A glance at the statistics and some hard facts would show that as far as their individual careers are concerned, Lionel Messi has eclipsed his legendary former Argentina coach Diego Maradona, who passed away on Wednesday.At the international level, 33-year-old Messi has 87 goals in 165 appearances, making him Argentina’s all-time highest goal scorer. Maradona scored 42 in 106 recorded appearances. Messi’s goal-scoring record at club level is off the charts — he has netted a total of 640 goals in more than 700 senior appearances for Barcelona. Maradona made 588 appearances for Argentinos Juniors, Boca Juniors, Barcelona, Napoli, Sevilla and Newell’s Old Boys and scored 312 goals.And yet, going by most descriptions of Buenos Aires through the prism of its beloved sport of football, the endless murals and graffiti that adorn its streets show Maradona, not Messi, in different forms of divinity. The difference in the way that the two greats are perceived in their home country can perhaps be put down to two factors — their respective records at the World Cup and their off-field transgressions.Both Messi and Maradona have felt the extreme pressures that come with captaining Argentina at the World Cup. The difference, however, lay in the fact that Maradona won the tournament at his second attempt, while for Messi, it has remained an unfulfilled quest in an otherwise illustrious career.Messi, almost symbolically, trails Maradona by two goals in the World Cup goal-scoring records — Messi has scored six times in 19 matches while Maradona has eight goals in 21 appearances. Maradona, after all, scored what has to be the most famous brace of all time against England in the quarter-finals of the 1986 World Cup.At the 1990 World Cup, Maradona led Argentina to the final yet again. The tournament featured a bizarre incident in which Brazil’s Branco claimed that Maradona and team mate Ricardo Giusti offered him water spiked with tranquilisers during half-time of the round of 16 fixture between the two teams. The press discredited the story at the time but Branco would be proven right many years later by Maradona himself, when the latter confessed to the episode in a TV show.Maradona then played two matches at the 1994 World Cup before being sent back home for a failed drugs test, thus bringing the curtain down on his 17-year-long international career.Anyone who has even remotely followed Messi’s career would be able to say that trying to trick an opposition player into taking tranquilisers at half-time and failing a drugs test at a World Cup are all areas that the Barcelona superstar would never come close to. And in here comes the second difference.A case of tax evasion is perhaps the most prominent of the handful of transgressions one can find on Messi at Barcelona. In the case of Maradona, however, his off-field troubles were as much a headline-maker as were the onfield acts of magic, among which were stories of his wild parties with the Naples mafia, and his dependence on cocaine and alcohol. Messi has remained apolitical throughout his life, his social commentary being limited to issues that plague Argentine football. His sudden retirement from international football after the 2016 Copa America final, in which Argentina failed to lift a major trophy for the third time in as many years, came to highlight the disjointed manner in which the sport was run in the country. It was also at this time that Argentina finally showed its love for Messi.On July 2, 2016, about a week after the Copa America final, about 50,000 people marched to the Obelisco de Buenos Aires chanting ‘No Te Vayas Leo’ (Don’t go Leo).He came back, of course, and almost single-handedly pulled a stumbling Argentina to qualification for the 2018 World Cup, where they were dumped out in the Round of 16 by eventual champions France. Messi cut a forlorn figure for much of that tournament, famously appearing to cover his face while the Argentine national anthem was being played ahead of their shock 1-1 draw against Iceland.Messi may yet win a World Cup — 2022 is not too far away and the 33-year-old player remains one of the most reliable forwards in world football, but chances of him becoming the saint-like mythical figure that Maradona became long before his death on November 25, 2020, look rather slim. “He has left us but he will never leave us because Diego is eternal,” said Messi in his tribute to Maradona. Messi’s legacy may well turn out to be eternal as well. But while it may be perilous to predict the future, it would be safe to say that it would be markedly different from Maradona’s.
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Battle of the Australian Gambling Giants Shines A Light On Off-Shore Business
Regardless of where you are in the world, there’s likely to be a problem with how businesses are taxed. By that, we refer to the argument that some companies doing business in a particular country can escape the tax burden placed on others by way of the fact they are ‘headquartered’ in another. Naturally, these cases are most likely to involve tech companies, and plenty of newspaper articles have appeared detailing the tax payments of Big Tech behemoths like Amazon, Google and Facebook.
But one of the most interesting areas for this idea of offshoring is played out among internet gambling companies. And in Australia, a blazing row has broken out between those online entities and the incumbent ‘onshore’ companies over how they are taxed and how they contribute to the Australian economy. While Australia has been in the headlines for its fight with Facebook over tax payments, the issue over gambling companies is arguably the more interesting case, as it highlights the complexity of modern digital businesses and how governments have been slow to react to changes in the industry.
Big betting brands battle on Australian television
So, what exactly has happened in Australia? In brief, we have seen a television advert campaign by an entity called the Aussie Fair Play Coalition. This coalition, which represents established Australian bookmakers like Tabcorp and AHA, released a series of adverts that complained about international online betting companies taking money out of the Australian economy. The adverts were deliberatelyprovocative, showing ships containers with brands like Bet365, Neds, and Ladbrokes, and asking where is the money going?
While most citizens want businesses to pay their fair share of taxes, the argument is not as clear-cut as you might think. The body representing the online bookmakers – Responsible Wagering Australia – shot back, accusing Tabcorp of having “wagering monopolies” in some jurisdictions, including on the racetracks. The broader argument is that online bookmakers like Bet365 bring technology and innovation to the market, as well as a sense of nimbleness. Moreover, they argue that having more, let’s say, flexible tax arrangements give a better deal for the consumer, e.g., the person using Bet365 or another platform can, in theory, get access to better offers and (at times) betting odds.
Argument of better deals for consumers
As we mentioned, this is not just about gambling, per se. Seen in its wider context, it can be applied to almost any type of onshore business that is faced with a digital competitor. A bookseller might complain that the local taxes they pay are unfair compared to the percentage paid by Amazon, but the latter will argue that they are able to deliver a better service – cheaper books, wider selection – to the consumer. This argument, in some form or another, has been going on since the roll-out of the worldwide web in the 1990s.
The question, though, is where does the balance lie? It is all too simplistic to say that onshore and offshore entities should be taxed equally. Moreover, in the case of the Australian bookmakers, there are more complications. For instance, there is the financial support provided by onshore businesses like Tabcorp to the Australian racing. That ‘burden’, Tabcorp says, should be shared. But critics claim that those payments give Tabcorp access, such as on-track presence for big racing events, that is not possible for the online operators.
In the end, everyone will want a fair settlement. But it’s not always obvious where to draw the boundaries. Governments around the world are being continually faced with similar dilemmas. As the digital economy grows, finding an answer is going to be much more crucial.
Why Parents Should Watch Sports With Their Kids
Are you a big sports fan? There is a good chance that you enjoy watching one sport or another. Depending on your preferences, you may like hockey, soccer, football, or baseball. You can enjoy a handful of sports or watch them all. Nevertheless, you’ll find that watching sports alone can be boring and lonely. With this in mind, you should consider watching sports with your kids. Doing so will provide a handful of benefits. For instance, you’ll get to bond with your loved ones. You’ll also learn what these individuals like.
Within this guide, readers will learn more about the reasons parents should watch sports with their kids.
First, you should watch sports to begin bonding with your kids. You’ll find that this is very beneficial since you’ll want a meaningful relationship with your offspring. Although there are other ways to do this, many children love sports. If you like football and he enjoys football, you should watch the sport together. Watching together will give you a chance to bond and get to know one another. You’ll enjoy talking about the games and the teams in question.
Make this a weekend event. Get together with your children every weekend to bond with them and watch sports. It’ll pay dividends in the long run.
Killing Time Safely
A lot of people have too much time on the weekend. You likely fit into this category. You find yourselfbored on the weekend because you don’t have to work. If this is something you’re dealing with, you should consider watching sports with your loved ones. It’ll prove to be well worth it. Whether you’re going to watch at home or visit a bar, you’ll stay safe and have fun. It is often safer to watch sports than play them. Plus, you won’t have to worry about going to the track or stadium.
It is cheaper to stay at home and watch these games with your kids too.
Learning More About Them
Ultimately, you’ll want to learn as much as you can about your loved ones. You should figure out what they want and what they like. You’ll be glad that you did in the long run. Once you’ve found out that your son likes the New York Islanders, you can consider taking him to an Islanders game. Alternatively, he may like the New York Yankees. You’ll never know unless you spend more time with the individual in question. The good news is that watching sports together is a great way to learn more about your children.
While watching the game, you’ll find out which teams they like cheering for. You’ll also know which players they like the most. Use this to your advantage to bond with your children and take them to events that they’ll enjoy. During breaks, you can play สล็อตแตกง่าย together.
You should do your best to find similarities between yourself and your loved ones. If you can find things that you like and they like, you will have an easier time developing a deep relationship with these individuals. It is pertinent to use this to your benefit. Most people enjoy watching sports. Therefore, you should think about watching sports with your children. When you do, you’ll be able to find something that you can enjoy together. You can cheer for the same teams and watch the same sports.
Either way, your relationship will improve as you cheer for the same teams together.
You have to understand that people are competitive. If you aren’t, there is a good chance that you’re going to get passed by. Your children will struggle to get ahead unless they’re competitive. With this in mind, you should stress the importance of being competitive in everything they do. Whether they’re playing a sport or trying to get a job, your children need to be diligent and competitive. They have to prove that they’re the best person for the job. Watching sports together is an excellent way to encourage competitiveness.
Your children will do better in life if they’re competitive. Therefore, you should encourage them to try hard to impress people. Watching sports is a good way to show them the importance of being competitive and outdoing others.
Rafael Nadal survives first round scare
Competing on grass for the first time since 2019, Rafael Nadal stepped up to reach the Wimbledon second round for the 14th time on Tuesday. The Spaniard showcased his trademark fighting spirit to overcome a tricky test from Francisco Cerundolo, advancing 6-4, 6-3, 3-6, 6-4 after three hours and 36 minutes. In front of a packed crowd on Centre Court, Nadal survived a mid-match comeback from the Argentine, who was making his debut at the Championships. After winning the first two sets, the 36-year-old suddenly found himself a break down in the fourth set.
However, with the pressure on, Nadal raised his intensity and increased his depth on return to regain control and improve to 31-3 on the season.
The second seed is seeking a record-extending 23rd Grand Slam title, having won the first two majors of the year for the first time in his career. He will face Ricardas Berankis in the second round after the Lithuanian defeated Sam Querrey 6-4, 7-5, 6-3.
In an eye-catching Wimbledon debut, Maxime Cressy’s rapid rise continued. Relying on the serve-and-volley game that dominated the All England Lawn Tennis Club for much of its history, the World No. 45 earned his first Top 10 win by defeating Felix Auger-Aliassime with a near-perfect serving performance.
In a 6-7(5), 6-4, 7-6(9), 7-6(5) victory, Cressy charged the net 134 times, winning 71 per cent (95/134) of those points. In a match of fine margins, both players dominated on serve. The American saved the lone break point he faced — at 5-5 in the opening set — while sixth seed Auger-Aliassime saved three of four.
Now 7-4 on the grass at tour-level, Cressy advances to face qualifier Jack Sock in the second round after his countryman earned a 7-6(6), 6-4, 6-4 win against Bernabe Zapata Miralles earlier in the day. Elsewhere, Stefanos Tsitsipas struggled to find his groove for much of his match against Swiss qualifier Alexander Ritschard at Wimbledon, but the fourth seed’s resilience was enough to complete a 7-6(1), 6-3, 5-7, 6-4 first-round victory at the grass-court major.
SAHIL TAVORA INKS NEW DEAL, EXTENDS STAY WITH HYDERABAD FC
After his heroics in the 2021-22 Indian Super League final, midfielder Sahil Tavora has signed a new deal with Hyderabad FC to extend his stay at the club till the end of the 2023-24 season, the club announced on Tuesday.
Speaking after signing his extension, Tavora explained what made this decision pretty easy. “The progress the team as a whole and I as a player have made over the last two years under Coach Manolo Marquez was a major factor in me deciding to extend my contract here,” said the Goa-born midfielder.
Tavora, who famously scored the 88th minute equalizer in the ISL final back in March, was a key player for Hyderabad throughout the campaign.
He made 19 appearances for the club and registered a goal and an assist from midfield, often coming off the bench to change the tone of the game.
And it is no surprise that Manolo Marquez was all smiles after Tavora put pen to paper. “Tavora is a crucial player in our squad. But more importantly, he is a player who every coach wants to train,” said the Spaniard.
“He is technically good, is very strong in duels, can shoot from distance and is also a leader in the squad, on and off the pitch,” he added.
With experience of 45 ISL games (31 for HFC) under his belt and now a Champions’ medal on his neck, Tavora, who has been a part of Hyderabad FC since its inception says, “The family like atmosphere not just between the players but also with the technical and non-technical staff makes it a pleasure to work day in day out.”
One of the few players in the current squad to have played in front of a packed Gachibowli Stadium, Tavora also had a message for the fans.
“I’ve been lucky enough to already play in front of our fans in Gachibowli in the first season. We missed them tremendously and really appreciated their support on social media. The atmosphere they create in the stadium is incredible, and I can’t wait to be back and play in front of them again,” he added.
SINDHU DEFEATS CHOCHUWONG, SAINA NEHWAL CRASHES OUT
Star India shuttler P.V. Sindhu produced a stunning win over Thailand’s world no. 10 Pornpawee Chochuwong to advance into the second round of the Malaysia Open tournament on Wednesday in Kuala Lumpur.
Playing on Court 2, Sindhu came through a tough test against Thailand’s Pornpawee Chochuwong in straight games. Seventh-seeded Sindhu dominated Chochuwong in both games 21-13, 21-17. The Indian got off to a great start in the first game and clinched the game with her swift moves. The second game of the match saw Chochuwong fighting back but could not hold Sindhu’s attacks longer and crashed out of the tournament.
India’s double pair B. Sumeeth Reddy and Ashwini Ponnappa, couldn’t get past the world no. 21 pairing of Robin Tabeling and Selena Piek of the Netherlands. The Indian duo went down by 15-21, 21-19 17-21 after a 52-minute battle.
Meanwhile, it was a bad day for the 2012 London Olympic bronze medallist Saina Nehwal, who suffered a defeat against American Iris Wang 11-21, 17-21 in 37 minutes.
Earlier, India’s H.S. Prannoy started off his Malaysia Open 2022 campaign with a win over the Malaysian Liew Daren in the first round. Playing in court 1, the Indian won his match by margin of 21-14, 17-21, 21-18. Prannoy got off a good start, winning the first game. His Malaysian counterpart bounced back to win the second game, but Prannoy won the closely contested last game by 21-18 to seal the match.
I AM VERY EXCITED ABOUT THE MATCH AGAINST RACHATA KHAOPHIMAI: NEERAJ GOYAT
Ahead of The Fighter Thailand World Boxing Series on July 2, 2022, The Daily Guardian Review spoke to renowned Indian boxer Neeraj Goyat who holds many records. He became the first Indian boxer to have made it in top 20 to WBC World Rankings, won WBC Asia “Honorary Boxer of the year” in 2017 and has won many matches for India.
Q: So, Neeraj you started boxing in 2006 right, can you tell us how this journey started and what kind of challenges were before you?
A: Yes, the journey of boxing started in 2006 and before that I was very good in basketball and athletic running, I was very good in 800m, 1000m and 1500 meters race. And after that in 2006 I got selected in Army Sports Institute, so boxing was everything over there. After starting boxing, I was the weakest boxer there, weak in the sense that the boxer with the least level of performance was me. So, at that time I decided that I have to be the best within a couple of years. 2006-07 was the struggling period in which I used to do three times training in a day. The coaches used to train twice in the morning and in the evening. During the day I used to go for training before lunch and used to do training on Sundays and went to the boxing hall at night time also.
Q: If we talk about your achievements, you won the title of “India’s most promising boxer” in 2008, you are the first Indian boxer to have made it to WBC World Rankings (Ranked 20), Also you won award of WBC Asia “Honorary Boxer of the year” in 2017 and that’s great; so what would you like to say about these big achievements of your boxing career?
A: If I talk about achievements, then I have achieved a lot in Amateur boxing and professional boxing but there is still a lot left. I got the award of Most Promising Boxer, was a national champion in Amateur boxing, played in competition like Olympic qualifier. After that, I was also the Asian Champion of WBC in professional boxing and I also got the award for that and in view of the same thing, today I have been made the brand ambassador of WBC India. So, these are good achievements but many other things have to be achieved. My goal is to bring India to the world level in professional boxing like people have started knowing Philippines because of Manny Pacquiao. Similarly, India should also get such recognition because of me, and I work hard for that.
Q: Neeraj, who has been your role model; who has inspired you the most?
A: The one who inspires me in boxing and has been my role model is Vasiliy Lomachenko, who is from Ukraine and Olympic champion in 2008 and 2012. And after coming to professional boxing, he also became the World Champion. His style of play is completely different and it is a lot of fun to watch his game. So, I always try to play like him.
Q: When did you play the toughest match of your entire boxing career?
A: Till date the worst match in my entire career or can say that the toughest match that I have played was in Mexico in 2018. The day I reached there, I had a fight in the evening and the weight of that boxer was more than me and it was a challenge for me. There was a six round fight and if I tell you, it was a brutal match. I was winning one sided in that fight but Mexicans are tough, very tough to fight. Most tough professional boxers in the whole world are from Mexico. So, my fight was such that in 5th, 6th round I was winning that fight but whatever punch he was hitting me was just to knockout, and I prayed to God while fighting. Ultimately, I lost that fight by split decision, but if that fight was somewhere else instead of Mexico, I would have won that fight. But it was really tough, his punches were hard. So, the toughest fight of my entire career till date has been the same in Mexico.
Q: Neeraj, I would like to ask that how the 2019 car accident affected your game and what kind of difficulties did you face after that accident?
A: Before my accident in 2019, that year started very well, my fight with Aamir Khan was announced, after that my press tour was going on, all those things were going smoothly but around 26-27 days before the fight I had an accident. Although, nothing much happened in the accident and I had a hairline fracture in my hand due to which it took me 2 months to recover. That was a very bad time for me and after that Corona started in 2020. That fight was to be held again but it could not. So that was a very tough time for me, but all these things and incidents take place in people’s lives, even much bigger than this. And I have fought again even after that accident and have won. So now everything is fine.
Q: How excited are you for the Thailand World Boxing series and what would you like to say about your preparation for the match?
A: I am very excited about this match which is going to be in Bangkok against the Thailand’s boxer Rachata Khaophimai. He has good records in professional boxing so many people are supposed to come for this match and it will be such a great match for me. Currently I am in London and my preparation is going on very well.
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