June 2009

So the time has finally come for Ronaldo to swap Manchester for Madrid, the time has finally come for Real Madrid to start their second galacticos era, the time has finally come for football to get out of control.

Football has always been a passion of mine, whatever the standard, i love to watch. But with Ronaldo’s ludicrously expensive transfer bid from Real Madrid being accepted I am starting to feel that football is a playground for the rich businessmen and no longer for the fans.

Cristiano Ronaldo is undoubtedly one of the best players I will ever see, an absolute genius with a ball at his feet and an asset to any team. But is he worth £80 million? Is anybody?

There’s no doubt Manchester United will now go and bring 2, maybe 3, world class players to thrill the Old Trafford faithful next season, but as many cry “Ronaldo cannot be replaced” I think he can. His brilliance is only matched by his petulance. He’s probably played his best football for United, a player that doesn’t want to play for his current club won’t perform to his best ability and as Fergie has shown in the past, when a player thinks he bigger than the club then they’re out. With Ronaldo’s display of disrespect after being subbed in the Manchester derby this year and his desire to leave United even after winning the Champions League in 2009, I think it’s best for both Ronaldo and Manchester United to part ways. United will make nearly £70 million in profit and Ronaldo will get to go to Spain and no doubt play his best football and really battle with Lionel Messi for the tag of world’s best player.

£80 million is a ludicrous amount of money for one player, especially as Real Madrid have now spent a huge £136 million on two players this summer. I’m sure their over-spending will continue, I’m sure Chelsea, Manchester United, Manchester City etc will spend massive sums of money in the next couple of weeks, I’m not sure football will ever be the same again.


Friday Night, 3 guys, few beers, ultimately leads onto football. Who was the best, best teams, ultimate skill, tricks, goals etc. This then led on for me and my 2 housemates to discuss a worlds eleven from our generation. This then led on to produce a world’s eleven between us, then when we found we had left out too many players we opted for a home and away 11 plus 5 subs!! The rules were simple, pick who you wanted from our generation and that player would be judged on his prime, for example if you picked Ronaldinho it would be from those amazing years at Barcelona. Formations don’t count. Best 11 playing in suitable positions.


Here’s what we came up with:



Cafu                    Cannavaro                          Maldini                   R.Carlos


Beckham                     Vieira                        Zidane                       Giggs


                           Ronaldo                                    Henry

Subs: Kahn,Nesta, Roy Keane, Ronaldinho, Cantona




Thuram             Adams                  Desailly                A.Cole


Figo              Gerrard                   Gascoigne            Rivaldo


                           Raul                       Del Piero

Subs: Buffon, Davids, Stam, Bergkamp, Shearer




Here’s an honorary mention for players we wanted to include but just couldn’t:

Ruud Van Nistelrooy,


Davor Suker,

Pavel Nedved,

Christian Vieri,

Gabriel Batistuta,


Patrick Kluivert.

The List could go on. Players like Cristiano Ronaldo, Messi haven’t been included because we’ve picked players who had their peak and were amazing. Ronaldo, Messi and Kaka by right deserve to be in a side of best 11 in the world at the moment, but this is more of a list for consistently brilliant players over our generation.


So, I handed in my final assignment at University today and am now set for about 3 months off. So i decided to think of things that I wanted to embrace and really enjoy for the whole summer. The reason for this is that with so much time off I think it’s a good opportunity before my third year of University to have some fun and enjoy things before I get hit with all the work that comes with being a third year student!

Here’s my list:

1) My Blog – I plan to kick start my blog again and think that this is the perfect time to do so as I can keep writing whilst I’m off Uni and aim to do 2/3 entries a week, at least!

2) My Sports Blog at www.sportsnewsliveuk.co.uk. I have been writing a sports blog/column on this new  sports website for a month or two now and have been really enjoying it. It has big ambitions to become one of the leading sports websites around so it’s a great experience for me and I hope I can put some good work on the site!

3)My Xbox – Now this may seem like a massive waste of time to some people (except for hardcore gamers!!) I’m not a hardcore gamer by any sense of the word, but I’ve had my Xbox since December 2008 and haven’t really had much time to play it because of having uni work to do, so I plan to give it the attention it deserves!!

4) New Music – I’ve been getting into some new music recently, mainly British bands. I went to see My Vitriol (who were incredible by the way!) a week or so ago and picked up 2 new bands I liked from the support, Burn The Fleet (http://www.myspace.com/burnthefleetband)  and The Xcerts (http://www.myspace.com/thexcerts). The Xcerts especially were fantastic and I really liked the lead singers vocals as you could still hear his Scottish accent coming through which I really enjoyed. Through their myspace pages I got into two bands off of Walnut Tree Records – Portman(http://www.myspace.com/portmanuk) and Waiting for Sirens (http://www.myspace.com/waitingforsirens). Portman’s debut album is£1 off of the Walnut Tree Records site and includes 13 tracks and is a great debut album which I haven’t stopped listening to, so a complete bargain! The Waiting for Sirens 5 track EP was also £1 and again is fantastic. The Excerts, Portman and Waiting for Sirens CD’s have been in my CD player for weeks now and the only reason Burn the Fleet hasn’t been is because their EP is sold out!! So i think this period of time off will be a good chance to get into some more up and coming bands! Check out the bands I mentioned on their myspaces!

5) The Gym! I’ve been going to the gym for a fair few months now but haven’t been as often as I’d have liked because of uni and part time work commitments, so with 3 months off I’m going to draw up a programme and make myself look like one of the blokes out of Men’s Health magazine, well something like that anyway!! 

6) Politics – Most people would view this as a boring way to spend some of my summer but I’d like to learn and understand a bit more about politics and political issues etc, so I intend to learn some more!

That’s pretty much it for now, however as number 1 says I intend to keep this blog up to date! So I will be writing again soon! In the mean time, check out my football blog at www.sportsnewsliveuk.co.uk , I will have a new blog posted up this Wednesday!