After a shocking season, VfB Stuttgart was relegated with a squad featuring several well-paid players. Among them is Serbian left winger Filip Kostic, who is currently valued at around 10 million Euros. Last season, the 23-year-old contributed five goals and seven assists to Stuttgart’s attacking efforts, not enough to ultimately keep the Swabians in the league.
Over the last few months, Kostic’s name has been linked with several clubs both in Germany and abroad – most recently the hottest trail seems to be leading to HSV – but so far, the player hasn’t managed to find a new club.
A creative Stuttgart fan has now mocked up an eBay ad, advertising the player.
— ErhabenerKoordinator (@Kar0ne) July 17, 2016
In the ad, the Stuttgart fan states that Kostic won’t play in the Bundesliga, in order to further his dreams of playing football in an international competition. However, the Serb is willing to go to any club that pays him well enough, according to the fan.
Additionally the player is said to be good at getting past defenders due to his pace, but he could improve upon his crossing skills. The ad states that the player can be bought for a transfer fee of 20 million Euros.
Whilst this ad certainly is funny, there have been other similar ads of footballers and coaches being “sold” in the past.
Former Wolfsburg player Mame Niang and East-German football legend Uwe Rösler were victims of the same prank during their shared time at Norwegian Tippeligaen side Viking Stavanger. Rösler had a good start to his tenure at the club when his team to a third-place finish in the 2007 season.
The following two years weren’t as good though. Niang joined the side from Norway’s oil capital in the summer of 2008 and got off to a good start, scoring four goals in nine matches during the second half of Viking’s 2008 season.
In 2009, both Rösler and the Senegalese striker lost their magic touch. Viking struggled throughout the entire season and finished on a meager tenth spot. Niang scored a dire two goals in 22 appearances.
Things got so bad that fan Sindre Jørgensen placed an ad on the Norwegian portal finn.no advertising the both of them with the following:
“Battered German coach given away:
Well-travelled German coach is given away. Formerly a striker who was dangerous in front of goal and considered to be hero among Man City fans is no longer needed in (Norway’s) oil capital. The coach speaks at most three languages, sometimes even at the same time . . .
If you act quickly you’ll get a lanky Senegalese striker on top of that. Unfortunately he’s not the type of player who is dangerous in front of goal.”