Robert Pires, Lilian Thuram’s teammate in the France team and in particular during the World Cup in 1998, saw how much he protected his son Marcus from too early media exposure.
What did you think when you heard that Lilian Thuram’s son was selected for the France team?
ROBERT PIRES. I said to myself : ” What a great story! I remember Lilian being very protective of him and refusing to expose him too much. One day, he told me: “I hope Marcus will be better technically than me!” »I told him it was not difficult (laughs). More seriously, I know that Lilian is very proud of his son but he won’t say it too loudly, precisely so as not to embarrass him.
Is it funny to see that it is Didier Deschamps, the ex-partner of his father, who calls him in Blue?
This is just an anecdote. Marcus Thuram is not selected because of this. He has his own strength, because in football being a son of is dangerous. But then “son of world champion”, there, it is almost impossible mission… Your father went on the roof of the world. How to do better afterwards? But his great luck is that Marcus is a striker and no one has compared him to his father. (Editor’s note: Lilian was a defender). He was able to grow up more quietly and prove himself without fearing daddy’s shadow.
How does the journey of a son of a world champion is it more difficult?
Look at everything that has been written about Zizou’s children when they started playing football. Or on those of Youri (Editor’s note: Djorkaeff)… You barely kicked the ball when there are plenty of articles about you. You make the buzz in spite of yourself when you haven’t asked for anything and you just want to have fun with your friends. Marcus, at first he must have suffered from this. People don’t realize this pressure and I know what I’m talking about.
That is to say ?
My son, Théo, is 13 years old and has joined Arsenal academy. In addition, he plays midfielder like me. He knows that it will be even more difficult for him than for his friends to become a pro because they will always talk to him about me. I warned him of this danger. This is what Lilian must have said to his son after his selection: you will see that for his first press conference, we will only ask him about Lilian, his 142 selections and if he hopes to do as well as him, etc.
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