Being Close to Greatness

A couple of days back I read a newspaper article in the Straits Times describing the way Liverpool beat Real Madrid 4-0 in the UEFA Champions League. Besides the hugely unexpected scoreline, another thing about that article had caught my eye: the clever way the writer praised the performance of one player while lambasting the performance of another:

Raul Gonzalez barely had a kick. The nearest he got to greatness was shen he shook [Steven] Gerrard’s hand.

Unfortunately the article was not attributed to an author, but I think he (or she), too, deserved praise for this wonderful use of language — it is what I believe a great instance of dry humour.