Tags: ArgentinabarcelonaCristiano RonaldoEvertonHuddersfield TownLionel MessiNewcastle UnitedPeleRonaldo Da Limatopzinedin zidane Messi has scored 608 goals for Barcelona (Agency Photos)Over the years, some football fans across the globe have come out to claim that Lionel Messi thrives because he plays for Barcelona.The numbers tend to throw some truth in the allegation as the Argentine captain has almost done it all for Barca but not anywhere else, sadly, not even for his country.When you look at the fact that he has won 32 trophies with Barca and scored an incredible 608 goals, it just sums up the issue.Despite all that, Messi is still yet to win anything for his beloved Argentina at senior level, the only other jersey he had donned aside from Barca’s.The only victories he has achieved with the Albiceleste is, winning the U17 World cup in 2005 and also helping them to their only Gold Medal at the Olympics back in 2008.Not that the two don’t count, but just that they are not senior level triumphs and will always be ignored by the football faithful.However, not that Messi has not tried as he has come close on not fewer than three occasions, all being finals which he and Argentina have lost narrowly with his impact minimal.They lost 1-0 to Germany in the 2014 World Cup final and went on to lose to Chile on penalties in the 2015 and 2016 Copa America finals.That brings a lot of questions and an endless debate to whether Messi can thrive elsewhere apart from Barcelona.When his rival, Cristiano Ronaldo moved to Italy, the world opened their eyes to see if the Portuguese goal machine would thrive in a third league and he has so far, as per me.Scoring 26 goals in 38 games may be below the standards Ronaldo set at Real but good enough numbers to prove he still got it even at the age of 33.Ronaldo has scored 26 goals in 36 games for Juventus so far.The reason i bring Ronaldo here is because there would possibly be no Messi without Ronaldo as both greats have pushed one another to limits that the football world has never seen or heard of before.Unlike Messi of course, Ronaldo had done it all in the Premier League, La Liga and now trying to seal it in the Serie A, yet Messi continues thriving at the only place he knows how to – Spain.Not that it is a crime after all he plays for the best club in the world, so why does he have to move to a side below the standards of Barca?Many people would love to see how he would thrive in England and i too would but looking at the numbers he has continuously puts out against English opposition in the Champions League, suggest he can, if chance ever presents itself.In 32 games against the English top 6, Messi has scored an incredible 24 goals and managed 13 assists, number that cannot be matched by any other footballer on the globe.To think he has achieved that against the so called cream of English football, why wouldn’t he do likewise against sides like Everton, Newcastle United or Huddersfield Town?This takes me back to the earlier question, of whether he has to move in order to seal his greatness. I don’t think he has to, after all he plays for the best and when he comes up against the second best, he does his thing and everyone is left holding their breath.When you look at the greats of the game, most of whom we regard as the greatest of all time, they didn’t have to move from one League to another in order to seal their spots in the history of football.Say Pele and Zidane for instance. The Brazilian sealed his spot at only Santos while Zidane did it at only two clubs, Juventus and Real Madrid.Yes some have played in as many as four League or more, say, Ronaldo Da Lima but that didn’t make him any better than Pele or Zidane.For me and for all its worth, Messi will always be the greatest of his generation and of the greatest of all time, even if he stays at only Barcelona.For the meanwhile, I will just resort to enjoying the little magician do his thing while he lasts, after all he is not here forever.Comments
CLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the photos on a mobile deviceSANTA CLARA — Garry Gilliam’s release Wednesday means the 49ers are on the hunt for a new offensive tackle with starter potential but one who initially will back up starters Joe Staley and Mike McGlinchey.Staley, in his 12th season, and McGlinchey, last year’s top draft pick, started every game and were the team’s most reliable offensive players during the 4-12 season.Gilliam, 28, served as their rarely used backup. …
A couple notes after talking to Bill Polian about AAF: 1) CEO Charlie Ebersol reached out to Colin Kaepernick about interest in playing in the … For a guy who is suing for the right to go to work, Colin Kaepernick sure drives a hard bargain.According to the Associated Press, Kaepernick spoke with representatives of the Alliance of American Football (AAF), a pro football startup that launched last week. Kaepernick’s asking price: $20 million.From The Athletic’s Lindsay Jones:
5 March 2003The Northern Cape government launched a R55-million paprika factory in Springbok, Namaqualand on Thursday.The factory’s core business will be the production of paprika spice and paprika oleoresin (concentrated) for export to Europe, the US, Mexico, the Far East and Middle East.The provincial government has invested R17-million (a 25% shareholding) in the factory on behalf of the emerging farmers in the Goodhouse area, while Haymake Investments and Gili Greenworld, who are the project developers and managers, have invested R38-million.“The corporation is made up of 55 small-scale black farmers who have received grants from the Land Redistribution Agricultural Development scheme as well as loans from the Department of Land Affairs and the Land Bank”, said Thabo Mothibi, spokesman for the province’s agriculture department.The raw material for the factory – 2 000 tons of paprika – will be supplied by the emerging Goodhouse Agricultural Corporation.Each beneficiary has been allocated 10 hectares to cultivate paprika, while a total of 550 hectares of irrigational land will be developed for this purpose along the banks of the Orange River.About 78 permanent jobs will be created at the factory, Mothibi said, adding that the small-scale farmers’ shareholding in the factory will help reduce unemployment among the Goodhouse and Steinkopft communities. Welkom’s R1.27m paprika factory Source: BuaNews
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Rafael Nadal, of Spain, celebrates his victory against Karen Khachanov, of Russia, at the BNP Paribas Open tennis tournament Friday, March 15, 2019, in Indian Wells, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)A hurting Rafael Nadal is “hopeful” he’ll be ready Saturday to renew his rivalry with Roger Federer in the semi-finals of the ATP Indian Wells Masters.The longtime foes have amassed 37 Grand Slam titles between them — Federer with 20 and Nadal with 17 — and built a unique relationship over 15 years and 38 prior matches, not to mention countless promotional and charitable activities off the court together.ADVERTISEMENT “If I don’t see this match as special it’s because I don’t love this sport and I don’t appreciate the story of this sport,” Nadal said after reaching the semi-final showdown with a 7-6 (7/2), 7-6 (7/2) victory over Karen Khachanov.“It’s not my case,” he said. “Of course it’s a special match.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsFederer, who defeated Poland’s Hubert Hurkacz 6-4, 6-4 to reach the semi-finals, feels the same, saying the contrast in styles and personality between himself and Nadal lend spice to their history.“The way we go about it is very different, yet we both find a way to excel,” Federer said. “The way he came up was very clay-court based, and I was apparently very grass-court based, and we both found our ways also on the other surface,” Federer said. “It’s been quite a journey with Rafa side by side.” LATEST STORIES View comments Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Wintry storm delivers US travel woes before Thanksgiving Colombia protesters vow new strike after talks hit snag Bloomberg: US would benefit from more, not fewer, immigrants Google Philippines names new country director SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Just hours earlier Federer had looked forward to the chance to take on a healthy Nadal, after similar knee trouble spelled the end of the Spaniard’s US Open campaign last year, and his US Open campaign last year.He didn’t play again until the Australian Open, where he fell in the championship match to Novak Djokovic.Nadal said he hoped to be ready to battle again with Federer, but with a pragmatism born of hard experience he couldn’t help but hedge.“Of course my goal and my idea is to be ready for tomorrow,” Nadal said. “I cannot guarantee how I’m going to wake up tomorrow morning.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Trump tells impeachment jokes at annual turkey pardon event MOST READ Miguel Romero Polo: Bamboo technology like no other UAAP men’s volleyball: FEU sweeps first round; NU comes in 2nd After 38 career meetings, Nadal leads the series 23-15, but Federer holds a slight 11-9 advantage on hardcourts.The Swiss great has won the last five in the series, but says that’s of little significance now that it has been almost a year and a half since their last meeting in the Shanghai Masters final in October 2017.Nadal, too, says the contrast in styles, coupled with the pair’s sheer longevity, makes every meeting something to treasure.“Different styles, different ways to understand the sport. And at the same time, two players with a good relationship after all the things that we went through in our careers, competing for the most important things,” he said.There was a shadow hanging over the blockbuster showdown however, after oft-injured Nadal needed treatment to have supportive tape applied to his right knee in his victory over Khachanov.ADVERTISEMENT