It is usual that once footballers retire from the fields, they start a new career in the media to become sports commentators. In Mexico, different television stations have different former figures on the field on their payroll and share their opinions on the transmissions of the MX League and of the Mexican team.
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One of them is Ricardo Pelaezwho has already had experience in sports television since he collaborated with televised sports and with ESPN; however, his debut on television was not applauded as what he achieved on the court, in reality received a number of criticisms and the majority came from his teammates on the Mexican National Team.
Recently the former sports director of Chivas confessed how was that reception of his former teammates Tri. In an interview with Antonio de Valdés for his YouTube channel, Peláez recalled what that first experience in the media was like and what he lived through when he met the team tricolor.
Once he made his retirement from the Guadalajara club official and hung up his boots, Televisa approached Peláez to sign him as a sports commentator. Without thinking too much about it, Ricardo accepted, so he embarked on a new stage in his career, but he did not imagine the criticism he would receive.
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When it was his turn to cover matches for the national team, he came to coincide with the players, so that was where he received negative comments. “I retire in 2000, Televisa It broadcast, as before, all the matches of the Mexican National Team and sometimes we traveled and coincided with the national team on the plane”, recalled Ricardo Peláez.
And it is that his former playmates came to play practical jokes on him on those flights because they were bothered that Peláez became a sports commentator. Among them he pointed to Óscar Rabbit Perez, Louis Robert AlvesClaudio Suárez and more players to be part of the criticism and jokes.
“I just retired, we go to a National Team match and the players start throwing things at me; Louis Hernandez, RabbitOswaldo, Davino, Beltrán, Claudio, García Aspe, Braulio Luna, Ramón Ramírez, Hermosillo, Zague, all of them in that team”.
But what most surprised Ricardo Peláez was the reproaches he was told because the footballers thought that Peláez would “throw them” on television.
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“I had already retired, I retired in 2000. We arrived at the trip and They told me ‘how of a commentator?! you’re going to be throwing us on television with everything’, ‘I thought you’d be a manager, a coach’, ‘how what commentator? Please!’, textually said by all”.
At that time, the former player kept his opinion to himself and continued with his new profession because there he was given the opportunity to reach the board of the America club and then to the Mexican team.
But as time went on, those who complained about Peláez’s decision to become a commentator also did at the time, so the former manager from Guadalajara reviewed the list that he came to mention and came to the conclusion that they all took the same path.
“All! everyone!, moral: don’t spit (up) because it falls on your face. Everyone in some medium, at some point, others continue, others no longer, but they all passed through there. And then I became a manager”
When he narrated the matches of the Mexican National Team, he coincided with Enrique The dog Bermudezeven lent his voice to set the FIFA video game in 2006. He later participated in ESPN in programs like Spicy Soccer. Now, after leaving Chivas, Peláez could return to sports televisionbut now with TUDN for the 2022 Qatar World Cup.
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The criticism that Ricardo Peláez received when he became a sports commentator