PROFESSIONAL footballers get a lot of stick from the masses for a perceived lack of intelligence.
Of course, that is a swooping generalisation. Yes, many Premier League stars probably wouldn’t ace a GCSE maths paper, but the majority have brains when it comes to the football field.
That being said, they conspired to pick a pretty average PFA team of the year, which was announced on Sunday night.
Incase you missed it, here is the line-up: Van der Sar, Sagna, Vidic, Kompany, A Cole, Nani, Nasri, Wilshere, Bale, Berbatov, Tevez.
It’s quite hard to fathom how the guile and class of Rafael van der Vaart was ignored in favour of cheating whingebag Nani, or how an Arsenal defender (Bacary Sagna) managed to get into the team.
Equally, Scott Parker, Charlie Adam and Leighton Baines saw incredible individual campaigns at less illustrious clubs ignored by their fellow professionals.
But it’s been a strange season. If you look at the stats, Gareth Bale is perhaps the most undeserving winner of the PFA player of the year award in recent memory. Well, except the ridiculous Ryan Giggs love-in of 2009, that is.
Personally, I think the Tottenham winger is a fantastic talent and one of the most exciting young players in the Premier League just now.
But his statistics show just seven goals and one assist in the the Premier League this season – is that really award-winning form? It seems the Welshman has landed the gong off the back of two stunning displays against Inter Milan in the Champions League.
Compare that to the Spanish League, where one of Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo will walk away empty-handed come the end of the La Liga campaign. Both are likely to pass 50 goals in all competitions – a truly astonishing return.
•I have to admit that I enjoyed Manchester United’s FA Cup semi-final defeat on Saturday.
They may be the most successful English football team of my generation, but the lack of class and dignity portrayed by their players and manager is a disgrace.
Sir Alex Ferguson and his side may know how to win trophies, but they certainly don’t know how to lose properly.
And Rio Ferdinand showed just why Fabio Capello was right to strip him of the England armband. His actions after the final whistle at Wembley were embarrassing.