Ex-Spurs star reveals incredible training ground story about ‘arrogant’ Berbatov

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Dom Le Roy

There are a number of different types of players in the modern game, from tough-tackling centre backs to hard-working midfielders and pacey strikers.

However, Dimitar Berbatov was in a complete mould of his own during his time at Tottenham Hotspur and Man United in the Premier League.

The Bulgarian international rarely got above a jog and almost never broke a sweat on the pitch, but somehow had this incredible natural skill and perfect touch.

Berbatov could walk into a decent position, pick up the ball, and do something magical within the blink of an eye, all seemingly without a degree of effort.

Jamie O’Hara, who played with Berba at Spurs, has now revealed that the forward was arrogant and rarely said hello to people, but boy did he have some skill in his locker.

O’Hara told TalkSPORT a story straight from the training ground that brilliantly sums up Berbatov in his prime.

He said: “I was never a big fan of him. He was a fantastic player, but he never said hello to anyone in the morning or shook anyone’s hand. He was so arrogant.

“We were training once when I was a young kid, and I was really busy getting around and flying into tackles. We were playing five-a-side and he was on my team.

“I’m screaming at him having made an overlap, but he can’t see me as he’s got the ball but he’s not facing the play.

“I’m screaming, ‘Berba, Berba! Give it to me! Give me the ball!’

“And out of nowhere he hits one, outside of the boot, left foot, over about four players’ heads, straight to me.

“I was like, ‘how did he even see me?’

“He then came up to me, put his arm around me and said: ‘Hey, you don’t need to call my name… I see you’.

“Then he walked off!”

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