo de pu…
The bad boys of football, the player unconditionally loved if he plays for your team and the player absolutely loathed if he plays for the opposition. Every club has one, sometimes two. Hell, some teams are full of ‘em
Last year, Diego Costa was the poster bad boy in La Liga. His vulgar, crude and intimidating attitude made him hated by practically everyone in Spain. Except for Atlético fans that is.
“Diego Costa oeoe. Diego Costa oeoe.” Ringing around the Vicente Calderón whenever Costa was on the pitch. But the Spaniard-Brazilian is no longer in Madrid and Atlético fans worldwide lost their crazy ‘child.’ A replacement was necessary.
At first, Mario Mandzukic was believed to be Diego Costa’s heir due to his aggressive play style. However, the ‘cabrón’ title was passed on before Mandzukic had ever arrived at the Calderón.
“Raúl García lolololo. Raúl García lolololo.”
Raúl García – the man who broke his nose in 2007 way before Mandzukic, Jesús Gámez and Diego Godín decided it was the cool thing to do. The ‘thug’ that gets yellow carded while warming up. The ‘cabrón’ with one of best headers in the game. Raúl García, Spain’s new number 7. The real Raúl.
In 31 matches so far, Raúl García has 11 yellow cards. In comparison, he had 16 total yellow cards last season in 53 matches. In fact, García had more yellow cards last season than ‘bad boy’ Costa who had 13.
Diego Costa may have gotten all of the attention, but the real bad boy was Raúl García and he’s here to stay.
Raúl García is Atlético’s vice captain for the second season in a row. A sight unimaginable by Colchoneros when young 21-year-old García was signed by the rojiblancos.
Raúl García has the ability to rile up fans, players and the ref. His goal in the dying minutes at the Bernabéu in the Supercopa match didn’t quiet the Madridistas. It did the opposite. Chants against Raúl García could be heard throughout the stadium. His play style angers some, but his goals anger others even more.
Raúl García doesn’t shut people up. He makes them angry. He makes them sweat. He makes them scream. He makes them feel uncomfortable.
Raúl García, the player who scores in the Bernabéu and points to the Atleti crest as he celebrates.
“Raúl García lolololo. Raúl García lololol.”