Sergio Ramos, Real Madrid Legend is Leaving?

With everything that has happened it will be very difficult for Sergio Ramos to stay at Real Madrid. Sergio is a symbol of this club. He has nothing to prove. But so many things are being said about him.

It’s really hard to know what to make of any statements or rumors during the transfer period.  A lot of it could just be agents and people blowing smoke in order to leverage a better deal for their client.  But sometimes there might be smoke because there is an actual fire.

But the fact that it is public that Sergio Ramos is unhappy with the negotiations is ridiculous.  He’s been an integral part of Real Madrid’s defense for years and the foundation of it for the past couple years ever since they moved him from left back to the central position.

Real is known for constantly changing its lineup and going out and always looking for the next big star. But Ramos is still in his prime, still a star and it would be impossible to replace him.  He’s the consistency in the back that every team needs and craves.

Oh, and has Real already forgotten that it has only been a year since he did this?


 

Pay him the money. All of it if needed.

Steven Gerrard Bids a Bittersweet Farewell to Chelsea and Stamford Bridge

The Chelsea fans showed respect for a couple of seconds for me, but slaughtered me all game so I’m not going to get drawn into wishing the Chelsea fans well.

It’s nice of them to turn up for once today. The standing ovation from a stadium is always nice, but what’s important to me is the Liverpool fans and they have been there since day one.

~ Steven Gerrard

Spoken like a true competitor and like a Red through and through.  And I think it’s great.  There was just the right amount of respect and disdain from both sides.  The Chelsea fans appreciate Gerrard and his commitment to Liverpool as well as his passion for the game.  But they aren’t about to give him a farewell tour and shower him with gifts a la Derek Jeter with the Yankees. They are Chelsea fans and while they admire him, they also don’t care for him or Liverpool. So they applaud him when he leaves the pitch as a sign of respect for his career, but howl at him while he’s on the pitch trying to score against their beloved Blues. A sense of humanity swept over the Chelsea faithful as they saw one of their favorite pantomime villains leave the stage for the last time.  I can only imagine that the loss of Gerrard will allow them to turn their animus to their own players as they seem to rule atop the Premier League without any clear rivals.

But not that Gerrard is bitter about the reception from the fans or would expect anything different.  He wasn’t looking for a warm reception, which is why he used the chance to get in one last jab at the Chelsea fans.  He wasn’t seduced by the applause as he left the field.  He thanked them for the kind gesture, but reminded them that they will always be second class to the fans at Anfield that have supported him from the beginning.

Messi, Barca Dominate Bayern

Messi did steal the show tonight, but it’s true that the entire Barcelona team should also be credited for the convincing win over Bayern Munich.  Right from the start Barcelona was pressuring and pestering Bayern all over the pitch. Bayern never looked comfortable and didn’t even have a shot on target all night.  Yes, Messi’s goals were brilliant, but it required the entire team to dismantle Bayern Munich like that.  Everyone knew Barcelona had been playing at top form, but Bayern was considered arguably the best club in the world coming into this game.  After tonight’s though, it’s clear who the best club in the world is right now.  And Messi is the unquestioned leader of that club.