Troubled midfielder looking to relaunch career in Central Mexico following loan move from Lazio
RAVEL Morrison has once again shown England and Manchester United fans what might have been after scoring a wondergoal for Mexican side FC Atlas.
The 24-year-old attacking midfielder joined the Central American team on a season-long loan from Lazio at the end of the summer transfer window after failing to make an impression in Italy.
But he has wasted no time in showing the undoubted – but so far unfulfilled – talent he has always possessed with an incredible effort in the 2-1 friendly defeat against Club America.
Morrison, who came off the bench in Chicago, picked up the ball from around 30 yards out before beating a man with an extravagant step-over and curling a powerful strike into the bottom corner.
He was then mobbed by jubilant team-mates who look to have already taken the previously troubled star into their hearts.
Morrison, who Rio Ferdinand described as the “best youngster I’ve ever seen”, is now one of the highest-paid players in the Mexican league.
In 2008 he was cautioned for common assault and in 2011 pleaded guilty to witness intimidation. He was also fined £600 for throwing his girlfriend’s phone through an open window.
Sir Alex Ferguson once said of the 24-year-old: “He possessed as much natural talent as any youngster we ever signed, but kept getting into trouble.”
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