It’s knockout season in the Champions League. Caught both games on ESPN2 this week, and this is what I learned:
(1) Ronaldinho is the best soccer player in the world, and it really isn’t close after that. He spent a solid ten minutes of the first half of Barca’s match against Chelsea on Tuesday just doing tricks; someone must have told him that he was filming a commercial or something. When he scored the go-ahead goal in the second half (despite three Chelsea defenders’ best efforts to knock him over), it all sort of clicked for me: this dude isn’t just fancy, he also wants to win. The Champions League, the World Cup — it all seems very possible.
(2) Chelsea were awful. They couldn’t get the ball to midfield. Maybe the EPL isn’t over after all.
(3) Thierry Henry is a pleasure to watch. I will miss him when he’s done.
(4) The stars of the 1998 FIFA World Cup aren’t getting it done anymore for Madrid. Man, did those guys look old! And tired! Poor Zidane! He still has the class, but I don’t think he has the legs. Roberto Carlos might have the legs (and I stress might), but he sure doesn’t have the class anymore. And Ronaldo looked really slow and uninterested for a guy who’s 29 years old. Also, I want to know how you can be that chubby when you’re going to soccer practice every day; is a Sir-Charlesesque weight gain in the gap-toothed one’s future?
Ronaldo Returns Fire At Pele [Foxsports]