4278: Squarefootball Zeitgeist: Top
by : Antony Melvin
Again we look at the people that our visitors spent the most time hitting this month - although with Duncan Ferguson at number eleven, we have to be careful to confirm that the hits weren't literal. The top ten is littered with the usual suspects with only two of last months top ten - Wayne Rooney and Darren Bent - dropping off the radar. New faces at the top table to replace Rooney and Bent are Anthony Stokes - Irish and at Sunderland, go figure - and the injured Joe Cole. The continuing presence of Harry Kewell is a mystery as are some of the names bubbling under the top ten - Duncan Ferguson, Mateja Kezman and Gianluca Festa have all had significant hits.
1. (1) Rafael Benitez (Liverpool)In a flat sprint to the finish Rafa Benitez outpaced Cristiano Ronaldo - which is an unlikely mental image. Liverpool were involved in a series of high profile matches in February boosting the architect of the Rafalution. Benitez was also number one in January - but was pipped by Ronaldo in December.
2. (5) Cristiano Ronaldo (Manchester United)Edged out of top spot by a short head by the ever popular Benitez; Ronaldo must be looking at top spot in March. The revelation that Ronaldo is the only player at Old Trafford with his own changing room mirror probably had no bearing on his placing.
3. (10) Steven Gerrard (Liverpool)After nearly slipping out of the top ten last month, Gerrard has reacted strongly in moving back onto the podium. Again Liverpool were the top club in February - helping to boost the ratings of Liverpool's talismanic skipper.
4. (2) Thierry Henry (Arsenal)
With Arsenal making strides towards four trophies the Gunners captain's page was a heavily visited one. Towards the end of the month the wheels started to come off Arsenal's charge - but the injury-recovery-injury-etc status of their skipper was excercising minds.