Month: July 2020

Soccer has several players that helped change the development of the game: Di Stefano, Pele, Beckembauer, Cruyff, Maradona, Ronaldo, Zidane, and many others. They all made a mark in the history of the game. But there’s a new star called Lionel Messi who has been breaking every record, and he’s only 23 years old. Messi is claiming his place in history, but according to you, who is the best?

1.Diego Maradona

During his time in Napoli, Diego Maradona was him and ten more. He won every game by himself and made Napoli champions. A team that was very weak before he arrived. The World Cup title obtained by Argentina in Mexico ’86 is a monument to individual overcoming and self-love because with Maradona, impossible plays didn’t exist. He scored what is considered to be the best goal of all-time in that famous match against England in the semi-finals, and then managed to win the World Cup for Argentina in the final against Germany.

He was unstoppable; a true phenomenon. He shares the honor with Pele as the greatest football player of the 20th century, as voted by FIFA. Unfortunately, drug use cut his career short.

2. Pelé

Pelé knew all the tricks in the game but he always played around amazing players: Rivenlinho, Tostao, Garrincha, and Jairzinho, just to name a few. They all played as well as him, which made his work much easier than Maradona. He scored more than 1,200 goals during his career, an impressive number. Great dribbling, physical power, great vision for passing, and his three World Cup titles with Brazil, make him the maximum exponent of world soccer. He shares the greatest football player of the 20 th century award with Maradona.

3.Johan Cruyff

The Dutch player had impressive technical capacity, and elegance like only a few had. He was the best in the midfield area in an era where soccer was changing thanks to his “Clockwork Oranje.” He revolutionized Total Football. He was the best playmaker in the history of the game, and he was a leader. Thanks to him, Barcelona F.C can play the way they do today.

4.Zinedine Zidane

The French player was all elegance. He was humble, scored a lot, and won it all. He was an impressive player, with beautiful passing style, simplicity in the complex, physical strength, and a true leader. He led the French National Team to win their first World Cup ever, and deserves every recognition that we can give him.

5.Lionel Messi

Lionel Messi is only 23 years old and is already considered the best player of the last 20 years. Only time will tell, but many analysts already call him the best ever. He’s on his way to become to best player of all-time, ahead of Diego Armando Maradona. If we compare them by numbers, at the same age Messi already exceeds Maradona in titles, and performances.

He already won two Champions League, four domestic leagues with Barcelona F.C, Sub-20 World Cup, and Olympic Gold with the Argentinean Squad. He recently won his second consecutive Fifa World Player, and is currently breaking his own records set last season.

He’s arguably the best player of my generation, and I consider myself lucky to be witnessing his immense talent. He’s missing the World Cup title but I have no doubt he’ll win it one day. For knowing about soccer history, a check can be made at https://www.adweek.com/tvnewser/the-best-blog-youre-not-reading-this-is-american-soccer/87164/. With a registration at the official site, the benefits will be enormous to get the desired results. The talent will be great to meet the requirements without missing essential information. 

There are sports that owe a great debt to the Entertainment Sports Programming Network (ESPN). For better or worse their popularity is directly related to being seen on the self proclaimed ‘World Wide Leader in Sports.’ If not for ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU, ESPN Classic, ESPN News and even ESPN.com many of the sports that we see today would have trouble getting any recognition at all.

While pro football, baseball and basketball are now ESPN staples, they really did not need the network to survive. They have flourished with ESPN, but were doing fine without them. College football and basketball were doing fine without the network as well. So was men’s golf. All of these sports had contracts with the big three television networks ABC, CBS and NBC. Then Fox Network was born in 1985. They grew to challenge the big three and later paid the National Football League and Major League Baseball big money to broadcast their games.

There was an excellent review published on https://bestreviews.tips/ about this new upcoming match which was eagerly shown on ESPN and Fox Network that provided a major boost for NFL and NBA.

Every other sport would have never survived or grown as it has without the help of ESPN. The network which started out showing Australian Rules football, Billiards and ‘World’s Strongest Man’ competitions has grown immensely and taken many niche sports along with it. Here are some sports that every person involved should drop to their knees, face Bristol, Connecticut and say a prayer of thanks for ESPN’s existence every day.

Every woman’s sport with the exception of tennis should say thanks to ESPN. If there were no ESPN there would be no Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA). Even after the USA basketball team won the gold medal at the 1996 Olympics, women’s basketball needed a network to play on beginning in 1997. They started with NBC which had the rights to the NBA. When the NBA switched over to ABC/ESPN in 2002they brought the WNBA with them. The WNBA signed its own contract with ESPN in 2007.

Pro women’s golf and soccer would be irrelevant without ESPN. So would all women’s college sports. Title IX was great for women’s sports. But ESPN was even better.

This does not exclude the men. Soccer, which was supposed to have supplanted all other sports, would still be a blip on the radar screen if not for ESPN. Sure Fox Sports Net shows a lot of soccer, United States and international, but ESPN were the ones who brought it to America’s conscious first by broadcasting the World Cup.

Boxing is hanging by a thread only because of ESPN. This used to be one of the big four sports along with baseball, college football and horse racing. Now Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) and Ultimate Fighting (UFC) is more popular. Sure they have their pay-per-view, HBO and Showtime, but those boxers coming up in the ranks only have ESPN and Fox to turn to. ESPN was there first.

Drag racing was something that no one followed on television until ESPN. If you wanted to watch a drag race live, you had to go to your local drag strip, the street or to another city or town. Not anymore. Formula one racing has ESPN to thank also. It was big on network television at one time, but not anymore.

Even hockey would have had trouble surviving if not for ESPN. Yes, the National Hockey League plays on Versus and NBC now, but before the lockout in 2004 their main home was ESPN. The league had been on regular network television until 1979 before going to ESPN and USA Network in 1980. Then USA dropped hockey and ESPN took over in 1986. Fox began broadcasting games along with ESPN starting in 1995.

As for all of those fringe sports like the X Games, figure skating and poker well they wouldn’t see the time of day if not for ESPN.

Truthfully, with the exception of football, baseball, basketball, women’s tennis and men’s golf every other sport that has gained a measure of popularity would be nothing but tape delayed segments on ABC’s ‘Wide World of Sports’ if not for ESPN.