My name is Tom Gatehouse. Based in Hong Kong, I'm a freelance journalist and a real football fanatic!
I currently write for football-talk.co.uk, soccerlens.com and epltalk.com.
Welcome to the Good the Bad and the Ribery - my blog for reviews, discussions, opinions and general natterings on the beautiful game.
Be it in a rather revealing pair of trunks on a far-flung beach; sipping champagne on a luxury yacht with their mates; or enjoying good, wholesome family time with their loved ones; the pro footballer’s vast wage-packet easily allows for a tailor-made, dream excursion.
A perennial nearly-man, or ‘unvollendeter’ (unfulfilled one), as he is sadly referred to in his home country, Michael Ballack came out trumps in his send-off match. The ‘Little Kaiser’ netted a hat trick, and received close to as much adoration and respect as his lovably oversized ego could manage.
And so, I finish off my Players of the Year
roundup the same way most teams end successful attacks, with the strikers.
Exceptional to the last, the men on this list have risen to glory from a
multitude of different starting points. Impressing on loan from mega
parent-clubs, breaking the heart of a former club, dancing barefaced in the
light of controversy, performing heroics for an underdog, and emerging from the
shroud of lower league obscurity – each if these strikers has had a uniquely