Thursday, April 19th, 2012
Talk about showing your players how it’s done!
Ivorian midfielder Geoffrey Serey Die is hardly known for his goalscoring fetes. In two seasons at Swiss club Sion the 27-year-old has only managed one goal, and that poor scoring record lead to a challenge from his club owner Christian Constantin.
The bet was simple: 55-year-old Constantin wagered Serey Die that he couldn’t score 14 out of 20 shots against him. If Die won he was be rewarded with full use of Constantin’s Ferrari for three days. Lose, and Die would need to take the entire squad out for a slap-up dinner that was valued at 3,000 francs.
For the record, back in the late 70s Constantin registered several matches as the goalie for Xamax Lugano.
On Wednesday the bet was finally played out in front of a healthy gaggle of journalists, and lo-and-behold Sion’s middle-aged owner claimed the spoils. In fact, Serey Die scored just eleven of his efforts on goal whilst Constantin made seven clean saves.
“My little finger hurts like hell,” said Constantin after the shoot-out, before regaling a self-promoting story for the hacks. “Two years ago I took my summer holiday in Sardinia at the same luxury resort where Chelsea operates a youth academy, and there was a friendly tournament taking place. In the other team was a certain Mario Balotelli, and we ended up having a kick around. The Manchester City star also could not beat me, before he asked whether I’m playing in Ligue 1 in France.”