desire10 wrote:I'm not stereotyping this to all young pro's, and I am having an envious rant here, but anyway.
In my local pro team (Central Coast Mariners, A-league), I have a handful of the younger players (18-22) on Facebook. It just makes my angry to see how uncommitted they are to what's meant to be their life. I mean, on all of their profiles, all they post about is going out and getting smashed at clubs and getting drunk. I mean one of them has their profile picture as an image of him and his friends getting out of a dented car that's just collided with a tree, late at night, and they all look baked to be honest. I was talking to one of the youngest (18yrs old) who's been recently promoted into the first team. I was asking him for advice on going pro, and gave him a story about how dedicated I am, how much I train, and how much I want to be a footballer. He's advice was "um have enjoyable sessions, and make each one helpful for the next one" - Exact words, and he has de-friended me as well. To finish, they are doing nil training right now because the season has finished, and the A-league teams (at least mine) don't train as a team for months on end until the league starts up again (this is ridiculous if you ask me). They loan out some of their players to foreign clubs so they at least get some football in. Also, I'll add, one of these players I've mentioned is now the first choice 'keeper.
Like Panchester and others have said in similar threads, theese people will have worked hard to get to that stage at one point in their life. They will have trained a lot to reach that level, and now they are at the level they want to be at, they will have a contract, and they can probably manage to go drinking and have a good time whilst still maintain the level they play at.
You only get one life, and if you can be getting paid to be in a football team, and living the party life, i'd say they got it good. They seem relaxed, which will also help them too.
If it annoys you, then just keep training, and try and get in the same team at a younger age, and if you don't want to have a good time meeting new people and partying etc..then just keep training and you may progress to a higher level.
If I was a pro I wouldnt dedicate my whole life towards football. I'd train sh*t loads, and even more than everyone else after practise. But, after that I'd go out, meet girls, meet new people. Have a laugh, Live life to the fullest! You can still be a brilliant footballer and have a social life