Kaka – The forgotten man

He cost €65 million in the summer of 2009 and was dubbed the closest thing to Zidane, but why has everyone forgotten about the graceful midfielder?

Having signed for AC Milan in the summer of 2003 from São Paulo for a measly €8.5 million, the Brazilian playmaker went on to make 270 appearances for Milan, scoring 95 goals and getting 45 assists, in the process cementing himself as one of the best players in the world.

He lead his side to Champions League success, as well as a Serie A title and along the way picking up UEFA Club Footballer of the year, FIFPro World Player of the year and a Ballon d’Or.

It was at this point where Real Madrid decided to move for Kaka, after deciding against a move to Manchester City in January 2009, it was that summer when he finally got his big money move.

He became the worlds most expensive player, only to be eclipsed in the same summer by Cristiano Ronaldo.

The move though, turned out to be the downward slope of Kaka’s career, with injuries plaguing his time at the Bernabeu, restricting him to just 112 appearances in four seasons, with 27 goals and 31 assists.

The 30-year-old really was the closest thing to Zidane the world of football had seen in recent years, his touch, his skill, his physique, power, pace, he had the lot, and without injuries would still be in the top 5 players in the world at the moment.

 

Is money ruining football?

Just a short post tonight, as it is quite late to right a lot.

Basically, money these days is being completely splashed about by quite a few teams now. To name some; PSG, Man City, Monaco (now..). You must think, that it ruins it, when a team spends so much, they try to buy a title or trophy etc..

For example, last season in the Premier League. Man City spent what, 35 odd million, on some very mediocre players. Javi Garcia, Scott Sinclair and Jack Rodwell were bought, along with several others. Them players, barely played. When they did, they didn’t play too well. So the money City spent, was a waste. They bought the players they did, because they can, and because they knew they had to, as rivals United has already done their business, and they were leaving it very late.

Rant over, money is ruining football.

How Arsenal can win the league.

So, the last time Arsenal won the Premier League, was in 2003-04, where they remarkably went the whole season unbeaten. That season, Arsenal’s only signing was Jens Lehmann. Chelsea on the other hand spent in excess over £100 million.

So, how can they win it now? Well, in the last 4-5 years, they haven’t really spent. They haven’t majorly improved on their squad. Last season, Cazorla was a class signing, and in parts of the season, Giroud was fairly good. Podolski also had some good parts and bad parts, but in all fairness the players, Cazorla an exception, aren’t really players that can help challenge for the title.

Don’t get me wrong, they have a fairly decent team, and it shows, as the constantly make the top four in the league, but they really need to push on from that. 

Losing van Persie last season, could’ve been a catastrophe for them, with most people vowing that Arsenal would do terrible. But top four was what they got again. 

I think the three big signings last season totaled to about 30 million. Van Persie was sold for £24 million and Alex Song sold for £14 million. So they almost made £10 million more than what they spent, which is what Arsenal do. It’s what they’ve done for a longtime.

However, now they’ve been told that they could be entitled to 70 odd million, things look like they could potentially change for the Gunners. They have been linked with several players so far, but the players they buy have to be players that can help challenge for the title, as that is what the fans are waiting for.

So there we go. My opinion on what Arsenal need to do to win another title.

Who will win the Premier League this year?

I basically think it will be fought out between 3 teams in the end.

Man United. Why? Even with the new manager, David Moyes, I still think they are more than capable of doing it. The players have been there before, and will no what to do. Moyes has also been told, that cash is there for him to use. With that in mind, the best players could be expected to be brought in. I hope we can win it again this year, it would be amazing for Moyes as well.

Man City. Why? There such a strong team now. As much as I dislike them, they’re a good team. Without a doubt, the City players will be far from happy with last seasons performances, and will really want to sort that out. Two players have already been brought in; Navas from Sevilla and Fernandinho from Shaktar. So, two early signings, maybe trying to state that they mean business.

Finally…

Chelsea.  Why? Jose Mourinho. That’s why. I think he’ll bring such a buzz around the place, that’ll boost Chelsea so much, and get the players doing what he wants them to do. I know the title says “Who will win the Premier League this year”, but I think they might just come up short, but there should be an improvement from last year.

Rooney’s fantastic bicycle

Rooney's fantastic bicycle

A goal, not many will forget. It was just unbelievable. A goal, which won United the game.

At the time, the game was level at 1-1, after a fairly freak City goal, leveled things up. Then, Rooney came up with that bit of magic, thanks to an inch perfect pick out from Nani.

Real Madrid’s new star – Asier Illarramendi

Is it too early to call him a star? Well, he certainly played very well for Spain in the U21 Championships. The defensive midfielder made quite an impression, helping the team reach, and win the Championships.

Illarramendi, dubbed as the “new Xabi Alonso”, today moved to Real Madrid for a fee of £34 million. 

Now you’re probably thinking “what a huge amount paid”. Yes, I agree. But, remember Ronaldo (Brazilian one)? He was bought for £28 million, and Madrid got the very best out of him. Also, Zidane. Some could argue that he was one of the worlds best players whilst at Madrid.

So, this deal may be good. He’s a young player, only 23, so has lots and lots of years, to become an even better player than he already is. 

Thiago to Bayern?

Reports last night suggested that the young Spanish Midfielder was heading to Bayern, to link up with former Barcelona manager, Pep Guardiola.

Now the question that could be asked; would he get regular first team football at Bayern? With the likes of Schweinsteiger, Martinez and the new addition of Mario Gotze, it is hard to see him playing regularly.

A move to Manchester United though, would be (in my opinion) more beneficial for him. He could probably come into the side, and play regular first team football.

In all fairness though, he looks as if he’s a top quality player. Wherever he goes, I expect the young boy to do very well.