As an avid book reader – football ones of course, with a library that goes back to the early fifties, I keep a close eye on anything published about Manchester United but I have to admit that even I cannot keep up with the multitude of historical club and player autobiographies which are available every year. Searching through a list of books recently I came a cross one which I never even knew was published, a book about a player who I’m an unashamed fan of despite his many critics who it must be said, even exist amongst committed United fans. It’s a biography of Dimitar Berbatov written by Chris Davies in July 2009 where he describes Deadly Dimitar as one of the biggest natural talents in English football.
Davies explains that “Manchester United has a roll call of some of the most gifted players in the history of English football – Edwards, Charlton, Best, Giggs, Cantona, Rooney, Ronaldo – the list goes on and on. And in September 2008 the ranks were joined by prolific Bulgarian forward Dimitar Berbatov who in signing for a massive transfer fee of over £30 million became the club s most expensive player ever.
“>After following in his father’s footsteps by representing Bulgarian clubs Pirin Blagoevgrad and CSKA Sofia, a transfer abroad to Bundesliga outfit Bayer Leverkusen followed but after five and a half goal laden seasons in Germany, Berbatov departed the Rhineland club for North London giants, Tottenham Hotspur on a four year contract.
His debut season proved an unmitigated success as he finished the campaign as Spurs top scorer with 23 goals in all competitions. Yet despite establishing himself as a fans favourite at White Hart Lane and inspiring his team mates to a wonderful Carling Cup triumph over Chelsea, Berbatov’s thirst for success saw him make a dramatic deadline day move to United where he inherited the famous number nine shirt once graced by the legendary Sir Bobby Charlton.
And he wasted little time fitting straight into Sir Alex Ferguson s star studded line up, scoring twice on his Champions League debut against Aalborg to edge United a step closer to retaining their trophy whilst also helping the club in their imperious march towards a record equalling 18th league title.
Deadly Dimitar is an in depth look at the life and career of Bulgaria’s five time Footballer of the Year and favourite sporting son and one of the biggest natural talents in English football.
What’s your opinion – Is Berba great player or the waste of a large transfer fee?