Bring Me the Greatest Player On Earth

Scene: Offices of Barcelona, the lights of the Camp Nou shining in the background. Two men sit facing each other.

Pep Guardiola: Look, I know you sold Chygrynskiy out from under me because you thought he was actually Chewbacca, but for the last time, Crackovia is not a documentary of the team.

Sandro Rosell: But they have scenes in the locker rooms.

Pep: What? Every locker room scene is the same locker room, just with different club crests pasted everywhere!

Sandro: TV tricks!

Pep: They’re not even tricks. They’re just…jokes.

Sandro: But they interview Puyol and he talks about sheep and whittling and all the other stuff he talks about for real.

Pep: Yeah, they do a really good Puyol. But come on, they’ve only got one black guy and he plays all the black players.

Sandro: We have more than one black player?

Pep: Abidal and Keita?

Sandro: Those are different people? I thought it was like a nickname or something. Like Seydou Keita Abidal.

Pep: You watch too much Phil Schoen.

Sandro: Well that’s true.

Pep: Still, you sold Chygrynskiy. And then you sold Ibra and you told me that we couldn’t buy anyone else and then you offered like €50m and a golden calf to Arsenal for Cesc.

Sandro: And they rejected it, I might remind you.

Pep: The point is you said we couldn’t afford anyone.

Sandro: We can’t.

Pep: And then you went and made it impossible for my friend Chris Martin from Coldplay to become a member. He had just saved up enough cash to do it and you were all “Nope, sorry.”

Sandro: That was a good one wasn’t it?

Pep: No!

Sandro: Oh. So how can I make it up to you?

Pep: Buy me the greatest player in the world.

Sandro: We already have Messi. And Xaviniesta. Did you know they only collect one paycheck? It’s pretty great. The banks around here all honor the checks too even though there’s no way they have a driver’s license that says “Xaviniesta”.

Pep: Don’t be so sure about that. But that’s not who I’m talking about. I’m talking about a workhorse. A man who will never stop until his heart does.

Sandro: Dani Alves? Did you know he once threatened me that if I got near his woman he would debone me? I don’t even know who his woman is, so I’m just staying away from all women, including my wife. Can’t risk it.

Pep: Again, not surprising, but no. We’re talking about a man mountain of epic proportions. He can block out the sun if he stands next to you.

Sandro: Yaya?

Pep: No, but that’s a thought too.

Sandro: Who? Just tell me who.

Pep: His name is great, but fear not, he is capable.

Sandro: God, just tell me. I have to go to bed. I sleep one hour a night, 5 minutes at a time because of Alves. I saw a woman on the street the other day and I nearly pissed myself. I ran into a street sign because I closed my eyes to make sure I wasn’t looking at–

Pep: Gareth Bale.

Sandro: He looks like a gorilla. With a lot of hair product.

Pep: I know. That part is unfortunate. But otherwise: crack.

Sandro: I’ll see what I can do…

Pep: And I’ll see what I can do about not telling Dani Alves where you keep the pictures of his wife I’ve put somewhere in your house.

Sandro: I found €50m in transfer fees again!

Pep: Goodnight.

End scene

[Ed note: you’re welcome for that, Luke.]

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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. Luke
    October 20, 2010

    Gareth Bale is so good, he doesn’t even need plaudits.

    • Jose
      October 20, 2010

      Gareth Bale is so good, he can place the ball in the right corner of the net on a corner kick… FROM THE SAME SIDE.

    October 20, 2010

    haha!amazing post!good job isaiah!also you were sooo wright in your previw about the score and was.n.t an easy game at all.they are a good team.and kazan the same.pep is wright.we can take any team easy in C.L..about bale i believe his price will be a small problem!haha!

  3. Bill
    October 20, 2010

    How Messi dependent have we really become? Villa needs to step up. Whatever his talents, I never thought he will be soo lazy getting back onsides. I see the same thing Ibra was doing and it’s discouraging. It’s probably one of the simplest tasks a forward can have, just pay attention to ur position on the field!

  4. BarcaFan
    October 20, 2010

    Bale almost put Inter 6 feet under single handedly.


  5. karo
    October 20, 2010

    ” Dani Alves? Did you know he once threatened me that if I got near his woman he would debone me? I don’t even know who his woman is, so I’m just staying away from all women, including my wife. Can’t risk it.”


  6. October 20, 2010

    Gareth Bale is why Tottenham Hotspurs can afford to have Crouch in their ranks.

    Gareth Bale is the reason Maldini retired – he didn’t want another legendary leftback on San Siro while he was playing.

    Gareth Bale is so amazing he can run more than halfway across the bitch and totally own Maicon three times in the space of half an hour.

    ///oh snap,he already did that!

    by the way, Zanetti is a total beast. I honestly believe that his presence could have made a massive difference to Argentina’s fortunes this summer.

  7. barca96
    October 20, 2010

    Best post EVER!!!
    Thanks Isaiah.

  8. Bill
    October 20, 2010

    Too much love for Bale here. He isn’t half as special as people make him out to be. Hat-trick? nice, but watch them, he took what was given to him by an inter team gone to sleep in the 2nd half, and a goallie who decided he would wear his kit at halloween and didn’t want to dirty it up by diving for the balls.

    • Luke
      October 21, 2010

      You take it back good sir! I will perma ban those who blaspheme The Bale.

  9. blitzen
    October 21, 2010

    Isaiah, please tell me you write for a living? Because if you don’t, you are wasting your talent, sir! 😀

  10. ariston
    October 21, 2010

    where do you think we can put bale? front 3 of messi bale villa?

    • October 21, 2010

      Naah, i guess if we get him we should make a cordon of 9 players and the out line on the left side, like a tunnel. Bale-tunnel. Balenell.

  11. Miguel
    October 21, 2010

    bale sucks. dudes a one trick pony. the only reason to watch tottenham is for their crappier version of xaviniesta this season, and that’s van der vaart/modric.

  12. El Diez
    October 21, 2010

    offtopic – anyone with revista de-liga link for last weekend?

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