In other words hes a pussyClassicD said:I really don't mean to stir anything up here, but if you look at the difference in technical ability in the Premiership/La Liga/Serie A, and the type of refereeing in each league, it's not difficult to see why a player like Ronaldinho would choose not to go to England. In Spain and Italy, shirt tugging is an automatic booking for example, and 50/50 slide tackling is practically outlawed in some cases. Someone who loves to dribble and showboat will be more suited to that kind of league than the Premiership, where he would probably be on his backside about 10 times more each game due to the way it's refereed.
i agree with you all the way. ronaldinho would have no problems in the premier league. first of all you have a lot of space due to teams going forward all the time and rarely are the two defensive mids covering the back line. an example would be chelsea, strong defensively in england but in europe their back 4 were exposed time and time again by monaco. as for ronaldinho's toughness, when i use to watch him with gremio, the brazilian defenders would try to take his legs off because they did not want him to embarass them. there were many matches where i felt his career was going to end through injury. if you think the premier league is brutal, check out the argentine and brazilan matches.ClassicD said:No, he is choosing to play in a league which encourages technical ability rather than a good old fashioned 50/50, which btw I believe there is nothing wrong with. Like I said I'm not trying to stir up the old which league is best argument (a look at the CL finalists over the past few years will tell you that), in fact this type of refereeing also has negatives such as players diving far more often.
Again, not trying to stir, but look at the national teams of Spain, Italy and England - England are the least technically gifted of the 3 nations.
How many times have you heard commentators remark on the difference in refereeing in the Premiership and the CL? The CL is more in line with Spain and Italy than England.
Real away at Racing(i think) SundayClassicD said:Yes, I think it's Real on Saturday and Barca away to Santander on Sunday .