Alex O’Loughlin (born 24.08.1976)
I can’t explain how mutch I love this friendship <3
In the eye of the storm
What is it about Fernando and journalists? What is it about the media’s negativity when it comes to him and the audience’s eagerness to believe it all?
I think Fernando has two fundamental problems. One has to do with the clubs he’s played for throughout his career. If he had played for either Real Madrid or Barcelona, he would be much more protected and loved by the press. That is essential to understand his situation. The other problem is that Fernando is… the way he is. There are other players, most players actually, who are much more media-friendly, who worry about establishing good, reciprocated relationships with certain high-end journalists. Those players are more than willing to do those “Fernando Torres takes us to his favorite places in London!” type of specials. But he doesn’t do that, he never has. He’s a very introverted guy, very cold in that sense, he doesn’t want to be photographed doing something other than playing football. He doesn’t want to be known for anything else but his job. So that has stopped him from cultivating important acquaintances and sympathies among the press. It has always been one of his main problems, Fernando is not easy. He is not an easy-going person at all. And I’m telling you, I adore him. But he isn’t an open, generous, accessible person who invites you to his home when you want to do an interview. He is not the kind of person who goes “You want to write a piece on me? But of course! Whatever you need, whenever you want to, I’m here and we’ll see it done! Where do you want me to have my pictures taken?”. He isn’t that kind of player, and it doesn’t do him any favours. But that’s the path he chosen to take, and there’s no going back from it because he’s still very much the person he has always been, no club or new city has changed that. There is no other way for him to go on about things. He’s chosen to be that way, it’s the way he wants to be, and the result of that has been of course, him having an honestly appalling relationship with the press, but it’s something he’s chosen freely, it’s his decision and I find that admirable.” - María José Navarro, Spanish journalist (“La Razón” and Cope). (x)