The exchanging of jerseys at the end of a soccer match is a long-standing tradition well-established in the sport, even as it has evolved. There’s typically a tale for any swap — like the ones that take place during this World Cup games.
The tales are also intimate, talking to a player standing in the game or marking a chapter in their career.
Jordan Henderson conceded that after Liverpool’s Champions Alliance fight with Barcelona’s final season he didn’t exchange shirts with Lionel Messi – since of a lesson he learned from Roy Keane. Then the Liverpool captain was at Sunderland, Keane was Henderson’s boss-and the longtime Manchester United incredible educated his players never to take part within the time-honored shirt swap convocation.
“When I was at Sunderland, Roy Keane told me that in case you inquire for somebody’s jacket, it looks like you’re scared of them,” Henderson recalled him, to begin with, meet with Messi on a field-and the Reds midfielder claimed it was a world absent from seeing him on TV.
“You don’t think to yourself ‘Oh my Goodness – that’s him,’ but there’s no question that after you see him on TV he unexpectedly plays the game. He’s so quick. Henderson said The Mirror. Reflecting on his free-kick presently, I truly can’t accept he scored it. I truly figured he’d take it short.
“Did I consider inquiring about his shirt? No. I never did,” he said. But Henderson went domestic with one Blaugrauna shirt from the Camp Nou former team-mate Suarez. I came domestic because it turned out, with the shirt of Luis Suarez,” Henderson said.