- Oct 13, 2015
Well, Kaka's prime was shorter than my last workout so it's understandable, even if he was one of the best players in the world before his injuries.he became a commercial 'cash cow' because of how agreeable and impressive his style of play was despite how he looked and how good he was in that time. you've got that backwards by making it seem like he only won it because of some popularity contest which was to his advantage by being the face of Nike and Joga Bonito. No one rates Kaka that highly for example. and these individual awards may not mean anything to you but a player with a mediocre season won't win it with either fellow players or football writers adjudicating on it. That can generally happen only when you have impact above and beyond stat numbers like passing completion, take-ons, key passes and goals/ assists. Cannavaro is an outlier where the wc had a larger than normal bearing on the award.
i really don't know what to tell you tbh, R10 and his ability to entertain while being effective is one of the game's axioms if you can call it that. the only shame for us was how fleeting it was.
Maybe I expressed myself wrong, I'm not trying to say Ronnie was being unfairly praised. He had, bar none, the most entertaining style football had seen ever AND he was getting results and putting Barcelona back into the elite of football and a perennial contender on all fronts. I'm not disputing any of that, I'm simply saying Henry was a better player than him. And that if you do enough on the field to be in the discussion for an award, but you also have this huge commercial vehicle behind you, it will affect people's perceptions of the player in comparison with another, which explains why he was looked so favorably which was one of your arguments as to why I'd be wrong to pick Henry over him in 2004. He had a better style than Henry for fans, at a times when we started to have video compilations, the Joga Bonito campaign, all that stuff had a huge impact on why R10 was considered the best player and some are crazy enough to say Henry was a distant second. I remember very well those times, I'm not so sure with those who think Henry was never better or a distant second do.
I'm not downplaying them because I don't think Neymar gets into acres of space with the ball at his feet on the counter, not with that Chelsea team, but he undeniably is faster than any of them were and has more than enough tricks, skills, vision, and passing to beat that team with that Barcelona side.And now you're even downplaying how good Chelsea's defence was at the time...