It’s been a long, hard season for the boys in blue and red. After tearing up South Africa at the 2010 World Cup, things kept on rolling right into a grueling campaign that saw Barcelona win two titles and advance to the final of a third.
It almost doesn’t seem right to ask these guys to come back next season and do it all over again. Maybe the clubs that never made it to the Champions League, or don’t have promotional international tours, but Barcelona? After all they’ve been through? Shouldn’t they get a year off?
Well they don’t. In just a few short weeks, it’ll be time to lace ‘em up and get back out on the pitch, time to face young, physical players who are looking to make a statement, and time to prove all over again that they’re the best squad in the world.
So in the little time that’s truly football-free for these athletes, here are some vacation wishes for my favorite Barcelona players:
Xavi: I hope you’re sleeping alot, eating a diet rich in anti-oxidants, and receiving full-body massages on a daily basis.
Messi: I hope you’re blowing some cash on extravagant things. Buy some houses, maybe a tiger or two, and get yourself a new car. Also, go out every once in awhile. You’re only 23 and ridiculously famous once.
Puyol: Fix your darn knee! Then rub some aloe on your sunburned chest and propose to Malena Costa before she realizes you’re too old for you and moves to San Francisco to be with me.
Alves: I don’t really want to know what you do in the off-season, honestly. Just keep it on the DL and get back to Spain on time.
Busquets: I hope you’ve taken up boxing. You obviously need to learn how to take a punch, and a little extra bulk wouldn’t hurt.
Pique: I hope you’re getting your eight hours of sleep, even if they do come between the hours of 6am and 2pm. And don’t blow it with Shakira, unless of course she tells you she’s moving to San Francisco to be with me.
Pep: I hope you’re doing whatever it takes to extend your career with FC Barcelona beyond this upcoming season. If that means expanding your repertoire of black suits and skinny black ties in expensive designer stores around Europe, that’s fine. If it means cheap prostitutes and blow, so be it. Whatever you’re doing, I hope it’s taking your mind off of football.