Highest-paid Hungarian footballer of all time is Romani
What has been suspected for several days has now been officially confirmed. Hungarian footballer Norbert Balogh will continue his career as a player in the highest Italian competition, the A Series, as a member of Palermo.
The Italian club has paid EUR 2.2 million for Balogh. He has signed a contract for four and a half years, during which he will earn a total of EUR 2.8 million, according to information released by his hometown sports club, VSC.
Norbert is 197 centimeters tall and weighs 80 kilograms. He will be 20 in February.
By joining the Palermo club, Balogh will become the highest-paid Hungarian footballer to date. "You'll see, Balogh will become the new Cavanim. I paid five million euro for him plus bonuses, and I also immediately refused a certain British club who offered to pay double for him shortly thereafter," said Maurizio Zamparini, president of the Palermo club.
The striker, who graduated from the Debrecin Football Academy, began his sporting career in the town of Hajdúböszörmény. In 2014-2015 he was coached by a professional trainer and during 24 matches shot a total of five goals, but he did not make it into the actual elite of Hungarian football until this year.
In an interview for vsc.hu, the young talent spoke with unusual humility and openness about the conditions of his childhood: "I grew up in the Romani settlement in Hajdúböszörményi. I had a difficult childhood and I experienced many different blows of fate rather early on. My parents had very little money and more than once we had nothing to eat for supper. That poverty worried me, and I was ashamed because the other children at school were wearing trendy shoes while I just had used ones from the second-hand store. I remember mourning over an advertisement for brand-name shoes with David Beckham in it because it was clear to me that something like that was not an option for me. When I look back on it, of course, I am grateful for my childhood; it taught me to appreciate what I have much more. Even if I continue to succeed, even if I may never know financial destitution again, I will never forget where I come from."
"I still nurture my friendships and relationships with people from the settlement and I want things to remain that way in the future. Those were the friends that I frequently played football with outside in the heat of the summer, after all, without any food, without anything, we just kept kicking the ball around," Balogh said.
- Hungary: Football hooligans assault and injure refugees at Budapest train station
- Czech football fans hang up Islamophobic banner during match, team later apologizes
- Commentary: Football still trumps immigration demonstrations for the Czech public
- Czech football hooligans attack Romani youth, Roma plan to demonstrate
- Czech Republic: Romani footballers play embassy employees
- Famous Romani players in world football
- Gyulla Banga: FIFA punishes Croatian footballer for promoting Nazism
- HATTRICK: Famous Romani footballers
- Greek footballer banned for life from national team after Nazi salute
- Czech fans spread rumors about Romani football subsidy
- Czech football team models clothing brand with neo-Nazi associations
- Football gives Travellers a sporting chance
- Romani football team removed from competition in the Czech Republic
- Some Czech riot police to deploy during risky football matches and neo-Nazi marches
- Roma in Croatia play football against racism and discrimination
- Czech town to discuss controversial proposal tomorrow to declare its entire territory "socially undesirable"
- Hungary: Romani duo from Slovakia win the "X Factor" music competition
- Mário Bihári and Bachtale Apsa launch new video Saturday with concert in Prague
- Lívia Járóka becomes first ever Romani Vice-President of the European Parliament
- Dr Erika Horváthová: Romani people's basic problem in the Czech Republic is low educational achievement, but it's improving
- Emílie Machálková, a Czech Romani Holocaust survivor, has passed away
- Christian Democrat chair says Czech Republic should have taken in 10 refugees more to avoid European Commission censure
- Romani ice hockey player drafted into the NHL for the New York Rangers
- Slovakia: Romani residents of Zborov tell Romea.cz that police beat children, pregnant women, threatened retribution if video released
- Slovak Police President defends intervention against Roma, says batons were brandished but nobody was struck
- Slovak Interior Minister, Police President agree filmed intervention against Romani residents must be investigated
- Slovakia: Romani politician says if video of police brutality did not exist, authorities would probably have never investigated
Tags:Fotbal, Chudoba, Hungary, Itálie, Osada, Romové, Sport
Czech town to discuss controversial proposal tomorrow to declare its entire territory "socially undesirable"6.12.2017 13:34
Každý diskutující musí dodržovat PRAVIDLA DISKUZE SERVERU Romea.cz. Moderátoři serveru Romea.cz si vyhrazují právo bez předchozího upozornění skrýt nevhodné příspěvky z diskuse na Romea.cz. Ty pak budou viditelné jen pro vás a vaše přátele na Facebooku. Při opakovaném porušení pravidel mohou moderátoři zablokovat zobrazování vašich příspěvků v diskusích na Romea.cz ostatním uživatelům.