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Gurpegui: I’m going to be a martyr for the rest of my career

by Tom Conn | Posted on Tuesday, February 11th, 2014

Athletic Bilbao captain, Carlos Gurpegui admitted that life hasn’t been easy following his controversial run-in with Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo, which resulted in the Portuguese international receiving a three match ban, and Gurpegui feels that he is the target of unfair criticism stemming from his doping ban over a decade ago.


In his post-match interview following Monday evening’s 0-0 draw with Celta Vigo at Balaidos, Gurpegui vented his frustrations and admitted that he’ll always be the victim of taunts and criticism because of his past.

“I’m not the same 22-year-old who tests positive, I have a family, a daughter and it hurt that they still bring these things up.  I’m going to have this martyrdom until the last day of my career.  After what happened with Madrid, I’ve felt embraced by the club and my teammates.  I knew what was going to happen.  I could have stayed on the ground and been more theatrical, but that’s not who I am.  It’s been a very difficult week, but football is my life and I’ll play as long as I can.  Football has a limit and even more so for one that’s surpassed it.”

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