Friday, November 21, 2008


What do you think of the chances of a Maradona VS. Capello clash in the World Cup 2010 Final? Possible?

I thought I should by now say something about the recent matches played. The main reasons are definitely for the debut of Maradona as Argentinian coach, Capello's win against Germany and the argument that Cristino Ronaldo always flop in the big stage.

Germany 1-2 England
Brazil 6-2 Portugal
Scotland 0-1 Argentina

First off, the thrashing of Portugal by Brazil ahead of the arrogant statement by Cristino Ronaldo before the match. Let's read two excerpts from two articles below first.

Excerpts from the report in
Ronaldo: I am the best in the world!
In an interview with Sao Paulo-based paper O Estado, Ronaldo stated that he wants to win the awards but also to go on and try and have an even better campaign this time around.

"I am the first, the second and the third best player in the world. But there are other good candidates like Kaká, Messi and Fernando Torres," he said.

Excerpts from the report in
Ronaldo Tried To Break My Leg - Silva
Ronaldo grabbed Marcelo round the neck, and Brazil defender Thiago Silva believes that Ronaldo tried to break his leg.

The 24-year old Fluminense centre back is quoted by the Daily Mail as saying: "He [Cristiano Ronaldo] has the cheek to say I jumped over his tackle. But if I did not jump he would have broken my leg.

"Being considered the best player in the world, he must have more respect. It is difficult to accept what he did. "

"He is a little [naughty], yes. But that is football. And we need to know to deal with it. He was nervous because he couldn't create anything," Silva concluded.

Now, what do you think of Cristino Ronaldo? There was a poll done to measure C.Ronaldo against Messi at The results from the poll is a 50-50% split between football fans in the planet of who is better. My view?

Well, to me, Cristino Ronaldo is a great player who had a tremendous season last year for his club BUT he has nothing special that makes him different from the other good players of this generation, he flops big time in big matches, he dives, he cheats, he is too arrogant and I bet he will not repeat the same performance again ever (prove me wrong then!). All these qualities will not make him into a legend.

I don't know whether they misquoted him as they will always give such excuses when they give controversial comments in football interviews. It happens so commonly in the football world you guess is as good as mine that the best excuse is always I AM BEING MISQUOTED with a very naive, innocent looking face. I am sick and tired of that excuse so will the people who write such articles record down the interviews (in video or at least voice) as proofs in the future whenever the 'misquoted' people deny it? Thank you very much! You can always upload to YouTube to prove them wrong.

He said he is the first, second and third best player in the world and then said Kaká, Messi and Fernando Torres are also good players. Does it mean that they are the fourth, fifth and sixth best players in the world after him (1st, 2nd and 3rd)? Or does he mean if he is going to play against all three at the same time, he is still 1st, 2nd and 3rd then comes the three of them. That's what I conclude from his statement. Really arrogant, proud and ambitious statement from one season of performance for his club. He did nothing for the Champions League final, I dared to say they can even win without him on the pitch that day and his EURO2008 performance was even worse.

Lionel Messi is the rare type of player whom you only see once or twice in a century or two. He is the type who can make the difference in a very crucial match which can determine a cup as big as the World Cup or the Champions League Cup. The last player I remember to have such skills at this age is Zinedine Zidane. One touch or two of his made the difference between a crucial win or loss. Other potential legend candidates we heard like Robinho who was given so much hype to be the next Pele is totally a letdown and we have yet to see much from Brandao, nicknamed the ‘New Ronaldo’ and ‘Little Ronaldo’, who is playing for Real Madrid Castilla. Will he be the next Real Ronaldo against the current Fake Ronaldo - C.Ronaldo?

If I am a coach and am given a choice to buy Messi or Ronaldo, I will bet to get Messi. He is totally at a different level and he is what you can declare a talent among all talents of this age to have the best chance of becoming a legend. He is basically a legend in the making and I am looking forward to it. Well, of course, Cristino Ronaldo can still improve and become even better but to me, Cristino Ronaldo = hardwork and Lionel Messi = talent. I don't mean Messi doesn't need to work hard, I just mean one does not have exceptional talents born naturally while the other does and requires hard work to reach his status while the talented one if work hard and be consistent, will reach legendary status. Hope this explanation shows my view accurately.

Let's move on to Capello. Well well well, what else do I have to say to my most favourite football coach? He broke another record, giving Germany their first loss in the capital since 1973! How many more records this guy want to break? I think we better start counting now before we lost count! He does not have a fully healthy squad to bring to Germany and eventhough it is just a friendly, the win is a massive psychology victory for all England players and fans.

As for Argentina, we all have to admit that they are super underachievers given the amount of great players they have in their squad. Just look through the collection of star players in their team sheet: Gabriel Heinze, Nicolas Burdisso, Javier Zanetti, Javier Mascherano, Maxi Rodriguez, Fernando Gago, Carlos Tevez, Lionel Messi and Sergio Aguero. We have to admit they have a superstar selection which any national team on the planet can only dream of. Even an expensive assembled all-star Chelsea will look inferior against this talented Argentina national team.

All I have to say is Argentina is a club oozing with talents and are a good candidate to the World Cup final if they improve together as a team. Maradona's presence as their national coach gives them a tremendous mental and psychological boost before we even talk about his management skills. England is about hardwork and effectiveness under Capello and he can build any mediocre teams into champions.

Argentina VS. England in the World Cup final 2010 possible? Argentina = talent = Lionel Messi VS. England = hardwork = Cristino Ronaldo. You get the analogy. I am dreaming about this possibility. That's where the flow of this post is suppose to bring you to from the start. Hehe! It's a good case study to prove who is better. This is so typical in Japanese storylines about an ordinary guy who works extremely hard to overcome a talented guy.


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