Dani Pacheco, remember him? It certainly took us a moment to recall his existence, and our memory wasn’t encouraged by anything positive – quite the opposite in fact. Pacheco is a named charged with broken dreams and unfilled potential; of the ‘next big thing’ turned ‘Liverpool’s latest flop’.
Expectations were understandably high for the man who hailed from Barcelona’s famous La Masia academy, a talent producing powerhouse which boasts famous footballing alumni ranging from Messi, Xavi and Iniesta, Sergio Busquets, Gerard Pique, Pep Guardiola and Jordi Alba.
Ah, Dani Pacheco. Pacheco, Pacheco, Pacheco…where did it all go so wrong? We would argue that Liverpool would’ve been happy if the little Spaniard channelled the equivalent talent of Messi’s right boot. But even that was beyond him.
Donning a style reminiscent of Yossi Benayoun in his prime – yet far, far below the iconic Israeli’s standards – Pacheco made just 17 disappointing appearances for the Reds’ first team.
Admittedly we were shocked to learn that, despite returning an impressive one assist and zero goals in 591 minutes of football, Liverpool saw fit to alleviate him of his prodigal duties and banish him to a nomadic life on the road, rather than end his misery with a painful termination, or sell him on the cheap.
From the iconic grass of Anfield to Carrow Road, an arena made famous by Delia Smith’s drunken half-time antics, we think its fair to the loan move to Norwich City was a metaphor of Pacheco’s career. Ironically, he did actually manage some of his best football in England during his stint in East Anglia. Maybe (definitely) there is something in the water?
You sometimes hear about people who have bought strange items online, like a parakeet, boat, pickled unicorn etc., in an alcohol-fuelled spending spree only to immediately regret it in the morning. Well, it seems stuff like that happens in football as well.
Pacheco probably thought he had won the lottery when Atletico Madrid came in for him on August 24, 2011. But, rather tragically, he soon realised this was the kind of bogus win that requires you to send in your bank card details and security pin before you could claim your winnings. Just a day after completing his Madrid move, the Spaniard was sent straight back out on loan to Rayo Vallecano to prove his worth before a permanent deal. Needless to say, his performances didn’t much improve.
Following this disappointment, Pacheco spent a season on loan at Segunda Division outfit Sociedad Deportiva Huesca for the final period of the 2012/13 season before moving to Alcorcon in the summer of 2013 (again, on loan).
After being dished around like a hot potato for eight years, Pacheco’s disastrous career has finally found it’s resting place (at least for now) with Malaga CF, a once great side languishing in Spain’s second tier, where he has managed a single goal and two assists in 20 appearances.
Blimey. Quality stuff from the man!
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