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on becoming a football legend

It seems like there are two paths to achieving personal immortality within the football world. The first is to follow in the footsteps of Pele by scoring goals at a young age, getting nominated as your nation's minister of sport, and then talking out your ass when questioned by the press. The other is to follow in the footsteps of Diego Maradona by scoring fantastic goals, becoming a lard-ass as your career progresses, and having an opera made about your life by adoring fans.

José Luis Chilavert tried the second approach and scored some wonderful goals for a goalkeeper, but despite earning the nickname 'fat bastard' and getting kicked out of Strasbourg over his weight (as well as earning a six-month prison sentence in France) he's only managed to become a sports announcer in his native Paraguay and currently provides commentary for Univision in the United States for World Cup 2006.

Michel Platini looks well on his way to echoing Pele's feats - showing sublime skill in France and Italy during the 1980s (and to his credit none of Platini's goals were scored in the NASL) while also endorsing such idiotic plans as the creation of a unified calender for top-flight matches. Because an outdoor, all-grass pitch is going to be conducive to quality play during the winter whether you're in equatorial Africa or above the Arctic Circle in Norway, right? However, he was chosen to light the Olympic flame in 1992 for the Albertville Winter Games.

Ronaldo looked set to follow the path set by Pele, but after seeing the increase to his waistline for World Cup 2006 it may very well be that he's trying to emulate the man from Buenos Aires. Only time (and cocaine) will tell.

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flaxendandelion
Jun. 29th, 2006 08:14 pm (UTC)
Wow really, Ronaldo does crack?
samedi
Jun. 30th, 2006 01:25 am (UTC)
I haven't heard anything about Ronaldo doing crack, but Maradona is well-known for dabbling in the white stuff.
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