For a guy who wants to play in Major League Soccer one day, Joey Barton does not think too highly of the United States.
In an interview with Sports Illustrated columnist Grant Wahl, the English midfielder went off on the U.S. when asked the question: What are your thoughts on the United States as a country?
"I have a lot of friends who are quite forward-thinking Americans," he told SI. "It's going to sound bad, this, but everyone thinks America is the greatest country in the world, and I don't."
Barton, who plays for Marseille in Ligue 1, went on to criticize President George W. Bush's administration by saying it should be "tried for war crimes" and questioned President Obama's influence. "I'm looking at Obama saying there's a guy who could change the world," Barton told the website. "He excited all of us, really energized us, and four years down the line he's been a disappointment."
"I know it sounds dangerous for a sportsman to be saying it, especially for someone who wants to come one day and play in the MLS," he added.
Barton began his professional career with Manchester City in 2002 and has played for Newcastle and QPR in the Premier League. He was loaned to Marseille earlier this year.
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