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Xabi Alonso – the Don Balón questionnaire

December 16, 2010

A double dose of the delectable Xabi Alonso for your Thursday – it’s almost Friday – pleasure!  He did the Don Balón questionnaire in their latest issue, and so of course I had to share.  His answers are accompanied by photos from one of the best days in my Madrid supporting life.

1.  Marital status?

– Married and with two children.

2.  What were you studying?

– I studied business for three years.  I didn’t finish my degree.

3.  Do footballers make too much money?

– It’s related to how much money they generate.

4.  Should provincial national teams play official games?

– I think this is not only a matter of sports.

5.  What would you like to do when you’re no longer playing football?

– When I leave football, I’d like to disconnect a bit and enjoy my free time, because while this is great, I’m very busy.

6.  What is your favorite singer or group?

– I like Andrés Calamaro.

7.  What is your favorite song?

– “Other Side” by the Red Hot Chili Peppers.

8.  Who are you favorite actor and actress?

– Robert de Niro and Julianne Moore.

9.  What movie have you watched the most number of times?

The Great Escape and The Shawshank Redemption.

10.  What is the best book you’ve read in your life?

The Great Gatsby [my favorite book too!!!]

11.  Of all the poems that you’ve read, which did you like the best?

– I don’t remember any of them.

12.  Of all the paintings you’ve see, which made the biggest impression on you?

– Gernika.

13.  Your best friend in the world of football?

– I have a lot but a very good friend is Cristian Alberdi, who plays in Alcorcón.

14.  What is your favorite TV show?

– I like Cuarto Milenio.

15.  What is your favorite food?

– Turbot.

16.  A city.

– London.

17.  Your idea of a perfect night?

– I like to go out to eat, with my wife and my friends, and enjoy a good chat.

18.  What place would you like to visit?

– Alaska or New Zealand.

19.  Your most recent car?

– An Audi 7.

20.  What is your dream car?

– I like James Bond’s Aston Martin.  I like cars a lot.

21.  Is it easier for footballers to hook up with girls?

– I don’t know why it would be like.

22.  Who is the sexiest woman, after yours?

– Scarlett Johansson.

23.  Is love necessary for you in sex?

– Yes.  [Oh Xabi….]

24.  Do you all play better on the field after having sex?

– It’s different for everyone.

25.  Would you forgive a onetime act of infidelity?

– I don’t think so.

26.  What do you think about homosexual marriages?

– I think that those who have that sexual preference have the same right as everyone else.  I don’t see any problems.

27.  How do you kill time in the concentraciones?

– With the Internet, I watch TV series…

28.  What do you think about the death penalty?

– I’m against it.

29.  In what areas has your footballing improved in the last few years?

– Perhaps tactically and mentally.

30.  What did you learn from your parents?

– Humility, straightforwardness, and to work hard to able to achieve what you want in this life.

31.  What is your latest splurge?

– A watch.

32.  What does a footballer do during the afternoons?

– I spend time with my kids.

33.  When was the last time you got drunk?

– In the World Cup, during the celebration.

34.  What’s the most recent crazy thing that you did?

– I don’t remember.

35.  Finish this sentence: It drives me crazy when…

– I have to deal with a lack of respect.

36.  What do you always have in your refrigerator?

– Good vegetables from Navarra.

37.  Should all immigrants be legalized?

– In an orderly fashion, but it’s not easy.

38.  Who were your heroes?

– I’ve always liked Koeman.

39.  Tell me a historic moment of your club.

– La Séptima.

40.  Which country do you support, apart from Spain, in a World Cup?

– I’ve always liked England.

41.  The Christmas gift you were most excited about.

– World Cup boots, the first ones I ever received as a gift.

42.  What other sports have you played or play?

– Padel and tennis.

43.  Your favorite historical person?

– Nelson Mandela and Winston Churchill.

44.  What footballer did your father constantly talk about?

– My father wasn’t one to talk about his battles.  He spoke more about what was going on.

45.  Do you have any manias before stepping on the field?

– No.

46.  Where do you usually go for vacations?

– I change the destination, I don’t have any fixed place.

47.  What question from journalists do you hate the most?

– When I’m asked how I define myself.

48.  Your favorite clothing brand?

– Adidas.

49.  What was the last time you used public transportation?

– A while ago, I did use the metro in London.

50.  If you were the president, what would be the first thing you would do upon arriving at Moncloa?

– There are a lot of things to do but I don’t think I’m sufficiently prepared to do so.

And five bonus questions.

One.  A dream: to win the Liga, which I’ve never won.

Two.  A person that you miss: my grandparents.

Three.  Your lucky number: I have a lot of affection for 14 right now.

Four.  If you were on a deserted island, you’d bring… a radio.

Five.  If you weren’t a footballer, you’d be… I was going to be an engineer, something related with companies.

31 Comments leave one →
  1. Margie permalink
    December 16, 2010 08:35

    “39. Tell me a historic moment of your club.

    – La Séptima.”

    Maybe I should know this but what is La Séptima? Is is the 7th Champions League title RM won?

    • December 16, 2010 08:35

      Yes, the words literally mean “The Seventh,” referring to Madrid’s seventh Champions League title.

      • Margie permalink
        December 16, 2010 08:52


      • SR421 permalink
        December 16, 2010 14:19

        Oh really? I always thought “Septima” means Madrid’s ninth CL title. 🙂

        • December 16, 2010 14:23

          No, that would be “La Novena.” The eighth is “La Octava.”

  2. Ebrahim permalink
    December 16, 2010 08:39

    can he take a bad picture?

    • Ofeily permalink
      December 16, 2010 20:43

      No! He always looks perfect !

  3. Jean permalink
    December 16, 2010 08:49

    Maybe its cause i just watched the dexter season finale, but all i see in those pictures are michael c. Hall. Hahaha!

  4. December 16, 2010 11:25

    oh Xabi. I really like the questionnaire and the answers, thanks UnaMadritista for lighting up my day with this! Xabi never dissapoints. what a nice man! and he looks great on the pics as well…oh.

  5. Gilly B permalink
    December 16, 2010 12:12

    I always respect the straightforward and considered way Xavi articulates himself. Very unfussy, but smart and effective- seems to reflect his approach to the game too.
    He’s such a great role model for any aspriring footballer.

    I’ll always miss him in the Premier League, but he’s doing well at RM. Respect to him 🙂

  6. Kat permalink
    December 16, 2010 12:49

    Xabi is absolutely lovely… What’s happening in the picture where they’re all clapping at him?

  7. December 16, 2010 15:40

    18. What place would you like to visit?

    – Alaska or New Zealand.


  8. Maddi permalink
    December 16, 2010 15:50

    OMG Xabi and I have the same taste in music!! Andres Calamaro is my fav. hispanic group, and “Otherside” is my favorite song!!!!

  9. Helena permalink
    December 16, 2010 18:02

    Why is he so perfect?

    Thanks Una for your great translations! 🙂

  10. Syafiq permalink
    December 16, 2010 19:11

    May i know what does “concentraciones” means?

    • December 17, 2010 08:06

      Training camps, as in when the players have to gather and stay together before a game or during a tournament.

      • Syafiq permalink
        December 17, 2010 19:48

        Aaah, thx for the reply. =)

  11. Bekah permalink
    December 16, 2010 19:25

    Literally ever answer is perfect…. how does he do it?!

    Great Gatsby… such good taste! Also, “The Shawshank Redemption” is based in my home state! That makes me happy.

  12. Ange permalink
    December 16, 2010 19:33

    Thanx Una…. I think it be funny if after they ask “What question from journalists do you hate the most?” they should ask it … *lmao* … Xabi Alonso is soo elegant…soo well rounded…he knows a little of everything… i think you can talk to him about everything… 🙂

  13. Michelle permalink
    December 16, 2010 23:21

    Oh, I have some of those pictures saved, but never knew where they were from before! Now I do. Happy day for Madrid indeed 🙂 Doesn’t he look ABSOLUTELY AMAZING in all of them? Whatever he did between Liverpool and Madrid clearly agreed with him! (My bet: he went back to San Sebastian. It must be something in the water there. Or maybe the turbot at Elkano. You think if I went to Elkano and ordered the turbot, I could look as breathtaking as Xabi Alonso?….. Naaahh.)

    Xabi has clearly had PR training! These answers are not NEARLY as candid / scandalizing / juicy as Juanin’s…. que pena 😉

    I wish these pics were available in high-res! The first and last (face photo with space on the side) would make *great* desktop wallpapers, no?? One for each kind of layout!

  14. Maisoun permalink
    December 16, 2010 23:24

    Julianne Moore, Xabi really? lol I hear him on Guernica though 😉

  15. December 17, 2010 01:46

    I think I just fill more in love with him. Is that even possible?

  16. playachica3 permalink
    December 17, 2010 09:55

    it’s awesome that Mandela is one of his favourite poeple, cuz i’m from south africa, so that’s pretty cool.Te Quiero Xabi!!!!

  17. KDJ permalink
    December 17, 2010 13:10

    I could spend all day just to stare at these pictures without even having the need to read the article. God, he’s gorgeous!!!

  18. Gillian permalink
    December 18, 2010 00:59

    YAY to seeing the Ginger Beard again. I love these pics.


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