Even if World Cups were the ultimate measure of a player, which I don't believe them to be, don't we remember the impact a 21 year-old Ronaldinho made in Japan & S Korea? After all, it was that WC which sparked a mega scramble for his signature.
2004 & 2005 World player of the year- voted by national team coaches.
2005 Ballon D'Or (European player of the year)- voted by a panel of European journalists (the ultimate accolade imo).
FIFpro 2005 award winner (inaugral)- voted by his fellow professionals.
Even if we disagree with national team coaches, journos and footballers we have to take into account that there are people in the world who watch him every week and have come to the conclusion that he is currently the best player in the world and his been for the last 2 years. At club level he performs home and away against the best teams. In the CL he's been consistently good. Henry is great player, but he isn't as consistent away from home or against the best teams on a regular basis.
I think Ronaldinho is very natuarally talented and aslo a superb player but people in Brazil (I am in Brazil) say Henry is a better player. They are very annoyed with Ronaldinho saying he lacks passion now and that he spent too much time with his girlfriend during the world cup. For me henry is a better player in that i would rather have him in my team as he is
a - A leader, he has began too show good leadership qualities this year.
b - Henry is more passionate evan if he is not playing well.
c- He showed increadable loyalty to arsenal this year.
d - He is acknowleged by most fans to be a good sportsment (unlike some other foriegn players)
e - I am a biased arsenal supporter!
henry is still a great player though, don't get me wrong.
Why don't we just settle this once and for all - Jason Euell owns them both.
And calderstones, when both contracts are for 4 years or whatever, what the hells the difference. Vieira will end his contract with equal fitness to that of Carrick. A player of his calibre wont tail off until mid thirties.
They might as well have just thrown 25 million at corinthians for mascherano, would have STILL been a better deal!!
Hey! Gerrard better come back home safe.
Apparently Tel Aviv is now under threat aswell.