I agree with your brother on this one! I think he is highly overrated, I mean, sure he has the skill to do step overs and flip flaps or whatever you call them but he hardly converts these chances on most of the games I've seen.
Ronaldo was a much better player in his prime (before he discovered high in fat meat pies).
+Ronaldinho hardly impressed me in the game against Arsenal and also at Germany
Yip - very over-rated in my book. I've been saying it for some time, and as I don't watch any Spanish football, my opinion is simply based on the Champions' League and World Cups.
All these ridiculous tricks look wonderful in adverts, but in a game, they're of little use. That said, he certainly has the skill to beat players, but seems to be anonymous for long spells in games. Commentators seem to drool over everything he does - but if it was done by a non-Brazilian it would get little notice.
Bottom line is - bags of skill, with little end product more often than not. Also, it could be argued that he freezes on the biggest stage - as he did little in either World Cup he has participated in, particularly this year, when he was expected to lead his team, but they faltered without much of a wimper in reply to France.
As for the World Player of the Year awards .....
Henry > Ronaldinho..
Zidane's head > Ronaldinho's skill
Henry > All
Dont now all jump on the bandwagon and underrate him just because he has a poor world cup. Hes one of the few players (eg henry, zidane etc) that Id actually watch a match just to see. Its like when these players get the ball you know something special is usually going to happen.
His vision and skill is unquestionable.
Being a liverpool supporter. Alonso is a legend at the moment for us and he was an absolute bargain. He's a million times better than Carrick.
I don't think he's overrated.
His form for Barca in the league was excellent. He was good in the Milan Champions League game too.
Frank Lampard had a crappy World Cup. Does this mean he is overrated too?
If you watch him week-in week-out you'll get a much better picture of his talent. Imo, no doubt the most naturally talented player in the world (now that Zizou has retired). He had a bad world-cup but the whole Brazil team was rubbish- his Barca form is usually sensational.
If you stand him next to the talent of Zidane/Pele etc he doesnt even come close.
Okay, he is by far the most skillful player i have seen this generation but that is of very little use in a match. He also has a tendancie to be to ineffective and drift in and out of matches. He isnt a match winner in the sense of Gerrard and Zidane either. You want see him pick Barca or Brazil up by the scruff of the neck and get them back in a goal.
Also..champions league final/World cup finals he has been missing something Zidane has been world class in repeatedly.
Oh, and id have Gerrard in my team over him anyday. And im not just being biased.
How much did Inter pay for P. Viera?
wasnt there a report claiming his bad performances in the wc to be due to romps with his gf?