What The Hell Happened To Bojan Krkic?
They called him like other FC Barcelona youngster the “New Messi” now he isn’t even good enough to play in the Premier League. What happened to Bojan Krkic ? Bojan was only 9 years old when he arrived at La Masia, FC Barcelona’s famous youth academy.
Up till he was 16 years he was a superhuman he scored 889 goals in 7 years playing for Barca. When he was 17 he became the youngest player to play for FC Barcelona in the UEFA Champions League. A few days later he also became the youngest Barcelona player to score a La Liga.
Bojan Krikic had it all speed, technique and agility the whole world compared him to Lionel Messi. Bojan said in 2018 “At first I was very proud to be compared to Messi. That gave me a lot of confidence”. During his first season as a pro he showed alongside Ronaldinho, Xavi, Iniesta and Eto’o his skills and scored 10 goals.
Pep Guardiola regularly picked him ahead Thierry Henry! Bojan Krkic even was called up by the national team of Spain to face France in a friendly. Unfortunately he started to struggle with his mental health. He went too fast, too quickly before the match against France he had an anxiety attack.
The Spanish Federation announced he was sick to justify his absence. But the problem was far more serious “That’s when everything started. I began suffering from anxiety. I had to stop. Everything overwhelmed me, everything exploded. It can happen to anyone. I was 17, I wasn’t even an adult” Bojan Krkic said in The Guardian.
The anxiety attacks became more frequent for Bojan “No one wants to talk about anxiety, football isn’t interested in it. It affects everyone differently. With me, it was a dizziness. Feeling sick, constant 24 hours a day”. Called up by Spain for the 2008 EURO he refused, why ?
Because of his problems with anxiety! In the following season Bojan continued to play well for Barca, but he was never able to start the games as a starter. He didn’t get on well with Pep Guardiola and decided to leave FC Barcelona for AS Roma. With Roma things didn’t go well according to his plan. Bojan was playing on the wing not his usual position.
And his love for the game began to fade. He decided to sign for AC Milan but the experience was even less convincing in reality he was suffering from being in Messi’s shadow. Bojan Krkic said once “In Rome and Milan they were expecting me to be the new Messi. That didn’t help. He scores three goals every game.
If you score one goal, you are not Messi”. After leaving Italy Bojan signed for Ajax Amsterdam than Stoke City. Krkic re-discovered a high level in England unfortunately after 6 months he experienced a major blow, a ACL rupture a nightmare for Bojan Krkic. Ever since he never came back to his former level, his loan to Mainz 05 and Deportivo Alaves have not been very successful. Today he is playing for Montreal Impact in the MLS. Bojan Krkic is proud of his career but he far from being the new Messi. It’s always very difficult too difficult to be compared to Lionel Messi.