Why Ronaldo is on par with Messi

first_imgRonaldo scored a hattrick as Juventus knocked Atletico Madrid out of the Champions League last night (Agency Photo)Cristiano Ronaldo’s hat trick for Juventus in their 3-0 Champions League victory over Atletico Madrid puts him level on par (not second best), with Lionel Messi as the two greatest players of our generation.In greatness stakes, the celebrated pair is now ahead of Diego Maradona and Johan Cruyff, and behind only Edson Arantes dos Nascimento aka Pele.Comparisons between CR7 and Messi are a global obsession that just won’t go away thanks to their ability to keep reinventing themselves.My own opinion in this argument has oscillated over the years. A little bit of chest thumping is in order as I was a very early believer in CR7’s potential to conquer the football world.The very first day I set my eyes on Ronaldo was in Manchester United’s pre season friendly against Sporting Lisbon sixteen years ago. I was astounded by the skills set of the then 18-year-old Portuguese winger.I remarked to my colleagues at Daily Monitor that Sir Alex Ferguson must immediately recruit the boy. It turns out the entire United squad felt the same. On the plane back home, the club’s senior players implored their manager to ensnare Ronaldo from under the noses of Arsenal who had also offered him a trial.Portugal and Real Madrid’s record scorer took his time to make an impact at Old Trafford but there was no mistaking his talent.Recall checking Wikipedia in 2004 for his official weight and height because I was astonished by the sight of a teenage footballer with so much physical strength. If my memory serves me right, Ronaldo was already 75kgs of muscle and 1.85m tall. I told my sports editor at the time that his talent and strength were a lethal combination for Premier League defenders.Throughout his long stellar career, Ronaldo has been the world’s strongest, fittest and most self driven player.Make no mistake about it. CR7 isn’t blessed with the natural born talent Messi possesses. But he is a driven man, who by his sheer will, refused to be second best to anyone, bar none.The power of the Juventus star’s inner self drive meant by 2007 he was the world’s third best player behind AC Milan’s Brazilian Kaka, before eclipsing him a year later by helping Manchester United to the Premier League and Champions League double. The same year, 2008, saw him lift the first of his five Ballon D’Ors.Arguments of who was better between the Portuguese king and Argentine maestro reached a crescendo ahead of the 2009 Champions League final between Barcelona and Manchester United.At the time, I felt CR7 was the better individual player, only to be blown away by the mesmeric Messi as Blagruana made light work of fielding a weakened side to triumph 2-0. I have spent the last decade in the Messi camp.The shift to the Messi camp was helped by the Argentine’s better all round contributions as Barcelona won eight league titles in eleven seasons, compared to just two for Ronaldo’s Real Madrid.Messi has helped Barcelona win 8 La Liga titles in 11 yearsMessi is both a playmaker and goal scorer per excellence. His goals involvement (assists + goals) is on another planet. That is why Barcelona has dominated Liga Santander.However, Ronaldo’s five Champions League crowns compared to Messi’s three mean he has atoned for his inadequacy as a front man in quests for league success.2019 is not a World Cup year, so whoever guides his team to Champions League success, stands a strong chance in the race for the Ballon DOr.Paris Saint Germain’s Champions League implosion implies Kylian Mbappe, the only other player who could have eclipsed Messi and Ronaldo, has dropped out of contention.Lionel Messi’s stats for Barcelona are far superior to Ronaldo’s figures for Juventus. The Argentine therefore still leads the race for world football’s top individual accolade.But if Ronaldo matches his incomparable goal scoring record in the tournament’s knock out rounds, we might be reading from a different script come next June.A summary of each player’s strengths points to a statistical dead heat between the pair. In years to come, Messi will be remembered as the more gifted, more entertaining football artisan, but the race for who the greater of the pair is won’t be settled until after three more Champions League seasons and the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.For now, Ronaldo and Messi are on par.Comments Tags: Allan Ssekamatetoplast_img read more

Donegal school through to national final of Our World Irish Aid Awards

first_imgPrimary school pupils from Scoil Naomh Fiachra, Illistrin have made it to the national final of the 2019 Our World Irish Aid Awards. They, along with pupils and teachers from 11 other primary schools across Ireland, will travel to Dublin Castle on Tuesday 11 June to showcase their projects as they compete for the overall ‘Our World Irish Aid Awards’ trophy.Primary school pupils from Scoil Naomh Fiachra, Illistrin : Pictured are Ana Kelly, Eamée McLoughlin, Tara Burke and Faelan Murphy.St. Francis National School, Clonmany was presented with the Best Regional Newcomer Award at Monday’s regional final of the annual Our World Irish Aid Awards, which is the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade’s flagship global citizenship programme for primary schools. Regional Finalists from St Francis NS were presented with an ‘Our World Irish Aid Award’ plaque at the regional final of the 2019 Our World Irish Aid Awards at the Model Arts Centre, Sligo. Pictured are Gemma Doherty, Garda Darren Conlon, Guest Speaker, Margaret Carton, Irish Aid, Mary Grant, Kiara Brennan, Oisin Cooney, James Gibbons and Scánann McCaul. Picture: Clive Wasson.Representatives of the schools attended the event on Monday at the Model Arts Centre, Sligo which saw 15 primary schools from the region compete for three of 12 places at the national final, Best Regional Newcomer, and Special Distinction Awards.Other regional finalists from Donegal were: Meentinadea N.S., Meentinadea, Ardara, St. Columba’s N.S. Ballylast, Castlefinn, St. Francis N.S., Main Street, Clonmany.Regional Finalists from Cloughfin N.S: Pictured are Margaret Carton, Irish Aid, Garda, Darren Conlon, Guest Speaker, Fiona O’Farry, Principal, Ava Quinn, Hannah Connolly, Victoria Woods, and Etha Doherty. Picture: Clive Wasson. Donegal school through to national final of Our World Irish Aid Awards was last modified: May 14th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:IllistrinOur World Irish Aid AwardsScoil Naomh Fiachralast_img read more

Watch: Global South African tech gurus on bringing skills home

first_imgShamin ChibbaTech-savvy South African expats are making their mark in software development across the world, but their expertise is yet to benefit the country of their birth. To examine how to fix this, Brand South Africa hosted an international Google Hangout bringing together some of the best global South African minds in digital technology.Held at Wits University’s Johannesburg Centre of Software Engineering (JCSE) on Tuesday 24 June, the discussion focused on how South Africa can turn its brain drain into brain gain by bringing expats’ knowledge and experience back home.Panellists included the South African founders of top international software companies, including Vinny Lingham, the co-founder of Gyft, Yola and Silicon Cape; Pieter de Villiers, co-founder of Clickatell; Donovan Neale-May, executive director of the Chief Marketing Officer Council; and Alpha Software co-founder Richard Rabins.Simon Barber, Brand South Africa’s country manager for the US, said the National Development Plan offered huge scope for plugging in expat skills, knowledge and connections. De Villiers agreed, saying software development and expat involvement should be viewed with the NDP goals of reducing poverty and inequality in mind.JCSE head Barry Dwolatzky said South African expats can be used to bring value to the local software development industry. “All of you out there are not lost people but are bridges that can be used to link what we are doing here in South Africa.” Watch the full Google Hangout session:last_img read more

Keep COOL NFU says

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The Trump Administration this week released a list of 24 trade practices, including Country-of-Origin Labeling (COOL), that trade negotiators should prioritize in future negotiations. National Farmers Union (NFU) is urging the administration to keep COOL on the list, and to ensure a reinstatement of COOL would be allowable under any renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).“For thirty years, NFU has championed Country-of-Origin Labeling, and we strongly believe the issue is important to American producers and consumers alike,” said Roger Johnson, NFU president. “American producers raise the best beef and pork in the world, and they believe consumers should be able to know where the meat at the grocery store came from. The President should stick up for American consumers and producers by ensuring COOL is a priority for his administration’s trade negotiations.”Mandatory COOL, first passed in 2002 and then again in 2008, required that muscle cuts of meat and some vegetables, nuts and fruits sold at retail must contain a label informing consumers about the country where the product was sourced. A May 2013 opinion poll showed more than 90% of consumers supported the law.“COOL provided consumers with information they care about, and it allowed American family farmers and ranchers to differentiate their product,” Johnson said.The COOL law was repealed by Congress in December 2015 after a lengthy World Trade Organization (WTO) dispute with Canada and Mexico and pressure from multinational meatpackers. Faced with either making the law compliant by switching it to a voluntary system, paying more than $1 billion in retaliatory tariffs, or repealing the law, Congress chose to repeal the law. And when doing so, they even removed COOL labels from meats like ground beef and ground pork that were never at issue with the WTO.“The U.S. Congress kowtowed to threats from an international tribunal and foreign governments, even as one of those foreign governments maintained a country-of-origin labeling system in their own country,” Johnson said. “The current administration has an opportunity to right an important consumer right to know and serious sovereignty issue here, and that is the ability of foreign governments or institutions to dictate the laws of our land.”The administration’s priority list came just days after Brazil’s largest food-processing giants JBS and BRF were raided by government authorities for allowing rotten meat to be distributed in Brazil and exported to Europe.“Without Country-of-Origin Labeling, cases such as this Brazilian rotten meat scandal can affect consumer confidence in the entire beef industry, harming American producers’ bottom line,” Johnson said. “American consumers prefer meat from the U.S., and they used and preferred COOL to draw inferences related to a food product’s safety, taste and freshness. We’re hopeful Trump stands with American consumers, family farmers and ranchers, and negotiates a path forward for Country-of-Origin Labeling in the U.S.”last_img read more

Free Lens Flare Setups for Autodesk Smoke 2013

first_imgInside Smoke’s Action Node is a true 3D Lens Flare tool.  We’ve got 15 FREE custom Lens Flare presets for Smoke 2013.   Enjoy!The Pre-Release Trial V2 has just been released for Smoke 2013.The NEW version has several exciting features added to it, as well as many bug fixes.  Autodesk is listening to all of the user feedback, and as a result the Free Trial has been extended to December 2012.  Some of the new features include a Desktop Paint option with tracking and Autopaint, as well as many other clip based tools for deinterlacing,  audio mixdowns, resizing, and denoise.  Grant Kay from Autodesk has put together a quick introduction video to the new tools.You can download the Free Smoke 2013 V2 Trial here.  If you have already been using Smoke 2013 V1, then there are some things to note before installing V2.Warning: Smoke 2013 Pre-Release 2 Projects are not compatible with Pre-Release 1.  Once you install V2, you will lose access to all V1 projects and clips.  So if you have projects in progress, finish them before you update.  See What’s New in the Smoke Help for a list of the new features, and the Release Notes for all the fixed and known bugs.Now, onto the free lens flares!FREE CREATIVE LENS FLARES FROM PREMIUMBEAT.COM FOR SMOKE 2013The lens flares inside of Smoke’s Action Node are true 3D lens flares. They contain all of the high quality lens flare behaviors you expect from other great lens flare generators like Video Copilot’s Optical Flares.The flares react to frame borders and motion blur.  Since Action is a 3D compositing environment, it has natural object occlusion.  The occlusion is simply based on the Z position of the light in relation to other objects in the scene. What could be easier?Custom Lens Flares in Smoke 2013 are created using a procedural method.  There is a central Lens Flare Node where you connect any number of Iris, Glow, Streaks, Glints, Ring, and Lens Textures.Each texture element then has a set of menus to allow you to design the look of the flare.  You can attach any clip media as a Diffuse Texture to the flare elements, and that media will then be used as part of the flare.  For instance if you put a Smiley Face logo on the iris,  it will react like an iris refection in the flare.I have created 15 custom lens flares that you can add to your Smoke 2013 projects.  Feel free to modify them as needed to suit your needs. They are simply a starting point for you to work with. You can never have too many choices!  Some are quite normal and others are more abstract.To Install:Unzip the file and place the setups anywhere you want. You can navigate to them via the Smoke Media browser.  If you want them to be with the default Smoke Flares, then place them in /usr/discreet/smoke_2013.1_PreRelease2/lensflare/presets/custom/If anyone has any questions, drop a comment below.CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD free custom Lens Flares for Smoke from Premiumbeat.comlast_img read more

Mou plays down Zlatan to LA Galaxy links

first_imgTransfers ‘It’s just rumours’ – Mourinho plays down Ibrahimovic to LA Galaxy claims Peter Hanson Last updated 1 year ago 22:54 2/2/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) MourinhoIbrahimovicCropped Getty Images Transfers LA Galaxy José Mourinho Zlatan Ibrahimović Manchester United Premier League Manchester United v Huddersfield Town MLS The Manchester United manager insists he will be the first to know if the Swedish striker is leaving Old Trafford as he moves close to fitness Jose Mourinho is adamant that he will be the first to know if Zlatan Ibrahimovic agrees to leave Manchester United to join the LA Galaxy.The Sweden great has only made five Premier League appearances this season after suffering a major knee injury in April, and is currently sidelined as he continues to work towards full fitness from that setback.United extended Ibrahimovic’s stay for a second season in August despite his injury problems, but reports emerged this week that the former Barcelona and Inter striker has agreed a move to MLS. Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player However, Mourinho says that veteran Ibrahimovic has had plenty of opportunities to tell him if that is the case and is taking his silence that no news is forthcoming.”I don’t speak with players about media news,” he told a news conference ahead of United’s Premier League contest against Huddersfield Town.”I see him every day, I’m not working directly with him but for example I was with the fitness coaches watching his work, he’s with me before and after training and never mentioned anything to me. “Not an opinion, comment, nothing at all, so I presume nothing is true in the news because I would probably be first to know from him, so I presume nothing.”United fell 15 points adrift of leaders Manchester City with a poor showing in Wednesday’s 2-0 defeat to Tottenham, a match that saw Marouane Fellaini brought on as a substitute and taken off again due to a knee injury.Mourinho says it is not a long-term issue, but is problematic ahead of a busy run that includes the return of the Champions League, where United face Sevilla in the last 16.”It is not an ACL [anterior cruciate ligament injury], not a complete rupture of any structure of the knee not as far as that,” he added.”But we need him, the Champions League is arriving, lots of tough match and probably we will lose him for a few weeks – two, three, four? I don’t know.”last_img read more

US Open Serena Williams Gathers Emotions Advances to Semis

US Open Serena Williams Gathers Emotions Advances to Semis

In the locker room before her match to get into the U.S. Open semifinals, Serena Williams cried. Her friend, Andy Roddick, had lost to Juan Martin del Potro, signaling the end to Roddick’s outstanding tennis career.Williams showed amazing recuperative powers, gathering her emotions and then going out and disposing of Ana Ivanovic in just 58 minutes at Arthur Ashe Stadium.Williams insisted steadying her emotions was a chore, despite how she played.“It wasn’t easy, to be honest,” Williams said. “I love Andy so much, he is such a good friend. I’ve known him since I was eight years old.”How ready to play did Williams seem? She blasted three aces in the first game en route to her easy win. As is the case when she is on her game, Williams’ serve was dominant.She had 12 aces and 25 of her 46 serves were not returned. In the second game of the second set, Ivanovic got her racket on Williams’ serve only once. Ivanovic had two break points in the seventh game of the first set, but Williams closed it with an ace.And so, Williams will play Sara Errani of Italy in the semifinals. Errani made it to the semis in an emotional way, too, having to beat her best friend and doubles partner, Roberta Vinci, 6-2, 6-4.After switching to a longer, heavier racket this season, Errani has earned four of her six career tournament wins and risen to No. 10 in the world. She lost the French Open final to Maria Sharapova. Errani also will rise to No. 1 in the doubles rankings and Vinci will be No. 2.“Quarterfinal with your best friend, of course, is difficult,” Errani said. “We know each other very well. We played together many times. So was also strange to see her on the other side of the net.”Errani has faced Williams three times – and lost three times. But they have not met since 2009.“She’s such a fighter,” Williams said. “She’s strong and quick.” read more