The January transfer window provides many teams with a chance to bring in some extra talent in the hope of securing European football or even to remain in their respective leagues. A footballing, ‘January sales’, if you like. Players are shifted out on temporary loan deals or snapped up at bargain prices as their contracts enter their final 6 months.
However, for me, the best transfer is one that does not involve any player movement at all.
It involves Ronaldinho. Yes, the buck-tooth Brazilian who once graced the green grass of the Camp Nou to devastating effect, has, finally, started lighting up the city of Milan. The two time World Player of the Year may have taken almost a year and a half to produce magic on a consistent basis but fans of the Rossoneri will certainly not be complaining.
His fall from grace, aided by a few too many Sangria’s in the Catalan capital, may have disappointed fans across the globe but as the World Cup looms, and with his place on the plane to South Africa in serious doubt, Little Ronaldo is most definitely back.
A brace in a 3-0 mauling of Juventus was topped by a fine hat-trick against lowly Siena, including a 25 yard rocket, took his toll for the season to 11. It also pushed Milan within 6 points of leaders, and city-rivals, Inter.
So as many teams crave an impact signing at cut price, Milan will be thanking their lucky stars that their sleeping giant (no weight pun intended) has finally woken up.
The big question is, will the boy from Brazil be banging his drums all the way to South Africa, or will the lure of Italian nightlife take its toll once again? Sunday’s top of the table clash with Inter may well tell, and with Jose Mourinho’s 8 year unbeaten home record at stake, what better a stage to prove a point.
New signings? Who needs them!