This year, however, it has yet to hit its numbers. He has eight goals at Primera Iberdrola with nine games still to be played (the remaining eight days and the game postponed due to the footballers’ strike). He did not score in the only Copa de la Reina match nor could he do so in the Super Cup. In the Champions League, where the tie against Barcelona still has a minimum, he has two goals to total ten goals. He is three to match his best personal record in domestic competition and eight in all competitions. An important challenge.Ludmila plus assistantLudmila has evolved a lot since coming to Europe. The Brazilian, just landing, was all power, but without control. She had to polish her tactical rigor and her movements to take advantage of all the power and strength that the soccer player has. And its evolution is also seen in the numbers. ANDn her first season, the Brazilian gave seven goal passes in 31 games, all of them in the league, to end the year with those seven assists. A year later, he equaled his best figure with six goal passes in the league and one in the Champions League in 28 games played. This year, however, he already has nine in 26 games. The Brazilian has given six in First Iberdrola and three in Champions to overcome her best mark as an assistant. Ludmila has nine games to go to match his best goalscoring record at Atlético. The Brazilian completes her third season of rojiblanco and has become a vital player for the mattresses. In fact, It has been untouchable for the three technicians who have passed through the Madrid bench. His eight goals in the first 21 games have him three of his best league record., the eleven he has scored in his first two seasons in Europe. It’s more, this year the Brazilian has her worst goal average. If in his first season he had 0.42 and in the second he climbed no less than 0.67. This has remained, at the moment, at 0.38.Since the Brazilian came to Atlético in 2017, she has always been very important. In his first year he scored eleven goals, the best mark of his career. In Brazil, in his seven seasons as a footballer, he had kept eight goals at most. In her first year as a rojiblanco, the Brazilian scored eleven goals in the First Iberdrola, one more in the Cup and another in the Champions to close the season with thirteen goals. Much better was last year, its best course so far on the old continent. I note eleven goals in Primera Iberdrola, like the previous year, but it came out in the Queen’s Cup, where she was the top scorer with six goals, plus the goal she scored in the Champions League to close the season with no less than 18 goals, his best personal brand of his career.
Rio Ferdinand in action for West Ham This article appears in the current edition of Sport magazine. Download the free iPad app here and follow on twitter @sportmagukSo, you’re temporarily a bowls manager, we’re told. What do you make of bowls?“A load of bollocks. I don’t know anything about it!” Er, what sports do you enjoy?“Nah, I’m just kidding – I do like bowls. I follow all sports. I like boxing, rugby, cricket. I love the golf. I love all sports, really.”Who was your sporting hero growing up?“Muhammad Ali. As I was a young footballer, at 16, Ali was just winning the world title. But I’d seen him before then, winning at the  Olympics as Cassius Clay. He was incredible.”Who’s been the most talented player that you have ever managed?“Gareth Bale had an amazing ability to run, shoot and dribble. Then you had Frank Lampard, who made himself into a great player. Also Rio Ferdinand. When he was 15, I knew he was going to be a fantastic defender.” What about a wasted talent?“Adrian Randall at Bournemouth. He was a genius. Six foot tall, he used to glide over the pitch, juggling the ball on his foot. He could do it all. We used to play him against Tony Pulis in training and he’d tie him in knots, but he never really made it. He was so laid-back in his attitude. You just wanted to shake him, because this was a talent like I’d never seen.”What’s your favourite film?“The Godfather. I’m not a great film-watcher, but I’d watch that time and time again.” Have you ever been starstruck by anyone?“I played against Pele. He was just incredible. Before Maradona, he was the greatest player in the world. Someone that we all look up to.” What’s the strangest request you’ve ever had from a fan?“People come up to you in strange situations. I had a fantastic horse, it got killed at Taunton races. Bygones In Brid, it was called. It fell at the first hurdle, we were going to Cheltenham with it, real good horse… I’m stood there and I’m in pieces. And this fella goes to me: ‘Arry, can I have a picture with my wife?’ I’m stood there for three minutes while he’s trying to get the camera to work [and he says]: ‘Give us a smile Arry!’ while me horse is laying there dead. I’m thinking: ‘What am I doing?’”If you had to be stuck in a lift with one of your ex-players, who’d be the worst?“Paolo Di Canio would be the worst. Because he’d be screaming [in an Italian accent]: ‘I don’t wanna die!’ He wouldn’t go in an aeroplane.”What would you change about football?“Nothing in the rules. I’d change some of the abuse from supporters. I think some of it is terribly out of order, you know?”Do you think it’s got worse?“Yeah. When I was a kid, I used to go to football and my dad would have a flask of tea and we’d share it with a couple of the away supporters. That’s how it was. We all used to stand together – there was no segregation. Back in the late ’60s, the violence started to creep in. I hate that. Too many people go not to watch football, but to abuse other people.” What’s the best advice you’ve been given?“Be nice to people on the way up, because you’ll meet them on the way down!” Harry Redknapp is back in management thanks to FLEXISEQ. Watch the video here… 1