'He thought he was Lionel Messi' - Eamon Dunphy claims some Dublin footballers 'really fancy themselves'
Eamon Dunphy has claimed that the three-in-a-row All-Ireland-winning Dublin footballers will be admired but never 'loved' and labelled an unnamed player 'a bigheaded p***k' during a radio interview this evening.
The outspoken broadcaster was a guest on Game On on 2FM for the show's 'Friday Forum' with the subject of the Dublin footballers and whether the county should be split up was discussed.
The former Republic of Ireland international criticised some players for not giving 'candid interviews' and were acting like celebrities.
"They fancy themselves a bit more than they should do, I've met some of those Dublin players," he said.
"They are acting like superstars, like Tiger Woods."
Asked to qualify his remarks, he added: "All the superstars are protected... J-LO or any of these people, There is a whole protective squad around them of heavies. You don't get close.
"Sport only works because people, ordinary people, have an affinity with the game.
"I won't name them but there are a few of the Dublin players who really fancy themselves. They don't give candid interviews."
Later in the programme, he added: "I met a Dublin player recently and this guy thinks he's Lionel Messi and Messi would have a bit more charm. It's unbelievable.
"I just thought, 'You big-headed pr**k'. It didn't bother me. It's in every sport. There is alway someone like that.
"I love gaelic sport and I admire what Dublin have done but being admired and respected is one thing. They will never be loved, this team. I don't think."
Meath All-Ireland winner Bernard Flynn praised how the Dublin management and players deal with the media but was 'disappointed' with the lack of emotion illustrated by Dublin boss Jim Gavin after last Sunday's win.
"They're superstars in an amateur sport which is even more dangerous. They are not professionals. The platform that they are elevated to is quite incredible for amateur sportspeople," he said.
"It's a dangerous thing and it's a bubble that they're in. I think they have been managed quit well I have to say considering the success they have had under Jim Gavin.
"I think they have been managed well for the bunch of superstars he has.
"We don't know anything about them."