Former Super Eagles attacker Finidi George has explained why his move to Real Madrid hit the rock during his hay days as a winger.
Finidi hit his prime form at Ajax winning the Champions League with the Dutch team in 1995 and he was one of the best crossers of the ball those days.
Findi was fast and had stamina both on and off the ball, his effervescence made him one of the most wanted players in Europe
In an interview with Supersport La Liga, Finidi, the winger revealed why his move from Ajax collapsed following their defeat to Juventus in the 1995/96 Champions League final With Ajax opened to a deal that would see Finidi sign for Real Madrid but the difference in the club’s valuation led the deal to fall through.
“After our Champions League final defeat to Juventus (in 1995/1996), the coach made it clear that they wanted to sell me and if even I stayed back at Ajax, that I was not going to play.
“At that time, Real Madrid were interested in signing me but as at that time, they didn’t have the kind of money that they have now,” George told La Liga Show.
“Real Betis then came with a good offer and I had to go. My stay there was memorable.
“At Real Betis, I scored in the final of the Copa del Rey the following season against Barcelona. Real Betis were defeated 2-3 by Barcelona after extra time.
“It was a big game. Real Betis did everything we could but it was not possible (to win). Barcelona had the edge, they had the experience.”
Finidi was part of the all-conquering team of the 1994 African Cup of Nations and played in two FIFA World Cups 1994 and 1998 before he hung his boots.