As It Stands- Messi


Lionel Messi is this week’s #1.

# UP/DOWN The Culprit As It Stands
10 Adam Johnson Dropped by Adidas, sacked by Sunderland, and now he’s in court…the less said the better.
9 Edin Dzeko After submitting his entry for most shocking miss of all time, Edin Dezko did eventually manage to stick the ball into the back of the net- twice- which keeps him off the bottom of the table for now.
8 Louis van Gaal The FA Cup Fith Round win over League One Shrewsbury provided a stay of execution for the not-so-flying Dutchman, but he did manage to stab himself in the face with a pencil. How do you manage that gaffer?
7 West Bromwich Albion It’s not been the best of times for Baggies fans recently, with rumours circulating about the possible departure of their manager, Tony Pulis, and the ongoing Saido Berahino saga. But after one pathetic fan (and AIS uses that term in the loosest possible sense)threw a coin at club captain Chris Brunt following the 3-1 defeat to Reading, the club moved swiftly to assist the authorities in catching the ‘fan’ and repairing the relationship between their skipper and “true supporters” of the team.
6 Manuel Pellegrini After showing some cojones by announcing his summer departure, forcing Manchester City’s hand in confirming the arrival of Pep Guardiola, Pellegrini has, well, mierda all over his reputation by fielding a vastly inexperienced team against the recently revitalised Chelsea in the FA Cup. City have a squad with enough strength in depth capable of challenging on four fronts…what a cop out.
5 Juventus If you believe the rumours, Massimiliano Allegri may be on his way to Stamford Bridge in the summer. At half time, 2-0 down to Bayern Munich at home, that move looked to be in doubt. But three brilliant substitutions and 45 minutes later, Juventus had clawed their way back into the tie to draw 2-2. If he can do that with Juve against Bayern, can he do it with Chelsea against Manchester City?
4 PSG Yes they have an embarrassment of riches, yes their subs bench probably makes more than most Ligue 1 starting elevens, but Paris Saint Germain are still unbeaten in the French top-flight and that has to be commended. When you are quite simply that much better than your contemporaries, it can be all too easy to become complacent, we should applaud them for not doing so.
3 Gary Neville The tan looks a little out of place on the former England full-back, but the 6-0 result against Rapid Vienna in the Europa League will surely have him feeling more at home in Valencia. Two wins on the bounce sees the Englishman abroad shoot straight up the AIS table.
2 Cheltenham Town If you haven’t seen the worst free-kick routine so far this year…you really should. A friend told AIS that Cheltenham have the best goal difference in the country, and have only lost two league games all season. They must be getting cocky after attempting this clusterf**k. What were they doing? You ask, we don’t know either.
1 Lionel Messi Who else could possibly be number one? There is little left unsaid about the diminutive Argentine wizard, but he still continues to dazzle and delight in equal measure- finally beating Petr Cech- much to the disappointment of Arsenal fans.