Entries in Lionel Messi (66)
Zlatan Ibrahimovic is a bit like marmite; you either love him or hate him. Throughout his career, which has included many of Europe's finest clubs, he has constantly divided opinion as to whether he is a truly great player. At times he can do the unbelievable and you wonder how anyone can question his ability, whilst other moments show a petulant, self-absorbed player who seems reluctant to work hard and quick to criticise teammates. Where do you stand regarding the Swedish international?
A Round-up of this weekend in Europe.
Lionel Messi has ensured he is recognised as the best football player on the planet right now, maybe even in the entire history of the sport, but that doesn't stop people questioning his talents and whether or not he would, or indeed could, cut it in the Premier League. Now, I am not one of these people, but I have come up with a light-hearted list of three reasons why he needs to make an switch to the English topflight.
After winning both the PFA player of the year and young player of the year awards this season and contributing 19 goals in the Premiership to help Tottenham fight for a Champions League place, surely Gareth Bale can finally claim to be one of the world's finest players at this moment in time. Although still only 23 years old he will be well aware that he is being mentioned in the same breath as Messi and Ronaldo and no doubt keen to start winning some trophies to go with the individual awards that he has picked up so far.
Although Barcelona are now synonymous with their little Argentine striker, a few years previous saw him regularly used as a substitute out on the right wing. He was still a long haired teenager at the time and just finding his way in a star filled squad of world famous players. At the time there was another player who received all the accolades and love from the fans, completely different in both character and footballing style, but at his peak just as good as Messi.
When you spend £35 million on a centre back, as PSG did to acquire the services of Thiago Silva, you would expect that player to be of the finest in world, if not their generation, and the Brazilian certainly fits that criteria.
How about those Argentinian eh?
Well we are almost at the time again, the transfer window. Players from across the globe search for the next adventure, in this case, its Neymar the Brazilian juggernaut.
Is Dani Alves the best right back in the world?
Juventus as we know them are the power-houses of Italian football but they seem to be lacking the firepower of strikers.
When Pep Guardiola took the reigns as Barcelona manager in June 2008 few would have predicted what was about to happen over the following four seasons. The club has always been a major player in European football, and provides the strongest resistance to Real Madrid's total supremacy in Spanish football. Great names have both played and managed this incredible institution, and success is never far away, even in the most troubled of times.
37 year old David Beckham finds himself in Paris St Germain's first eleven this evening against Barcelona in the Champions League Quarter Finals, his starting berth coming within 24 hours of the midfielder admitting that he hasn't ruled out an England recall.
With the increasing number of players feigning injury, diving, timewasting, and deliberately getting booked for tactical reasons, has the game lost one of its core values and become increasingly embarrassing with the antics that take place on a regular basis?
Lionel Messi, Zlatan Ibrahimoivc, Radamel Falcao, Cristiano Ronaldo and......Glenn Murray?!