- We cannot fucking stand Cristinao Ronaldo and really hope Diego Maradona runs him over. Only then will there be justice.
Here at The L, our World Cup fever is raging, though it's been slightly dampened by what is surely an unprecedented rash of injuries sidelining the tournament's top players. Ghana's Michael Essien
has been ruled out with knee ligament damage, and elsewhere in Group D, the German captain Michael Ballack
—at 33 almost certainly looking at his last major tournament—will miss the Cup after an injurious tackle, by Ghana's Kevin-Prince Boateng, in his last club game of the season. And then, today, England's captain Rio Ferdinand
—31, and finally coming into his own after a spotty international career—was ruled out with a knee injury, and the Ivory Coast captain Didier Drogba
fractured his elbow in a tune-up match, surely this most tragic absence in this rather heart-rending gallery.
The best African player in the first African World Cup, the well-nigh unstoppable striker Drogba was perhaps the marquee player at South Africa 2010, what with the Time 100 mention, and the Annie Liebowitz-snapped Vanity Fair cover.
We remain hopeful that Drogba can play in a cast of some sort—surely it'd help him fend off opponents?
Anyway, that's our first World Cup post of the summer. We're actually giddy with excitement.