The story of summer ‘08 goes to Cristiano Ronaldo’s official dumping of Nereida Gallardo, a day everyone at Kickette had been hoping, praying and taking bets for. Nereida attempted to cling on to her 15 minutes of fame, but C-Ron was over it and headed to Cali, where he then continued to damage our hearts and minds by sunbathing his skin to levels of terracotta never before seen by man. He also hooked up with some randoms, which gave us some reassurance that someday things would return to normal. Nereida attempted to save face and failed.
Unsurprisingly, much of our coverage over the July and August period focused on the gazillions of footballers on holiday:
Bastian Schweinsteiger enjoyed a spot of belly dancing whilst on vacay with Sarah;
The Van der Sars soaked up the culture in Bangkok,Fernando Torres and Olalla worked on their tans in Miami beach, A recuperating Eduardo chilled out and Francesco Totti impressed us with his poolside player skills;
Christian Vieri showed off his beach bod in Italy, Louise and Jamie Redknapp relaxed in Sardinia, Harry Kewell and Sheree Murphy braved the desert heat in Vegas and Claude Makelele and Noemie Lenoir were spotted in NYC.
The weddings continued: Niko Kranjcar did the deed *sniffle*, Michael Ballack made an honest woman of Simone (they honeymooned in the Balearics), Cristian Chivu got married with only one functioning arm, and Yakubu tied the knot in his native Nigeria;
It wasn’t all happy times, though. We were confused by Thierry Henry’s shirt-tie, Cheryl Cole’s red boots hurt our brains and Carly Zucker’s sandals mullered our happy thoughts. Also, we had a fashion retrospective of Elen Rives, which is never easy to deal with. Our crush on Aitor Ocio was short-lived. Thierry Henry’s divorce started looking like it could get messy, and Michael Chopra went through a rough patch with his wife Heather.
It was an absolutely fabulous summer, and we loved spending it with you, dear readers.