The football of Fernando Redondo doesn’t exist anymore. It is not a judgment on merit, it is a simple statement of reality. Nobody plays anymore with that grace, rhythm,  slowness and elegance. Today’s football is too strong and too fast for player like him or Riquelme. It is not a physical thing, however, but a mental one. 

Redondo need time to make the others look at him, admire him, touching gently the balls. And then Redondo was a particular man, who renounced to a World Cup because of his hairs and another one to conclude his law studies.

In the day of his 48 birthday, it is then natural to make him ours best wishes.