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When David Beckham arrived at the Bernabeu in the summer of 2003 Zinedine Zidane, one of the many stars in that famous Madrid ‘Galacticos’ team, said, “Why put another layer of gold paint on the Bentley when you are losing the entire engine?”
The iconic Frenchman was referring to the sale of Claude Makelele to Chelsea. In a team boasting the attacking talents of Zidane, Luis Figo and Ronaldo, many were guilty of overlooking the importance of Makelele. Many of the Madrid attacks were started by the Zaire-born midfielder, but his most important role was to act as the first line of defence and anchor the side. His pivotal role freed up the trio of Zidane, Figo and Ronaldo to attack at will without compromising the defence and acted as a great neutraliser of counter-attacks.
Claudio Ranieri made him one of his first purchases upon the arrival of Roman Abramovich’s billions. »
- Jamie Callaghan
In true Cristiano Ronaldo fashion he arrived at the party late with a double against the Dutch. He showed off his fancy footwoork by cutting some mad shapes against the Czechs. Next he will probably make out with your beautifully efficient sister before leaving with the prize that everyone at the party coveted.
The perfectly preened, permanently tanned and supremely talented CR7 is now joint top scorer at the Euro’s and few would bet against him finishing top of that list come July 1st.
The way he strutted around the pitch against the Czechs showed a man who has only one thing on his mind. Glory. He sprinted after every loose ball. Every shot was struck with extra venom. He never stopped working the defenders running into space demanding his compatriots find him with every pass. His goal was celebrated with such joy it seems that the pressure of »
- Robert MacDonald
2 items from 2012
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