Fabulous Football Player Gylfi Þór
Since football player Gylfi Þór Sigurðsson was chosen Iceland’s 2016 Sportsperson of the Year by the Association of Icelandic Sport Journalists, his star has only kept rising.
The 27-year-old midfielder, who plays for the Premier League football club Swansea City, was coveted by Chinese Super League clubs, who showed interest in him during the January transfer window.
Two Chinese clubs showed interest in Gylfi, one of which is believed to have been willing to pay more than £30 million (ISK 4.3 billion, USD 38 million, EUR 35 million) for his services, according to the South Wales Evening Post. Still, Swansea City chiefs were determined to hold on to ‘The Iceman.’
It was also reported that Premium League club Southampton had made a GBP 34 million (ISK 4.8 billion, USD 42 million, EUR 39 million) offer for Gylfi, which was refused. He is eager to help Swansea stay in the league. Other big clubs were also said to be interested in him, including Tottenham, Everton and Liverpool.
This season, Gylfi has scored nine times for his team. After scoring his seventh goal of the season and securing his team victory in a game, a subhead on bbc.com read, “Thank goodness for Gylfi,” and former Tottenham midfielder Danny Murphy commented, “He loves scoring goals; he is technically superb.”
That same day, the Guardian wrote, “The Icelander has now been involved directly in 14 Premier League goals this season, scoring seven and setting up another seven, and life without him is unthinkable for Swansea.”
Gylfi is a member of the Icelandic men’s national football team. His performance at the 2016 UEFA EURO in France last summer was highly praised when the team made history by making it to the quarter-finals.
Gylfi has long excelled among Icelandic athletes. Last year was the second time he earned the title Sportsperson of the Year, but he first did so in 2013 and ranked second both in 2014 and 2015. Only two other football players have won the title twice—Ásgeir Sigurvinsson and Eiður Smári Guðjohnsen
By Vala Hafstað
Photo by Páll Stefánsson