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February 5, 2010

Patrick Kluivert – who is he?

Filed under: Football — notyalcsdrawkcab @ 10:24 pm

Yeah, I went on the internets, 442 etc, and I know he was a “fully sick Dutch legend footballing grandmaster”.  Or something like that.  Not exactly a full picture is it?

You can look at numbers I guess.

149 goals in 343 League games.

40 goals in 79 Internationals.

As a youngster he came off the bench to score the winner in a Champions League final.

Personal life?  Footballers don`t really have private lives anymore.  Just ask Wayne Bridge.  Convicted of manslaughter after a driving fatality – didn`t have to serve any time.  Kluivert also popped up in a non-football related article on where to divorce and how that can save you shiteloads of money, interestingly enough.

Tall, strong, fast, technically adept.  More of a ball to feet guy than target man.  Could make a good pass.  Kind of a combo Striker / Midfielder in some ways.  No-one ever doubted his footballing talents.  He was in Pele`s list of the best 125 players ever – great player that Pele was, many found fault with his list though.

I always got the feeling that he was kind of in Ronaldo`s shadow.  Two skillful strikers who were starting out about the same time.  And Ronaldo casts a big shadow.  Just looking around the webs, I get this vibe that he could have done more with his talents.  He did plenty, but could have done more, won more, if he had stayed out of the party scene when he was younger.  This feels a bit unfair tbh, very few people live up to their full potential, CoughMarkVidukaCough.

Not expecting to see him on the park in Oz.

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2 Comments »

  1. Actually he was disappointing. Plus he has a career ending knee injury so he won’t be the Roar marquee.

    Comment by john — February 16, 2010 @ 12:02 pm

  2. Disappointing is an interesting concept. A lot of players can only wish they had a “disappointing” career like Kluivert`s. Decent goal tally, Champions League trophy, some time on the big stage. I would definitely consider our Dukes a bigger disappointment.

    Comment by notyalcsdrawkcab — February 17, 2010 @ 12:17 am


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