Damn, this is funny. The latest Crackovia, with Messi and Laporta.
As rap artist AMG once sang, and Samuel Eto’o would probably add to his playlist, “Bitch better have my money.”
And if she doesn’t, we’re going to court.
Yes, Samuel Eto’o has sued us for his percentage of our valuation of him, claiming that we owe him. The club has dismissed those claims, saying that the clause he references only applies when a player is transferred within the Liga.
There is precedent. When Albert Luque was sold to Newcastle by Deportivo, he sought to have Depor pony up 2.1m, and won. Eto’o will no doubt be using that ruling as he seeks his pound of flesh.
Here’s my view: It’s like the scene in “A Bronx Tale,” where the guy said if someone owes you money and they don’t pay up, it was still worth it because you learned not to trust that person. Likewise, 3m is nothing for a club such as ours. It’s worth paying it to scrape the crap off of our shoes.
I have stayed out of this Eto’o business until now, only defending the sporting aspect of the situation. In a recent post, I even spoke positively about the class with which Eto’o was comporting himself in the run-up to the Champions League match, when words were flying about willy-nilly.
But apparently instead of words, he was preparing a deposition. And here’s the thing: I don’t care who is responsible for the schism between club and player. The coach wanted a move, and the club made sure that he got what he wanted and further, that he got the player that he wanted.
Eto’o wanted to go to a club with championship and Champions League aspirations, and we made that happen. Was it out of the goodness of our hearts? Nope. We had Ibrahimovic in our sights, and knew that Eto’o was good bait.
But everyone got what they wanted. He got real football and a raise, plus he gets to be The Man. We got Ibrahimovic, and a happy Guardiola. Deal done, right?
No. Because petty vindictiveness has yet to be paid. I don’t like it. What is the possible gain from this business for him, except that pound flesh? Anyone?
And for the record, although it’s probably unavoidable, this shouldn’t turn into an Eto’o vs Ibrahimovic debate, or “Well, you’ve always hated Eto’o, so I’m not surprised that you’d say that, blah, blah, blah.” It’s a simple question: What’s the motivation behind this business? From where I sit, it’s vindictiveness, pure and simple. But I confess that I might be missing something.
The floor is open.
–See? It’s not just me. King of Catalunya Joan Laporta said on the official site that “At Barca we only think about Barca.”
He added that “We have to stay focused on ourselves and getting better day by day. If we can do that, then we are doing the right thing.”
—Ibrahimovic was pranked by an Italian TV show when he was in town for the Inter match. A child walked up to him, asking to shake his hand, and as BANGS was about to properly greet the young’un, the hand was snatched away, and the kid blew Ibra a raspberry. Which is a damned sight better than a vaffonculo, one has to admit. The show, “Le Iene,” is hosted by Francesco Totti’s wife.
–For those who missed it, long-injured Gabi Milito laced up the boots and took part in practice with his teammates. No date has been set for a return, because he doesn’t want to get his hopes (or those of him teammates) up. Exciting news, as we move one step closer to the “all-hair” back line.
–Speaking of the King of Catalunya, check out the meaning in this statement, about the offers on the table to Puyol and Marquez: “The club has made very good proposals and trusts that acceptance will come by the end of the year.”
Now, literalists will take those words at face value, right? Those of us between-the-lines readers say “Uh, oh….Laporta is saying ‘Shit of get off the pot.'” Reactions will come, I am sure. So stay tuned.
I think that we, like everyone who bleeds Blaugrana, wants Puyol to retire with the club. He deserves that for being our beating heart and soul. I hope he gets this deal done, because I can’t deal with the thought of his playing anywhere else. Period, full stop.
—Adriano (some know him as Henrique) wants to come home eventually, but admits that playing time would have been difficult this season. “I wanted to get more playing time in the Spanish league in order to be better prepared. [I hope] to be able to return with more experience.”
Rock on. Just don’t get it against us. Know what I mean? 😀