Fun on Friday: Soccer Player Strikes Back After Social Media Freakout Over His Gold Steak

Fun on Friday: Soccer Player Strikes Back After Social Media Freakout Over His Gold Steak by Schiff Gold
Bayern Munich soccer star Franck Ribéry struck back at detractors who went after him on social media because he had the audacity to post a video of himself eating a steak covered in 24-karat gold.

Oh, the horror!

It seems some people can’t stomach the thought of a millionaire sports star eating gold, so they excoriated him on social media for his “ostentatious” display of wealth. It was social media righteous indignation on full-display with detractors screeching about starving children and income inequality.

Jealous much?

Because that’s what it was really all about.

Ribéry has something they don’t – extraordinary athletic talent and a lot of money – so they lashed out. I suppose it makes them feel better. But really, green doesn’t look good on most people.

And, you know, I’ve always found it odd when people who criticize others for spending their own money – the money they earned – start jabbering about “greed.” I mean, the critics are the ones all worked up over something they don’t have. That seems more greedy to me than eating a gold-covered steak.

But that’s just me. I don’t don’t really care what you have. Ribéry’s gold steak didn’t take the hamburger off my plate.

One guy tried to make it clear he wasn’t jealous.

I could afford it but I’m not an idiot and would find something better to spend my money on. Ribéry is a moron and a totally overrated, washed-up footballer.”

Yeah. OK, superstar.

Ribéry enjoyed his golden indulgence at a steak restaurant in Dubai called ‘Nusr-Et’.  Turkish celebrity-butcher Nusret Gökçe owns the restaurant. He’s better known as ‘Salt Bae’ due to his extravagant manner of seasoning meat. The steak reportedly cost  £1,000 – about $1,280.

The funniest part of this story wasn’t all of the manufactured social media outrage. It was Ribéry’s response. Let’s just say he didn’t exactly apologize for his “insensitivity.”

Here’s how he responded. Warning – language…

For 2019, let’s dot the i’s and cross the t’s… Let’s start with the jealous, the haters, those only born because a condom had a hole in: f— your mothers, your grandmothers and even your family tree. I owe you nothing.

“My success is, above all, thanks to God, me, and my loved ones who believed in me. For the others, you’re nothing but pebbles in my socks!”

So. There ya go!

He’s not wrong though. He doesn’t owe anybody anything.

Apparently, FC Bayern Munich disagreed. The team levied a significant fine on its star for “using words we cannot accept.”

I’ve said this before: eating gold food doesn’t really appeal to me. But a lot of people apparently disagree. There’s a huge market for gold-covered food and drink. I’ve written about it more than once. Just last November, I told you about gold cappuccino.

Yeah. No thanks. Buying gold? Yes, I get that. Wearing gold? Sure! Eating it? Nah.

But too each their own, right?

If you’re like me and you’d rather just hold your gold in your hand in the form of high-quality gold bars and coins, I recommend calling a SchiffGold precious metals specialist. They can give you all the ends and outs on precious metals investing. They can probably even point you to a good place to get coffee in Manhatten. But don’t count on your coffee being covered with gold.

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Peter Schiff

Mr. Schiff began his investment career as a financial consultant with Shearson Lehman Brothers, after having earned a degree in finance and accounting from U.C. Berkeley in 1987. A financial professional for more than twenty years, he joined Euro Pacific in 1996 and served as its President until December 2010, when he became CEO. An expert on money, economic theory, and international investing, he is a highly sought after speaker at conferences and symposia around the world. He served as an economic advisor to the 2008 Ron Paul presidential campaign and ran unsuccessfully for the U.S. Senate in Connecticut in 2010.