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Friday, November 18, 2005

"I am not Pele or Maradona."

The quote in today's title doesn't sound so funny, does it, until you recall that it came from Robbie Savage.

But on to business. Is Wayne Rooney doomed to a life of controversy, obesity and drug problems? That's what St. Diego of La Boca seems to think. "He has the same characteristics as me both as a player and a person," said the pint-sized powderkeg.

There seems to be some confusion about who the next Maradona will be, however. Some folks in Barcelona seem to think it's teenager Lionel Messi. And then there are the Madrilenos who think Robinho is the new Pele. TDH would like to say, with respect, we've heard it all before. How many players have been hailed as the new Maradona - Ortega, Aimar, Tevez - and none have lived up to the name. The same goes for Pele.

Maybe it's a Latin thing. We haven't heard Rooney being called the new George Best, or even the new Robbie Fowler (joke, it's a joke). Or maybe it's because Rooney's style of play is so unfamiliar, so brutal, so primal.... Ehhh, perhaps he's really the new Mike Tyson?

At the bottom of all this, of course, is just Diego's desire for more glory. If he can't produce his own magic on the pitch anymore, he'll just try to steal young Wine Hrooney's... or anyone else's, if they happen to catch his eye. Stay tuned - for the next few decades.


Blogger the Maradona of Malawi said...

most interestingly, what is it about El Diego that causes so many people, such as myself, to christen themselves the maradona of their hometowns. No matter how good they are, they will never be as good as God, and therefore even brilliant players like Hagi look poorer for that nickname.

12:45 PM  
Blogger the Maradona of Malawi said...


Keane has just left Man U by mutual consent. Christ. Didn't see that one coming.

12:49 PM  
Anonymous jonathan said...

Greetings American Geordie, from a Newcastle Geordie. I think I may be the first native black-and-white to have chanced upon your site, and I must say I'm glad I did. Your posts, whether about NUFC or more general footballing matters, are never less than thought-provoking, and have occasionally made me laugh out loud. You may come from somewhere that is not exactly a hotbed of our game, but you have clearly developed a connoisseur's appreciation- well, you have chosen the right team, for a start (and for the right reasons, the word 'tragicomic' could have been invented for our beloved Magpies..)

My own blog has some football content, but given my exiled status in Manchester (all the Reds here are in a right flutter about old Keane this afternoon by the way) most of it concerns trips to places like Stockport County and, ahem, Glossop North End. But do call in some time; you might appreciate some of it... in the meantime I shall certainly be back, and will be recommending your site to a couple of other black-and-whites of my acquaintance.

All the very best now, and Haway the Lads


4:40 PM  

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