For those of you who have been following me for a while, you know I hardly ever report on transfer rumors. Recently I read a quote on the Internet that I enjoyed:
Being a good writer is 3% talent, and 97% not being distracted by the Internet
I take this quote to heart. Most of the news we read online comes from shady sources that always list "our insider information reports" or "according to sources".. Which sources? What insider? Who, what, where, when, why? We're temporarily transfixed by a column which reads: "Manchester City to offer Milan €45 million for Ignazio Abate." (Wait, they might actually do that) While we all know there's a better chance Oddo will be Capocannoniere in the Serie A than that happening, there's always the lingering excitement of "what if"..
Well "what if" usually shatters our hearts and plays with our emotions. The Sports Journalists on the Internet who just rewash information they read from other Sports sites fill the web with news that won't ever materialize. In the end, it's mostly garbage.
For those of you who follow me on Twitter, you'll remember me tweeting about Robinho to Milan, and Borriello to Roma days before it was released on the web. At the moment of my statement, I received numerous messages questioning my sanity for reporting such comical information. Two days after, I had more praise than Cristiano Ronaldo in a nightclub.
My insider source, is actually somebody in my family. My grandfather was the vice president of Milan four decades ago, so we still have some connections inside the organization. The few times a year when real news is passed down to me from overseas, I report it. So far, they've been 100% correct. I wouldn't report any information that I know isn't legitimate, because I know as a reader I wouldn't want to be led on with something that'll eventually break my heart. A bit extreme I know, but football is more than a pastime for many of you, it's an obsession - a way of life.
So here's the latest scoop. In January, Milan will purchase Kaka from Real Madrid. Soon enough, we'll also see Ronaldinho in an LA Galaxy shirt.
Kaka - Forever a Milan Legend
Now let's be realistic: the difference between this Kaka and the one who won the Ballon d'Or is equivalent to the difference between Huntelaar and Van Basten. At Madrid he failed to shine. His galloping runs that led him to being a Milan legend were suddenly taken out of his arsenal by injuries which have plagued him for the past few years. He just underwent surgery. Even 50% of the old Kaka would be a massive bonus for the rossoneri. Without his pace, he's not a world class performer anymore. I grew up idolizing him, so speaking even the least bit negatively about him still seems taboo.
- Milan are sitting fourth in the Serie A. Strangely enough, the best performance of the season came week one against Lecce, before the entire Ibra/Robinho circus commenced.
- What is wrong with Robinho? I've watched him throughout his career. His Dr. Jekyll Mr. Hyde performances are disturbing. Whenever he suits up for the Brazilian National Team, he is world class. Anyone remember the goal he scored last year against Italy? Simply brilliant. For some reason, he has never been able to recreate this stellar form while donning a club jersey. He smashed the British record fee by transferring to Manchester City, but failed to live up to lofty expectations. At Santos he tried to reignite his career, but couldn't resist the offer presented by Milan. In his press conference, he said he wanted to make Milan history. Now if his idea is making the Milan history of bloopers, then he's already in that highlight reel. He failed to even connect with the goal while being 1v1 against the keeper in the Champions League. Robinho seems slower than usual, and hasn't been able to form much chemistry with the team, yet.
- Incredible how you can go from loathing someone, to buying their jersey and framing it on your wall. That's a brief summary of my love/hate relationship with Ibrahimovic.
Doesn't he look noticeably nicer now?
When he played at Inter, I used to joke he had that Inter face. You know, the face that almost all the Inter players have. They just don't seem like nice people. Whether it's my intense dislike for anyone wearing a black & blue striped jersey clouding my judgment, or a bizarre pattern (which others have noticed, by the way). Look at Stankovic, Cordoba, Lucio, Maicon, Samuel, Mihajlovic, Ibra, Materazzi. If you saw any of them in a back alley, would you even feel remotely safe? Now to make a comparison, imagine if you saw Pirlo in the same place. You'd probably smile at him, take note of his feathery soft hair and polite demeanor. Sorry I went off on a tangent, moving on..
- The upcoming game against Real Madrid is probably the most anticipated Milan game in three years. Last year we didn't have the same firepower as today, but still managed to squeak out a 3-2 victory at the Bernabeu, despite Dida's best efforts at sabotaging the result. It was hands down the most thrilling, entertaining game of the season. What worries me is that we have so much firepower being led by someone who quite frankly, has absolutely no experience at this level. Imagine the body of a Ferrari with the steering wheel and chassis of a FIAT. A world famous orchestra being led by a cocker spaniel. Allegri might have been given a little too much to munch on. Will he turn into the next Guardiola? Doubt it. Will he still be the coach next year? Questionable. Madrid on the other hand, is a team brimming with world class talent at every position. Oh, did I mention Mourinho is coaching them now?
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