Former European stars who’ve recently signed with MLS clubs will discover that his stats are impressive.
They’ll learn that from time immemorial, his record remains unblemished.
And, quickly, they’ll realize that he’s posted an unrivaled unbeaten record in every sport, not just soccer.
Though many athletes in all sports have risen to challenge him, no one has ever emerged victoriously.
Father Time stands undefeated, even in Major League Soccer, and this old guy shows no sign of relinquishing his perfect record.
Incredulously, many have tried to defeat him, but none have ever prevailed.
Father Time remains resolute. He’s strengthened by the knowledge that no one will ever beat him.
Now, it appears as if a slew of legendary European footballers are poised to take on the MAN himself while plying their trade in what has become for European footballers the green room to soccer retirement known as the MLS.
Yesterday, the Montreal Impact signed 37 year-old Didier Drogba in hopes of invigorating its new MLS franchise.
But, the four-time English Premier League champion and two-time African footballer of the year isn’t the only Euro grey beard to cash in on late career gold in America in the surging MLS.
New MLS franchises spent big bucks in attracting former Ballon d’Or winner Kaka in Orlando and most recently a trio of stars, Andrea Pirlo, David Villa and Frank Lampard, in New York City.
In addition, aging Serie A, La Liga and EPL note worthies Thierry Henry, David Beckham and Robbie Keane revived their twilight careers in the MLS in the same way legends Pele, George Best and Franz Beckenbauer once did in the old North American Soccer League.
But, will MLS fans witness their former excellence, see their goal scoring abilities and appreciate their athleticism and skill?
The simple answer is no.
Unfortunately, only scant glimpses of what these icons once were are what MLS fans can expect. Case in point was former Spice Boy David Beckham although he did serve his purpose by leading the LA Galaxy to MLS glory.
What are these aging athletes thinking when they go toe-to-toe with the ageless man named Father Time?
Are their egos that big? Has overweening pride clouded their thoughts? Did their own limelight disorient them?
Too many pro athletes lose grasp of reality and continue to play the same sport after enjoying long, injury free, successful careers.
Many sports fans claim that their heroes’ egos always need to be tested. They argue that these stars possess an overwhelming unction to compete against the best – even if he’s Father Time himself.
That’s why they do what they do even when their actions seem confusing or foolhardy.
Tomfoolery beckons many to continue. It constantly woos them into believing they will be the first to defeat Father Time.
They may be confused to believe the endless adulation from fans as well as the poppycock of their own purported immortality in sports.
But, they’re even more foolish to think they can prevail against undefeated and universally unchallenged Father Time.
Sadly, MLS fans will soon discover this reality, too.
And, that’s my 2 cents!
MIKE – thee ultimate talking head on sports!