February 28th, 2010

a pair of fine eyes

Messi? Who is that?

Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo does not rate Barcelona's Lionel Messi as one of his top three players in the world.

Ronaldo was asked by Corriere dello Sport about who he thinks are the best three players in football. Ronaldo surprisingly omitted reigning World and European Player of the Year Messi.

He told Corriere dello Sport: "Kaka, Rooney and Drogba are the best players in the world."

The Real winger was also asked about his team's title chances.
Ronaldo said: "Barcelona have to come and play at the Bernabeu, and we are confident that we will stop them."
Meanwhile, a Spanish survey has revealed that Messi surpasses both Ronaldo and Rooney in terms of media value.
A team from the University of Navarra rated the Argentina international as the player with the highest profile in the world for the second year running.
Second was Real Madrid's Ronaldo, and third Manchester United striker Rooney.
Real's Brazilian playmaker Kaka was fourth ahead of the Liverpool pair of Spanish striker Fernando Torres and English midfielder Steven Gerrard.
Ivory Coast centre forward Didier Drogba, Brazil winger Ronaldinho, Spanish central midfielder Xavi and Sweden striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic completed the top ten.


My first post on this site. Yay!! : ) Anyways, my personal thought: Great choices. But maybe Ronaldo is so awesome that he realized he need not mention Messi. After all, it's a universal truth that Messi is one of the world's greatest football players. Why repeat it, right?

Pep's got nothing on Big Sam

Rafa Benitez believes Fernando Torres and Steven Gerrard could be the difference between Liverpool and the rest of the top four contenders after the pair fired the Reds to a 2-1 victory over Blackburn. The skipper opened the scoring with a beautifully worked dink over the keeper on 20 minutes. Rovers then equalised from the penalty spot before Torres marked his first start in six weeks with a poacher's goal. The result leaves Liverpool one point behind Man City and Tottenham in the race for fourth.

And Benitez told reporters: "I think it was deserved. We tried to play football even though it was difficult sometimes. We scored two goals and won. "It wasn't a difficult decision to play Torres. We knew we needed some pace and threat in attack, and David Ngog played 90 minutes on a heavy pitch the other day. Torres was okay today. He was really tired at the end but he was trying, especially in the first half. In the second half it was more difficult because he does not have the match fitness levels. If Gerrard and Fernando play well they can score goals like today and maybe they can be the difference."

Repeatedly pressed on negative comments by Sam Allardyce before the game, Benitez replied: "We prefer to talk on the pitch. We can win on the pitch and enjoy. Some people have to talk before or after the press conference because it's more difficult for them to do a football job. I think he's a model for managers all around the world. I am sure his style of football, his behaviour - everything. It's the perfect model for all the kids. The style of football - I am sure Barcelona are thinking about copying the style."

Blackburn received five bookings on the day and were lucky not to have Steven Nzonzi dismissed for a shove on Lucas. Benitez added: "Nzonzi was very, very clear in touching the face of Lucas Leiva. The rules are the rules. Chimbonda from behind on Maxi has to be a yellow card too - that's very clear."

The boss will now assess his players at Melwood tomorrow, including Fabio Aurelio and Daniel Agger who picked up injuries. "Aurelio has a strain in his quadriceps," added the boss. "Pepe Reina had a problem with his shoulder so we waited to make the last substitution just in case. But he's okay - he's fine now. We have four or five players bleeding and Maxi with stud marks."


lmao I love it when Rafa gets sarcastic and bitchy.