Player Profile (requested by vicentedelbosques)

Name: Xabi Alonso                        Age: 32 (25.11.81)

Current teams: Real Madrid (#14), Spain NT (#14)

Position: Midfielder

“You’re so..” finish it in my ask.

The first time I saw him play, I thought, that’s my manHis feints are fantastic; once, he shook off three opponents without even touching the ball. The ball was rolling forward at great speed, he followed right behind, and spirited away the defenders one after the other with little jerks of his body. They should have read his feints, they were so simple, but they didn’t. Why? Because Di Maria read the defenders, he saw what they expected, and then he did something different, three times in a row, in the course of maybe two or three seconds. (…) Di Maria’s talent is precisely that which can’t be rehearsed. He will give the ball a little shove past a towering and fully prepared goalkeeper, a shot which a child could have saved, but which is completely beyond the goalkeeper’s reach, because the goalkeeper’s expectation of what is about to happen is so different. It gives me goosebumps to see it, and I shout, THIS IS SO GREAT!”