At one time in his home country of Bosnia, Edin Dzeko didn’t have enough food “for three meals a day.” Today, he stands as Manchester City’s success story, the striker who could: the man with the team’s second highest trade – at $43 million. Striker, for us in the United States, is another word for forward, and the sport culture under scrutiny is none other than Britain’s infamous football scene. In Germany, Dzeko placed first in a German media poll, of which voters were journalists and fans, as Wolfsburg’s “best player of all time.”
“I’m very proud of the fact that I was chosen as the best of all time. In the short time, we have achieved so much,” Dzecko said in a Croatian language e-mailed statement to Pop Goes the Week. “I am very happy, especially because Wolfsburg historically employed very high quality and good players.” Three years after he joined the football team, Dzecko became the club’s top scorer with 59 goals in 96 games, besting the previous record set of 57 goals in 149 games.
To put this in better perspective for us in America, our favorite boy toy with a great mind matching his Fifth Avenue ad campaign good looks, David Beckham, played for Manchester’s rival team, Manchester United until he was traded to Real Madrid for nearly $56 million. As history is likely to repeat itself, Dzecko is on his way to superstardom and if played correctly, success in sports and pop culture on both sides of the pond. If you don’t like sports whatsoever, you should follow Edin for his foodie stance alone, as he often photographs his meals on Twitter over at @EdDzeko. Homemade Nutella crepes, anyone? And oh, sure, the looks don’t hurt. Expect an Armani ad in the works from him, give or take a few years.