Although I write for Cote D'Ivoire I have to say a few things about a certain Dutch player. In today's modern game superstars are measured by the number of goals they score or the amount of step overs they can make in a row. However what seems to be lost in today's star is hustle, desire, the willingness to sacrifice the things that get you the limelight in order to win.
These are the things that Dirk Kuyt embody as a footballer.
I must preface all of this by saying in years in between World Cups, I hate Kuyt. As he is a Liverpool player and I am a Manchester United supporter I am predisposed to wish harm on him, but secretly I would love for him to join the Red Devils. His work rate is second to none, he retrieves balls that most players give up on in a heartbeat Kuyt can always make the telling pass that sets a fellow player free. When he does score they always seem to be massive goals that decide matches.
For his nation, Kuyt is the workhorse along side footballing artisans like Van Persie, Robben and Sneijder. If he is not feeding these three, Kuyt is creating his own space for a chance on goal. The most interesting thing about Dirk is that he is as humble off pitch as he is on it. He gives his time to many worth while charities both in the greater Liverpool Area and in his native Holland.
As I sit here watching the semifinal with a trip to the greatest finals game in the world on the line, I cannot help but rooting for Kuyt and Holland.
Hup Kuyt Hup!