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Suarez is good, but he’s not quite Messi in the nutmeg stakes

| 16.04.2015

Poor James Milner. First he’s the butt of all jokes with the parody ‘Boring James Milner’ Twitter account, and now he’s the unfortunate subject on the end of your favourite ever nutmeg.

The Manchester City man’s inability to close his legs in time has helped Lionel Messi claim another major prize, this one being the top-spot in another Ladbrokes News poll.


Like many at the Etihad that night, the Barca man’s magic had many of you entertained, with the ‘meg picking up a whopping 72 per cent of the vote.

But like any comedian, the gauge of anything’s success is the reaction, and we suspect the approval of Pep Guardiola may have played its part in the poll.

And while Luis Suarez made £50m defender David Luiz look Sunday league this week, it still wasn’t enough for the former Liverpool man to top the bill.

He was a fair way clear in second, nabbing 14 per cent of the vote, but his double hit on the Brazilian was somehow not worthy of top-spot.

Juan Mata’s sublime skill ended up in third place, with the fact that his entry came in training, rather than the throng of an elite match.

Give it up for Steve Guppy though. While he may not have been donning the glamour shirt of Barcelona or Spain, his exploits for Leicester City delivered a very respectable five per cent of the votes.

One can only assume that it would have been more if his name was Sergio Guppinho, but a valiant fourth is all the once-capped England winger could manage.

All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.

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Ben Stones

Ladbrokes News’ equine expert, Ben likes nothing more than studying the form to pick out a winner or two for our readers. A Journalism and Media Studies graduate from the University of Winchester, Ben has previously written for a number of football and racing blogs and websites, as well as contributing to the sports pages of his home-town newspaper.