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Samuel Eto: Ansa Fati is the right man to replace Messi in Barcelona.
One incredible thing about the game of football is that, it has and will continue to produce amazing and record breaking players in and out of season. We have witnessed prolific footballers in times past and at some point we believed there can never be someone as good and great as them. Alas, the game of soccer has always proven us wrong as there has always been replacement for all and every great professional player that once lived. In a recent interview, Samuel Eto was asked who he thinks can replace Lionel Messi in Barcelona after the great Argentine retires or leaves the club. In his response, Eto had said, he believed the person to replace the great Messi is Ansu Fati. Before we share our sentiment over this, let us quickly put Messi's record into display. Lionel Messi is such a great and prolific player. He has seen it all and has won all the trophies there is to win except, of course, the World Cup. Messi is an enigmatic goal scorer, an intelligent and innovative playmaker, Little into Messi's records: 1. He holds Most goals in La Liga 455, 2. Most assists in La Liga 185 3. He holds the most hat-tricks in La Liga 36 4. 114 UEFA Champions League goals 5. 12 Copa América. TROPHIES 1. 10 La liga titles 2. 6 Copa del Rey Honours 3. 8 Spanish super cups 4. 4 Champions Leagues 5. 3 UEFA Super Cups 6. 3 FIFA Club World Cups TOTAL = 34 TROPHIES He has scored over 700 professional career goals for club and country. Now that is some intimidating profile there. Messi is such a force to be reckon with in the history of football. the records he holds are just too intimidating. For any player to meet up and break those records will cretainly take a while, perhaps decades. Now don't get me wrong, I am not saying the world cannot produce a replacement for him, that is certainly no the case, but not any time soon. Messi has raised the record ladder so high that it take an enigma greater than himself to pull off those records and smash them. We currently have amazing players doing great things, Ansu fati is certainly one of them, but no one is yet to measure up to the great field magician, Messi. Ansu Fati's career is just starting, he is at the beginning of his career and has a lot more to learn. So far, in the La Liga games, he has been fantastic and doing incredible well. however, I personally don't think he will match up Messi's record or replace him. Maybe I'm wrong and Eto is right, only time will tell. Fati is got alot of potentials. I believe if well managed, he will definitely come out to be another force driving the game of football. I personally admire his style and I hope he gets better and better down every game but for him to replace Messi requires more than just skills and youthful energy. There is a lot of mental energy and pressure he will have to keep up with. Messi was not great simply because of his skills and potentials alone, but also his ability to manage pressure from the team, management, fans, media, and the general pubic. it takes such a huge mental strength to maintain such consistency. Will Ansu Fati be able to pull that off? Only time will tell. in the meantime, I really wish him well and a successful professional career.
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unclejay
Samuel Eto: Ansa Fati is the right man to replace Messi in Barcelona.
One incredible thing about the game of football is that, it has and will continue to produce amazing and record breaking players in and out of season. We have witnessed prolific footballers in times past and at some point we believed there can never be someone as good and great as them. Alas, the game of soccer has always proven us wrong as there has always been replacement for all and every great professional player that once lived. In a recent interview, Samuel Eto was asked who he thinks can replace Lionel Messi in Barcelona after the great Argentine retires or leaves the club. In his response, Eto had said, he believed the person to replace the great Messi is Ansu Fati. Before we share our sentiment over this, let us quickly put Messi's record into display. Lionel Messi is such a great and prolific player. He has seen it all and has won all the trophies there is to win except, of course, the World Cup. Messi is an enigmatic goal scorer, an intelligent and innovative playmaker, Little into Messi's records: 1. He holds Most goals in La Liga 455, 2. Most assists in La Liga 185 3. He holds the most hat-tricks in La Liga 36 4. 114 UEFA Champions League goals 5. 12 Copa América. TROPHIES 1. 10 La liga titles 2. 6 Copa del Rey Honours 3. 8 Spanish super cups 4. 4 Champions Leagues 5. 3 UEFA Super Cups 6. 3 FIFA Club World Cups TOTAL = 34 TROPHIES He has scored over 700 professional career goals for club and country. Now that is some intimidating profile there. Messi is such a force to be reckon with in the history of football. the records he holds are just too intimidating. For any player to meet up and break those records will cretainly take a while, perhaps decades. Now don't get me wrong, I am not saying the world cannot produce a replacement for him, that is certainly no the case, but not any time soon. Messi has raised the record ladder so high that it take an enigma greater than himself to pull off those records and smash them. We currently have amazing players doing great things, Ansu fati is certainly one of them, but no one is yet to measure up to the great field magician, Messi. Ansu Fati's career is just starting, he is at the beginning of his career and has a lot more to learn. So far, in the La Liga games, he has been fantastic and doing incredible well. however, I personally don't think he will match up Messi's record or replace him. Maybe I'm wrong and Eto is right, only time will tell. Fati is got alot of potentials. I believe if well managed, he will definitely come out to be another force driving the game of football. I personally admire his style and I hope he gets better and better down every game but for him to replace Messi requires more than just skills and youthful energy. There is a lot of mental energy and pressure he will have to keep up with. Messi was not great simply because of his skills and potentials alone, but also his ability to manage pressure from the team, management, fans, media, and the general pubic. it takes such a huge mental strength to maintain such consistency. Will Ansu Fati be able to pull that off? Only time will tell. in the meantime, I really wish him well and a successful professional career.
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unclejay
Samuel Eto: Ansa Fati is the right man to replace Messi in Barcelona.
One incredible thing about the game of football is that, it has and will continue to produce amazing and record breaking players in and out of season. We have witnessed prolific footballers in times past and at some point we believed there can never be someone as good and great as them. Alas, the game of soccer has always proven us wrong as there has always been replacement for all and every great professional player that once lived. In a recent interview, Samuel Eto was asked who he thinks can replace Lionel Messi in Barcelona after the great Argentine retires or leaves the club. In his response, Eto had said, he believed the person to replace the great Messi is Ansu Fati. Before we share our sentiment over this, let us quickly put Messi's record into display. Lionel Messi is such a great and prolific player. He has seen it all and has won all the trophies there is to win except, of course, the World Cup. Messi is an enigmatic goal scorer, an intelligent and innovative playmaker, Little into Messi's records: 1. He holds Most goals in La Liga 455, 2. Most assists in La Liga 185 3. He holds the most hat-tricks in La Liga 36 4. 114 UEFA Champions League goals 5. 12 Copa América. TROPHIES 1. 10 La liga titles 2. 6 Copa del Rey Honours 3. 8 Spanish super cups 4. 4 Champions Leagues 5. 3 UEFA Super Cups 6. 3 FIFA Club World Cups TOTAL = 34 TROPHIES He has scored over 700 professional career goals for club and country. Now that is some intimidating profile there. Messi is such a force to be reckon with in the history of football. the records he holds are just too intimidating. For any player to meet up and break those records will cretainly take a while, perhaps decades. Now don't get me wrong, I am not saying the world cannot produce a replacement for him, that is certainly no the case, but not any time soon. Messi has raised the record ladder so high that it take an enigma greater than himself to pull off those records and smash them. We currently have amazing players doing great things, Ansu fati is certainly one of them, but no one is yet to measure up to the great field magician, Messi. Ansu Fati's career is just starting, he is at the beginning of his career and has a lot more to learn. So far, in the La Liga games, he has been fantastic and doing incredible well. however, I personally don't think he will match up Messi's record or replace him. Maybe I'm wrong and Eto is right, only time will tell. Fati is got alot of potentials. I believe if well managed, he will definitely come out to be another force driving the game of football. I personally admire his style and I hope he gets better and better down every game but for him to replace Messi requires more than just skills and youthful energy. There is a lot of mental energy and pressure he will have to keep up with. Messi was not great simply because of his skills and potentials alone, but also his ability to manage pressure from the team, management, fans, media, and the general pubic. it takes such a huge mental strength to maintain such consistency. Will Ansu Fati be able to pull that off? Only time will tell. in the meantime, I really wish him well and a successful professional career.
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abbeyalula1
Jurgen Klopp branded a ‘hypocrite’ by Mark Clattenburg ahead of Manchester United clash
Former Premier League referee Mark Clattenburg has called Jurgen Klopp a ‘hypocrite’ for suggesting that Manchester United have been on the receiving end of favourable penalty decisions this season. Following Liverpool’s defeat to Southampton earlier this month, Klopp was frustrated at two penalty calls that did not his side’s way and highlighted the disparity between the decisions given to his team and United during his reign at Anfield. ‘I hear now that Manchester United had more penalties in two years than I had in five-and-a-half-years,’ said the Liverpool manager. Since Solskjaer replaced Jose Mourinho in December 2018, United have been awarded 42 penalties in comparison to Liverpool’s 19 in all competitions. ADVERTISEMENT But Clattenburg, who took charge of 292 Premier League games during his career as a referee, is adamant that officials do not favour United and has accused Klopp of playing ‘mind games’ ahead of Liverpool’s fixture against the league leaders at Anfield this Sunday. Clattenburg also believes that United did receive favourable decisions during Sir Alex Ferguson’s era but that has ‘eased massively’ since the Scot retired in 2013. ‘Let’s be clear: there is no conspiracy on the part of referees and officials,’ Clattenburg wrote in his column for MailOnline. Jurgen Klopp has pointed out the disparity between penalty calls awarded to Liverpool and Manchester United (AFP via Getty) ‘Was Klopp insinuating there is? Or was he suggesting United have players who are encouraged to dive? If his intention was the former, then I’ve got no time for that. It simply is not true. ‘But if he was highlighting the ease with which some United players go down in the penalty area then, yes, I believe he was making a valid point. Even if it does ignore similar suspicions about some of his stars. ‘He sounds like a hypocrite if he is suggesting United’s players are looking to win penalties. The likes of Mo Salah and Mane are just as capable of employing similar tactics.
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abbeyalula1
Jurgen Klopp branded a ‘hypocrite’ by Mark Clattenburg ahead of Manchester United clash
Former Premier League referee Mark Clattenburg has called Jurgen Klopp a ‘hypocrite’ for suggesting that Manchester United have been on the receiving end of favourable penalty decisions this season. Following Liverpool’s defeat to Southampton earlier this month, Klopp was frustrated at two penalty calls that did not his side’s way and highlighted the disparity between the decisions given to his team and United during his reign at Anfield. ‘I hear now that Manchester United had more penalties in two years than I had in five-and-a-half-years,’ said the Liverpool manager. Since Solskjaer replaced Jose Mourinho in December 2018, United have been awarded 42 penalties in comparison to Liverpool’s 19 in all competitions. ADVERTISEMENT But Clattenburg, who took charge of 292 Premier League games during his career as a referee, is adamant that officials do not favour United and has accused Klopp of playing ‘mind games’ ahead of Liverpool’s fixture against the league leaders at Anfield this Sunday. Clattenburg also believes that United did receive favourable decisions during Sir Alex Ferguson’s era but that has ‘eased massively’ since the Scot retired in 2013. ‘Let’s be clear: there is no conspiracy on the part of referees and officials,’ Clattenburg wrote in his column for MailOnline. Jurgen Klopp has pointed out the disparity between penalty calls awarded to Liverpool and Manchester United (AFP via Getty) ‘Was Klopp insinuating there is? Or was he suggesting United have players who are encouraged to dive? If his intention was the former, then I’ve got no time for that. It simply is not true. ‘But if he was highlighting the ease with which some United players go down in the penalty area then, yes, I believe he was making a valid point. Even if it does ignore similar suspicions about some of his stars. ‘He sounds like a hypocrite if he is suggesting United’s players are looking to win penalties. The likes of Mo Salah and Mane are just as capable of employing similar tactics.
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abbeyalula1
Jurgen Klopp branded a ‘hypocrite’ by Mark Clattenburg ahead of Manchester United clash
Former Premier League referee Mark Clattenburg has called Jurgen Klopp a ‘hypocrite’ for suggesting that Manchester United have been on the receiving end of favourable penalty decisions this season. Following Liverpool’s defeat to Southampton earlier this month, Klopp was frustrated at two penalty calls that did not his side’s way and highlighted the disparity between the decisions given to his team and United during his reign at Anfield. ‘I hear now that Manchester United had more penalties in two years than I had in five-and-a-half-years,’ said the Liverpool manager. Since Solskjaer replaced Jose Mourinho in December 2018, United have been awarded 42 penalties in comparison to Liverpool’s 19 in all competitions. ADVERTISEMENT But Clattenburg, who took charge of 292 Premier League games during his career as a referee, is adamant that officials do not favour United and has accused Klopp of playing ‘mind games’ ahead of Liverpool’s fixture against the league leaders at Anfield this Sunday. Clattenburg also believes that United did receive favourable decisions during Sir Alex Ferguson’s era but that has ‘eased massively’ since the Scot retired in 2013. ‘Let’s be clear: there is no conspiracy on the part of referees and officials,’ Clattenburg wrote in his column for MailOnline. Jurgen Klopp has pointed out the disparity between penalty calls awarded to Liverpool and Manchester United (AFP via Getty) ‘Was Klopp insinuating there is? Or was he suggesting United have players who are encouraged to dive? If his intention was the former, then I’ve got no time for that. It simply is not true. ‘But if he was highlighting the ease with which some United players go down in the penalty area then, yes, I believe he was making a valid point. Even if it does ignore similar suspicions about some of his stars. ‘He sounds like a hypocrite if he is suggesting United’s players are looking to win penalties. The likes of Mo Salah and Mane are just as capable of employing similar tactics.
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abbeyalula1
Foden strikes against Brighton to send Man City third
13 January 2021 | 21:02 Phil Foden fired Manchester City into third place in the Premier League on Wednesday as Pep Guardiola's men saw off a feisty challenge from Brighton to win 1-0. Much of the recent talk has been about a potential duel between leaders Manchester United and champions Liverpool but Pep Guardiola's men are now right in the mix. The 2018 and 2019 champions started the season sluggishly but have hit the accelerator in recent weeks and are now just one point behind Liverpool with a game in hand. City played without a recognised striker against Graham Potter's Brighton but despite not being at their best in soggy Manchester, eventually had just enough to beat the well-organised visitors. The home side dominated possession in the early stages without creating much of note and Brighton carried an intermittent threat on the break. City had a golden chance to take an early lead when the impressive Kevin De Bruyne was put through by Ilkay Gundogan but goalkeeper Robert Sanchez blocked the Belgian's shot right-footed shot from close range. Brighton's Leandro Trossard had a chance to test the returning Ederson in the City goal but he bent his shot wide. As City found their rhythm, Joel Veltman reacted well to clear before Foden could poke the ball in the net and De Bruyne had another chance five minutes from half-time after a swift break but his powerful shot was well saved. City's pressure finally told in the 44th minute. Foden received the ball from De Bruyne on the left of the attack. The 20-year-old wriggled past two Brighton defenders and stroked the ball inside the near post from the edge of the box. It was the England international's eighth goal of the season -- he is City's top-scorer in all competitions this campaign. No player has more assists in all competitions than De Bruyne, with 14. The goal meant Brighton had to change their game plan for the second half. Riyad Mahrez should have doubled the lead in the 58th minute, sending his left-footed shot wide after being put through. Moments later City again went close. Gundogan forced a good save from Sanchez and the rebound fell to Bernardo Silva, who turned and thumped a shot against the woodwork. Brighton's goal was leading a charmed life and Sanchez denied Joao Cancello and De Bruyne as the home side kept probing. But City lacked the control they had in the first half and never looked entirely comfortable with such a narrow lead. Brighton engineered some promising situations but failed to properly test Ederson. De Bruyne won a late penalty after Sanchez brought him down but substitute Raheem Sterling blazed his spot-kick over the bar. The win means City are now unbeaten in their 14 games in all competitions and have won seven in a row. Guardiola's team have largely brushed off the absences of a number of players as a result of various coronavirus issues. Sergio Aguero missed out as he continues his period in self-isolation after being identified as a close contact of someone who tested positive for coroanavirus. But Ederson was back in goal following a spell on the sidelines after testing positive for Covid-19 and Gabriel Jesus, who also contracted the virus, appeared as a second-half substitute.
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abbeyalula1
Foden strikes against Brighton to send Man City third
13 January 2021 | 21:02 Phil Foden fired Manchester City into third place in the Premier League on Wednesday as Pep Guardiola's men saw off a feisty challenge from Brighton to win 1-0. Much of the recent talk has been about a potential duel between leaders Manchester United and champions Liverpool but Pep Guardiola's men are now right in the mix. The 2018 and 2019 champions started the season sluggishly but have hit the accelerator in recent weeks and are now just one point behind Liverpool with a game in hand. City played without a recognised striker against Graham Potter's Brighton but despite not being at their best in soggy Manchester, eventually had just enough to beat the well-organised visitors. The home side dominated possession in the early stages without creating much of note and Brighton carried an intermittent threat on the break. City had a golden chance to take an early lead when the impressive Kevin De Bruyne was put through by Ilkay Gundogan but goalkeeper Robert Sanchez blocked the Belgian's shot right-footed shot from close range. Brighton's Leandro Trossard had a chance to test the returning Ederson in the City goal but he bent his shot wide. As City found their rhythm, Joel Veltman reacted well to clear before Foden could poke the ball in the net and De Bruyne had another chance five minutes from half-time after a swift break but his powerful shot was well saved. City's pressure finally told in the 44th minute. Foden received the ball from De Bruyne on the left of the attack. The 20-year-old wriggled past two Brighton defenders and stroked the ball inside the near post from the edge of the box. It was the England international's eighth goal of the season -- he is City's top-scorer in all competitions this campaign. No player has more assists in all competitions than De Bruyne, with 14. The goal meant Brighton had to change their game plan for the second half. Riyad Mahrez should have doubled the lead in the 58th minute, sending his left-footed shot wide after being put through. Moments later City again went close. Gundogan forced a good save from Sanchez and the rebound fell to Bernardo Silva, who turned and thumped a shot against the woodwork. Brighton's goal was leading a charmed life and Sanchez denied Joao Cancello and De Bruyne as the home side kept probing. But City lacked the control they had in the first half and never looked entirely comfortable with such a narrow lead. Brighton engineered some promising situations but failed to properly test Ederson. De Bruyne won a late penalty after Sanchez brought him down but substitute Raheem Sterling blazed his spot-kick over the bar. The win means City are now unbeaten in their 14 games in all competitions and have won seven in a row. Guardiola's team have largely brushed off the absences of a number of players as a result of various coronavirus issues. Sergio Aguero missed out as he continues his period in self-isolation after being identified as a close contact of someone who tested positive for coroanavirus. But Ederson was back in goal following a spell on the sidelines after testing positive for Covid-19 and Gabriel Jesus, who also contracted the virus, appeared as a second-half substitute.
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abbeyalula1
Foden strikes against Brighton to send Man City third
13 January 2021 | 21:02 Phil Foden fired Manchester City into third place in the Premier League on Wednesday as Pep Guardiola's men saw off a feisty challenge from Brighton to win 1-0. Much of the recent talk has been about a potential duel between leaders Manchester United and champions Liverpool but Pep Guardiola's men are now right in the mix. The 2018 and 2019 champions started the season sluggishly but have hit the accelerator in recent weeks and are now just one point behind Liverpool with a game in hand. City played without a recognised striker against Graham Potter's Brighton but despite not being at their best in soggy Manchester, eventually had just enough to beat the well-organised visitors. The home side dominated possession in the early stages without creating much of note and Brighton carried an intermittent threat on the break. City had a golden chance to take an early lead when the impressive Kevin De Bruyne was put through by Ilkay Gundogan but goalkeeper Robert Sanchez blocked the Belgian's shot right-footed shot from close range. Brighton's Leandro Trossard had a chance to test the returning Ederson in the City goal but he bent his shot wide. As City found their rhythm, Joel Veltman reacted well to clear before Foden could poke the ball in the net and De Bruyne had another chance five minutes from half-time after a swift break but his powerful shot was well saved. City's pressure finally told in the 44th minute. Foden received the ball from De Bruyne on the left of the attack. The 20-year-old wriggled past two Brighton defenders and stroked the ball inside the near post from the edge of the box. It was the England international's eighth goal of the season -- he is City's top-scorer in all competitions this campaign. No player has more assists in all competitions than De Bruyne, with 14. The goal meant Brighton had to change their game plan for the second half. Riyad Mahrez should have doubled the lead in the 58th minute, sending his left-footed shot wide after being put through. Moments later City again went close. Gundogan forced a good save from Sanchez and the rebound fell to Bernardo Silva, who turned and thumped a shot against the woodwork. Brighton's goal was leading a charmed life and Sanchez denied Joao Cancello and De Bruyne as the home side kept probing. But City lacked the control they had in the first half and never looked entirely comfortable with such a narrow lead. Brighton engineered some promising situations but failed to properly test Ederson. De Bruyne won a late penalty after Sanchez brought him down but substitute Raheem Sterling blazed his spot-kick over the bar. The win means City are now unbeaten in their 14 games in all competitions and have won seven in a row. Guardiola's team have largely brushed off the absences of a number of players as a result of various coronavirus issues. Sergio Aguero missed out as he continues his period in self-isolation after being identified as a close contact of someone who tested positive for coroanavirus. But Ederson was back in goal following a spell on the sidelines after testing positive for Covid-19 and Gabriel Jesus, who also contracted the virus, appeared as a second-half substitute.
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