(Poll) On Landon Donovan & Consequential Value
Go! Go! USA! Oh….he’s incredible
The news of a, perhaps, impending Landon Donovan retirement spurred an interesting question on Twitter yesterday. It went like this:
How many players have more value to their national team than LD does to the U.S.? Surely Ronaldo but short list right?
That is a great question. Great question. One I need to think about. Zlatan, maybe? Cech? Pirlo?
I would contend Ronaldo 1, Pirlo 2, Donovan 3. Unbelievable how defunct we are for any remotely comparable replacement
Great question. Is Landon Donovan the single most important player to his national team over the past half decade or so?
For better, for worse…
Contentions can certainly be made for Ibrahimovic, although he nearly quit on his team. Dimitar Berbatov, yes, but Bulgaria is hardly a powerhouse.
There’s Tim Cahill of course, but one might argue that Australia has never been the same sine the days of a high-flying Harry Kewell. There’s Andriy Shevchenko, but Ukraine is a UEFA doormat.
What about David Beckham–success or failure–as part of England? Does England have enough cache still without Beckham.
Ronaldo is in the mix as is Pirlo. Didier Drogba is a no-brainer from CAF as is Samuel Eto’o.