Barcelona striker Lionel Messi he insists he wouldn’t swap any of the trophies he has won with Barcelona in order to lift the World Cup with Argentina.
Success with the Albiceleste at the international level is the only gap on Messi’s illustrious CV. Despite being his country’s all-time leading scorer he has yet to win a trophy with the senior side, with his only international honours the U20 World Cup in 2005 and a gold medal at the 2008 Summer Olympics.
He has come desperately close to ending his international drought but has tasted defeat in three Copa America finals as well the 2014 World Cup final. That is in sharp contrast to his success at the domestic level, with the striker collecting a dazzling array of silverware at Camp Nou.
The 32-year-old has won a club-record 34 trophies with the Catalan side, including ten La Liga titles and four Champions Leagues. When asked whether he would swap that haul for one World Cup trophy with Argentina, Messi insisted he wouldn’t change a thing.
“I would’ve loved to be a world champion,” Messi told TyC Sports. “But I don’t think I would change anything else in my career to be one.
“This is what I was given, what God gave me. It is what it is. “I couldn’t dream of everything that I experienced after. It was far bigger than anything I could’ve imagined.” Messi’s failure to transfer his domestic success onto the international stage has seen him draw criticism in his homeland, with some suggesting he saves his best performances for his club.
Despite that uneasy relationship with the national side, he assumed the captaincy in 2011 following the appointment of Alejandro Sabella as manager. He won the Golden Ball for the tournament’s best player at the 2014 World Cup, but couldn’t prevent Argentina losing the final in extra time against Germany.
The following two years he led the team out in a Copa America final against Chile but tasted defeat on both occasions, meaning he had suffered three final defeats in as many years.
The latest defeat, in 2016, prompted Messi to announce his international retirement, though he reversed his decision in time for the World Cup qualifiers. He became the first player to score at a World Cup in his teens, twenties, and his thirties when he netted a fine goal against Nigeria in Russia last summer, but the tournament ended in disappointment as the Albiceleste crashed out at the round of 16 stage.
He then endured a difficult Copa America earlier this year, where he was sent off in the third-place play-off against Chile before later being handed a three-match ban for criticising the referee for his display in their semi-final defeat to Brazil.
State Of Nation: Jesus Would Not Be Silent If He Were In Nigeria – Obasanjo
Former Head of State and Nigeria’s first civilian president, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo has come out once again to speak on the situation of the country, urging Christians to stick together or risk being devoured.
Obasanjo, 82, while at the 64th annual national convention of the Foursquare Gospel Church in Nigeria held at the church’s campground in Ajebo, Ogun State, urged all Christians to speak truth to power just like Jesus would have done if he were in the country today.
The church event also featured the appointment of the new General Overseer of the church, Rev. Samuel Aboyeji, who took over from the immediate-past General Overseer, Rev. Felix Meduoye, and thousands of people gathered at the church to see the former military dictator speak about Christ.
He said to the congreagation; “As Christians, we have to be like Christ as we are transformed into the likeness of Christ or little like Christ.
“So, in all positions, situations, and events, we should be guided. “If Christ was in this position, in this situation or in this event, what would he have done? “We have a lot to do in the situation we found ourselves in this country today. And make no mistake about it, if we don’t get together and stay together, we would be devoured and that we should not take lightly.
For me, if Christ was in Nigeria today, He would not keep quiet. He would say it as it should be said. He would speak truth to power. He would have no fear and He would have no intimidation.
“Children of God, you have a responsibility to do and say what Jesus Christ would have done and said if He was in Nigeria today.”
Perm Secretary, Wife, 2 Kids Burn To Death In Benue
The Acting Permanent Secretary, Benue State Ministry of Energy, Science and Technology, Mr Seker Akaa, his pregnant wife and two kids were on Monday burnt to death in a fire incident in Makurdi.
The Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) in Benue, DSP Sewuese Anene who confirmed the incident to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) said the fire started at about 2.40 a.m at Kwarafa Quaters, Makurdi.
NAN reports that three other flats were also burnt including the resident of Evangelist Daniel Unongo, Chaplain of Benue Government House, who is also Senior Special Assistant to Gov. Samuel Ortom on Religion. Anene said Mr Akaa, his pregnant wife, Linda, two children; Sender and Tertsegh Akaa, all occupants of Flat 1 were burnt to death during the fire disaster. She said that the dead bodies had been deposited at the Federal Medical Centre (FMC), Makurdi mortuary.
The police spokesperson stated that the cause of the fire was yet to be known, adding that “investigation into the matter had already commenced”. Reacting to the development, the Deputy Governor, Mr Benson Abounu, who visited the scene, expressed shock at the level of destruction and loss of human lives. According to Abounu, it is black day for Benue and the state has lost a prized asset in Mr. Akaa. He prayed God to give the family the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss.
“We cannot undo what has happened. At the moment, the government will take responsibility for their burial and assist the other families to relocate. We warn against any looting of property.” Abounu said The Commissioner, Energy, Science Technology, Dr Godwin Oyiwona also confirmed the incident and expressed the ministry’s deepest condolences.
NAN also gathered from an eyewitness who refused to be named, that the fire started in flat 1 the residence of the late acting permanent secretary. He said the perm sec and his family would have been saved but because of the incessant cases of armed robbery recorded within the neighbourhood the neighbours thought it was armed robbers that were operating again.
Actually the fire started at Mr Akaa’s house, we would have saved him and his family but we thought it was armed robbers that were again attacking us.
You see armed robbers attack us here regularly. So, we have adopted ways of self-defense by providing burglary protection on the doors to prevent them from getting easy access inside, that too caused delay of getting to them on time,” it said. The witness said firefighters from Benue Government House, Makurdi, came to the scene on time but they had little to do to save them. Eyewitnesses said it might have been caused by an electrical fault as it razed down the entire house and extended to three other houses.
KogiDecides: Yahaya Bello Wins Guber Polls With 406,222 Votes
The Candidate of the All Progressive Congress, APC, Alhaji Yahaya Bello appears to won the Kogi State governorship election held in the state last Saturday. But the Independent Electoral Commission is yet to officially announce the final result of the election.
Bello who is the incumbent Governor of the state won 12 local government councils while his closest rival, Engr. Musa Wada of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, won 9 local government councils.
The results of the election as declared by INEC are as follows:
Ogori Magongo APC 3,679 PDP 2,145 Ijumu LGA APC 11 425 PDP 7,587 Omala LGA APC 8,473 PDP 14,403 Adavi LGA APC 64,657 PDP 366 Igalamela/Odolu APC 8,075 PDP 11,195 Okene LGA APC 112,764 PDP 139 Kabba-Bunu APC 15,364 PDP 8,084 Kogi/Koton-Karfe APC 14,097 PDP 9,404 Yagba East APC 6,735 PDP 7,546 Okehi LGA APC 36,954 PDP 478 Mopamoro APC 4,953 PDP 3,581 Idah LGA APC 4,602 PDP 13,962 Ajaokuta APC 17,952 PDP 5,565 Olamaboro APC 16,876 PDP 8,155 Yagba West APC 7,868 PDP 8,860 Ankpa PDP-28,108 APC-11,268 Ofu APC-11006 PDP-12,264 Bassa LG APC -8386, PDP-9724 Ibaji APC 12,682 PDP 10,504 Dekina APC 8,948 PDP 16,575 Lokoja APC 19, 457 PDP 11, 059
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