April 24th, 2008

The TTO: Xabi Alonso v Joe Cole

It’s two of our favourites in the Thursday Thigh Off this week: Liverpool’s Xabi Alonso going quad to quad against Chelsea’s Joe Cole.

Before we weigh up the options, let us remind everyone that this is strictly a visual competition. Please try not to let your love or hate of a particular team influence your ability to view these athletes as objects.*

We have always had a soft spot for Joe Cole – sure, some may argue that he has a large head, he wears his shorts too high, etc. We pay them no mind. Mr. C, we like.  That said, we are becoming increasingly concerned by the bald patch we saw on the back of his head during the recent CL games. 

Also: one has to appreciate a man who occasionally stands against the trend of those bastard underthing-thigh blockers so many ballers are wearing as standard these days.

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As for Xabi, his spot on our finest five (to be updated next week) continues to be well deserved. He’s Spanish, he’s sexy, he barely speaks English. Works for us.

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Who gets your vote this week?

Congratulations to last week winner – by a very narrow margin -  Zlatan Ibrahimovic’. Sorry Carra, better luck next thigh.

* The suggestion to show only legs and thus create a more anonymous (and fairer) thigh off has been noted. Our issue is that without heads and upper torsos, the images lose a little of their glory and become a tad random-leggish for our liking.

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100 Responses to “The TTO: Xabi Alonso v Joe Cole”

  1. Moongirl says:

    How weird part of my text was snipped off!!

    Should have said ‘could the ecstasy evoking eleven be the new finest five’

  2. Moongirl says:

    Ive just spent ages tryin to narrow my ‘finest god knows how many’ down to 5 and its not happening!!!

    Just a thought girls, but at the end of the season my friends and i have a ‘Footy awards party’ where we get very drunk and decided the best a**e, top thighs etc of the year.

    Also (and this is the important bit!) we each pick a dream team of our most gorg ballers (gk, 4 def, 4 mid, 2 strik) which is far easier than narrowing it down to 5!

    Could the ecstasy evoking eleven

  3. Sophie says:

    Joe Cole!!! defo

  4. Zatil says:

    I’m rooting for Xabi! Just look at those thighs…. <img src="http://www.kickette.com/images/smileys/raspberry.gif&quot; width="19" height="19" alt="raspberry" style="border:0;" />

  5. Avenath says:

    XABI ALL THE WAY!!!

    There is simply no way that little show-pony Joe Cole can compete with the Spanish hotness that is Xabi Alonso…MrsXA, loved your comment about licking your computer screen…hilarious!…anyway, i do that too when i spot Stevie or Nando…sigh, sigh… <img src="http://www.kickette.com/images/smileys/tongue_rolleye.gif&quot; width="19" height="19" alt="tongue rolleye" style="border:0;" />

  6. MrsXabiAlonso says:

    SimplyTrish, thank you for you support of my man, but please do not refer to him or his thighs as it. Thank you. MrsXabi – x

  7. SimplyTrish says:

    Xabi.  Oh Mamma…just look at it!

  8. amanda says:

    DUH. XABI frickin’ ALONSO, obviously.

  9. freddiegirl says:

    I’m not into either of these guys…sorry..but since it’s a thigh off I’ll pick Xabi..they look manlier…and I like Mrs. X…:)

  10. natalia says:

    xabi

  11. DC says:

    XABI!

    no doubt about it.
    that man is so hot.

  12. Cherry says:

    No contest at all. Xabi Alonso. Another of my Liverpool boys.

  13. Portia says:

    i’ll go with Xabi.

  14. Becca x says:

    This is A Really Tough One.

    Why Do You Do This To Me???

    Im Gonna Have To Say Joe Cole.

    How Comes The Finest Five Is Being Updated?

  15. dani,,PremierLeagueQ says:

    Avenath i wouldnt let Malin see you comment
    if i were you i would start running now x

  16. joeycole<3 says:

    joe cole all the way !!
    for obvious reasons

  17. Kandi Kane says:

    Xabi, Xabi, Xabi

  18. Erin says:

    LOL!  I love Fernando too!  So does the majority of the free football watching world.  I drool over him in every single match and have his photo on my computer wallpaper.  I think Malin’s going to have to adjust herself to that fact!  There are no dibs in fantasy land.  <img src="http://www.kickette.com/images/smileys/wink.gif&quot; width="19" height="19" alt="wink" style="border:0;" />

  19. Rusty says:

    Now that I think about it, Xabi by a (thigh) hair.

  20. Sarah says:

    Alonso, definitely.

    [Heh, security word: reason64…want my reason, do you?  Just look at the boy!  Gorgeous.]

  21. Pavi says:

    My vote is definitely going to Xabi.  The fact that he is a Red has no influence on my decision what so ever. wink 

    Joe’s bald spot from the other night just turned me off to him even more than before.

  22. LittleRedTriangle says:

    xabilicious

  23. carly says:

    Based on skin-tone and definition: Xabi!

    I’m very fair, I don’t look at the colour of their shirts.

  24. Belle says:

    Xabier, by more than a thigh for me!

    I must say I’m thrilled with the representation of Liverpool players in the recent thigh offs. It’s nice to know my boys have quality thighs, even if they don’t win every week.

    On the leggings note, Fiorentina players have been known to rock the leggings, notably Montolivo. It’s an awful sight and doesn’t do their thighs justice by any means.

  25. linz says:

    I would say tehy’re both good looking, but purely talking about thighs?  Joe Cole, Xabi’s look weird in the picture of him and Joey together, idk the back of his thigh looks strange…so Joey Cole gets my vote!!

  26. Anja says:

    Xabi!!! he’s so yummy it tickles in my tummy raspberry

  27. Kathy says:

    No contest here – XABI!!

  28. rania says:

    i saw fabregas in there. can we vote for him? <img src="http://www.kickette.com/images/smileys/wink.gif&quot; width="19" height="19" alt="wink" style="border:0;" />

    XABIIII

  29. jen says:

    mmmm xabi!!!

  30. lose that girl says:

    Apolgies Mrs. Xabi—I’m not dissing your hubby but I have to go with Joe Cole.

    Joe’s in my top 5 so it would be a crime if I voted otherwise. He does wear his shorts too high but that keeps things interesting below!!  <img src="http://www.kickette.com/images/smileys/tongue_laugh.gif&quot; width="19" height="19" alt="tongue laugh" style="border:0;" />

  31. Mrs.Mexes says:

    Definitely Xabi. Mrs. Xabi knows what she is talking about… and when she finally nabs him, she is going to be one lucky woman

  32. Katie says:

    My GOD that is a gorgeous man, and that first pic!  My vote goes to Xabi.  Can’t…speak…anymore.

  33. tammyv says:

    I thought in honor of Frankie’s loss we should have jsut let him win this week’s round uncontested but I digress..

    Strickly on the legs.. Joey C.  If it were overall body and hair (I too was seriously confused by the big-ass bald spot which I saw from across a crowded resturant at lunch) Xabi wins hands down but Joey C is rockin the thighs hard

  34. Emily says:

    Though I do appreciate the shorter shorts that Joe Cole wears, I only appreciate them from an aesthetic point of view—meaning, I’d appreciate it a hell of a lot more if it was someone I fancied who was wearing them.

    That said, I’m voting for Xabi.  The first photo really made my decision for me.  <img src="http://www.kickette.com/images/smileys/grin.gif&quot; width="19" height="19" alt="grin" style="border:0;" />

  35. Amelie says:

    xabi xabi xabi!

    he doesn’t wear those undershorts either you know. at least i’ve never seen him in them, and i’ve seen him alot…..

    also: he speaks very good english actually… raspberry

  36. Betsy says:

    I am going to have go against the majority and say my vote is for Joey! Even though his thighs aren’t as tan as Xabi’s I still enjoy them!

  37. Ella says:

    I’m all for Xabi as well, but I won’t blurge into why. I like MrsX, I don’t want her to bite me.

    MXA: We all love your husband sweetie! All eyes – no hands. Promise.  <img src="http://www.kickette.com/images/smileys/kiss.gif&quot; width="19" height="19" alt="kiss" style="border:0;" />

  38. Kirsty says:

    Xabi gets my vote always. Do see the appeal of Joe Cole but Xabi wins!!!!! He’s hot!!!

  39. Two Yellows says:

    I’m going to go in with the minority and root for Joe Cole. Love a man who wears short shorts with no shame.

  40. Moongirl says:

    Sorry MrsX – i thought you’d left us to dribble over Xabis thighs!!!! <img src="http://www.kickette.com/images/smileys/wink.gif&quot; width="19" height="19" alt="wink" style="border:0;" />

  41. MrsXabiAlonso says:

    Moongirl, don’t ruin the thread with this speak of leggings on our men!!!  <img src="http://www.kickette.com/images/smileys/mad.gif&quot; width="19" height="19" alt="mad" style="border:0;" />

    And yes LucyLu, I staked my claim long ago!! <img src="http://www.kickette.com/images/smileys/grin.gif&quot; width="19" height="19" alt="grin" style="border:0;" />

  42. Moongirl says:

    Im with Kickette and TFO why must they wear those stupid undergarments??

    cycling shorts are for cycling in!!!

    Theyll be wearing leggings next <img src="http://www.kickette.com/images/smileys/grrr.gif&quot; width="19" height="19" alt="grrr" style="border:0;" />

  43. I can’t remember who I voted for last week.  Oh, well, I’m sure it’s all good. <img src="http://www.kickette.com/images/smileys/confused.gif&quot; width="19" height="19" alt="confused" style="border:0;" />

  44. Rusty says:

    their thighs are equal in manliness.

  45. kickette says:

    sorry gals, have updated with last week’s victor…  Zlatan Ibrahimovic', above. it’s one of those days today.

  46. LucyLu says:

    <img src="http://www.kickette.com/images/smileys/lol.gif&quot; width="19" height="19" alt="LOL" style="border:0;" /> Mrs X! Your love for Mr X is so legendary on here that some people are commenting about you first, then the thighs!

  47. sarabee says:

    Mmmmmm….its a good one this week!

    Both measure up in the necessary department in an eye-watering way.

    But my vote goes to Xabi.

  48. Moongirl says:

    Quite pleased them MXA!!!!! <img src="http://www.kickette.com/images/smileys/lol.gif&quot; width="19" height="19" alt="LOL" style="border:0;" />

  49. MrsXabiAlonso says:

    Apologies for taking so long to answer, I had to pick myself up off the floor first and it’s hard to type when you are licking your computer screen.

  50. Lil' says:

    and how do we know who has won last week??

  51. MrsXabiAlonso says:

    WooooooooooooooooooooooooHooooooooooooooooooooo

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

    Oh this has totally made my week!!! BEST THIGH OFF EVER!!!

    Fourth you are right, I think I just did!!!

    I LOVE HIM!! He is soo perfect, and look at those thighs!! Oh god!! I need a cold shower, or perhaps some alone time would be better <img src="http://www.kickette.com/images/smileys/wink.gif&quot; width="19" height="19" alt="wink" style="border:0;" />

    Yayyyyy!!! I am sooo happy right now!! <img src="http://www.kickette.com/images/smileys/grin.gif&quot; width="19" height="19" alt="grin" style="border:0;" />

    Skips around room in excitment!! Wooooo!!

    Kickette you are the BEST!! <img src="http://www.kickette.com/images/smileys/kiss.gif&quot; width="19" height="19" alt="kiss" style="border:0;" />

    <img src="http://www.kickette.com/images/smileys/lol.gif&quot; width="19" height="19" alt="LOL" style="border:0;" /> My security code is comes15: Yup that sounds about right!!

    Oh and my vote goes to Xabi!! Obviously!! <img src="http://www.kickette.com/images/smileys/smile.gif&quot; width="19" height="19" alt="smile" style="border:0;" />

  52. Lil' says:

    has to be Xabi, even if Cole’s are great too
    can’t wait next week and the update of the finest five. Who will be in?

    Where is the answer of Mrs Xabi????

  53. I CHOOSE CESC! What’s that? I can’t choose him, you say? Oh dang it… Guess I’ll just have to go for his Spain teammate. Xabi does have such toned thighs, smooth exterior, beautiful skin hue… [drifts off to Dreamland]

    OH MY GOSH, Mrs Xabi and my Cesc, please forgive me! I never meant it, I swear!

  54. Aoife says:

    I will have to plump for Xabi myself. The first picture does it for me. Look at those tendons – or whatever they’re called.

    And Joe Cole looks like my cousin, therefore I can’t perve on him. And, like Kickette said, bald patch spotted when he was taken off on Tuesday night.

    Forca, Alonso!

  55. Mrs. Xabi is going to have an orgasm, she’ll be so excited.

    Of course, I have to go with Mr. Xabi here.  Though it’s close.  Xabi by a centimeter.

    I do like Joe’s thighs, and also the fact that he usually doesn’t wear those annoying compression shorts that hide all the good stuff.

  56. Moongirl says:

    Got to be Xabi! – see MrsX i do have good taste after all!!

  57. LucyLu says:

    Ooooooooooooo! I love you Kickette!

    Voting for Xabi! But Joe’s *are* nice. Thank you also for the shot of Cesc, it’s almost like a threesome this week – so worth waiting for!

    And as someone who has mentioned the possibility of having anonymous thighs in the past – I understand. Random-leggish <img src="http://www.kickette.com/images/smileys/lol.gif&quot; width="19" height="19" alt="LOL" style="border:0;" /> Thighs are good any which way.

  58. Jacey says:

    I know I’ll be in the minority, but I’ve gotta go Joe Cole. I like it when his shorts ride up.

  59. dani,,Premier League says:

    who won last week x

  60. Leilani says:

    Surprisingly easy to call this time:

    Joe Cole.

  61. dani,,Premier League Queen,,MrsSteveFinnan says:

    XABI OBVIOUSLY
    joe cole has good thighs though
    and Mrs Kickette you just made MrsX’s day lol x

  62. paris says:

    I’m guessing Mrs Xabi Alonso is gonig to be ecstatic about this thigh off.
    Of couse who else would it be but XABI ALONSO

  63. RedGirl says:

    So the finest five is going to be updated next week? When we’ll have the results? I’m going on a trip and I don’t want to miss it

  64. kaya says:

    Can I vote for Cesc? =D

  65. RedGirl says:

    I’m going with Xabi… Joder, qu

  66. Cari says:

    JOE COLE!!!!  This Thursday, next Thursday, and forever!!

  67. Erin says:

    Xabi. Xabi. Xabi!  Joe Cole is wee and girly.

  68. MrsXabiAlonso says:

    Well it wasn’t too mean, but that man is no match for Xabi. Then again, in my eyes, no one is. I do like the Weasley Twin posts though <img src="http://www.kickette.com/images/smileys/smile.gif&quot; width="19" height="19" alt="smile" style="border:0;" />

  69. I will show support for my “homie” (oh yeah, someones’s down with the street-talk, hehehe…) here, So MXA, your hubby got my vote.

  70. Johnna says:

    Xabi, most definitely.

  71. Mrs. X, I would never be mean to your lover man.  I’m a nice person (generally). wink I even gave Petr Cech some bloglove today, and considering we have a big game against him on Saturday, I think I should be commended. 

    And I stand by my Weasley Twins post.  wink

  72. dani,,Premier League says:

    it ok MrsX it not too bad so there no need to worry x

  73. MrsXabiAlonso says:

    I’m a bit scared to look….OK you better not be mean Fourth!! I’ll check it out now, deeep breath….

  74. dani,,Premier League Queen,,MrsSteveFinnan says:

    i already know my list and not all of them are in the premiership there are some from lower leagues aswell wink

  75. cheryl bites says:

    Mrs. Xabi, your lover features in my Weasley Twins question of the day.

    Que????

  76. FootballerChick43 says:

    Mmmmm…

    JOE COLE!

  77. Mrs. Xabi, your lover features in my Weasley Twins question of the day.

  78. Moongirl says:

    Thanks Lucylu – you’re right i guess it would be more interesting if everyones lists were different but then we’d never have a winner i supose!

    I dont mind Mrsx’s teasin cos i know she doesnt really mean it and anyway nothing will ever shake my devotion to Mr Senderos!

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

  79. Jenn says:

    Why is this even a question? <img src="http://www.kickette.com/images/smileys/raspberry.gif&quot; width="19" height="19" alt="raspberry" style="border:0;" />
    XABI FTW! <img src="http://www.kickette.com/images/smileys/grin.gif&quot; width="19" height="19" alt="grin" style="border:0;" />

  80. nicky xxx says:

    Joes thighs look limp and not much to drool over in the 2nd pic of him! Xabi all the way!

  81. c9 says:

    Congratulations MrsXabi, they finally posted the XabiTTO!
    Now after a short observation and deliberration of said thighs my vote goes to……………………..XABI! <img src="http://www.kickette.com/images/smileys/cheese.gif&quot; width="19" height="19" alt="cheese" style="border:0;" />

    I hope everyone has a wonderful TTTO! <img src="http://www.kickette.com/images/smileys/kiss.gif&quot; width="19" height="19" alt="kiss" style="border:0;" />

  82. klyn312 says:

    Joe Cole IS a secret crush of mine but the thigh off clearly has to go to XABI! <img src="http://www.kickette.com/images/smileys/grin.gif&quot; width="19" height="19" alt="grin" style="border:0;" />

  83. LucyLu says:

    Moongirl.. oh I’m not making much sense am I? Too excited when posting! I meant first of all that I wanted to see your list because *everyone else’s* would have the same names, like Nando and Xabi! I was trying to be supportive of your taste but messed up downer

    And MrsX – that’s the problem I’m having, trying to find the ones that are just that bit more mmmmmm than a regular hot baller!

    Keyword: looking28 – indeed I am!

  84. Summer says:

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

  85. MrsXabiAlonso says:

    This is actually really hard. I am trying to think of who is special enough to make it on my list and so far I have one name!! You can guess who it is! I mean there’s plenty of hot ballers out there, but none that are a cut above the rest. I would have all the Hall of Famer’s on my list, but they’re in the hall of fame. Oh god, this calls for a lot of time googling. Such a hard life wink

  86. Moongirl says:

    Have to be honest Lucylu i don’t think either Nando or Xabi will be on my list wink

  87. Moongirl says:

    Thats ok im used to it! LOL

  88. LucyLu says:

    That’s what I mean! And on second thought, it doesn’t really get boring seeing the same names when those names are Xabi, Nando etc, I am trying to coax Moongirl into sharing <img src="http://www.kickette.com/images/smileys/grin.gif&quot; width="19" height="19" alt="grin" style="border:0;" />

  89. MrsXabiAlonso says:

    Well LucyLu, I’m gonna guess that Moongirl’s names will definetly be different to everyone else LOL

    Sorry Moongirl kiss

  90. Moongirl says:

    Ok i won’t tell you!!!!

  91. LucyLu says:

    Aw Moongirl, you’d better post it! I won’t ridicule you and besides, it gets boring seeing the same names. wink

  92. dani,,Premier League Queen,,MrsSteveFinnan says:

    MrsX we all do

    but your really have to get rid of kasper replace him with steve or nando god ! lol x

    happy birthday steve once more sorry
    LOVE YOU x

  93. MrsXabiAlonso says:

    I will keep zipper  Moongirl, I promise!!
    Although, I am quite exctied to see just who you pick out of all the hotties in the world! Please don’t tell me Skrtel would make your top five???

    I’m really struggling to narrow it down to such a small number, can’t I have a top fifty??

  94. LucyLu says:

    Hmmm decisions indeed! I know three of my five. I think. Ugh, so difficult. I am definitely too picky.  <img src="http://www.kickette.com/images/smileys/shade_smile.gif&quot; width="19" height="19" alt="cool smile" style="border:0;" />

  95. Moongirl says:

    Dont know if i dare post my finest five MXA – ridicule is such a painful experience!! <img src="http://www.kickette.com/images/smileys/lol.gif&quot; width="19" height="19" alt="LOL" style="border:0;" />

  96. MrsXabiAlonso says:

    Oh god, I missed that too LucyLu. Oooh I better get working on my finest five list!! Decisions decisions!!!

    And again kickette I LOVE YOU FOR THE THIGHS!!! <img src="http://www.kickette.com/images/smileys/cheese.gif&quot; width="19" height="19" alt="cheese" style="border:0;" />

  97. LucyLu says:

    I was so excited by the thighs that I completely missed where Kickette said that the Finest Five is being updated next week! <img src="http://www.kickette.com/images/smileys/cheese.gif&quot; width="19" height="19" alt="cheese" style="border:0;" /> Kasper will go, surely?

  98. Anja says:

    Poor Joey… That is soo not fair, his thighs are way better (security word: strong16 wink)

  99. Ashley says:

    Xabi, obviously. His sexy Apanish thighs know no bounds.