You might know the three blokes on the left in Blaugrana colors, showing off their collection of shiny pots. They can run, play football like you wouldn’t have quite thought possible, and (if you stack them up on each other’s shoulders) can even be as tall as Zlatan Ibrahimovic. Not that anyone has tried, just saying. When Jose Mourinho took on the unenviable task of coaching Real Madrid to the top of the Liga table beating FC Barcelona, the Special One’s wife is rumored to have told him – “I don’t know if you are special, but you sure are crazy!”. That said, now for the quick introductions, just in case you are from a distant planet and have never heard of football.
Xavi Hernandez is the midfield general, who can string 100 passes before breakfast everyday and is rumored to have eyes in the back of his head as well. Andres Iniesta is a big match player like no other, with a strange affliction for scoring last minute matching-winning goals (the bigger the stage, the better). If that combination isn’t enough to send rival footballers (is there such a word?) tearing out their hair in collective agony and jumping off balconies, there’s also Lionel Messi aka Goal Machine, already talked about as one of the world’s greatest ever at the tender age of 23 (and it’s not even hype). Take the trio, add some telepathic abilities to the mix, and what do you have? Serious shortage of space in the trophy cabinet, yes, but that’s not all of it. They also happen to be the last three men standing from the 2010 Ballon d’Or nomination list, vying with each other for the highest individual football prize of all.
Ladies and Gentlemen, we give you, the Barcelona Juggernaut!