Tuesday, 14 January 2014

Ronaldo Rules

Congratulations Cristiano Ronaldo on your Golden Ball. He now has a pair. Hurrah! And whereas Lionel Messi always has that slightly bemused look when surrounded by admirers - as if he were some furtive woodland creature who gets thrust suddenly into bright sunlight - CR7 simply bathes in adulation. Adulation is his shower gel.


I'm not sure there's been a vainer footballer. Okay Nani has a statue of himself in his drive way (standing up, I believe, when clearly the statue should be sat on a bench) but Cristiano's got a whole fuck-off museum. He's only 28. He's not exactly an archaeological artefact.


The museum is full of all things Cristiano. Me, I thought the waxwork of him had too small an Adam's apple, meself. What this lad's got is more your Adam's grapefruit.


Of course there's no doubt the lad deserves it (not the museum, the award) because he is an extraordinarily good footballer. I used to call him the Gelled Tumbler, but these days he's worked out that staying on his feet is much more profitable. Drogba improved when he learned this fact. Perhaps young Adnan Januzaj will bear it in mind. (Unless he really wants to play for England - I mean the last 18-year old I can remember falling over that easily was.. oh, um, Michael Owen. Ahem.)


So Messi misses out, mainly because he has had an injury. Thing is - and whisper this as I don't want it getting out - I actually think Ronaldo is marginally the better player. Before you all whinge your tits off, let me remind you that this is a bit like deciding which of the three stars in the Orion's belt you prefer.


Now I adore the twinkling toes and dazzling control of Lionel. Sometimes it's as if the ball is following him like a lovelorn puppy. And I love his humility too. Obviously he's got self-confidence, but he's not particularly the Big I-am. Anyone who allows a child to cut his hair using a bowl and toy scissors can hardly be classified as vain. (I'm not sure that's true but look at the evidence. Even Sepp Blatter has suggested that Cristiano spends too much time at the hairdresser's. Although looking at the old, fat, bald dictator. there may be a touch of envy in there.)


But here's the thing. Barca is built around Messi. The national team never has been, quite. Messi is brilliant with Barca and yet is unable to make Argentina tick. You might argue that Argentina is so blessed with brilliance that he need not dominate in the same way as did his predecessor Maradona, who single-handed steered his team to victory in 1986. Okay, God helped a little.


Now the Big-Headed Curator of His Own Museum is a different case. His solo rescue mission for Portugal in the play-off with Sweden was extraordinary. He is their one world-class player. We are often told Rooney is that for England. Since becoming old enough to buy himself a pint, I've not particularly noticed it. For Portugal to get anywhere they need him Ronaldo in tip-top form. And when it counted, he was.


But there's more to it than that. In his early days at United, Ronaldo was Show-Pony Incarnate. He had more step-overs than a pedestrian on a crowded beach, but there was no end-product. Nani, in other words.


All he's done since is worked his golden balls off. These days it's hard to think of anything he can't do. He makes a hot knife through butter look distinctly slow. He's as good in the air as Andy Carroll, but more stable on a bar stool. He pretty much invented his own free-kick so that he can make a dead-ball dip and swerve and veer like a jetfighter flown by an inattentive monkey.


And more than that, he's hard as nails, takes plenty of stick, and still gets up and goes for some more. He loves a bit of a good tackle himself, they say. Or is that just a rumour? Indeed the only thing not going for him is simply the fact that he doesn't need me or anyone else to tell him all this.


But if that's the best we can criticise him for, then so what? If I was that good, I'd be flaming insufferable.


Of course if he was English we'd probably treat him with a lot of suspicion. That museum thing, the falling over, the modelling in your pants all the time. Your own brand of clothing. We don't need that. All right Becks did it, but we didn't like him much for quite a time until it turned out he was actually quite a nice chap and ever so 'umble with it.


So, yes, it's a bit galling sometimes when CR7 (and that is bloody annoying as an abbreviation isn't it? Makes him sound like not so much a man as a specially constructed super cyborg) - it's galling when CR7 struts around like he's the best thing to come out of Portugal since them little vanilla custard tart thingummies. He's nowhere near that good.


And if we overlook the Special/Happy One's credentials - and ignore the pioneering work of Bartholomew Diaz, Ferdinand Magellan and Henry the Navigator - you might decide he was like the top Portuguese ever.


Except, except... there was one bloke who passed away just recently who by all accounts had every one of the qualities that Ronaldo has. Plus he was a lovely fella. It was good that the current World Footballer of the Year was able to dedicate the award to Eusebio. And he sort of meant it, too.


Meanwhile Cristiano plans to win it next year. If Portugal make any progress in Brazil in the summer, it will be for only one reason. I do think he's the best player in the world. And quite conceivably of all time.


Just don't tell him I said that.







102 comments:

  1. Couldn't have put it better myself Robbo.

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  2. Aw, I wanted to be first!
    CR7

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  3. Good stuff Robbo. I read the report on the BBC in which the ex ManU fitness coach talked about Ronaldo's dedication, he deserves the accolades.

    There's a Portugese section of Newark, where you don't get shot at so much as in other sections of Newark and where the bakeries sell those "little vanilla custard tart thingummies" - fuckin delicioso! It's worth risking a car jacking now and then to go and get some.

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  4. excellent Robbo - my sentiments exactly. Messi has never done it at international level and he is surrounded by Xavi & Iniesta at Barca...

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  5. Excellent Blog Robbo, I liked the "aircraft flown by an inattentive monkey" comment, but calling him CR7? The government will think it stands for Cyber Road and waste billions trying to build it!

    Spider

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  6. Top form, Robbo. An early candidate to pip McNumpty to the Former and Should be Former BBC Blogger Blog Post of the Year when FIFA next convenes for voting. Though I hear a Qatari journalist is an outside candidate...

    Adulation, the new fragrance from CR7. Now available in overpoweringly versatile yet grating spray. Does sound a bit catchier than Big-Headed Curator of His Own Museum (for Men).

    And surely you must all be proud of making the goal of the year possible. At least you had a hand in it, or a head, this time.

    http://soccer.si.com/2014/01/13/ibrahimovic-wins-fifa-puskas-award-for-audacious-overhead-kick-vs-england/

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    1. I'm going to nick that idea and pitch it to him - should hit the shops just before the world cup

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  7. Seedorf to take over at AC Milan? Despite the fact that he has only just retired and has no management experience? That's really strange for a club of Milan's stature, there current league position notwithstanding.

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  8. Yeah, I always saw football as team sport/game: you can't do much without 11 players playing together with purpose. However, C. Ronaldo is one of those special talents that can seemingly play on his own, of course he couldn't, he needs his team mates but he makes it just looks so easy... All credit to him acknowledging Real and Portugal in his acceptance speech. I'm a MU**d fan and I cringed at his winks and tumblings, but boy has he matured!
    SashPie

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  9. Another FA Cup run comes to an end in the 3rd round.

    I wouldn't mind it it was,say,away at Chelsea.But Preston?

    Still,could be worse.

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  10. I watched Preston thrash Col u (0-0, if that makes sense) and they looked a really good team to me jacks so don't take it too hard.

    The mighty vale match on towards Wembley.

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  11. Who have you got in the 4th round Blogidy?

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  12. they're conquering the South Coast Jack, leaving a trail of destruction in fact.

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  13. Seagulls jacks.tough but winnable. Micky Adams used to be Brighton boss (twice) and I used to live there so its an omen. Not sure whether its a good one or a bad one and in other irrelevant biographical information, Mikey Adams appeared on BBC Radio Leicester's version of Desert Island Discs in August 2004, and chose songs from Nat King Cole (Love Letters), Billy Joel (Scenes from an Italian Restaurant), The Style Council (Shout to the Top!), and INXS (Mystify).

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  14. Nice one RR.

    Yep, Ronaldo's the real deal, the total footballer.......

    Still a bit of an arse hat though.

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  15. Oh good. Chelsea signed another midfielder. For £21m, which is £16m more than they sold him for a few years ago.

    http://www.bbc.com/sport/0/football/25743128

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  16. I never realized Tony Pulis was into law enforcement. (See pic/video still)

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-25729140

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  17. Good stuff as ever, Robbo. I watched Eusebio as a kid (playing for Sporting Lisbon against Man U with Bestie and Charlton). Top player (and I'm old!), and seems to have been a decent bloke too.
    Part of the reason (I reckon) why Messi doesn't set Argentina on fire is they play such a different system to Barca. Barca use this "false 9" (no recognised forward) whereas Argentina have the likes of Higuain, Aguero. Almost too much forward talent.


    Jedi

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    1. Don't you mean Benfica? I'm old enough to remember those games.

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    2. Shit, yeah. So am I but obviously too old to remember them properly!


      Jedi

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  18. I'm not sure I can agree with you about about Ronaldo being the best footballer of all time Robbo, even conceivably, I'm not even sure I would put him ahead of Eusebio as Portugal's best footballer. There have been many great footballers in the past; Puskas, Matthews, Pele, Platini, Maradona, Bergkamp, to name a few.but it is difficult, if not impossible to compare players from different eras. The best footballers currently playing are undoubtedly Messi and Ronaldo (apologies to Blog for not including Pope) and although you make some good points in your comparison of the two I still feel Messi is the more complete and better footballer. I guess it's just a matter of personal preferences..

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  19. He's very much deserved it this year. His figures since joining Real (more than a goal a game) are just phenomenal.

    I'd build myself a fucking museum if I could do that.

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  20. Is it really not the norm to have a museum dedicated to yourself ? Mr BHB and me will have to dismantle ours and stop charging people to come into the house.

    On subject of Ronaldo, great footballer but I still get overwhelming urge to want to throw something at the TV whenever I see his smug face.

    On another note entirely, RIP 'Trigger' from Only Fools and Horses

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    1. I thought you already had a museum in your house, dedicated to the Yummy One!

      Spider

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  21. Personally I'd rather visit Colchester's gnome museum (they're hoping to get messi when he retires) than flatter the ego of this narcissistic prick. I'm better at football than he is, anyway.

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  22. Did I say football? I meant ferret legging.

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  23. Only real men do ferret legging, well they're at least real men when they start ....

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  24. No you're right bells he's better than me at Ferret legging. Explains the distracted pleased but surprised look permanently etched on his face.

    Andy Carroll state...
    2010...goals=26
    2006*2007*2008*2009*2011*2012*2013*2014 combined...goals=26

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  25. I'm with Bo, Puskas was the best and would have been even better if his focus hadn't been divided between football and his ferrets.

    Fifth round of the cup this weekend, the opponent is Arsenal FC, an Indian bloke a mere 400,000 places above me in the standings. Giant Killer!

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  26. Breaking news....Peter Odemwinge is parked outside Stamford Bridge in his mobile ferret grooming van.

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  27. If "complete" is what you are looking for, compare the stats in left foot, right foot, headed goals. Then move on to tackles made, opponents dispossessed and then to kilometers run. CR7 wins it pants down. CR7 scored all those goals when both Higuin and Benzema scored 20 odd goals each. Messi scored a hatful and nobody else came close. If your entire team plays for ONE player to score he will get astonishing numbers (like Moses for Wigan). That's why his numbers for Argentina are not that exciting - there are some others who can score too in that Argie team

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  28. Great blogging Robbo. Ronaldo the clear winner this year. I fucking cringe every time I see someone saying CR7. I read a post on Sky Sports the other day where some muppet referred to everyone by there initials and shirt number. I spent twice as long trying to figure out who the fuck he was on about than it took to read the post. I blame twitter.

    In a summer of ridiculously bad England cricket collapses, last nights was by far the worst/funniest. To see Cook's whooping, fist clenching and 'emotional' face when he thought they were going to win, and then see him gradually realise that they'd fucked it up again, possibly due to his inept bowling selections at the death. Priceless.

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    1. me, DN44, MB78 and LT56 agree entirely with Noel

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    2. Reading 7 - 1 Bolton.
      Ouch.

      On the bright side, Ngog did score for the trotters.

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    3. it's all setting up nicely for Big Sam's return and a small fee for the newly prolific Ngog.

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  29. Just how brilliant is the prem? 6/7 teams this year who Vann beast anyone on their day. Man city red hot favorites for me.

    In the Chelsea match I liked the way Valencia stayed behind eto'o even when he's turned round to face the goal to score his second. Doh.

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  30. Well done tum Sherwood . Avb shove your laptop up your arse

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  31. I agree with Blogidy.City's title to lose.

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    1. *Pedant alert*

      Actually it's Man U's to lose as they are the champions.

      Sorry, couldn't esist it.

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    2. It's resist H.

      Sorry,couldn't resist it.

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  32. And another thing - man utd. not moyes' fault - kagawa, cleverley, wellbeck, jones, rafael, smalling, Evans - these are Stoke City/ Norwich type midtable / Ford Mondeo players + assorted clapped out bentleys so what else would you expect when the two world class players get injured. I was getting embarrassed for jones in particular. SAF said he would be man u's greatest ever player. he must have been o'd-ing on the sanatogen

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    1. Top 3 places pretty much sealed. Not too sure about the order though, personally I think Mourinho will just about pip the other two to the post. As for the 4th place, unless Liverpool buy quality in the next 10 days (and word on the street is we have no money), or Sherwood manages to keep Adebayor interested till the end of the season, its most likely going to be the Toffees for 4th (going to wash mouth now).

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    2. No it won't - will be United for 4th. WIll be happy to manage it the way we've been playing even though it will be our lowest league finish for 22 years

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  33. Ossie and Ricky Villa are down in the Falklands at the mo filming a program about being Argentine and playing in England while the Falklands War was on, and seem to have had a car crash.

    http://www1.skysports.com/football/news/11675/9126260/former-tottenham-boss-ossie-ardiles-in-hospital-following-reported-car-crash

    Don't know what will have been more life-threatening; the car crash or having to spend time in our hospital.

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  34. I just read somewhere that Mourinho has won something called an FWA.

    I doubt those letters stand for what I think they should though.

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    1. Fanciable Without Adoubt?

      Oh Spider - it is more of a shrine to him at the house. A place where I worship daily (not Tom) and ask for answers to lifes little mysteries - like why is Mata on the bench again and why would we sell him to Manpoo if rumours are to be believed? Although that would go along with the principle of not selling one of your best players to a rival ...

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  35. So, Citeh are the favourites to win the PL?

    Not really an outlandish prediction is it?

    With the money they have available they should win the PL, COCup, FA Cup, the CL, the NBA, the Ashes, the Six Nations and Wimbledon too.

    This from 101greatgoals.com;

    An eye-opening table appeared in one of the Sunday papers showing the net spending of Arsenal, Chelsea and Man City since 2008.

    The year 2008 was chosen for the starting point because it was the year Sheikh Mansour bought Manchester City and began turning the Citizens into one of the biggest clubs in Europe.

    The bottom lines worked out as follows:

    Arsenal net spend = £11.1 million.

    Chelsea net spend = £328.7 million.

    Man City net spend = £509.6 million.

    For the sake of good measure, it’s worth remembering Arsenal are currently leading the Premier League, Manchester City are second, while Chelsea are third.


    The fact that Arsenal are anywhere near them, let alone above them, just shows how well Wenger has done.

    Still a long long way to go ofcourse and way to many variables to consider when computing who will finish where, so (AH) i think it;s a little premature to say that the top three places are sealed, although I do believe it would be a pretty safe bet to say that one of those current top three are most likely to end up winners this term.

    As for who will end up in the top four, that's still anyone's guess. Everton blew a chance to stake a claim for fourth yesterday, but that's been the story of the season for all the clubs in the chase. I mean, who would have bet against L'pool last weekend, yet they were lucky to come away with a point. For the record, i believe that Suarez had every right to go down for that penalty, Guzan was stupid.

    If Rodgers could manage to keep his predictions of glory to himself, then maybe L'pool may achieve their goal, which imho should be targeting a CL berth. His biggest concern should be how to tell Stevie Me that he needs to be starting less games. Great player that he is/was, I can't help but feeling that they are better off without him.

    Sherwood's appointment at the swamp has certainly livened up the Tiny Totts. After a summer of spending the GNP of a medium sized nation on attacking midfielders wingers and strikers they've finally twigged that the best way to win games is by scoring a few goals. Revolutionary stuff!!

    He's dropped, the duffer, Soldado nad replaced him with `Ade who's doing quite a well in a "fuck you AvB" kind of way, the question is, as it always is, with Ade; How long will it last? How long before the ego gets the better of him and he reverts to type? i suppose we'll just have to wait and see.

    What sherwood has done well, (again not rocket science) is twigged that it's better to play Erikksson in his natural position through the middle rather sticking him out wide. Give him the freedom and you will see that he is a very good player, easily the best that they bought last window and the only one that I thought (posted it here at the time) would of been good at Arsenal. To me, they look the strongest of the chasing pack (at this moment).

    Even though I'm thoroughly enjoying the demise up at Old Toilet, especialy the toy chucking and general boo hooing from thier hoades of plastics who seem to think that it is the divine right of the club they "support" to win stuff every year (welcome to the real pain of supporting a team), I'm not ready to write them off quite yet.

    Put Rooney and RvP back in there and you've still got a team that should be able to beat most. I don't believe all their problems could be solved by just adding one or two players a la Mata, but it would be a start. If Chelsea do decide to let him switch there. then it would be an indication of how far they truly have fallen. I doubt it will happen, but Maureen was so sycophantic about Man U last week, I'm not ruling out anything.

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    1. Oh yeah, almost forgot........


      SAVE DAVE!!!!

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    2. Mancs already won the Charity shield so it's another season of silverware!

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    3. The only silverware their fans now want is for Moyes to fork off.

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    4. Looks like Mata will e heading to OT. Which I guess means Mourinho doesn't think United are title contenders. Have to agree.

      Also have to agree with your analysis H2, although I continue to hope the Gooners suffer their normal February meltdown. Looks like Spurs have a decent chance of top 4. The strengthening of the squad over the summer should start to bear fruit now.


      Jedi

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  36. For those of you desparate for some good news, an English Mens team has finally beaten Australia: 2 -1 in the third/fourth place playoff in the World Hockey League in India. Before we hang out the bunting however, the reason they were in the playoff is that they lost their semi-final 7 - 6 on penalties against New Zealand (who were thrashed by Holland in the final). Some things never change.

    Spider

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  37. David Moyes has promised u*d fans they will be in a top European competition next year even if he has to write the song himself.
    Bisq

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    1. I can see them finishing 6th in that.

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    2. Perhaps a remix of "Those were the days my friend"?

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  38. Juan Mata: Manchester United bid £35m for Chelsea midfielder
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    Mata playing behind RvP and Rooney ? Dammit Maureen, don't do it.

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  39. His mind bent my spoon with out him even knowing it.

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  40. Maureen know what he is doing. reasons

    1.even roman doesnt want a £40 million bench warmer
    2. FPP
    3. Secret deal to snaffle rooney at end of season
    4. man u no threat for next 2 years ie he's not being sold to a main rival
    5. He's programmed him to injure rvp in training manchurian candidtae styel
    6. spits points out man u still to play chelseas rivals
    7. he feels sorry for moyes
    8. good voice so will help man u with their eurovision nonsense song entry "rude van nistle young fall ping pan roo"

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  41. Normaly I would of brushed all this Mata to Manure stuff under the carpet and thought nothing of it. The reason I now take it seriously is because, as I mentioned above, how sycophantic Maureen was about the mancs after his side crushed them Sunday. It was sickening, it was almost like he felt sorry for them, making excuses for their ineptitude, it was one of the wierdest things i’ve ever seen in football.

    I don’t believe for a second his recent mutterings about Chelsea being his first choice, he wanted the Manure job, just like Abramobitch would of prefered Pep, but the cards fell how they did and they ended up with each other.

    I’ve seen the reasons being mooted about why this transfer makes sense for the chavs, but I don’t agree with them, the main two being;

    i)FFP……………Really?

    F F’in’ FP? HEH, what a laugh!! Like Abromovich gives a rat’s rear end about that. They just purchased a player for 20 plus mill that they had let go a few years ago for 3mill, being thrifty doesn’t seem to me to be high on their prioritys list.

    Yes, it could be a good chunk of 40mil they get back, which is not to be sniffed at, but that money will probably be spunked out on the next high profile overpriced striker that becomes available anyway. Plus that’s just a drop in the ocean when you consider the stupid contracts a lot of their players are on.

    ii) Chelsea have played Manure twice and he could help take points off their title rivals…………. again, Really?

    What kind of cock eyed thinking is that?

    The only way that that makes any kind of sense is if it was a short term loan deal until the end of the season. You may very well argue that the mancs are of little threat to the chavs this term, but I’m presuming, and this is just a wild stab in the dark, that for the 40mil lay out the contract on offer will be longer then a six month one!? What about next season and the one after that?

    We all like to have a good laugh at the state of things up at the Old Toilet, but let’s not kid ourselves, they are still a massive club. Now that they are struggling why in the name of all things holy would the chavs want to give them a boost?

    When the playground bully who’s been dishing out wedgies and chinese burns for years is on the floor you don’t offer him a hand, you kick the twat in the nuts and gaffle his dinner money.

    So, come on Maureen (Dexy’s stylee), for once could you please try to ignore you basic instincts of being an ubertwat and keep Mata for yourself or at least have the decency (a tough ask, I know) to sell him abroad.

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    1. is that a Mata of fact... (i'm here all week, then i'll fuck off for a bit and be back in the Autumn, you know like liverpool's title hopes.)

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    2. H2 (SNH5) how the devil are you sir? All is well in the land of tulips, gimp masks and little boys with their fingers in dykes (lucky bastards) i trust?

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    3. Indeed me ol china, keep on keepin on.

      How's the garrison town life treating ya?

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    4. cant really complain, but i do any way.

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    5. H2, I guess FFP matters to Chelski because they want to play Champions League.


      Jedi

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  42. on a serious note though... read my blog. http://thealdershotwoes.blogspot.co.uk/2014/01/the-twats-that-twit.html

    its about champion of free speech Stan "she had that black eye when i got here" Collymore.... Allegedly.

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    1. oh lovely jubbly, I'll put the kettle on and plate some biscuits before reading that one.

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    2. dont go wasting the good biscuits on my contrived shit... if its a digestive or rich tea or nice or one of them moo cow ones... fair enough. but i dont want your jammy dodgers on my conscience.

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    3. I had a jaffa Cake......

      Oh wait..............!

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    4. woah, I was gonna break out the imported hobnobs.

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  43. Telegraph saying it’s a done deal;

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/football/teams/manchester-united/10590820/Juan-Matas-37million-transfer-to-Manchester-United-accepted-by-Chelsea.html

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  44. For my birthday back in September, my brother gave me a Chelsea shirt (my other is Zola-era) and miniature figures (not sure what brand) of some of my favorite Chelsea players: Zola, Mata, Luiz, and Hazard. Given the luck of the first three this season, I'm concerned for Hazard. I'm also thinking of asking him to buy me Mata. Our local rec side could do with a skillful midfielder, even if he doesn't track back, and he'd easily fit on the same shelf when not in use. Not sure we'll meet the asking price, but this move would be more sensible than keeping him in the PL.

    Failing that, I may ask that he wait until I move from Utah so he can get back to buying me my preferred Spanish imports: wine, cheese, wine, ham, and wine.

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  45. Penalty shoot out at Old Toilet. Utd's best chance of qualifying for Europe next season - as losing finalists to Citeh, who then win the league.

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  46. And Utd fuck it up! Sunderland win the shootout 2-1 after 7 (seven) missed/saved penalties.

    Altogether now.... SAVE DAVE!

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  47. Did U*d win a comedy award on ITV tonight?
    Bisq

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  48. 7 out of 10 penalties missed.

    Anyone else feeling even less optimistic about Brazil in the summer?

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    1. Morning H.

      Depends really,you've always got The Netherlands to fall back on.

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    2. Hi jacks.

      Indeed I have, although they haven't exactly been blessed with the easiest of draws either.

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  49. New Conspiricy Theory;

    Did the guy by the pole piss off Jones?

    https://vine.co/v/MBJMD2DOwj2

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  50. Manchester United fan calls 999 asking for Alex Ferguson

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-manchester-25858527

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      Can't fault the guy, it was a criminaly inept performance.

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  51. BBC Radio Manchester: Bolton manager Dougie Freedman says Swansea have enquired about striker David Ngog. Both clubs are in discussions.

    Yeah baby. Now we just need somebody to inquire about Dougie Freedman.

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    1. Michael Laudrup was my favourite to replace AVB, but he seems to be suffering from second season syndrome a little bit. Obviously, injuries to his best players and extra fixtures from the Central Asian Europa League haven't helped, but if he now thinks that David N'Gog is the answer, then I don't want him anywhere near White Hart Lane.

      I move my vote over to Frank de Boer.

      Another plus for you Trotts is that you could have both N'Gog and Elmander in your FFL team. Add in Jaskelianan, Gary Cahill and Kevin Nolan and it'll be like Bolton are still in the Prem.

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  52. Hilarious - remember boys, hit it slow and low or high and wide...

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yQ9gReHHflg

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  53. Very nearly posted a hilarious clip of Phil Jones' penalty smacking a young lad flush in the face. Then realised that blogs had just posted another link to the same footage. And then realised that H had also posted a different link also to the same footage. Great minds.

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  54. I heard a rumour that there is great difficulty up at Old toilet getting Mata to sign.

    No decent pen's.

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  55. That's other blog. Funny.http://misanthroapologist.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. That's? Rba's . These modern keyboards do their own oath thing

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  56. I'm surprised they haven't tried to sign puncheon, H

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  57. In other shocking news...England's might win a cricket match in Australia.

    Less shocking news...squadron of pigs sighted over the Antarctic

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    1. I'm not holding my breath on that one Blogidy.

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  58. Gutted is the only word to describe how I felt, not only when I heard Mata was leaving but when watching the very cultural and incredibly boring (in my view) film Lincoln and it got to the point he was at the theatre and I thought good, this must be nearly the end of the film, but then realised he must have gone to the theatre at least twice in his life because he walked out alive ...

    Am being let out early today for good behaviour, so have a good weekend everyone

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  59. 3 weeks robbo WTF !!!!!

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  60. 4 weeks robbo WTFGO !!!!!!!

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