Tapping the assistant referee’s head? Not a good look, bro.
In general, Diego Simeone seems cool and passionate. He busted the Barcelona/Real Madrid La Liga Duopoly last season and brought Atletico to the Champions League final. He’s loyal to his players and they seem to love him. Simeone was a fantastic, gritty defensive midfielder who was once Argentina’s most capped player.
It’s SimEarth and we’re all just living in it. But palming the fourth official’s head made him seem like an emasculating, patronizing bully.
I would probably hate him if he coached, say, Real Madrid. Especially since he fashions himself a B-Movie villain. He’s like Leo “Crater Face” Balmudo, the bad guy from Grease. They both dress in black, slick back their hair, act like tough guys and have pockmarked faces:
Don’t take the role home with you, Simeone. Stay cool.
[…] A while back, I wrote a post comparing Diego Simeone to Leo “Craterface” Balmudo aka the Bad Guy from Grease. […]