Deadspin today checked in with perhaps the most unique angle I’ve seen on Libyan rebels taking Tripoli: the story of Al-Saadi Gaddafi’s soccer “career.”
In classic dictator’s son fashion, Saadi wormed his way into the country’s sporting establishment, eventually becoming a starter for Al-Ittihad Tripoli, a top club in the Libyan Premier League. This despite being a terrible soccer player. And then …
He had always wanted to play in Italy, so he made it happen in a matter of months. And all it took was years of hard work his family owning a large stake in Juventus. But Juventus has a history, and wouldn’t lower itself to a stunt signing. Enter Perugia and chairman Luciano Gaucci, who will lower himself to anything.
Saadi ended up seeing time with Perugia and Serie A rival Udinese, playing a grand total of 26 minutes over three seasons. He also spent time under contract with Sampdoria.
The third son of Muammar Gaddafi, Saadi is currently in rebel hands in Libya.