You seen that story doing the rounds from Andres Iniesta’s autobiography? The one regarding Ronaldinho’s antics the night before *that* famous 3-0 victory at the Bernabeu in 2005 – the game in which he received a standing ovation from all four corners of the stadium.
As much as we’d love to believe this Hollywood fairytale, it seems that it’s just utter internet nonsense, that has the masses swooning over it, because it would be bloody brilliant if it were.
Even the top dogs are wanting to believe it, with both the Sun and the Daily Mail covering the story, leading to it being shared thousands of times…
Call me a cynic, call me a pessimist. But the extract is simply not true. Barcelona’s, ESPNFC Correspondent, Sam Marsden, has already denied the quote has any credibility. And, Tom Adams, Manager of Eurosport has also questioned the legitimacy of the copy.
The final nail-in-the-coffin, though, came from, Sid Lowe, a writer for the Guardian, based in Madrid, who reports on Spanish football. Lowe has actually READ Iniesta’s autobiography, and denied the quote is true. It is simply not in the book, it’s as black-and-white as that.
Don’t get me wrong, I would love the message to be as true as the next person. But, we can’t help and think that these sorts of escapades are an unnecessary addition to the game. These extracts add unwanted substance to incredible footballing moments such as a Barcelona player, in Ronaldinho, receiving a standing ovation on Los Blancos turf from the Real Madrid fans.
Why is it needed?! The fact that a player for the Catalan giants received recognition from the Madrid giants after single-handedly turning Real over is a beautiful piece of iconic football history, without the need for a bloody made-up fairy tale.
The social media world of football is an awful place, so instead of basing opinions and beliefs on what nonsense people can put into 140 characters, let’s pick up a book once in awhile and actually read Iniesta’s autobiography – I’m sure it’s a hipster’s dream.