He is amazing. I think you do not give him enough credit TS.
However, he is also the UGLIEST footballer in the world, bar none.
I'm afraid I missed the CL final because of work-related activities (why can't they schedule the retirement reception and seniors lunch some other day?). I admit to cheering for Arsenal. I like their squad as individuals. I have been enamored with the Dutch players since the mid 90s when they were all with Ajax, so I still cheer on Bergkamp. And I particularly like Ljunberg.
MP, take this with the grain of salt that I am not a football expert and don't see every game by far: I find Mexico to be overrated not in a specific sense of anyone saying they are sure to win it all (or even anything) but in a more general sense that I'm virtually never impressed with their playing and there was much whining when Borghetti was signed by Bolton (?) about how Mexican players get no respect in England (or maybe at all outside of the CONCACAF) etc etc. Generally one doesn't see Mexican players outside of Mexico. Some claim that is out of discrimination, others claim it is because the Mexican players are simply more comfortable in Mexico (kind of how that loser Donavon likes SoCal). So Borghetti moves to Bolton and does what? Nada from the reports I have read. Great showing in the Confed Cup and WC, but what about now? I have a real problem with players who cannot move out of their comfort zone (like Donovan). Finally, there is Blanco and that dumb-ass little hop he does with the ball between his ankles. Sorry, it might get him out of a jam, but he looks like a little kid and it is kind of embarrassing as a football fan to see it. Yeah, it's illogical on my part, but that's that. Oh, the final "finally", I am an American and cheer for the US, so of course
I don't like Mexico!