OUT OF “ELF OVER 11” , COMMENTATORS TACKLING 11 TOP PLAYERS”
THE STORY OF DRIES MERTENS, THE BELGIAN INTERNATIONAL PLAYER THAT BROKE MARADONA’S SCORING RECORD IN NAPOLI
by Imke Courtois, former female Belgian A-international, football commentator on Belgian television, master physiotherapy, occupational therapy and Phd psychology
Mister Mertens, Dries, Driesje. I got the honor to write about and for you. I am a scientist. And a scientist loves numbers. At least I try to love them. At least, I try to love it. Where we can't tell anything meaningful, they fill the void, they say (although I personally think that emptiness or silence can say so much more). So I'm going to start with numbers. Not because otherwise I know nothing meaningful to write about you, but they tell us the story of objective truth, they say. But I am also a football fan, football player and apparently also an analyst. In the second part of this contribution I tell about you from this position, but also from the idea that you are more than just Dries Mertens. For me you are also the story that challenges the football philosophy in Belgium. But let's start with the beginning ...