A Stunning Lack of Lego References

It’s times like these that try a man’s soul. How am I to survive this week without Barça? Here’s one way:

Scene: Stadio Giuseppe Meazza on a beautiful fall day. Two men stand in the presidential box looking out over the field. A worker paints lines.

Massimo Moratti: All this could be yours, you know.

Lionel Messi: It’s a very beautiful place. I like it.

Moratti: Name your price and we’ll get you over here tout de suite.

Messi: I don’t speak Italian, sir.

Moratti: Er, right, okay. Anyway…

Messi: I’m not sure how any of this works, but don’t you have to ask Barça if I can play for you?

Moratti: Why no, you have a buyout clause. It’s only 250 million euros.

Messi: That’s a lot of ice cream bars. I really like Rocket Pops the most, though. They’re not actually ice cream.

Moratti: What?


Moratti: I heard, I just–nevermind. Let’s say that Barça agrees to your transfer.

Messi: Transfer?

Moratti: This is what we’ve been talking about, no?

Messi: We were just talking about Rocket Pops. Do you have any Rocket Pops? I’d really like one. Pep always has a cooler full of them at practice for me and Bojan. They’re so yummy and–

Moratti: I’ll get you some of those. [snaps fingers, lackey appears from nowhere with Rocket Pops] We have your friend Eto’o here. He is a most…[strokes chin while thinking for a few seconds]…enthusiastic fellow.

Messi: Yeah. Samu is great. Did you know he doesn’t like Rocket Pops? Isn’t that weird?

Moratti: Terribly strange…So you would like to play for us?

Messi: Of course.

Moratti: This is fantastic! We’ll get the contract drawn up right away. [snaps fingers, lackey appears with contract] Please, please, sign here.

Messi: You have Ronaldinho too, right? He’s fun. He once took me to Las Ramblas and we performed juggling tricks for tourists who thought we were impersonators. It was great! Then he played bongo drums for 14 straight hours. That part wasn’t so great.

Moratti: Well, you see, Ronaldinho plays for AC Milan, which is a different club. We just happen to share the same stadium.

Messi: Oh. That’s weird. Barcelona is the only team that plays at the Camp Nou. [Looks questioningly at his Rocket Pop] I think.

Moratti: The question, of course, is how to get Barça to agree to this cheaply.

Messi: You know, the Mister has been talking a lot about a band or something called Coldplay. I bet he’d love tickets to their next show for Christmas.

Moratti: That’s perfect! You’re a genius!

Messi: Once I was writing an email to my mom about Rocket Pops and I put an extra “o” in Pops and it was funny. She said she nearly p-e-e-d in her pants when she read it. It was so funny.

Moratti: As I was saying, you’re a genius…So, we’ll just get you over here and you’ll play for us soon.

Messi: It’ll be great. You guys play on Sundays, right?

Moratti: And Saturdays too sometimes.

Messi: Oh. Hmm. Well Barcelona’s games are on Saturdays most of the time. I might have to miss some of yours.

Moratti: Oh that’s fine–wait, what?

Messi: Well, I mean, I could play two games in a day, but yours would have to be pretty early so I could fly to Barcelona.

Moratti: No, no, I mean, I’m asking you to transfer–

Messi: Hey, is that Puyol painting the lines? He cuts our grass. PUYI! PUYI! UP HERE! Oh, no, that’s not Puyi.

Moratti: Yeah, we have groundskeepers for that. You guys are insane.


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Isaiah is a co-founder and lead writer for Barcelona Football Blog. He currently lives in Germany with his wife and daughter.


  1. vincent
    October 11, 2010

    another epic post isaiah. i always think that messi doesn’t have a buyout clause. (too much playing football manager)

  2. Miguel
    October 11, 2010

    hectored yet again. when else are we supposed to talks about catalonian autonomy & such than during international break?

    i prefer choco tacos or ninja turtle ice creams w/gum drops for eyes.

    • October 11, 2010

      I try to keep my brain from melting during international break, though starting tomorrow there should be more substance going up. I’ve got some nits to pick.

  3. cliu
    October 11, 2010

    Rocket pops+pet dolphins=irresistible

  4. extreme barca fan
    October 11, 2010

    wow this was very funny, i hoped it would go on and on
    thumbs up for Isiah

  5. Louis
    October 11, 2010

    Reading this post makes me want a Choco Clack (think the spellings off) or a Super Choc!

    Why can’t the ice cream bars crappy vendors sell in America be even half as good as the ones in Barca!?

  6. Miguel
    October 11, 2010

    courtesy pep barcastuff:


    messi’s gotta play in a dolce & gabbana velour tracksuit from now on.

    October 11, 2010

    haha that was funny!!one post from isaiah every day is a good thing now in break!btw i did.n.t know that kxevin and isaiah writing in la liga weekly!

  8. barca96
    October 11, 2010

    Haha. You should’ve added Lego’s as well.

  9. barca96
    October 11, 2010

    Is this a co-incidence or what? I can say that I’m a bit worried.
    From Pep@twitter;

    Massimo Moratti (president Inter Milan, at a fans’ meeting): “You want a gift? I promise you Messi for January!”

    • vincent
      October 12, 2010

      i think this source makes isaiah write this article, not the other way round 🙂

  10. Vj
    October 11, 2010

    Given Sandro’s track record at selling our players on the cheap, Rocket Pops might not be such a bad deal for Messi..

  11. ML
    October 12, 2010

    Great post, really didnt want it to end.

    • ML
      October 12, 2010

      By the way, im really hoping for another Banquillo soon. Just letting ya know 😉

    October 12, 2010

    i have to say this and forgive me:i hate that bastard moratti.i am sure he is good to buy championships and referees in italy.we had here summer arsenal fans attack to us cause of cesc.i guess we must now go to inter blogs attack to their stupid president??

  13. yelena
    October 12, 2010

    oh the things that can happen to fan w/o his barca fix…haha, im beginning to lose it too..

  14. rObReV7
    October 12, 2010

    Any chance of a weekly one of these!?! A written crackovia if you will! lmao. Love it!

  15. Roz
    October 12, 2010

    Lol! thank you for this awesome post,,,almost made my Baca-less day.

  16. blitzen
    October 12, 2010

    What time is the Spain-Scotland game today?

    Are Scotland really going to play without a striker??? 4-6-0, they have done it before.

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