It’s fair to say Dimitar Berbatov has been quite the hit on Goals on Sunday today.
The Bulgarian striker has always been coolness personified on the pitch throughout his career, and his appearance on the show has confirmed he has the personality to match.
While the former Tottenham and Manchester United star entertained with quotes like ‘treat the football like you treat your woman’, he also shared a pretty eye-opening story about when he was kidnapped just as his career was getting started.
At 18-years-old, just before he joined German giants Bayer Leverkusen, Berbatov revealed he was hoodwinked into a precarious situation.
This is how the story unfolds:
“A friend of my father said come with me I need to drive you some place and, when you are young and naive, I went to the car and, he’s a friend of my father, so I thought OK,” Berbatov said.
“He invited me into a restaurant and I saw a big guy and he said ‘sit down please’.
“He wanted me to go play for another team – his boss wanted me to be there, they had money and stuff like this.
“But I didn’t know where I was and I wanted to call my family, so I used the phone and I called my father and said come here because I don’t know what is happening.
“At that moment I was feeling a bit scared. They were not giving me a choice – but in a polite way.”
So, in some ways, we came tantalising close to being denied Berbatov’s genius in England because he was nearly confined to a bizarre life in Belgrade instead.