La Liga is officially a three horse race. Not since Javi Irrueta’s Deportivo or Los Che under Rafa Benitez have we really been able to say it without real conviction.
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Gareth Bale didn’t choose the figure Real Madrid paid to take him away from Spurs, but like it or not, the world’s most expensive footballer will spend his time in Spain having to prove he was worth the money.
The invitation to take part in the Juan Gamper trophy no doubt sweetened the deal to bring the pin-up boy of Brazilian football to the Camp Nou. A deal that has been in the making since 2010 when Sandro Rosell succeeded Joan Laporta as Barcelona president. The former Nike exec finally got his man and Neymar will line up alongside Messi, Xavi and Iniesta in the famous maroon and blue jersey.
The best things in life are free but don’t forget the six-figure contract or the agent fee. Okay, so Janet and Luther didn’t quite sing it like that but when Monaco is flashing the big bucks along with PSG, Manchester City and Chelsea like spoilt rich kids, it’s left to the rest to strengthen on a budget.
If Marcelo dreamt of making his debut for Brazil, he probably envisaged a backdrop more glamorous than a dreary Tuesday evening in North London. White Hart Lane will now forever be in the memory of the Real Madrid left back as the ground where he first laced those boots up to step out for the Seleção. I was there that night in 2006 to see the Brazilian supporters out in full force and a game that Brazil were worthy of a 2-0 win.
Of all the players at Valencia that will have lamented the loss of Jordi Alba in the summer, Jeremy Mathieu must have wondered what life would be without his left sided partner in crime.
Cast your mind back 12 years to the 2002 World Cup. The first time the Jules Rimet trophy would be held aloft on Asian soil. Spanish hands were closer than English ones that’s for sure but as a 20-year old Joaquin stepped up to take a penalty against the surprise package of the tournament the Korea Republic the internet archives will show that tame strike was saved and Hong Myung-Bo put Guus Hiddink’s side through to the semi-finals at the expense of La Roja.