By Tommy Christie
This past Sunday, perennial titans of the English Premier League (EPL), Manchester United and Chelsea FC, duked it out in a match that carried widespread league implications (think Ravens-Steelers). Yes, yes, I know you probably don’t care either. The above clip, however, is an eye-opening display of blooperism that would make even the most hardcore American sports fan chuckle. In this clip, Chelsea striker Fernando Torres goofs up in a big way. Anyone who’s ever played soccer will tell you that it’s an intimidating experience being in front of goal with the ball at your feet. I’m not giving a “get out of jail free” card to Torres, however. The Spaniard signed with Chelsea last year for an EPL record fee of 50 million euros. In 19 matches with Chelsea, Torres has now found the back of the net twice! Two times. That’s 25 million Euros a goal! Think Albert Haynesworth to the Redskins bad. Anyways…back to the clip. The incredible nature of Torres’ miss has prompted some to go so far as dubbing it “the miss of the century.” While this might be a bit extreme for my liking, it was a horrible effort on goal. He made a brilliant run, put an equally brilliant first touch on the ball past the goalkeeper, and missed the target horrendously. I can say with confidence that my 94-year-old grandmother with a replaced hip could’ve put a better attempt on goal than the overpaid Spaniard did. You’re better than that Fernando.