What’s that saying? Money doesn’t buy happiness? Well, Alvaro Morata agrees.
Speaking to El Mundo now that he’s back in the Spain national team and scoring goals for Chelsea, the striker opened up about a variety of topics, including his difficult first season in England, which was made even worse when Julen Lopetegui omitted him from the squad heading out to Russia.
His summer, however, was made considerably better towards the end of July when his wife gave birth to twins, whom they named Alessandro and Lenoardo.
The boys have given him a new perspective on life, making him realise what is really important: his children being healthy and growing up healthy.
A bit further on, the newspaper asked him about his life as an elite footballer, and all the benefits, mostly financial, such a job brings to the table.
Yet, Morata wanted to make clear that, in fact, he and his fellow professionals have similar problems to others, if not more.
He said: “A lot of the time, money and fame can be a problem. There are a lot of people who think we have an enviable life or that we have more privileges than other people. But sometimes, money can cause problems with friends, which has happened to me.
“It can go all the way to your family, and people don’t take that into account. Money helps, of course, but it can also take a lot of things away from you. Footballers don’t normally have experience with money. I’m not talking about investments and businesses.
“It’s difficult at our age to have a friend who’s having a hard time because of decisions he’s taken in his life, and you’re the one who has to save him, and saying no is difficult. But if you do it once, you then have to do it twice, and then three times. Even if you have the money, they are f***ed up situations.”
Don’t go asking Alvaro Morata for hand-outs then.