Soccer fans love the game of soccer because it is filled with pulsating action that comes from teams that represent people from all parts of the world. Soccer allows people of all cultures to integrate onto a playing surface and exhibit their talent in a very aggressive game that is watched by millions of people each weekend. When one of those players is missing though, a different type of hell breaks loose.
Soccer is a sport that is very respected by fans because they have made it their business to know all about the people involved with the game. The fans understand the time and commitment that some soccer players put into a game that they love doing every day of the week. There are certain soccer players that still must prove their abilities in a foreign land even after they have become champions in their homeland. These players will be under constant scrutiny by the public as they wait for the player to prove their abilities and live up to the hype generated by the news.
These self-made soccer avatars have been exposed by the news media as the best in their craft and have been criticized for being highly paid for their professional services. Some professional soccer players have used their brain instead of their athletic talents and excelled in the news because they have a very talented mate who is just as interesting in the public eye. When this type of scrutiny is diverted for just a short time, it gives the soccer playing champ a chance to rest and look forward to playing the next game of soccer.
It is rather strange that the press would canonize a foreign soccer player for not being able to play in Los Angeles when he was injured in a soccer game. Although the player was where he was supposed to be, and doing what he was hired to do, some critics feel that he was taking advantage of the situation somehow and was not keeping up his end of the bargain.
Perhaps the injury occurred on a soccer field in England, or one in the United States. Soccer players know the risk when they enter the field, and yet, many of them still do and have the courage to continue playing long past when they should leave the field for medical reasons. Permanent injuries can occur when any soccer player puts the game above self, but the ridicule provided by the press and teammates might give a foreign player that plays for America no other choice.
A player with this much power and charisma on and off the soccer field deserves to be watched but not monitored. Some events of life deserve to be solemnly attended to with dignity and with a guarantee of privacy. There are certain times when time limits should be lifted and attention to family matters be given the widest considerations. Otherwise, the watching might turn to monitoring so soccer teams can try and figure out if devotion to self finally overrides the grinding urge to return ever again to the playing field where a foreigner is often criticized.