Barcelona and Arsenal continue break with trophy tradition

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With Fifa in meltdown, the Women’s World Cup in full flow, Copa America just starting and the summer transfer frenzy on the horizon there is a lot to talk about.

But nothing is bigger, more important or trumps the issue that I am going to discuss. And that is the way that teams now collect trophies.

A lot of stuff has been written/typed about Arsenal and Barcelona and their performances in their cup wins the past two weeks and, yeah, it was all good. But one thing I'm not liking is this thing where upon collecting the trophy, one player lifts it while all the other players gather round, jump up and down trying to grab the thing. It's a mess and a mass. A massive mess.

What has happened to the old style of the captain lifting the trophy on some balcony or wherever, while his team mates lift their arms in triumph, then hands it to the next player and so on and so forth?

It was a much neater way of proceedings and meant that fans and TV viewers saw each player with the silverware. Now, it is just one lift and that’s it save the players running around with the thing individually around the pitch, which is what they used to do anyway.

So how did this happen? Was it natural? Or did it change to make every player equal, so that each of their contributions wasn’t measured in cheers at the point of lifting the trophy?

Either way, it’s bloody stupid. So forget the changing of the guards at Fifa and your club, let’s sort out this trophy collecting business first.

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