Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti has said that there are two types of players in football: those who put the team first, and those who are more drawn in by their ego.
Ancelotti, who has managed some of the biggest clubs in the world, including AC Milan, Chelsea, and Paris Saint-Germain, has a wealth of experience in dealing with different types of players. He believes that the balance between team players and egocentric players has changed in recent years, with players now having more power in the transfer market.
"In terms of the transfer market, something has changed," Ancelotti said. "The player has more power than before. On the pitch it remains the same."
Ancelotti said that he has noticed that some players are more willing to sacrifice for the team, while others are more concerned with their own individual reputations.
"The player who has a little more ego prefers to win individual titles and there are others who want to put their quality at the service of the team," he said.
Ancelotti's comments come at a time when football is increasingly moving towards a model more similar to that of the major American sports, like the NFL or NBA. In these leagues, players have a lot of power in the transfer market and are often able to secure big contracts by running down their contracts.
It remains to be seen whether this trend will continue in European football, but Ancelotti's comments suggest that it is something that managers will need to be aware of in the future.