Calombaris tipped as the future of soccer as he prepares to debut for Melbourne Victory in 2018 season
Melbourne Victory manager Kevin Muscat said he knew Calombaris was perfect for the team when he saw the pint sized Hellenian have a pop at a Sydney FC fan twice his size at the A-League grand final in May.
“It’s all very well having a team of Ronaldo lookalikes with dancers’ legs and six packs, but what we need is a real man on the team,” he said.
“He’s like a Greek Maradona, legs like chicken drummers and an attitude to match. He has what it takes to show these snowflakes it’s the size of the fight in the dog and not the size of the dog in the fight.”
Calombaris is putting his restaurant and MasterChef Australia career on hold, but says he’s still pinching himself in case it’s just a dream.
“Cooking was alright and it paid the mortgage,” he said. “But working 18 hour days seven days a week was generally shit. The TV gig helped, but even that wasn’t so great, as Matt Preston got all the attention on account of his massive cravat collection. Now I am finally living the dream.”
Muscat has high hopes for Calombaris, and says the sky is the limit as far as his on field talent is concerned, with a slot on the national team not inconceivable.
“I truly believe he is the future of soccer in this country,” he said.