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I actually didnt know CR7 could be facing a 12 match ban. Chances of that happening seem impossible. But if that would happen, lord the backlash would intense as though the plague has come down upon Europe again :P
Talking about our footballing years of the past, I was wondering what sort of players you guys were. The skilled little guy? The big strong one? The lanky clumsy one perhaps? The laid-back 'dude'? The try-hard failure? Or maybe the angry one who took it all too seriously?

And if you could compare your playing style to a top player, who would it be?

Personally, I play somewhat like Busquets, with a big mouth on the pitch to tell my teammates what to do, lol. If I was much better, I would probably be a similar player as him. If I could choose what sort of playing style I'd have though, I'd love to experience what it must be like to be able to run with a ball the way Messi does. Not very original, I know, but I'm just a bad dribbler at pace and I'm indecisive in front of goal. And what Messi does is therefore all the more 'magisterial' (yeah, I went there, Ray) and superhuman to me.

edit: this isn't just a question to my Barça homies here. Whether you support Barcelona, Arsenal, Bayern or even Real, you're all welcome to share your real-life experiences here :)
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I played as a center forward. I am tall with not much pace and my dribbling was not great. I used to make some good runs behind the defenders and rely on tap ins and long balls and an occasional 1v1. So the lanky clumsy petr crouch type.
the head down and burst past the full back ( used to love hogging the ball and doing step overs when i was younger till i got taken out a couple of times :( )

started out as a winger but i prefer playing as a striker or behind a striker, being an Arsenal fan I try to hone my game around th14 but i wish I had a Bergkamp type of effortless-elegance to my game.
Bojan with a golazo on clod wet night
http://gfycat.com/AllMasculineIaerismetalmark
http://www.buzzfeed.com/robinedds/whoever-kicks-it-gets-it#.edlNrL46Wz

Brings back memories. We used to play on the streets with flip flops or sometimes no shoes at all. It used to rain like crazy and everything was slippery. So we would slip and fall all over the concrete but no amount of bloodied knees, toes and elbows would stop us from playing.
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I still have scars on my knees and elbows lol. I remember that there were some kids that wanted a penalty when they get fouled hard,no matter where on the pitch. Ah,the good old days...
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"Ladies and gentlemen, the lifetime achievement award for being the biggest w****r in full kit goes to... @piersmorgan"

bahaha! that picture
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This song fits in well here :)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PdAF4k_sTXU
Also full kit w****r haha I had forgotten about that term *tears in my eyes*
Haha those 'invisible bar' arguments! And the 'play on' thing you'd say when you had to be the goalie and were too lazy to get the ball yourself :D

I can think of some others too:
* Pitch was infinitely wide, f**k the rules! Often lead to spectacular runs miles away from the goal.
* Nudging the sweater-goalposts ever so subtly to make your goal smaller and doing the same to make the opponent's goal bigger
* Scoring a sweet backheel goal and walking away like you could pull those off any day

I love those universally shared things of humanity. Shows we're not that different after all.
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There was no concept of hand ball either , just bit of abuse from opponents and that's it :)
Here's my list:

1. That one kid that NEVER passed and claimed to be Ronaldo
2. The one kid that never took it seriously and pissed everyone else off
3. That one kid that never left the goal even though goalies weren't allowed
4. Adding a goal or two to pad up the scoreline when you're behind (6-1, all of a sudden it's 6-3 after 1 goal)
5. Playing till the field lights were turned off
6. ALWAYS carrying a football with you at school
7. That one kid that always got angry and enforced 'rules'
8. The one kid that always yelled and got angry for no reason
9. st1or the allstar all rounder
10. And finally, after you pick teams, you realize everyone on your team wants to play striker
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Sounds like you had a lot of beef with the one angry kid, St1or! You name him three times: in 1, 7 and 8 (they all seem to be the same sort of person to me :P)

When we played at school or later, after classes at uni, we always just played with friends. Thankfully we didn't have a total dick enforcing the rules or an angry one. Although one of my friends always took those friendly games way too seriously all the time and went flying into tackles and so on. Once he really hurt me when I went for a ball, was clearly going to get there first, but he didn't stop his run and collided head-on with his foot first into my stomach. Couldn't breathe for like a full minute, it was scary. He also tackled the best player of our group of friends so hard once, he couldn't play for three months.
Messi has scored 14 goals and made 4 assists in the last 10 games. He has scored 12 goals in 6 games (1assist) this season starting at RF. He has scored 16 goals in 18 games (11 assists) starting at cf position.

It seems like lucho has to make a choice what he wants him to do? Be a scorer or a provider?
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Messi can do whatever he wants regardless of the position he plays :3 #boss
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"Hotter than a black leather skirt on Shakira!" Ray Hudson after pique'S goal against Elche. LOL!
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Seriously does that guy know he sounds annoying and stupid.
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i love that guy lol
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Stop being a hater Lucas
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I f*king love Ray Hudson.
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Its actually fun listening to him. Tanmay had posted one a few days ago. He said something like, "Centipedes go to bed dreaming to have a left a foot like messi's!"

I think someone should make a website with his quotes and clips. The guy is a legend. Lol
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I don't really appreciate his supposed witty comparisons, but I definitely don't dislike him. He IS a very knowledgeable commentator. I preferred his counterpart Phil Schoen back in the day though.
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I agree with Jereon , though i don't mind his funny comments , but he is way better then most of English commentators .

@kingleo , Ray takes a lot of hate for beings an Barcelona supporter , i remember reading Madrid fans bashing and hating him but during their recent victory run they were loving him .
Man I hate ray... He is the reason I watch the games in Spanish.
I think he is pretty funny, and some of his one-liners are golden. But yeah he does get tiring to listen to, so I try to watch most games on sky, etc.
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He is the only english commentator I can listen to. If he's not on, I'll watch it in spanish. He is extremely knowledgeable and passionate. Magic!
I can't be picky when it comes to commentators in a full match. On the rare occasion I do have a choice, I avoid Ray. Between his over-the-top gasps and his condescending tone toward his partner, I find him terribly distracting.

For a 5 minute highlight real; however, he is one of the best.
commentating is part of the game experience. Ray provides an alternative from the droning of some ancient englishman
This was absolutely beautiful from Bony! WOW!

Not sure if I like the trick play or if I like the headbutt tackle more lol.

http://blog.foxsoccer.com/post/109046988427/wilfried-bonys-elastico-turns-defender-into-mush?cmpid=tsmfb:fscom:foxsoccer
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My thoughts exactly when I saw this earlier. The audacity...
Happy birthday to our legend Xavi (35)! I know you are not your best anymore but I still appreciate everything you have done and in your prime, no one could do what you did on the pitch.

The irreplaceable, the one who started the golden generation of spain and Barca.
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Legend. Barca and SPain's best Midfielder of all time.
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Happy 35th maestro!!
Since September 13 2008:

Messi has played 342 games and has scored 342 goals. LOL

That's an average of 1 goal per game.. Fancy that?
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Where is the comparison with Cristiano Ronaldo? :P
Ronaldo:

289 goals in 275 games since joining madrid in 2010... 206 goals in 184 la liga games.... 21goals in 28 cup matches, 57 goals in 57 Champions league matches, two in the European Supercup and three in the Spanish Supercup

not here to compare but to ask..... do you guys think anyone will ever equal these stats ronaldo and messi are putting up? i mean.. just imagine if they both retire at their clubs at like 38. i honestly dont believe anyone will ever break some of the records they put up and will still put up
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DaGaza, I don't think anyone can match those numbers. At least for a long long time. What we are forgetting is that Messi and Ronaldo are still active and they will probably add a couple of hundred more goals by the time they are done. One thing they have over other players is consistency. A striker in the future might have an amazing season and score 60 goals, but he won't be able to do it for 5 or 6 seasons.
I think it's fair to compare their career stats, rather than pick a specific time period:

http://i.imgur.com/Iw5aDbc.png

Messi has a better career stat in all competitions: (0.78 goals per game vs. 0.64 goals per game)
And the gap is even larger when you take out friendly matches: (0.85 vs. 0.68)

And finally, Messi has more goals in CL despite playing 25 less games.

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Thiago Messi will break all those records in about 26 years.
Just watch.
Imagine the pressure on messi and cr7's kids? Even if they're good players they will most probably not be able to match their fathers. The one player that comes to my mind is Jordi. He was always compared to his father.
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@F4F: Jordi Cruijff, I assume?

But yeah, the odds are like one in a million their kids will ever become as great as them. The offspring of the greatest sportsmen in their game have much higher chances (than the average human being) of becoming very good at it too, but the odds of them reaching the levels of their father/mother (whoever was the athlete) are still very, very low.

Eddy Merckx is considered the greatest Belgian athlete and best cyclist of all times. His son was very good too, a professional who won quite a lot, but he still paled in comparison to his dad. In the best case scenario, the same will most likely happen to Thiago Messi and Ronaldo's kid.

A good example of an athlete who's father was great but he's even better, would be our own Sergio Busquets.
Maldini's son, Christian, looks like he'll be a great player.
It would be cool if he becomes a Milan legend as well so it would be him, his dad and his granddad all Milan legends.
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deulofeu Is really tracking back and defending like crazy!
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Primera División Table

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48
48
16
64
3
0
16
19
1
47
45
9
54
3
2
15
20
2
44
21
19
40
4
2
14
20
3
41
20
18
38
3
5
12
20
4
39
11
20
31
4
3
12
19
5
38
16
17
33
4
5
11
20
6
32
2
21
23
6
5
9
20
7
27
-2
26
24
7
6
7
20
8
26
-4
29
25
8
5
7
20
9
23
-15
36
21
11
2
7
20
10
22
-4
24
20
8
7
5
20
11
21
-4
23
19
9
6
5
20
12
20
-10
26
16
10
5
5
20
13
20
-12
28
16
10
5
5
20
14
18
-14
30
16
8
9
3
20
15
18
-17
33
16
10
6
4
20
16
17
-23
41
18
11
5
4
20
17
16
-16
33
17
12
4
4
20
18
16
-22
35
13
10
7
3
20
19
15
-20
33
13
9
9
2
20
20
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UEFA Champions League Table

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0
0
0
0
0
0
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1
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
2
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
3
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
4
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
5
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
6
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
7
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
8
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
9
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
10
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
11
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
12
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
13
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
14
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
15
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
16
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
17
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
18
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
19
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
20
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
21
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
22

UEFA Champions League Table

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PTS
GD
GA
GF
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D
W
Pl
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15
10
5
15
1
0
5
6
1
13
3
7
10
1
1
4
6
2
5
-2
10
8
3
2
1
6
3
1
-11
12
1
5
1
0
6
4

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