Max Meyer was ridiculed across the German press when leaving Schalke for Crystal Palace but on Tuesday evening, the German International had a laugh of his own at his former club’s expense, posting (and then deleting) a dig at the club’s Sporting Director Christian Heidel.
Throughout the contract disputes Max had with Schalke, it was clear that the press had been briefed by the club to spin him as an arrogant and money-hungry young footballer who was happy to take his employers for a ride. Those criticisms only intensified when the midfielder chose to leave Germany for a new challenge at Crystal Palace during the summer.
Whilst not choosing to bite directly at any of the taunts in the German press, Max did say upon his arrival that he felt the current Palace squad had as much if not more quality than the teammates he’d left behind; a comment which led many in his homeland both amused and offended. Luckily for Meyer, the footballing gods served up a direct comparison between the Eagles and Schalke on Tuesday with the Bundesliga outfit travelling to Manchester City for the second leg of their Champions League last 16 tie. The result did not reflect well on them whatsoever.
Not only did Guardiola’s men manage to put seven goals past them inside the 90 minutes, Max and Palace have the enviable title of being the only side to have beaten City on their own pitch all season long; a fact which proved too tantalising for Max to ignore.
He posted a picture of Heidel with the letters “GOAT” (Greatest of All-Time) beside him before deleting it shortly after. Quite clearly, the relationship between the two remains at rock bottom and Max couldn’t resist a little dig back after the stick he’d been subjected to.
Personally I’m all for it; I just wish his current boss would play him a little more regularly in red and blue but that’s a discussion for a completely different article.