By now we’ve all made our own holiday gift lists and checked them twice, but what do the biggest names in soccer have on theirs? We took a peek into what some stars have asked for this year, because even the people who make more in a week than most people make in a year probably still have a list of what other people should buy for them. Let’s take a look.
Andrea Pirlo: After finally giving in to the possibility that there might be good alcohol on this earth besides well-aged Italian wine, Pirlo has asked for the perfect first foray into the local booze scene: a tasting tour of New York’s finest, the Brooklyn Brewery.
Olivier Giroud: With Alexis Sanchez in unstoppable — and un-droppable — form, Giroud hopes to get a pair of nice leather gloves and glove-insert handwarmers so he can stay nice and toasty on the bench throughout the long London winter.
Christian Pulisic: In the month-long Bundesliga January break, this 18-year-old rising star hopes his parents will treat him to a massage at one of Pennsylvania’s best spas. After all, carrying the entire future success of the U.S. men’s national team on your shoulders probably causes some really nasty knots.
Jürgen Klopp: Just a hug. And maybe also a preemptive replacement pair of glasses.
Becky Sauerbrunn: In the wake of admitting that the U.S. women’s national team and U.S. Soccer are “far apart” on their contract negotiations despite their current CBA expiring at the end of December, this USWNT co-captain is hoping to get a Barnes & Noble gift card. If the team ends up striking, she’s going to need a lot of reading material to fill her free time!
Neymar: Sheepishly, in the tiniest writing, Neymar has asked for “Taxes for Dummies.” Ironically, he’ll probably get a used copy from Messi in the Barcelona team Secret Santa.
Jürgen Klinsmann: Although the most recent string of results under this ex-U.S. men’s national team coach has left a bad taste in most people’s mouths, it’s no question that Klinsmann will land another (likely club) gig somewhere soon. But…just to sweeten the deal for those with short term memory, this coach wants two or three Rosetta Stone disks to make him that much more attractive to some of the non-English, non-German markets. China, anybody?
Francesco Totti: The 40-year-old Roma legend has asked for a new bottle of the anti-aging cream he moisturizes with morning and night. C’mon, there’s no way he still looks 25 on his own.
Wayne Rooney: This slumping captain of a slumping Manchester United has wished for what he knows to be the key to getting back on track during the overloaded winter schedule: blonde hair dye. It worked for post-Copa America, current La Liga goals leader Leo Messi; it worked for Aaron Ramsey at the Euros; and it’s definitely the reason Ronaldo won the Ballon d’Or. Thankfully, Rooney now actually has hair to dye.
Here’s to all of them — and all of you — getting exactly what they want this season. Have a great holiday.