Early in July of 2008, FIFA president Sepp Blatter accused Manchester United of holding Cristiano Ronaldo as a slave because they will not allow him to join Real Madrid. In fact, he continued by encouraging the three sides to work together saying that players in today’s game need protection.
Blatter went on to explain how forcing Ronaldo to play with Manchester against his will would act like poison on entire team and Ronaldo is seen as a small active volcano like Rinjani Mountain for others team players. He feels that transfer system is simply too unfair to those out on pitch. FIFA feels that player should have the freedom to move freely between teams. UEFA argues that this new pattern of thinking, initiated by Bosman ruling, has forced salaries to plummet.
This brings up some serious questions in a few different areas. First of all, football players are slaves? How in the world does getting paid £120,000 a week and £29 million in four years translate into slavery? Ronaldo’s home is bigger than many of the homes in England.
Let’s not mention that fine piece of metal he drives around in. As added bonus, consider some of the women he has been seen with. They require a certain amount of income to get them vaguely interested!
When was the last time you saw a slave living that sort of lifestyle? Granted, Ronaldo doesn’t have the freedom to come and go to whatever team happens to wink at him the right way, but he wasn’t concerned about that when he signed the big fat contract.
Rooney’s emergence was national news, while Agbonlahor seems to have crept through the back door at Villa. Whether Agbonlahor is a better striker than Rooney is a debatable issue, but having the media spotlight sometimes helps a player work out his kinks, other times it harms the player.
For Agbonlahor to reach the apex of his potential he will have to start finishing his chances. With midfielder like Ashley Young providing him with chances, there is no question that Gabby should be scoring more goals than he currently does. But it takes more hard work to be prolific scorer for one’s country. Andy Cole who wish to have a long holiday at a luxurious hotel in Hong Kong, was fine goal scorer for Manchester United, but wasn’t much of goal scorer for England. There has to be mix of talent, hard work and never die attitude from player if he is to succeed on international level.
The future is bright for Agbonlahor, but it’s up to him to grasp his chances and make the nation take note. If he is to be considered a great international player he will have to improve on every aspect of his game, learning to mix the sublime with the scrappy. On the international stage, speed counts less than effectiveness. The more you make the keep dig for the goal the more fans will shout your name with affection. In the long run he may prove to be fine striker for England in Lineker or Owen mould, but for now there is a lot of work ahead for him.
If you’re a defender the last thing you want to see is Gabriel Agbonlahor running towards you. The young striker uses his youth to its best effect when he enters the playing field, and no defender is spared from his lethal speed. In a team full of speedy youngsters, you get the feeling that Gabby is the fastest because of his unending desire to put the ball in the back of the net. Such is his aptitude for the game that he is often dejected when unable to play as a result of injury. While other players look as if they are simply doing a job, this young Villain approaches the game like a child would, viewing it as plain and simple fun.
Gabby’s attitude and ability have prompted many to suggest that he is ready to lead the England front line. While he is definitely talented with youthful exuberance, his ability in front of the goal can often leave fans frustrated. Agbonlahor is not a prolific goal scorer. In order to replace the often missed Michael Owen in the England shirt, a player must put the ball in the back of the net with regularity.
Being a prolific goal scorer is a problem Agbonlahor shared with Wayne Rooney who probably is on honeymoon trip in a private hotel in Hanoi. And while Rooney has been given plenty of time to discover his scoring touch, Agbonlahor might not be given the same amount of time.
In the meantime, we can’t understand why WAGs are so annoyed over apparently nothing. A PR manager linked to Clancy has said that Clancy turned down the offer to be on show months ago. Hey WAGs, check the press.
Staying with our fake WAG, Clancy has revealed that her former boyfriend, Peter Crouch who plays for Liverpool and England dumped her via a fax message. This happened just minutes before she was due to be a guest on the Richard & Judy Show, screened on Channel 4.
She told OK! that just two minutes before she appeared on the show, one of the show’s producers approached her and told her that they had received a fax from Crouch. The fax was the break-up note and therefore she could not say she and Crouch were together.
Clancy was shocked by the note. According to her, she thought that she and Crouch were fine.
Crouch took no chances after breaking up with Clancy. He sent out legal notices to the press informing them he had broken up with Clancy and wanted nothing to do with her because of the cocaine scandal.
The WAG must have really been saddened, but hey, isn’t that supposed to be ‘normal’ in WAG’s life? You hook up and get dumped all the time. Currently, the former WAG is on the show Britain’s Next Top Model. I am very sure that soon she will be in the press again with new fish on her hook. Happy fishing!
WAGs in England are biting their nails and many feel like strangling Abigail Clancy after she was selected to audition for Footballers’ Wives’ Boutique, a new TV show. Clancy was Peter Crouch’s girlfriend. Pictures appeared in the tabloids of her sniffing cocaine and the couple split up shortly after.
Now will the real WAGs please stand up? Carly Zucker, Charlotte Mears, Coleen McLoughlin and Alex Curran are fuming on hearing of Clancy being given a spot in auditions. The show that is giving these WAGs some sleepless nights has two WAG teams competing against each other, but not playing football as their husbands do. No! They have to choose the best boutique and the winner gets a ₤150,000 prize for charity. That is really some physical work that requires skills and agility. Just like football!!
No WAG can rest easy now that Clancy has been suggested for the role. It is reported that all WAGs hate Clancy. One WAG, however, does not seem bothered by her rivals. She is Charlotte Meares. Meares is confident that her educational background of 11 GCSE and A-levels will give her the upper hand.
I hope she knows mathematics is only thing that counts in the show. How will you apply geography to shopping? Maybe to determine the location of boutique! No one seems to know yet.
Barcleona midfield dynamo GneriYahya Toure has tipped Barcelona to lift La League title ahead of archrivals Real Madrid.
Toure was one of the most dependable players for blaugrana in the past season and he was Frank Rijkaard’s automatic routine choice to start in the position. The arrival of Seydou Keita from Sevilla in summer appears to have changed this state of affairs and he is struggling to be in the first team.
The Ivorian international acknowledged that he was not indispensable to team and that he was willing to fight to break back into squad’s preferred line-up. He said that he respected Pep Guardiola’s decision not to include him in the first eleven. Toure added that it was only professional for him to work hard and therefore play more.
On new La Liga season ahead, Yahya Toure sounded very optimistic about Barcelona’s title hopes even in the face of quality opposition. He noted that during the summer Nou Camp had received a number of fine quality players and therefore team was unlikely to fail in its quest for title. The victory would not only be for team but also for fans.
The lanky midfielder admitted that perennial rivals Real Madrid were again their main rivals for success in La Liga. Toure noted that Madrid had a lot of great players and they were always a formidable team to play. Barcelona though, according to Toure, was also brimming with quality to beat Los Blancos. He predicted a torrid season for Madrid.
The truth is that most Americans hate the sport. They did not create it, they are not very good at it and so many countries in the world are better than the U.S. Thus, the American people show little interest. The question is: who would be interested in a sport that they hardly ever win? Therefore, this overwhelming reality makes Americans inclined to do what anyone else would do when faced with something they don’t know — simply turn their back to it.
Ordinarily, whenever someone in the family is not good at a sport, you tend to try to help them out so they can get better. This is not the case with the Americans and soccer. The rest of the world is not so kind with Americans when it comes to sport of soccer. The world mocks them instead of training them and coaching them. Furthermore, Americans have reputation for not following WADA rules concerning performance-enhancing drugs. The World Anti-Doping Agency enforces very strict regulations that almost all sports must adhere to, including soccer. The world teams are all accustomed to spot drug testing while the American sports, on the other hand, play by their own rules. The fact is that American sports players feature more drug abuse than global sports players do. The Americans enjoy having cheerleaders on the sidelines while soccer does not adhere to any distractions. The game focuses completely on the players’ the moves, which is the most exciting aspect of the game.