Following Jose Mourinho’s great bit of banter directed at the media and Liverpool, that the red half of Merseyside are not the last wonder of football; we thought it might be interesting to think what the Seven Wonders of the footballing world would be.
The word ‘wonder’ can conjure up plenty of images, from the amazing to the downright weird, so unsurprisingly the list is as varied as Peter Crouch’s club career. And Mourinho is right, Liverpool are nowhere to be found.
The Mecca of football stadiums. It has seen some of the best players in the world grace its pitch, such as MSN at the moment, Ronaldo (the real one) and Cruyff in the past.
Being part of the 99,354 fans in those steep stands is a pilgrimage every football fan has to take one day, hopefully to see their own team cause a massive upset. Good luck with that.
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The second stadium on our list, the 87,00-seater in Mexico City beats out others like Wembley and the Maracana because the place is simply a shrine of football. The first stadium to host two World Cup finals.
But it's the quarter-final of that year that will live long in English minds, when Diego Maradona scored the most bullshit goal of all time. And then gave us no reason to complain when he scored one of the greatest a few minutes later. The Azteca has seen it all.
Totti's career gets the nod over other one-club men as one of our wonders for a few reasons.
He's won countless titles, he's an example to fading footballers like Rooney on how to prolong a career with typical Italian class, and he's ridiculously handsome. Plus, he's done it all without shagging his brother's wife. Bravo Totti.
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From one icon to another, but in two completely different times. There will never be another like George Best. He drank, smoked and shagged his way through his career, something which today's footballers could never do (for better or for worse).
He was the sporting equivalent of The Beatles, and he knew it. When you watch old clips of the man, you understand why we call it the beautiful game. We could've included Pelé here, but he himself said that George was the best. 'When I die and they lay me to rest I wanna go on the piss with Georgie Best'. A true renegade.
The derby of all derbies. The Superclasico beats out other famous rivalries as a wonder of the world for a number of reasons. Liverpool v Manchester United? Shit. El Clasico? A great rivalry between two greats of the game, but sadly not in same city. AC v Inter? They not only share a city but a stadium too, but also shit. The Superclasico is a division of city and class, fuelled by South American passion and Argentinean wine. Added to that, it's meant to be one of the most dangerous derbies in the world. Sounds like a bloody good day out if you ask me.
Match of the Day
Under Premier League rules, this list has to include something home-grown. But as British football has been more woeful than wonderful, we'll go for an institute instead, and what's better than Match of the Day. And after this tweet a few weeks ago, what else is there to say?
Just look at that thing. The very definition of wonder.
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