I don’t :( hopefully she is doing well. I miss her too.
“That’s our year finished now. I think there’s only Ryan Giggs, who was a year older than us, still going as strong as ever.” - Paul Scholes
Sigh. How I agree. I will have no nails left in this game…
lovely post :) as a liverpool-supporter i am not THAT involved but i like/rate valdes very highly, always have & never understood the criticism/dismissal of what he did. i reckon most cules don’t know what they’re losing.
I don’t think most of us know what we are losing either. That’s what scares me.
Well, I don’t think we all suck. But yeah, sometimes I’m ashamed of my follow Madridistas~ I try not to be too be this kind of fan and be too critical … but I don’t think it always works … Although on Mou and Iker - I’m like WTF?! all the time ..
Oh same :) Not blaming everyone but we do have the harshest fans. The cules here are okay but oh my god some of the other fans I have met they would sell anybody if it meant success. I think it’s natural for all of us to criticize. I am quite critical myself. But as the saying goes, criticism, like rain, should be gentle enough to nourish a man’s growth without destroying his roots. Some of us tend to destroy the roots. I don’t know about Madrid, this season many of our players have complained about the seriously harsh criticism.
He lost the passion to play for Barca. If its because of the fans,shame on us. I wouldn’t blame us %100 though. The games became tougher as our defense exposed him. Too much pressure perhaps.
I of course don’t blame us 100% but we are very harsh. If Valdes did lose his passion to play for us then I feel we certainly had a big hand in it.
I see cules and madridstas claim that they are the best fans in the world and I wonder if they are truly serious.
Being a culé or madridsta might be the best feeling in the world because we are blessed with great teams, but as fans, we are quite horrible. No matter what Valdes says “desire to experience new things” it was the fans who pushed him out the door. A madridsta in my opinion said it best. For every brilliant Messi goal, there is an equal brilliant Valdes save that kept Barcelona in the game. Valdes never really got proper credit for his work at Barça. To make matters worse he was always harshly criticized. Every single one his teammates had said so. Xavi even hinted this was the reason for his departure. I had seen so many Barcelona fans complain that we need a new keeper during this past season (before he announced his departure). That was just shameful. And now we want to question why he does not love us enough to stay.
Same goes for Iker. Iker is a true madridsta in my opinion. I laugh when some fans say he lacks discipline or respect because he did not get along with Mou. THIS GUY LACKS DISCIPLINE? This is the same man who has put his pride aside every single time to keep the Spain NT together after the heated clasicos and all the dramas that followed afterwards. He has led the Spanish team through 3 of the biggest titles. If there is anyone who knows respect I would think it is this guy. As a keeper he is one of the best in the world, if not the best. And yet just like Valdes he has faced some of the harshest criticisms. Even he has said that someday he might like to be a goalkeeper to a team that was not as harsh. I can’t remember the exact words he used but something along those lines. It’s crazy to think a club icon like that might want to leave a team because the fans were too much for him.
So being a culé or a madridsta might be the best feeling in the world, but we suck as fans.