Video of Soccer Player Discovering The Concept of a 'Holiday' and Calling It 'Mini Retirement' Has People in Stitches
Maybe you fancy the idea of a long weekend or a much-longer trip (a vacation or holiday) somewhere abroad with loved ones. But legends like Manchester United's Gary Neville don't indulge in frequent time-offs with family. In fact, the football pundit has a different vocabulary altogether and a hysterical meaning of "holiday." Fans were baffled by Gary Neville's inability to comprehend what a weekend or even a holiday means. For a player who spent his entire career working (playing) on weekends, it seemed rather weird that he would look at the weekend as a "mini-retirement."
Neville's old clip from a podcast episode of The Diary of a CEO re-surfaced and a specific video clip has since gone viral for laughable reasons. The former United right-back has built quite an empire for himself and juggles multiple roles across several businesses. More work equals more breaks. An average human would impatiently wait for a weekend or a holiday after a stressful work week. However, in Neville's dictionary, the word holiday doesn't exist. The 48-year-old prefers taking "mini-retirements" occasionally to unload the work baggage. Yes, you read that right. LOL.
The former football player left his fans in hysterics as he revealed to the podcast host, Steven Bartlett that he often goes on "mini-retirements" when work overwhelms him. Isn't it interesting? Well, his fans would call it more hilarious than fascinating. Terms like 'weekend' or 'holiday' have no place in Neville's vocabulary. The former player discussed his drive to succeed and how he skillfully balances work and pleasure. He said on the podcast, "But what you can have is mini-retirements during the year and that's what I've tried to do. I don't do it very well."
He continued, "So, for instance, this weekend, I am going to Spain from Friday until Monday morning. That's like a mini-retirement." The host, Bartlett, laughed and said, 'That's a weekend.' But Neville preferred to go by his book and stuck to his distinct and rather uncommon term which normal people address as "holidays." The co-owner of Salford City continued: 'It's a weekend; it's a mini-retirement. It's where I can basically say for three days, I'm there and taking it. I don't think about work. I will but sometimes some of my best ideas come when I'm on these types of trips."
His fans figured the idea of "spending time off-work" is the same, except Neville has a more "fancy" term for it- perhaps to suit his esteemed prodigy. "So to have lots of mini-retirements during the year is what I've tried to do in the last few years." Fans tweeted funny reactions to the video clip, which has amassed over 12 million views. A Tweet referred to a book Neville has presumably read and got the concept of "mini-retirement" from. But a user, @calllumstone corrected, "He's fundamentally misunderstood the concept then because the book suggests a 'mini-retirement' is typically a few months to a couple of years out of your career. Closer to an unpaid, nuanced sabbatical. Not a weekend break."
Can’t wait for my mini retirement Friday afternoon until Saturday 11am checkout, hopefully have enough in my mini pension!— Gareth Robb (@grobb30) May 23, 2023
@Dominos_UK left a rib-tickling response to Nevill's take on "holiday" and fans dissolved into uncontrollable laughter. The pizza giant quipped, "I don't dip my pizza; I have what I like to call a mini garlic bath three times a slice." "What's in a name?" they say, right? "Holiday" or "Mini-retirement," whatever you like to call it, taking time off work prevents burn-out, and we're strong advocates of that. Period.
Absolutely dying at this clip of Gary Neville seeming to discover what a holiday is pic.twitter.com/BnELj9p6iP— Ben Kelly (@bkelly776) May 23, 2023