Sunday, October 26, 2008

good old former teammate, cannavaro

my sister is fascinated with fabio cannavaro since he had joined real madrid some time ago. i don't know why she fancies him so much. and now i know the reason. he's a good teammate and a person. i know from the way he mingles with his teammates everyday in training, including those times when becks spent his four years with real madrid. here it is, an article summing up his comment on becks temporary move to AC Milan. i hope you enjoy the article as much as i do.

Canna Sanctions Becks' Move

England ace David Beckham looks set to join Milan on a loan deal in January and Italy captain Fabio Cannavaro believes Adriano Galliani has pulled off a major coup.

Even though it is not official yet, the Spice Boy is expected to land in Italy's fashion capital once the Calciomercato doors reopen in the New Year.

And while the Rossoneri camp has reacted positively to the move, most pundits in the peninsula are puzzled and muse that marketing reasons inevitably influenced the decision.

"I do not agree," Cannavaro told the Gazzetta dello Sport. "Regardless of the sarcasm of Spanish newspapers, I am sure Milan will greatly benefit from it.

"I am not talking about just economic advantages, he will also be able to give his contribution on the field of play. He is certainly a big star, but the city of Milan is accustomed to having such important figures.

"However, David is incredible. I remember a trip to Sevilla, we travelled by train and when we got to the station, hordes of teenage girls rushed towards him. I had never witnessed such enthusiasm for a footballer, not even around Diego Armando Maradona in Naples."

Cannavaro joined Becks at Real Madrid after the Calciopoli scandal, and the Merengues won the title in the 2006-07 season under the guidance of Fabio Capello.

"When Capello opted to take him back into the squad in February, he contributed a great deal and I would say that at least 80 per cent of our triumph was down to him.

"And I also grew to appreciate him off the pitch, as he was a devoted father who tried to spend as much time as possible with his kids. He seemed Italian!"

Vince Masiello

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