Posted in Goals/Saves I Like, Russia 2018

Lionel Messi puts Argentina on his back and carries them to Russia 2018

The road to Russia seem impossible, but then Messi intervened.

On the 10th of the 10th month, the world’s greatest number 10 gave a 10/10 performance.

What is Argentina without Lionel Messi? I’ll tell you: nothing.

Where I work, a co-worker was saying that we should get ready to see an Argentina-less World Cup, but I laughed because I just knew Messi was going to get the last word against Ecuador and he certainly did in the 3-1 victory over the Ecuadorians last evening.

Some bitter people are saying to stop saying that Leo single-handedly took Argentina to the World Cup. I know he did not play alone against 11 players, but Leo was the only player to score a competitive goal for Argentina in 11 months. HE SCORED THE WINNING GOALS. Argentina struggled to qualify. Had Messi not played like a man on fire last evening, Argentina was not going to Russia. And yet, they treat him like dirt. 

Leo has mad love for his beloved Argentina, but his teammates need to wake up and smell the coffee. Their talisman can’t always save their hides. I am tired of seeing him rescue Argentina again and again. That is too much pressure to lay on the shoulders of one man. Whenever Argentina loses, they blame Leo instead of the team. When they need to get out of a tight spot, they look towards Leo. 

It is high time that the team repays him at Russia 2018!

Watch his wicked hat trick below. The third goal was my favorite.

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Posted in Announcements/Official Stuff, FC Barcelona, Paris Saint-Germain F.C.

All the best Neymar

Well, after weeks of speculation, the footballing world can rest easy now that Neymar has decided to go off to Paris Saint-Germain. Neymar has reportedly said goodbye his teammates this morning after telling the club that he wants to head to the French capital. From here, I can only wish Ney Ney all the best. I think I’ll miss your friendship with Leo more! 🙂

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Leo and Luis during training this morning:

Posted in Beautiful Moments In The Beautiful Game, FC Barcelona, Goals/Saves I Like, La Liga, MILESTONES/HISTORY

Lionel Messi scores his 500th goal for FC Barcelona against rivals at the Bernabéu

Lionel Messi scores his 500th goal to win El Clasico

I LOVE THIS TEAM!

Lionel Messi scored his 46th and 47th goals of the season as FC Barcelona beat Real Madrid 3-2 at the Bernabéu. But it was no easy feat.

Casemiro put Madrid ahead in the 28th minute, but Barcelona was not going to sit down and let their rivals run the show. Messi latches onto a pass from Rakitic and darts pass Carvajal before driving his shot low under Keylor Navas to put Barcelona at 1-1. Casemiro was even lucky to be still on the pitch after bringing down Leo. 

The second half was equally fast-paced. Rakitic scored a STUNNER to put Barcelona ahead, but James had other plans when he pulled Madrid equal in the 85th minute after Ramos got sent off for a disgusting tackle on Messi. But Leo was not finished yet. In the 92nd minute, he scored his 500th goal for the club.

Yes, the yellow card was worth it! Leo couldn’t contain his passion and I

And I also want to give kudos to my boy Andre Gomes for his part in Leo’s 500th goal. Gomes is someone I’ve been throwing my support behind since day one because I know what the kid is capable of. He had a good match today and I am pleased. Leo is now the top scorer of El Clasico. He also has the most La Liga goals and assists.

CONGRATS ON YOUR 500TH LEO! HERE’S TO LOTS MORE!

Posted in My Footy Stuff/Banter

Argentina do not deserve to qualify for World Cup if they’re only going to keep depending on Messi

Argentina is WORTHLESS without their talisman Messi and it’s a shame.

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Argentina is a rubbish team. There, I said it. The team (and coach for that matter) is Messi dependent whether they want to believe it or not. Without Messi they are mediocre. Heck! Even with Messi, they are mediocre! Messi cannot always carry the team. They should be willing to step up and deliver with or without Leo.

Well, Leo is banned for 4 World Cup qualifiers which had included the ill-fated match against Bolivia recently. Argentina lost 2-0 and fell to fifth place and they’re in danger of missing the World Cup. According to FIFA, Leo had displayed “offensive behavior” towards the assistant, which Leo vehemently denied saying that his insult was aimed at the air. This happened during the Chile game in which Leo scored the only goal. I don’t care if the insult was aimed at the air, Leo had no right knowing that every eye was on him, cameras included. I can understand his frustration then, but footballers have to remember that they’re exemplary figures on/off the pitch. Leave that stuff for the locker room.

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But Leo’s ban can be a good thing for Argentina as unfair as it is. This means the team has to work harder and show Leo that they can manage without him. They need to show that they can qualify for the World Cup as Leo wait to lead them. This team cannot go into the World Cup expecting to ride on Leo’s back. He has led Argentina to 3 finals and he is under pressure to deliver. The team needs to ease up some of that burden.

Along the way, the coach needs to go. He is not fit to manage Argentina. And if they cannot fix the problems within the team, then Argentina can kiss WC 2018 good bye. 

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Posted in Beautiful Moments In The Beautiful Game, Champions League, FC Barcelona, MILESTONES/HISTORY

FC Barcelona and the greatest comeback in football history

“All the glory and honor to you God. Nothing’s impossible for the one who believes in You.” Neymar

Last evening, FC Barcelona sent the footballing world into a frenzy after pulling off the impossible: overturning a 4-0 deficit in the history of football. No other teams had ever done so previously!

Touted as the greatest comeback in football history, FCB showed the world why they’re FCB. Their 6-1 was a far cry from the 4-0 defeat away to PSG a few weeks ago. With two goals from Neymar, one from Leo, one from Roberto, the opener from Luis and the own goal from Kurzawa, FCB happily booked their ticket to the quarters. Edinson Cavani was the only goal scorer for the Parisien side.

Posted in Beautiful Moments In The Beautiful Game, FC Barcelona

Moment of the week: Murtaza meeting Messi

Football isn’t only about kicking a ball around the pitch for 90 plus minutes to win the game. It’s also about the professional conduct of the players and the little gestures that they show their fans. 

Yesterday, six-year-old Murtaza met his hero for the first time and it took social media by storm. It started when a series of tweets showed the little boy playing football in a plastic bag Argentina #10 jersey. This story touched millions of hearts even Leo who wanted to get in touch with the child.

Leo eventually sent Murtaza his national team and club jerseys respectively and they finally met yesterday in Doha where Barcelona was present for a friendly against Al Ahli. Barcelona won 5-3, but the result didn’t matter. At least not for me where little Murtaza was concerned. 

Posted in Beautiful Moments In The Beautiful Game, FC Barcelona

Beautiful Moment: Murtaza Ahmadi finally meets Messi

Remember Murtaza Ahmadi? No? Allow me to jog your memory:

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The little dear heart finally got to meet Leo in Doha today. Barcelona is in Doha for a friendly match today against Al Ahli.

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Moments like these are what I live for in the beautiful game!

It’s going to be a moment he’ll always remember!

Posted in FC Barcelona, Goals/Saves I Like, La Liga, Man of the Weekend

Man of the Weekend: Lionel Messi

FC Barcelona won 3-0 against Osasuna over the weekend with the opener from Luis and a brace by Messi. However, the talk around town was Lionel Messi’s second goal and if you missed it, have no fear! Relive the beautiful goal below:

Leo doesn’t care how many defenders you throw at him, he’ll dribble pass them with the intention to score. And that final feint before the finish! Brilliant! The way he faked out the defender and the goalie before finding net! I can’t stop watching this goal. This is the Leo I love to see.