Second Thoughts: Forget Ronaldo and Messi, Drogba is the GreatestBy: Rob | February 23rd, 2010
So who is the best player in the world?
Currently the Spanish press have been going crazy over Cristiano Ronaldo, in a way that would make you wonder if he’s actually playing football, or touching players that have fallen to the turf and healing them instantly. (Sample headline “God came dressed as CR9″), while the rest of europe talks about the joy of watching Leo Messi or Xavi in full flow.
But really, the best player in the world is Chelsea’s Didier Drogba, and I’ll tell you why.
Leo Mess thrives in Barca’s full flowing, beautiful football system. He was taught on it, has played in it for years and years, that’s how football is played to him. Same goes for Xavi.
Put them in a physical side, who play long ball football to get results. They’s surely struggle?
Ronaldo meanwhile, loves being the centre of attention. He thrived at Man United when they sold Ruud van Nistlerooy and he became not just the fancy winger with the tricks, but the Main Man.
Put him in a situation where he isn’t the main-man and you struggle. In fact, put him in a formation where he has to stick to it instead of having an entirely free role, and he becomes half the player.
Drogba could play up top for anyone. Barcelona? He could easily do what Eto’o was doing last year (on and off the pitch), Bolton? His physical presence would mean he could more than hold his own in a long ball system. Tactical discipline? He has lots, and tracks back to defend, and even comes back for corners.
He has pace, power, skill, is good in the air, and he does it in the big matches (FA Cup finals, Champions League semi-finals, etc), he’s almost unstoppable when the mood takes him.
A dissapointing African Cup of Nations aside, he’s also been incredible this season. He used to look like a poor mans Eto’o, now Eto’o looks like a poor man’s Drogba. 26 goals in 30 games says it all. The fact that he bounced back straight away from the CAN and picked up exactly where he left off at Chelsea is also massively impressive.
Second Thoughts is where I take a slightly controversial, and often Devil’s Advocate position in order to create a bit of debate. Please accept the column in the nature it was intended. Thanks.