Barcelona players have to put up with constant attacks from the Madrid-based media on a regular basis. Their numerous unfounded accusations of drug-taking, mischievous diving and other pathetic stories are systematically used as a strategy to try to upset our Catalan team. Such practice is happily tolerated in Spain, as if Barcelona’s success was purely based on cheating rather than football skills.

But everything changes every 2 summers. Barcelona players suddenly become national heroes the very moment they start wearing Spain’s La Roja shirt instead of La Blaugrana. How does that happen? Well, it must be magic, right?

As if inspired by some supernatural spell, Xavi stops being a boring player who insists on slowing the game down with horizontal passes and becomes a midfielder maestro, the commander who organises the courageous Spanish troupes.

Gerard Pique magically starts performing like a committed defensive wall, becoming best friends with Sergio Ramos in the process. He supposedly forgets about his modelling career and pop-star girlfriend Shakira. Pique even stops being a Catalan traitor who disrespects King Juan Carlos whenever he has a chance. Wow!

Andres Iniesta puts La Roja shirt on and transforms into some sort of mystical hero. He is no longer a weakling who dives whenever a rival defender tries to tackle him. No way! Instead, Iniesta supposedly turns into Captain Tsubasa, the fiction football genius who is single-handedly capable of taking his national team to glory.



Sergio Busquets is also affected by this playing-for-Spain-makes-you-a-better-person magic. In the eyes of the Madrid media, the skinny midfielder is an indispensable player who complements La Roja’s creative players perfectly, the reincarnation of Vicente Del Bosque himself. Funny how he is treated like a diving cheat every other time…

Ladies and gentlemen: Whether you like it or not, Spain are current World and European champions thanks to the Barcelona players who transfer our club’s philosophy into La Roja. Sure, players such as Casillas, Xabi Alonso or Fernando Torres have also helped over the years but the idea, the essence, belongs to Johan Cruyff, Pep Guardiola, Xavi and Iniesta – to name a few.

Don’t get me wrong, I want Spain to perform well whenever they take part in a major tournament but, honestly, the Madrid-based media hypocritical approach towards Barcelona players makes my stomach turn. Xavi certainly doesn’t try any harder when playing for Spain as he does at the Camp Nou, so why is the media treating him so differently?


In an ideal world, I would love to see the Madrid-based press respecting Barcelona players independently of what shirt they’re wearing. I would also appreciate it if, instead of blindly broadcasting whatever rubbish Portuguese whiner Jose Mourinho comes out with, they thought about the consequences their constant attacks on Barcelona players will have in La Roja when those very same players must share the same dressing room.

I‘m hoping for a Spain win at the Euro 2012 tournament but beware: A La Roja failure would certainly be blamed on the Barcelona players who, supposedly, are anti-Spanish at heart. 

Don’t believe me? Well, only time (and results) will tell.



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13 Responses

  1. By the way, the first picture reads – When Xavi, Iniesta, Busquets, Pique, Pedro and Puyol are wearing the Barcelona shirt:

    – Your football is boring! Your winning cycle is over! You win because of the referees! You're scared of Madrid! You are nothing compared to Cristiano Ronaldo! You have lots of possession, what's the point?

    Messages from the Madrid-press are very different when wearing a Spain shirt:

    – We are the best! This is total football! Incredible talent! Visca Spain! You are quality! The kings of possession and tiki-taka!

  2. The article, hands down to the point. These stupid Madrid fans should know that without Barca there would be no Euro or World Cup… take off those glasses that Mourinho made you all wear, stupid Mou fans.

  3. well said, great article,if i was a barcelona player i would never perform good for spain, or at all, what mourinho brought into madrid in the last couple of years is a disgrace to football

  4. I don't agree that Barca wins their matches due to referre's favour. It's a big lie!

  5. You have composed a very well written piece of journalism. And I respect your point of view, nevertheless, as all barça fans you undervalue the importance of key players in the team such as Ramos, Casillas, Alonso, Torres…must i remind you that the eurocup was only won because of torres fantastic goal that had nothing to do with these barça players…and the only reason we progressed to the semi finals in south africa was because casillas saved the penalties against italy. Iniesta did score the winner against holland, but it is a team ar the end of the day…and the essence of pep or cruyff…i would say it is more like frank ryjkaards creation taken advantage of by aragones in 2008 and guardiola thereafter! Furthermore, for all of you who criticise mourinho, he is a winning manager and a very hard working one. He may be arrogant, but you have to be if you want to win!

  6. I believe madrid fans won't read this, & mourinho caused this because all these accusations weren't there before he arrived, He came and destroy the love that was there btw madrid & Barça players…

  7. All mourinho said was that there are real Madrid players on the team as well and they deserve some credit too. I hate how the media always just gives barca players credit for Spain's success and ignores all the rest of the players. I agree that xavi and iniesta are a crucial part of Spain's squad but without the other WORLD CLASS players they would've been eliminated long ago. Honestly pique's form has dropped a lot this season for barca. fabregas has had a disappointing season too and never picked up his arsenal form. Why the hell is busquets even playing for Spain. He doesn't contribute at all and alonso should play in his position while Mata or fabregas plays in alonsos. Iniesta hasn't done anything yet. Xavi has been great but still hasn't got the best out of his players yet. A barca player hasn't scored yet either so u guys should give credit to the other great players aswell

  8. Very good and TRUE article!!!! Especially: "In an ideal world, I would love to see the Madrid-based press respecting Barcelona players independently of what shirt they’re wearing. I would also appreciate it if, instead of blindly broadcasting whatever rubbish Portuguese whiner Jose Mourinho comes out with, they thought about the consequences their constant attacks on Barcelona players will have in La Roja when those very same players must share the same dressing room."

    Thank you so much for the really true sentences!

  9. Xabi Alonso did alright yesterday but up to this match he was disruptive with many wrong passes. Arbeloa is still a nuisance, very painful to watch, especially in comparison with Jordi Alba on the left who did about everything right.

    Spain may pull it off but the absence of Puyol and Villa is evident….

  10. To my own knowledge i tink mou is d cause of all dese cos he is tptrying to destroy spanish team,where as he praising his country national team to performing well and let me also remind spanish citizen dat werever mou go he would alsways trying to destroy dat league, and my advise to madrid cos his absence alwayz destroy d very club he left (especialy his kunfu style) can destroy team

  11. Fabregas has scored two goals already, what the hell are you talking about. but your right they have to do it as a team, and its split even. with out castillas making amazing saves they might not have advance to where they are now. I definitely wouldn't trust valdes back there. I wouldn't mind taking busquets out and putting iniesta back towards mid with xavi and alonso and putting pedro out there for some pace like they did today.

  12. spain is just as boring in this tournament and nobody should arrogant tiki-taka to barcelona. fact is that every player contributes his awesome to the collective perfomance of the side. no one should be blinded to the fact that madrid has 4 of the 11 starters that even del bosque will dare not to overlook in this campaign. furia roja is neither barca nor madrid. keeping possession is quite different from good saves and scoring goals. the latter two will make any side for far in the competition and madrid players have been nothing short of good performance in these respect.

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