Spain Euro 2012: An Open Letter to Sergio Ramos and Gerard Pique
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Dear Gerard Pique and Sergio Ramos:
It has come to my attention about your personal differences after reading an article written by Stefan Coerts and published in Goal. The difference between the two of you has come to the point that Vicente Del Bosque (who is the Spanish Football National Team Coach) had to admit it in an interview in a Spanish station called ONA FM (with an h/t to Goal).
It appears that maybe the differences are due to the recent conflicts between Real Madrid and FC Barcelona in the last La Liga BBVA Season. One of the results of the conflict (according to an article by Eduardo Alvarez of ESPN Soccernet) is the refusal of certain Real Madrid players to accept Pique in the Spanish National Football Team.
I am saddened and angered at what has transpired. It is out of anger and sadness that a decision was made to say to both of you that enough is enough.
In the same way that Del Bosque told both of you to forget your differences and unite for Spain, I ask the same thing. Our team could be on the verge of winning a third consecutive championship after Euro 2008 and the 2010 FIFA World Cup.
At the same time, we can lose the opportunity in a moment because of the internal arguments, ego trips, and power struggles as to who is better. It would be a crime that we had everything and lost it because of the foolishness within us.
You should bury your differences and unite for Spain to win its third consecutive championship. We cannot think of the Real Madrid and FC Barcelona mindset in such an important tournament as Euro 2012.
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The people who will watch Euro 2012 on the TV and the internet will look at Spain and its players. If you cannot bury your differences or set it aside for Spain, at least do it for your career in Euro 2012.
The other alternative would be for Spain to lose resulting in the nullification of your previous achievements in La Liga BBVA, FC Barcelona, Real Madrid, Spain, and the world.
After all, sports fans are keen to support the athlete who wins or does good until he or she loses. Many athletes experience the wrath of the sports fans when a team loses.
Best wishes to you and Spain in Euro 2012. Thank you for your time.
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