July 15, 2018 at 7:27 pm #11465
SamsonParticipantFiltered Thoughts Points: 4730
Croatia came to this World Cup with only two natural strikers. Mario Mandzukic, the guy who scored the winner last night was one.
The other was Nikola Kalinic.
Kalinic was on the bench for Croatia’s first game against Nigeria. With five minutes to end that game, coach instructed him to dress up and replace another player.
Kalinic angrily refused to play, in protest of being left on the bench.
He saw himself a top player, and wouldn’t come on for just five minutes. The coach turned to other player Pjaca for the substitution.
After the match, Kalinic refused to apologize, despite appeals from other coaching staff.
The coach then sacked him from the team, and sent him home from Russia. Kalinic flew for holidays, and even posted pictures of himself enjoying elsewhere.
After all, he seem to imagine Croatia won’t go anywhere in the tournament. But without him, the team managed to win their matches.
Croatia achieved their greatest football achievement in history, reaching the World Cup final.
The remaining 22 players are national heroes. Their names forever inscribed in the hearts of generations.
Kalinic is not part of the winning team all because of minutes of anger, pride and bloated ego.
He may have regretted now but it is too late. These stories about life are quite familiar to us, but do we really learn lessons from them? As they profoundly apply to all spheres of life?
Learn to cut pride, learn to control anger and deflate ego. And ultimately, learn to say SORRY.
Years of sweat and dedication can all be shattered by moments of anger and pride.
Kalinic was too proud.
Too proud to be a substitute.
Felt bigger than the entire team.
Kalinic will never be in the World Cup final again.
Oh, Kalinic !
Don’t be a Kalinic.
#copiedThoughtful Comments: 10. 10 (interesting)
July 16, 2018 at 9:33 pm #11467
CHIJANNParticipantFiltered Thoughts Points: 3320
It is not over until it is over
It is unwise to assume or predetermine what has not ended
Kalinic I presume felt his Croatia team will not survive to see the light at the end of the tunnel
Out of pride and wrong assumption,he has killed his carrier
Well no living being knows what might have happened assuming he played that game, may be a worst thing might have happened to him or his team…. GOD KNOWS THE BESTThoughtful Comments: 0.
July 18, 2018 at 6:08 pm #11469
mayjoveyParticipantFiltered Thoughts Points: 2600
I was surprise when I heard that..
Like how on earth will a player do that.
I believe he must have learnt his lessons, though he learnt it the hard way.
Pride forth before a fall.
God opposes the Proud but gives grace to the humble (The Holy Bible)Thoughtful Comments: 0.
August 4, 2018 at 12:20 pm #11479
ShanksParticipantFiltered Thoughts Points: 210
Well, the world cup is over now and irrespective of the veracity of Kalinic’s claim of a back injury, there are still lessons to be tapped from the incident.
He had a pretty bad year at Milan and complicated his probem by being sent off at the WC. The funny thing however is that we might not have heard much about the issue if not for the fact that Croatia had a successful run to the World cup finals.
Na so life be sha!Thoughtful Comments: 0.
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