Lionel Messi fought for the right to play with Argentina at the 2008 Olympics and he was ultimately rewarded with a gold medal to add to his long list of accolades.
So if there are possibilites of Mexico winning a medal of the 2012 Olympics, after an absence at the past few games, why would anyone turn down the opportunity to attend?
Carlos Vela recently asked to be left out of Mexico’s olympic squad. He’s been having a great season with Real Sociedad scoring 12 goals and providing seven assists at his temporary home. At the end of the La Liga season he will return to his parent club Arsenal to try and figure out a future. He’s constantly stated that he’d like to stay at Sociedad(they however don’t have enough money to keep him), and that he doesn’t want to return to Arsenal.
To be honest, who can blame him? Though Arsenal is a top club, that doesn’t matter much when he’s not getting any minutes. So Vela wants to spend his summer figuring out his situation and spending the whole preseason with his club.
And that is what he should be focusing on this summer.
Vela has always been a sort of eternal promise. He’s given glimpses of what he can do, but it seems like he can’t quite keep those performances up on a regular basis. He’s been steadily working toward that in the second half of the season with Sociedad.
If he gets an opportunity to participate in a full preseason with a team, and if he can really integrate to maximize his potential why deny him that opportunity?
Perhaps the thing that makes people upset in this situation is that he turned down the national team at a time where he’s delivering. Vela, and several other players, have been constantly called up to the national team at times where they weren’t even figuring into their club team sheets.
It would have been a great return to the national team, he was punished for being one of the partying players in 2010, but if this will help him add more to the national teams then let him stay out. He’ll be rested up for the Confederations Cup 2013 and World Cup 2014.
And even if the players are young, managers realize the importance of not over working players.
“His form last season was fantastic. He’s found the second year more difficult, but a lot of that is down to not having a summer break for three years and playing every summer for his country,” said Sir Alex Ferguson to the Manchester United official website.
“Next year he will be fine as we have agreed with the Mexican Football Association that he is going to get the requisite rest that he needs to perform in the Premier League.”
Javier Hernandez will also miss out on the Olympics. Ferguson had previously given the OK for Hernandez to attend the Olympics, but changed his words a few days ago. Since ‘Chicharito’ will be over 23 at the time of the Olympics, special permission would have been needed for his participation in the games.
If ‘Chicharito’ had asked to been left out of the call-ups, as has been insinuated by some news outlets, should he receive some sort of the same backlash that’s following Vela?
‘Chicharito’ doesn’t get to start his summer vacation just yet. The FMF gave the list of European-based players that will participate in exhibition matches against Wales, Bosnia, and Brazil in addition to the World Cup qualifiers against Guayana and El Salvador. They will join the Olympic hopefuls announced a few days ago.
Javier Hernandez (Manchester United)
Andres Guardado (Deportivo La Coruña)
Hector Moreno (Espanyol de Barcelona)
Giovani Dos Santos (Tottenham Hotspur)
Guillermo Ochoa (Ajaccio)
Francisco Javier Rodríguez (Stuttgart)
Pablo Barrera (Real Zaragoza)
Rafael Márquez (NY Red Bulls)
Jonathan Dos Santos is expected to join during the final list for the Olympics.