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The Bard's 100 Best Soccer Players: Nedved (#65)

[champions] Chelsea x Juventus : 12
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The Pick: Pavel Nedved was undoubtedly one of the best midfielders of his generation, so I – the Bard – have decided to provide you all with a soliloquoy about his sizeable talents. The Czech checked into almost 500 matches in his pro career (499 to be exact) and notched 110 goals while on the pitch. He was also a fine international player, scoring 18 goals in 91 appearances for his homeland. He proved that Czech players could hold their own in Europe’s best leagues.

The Flick: He was a coach’s dream in midfield: a player who could score goals but also spur others to score with his amazing counterattacking defensive skills. He mugged many of the world’s best while he was with Juve and Lazio. He’s odd though. Did you know that he and his wife named their son and daughter after themselves, respectively. That’s just plain confusing for everyone. So, what actor can capture both Pavel’s long locks, yet look dazed and confused?

I am going with Matthew McConaughey.

The Limerick: Don’t know how often Nedved went shirtless, but we’ll work it into the script:

Nedved’s success would have made most men vain 

But he stayed grounded and refused to shear his mane

He was known as “The Fury”

For Juve he came in a hurry

 And by coming he filled the shoes of Zidane

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