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All Things Footie | Thursday, April 10 | Jordan

The Real Thing

Who says the wheels of bureaucracy turn slowly? In the space of just two days Mike Riley managed to adopt Swedish nationality and change his name to Anders Frisk. So as well as awarding Manchester United two dodgy penalties and showing Sami Hyppïa the red card last Saturday, he conveniently missed Fabien Barthez blatantly handling outside the box and failed to spot one of the most blatant penalties I’ve ever seen.

Not that it mattered to Real Madrid.

I’m quite confident when I say that Zinedine Zidane is the finest footballer I’ve ever seen (not counting grainy footage of World Cups past). Forget Rivaldo, Ronaldo, Romario; forget Figo, Raul, Gascoigne; Cantona? Bergkamp? Zola? not quite. Whoever you are, whomever you support, if you don’t adore watching Zidane play you’re not a football fan.

You could quite easily apply the same logic to the whole Real Madrid team. When the big players perform, this Madrid side could well be — in the words of an oft sung but rarely true terrace favourite — by far the greatest team, the World has ever seen. Sure, purists will talk about Puskas, Gento and Di Stefano; but I’ve never watched them on a Tuesday night with a few beers, so I couldn't say for sure.

With a back four consisting of three midfielders and Roberto Carlos, and a front 4 consisting of the current and no less than two former World Players of the Year and the highest goalscorer in the history of the Champions League; how could they not be exciting to watch?

To be fair on United, there’s not a team in the World that would have kept pace with Madrid on Tuesday, I can’t believe they kept it down to three to be honest. I fancy them to maybe get something out of the Old Trafford game; assuming Madrid try and coast it, but I don’t think Real could not score if they tried.

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