Crucial slip leading to first goal in defeat by Chelsea will haunt captain but is far from only reason why trophy is likely to bypass Anfield and arrive 25 miles away in Eastlands
Here is a terrifying thought. All careers, no matter how great, can be boiled down in the end to a few easily digestible images, mocking chants and a headline that screams of failure. One slip is all it takes.
Just how far away are England from producing their very own Lionel Messi?
The prospect of a player in the shirt of the Three Lions, displaying the kind of skills and intelligence currently associated with arguably the world’s most talented footballer is a mouth-watering one.
Ronaldo was probably 10 when he properly stepped on a beach. Born and bred in Bento Ribeiro, a poor neighborhood in the outskirts of Rio de Janeiro, he had spent more time grazing his toes on concrete or grass-less pitches than actually stepping on sand — he would later almost drown in an over-enthusiastic attempt to tame the waves at the renowned Copacabana Beach. For him and his family to regularly check the seaside scene they would have to endure grueling bus journeys.
The FA is finally embracing futsal, with the game growing on these shores and clubs implementing it into their academies
The passing was crisp and incisive, the movement restlessly purposeful; the relentless pace of the game and ambitious dribbling on show were yielding goalscoring opportunities continuously. It was, by common consent, a feast of technical excellence, gladdening the heart of anyone keen to witness controlled creativity on a pitch.