The fans of Juventus may think that Ian Rush wasn’t a great player – striker, being Welsh, hardly got himself covered in the glory during his season at Turin.
The supporters who are in England differently know. On year after another they witnessed how thoroughbred a goal machine Liverpool striker was in reality.
Though, that same England public could be intolerant at the time boot is over other foot, appearing as if any success in Premier League happened to be one single yardstick of the greatness of footballing.
Juan Sebastian Veron is one obvious example. Argentine’s 3rd season within England, one campaign of injury-hit with Chelsea, wasn’t clearly a happy affair. Veron did have the moments with Man. Utd. in the last 2 years, not the least in games of Champions League, but England didn’t ever really see him at the very best. Also, there were a couple of glimpses of Veron who did carry Lazio to one rare title of Italian, or Estudiantes’s inspirational leader.
After short retirement, now at 38 years old, he now is making comeback with hometown club he belongs to. He did fine for Estudiantes at one friendly Vs. Atletico Madrid this Saturday and would be back to competitive action at the time Argentine season again starts in this weekend. The coach of National team, Alejandro Sabella, does worship Veron. If this midfielder were 5 years younger then he’d almost certainly have the key role still in Argentina side, as there’re only some players around now who could organize midfield with much intelligence.
It’s hard to flee from this conclusion that relative failure he suffered in England tends to be the loss of Premier League. Perhaps it proved very hard fitting him in the team where king was Roy Keane. Maybe Veron simply was unable to set up a connection with this club emotionally.
Easier explaining is that undoubted failure within English football that’s of center forward of Brazil, Jo. His signing of big-money for the City of Manchester came at one time when the football ceased being the priority of his life.
City of Manchester City did pay fortune for that player who’d instead enjoy himself. During Jo.’s loan spell in Everton, he did make one unilateral attempt of introducing winter break for English football and flying home to celebrate New Year and Christmas festivities.
The things didn’t initially get a lot better at the time he did move back towards Brazilian football. At the Porto Alegre’s Internacional, Jo failed in turning up for this journey to one away game at Copa Libertadores as he was having a celebration at his birthday.
At the time he did team up at Atletico Mineiro with Ronaldinho, it’s fair saying that most pundits did fear the worst. For sure each one would be bad influence for the other.
Rather than that, they’ve taken this club towards its 1st title of Copa Libertadores. Many headlines tend to have gone for veteran Ronaldinho, former star of Barcelona who joins one select players’ band for winning both South American and European titles. Though, he cut one disappointing figure during the final in which, in decisive 2nd leg, Jo did give a performance qualifying for man-of-the-match.
He was key figure when Atletico overturned 2-0 lead of Paraguay’s Olimpia and also claimed title on the penalties. The 1st goal took long time to come. Olimpia had clearest chances during the 1st half, though just after interval, one defensive slip made allowance for Jo to have a specialty of his shown off- his ability over the turn. Within limited space, Jo swiveled over his right weaker foot for steering one precise shot quite low into corner, which made him top scorer of the competition.
The time was now running out at the moment when centre-half big Leonardo Silva did score the 2nd goal. Jo also played part in the goal. Julio Manzur, centre-back Olimpia who’d have taken the care of space at far post, just had been sent, forced into foul by glorious 1st time’s lay-off toward Alecsandro from lanky centre-forward Atletico.
Capacity of Jo to hold ball up along with having his back towards goal made the life quite easier for the team-mates, as well as his capability of turning either side, giving a 1st-time pass and win the flick-ons within air happened to be one constant problem that’s for Paraguayan defense.
The club form he has did earn him one international recall – injury for Leandro Damiao that was meant he got one delayed call-up for Brazil’s Confederations Cup squad, that was where he did take advantage of the chance in style, that came off bench for scoring in 1st two matches.
On the age of 26, there’s still time that Jo has to have one other crack at the European football. There’s more about him than that lost figure which the fans Everton and Manchester City fans still are trying to erase from mind.