I don’t think you know anything about football. All right, so you might know some things about football, but whatever you know about football isn’t nearly as important as what I know about football. Knowing more about football than you do, I feel that it’s critical that I let you know who I think were the 25 best players from 2012. So I’ve done a list, chosen from the 80-man shortlist compiled by Backpage Football, because that’s what everyone else is doing.
What was that you had to say about my list? That’s right, you didn’t say anything.
Some art to take your mind off the list.
1. Lionel Messi
2. Cristiano Ronaldo
3. Andres Iniesta
4. Radamel Falcao
5. Robin van Persie
7. Andrea Pirlo
8. Zlatan Ibrahimovic
9. Yaya Toure
10. Bastian Schweinsteiger
11. Gianluigi Buffon
12. Vincent Kompany
13. Luis Suarez
14. Mats Hummels
15. Xabi Alonso
16. Philipp Lahm
18. Mario Gomez
19. Gareth Bale
20. Didier Drogba
21. Sergio Ramos
22. Giorgio Chiellini
23. Daniele De Rossi
24. Arturo Vidal
25. Edinson Cavani
– Max Grieve
Max Grieve doesn’t care what we think. So he tells us what to think.
August 29th, 2012 Supercopa duelings
Cristiano has to be the Ballon d’Or winner… Messi scored 50 goals that have not been worth anything.
- José Mourinho
By Max Grieve
In Bilbao, Real Madrid won the title for the first time in four years, whilst at the Camp Nou Lionel Messi equalled, then surpassed, the record for the most goals scored in a European season. The Spanish newspapers would have you believe that only one or the other of these happened, of course.
“El Mejor!” Marca’s front page screams – “The Best”. Mourinho is thrown into the air, one finger raised, and images of a euphoric Ronaldo are splashed below the headlines. In Barcelona, El Mundo Deportivo pays tribute to “Torpedo Messi”, and the little Argentine is seen lifting the ball over Carlos Kameni to score his third – Barcelona’s fourth – to scratch Gerd Müller’s name from the 39-year-old record.
Below the singing Xabi Alonso, below the elated Iker Casillas, below the hoards dancing in the Plaza de Cibeles, a box the same size as the neighbouring advertisement for the new Subaru XV acknowledges that Barcelona have played. Even then, the image accompanying the scoreline is one of a rueful Guardiola. In the smallest type imaginable for the front page of a national newspaper, Marca make a note of Messi’s historic hattrick.
The oft asked question: who is the best footballer in the world today?
Spice up the oft asked question: ask it to a footballing legend. Today we’ll hear from Pele.
The Brazilian great-one does not believe that Messi is in the same atmosphere as Neymar when it comes to who is currently the best in the world.
I personally don’t concern myself with either Messi or Neymar more than I need to be, but this amused me. So where does CR7 fit into this or are we only concerned with players from the South American continent?
Anyhoo, expect third person references in this short little piece from the Associate Press.