I think it might be lost in translation, his way of talking, tone, the things he said, specially when younger (in fact there is a famous situation with Passarella having a meeting with him to tone down his declarations in River). Yet cockiness it's not sthg that bothers me that much, only when its display without a certain grace or funny quality that not every player has, and Crespito was in this last lot.It's funny because I was going to post how Crespo's the kind of dude that people can't dislike. 😆
I never thought he was arrogant or anything like that...just seemed to be a player who loved to score and work hard for whatever team he was playing for. I wasn't a huge fan of his when he was at Parma but you had to respect the output. When he was the world record transfer, people were wondering whether he deserved it...then he had a mega season for Lazio.
El Piojo was more related to his overcharge full speed/full time approach that I'm not fond, yet like Crespo he had an elite carreer for sure and also was a lot more suited to a counter Valencia style than the style I wanted the NT to play. Beilsa left tons of great players out just for the sake of his system above everything and Piojo was sort of the trademark of that idea, even if till today I don't get how Piojo's style even suited that great that IDEA from Bielsa.Fangio has always had that in ample supply, which I don't mind.
But Crespo 😒
When you actually look at his stats, Crespo doesn't really have that much in terms of longevity. He had his 2 big seasons in 99/00 and 00/01. After 01/02, he only had one season where he scored more than 10 league goals (14 for Inter in 06/07). I guess his skill-set and reputation made us regard his actual career output differently.Crespo was a well established player who had a really long career by that era's standards. He should be compared with other players of that longevity imo. Adriano wasn't good enough at his peak to bring up the peak vs longevity debate here.
Just taking a quick glance, his goals/apps ratio remained pretty good for the most part. He approached 50% in a few other seasons than the ones you mentioned. In any case strikers had less beefed up stats than they do in today's game.When you actually look at his stats, Crespo doesn't really have that much in terms of longevity. He had his 2 big seasons in 99/00 and 00/01. After 01/02, he only had one season where he scored more than 10 league goals (14 for Inter in 06/07). I guess his skill-set and reputation made us regard his actual career output differently.