The Juventus legend speaks about racism, his sons, and the world’s current best player.
is widely considered among the best defenders of all time. The Frenchman played for Parma and Juventus in Serie A, before joining Barcelona in 2006. In his playing days, Thuram was also active in different programs to battle racism and inequality in football.
“I am very lucky. I made a good life as a player, today I like to go and discuss to make people understand that everyone can contribute to a more just society,”
the former defender told
La Gazzetta dello Sport.
“Since I was nine years old, I was trying to understand myself. When I retired, I started to travel with my foundation to defend justice. Who has a role in sport must also discuss other things to have an impact.
“White players have an important role in this, they should make their voice heard,” he continued. “A non-white person must go beyond himself to get to the top. Football is politic, economy and capitalism, I love to watch football and great players, but I don’t support any team.”
The former Parma star was asked about his opinion on the world’s best footballers.
“Romelu Lukaku is incredible, then [Kylian] Mbappé and Marquinhos.”
Thuram’s sons are active footballers who both play in European top-flight leagues.
“I have two young sons who are footballers, Marcus was born in 1997 and plays for Borussia Monchengladbach. Khephren is a midfielder, born in 2001, he plays for OGC Nice.”
Marcus Thuram has developed into a key player for Gladbach in recent seasons. The midfielder, who featured in 40 matches for the Bundesliga side last season, waslinked
with a move to Inter in the summer transfer window.
“He speaks Italian, a footballer always wants to play in the best clubs and in Italy, there are some of the biggest. However, my sons will take their own path, I am just their father.”
the former France international added.
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