Football not in a golden age at present, says Brazilian football legend Pele

first_imgRio de Janeiro: Football may be going through its richest phase right now financially but Brazilian football legend Pele feels that we are currently not in a golden age as far as the quality of players is concerned.The three-time World Cup winner, widely regarded as the greatest player of all time, said that there are not as many truly great players in countries that are strong in the sport.“Once, you found two or three in every country with a great football culture,” Pele told SportStar. “Eusebio, [Antonio] Simoes, [Johan] Cruyff, [Franz] Beckenbauer, Maradona, Garrincha, Didi. How many did I say? There were so many.”“Today, we have two or three in all. Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo, I would say Neymar – who in Brazil has not yet managed to become a great figure.”Neymar was considered as the player who would take over as the best in the world after Messi and Ronaldo phase out. The Brazilian even finished third in the race to the Ballon d’Or in 2015. However since his word record transfer from Barcelona to Paris St Germain, injuries have led to the 28-year-old not attaining that heights that were expected off him.Pele however believes that Neymar is an excellent player and hopes that he comes good at the 2022 Qatar World Cup. “I hope that at the next World Cup he is in good physical condition,” he added. “People criticise him, I even did it a few times, but we forget that he is a product of ours, of Santos.“We always want the best for him. I talk about him often with his father. Technically, he is an excellent player.”Both Messi and Ronaldo are in their 30’s but continue to dominate football. Pele said that he considers Messi as the most complete player and that he would have loved to play alongside him.“He [Messi] is a skilled player, gives assists, passes, scores, dribbles well,” he said. “If we were in the team together, the opponents should worry about two players, not just one! Today, Messi is the most complete player.” IANSAlso Read: No clarity now, but optimistic at some stage we will have IPL: Virat KohliAlso Watch: Sellers take advantage of helplessness of panic stricken citizens by overpricing commoditieslast_img read more

Egbe Faults Sports Minister on Abuja National Stadium

first_imgStadium facilities construction expert, Ebi Egbe, has faulted the move by Sports Minister, Solomon Dalung, to re-grass the Abuja National Stadium with N130million.Egbe who was reacting to the minister’s statement early this week that the sports ministry in conjunction with a contractor have embarked on the re-grassing of the Abuja Stadium turf, said Dalung would only end up wasting government funds, insisting that N130million can’t give the multi-billion Naira edifice a befitting world-class turf.“My heart bled when I read the Abuja Stadium story as told by the minister. Who are the experts the minister is working with? What are their pedigree? And what magic would they do to get the arena a natural high breed turf with N130m? “I guess some people only want to smile to the bank with government money. In the first place, it is laughable to say that the problem of the pitch is the water channel or drainage. I have been to the stadium, took measurements, carried out scientific test of the soil and I can tell Nigerians in all honesty that water channel is not the problem of the stadium,” observed the facilities expert.Egbe stressed that for the Abuja arena to have the kind of pitch found in places like Wembley,Maracana, Cairo International Stadium or the FNB Stadium in Johannesburg, South Africa, the country must be ready to spend good money and stop the half measure contracts that are only meant to put food on the table for some boys or in this case the girls.“I m into stadium construction and I know what I m talking about. Nigeria is bigger than what Dalung and his so-called experts are doing. Why can’t we think of getting world class turfs in Nigeria rather than deceiving ourselves? With what they are trying to do, Eagles would continue to play outside Abuja,” Egbe warned last night.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more