Former Manchester United forward Andy Cole asked a fan to ‘stop disrespecting his name’ with Darwin Nunez comparisons.
Cole has legendary Premier League status, scoring 187 goals and winning five league titles, but he wasn’t happy when someone compared him to the new Liverpool signing, who has played just a handful of games in the league so far.
Nunez has had a stop-start beginning to the Premier League following his big-money move from Benfica in the summer transfer window.
But when one user tried to show that Nunez was playing well despite missing chances – in a way that reminded him of Cole – the striker responded.
He said: “Cole, Nunez, not sure where this nonsense started but it’s Christmas, the festive season – I am happily retired.”
He then pointed out his honours list.
“Five Premier League titles, two FA cups, one League Cup, one Champions League, Golden Boot, Young Player of the Year, 187 Premier League goals, one penalty. Life is what you make it.”
When the supporter tried to make it clear he wasn’t trying to disrespect Cole in his original tweet, which has now been deleted, and only wanted to back the new Liverpool forward, Cole responded:
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“Sorry Dave worded wrongly or rightly.
“People need to stop disrespecting my name…because I don’t play the game, just a quiet guy getting on with life people think they can disrespect me.
“Look at the numbers and compare them to anyone else.”
Cole’s record makes him the Premier League’s fourth-highest top scorer of all time, behind Alan Shearer, Wayne Rooney and Harry Kane, while he was known to United supporters as ‘Cole the Goal’.
Explaining why the original tweet was deleted, the supporter wrote it was because Cole took it in a way it wasn’t intended. “Wasn’t meant to be disrespectful, more to say Nunez can get to his level even with misses,” he said.
There’s no suggestion Cole was trying to put down Nunez, who is at the start of his top flight career, netting five goals in 10 appearances in the league and nine in 19 across all competitions. Rather, he was keen to remind people that he was one of the best finishers in the game during his heyday.
The Uruguayan will be hoping to kick on when the Premier League returns after the World Cup break, where Nunez had a tough campaign with his country after their group stage exit.
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