Sport 15 years ago today, Thomas Gravesen wanted to ‘kill’ Robinho in training ground row
The brutally difficult back-row decisions Warren Gatland has to make this week and the specific position that could reveal all about Lions plan
Gatland has spoken about several competitive areas in his squad but the back-row is one he's always come back toA year on from his final exertion in Auckland, the two-time Lions captain decided that was it.
When lists citing the strangest signings in football history are compiled, you'll frequently see Thomas Gravesen's 2005 move to Real Madrid cited as one such example.
That is perhaps a little unfair given just how well the Dane was playing at Everton at the time but, it's important to remember, that this was in the midst of Madrid's first Galacticos era. Only a few months earlier, they brought Michael Owen to the Spanish capital and David Beckham was less than two years into his La Liga career.
Indeed, it wasn't a case of Gravesen necessarily being a terrible signing, it's just it didn't fit the mould. Given all the glitz and glamour on show at the Santiago Bernabeu, the arrival of a bald, no-nonsense central midfielder moving from Goodison Park just seemed a little strange.
Footage re-emerges of one-touch Real Madrid team goal that's so stunning it's gone viral
The former Manchester United star lit up the Spanish capitalArguably the biggest club in world football, Los Blancos have boasted some of the most iconic legends of all time, lifting the top prize in European football a stunning 13 times to go along with their 34 La Liga triumphs, 19 Copa Del Ray victories and 4 Club World Cup wins.
A combustible character, the midfielder's most famous moment during his short stint as a Real Madrid player actually came on the training pitch.
15 years ago today, in fact, the former Denmark international was involved in an altercation with Robinho during a pre-season training camp in Austria, as you can see in the video below.
While, clearly, it's hard to know exactly what happened to set Gravesen off into such a rage without actually being there, former teammate Julio Baptista told Cadena SER in 2019 that the issue had started when the Brazilian forward pushed the Dane.
"He [Gravesen] gave him a kick, then another one," he said (via).
"Robinho stopped, looked at him and shoved him in the chest, and then it kicked off. Gravesen wanted to kill him.
Olympics-Cycling-After Rio heartache, Thomas seeks road to gold in Tokyo
US-OLYMPICS-2020-CRD-THOMAS:Olympics-Cycling-After Rio heartache, Thomas seeks road to gold in TokyoTOKYO (Reuters) - Geraint Thomas has achieved pretty much everything in his illustrious career with a Tour de France title, rainbow jerseys and two Olympic track gold medals in his locker.
"They were separated but Robinho went back to the changing rooms and Gravesen looked and me and said, 'I'm going to kill him.'"
Somewhat of a cult-hero, Fabio Capello (Madrid manager at the time) even suggested he didn't like the midfielder's behaviour but could do little to stop it.
"The way he is, we won't have problems with him," he told.
"He's just a little bit peculiar. I don't mess with him, he works well tactically. His behaviour is like this, and I don't like it, everything has to be done like he wants it to be done."
These days,, having made millions playing poker after retiring from the game in 2009.
The curious case of Dan Thomas, one of the best flankers in the English Premiership who may never get to play for Wales .
He was selected in the Gallagher Premiership team of the season by one pundit, but Wales never calledWhen you get past the likes of Charles Piutau, Marcus Smith, Danny Care and John Afoa, eventually you get to Dan Thomas.