Mino Raiola was the undisputed Moron of the Week, but the Stinker of the Week award definitely goes to this absolutely outlandish rumour:
"A source close to ManUnitedOnly.com has told us that Manchester United will be looking to prise Lionel Messi away from Barcelona next summer with a staggering £80m bid. The figure will be recognised as the same that Real Madrid spent in taking Cristiano Ronaldo from Old Trafford to the Bernabeu.
Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson has been told he can spend big during the next summer transfer window, with promises even being made to United striker Wayne Rooney that more talent is on the way.
Manchester United, by the time the summer transfer window opens, will have at least £150m to spend on some of the best players in the World and it seems that Lionel Messi will be the number one target to bring more threat in attack."
Barcelona have already been contacted by Manchester United concerning Lionel Messi and they were surprisingly receptive to the offer. Barcelona's president, Sandro Rosell, stated that he considers 80 million a very fair offer and that he had no qualms sending Manchester United an autographed shirt of Lionel Messi and some pictures.
The Argentinian himself was flattered by Manchester United's interest and he said that he was more than willing to enclose a few videos of himself playing.
With the three parties (Manchester United, Barcelona and Lionel Messi) in syntony, it seemed like a done deal.
However, some complications have aroused in the past few days. Much to Barcelona's disbelief, what Manchester United wanted was for Messi to take his talents to Old Trafford and play in the English Premier League.
At first, as should be expected, it was thought that Manchester United were merely joking. Zubizaretta believed (like anyone would believe) that Manchester United were confusing Messi with their former star Cristiano Ronaldo and he gave them Real Madrid's number.
When he finally understood that it was not a prank call, Zubizaretta told the Manchester United representative to give him some time and he'd fax him an answer.
When he finally stopped laughing, he typed the following:
"Give us your whole team + 200 million euros and we'll be glad to let Messi play an exhibition match at Old Trafford."
Barcelona are still waiting for a response for what they consider to be a very reasonable proposition.
As for Messi actually moving, it won't happen and it's insulting to even suggest that his monetary value is as low as that of Cristiano Ronaldo of all players.
Between us, I'm convinced it was a prank call. Everyone knows that Lionel has commited his future to Italian giants Palermo.
Barca Bla Bla Stinker of the Week: 80.000.000£ for Lionel Messi/manunitedonly.com