Ronnie Lopez: I saw myself in Real Madrid, Barcelona or even Manchester City

Ronnie Lopez: I saw myself in Real Madrid, Barcelona or even Manchester City

The Portuguese midfielder has returned to his checkered career, which has been marked by several injuries.

At 26, Ronnie Lopez returned from France. The former Monaco, Lille and Nice player is on loan from Sevilla to ESTAC.

A great hope in football during his first steps as a professional with Manchester City in 2013, the Portuguese attacking midfielder (two choices) steadfastly in poles the team on her chaotic journey.

Jardim . Special Administration

He recalls his complicated start with Monaco, on September 20, 2015, and the special management of Leonardo Jardim: “The first chance he gave me, in front of our fans, he sent me off after 35 minutes! I said to myself, ‘But that’s not possible.’ It was really very difficult. She re-meeted a month later, then was seconded to Lille (in January 2016). »

After winning at Lille and then an impressive comeback in Monaco (he scored at least one goal in eight consecutive days in 2017-2018), he joined Sevilla in August 2019. A disastrous choice for his football career as he rarely plays.

In Seville, the coach doesn’t like him

“I arrived and found a coach (Julen Lopetegui, editor’s note) with whom I only play Europa League on Thursdays. On weekends, for La Liga, I am at home. I am not even with the team. […] Repeat that I will be very important. After confinement, he told me, “You are in very good physical condition, even better than those who play in your position, but I will make the others play.” Once, I am next to a teammate, who arrives and asks him how you are, and he does not ask me anything. I thought to myself: “Who am I here?” I have always remained professional. It’s just that the coach doesn’t like me, that’s all. »

Misunderstanding in Olympiacos

To relaunch his career, Ronnie Lopez was loaned to Nice (2020-2021) and then to Olympiacos (2021-2022).

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Within the Greek club, he won the championship but was a substitute. Again, he doesn’t understand his coach’s choice: “I didn’t really understand why I was a substitute. However, it was the coach, Pedro Martins, who called me. At some point, I started saying to myself: ‘Is this my fault?’ Am I not doing things right?”

A career wrecked by injuries

Ronnie Lopez believes his career has been hampered above all by his many injuries: “They ruined my career. They always came when I was riding and lasted several weeks. And they were always hamstrings: three left and three right. Nobody could tell me where the problem came from. I’ve been looking for the explanation almost my whole life! I saw myself in Real Madrid or Barcelona or even Manchester City. I think I could have been there. That’s what’s hard. Sometimes I think in my head, ‘Where would I have been without these injuries?’ “I want to know. Perhaps I can really be at that level today.”

Read: Interview (June 2018) – Ronnie Lopez: “I learned to think a little more about myself”

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