May 8th, 2008

The TTO: Habib Beye v Michael Ballack

Welcome to another round of the Thursday Thigh Off, please make yourself comfortable.

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Up first is Habib Beye, a French/Sengalese defender for Newastle United.  Some random HB info? He has his own theme song by way of the terraces, sung to the tune of Happy Days. (Strangely we have no reports of any songs specifically dedicated to his quads, but we’re sure someone is working on that.)  When Habib first joined the EPL, he said he had to work to bulk up in order to deal with the physical side of the English game. He’s also mates with TTO winner Didier Drogba.

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Habib’s competition comes by way of Germany: Michael Ballack.  Mr. B has just been offered a three-year deal to stay with Chelsea and to continue to flex and contract his thighs exclusively during that period.  Michael gives good height – he’s 6″2’, he plays in midfield and he has his own website if you’re interested in spending some clicking time elsewhere.

Who takes the title this round, dear readers?

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images courtesy of ZUMA/KEYSTONE Press

Congrats to last week’s winner, the lush Paolo Maldini, who beat the some seriously thightastic competition from Micah Richards. Don’t worry Micah, you’re young, you will eventually get over this loss.

 

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94 Responses to “The TTO: Habib Beye v Michael Ballack”

  1. Wow really nice and beautiful information you share here. I read your entire post and really very nice info on star football player Habib Beye and also Germany star football player Michael Ballack. Thanks for sharing nice info.

  2. Excellent pics dear.
    i never ever seen such a pics til now..
    thanks for sharing with those pics.
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  3. Typing Games says:

    Habib is very nice in these pics
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  4. Bongo says:

    Beye wins thighs down, come on Habib

  5. Rusty (Frau Ballack) says:

    RedGirl, umm…from Alex Curran-induced exile.

    keyword: directly85. I couldn’t lie.

  6. RedGirl (Mrs. Casill says:

    Rusty, back from where??? I’m back too and I’m totally lost!!

  7. Rusty (Frau Ballack) says:

    hi, I’m back!

    I haven’t even seen the pictures. Ballack obviously wins. And I have only two jerseys. But I claimed him.

  8. k2k2milan says:

    p.s: yeah! Maldini won!

  9. k2k2milan says:

    I’ve always liked Ballack and don’t get why everyone, including Chelsea supporters hate him so much- well I guess he finally gave them a reason to start cheering for him.

    Anyways, I vote for Micheal Ballack, nothing against Habib though.

  10. RedGirl (Mrs. Casill says:

    Mmmm… I guess my vote goes to Habib Beye.

  11. Shell says:

    Habib Beye wins this one!
    Ballacks thighs are impressive, but i couldn’t focus/concentrate on them long enough- my eyes kept being drawn upwards to see if those horrific nipples were on show again! I’m scarred for life….

  12. MrsXabiAlonso says:

    Oooh thank you LTG!! I hope all these stories of him going were just paper talk. I don’t know why they feel the need to mess with my emotions like this!!! I’m slowely becoming less of a nervous wreck though smile

    Oh Didi, I did love him, he was great!!! Xabi will be with us next season and firing away as we know he can. I wanna see more goals from his own half wink

  13. Deanna says:

    Avenath, I agree he hasn’t been the same since his first season, but I think it’s more due to him being so awesome that one year. We expect more from him because of that. I think his role in the team has changed since then, plus he no longer has Didi Hamman alongside him.

    I think this season has been rather stop-start for him due to injury. I have complete faith that he will be back to his best next season!

    MXA, I believe that too. He’s not going anywhere!

  14. Mrs. Xabi—here’s another article that states your hubby isn’t going anywhere:

    http://www.football365.com/story/0,17033,8652_354…

    Hope it helps calm your fears.

  15. Avenath says:

    Deanna, thanks for the article…it really does give me hope that Xabi will eventually stay…but, am hoping that for his sake and our team’s sake, he has a return to form next season….i love him, but he has been a shadow of himself for the last 2 seasons…i can only hope he will be the powerhouse midfielder he once was…COME ON, XABI!!!

    Thigh off winner is….Michael Ballack….NOT!!!…i could never vote for him due to his Blue-ness (apologies to all Chelsea fans here)…my vote goes to Beye…he’s been magnificent..and oh, nice thighs too <img src="http://www.kickette.com/images/smileys/tongue_wink.gif&quot; width="19" height="19" alt="tongue wink" style="border:0;" />

    Security word: boy85….yes, i would like a boy born in 1985…

  16. Georgie87 says:

    Ballack JA!

  17. MrsXabiAlonso says:

    Aww thank you Deanna, right now, little bit of hopes are more than good enough for me. He will stay, I have faith cheese

  18. Deanna says:

    For MrsXabiAlonso, and all you other Liverpool fans, I’ve got a bit of good news-

    http://www.independent.co.uk/sport/football/premier-league/benitez-prices-crouch-at-16315m-in-bid-to-raise-transfer-funds-824094.html

    At the bottom of the article, Rafa says “Xabi is our player, he has a contract, and Barry can play 3 different positions so it’s not a problem”

    Now I know that it’s possible Rafa might change his mind if someone(i.e Juventus) comes in with a good offer, but it’s something to hold onto, isn’t it?

    *sighs* I try to imagine Xabi in a jersey other than the Liverpool one, and I just can’t. I’m desperate to hear any kind of good news.

  19. xxxx-Sophie-xxxx says:

    Defo ballack

  20. LucyLu says:

    Ahh thighs. I’m voting for Ballack <img src="http://www.kickette.com/images/smileys/embarrassed.gif&quot; width="19" height="19" alt="red face" style="border:0;" />

  21. MrsXabiAlonso says:

    Ballack for me.

  22. SB (Mrs.MO) says:

    Posted by MrsMichaelOwen on 05/08 at 11:01 AM
    Habib Beye gets my vote!

    Emmm… so we have same husband then?!?  <img src="http://www.kickette.com/images/smileys/angry.gif&quot; width="19" height="19" alt="angry" style="border:0;" />  <img src="http://www.kickette.com/images/smileys/shade_smirk.gif&quot; width="19" height="19" alt="cool smirk" style="border:0;" />

  23. SB (Mrs.MO) says:

    Habib Beye, of course

  24. Johnna says:

    I freaking hate Ballack so much so my vote’s going to Habib.

    Ugh. Ballack.  <img src="http://www.kickette.com/images/smileys/sick.gif&quot; width="19" height="19" alt="sick" style="border:0;" />

  25. freddiegirl says:

    My vote goes to…Freddie!  Wait, I can’t vote for him?  But he’s in the second picture…..I just really can’t see anything else when Freddie’s around….smilesmile

    Fine.  I’ll go with Ballack.

  26. Zatil says:

    Oh yeah, it’s THURSDAY!!i’ve completely forgotten bout it after a crazy/wild day out with my buddies!

    And of course i’m gonna vote for Habib Beye…the flexibility of those muscles are really impressive!! <img src="http://www.kickette.com/images/smileys/smile.gif&quot; width="19" height="19" alt="smile" style="border:0;" />

  27. Vlada says:

    Habib from that 1st pic alone.

  28. Erin says:

    Habib Beye on the merits of that first photo alone!  Holy moly!

  29. Dolce says:

    HB, of course…Thigh muscles in mid-air action always wins!

  30. MrsMichaelOwen says:

    Habib Beye gets my vote!

  31. boo says:

    beye, no question about that

  32. Emily says:

    Oh hooray, Kickette!  I get back to my desk after an hour-long, extremely nerve-wracking job interview, and beautiful thighs await me.  This day is getting better by the minute!

    Based on extreme close-ups of the four pictures, my vote is going to Habib Beye.  The last photo of Ballack (sans shorts??!!) was mighty impressive, but I liked the two shots of Beye’s thighs better than the two shots of Ballack’s.

    Also, Newcastle’s my #2 team after my beloved Man United, so I love to share the Magpie love.  Aoife, you really should pay more attention to Newcastle.  There are some hidden gems up there!!  wink However, I will desperately try not to hold Beye’s friendship with Le Plongeur (my nickname for Drogba, meaning ‘The Diver’ in French) against him.  We all have one skeazy friend that we love but should be ashamed of.

  33. cheryl_xxx says:

    i’m not feeling either but my vote would go to the other guy

    coz there’s something about ballack   just can’t stand ……
    the hair,goofy grin weird accent,and the fact that he RENTS a house although me makes more than other players-the guy just pisses me off!!!!!!

  34. Paris says:

    Ballack gets my vote

  35. jax says:

    Don’t know Habib from Adam.. but he gets my vote as I can’t find anything remotely attractive in Herr Bollock. Those nipple pictures… the videos on YouTube with the danglies dangling…shudder <img src="http://www.kickette.com/images/smileys/bigsurprise.gif&quot; width="19" height="19" alt="big surprise" style="border:0;" />  <img src="http://www.kickette.com/images/smileys/sick.gif&quot; width="19" height="19" alt="sick" style="border:0;" />

  36. Jacey says:

    gotta go Habib

  37. LoveLamps says:

    Frank Lampard.  Seriously Kickette, this is the best you can do.  Michael Ballack and some guy most of us have never seen?  Seriously.  Frank Lampard – GOD OF THIGHS!

  38. LittleRedTriangle says:

    ballack.

    his thighs get extra points for being next to his huge german cawk.

  39. Anja says:

    Ballack is my guilty pleasure red face
    So I obviously give my vote to him.

    (security word: john21, seriously, how do you do it? I was just drooling over JT’s photo wink )

  40. Gigi Neville-Brown says:

    Habib, please.  Never mind the Bollocks.  tongue rolleye   Not that I am letting my team bias influence my decision at all.  wink

    Emily, Le Plongeur.  Brilliant!

  41. MrsJamieRedknapp says:

    Habib.  Vuuryy nice.

    And I spy a flash of Freddie in there.  Yum.

  42. Kathy says:

    Oh good lord, that last pic!  Definitely Ballack on this one!

  43. dani,,PLQ,,Mrs Niko Kranjcar and Steve Finnan x says:

    oops sorry bout the typo HABIB x

  44. dani,,PLQ,,Mrs Niko says:

    Ballack wins this won even though it kiils me to say it
    but habeb does have some good thighs x

  45. I’m here as usual, but I will only vote for that Habib person to be polite. When I’m done with that, I will return to Nando to massage his thighs. That will do for entertainment today.

  46. Chel.C. says:

    Mmm…ich liebe Herr Ballack.  Mit die ThunderThighs! Ja!

  47. Minty says:

    The bulging muscles of Habib Beye get my vote! can’t even see that much definition from the german!

  48. Kate says:

    Yay Kickette, you used a photo I submitted!
    My vote goes to Herr Ballack.

  49. Since I hate the German Who I Cannot Name with a soul-sucking passion I will carry to my grave, I guess I’m voting for Beye.  But, he’s just alright.

  50. mllesatine says:

    I’ll say Ballack. Beye’s bulging muscles scare me a little.

  51. Lil' says:

    Habib Beye, he used to play for Marseille,  but I am judging only on the thighs and his are awesome
    Go Habib!

  52. Aoife says:

    Jaysus Kickette, you’re flying today! <img src="http://www.kickette.com/images/smileys/grin.gif&quot; width="19" height="19" alt="grin" style="border:0;" />

    My vote goes to Habib Beye – Look at that first picture! The muscles are straining to get free.

    I must pay more attention to Newcastle.

  53. Pavi says:

    After seeing that last picture of Ballack my vote goes to him.

  54. sarabee says:

    Well I would rather see his thighs than his nipples. My vote goes to Ballack.

  55. JoJo says:

    Ballack, mmmmm.

  56. J.V. says:

    Habib Beye

  57. Em says:

    Ballack. Fo Sho.

  58. FootballerChick43 says:

    Carol – How many jerseys do you have?

    ….
    ….
    …..I have 12.

    No joke. 2 national team jerseys, 4 from Bayern Munich (home and away both), 4 from Chelsea (past two seasons, home and away), and 2 Ballack tees.

  59. Jess says:

    Michael Ballack, no question. Especially that second shot of him, where it looks like he’s missing his pants. Ballack with no pants = good times. Well for me anyway.

  60. Cari says:

    BALLACK….all the way.  He and his wonderful thighs   are def top 10 of the EPL.  Way to go Ballack for being such a great mid and being so freaking beautiful.

  61. rania says:

    HB

  62. Pink Panther says:

    My vote goes for Habib based on that first picture. Hubba Hubba.

  63. carly says:

    Is it wrong to be crushing on Crazy Jens Lehmann after seeing his last interview? <img src="http://www.kickette.com/images/smileys/embarrassed.gif&quot; width="19" height="19" alt="red face" style="border:0;" />
    He is so polished and sweet, I can easily forget that he’s crazy.

  64. Emma – how do you get the heart shape to show up?

  65. Emma says:

    Micha = win. ?

  66. By default (because I really detest Ballack) I have to go with Habib. Ballack’s nipples have scared me deep into my soul so I cannot/will not pass along any kudos to the horror that is Michael Ballack.

    Neither are rocking my world.  <img src="http://www.kickette.com/images/smileys/confused.gif&quot; width="19" height="19" alt="confused" style="border:0;" />

  67. HoneyBee says:

    Ballack wins it.
    Oh how sweet it was watching Real Madrid(their hot ballers) trash Barca. <img src="http://www.kickette.com/images/smileys/cheese.gif&quot; width="19" height="19" alt="cheese" style="border:0;" />
    I hope that Chelsea will win the Premiership title and that Mr.Ballack’s thighs will be in full flow.
    I heard today that Bayern are interested in buying Gattuso.I don’t have anything against Bayern(after all Luca Toni plays for them)but can’t imagine Gattuso playing for anyone other than Milan.

  68. Deanna says:

    I’m with you Asma, nothing Chelsea related please!

    So Habib Baye it is. Also, those popping veins in the first pic are pretty impressive, I must say!

  69. Elise says:

    I thought this was going to be a tough call until I saw the closeup of Beye’s thighs. Ugh.  Definitely Michael Ballack.  And definitely stealing that second MB pic.  Holy cow.

  70. Asma:) says:

    I am going for Habib on this one since I hate Ballack for scoring against Man Utd.  Don’t like him cos of that.

    Security code – see

    Could we SEE Ronaldo on next weeks thigh off lol

  71. alyx says:

    habib, definitly… hmmm i should pay more attention to newcastle <img src="http://www.kickette.com/images/smileys/smile.gif&quot; width="19" height="19" alt="smile" style="border:0;" />

  72. Carol says:

    IMO, Ballack wins at everything. As noted by the ever increasing number of Ballack jerseys currently in my closet o_O.

    Count one more for Micha please <img src="http://www.kickette.com/images/smileys/smile.gif&quot; width="19" height="19" alt="smile" style="border:0;" />

  73. Lucy says:

    omg wow even though im a chelsea fan i HAVE to say habib for that first pic! sorry michael!

  74. carly says:

    I’m voting for Habib.
    That 1st picture is very impressive. Plus nothing about Ballack does anything for me. ugh.

  75. c9 says:

    Welcome MizIt! Nice to see new faces coming out of the wood work.

    How anyone cannot comment daily is beyond me?!? I have a hard time staying away <img src="http://www.kickette.com/images/smileys/wink.gif&quot; width="19" height="19" alt="wink" style="border:0;" />

  76. Caraaa says:

    The choice is only one heh like always Michael Ballack <img src="http://www.kickette.com/images/smileys/smile.gif&quot; width="19" height="19" alt="smile" style="border:0;" /> the perfect one for me heheh I’m only dreaminggg

  77. MizIt says:

    its my first time posting even though ive been watching the site for like a year

    my vote goes to ballack for thigh purposes only.

  78. FootballerChick43 says:

    THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU KICKETTE.

    Oh my goodnes, I LOVEEEEEE Michael Ballack.

    So, obviously my vote goes to him.

    Excuse me while I salivate. All over the keyboard.

    Haha, my security code: coming13

    Hahahahaha.

  79. Moongirl (Mrs Sender says:

    Has too be Ballack – preferably only from the waist down though!!!!!

  80. Tammyv says:

    COME ON NEWCASTLE!!!  WIN SOMETHING, ANYTHING

    I have to go with my boy Habib… so cute and those are some quality thighs

  81. LucyLu says:

    In the first pic, you can see Habib’s viens popping through! <img src="http://www.kickette.com/images/smileys/sick.gif&quot; width="19" height="19" alt="sick" style="border:0;" /> I mean, I’m all for tonal definition (is that a phrase?) but that’s crossing the line into freaky!

  82. c9 says:

    Trying to find rational thinking here, especially since these 2 are great competition! So after much deliberation my vote goes to…..

    Habib Beye

    I do love Michael’s last pic, which did make me feel all funny inside. Trust me my Cris should be the only one who makes me feel like that, sorry Cris <img src="http://www.kickette.com/images/smileys/confused.gif&quot; width="19" height="19" alt="confused" style="border:0;" /> But upon closer inspection, Ballack’s first pic doesn’t support the 2nd one, so there you have it!

  83. Laura Aka Torres&#03 says:

    My Baby Ballack Deffoooooo <img src="http://www.kickette.com/images/smileys/raspberry.gif&quot; width="19" height="19" alt="raspberry" style="border:0;" />

    (I think you should have Defoe on Thigh off 1 day :D )

  84. Erin says:

    LucyLu, check out that first pic up close!  Surely you can see what we’re so impressed by, yes? <img src="http://www.kickette.com/images/smileys/grin.gif&quot; width="19" height="19" alt="grin" style="border:0;" />  I hate Ballack, but that did not factor into this decision.  That first pic says it all!

  85. Serena says:

    I think based on the pictures HB looks hmmm weird
    So my vote goes to Ballack x

  86. Meriam (Mrs Daniel D says:

    OH my…

    It’s definitely Habib Beye. I mean, Ballack? WHat thighs?

    <img src="http://www.kickette.com/images/smileys/grin.gif&quot; width="19" height="19" alt="grin" style="border:0;" />

  87. MrsHart says:

    Ballack <img src="http://www.kickette.com/images/smileys/wink.gif&quot; width="19" height="19" alt="wink" style="border:0;" />

  88. LucyLu says:

    <img src="http://www.kickette.com/images/smileys/lol.gif&quot; width="19" height="19" alt="LOL" style="border:0;" /> No worries Kaya, I’m not pointing any fingers <img src="http://www.kickette.com/images/smileys/wink.gif&quot; width="19" height="19" alt="wink" style="border:0;" />

  89. kaya says:

    LucyLu,
    I can’t speak for others, but I really do prefer Habib’s body type. I’ve always found Ballack to be too much of a teutonic beefcake… def not my type. And that extends to the thighs.
    I also don’t like the neanderthal style brow ridge, but I didn’t include that in my analysis <img src="http://www.kickette.com/images/smileys/wink.gif&quot; width="19" height="19" alt="wink" style="border:0;" />

  90. klyn312 says:

    Habib baby! those are PERFECT! yum!

  91. LucyLu says:

    Others are not being subjective, Kickette! Hating on Ballack is not a reason to vote for his opposition – look at picture 4!! Any other baller would be running away with it by now <img src="http://www.kickette.com/images/smileys/wink.gif&quot; width="19" height="19" alt="wink" style="border:0;" />

  92. kaya says:

    Habibi Nura Ayne!
    As-salamu alaykum…
    Having exhausted my arabic linguistic skills, I’ll just say I’d never heard of Habib Beye before, but he wins by virtue of not being Ballack. Also habibi = romantic term of endearment in arabic. I hear the word all the time when I shop in the local Palestinian-owned corner stores… not directed at me, but in the music playing.
    Anyhoo, Habib(i)‘s thighs are worthy in their own right.