I remember the 2014 Champions League final against Atletico Madrid. I was behind Cristiano lining up in the tunnel, and I was looking at the trophy on the podium - it looked amazing. It took my breath away and Cristiano looked over his shoulder and said ‘Don’t worry, Paul’.
Now, that is confidence and that is belief. I wasn’t even playing in the game, but that’s what the big players have, they relish it.
This post is for the people who still live in 2012 and think that Messi is the only important player in the Argentina National Team. Sit back and relax while meeting the amazing players you missed because apparently Argentina is “Messi’s team”.
Meet Javier Mascherano.
Aka someone who is willing to tear his ass on the pitch multiple times to secure a win for his team. Plays for Barcelona and a big part of why they won the treble this year. Has an average 91.5% pass success in all competitions. Probably the best CDM in the world right now, and on top of that, shows great leadership (even when he’s not captain). “Hoy, hoy te conviertes un heroe” anyone?
Meet Marcos Rojo.
Can play as both center-back and left-back. Part of the FIFA World Cup All-Star Team in 2014. Amazing at set pieces, but even better at clearing balls under pressure. Won the Copa Libertadores in 2009 and the Argentine Primera División in 2010 with Estudiantes. Joined Manchester United in 2014 and makes an average 6.3 clearances per game in the Premier League.
Meet Nicolás Otamendi.
Arguably the best center-back from South America and one of the best in La Liga. Extremely strong at aerial duels (wins an average of 3.6 per game) and delivers important tackles, and yet very underrated. Makes an average 7.3 clearances per game for Valencia. In this gif, he blocked the shot of the player you believe Argentina revolves around.
Meet Lucas Biglia.
Plays at defensive/central midfield, yet great at tackles. Has one of the best pass success rates in the Copa America (92%) and Serie A (88%). This man actually has no position, he can play at many different areas in the field. One minute he’s blocking a shot and the next, he’s delivering a creative pass like the one in this gif.
Meet Ángel Di María.
He needs absolutely no introduction. Has such immense pace and creates key passes for Argentina and Manchester United. Although he is an attack-minded player, he has made an average of 2.2 tackles per game in the Copa America. Named Man of the Match for the UEFA Champions League Final in 2014. Attacks like crazy in every game; the only reason he is not top scorer is because of tough luck and great goalkeepers.
Meet Javier Pastore.
The dark horse for Argentina this year. Only 26 years old, but plays in like 6 different positions, all the way from central midfielder to center forward. Great with both his right and left foot, so very versatile on the field. Great dribbler (average 2.2 per game) and great at stealing the ball. Has been key for the attack of Argentina in this Copa.
Meet Ezequiel Lavezzi.
Has not started for Argentina that often in this Copa America, but delivers a great performance every time he plays. Good at taking set pieces, but amazing at crossing. Has an 86.3% pass success rate in Ligue 1.
Meet Gonzalo Higuaín.
Like Messi, he scores goals for fun (esp. with this national team). He became the top scorer for the South American section of World Cup Qualifiers in 2013 with 9 goals, scored 18 and assisted 7 for Napoli in Serie A last season, and scored two goals in the Copa América this year. He is the 6th top scorer for Argentina in history. Raised hope for Argentina in both the WC2014 Final and the Copa America final by getting close to scoring the winning goal, but the world doesn’t want Pipita to have a moment like that in his life.
Meet Kun Agüero.
One of the best strikers in the world today. Scored 26 goals with 8 assists for Machester City last season and was the top scorer for Argentina in the Copa Améria with 3 goals. Has an average 4 shots and 2.6 dribbles per game. What he did for his club is undeniable; scored a goal in the 94th minute to give Manchester City the Premier League title after who knows how many years. Always praises Messi and calls him the best in the world, but man, he doesn’t know how great of a player he is himself.
Last but not least, meet Sergio Romero.
I don’t know what to say about this man. I really don’t. The number of times he has saved Argentina is countless. He was the hero when he led Argentina to the finals in the penalties against the NETHERLANDS!!! and led them to the finals again this year against freaking Paraguay. Not to mention that he is a free agent, which means that he hasn’t been playing for a club and is only on international duty; and yet, he has delivered such a kick-ass performance this tournament. He survived 2 penalty shootouts in one year and man, I don’t blame him for not surviving the 3rd. He must be tired. But, he is a freaking hero and ignoring his talent and determination and calling Argentina “Messi’s team” is a disrespect to football.
If you still wanna say Argentina is reliant on Messi, just know that you are completely and utterly IGNORANT to pure footballing talent and *flips hair* you can kiss my ass.
sooo todays post is about arjen robben because soooo many people only know him as a “diver” or that he is “selfish” and hate him because he has a “bad personality” - well, let me tell you something: he hasn’t. he’s an amazing player and mostly bvb fans hate him because of reasons (we’ll talk about that later)and yeah so here we go
arjen, who is also known as “Mister Wembley” or “the bee slayer” plays at bayern munich since 2009, his jersey number is number 10 and normally he plays on the right wing
he also played for PSV Eindhoven (2002-2004)
Chelsea FC (2004-2007)
and Real Madrid (2007-2009)
he also plays for the dutch national team and is their vice captain behind robin van persie, he really loves his country and is very proud to play for his national team
he was vice world cup winner with the dutch national team in 2010 and is third of the 2014 world cup in brazil
he played an absoutley fantastic world cup
he’s married to his beautiful wife bernadien since 2007
they’ve got three kids and seriously, his wife is so beautiful, look
she’s so pretty
and his kids, luka, kai and lynn, are the sweetest ever
his family is perfect and means everything to him - he’s a great dad
but let’s start with arjens own story in which he show what a true fighter he is
the whole drama started in the dfb final in 2012 (we lost it 5:2 against bvb, don’t you even dare to talk about it)
his team mates appreciate him a lot like javi for example
and he’s such a cutie, after the champions legue final 2013 he was aked if he could put into words what this meant to him and he was just like “no“ :)
and i think they enjoy driving with him a lot
i mean, really, he’s always so nice and kind and smiling, how could you hate him?!
he would give everything for his club and country, is always honest and ambitious - he was the only one who seemed motivated during the champions league semi finals against real madrid tbh
he works so hard and is always so determined on the pitch
seriously, you can not like him, but hate? and saying he’s the worst player ever? there are even worse players than him and it’s just pathetic that you judge him for two facts
he is one of the nicest players in our squad and one of the few, who always give eveything - in every fucking match. and saying his personality is shit - are you kidding me ?! do you know him? i don’t know him either but as far as we know he’s an amazing person and player and, in my opinion, the only one next to cristiano ronaldo who would deserve the ballon d’or 2014. thank you and please - form your own opinion about him before you just say what others say. arjen does not deserve all this shit and hate and he’s fucking amazing