It’s Messy With All The ‘Messis’

It’s Messy With All The ‘Messis’
CONFUSION: Ceramic figurines in the likeness of Barcelona striker Lionel Messi are displayed as part of a Christmas tradition in Catalonia.

UNITIED KINGDOM - Roy Hodgson does it. Almost every Premier League manager does it. Most pundits do it. Maybe you even do it.

At the World Cup draw last week, the England manager said something like: "Yes, people will focus on the Messis and the Ronaldos, but I'd like to think that they might also be worried about the Gerrards and the Rooneys."

How many Rooneys are going to the World Cup Finals?

Is he taking the whole family? That's a lot of Rooneys. And is it wise to take the entire Rooney clan from a Liverpool housing estate to the beaches of Brazil?

Something has happened to football in recent years. Every player must be pluralised now. We cannot speak of a mere Rooney.

We must speak of "the Rooneys", as if the striker is so talented, he's breeding like a rabbit during games. (At least someone would be scoring regularly for Manchester United.)

A rising star's potential is often measured against "the Rooneys" of this world. How would Ross Barkley compare to "the Rooneys" in the Premier League? That would depend on which Rooney.

If the Everton midfielder was held up alongside Wayne, he still has some way to go. But if he was being compared to, say, Rooney's mother, then he probably has a decent chance of keeping her out of the England squad.

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