The hair, once jet black like a movie starÃ¢ÂÂs, is silvery grey now. The famous ponytail is long gone - cut off in 1997. The most telling legacy of Roberto BaggioÃ¢ÂÂs illustrious playing career is the pain in his knees. He likes to run to keep fit but Ã¢ÂÂonly in straight lines, every change of direction is a minor trauma.Ã¢ÂÂ
It seems no-one does footballing heartbreak quite like the Socceroos. Following a long tradition of snatching defeat from the jaws of victory, Australia missed out on their first major football trophy last weekend after losing the Asian Cup Final 1-0 to Japan in Doha.
With Torres and Carroll dominating the headlines, several other transfers involving English clubs were largely ignored and exiled to the inner pages. There is, however, a fascinating aspect to one deal that finally went through on Monday.
Phew. The transfer window has finally closed (or Ã¢ÂÂslammed shutÃ¢ÂÂ if you worship at the Church of Jim White), and talk of Andy Carroll and Fernando Torres has died down. Well, one out of two ainÃ¢ÂÂt badÃ¢ÂÂ¦
Pinch, punch, first of the month, and you feel that pseudo-rhyme may be on the lips of many a Premier League manager as he kicks his director of football and/or chairman square in the groin for failing to bring in the players he needs.
If the Premier LeagueÃ¢ÂÂs final day of the winter window was a giant paella of SKY TV excitement, la LigaÃ¢ÂÂs was a manky grain of rice sitting at the side of the pan with just six piddling transfers being made in the final few hours in Spain.
Amigos, the first word that comes to my mind is Ã¢ÂÂwowÃ¢ÂÂ. ItÃ¢ÂÂs a well-documented fact that the January transfer window can spice things up but there were so many unexpected moves around Europe that one cannot help but feel a little bit flustered.