author: Sid Lowe
date: March 22 2010
Barcelona’s talisman is so sensationally good at the moment that comparisons with football’s greatest players are wholly justified.
It’s not big and it’s not clever but sometimes swearing is the only thing that will do. Sometimes you’ve used up every other word and nothing else quite hits the spot. You’ve rummaged round the back of the sofa, rifled through the drawers, turned out your pockets and still come up empty. Pep Guardiola insisted that he was clean out of adjectives and frankly so was everyone else. Spain was suffering a severe shortage of superlatives last night. The Catalan newspaper Sport invited readers to send in headlines for what they had just witnessed and there were plenty of super, sensational and sublimes, some magic, magnificent and marvellouses, wows and wonderfuls, plus deities by the dozen, and even a ‘Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious’, but still there was no way to really do it justice. No polite way anyway. Just wide eyes, a wider mouth and a simple: holy shit!
After scoring a fantastic goal that saw Inter Milan overturn Chelsea in the last 16 of the Champions League, Samuel Eto’o may well find himself back at the Camp Nou once more this season, this time for a potentially intriguing Champions League semi-final. So now seems a good time to revisit an in-depth interview given by the former FC Barcelona favourite. The interview, given to Four-Four-Twomagazine in February, finds the Cameroon international discussing his time at Barca, his relationship with Pep Guardiola, as well as his big-money move to Inter and everything that entails.
Below are some excerpts from the interview.
The most “Maradonian” Leo shows off in La Romareda scoring his third hat trick so far this season.
The Argentinean crack completed the feast causing the penalty which was scored by a goal-blinded Ibra.
Messi has scored 25 goals in La Liga and 34 goals in total. He has scored the last 11 goals from the total of 13 that Barça has scored lately.
The 0-2. A wonderful play which reminded of Ronaldo’s goal against “Compos” (Compostela).
GOD OF FOOTBALL
Messi’s second Hat “trick” in a row
Zaragoza 2 – 4 Barça
An stratospheric “golazo”. His second goal made “La Romareda” stand up (clapping); he got the ball from a rival player in the midfield, dribbled three times and shot close to the post.
The crack’s greatness. Leo renounced scoring the fourth goal letting Ibrahimovic shoot the penalty which was earned by him (Messi).
And in handball, Copa del Rey’s champions.
A poll taken to find Europe’s most consistent footballing performers for February has seen FC Barcelona completely over-looked with no players included whatsoever. The poll, taken by European Sports Magazines, consists of a starting eleven made up of players voted by journalists for leading football publications including Abola, World Soccer, Kicker, France Football and Don Balon, amongst others.
“We were unable to stop an incredible player. It was like watching Maradona again but this time with more turns and a lot faster.”
Real Zaragoza coach Jose Aurelio Gay at the post-match press conference, after his side was defeated by Barcelona at home.
Real Zaragoza vs FC Barcelona
(Sunday March 21, 2010 @ 21:00 Barcelona time – Convert to local time)
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Real Madrid forward and Portuguese international Cristiano Ronaldo dos Santos Aveiro (25) assured club president Florentino Perez Rodríguez (63) that the team will deliver the Spanish league crown this season. After failing in the Copa Del Rey (eliminated by 3rddivision team Alcorcon) and the Champions League by Olympique Lyonnais, Ronaldo is, along with his team-mates, ready to fight for the last remaining title.
March 21, 2010