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Just to say he's my favourite Uruguayan player, just ahead of Forlan.

I totally love Montero's style - he's just so uncompormising, he loves to defend. And I like the way he has a bit of a mad streak in him :D Brilliant
 

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He's a bit of a "butcher" though. Doesn't he have the record for most red cards in Serie A? I'm also sure he's broken a few bones in his career ;)
 

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I wouldn't like to play against him. I don't think he is so violent. He grew a lot in Juventus. I think he said he woudln't play again for the NT. Is that true?? I'm not sure
 

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I wouldn't like to play against him. I don't think he is so violent. He grew a lot in Juventus. I think he said he woudln't play again for the NT. Is that true?? I'm not sure
I'm not sure entirely but I think I heard he was retiring from the national team, which is sad really, as he was so off form at the world cup I would like to have seen him play really well in an international tournament.

btw if you don't think he's violent anymore think again :D I thought he had mellowed out a bit, and lost his fire, but in the win over Barcelona on Tuesday it was vintage Montero!! He did this brilliant foul on Overmars where he deliberately walked into him and sent him to the ground :D :cool:

Oh yeah and he defended brilliantly in extra time, you could see the determination on his face, he wasn't gonna let us lose and we didn't :proud:
 

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Oh yes. I think he played really well in that moment. I think he was the best defender after Thuram.
 

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Montero is just getting to slow for a team like Juventus. It looks like they will offload him soon... Hopefully he just comes back to his club, Penarol.. That would be awesome.

Yeah Paolo_Montero, I saw that grit of determination on his face, it was awesome.
 

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I remember a long time ago someone at XT reffered to him as the "darth Vader" of football. And I have to agree with him. He wont put up with sh*t. Which is somtimes good and sometimes bad.

Last year Juve was so dependent on him, but this year his form had considerably come down. He said we would retire in Penarol, but he wanted to play at least 2 more years with Juve. So I guess his return to Penraol all depends on how long Juve wants to keep him.
 

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An Article On Our Beloved Paolo from the Observer, a UK newspaper

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Time to pay homage to hard man Montero

John Carlin
Sunday May 11, 2003
The Observer

Zinedine Zidane is a fountain of delight, yes, but football is not ballet. If Madrid's favourite Frenchman is the world's finest player it is because he deploys his genius not in splendid isolation but in the face of intense, relentless, often brutal pressure. The sort of pressure dispensed by that monster of a defender, Paolo Montero of new Italian champions Juventus.
Zidane and Montero are football's polar opposites. Beauty and the beast. If they were food, Zidane would be the coq au vin, Montero the boiled potatoes. Yet each merits his place in a balanced football diet. Top-level professional football is, as Montero likes to reflect, a game for men. We would not relish Zidane's talent the way we do if every week he played against boys.

So let us pay homage, for once, to the hard men of football. Our habit as lovers of the beautiful game is to praise the Zidanes and bury the Monteros. But now, as Juventus and Real Madrid prepare for a mighty contest on Wednesday in the second leg of the Champions League semi-final in Turin, let us break with the customary script for a moment and acknowledge the role of the destroyer, the cynic ruthlessly dedicated to the task of ruining the fantasistas' fun: the type of player of which the 31-year-old Uruguayan is the game's epitome.

Montero is the son of another celebrated defender, Castillo, who played for the phenomenally dirty Uruguay defeated by Pele's Brazil in the semi-finals of the 1970 World Cup. The 10 years Montero has spent playing in Serie A have served to deepen his genetic predisposition to conceive of football as war. A war in which all is fair because football, as Montero sees it, 'is made for cunning people'.

'It was always like that and it will always be like that,' Montero tells The Observer. 'And I can't understand why people are surprised when I say it. When I get on a football pitch my only desire is to win. I'm not thinking about being a role model for my sons or for the fans watching me. I don't think it is true to say that you are disloyal to football if you feign an injury, or tug a shirt or do something else to win the game as winning games is the purpose of football.'

Honest and not hypocritical, Montero believes that in the sacred cause of victory it is perfectly reasonable for the enemy to break the rules, too. 'Cheating the referee is not a sin if it helps your team winning,' he explains. 'I don't criticise those who tend to dive, because football is for smart people. And I am a defender, who comes up against cheating strikers every week.'

Montero is himself a legend. Not only the most feared, and grudgingly respected, defender in Italian football, he holds the Serie A record for red cards. He has been dismissed 19 times in 10 seasons, and for almost every possible offence from deliberate handling to punching an opponent in the face. Which reveals that he falls a little short of the cunning ideal to which he aspires. 'Yes, I have let myself down at times,' he has confessed. 'This is the only true regret of my footballing career. It's all borne from my desire to be a winner. Sometimes you have to do anything to win and this is my nature.'

As is sometimes the case with football's worst sinners, Montero is a hell of a player. His talented compatriot at Inter Milan, Alvaro Recoba, is only expressing the blindingly obvious when he says: 'It's much better having him in the same team than as an opponent.'

Montero possesses a deft left foot and is comfortable, as is his formidable defensive partner Lilian Thuram, playing either in central defence or at full-back. Strong in the air, the timing of both his tackles and his fouls is invariably exquisite. His sense of positioning is what you would expect from a player for whom defending is, in this case quite literally, second nature.

But he is outstanding at what he does for the same reason all people are who are outstanding at what they do. His passion for the job. He has the heart and soul of a man for whom the entire meaning of life is contained in the principle of 'no pasarán' - they shall not pass.

A recent exchange with Montero went like this: which do you prefer, a perfect tackle or scoring a goal? 'My job is not to score goals but to prevent them.' Have you ever played in a different position? 'No. I was born a defender and I'll die a defender.'

And he will die on the pitch if that is what it will take to stop the other side from winning. He demonstrated as much in his last Champions League encounter against Barcelona at the Camp Nou. (A booking in that game meant he was suspended from the first leg against Real Madrid.) It was a tough game, decided in extra time, in which once again an Italian team fought and won a heroic rearguard action.

For anyone who has seen the film Zulu, think of the sergeant-major who held back the spear-wielding hordes at the Battle of Rorke's Drift. Outnumbered (Edgar Davids having been sent off), backs against the wall, Juventus having to hold the line in the face of wave after wave of Barcelona attacks: this was Paolo Montero's hour. He rose to it. Teeth bared, he ran as if his house were on fire, he hurled his body at the ball when shots were fired at goal, he made tackles like a meat cleaver. The toughest brick in the Juventus wall, he extinguished Saviola's fire, killed Patrick Kluivert's threat.

On Wednesday he comes up against what may be the toughest test in his career. If Juventus - without Ciro Ferrara and Mark Iuliano, both suspended - manage the almost impossible and stop Real scoring they will probably go through to the final at Old Trafford, because it is hard to imagine the leaky Madrid defence stopping Alessandro del Piero, David Trezeguet and Pavel Nedved at home. But that will mean Montero marshalling the defence in such a way as to contain Figo, Raúl (who returns from an appendectomy), Ronaldo (who is expected to effect a miracle cure on the calf muscle he tore in the first leg) and a mightily motivated Zidane.

The Uruguayan knows the Frenchman well and is a big admirer. The two were team-mates at Juventus for five years. 'When Zizou plays as Zizou can,' says Montero, contemplating Wednesday's game, 'then he is unstoppable.'

The unstoppable force meets the immovable object. Should be a beautiful beast of a game.
 

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Superb :cool:
 
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