Evidence of the Supreme Intellect of Some Football Players (Part 2)

DOHA, QATAR - JANUARY 25:  Harry Kewell of Australia celebrates his goal during the AFC Asian Cup Semi Final match between Uzbekistan and the Australian Socceroos at Khalifa International Stadium on January 25, 2011 in Doha, Qatar.  (Photo by Robert Cianflone/Getty Images)
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Saed KhatibContributor IFebruary 28, 2011

Avid football fans may look up to successful players and consider them as role models.

Some are worthy of the fans' respect, and they merit it by displaying a high level of intelligence, discipline and commitment.

However, we realize that there exists a multitude of athletes who are both arrogant and haughty for no apparent reason.

Many of them have made remarks and said things that we will remember forever. Let's take a look at how funny and ridiculously insipid some of them are:

"The trouble with referees is that they know the rules, but they do not know the game." -Bill Shankly

Bill, aren't rules supposed to be a big part of the game?

"Never go for a 50-50 ball unless you're 80-20 sure of winning it." -Ian Darke

You're obviously bright in your estimations, Ian.

"He (David Beckham) cannot kick with his left foot, he cannot head a ball, he cannot tackle and he doesn't score many goals. Apart from that, he's all right." -George Best

Ironically, it's presumed that those are all the basic attributes of a good player, George.

"I've always been a childhood Liverpool fan, even when I was a kid." -Harry Kewell

As if a person isn't a kid during his childhood.

"I can't even remember when the Seventies was." -Robbie Keane

Maybe you can look at your sentence and find some context clues.

"If Gabriel Amato's shot had gone in, the result could have been different." -Giovanni Van Bronckhorst

Giovanni, I think a goal does change a game's result.

"I was disappointed to leave Spurs but quite pleased that I did." -Steve Perryman

I'm sure that a shrewd person like yourself would have been missed at the Spurs back then.

"I would not say he [David Ginola] is the best left winger in the Premiership, but there are none better." -Arsene Wenger

Arsene, you sure are a wise role model for the young Guns.

"Ian Rush is deadly 10 times out of 10, but that wasn't one of them." -Peter Jones

No comment.

'Winning doesn't really matter as long as you win." -Vinny Jones

That makes a lot of sense.


This piece is a sequel to my previous article "Evidence of the Supreme Intellect of Some Football Players."

It also contains the same introduction.

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