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It seems Castrol and the people from Madame Tussauds have been busy for the past months as they made wax figure of the Ultimate Football Player. The figure has captured all the attributes of the world’s most prominent football players and mind, if this player is real his transfer value is estimated to be over 450 million dollars as based from the players the figure was made of. Now how come my opinion wasn’t consulted? I could have given them a long list of what the Ultimate Football Player would look like. But looking at the list and the result i have to agree with them but i really think they should made another wax figure and they better ask for my list.

According to Castrol, The Ultimate Performing Player consists of the following:

The height of Peter Crouch

The Hair of Carlos Puyol

The Eyes of Xavi Hernandez

The Chin of Paolo Maldini

The Chest of Michael Ballack

The Arms of Rory Delap

The Hands of Julio Cesar

The Legs of Cristiano Ronaldo

The Left Foot of Lionel Messi

The Right Foot of Thierry Henry

And here’s how the Ultimate Football Player looks like… Please disregard Sven G. in the pictures…

The Ultimate Football Player

Last night Champions’ League finale at Roma was a memorable and historical night for Barcelona FC as they clinches a treble, the first in Spain side to win a European and domestic treble. Copa del Rey. Check. La Liga. Check. Champions League. Check… and Manager Pep Guardiola, who was described by the incomparable Terry Venables as as an exceptional bright lad, intelligent player and  a good manager, must be in seventh heaven right now. Pep has joined the elite group of having the honor of lifting the European Cup both as a coach as well as a player.

It was obvious that Manchester United was struggling and every move and changes of position that Sir Alex made, Barcelona was at par to make the necessary adjustment. And as for the two best player in the world who was in the field last night, it was a glaring fact that Lionel Messi has proven who was the best of the best. And Cristiano Ronaldo was a picture of Pique’d and frustration as if the events of last year never happened at all… Poor dear CR7, at least you have a new Brazilian girlfriend to concentrate in the next two months of rest.Manchester United V Barcelona

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The day of reckoning is at hand. Manchester United vs Barcelona FC. Cristiano Ronaldo vs Lionel Messi. Who will emerge as the best of the best?

A few hours from now we will be a witness to one of the most anticipated match in the Champions’ League. But the spotlight is focus mainly on CR7 and the Messidona and everyone, well mostly everyone, knows that whoever wins tonight derby will take home the 2009 Ballon D’ Or. I am sure that CR7 will hold on to his trophy and will not let that happen as the Golden Boot this year was taken from him by Chelsea’s Anelka. Well we should all blame Sir Alex Ferguson as he has substituted CR7 in one game and reserve him from the last game. Cr7 is on a roll and he could have had 3 more goals…

I just hope that in tonight’s derby CR7 will not jinxed himself again. He has been known to “lost” himself in games that matters most and tonight is one of the big game of his life. On the lighter side, CR7 gets to don an all white jersey just like what he always dreamed of wearing. And since his side is fighting La Liga’s champion, he could always imagine he’s playing with Real Madrid…

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Who will get the chance to kiss me tonight?

My pundit 3-2. Barcelona.

I’m obsessed with football and i always think that I live in the wrong continent. I should have been in Europe so that i won’t have to sleep late always if there’s a fixture going on… Yeah i wish. I hope my two imaginary boyfriends, Iker Casillas and Cristiano Ronaldo would hear my fervent wish and whisk me away from here to live in a place near them or better yet in their home. Anyhoo, if  i’m as rich as Roman Abramovich or Silvio Berlusconi and i have the means to own a football team and i am allowed to have unlimited access to players, the following are the players i want in my team. And yes, being good-looking is one of the requirements. Indulge me.

casillas_glove_3 Goalkeeper: Iker Casillas (Real Madrid) – He is definitely a keeper. As a captain for Spain, he has led the team in capturing its first European Championship in 44 years! For me he is the world’s best goalkeeper and FIFA seemed to agree with me as he is currently ranked 4th in the 2008 FIFA World Player of the Year Award.

Defenders:

xabi_alonso_280x390_500401a Xabi Alonso (Liverpool) – A memberof my favorite team, he comes from a family of footballing prowess. His ability to pass the ball in an exhibitionist way is one of the thing i like about him. He could spot a teammate even from afar and could pass over the ball with deadly and uncanny accuracy. A member of Spain international, his highest honor to date is winning the Euro 2008 Cup.

philiplahm Philip Lahm (Bayern Munich) – a defender both for his team and country, Lahm is the bestt fullback i know and i like the way he paced, dribbled and crossed in the field despite his small stature. He could run the ball both from right and left flank. He is simply the best.

garics_scheda Gyorgy Garics – (Atalanta) I saw him while he was still playing for Napoli in the Serie A against Inter and  he was good as an attacking wingback and the years to come will be good for him as evidenced by the fact that he was called up for the Vienna national team.

grossoooo Fabio Grosso (Lyon) – Who could ever forget this hunky Italian? Remember World Cup 2006? Yeah, i know. I was rooting for Germany back then after England was… never mind, i would rather forget that whole episode. But Fabio, I could never hate him after one look at his face and even if he delivered that late dramatic winning goal against Germany in the semi final i changed allegiance so fast during the final that i completely forgot i love Zizou.  And Fabio never disappointed me as he scored the winning penalty in the shootout that win Italy their trophy.

Midfielder:

steven-gerrard1 Steven Gerrard (Liverpool) – A member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE), Stevie G is the man i would like to captain England in their quest to get the World Cup trophy. He is a one-man goal scoring machine and though i like seeing him played as a center midfielder, i know he could play best as a striker. And he is ever so sweet, he has inscribed his daughters name in his football boots and i heard that its his lucky pair.

7 Yoann Gourcuff (Bordeaux) – I saw him play for AC Milan once alongside Kaka but the moment I noticed him was when he was playing in the France national team and since then i followed his career when he was loaned to Bordeaux and I’m proud to say that AC Milan lost was Bordeaux gain. I am positive to say that this Girondins will be the next Zizou.

sebastian_kehl Sebastian Kehl (B. Dortmund) – He was my big time crush in the World Cup 2006. I love the way he passed the ball and the way he tackled his opponent and he was a key player and he’s proven this especially when he was made captain for his team Borussia Dortmund. And no i will not mentioned the “clothing malfunction” that made him so famous around the world…

cristiano_ronaldo_493242a Cristiano Ronaldo (Manchester United) – Currently the world’s best player. His ability to dribble the ball and crossing is one the best thing i admired about him and of course his goal scoring. For me he is the definition of sexy football. I just dont like it when he dives, and he really does it a lot. He is one serial diver.

Striker:

5915684 Fernando Torres (Liverpool) – El Nino. I always wondered why he was overlooked by the biggest team in Spain. But then La Liga’s lost is the Premier League’s gain. Liverpool’s bonafide superstar next to Steven Gerrard, Nando given precious time barring injury will make Cristiano Ronaldo trembled in his football boots in the years to come. And CR7 should take this is a warning as according to the survey, Nando is the best loved Premier League player while he was the most hated.

lionelmessiitv_767129 Lionel Messi (Barcelona) – I am saving this best for last. Lionel Messi will be undoubtedly this year best player of the world. And i would so dearly love to see him play for the Premier League but then he fit so nicely with Barcelona that its a joy to watch La Liga again.    For me he is the only one to succeed Diego Maradona even if Atletico’s Sergio Aguero could rival him for this title, never mind that Aguero is Maradona’s son-in-law. I love the way he run across the field evading six opponents and then scoring a goal. He always does that and its never tiresome to watch it. Look out Cristiano the Messidona is out to get you.

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A day after he was crowned FIFA World Player of the Year in Zurich with the distinction of becoming the first Premier League player to do so, Manchester United winger Cristiano Ronaldo, who sweeps soccer top individual honors for 2008, is at the crossroad of his life and I’m asking where is he going from here? I’m mad for Liverpool FC but CR7 is one of my favorite footie players and for me he is one of the many who epitomes sexy football to borrow the phrase of former Chelsea, Newcastle and Feyenoord manager Ruud Gullit when he was waxing lyrical about it. There is such joy in watching CR7 plays football and I’m worried that in the past few months CR7 has forgotten to play sexy football. I know CR7 missed the start of this season because of recuperation from an injury. And we saw how he has struggled to regain his form. He has eight league goals, and the last came in November. Should we be worried? In his case, I think not. The spark that used to be so much a part of him was just dimmed but not completely missing.  Whatever hold Sir Alex Ferguson had on him that is making him the way he is now, I believed Sir Alex has something to do with it. Some of us know what the Man U manager is capable of doing in psyching up his players and other people. CR7 should have the guts to follow his dream and to break off the hold Sir Fergie has on him.

On the other topic, the recently concluded FIFA Awarding in Zurich showcased the best in the football world. It should be noted that nearly half the list of best players coming from the Premier League and another third from La Liga. Also, FIFA has the distinction of herding in Ronaldo, Messi, Fernando Torres, Kaka and Xavi Hernandez in the middle of the season to sit in a room on the off-chance that they might win an award. Ronaldo received 136 first-place votes and 935 points in a worldwide poll of national team captains and coaches. He was followed by Barcelona and Argentina midfielder Lionel Messi (678) and Liverpool and Spain striker Fernando Torres (203), with the results announced by Brazilian great Pele.

 

AC Milan and Brazil midfielder Kaka, the 2007 winner, was fourth (183), followed by Barcelona and Spain midfielder Xavi Hernandez (155), Liverpool and England midfielder Stephen Gerrard (98) and Barcelona and Cameroon striker Samuel Eto’o (58),

 

CR7 was widely expected to win after bagging the Ballon D’Or as European player of the year and World Soccer magazine’s player of the year. Before the announcement, the orchestra at the Zurich Opera House gave a not-so-subtle hint by playing an aria from Handel’s “Rinaldo.”

Ronaldo is the second Portuguese to receive the award. Luis Figo won in 2001.

 

Below are the complete list the world’s best players in football world.

 

1 Cristiano Ronaldo (Manchester United)

2 Lionel Messi (Barcelona)

3 Fernando Torres (Liverpool)

4 Kaka (AC Milan)

5 Xavi (Barcelona)

6 Steven Gerrard (Liverpool)

7 Samuel Eto’o (Barcelona)

8 Iker Casillas (Real Madrid)

9 Andres Iniesta (Barcelona)

10 David Villa (Valencia)

11 Andrei Arshavin (Zenit St Petersburg)

12 Frank Lampard (Chelsea)

13 Didier Drogba (Chelsea)

14 Michael Ballack (Chelsea)

15 Cesc Fabregas (Arsenal)

16 Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Inter Milan)

17 Emmanuel Adebayor (Arsenal)

18 Franck Ribery (Bayern Munich)

19 Ruud van Nistelrooy (Real Madrid)

20 Sergio Aguero (Atletico Madrid)

21 John Terry (Chelsea)

22 Gigi Buffon (Juventus)

23 Deco (Chelsea)

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France Football has just confirmed that Cristiano Ronaldo has been named as the Best Player in the World as he bagged the Ballon D’Or beating Barcelona’s Lionel Messi and Liverpool Fernando Torres. The award was confirmed earlier today. France Football Magazine present the trophy based on a poll of 96 top journalists. CR7 have a stellar 42-goal season with Manchester United, netting his second Premier League crown and the Champions League last May. Being proclaimed the best in the world is an honor indeed as he was voted by 77 of the 96 writers as their number one player in this year’s poll. In the past, Ballon D’Or is only given to Europe’s best player, but it has been expanded to include players from all over the world. Each voter names five players on their final ballot, awarding five points to their first choice and one point to their fifth. CR7 was the only name to appear on each of the 96 ballots, polling 446 points out of a maximum 480. Wow what a great year indeed, I just pray that his performance gets better after this and not the mediocre ones we’ve been watching in this past months.

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