Date:Saturday October 13 2007
The Shortlist for the FIFA World Player of the Year 2007 has been published by FIFA, and after perusing it, I was surprised to see Thierry Henry's name on it. Here is the full list:
Gianluigi Buffon (Italy), Fabio Cannavaro (Italy), Petr Cech (Czech Republic), Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal), Deco (Portugal), Didier Drogba (Côte d'Ivoire), Michael Essien (Ghana), Samuel Eto'o (Cameroon), Gennaro Gattuso (Italy), Steven Gerrard (England), Thierry Henry (France), Juninho (Brazil), Kaká (Brazil), Miroslav Klose (Germany), Philipp Lahm (Germany), Frank Lampard (England), Rafael Márquez (Mexico), Lionel Messi (Argentina), Alessandro Nesta (Italy), Andrea Pirlo (Italy), Franck Ribéry (France), Juan Román Riquelme (Argentina), Ronaldinho (Brazil), Wayne Rooney (England), John Terry (England), Carlos Tévez (Argentina), Lilian Thuram (France), Fernando Torres (Spain), Ruud van Nistelrooy (Netherlands) and Patrick Vieira (France).
This is the same Thierry Henry who should have won it at least once out of three times during his time at Arsenal, such was his stellar contributions to football.
This the same Thierry Henry who spent last season injured for between half and two-thirds of last season.
This is the same Thierry Henry who joined Barcelona in the summer.
Now, which of these three reasons do you think is most likely as the main reason of the three for Titi's nomination? (I'll give you a clue - it's not numbers one and two).
Titi did of course appear 17 times in his last season for the Gunners, netting ten times. If this qualifies you for this shortlist, why do we not see Obafemi Martins and Andy Johnson there too, as they reached that magical milestone too.
I cannot really comment on the merits of players from other leagues, as i do not see enough of the leagues from abroad to comment from a position of strength, but of the domestic players, players such as Drogba, Ronaldo and Gerrard you would say deserve nominations. The second tier of those from the Prem would include Essien, Rooney and Terry. And then, Thierry might make the third tier. But he simply did not feature enough last year, he was nowhere near being Arsenal Player of the Year, so how he can make this list beggars belief.
I seriously doubt he will emerge victorious, but I hope he wins it, for two reasons.
One, it will make up for the occasions when he should have finished top of the pile in one of the past seasons, for he surely deserved to at least once; and
Two, it will show up FIFA for the bunch of clueless, hypocritical bunch of c***s that they surely are. Who are led by a fat mug who contradicts himself at every twist and turn to try and justify his position.
But for Titi, if you win it fella, it will make up for the past injustices when you were overlooked. I still hope Barça go tits up though. Cheers.
Date:Saturday October 13 2007
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