Imagine a world co-occupied by Alexander and Caesar; maybe Genghis and Attila; or even Napoleon and Hitler. While such a scenario may result in the utter devastation of humanity, it seems undeniable that many a few would love to sit back on their couches, popcorn in hand, and indulge in this epic, mouth-watering clash of...
More simply known as Lionel Messi, his effortless, dazzling runs on the ball are second to none, with touches deft yet deadly that allow him to beat defenders with breathtaking ease. Small wonder then, that he has shattered almost all goalscoring records and won almost all awards there is – in continuous succession. With...
Futsal player Falcao showcases his skills for the launch of the Umbro Vs range. Inspired by the similarities and differences between 5-a-side football and futsal, Umbro have created the Umbro Vs range, a bright vibrant collection perfect for the small sided game. For more information on the Umbro Vs range, take a look at the...
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Futsal is totally different from football but do know that futsal is what most brazilians like Kaka, Ronaldinho, Ronaldo, and Luis Fabiano started out with. Its a great source to build your foundation with especially with the high tempo of the game. Some of these guys dont start playin on a real pitch till their...
Imagine a world co-occupied by Alexander and Caesar; maybe Genghis and Attila; or even Napoleon and Hitler. While such a scenario may result in the utter devastation of humanity, it seems undeniable that many a few would love to sit back on their couches, popcorn in hand, and indulge in this epic, mouth-watering clash of titans.
Meanwhile, in the not-so-parallel universe of footballing, pundits, coaches, players, enthusiasts, and even the not-so-interested rub their hands in glee, waiting and anticipating, for the next showdown between Lionel Messi and Christiano Ronaldo.
Throughout the history of the sport, none have divided opinions and mindsets to such distinction. At Camp Nou, we get to enjoy the beauty of a tiny magician dazzling about the pitch, beating defenders with breathtaking ease, while at the Santiago Bernabeu, we shudder in fear and awe, as an unstoppable goal-scoring machine tramples over the feeble attempts at stopping him.
And while they are out there gracing the pitch, it is an inevitability that we bystanders have to indulge in arguments of comparison, the biggest conundrum of the footballing world today: who currently IS the world’s best?
The stereotype most often employed when comparing football players are of course, statistics: goals, assists, trophies, and a whole lot more of seemingly impressive, yet unnecessary crap of analysis. And while statistics do offer a good argument, as people tend to fall back onto numbers when all other factors offer only vague conclusions, what we do not realize is that even numbers, when scrutinized from a certain perspective, are debatable.
Considered from a rounded perspective, there are countless other factors that contradict these so called “proven” numbers – teammates, coaches, complementary tactics, team dynamics, and even luck, to an extent. Checkout Lionel Messi’s full outfit below and click on the picture for more details.
If you are interested in how the boy maestro started out. Get a copy of Lionel Messi’s biography below by Luca Caioli.
Messi’s appearance on paper to be miles ahead is hugely owed to the Barcelona team, not because of the skills and abilities of his teammates, but due to the dynamics within the team, where he receives the full support of players like Xavi, Iniesta, and Fabregas, while he, in return, offers exactly, if not even better support for them. As Barcelona functions like a unit, each man’s responsibility is for the team as a whole, like an integrated network of components. Thus, Messi’s symbiotic relationship within Barcelona allows him to shine the way he is, because he is playing WITH them, and them WITH him, not FOR.
Ronaldo, on the other hand needs a team that plays FOR him. A team that is built around him, where teammates make runs to open up spaces in defenses, and supply the ball to him. Unlike Messi, Ronaldo does not beat defenders in attempt to create space for his teammates. He only has eyes for goal, and while he does occasionally drift to the wings and provide assists, his instinct and first nature is scoring, which is exactly what he is: an unstoppable golascoring machine. Checkout Christiano Ronaldo’s full outfit above and click on the picture for more details.
Therein lays his problem: not many players are contented with playing the supporting role, let alone a team of “galacticos”. While Real’s strategy is clear – counterattacking with Ronaldo as its focal point, the main problem faced by Mourinho is, and has always been, the management of his players’ ego. This ever-present internal struggle has often been their downfall.
Even Messi faces troubles when playing for Argentina – each player plays FOR the team, not WITH. And the teamwork Messi has adapted to at Barcelona can only be achieved by playing years and years together, with players of the same mindset and understanding (as handpicked by Guardiola).
More simply, Messi needs his own teammates just as much as Ronaldo needs his own, just in entirely different perspectives. Try and imagine a world that works perfectly for both: the Argentinean team achieving the same mindset as that of Barcelona, and the willingness of Madrid players to play around their superstar. Who then, do you think, would emerge with the majority of trophies? Alas, while we mortals speculate and try to idealize a clash of such epic proportions, the only answer we have, as always, is: only God knows.
Thus, while we cross our fingers in anticipation, waiting for God’s arrangement for a perfect battleground and arsenal (pun not intended) for their war, absorb this new perspective, account for all factors, and try not to be biased – there is no absolution when it comes to football – when you ask yourselves, is it…
Brazilian football superstar. Born in Porto Alegre on 21st March 1980, Ronaldinho was brought up in a family where football has always been a familiar ground to him as both his father (Joo Moreira) and elder brother (Roberto Assis) are professional footballers. In his early days, Ronaldinho started playing football in indoor courts also known as futsal. A lot of his moves now were developed during his days as a futsal player. He started his professional career when he first got a call-up to join the Brazil’s Under-17 squad in 1997. The same year, he signed his first professional contract for Grmio, one of the top teams in the Brazilian League. In 2001, Ronaldinho left Brazil for Europe to join Paris Saint German. His skills and ability to run pass defenders and extraordinary vision has brought him to center stage of world football scene. It wasn’t long until FC Barcelona shown interest in him when they signed him in 2003 bearing the famous jersey no.10. Then back-to-back in 2004 & 2005, he won the FIFA World Player of the Year award, the most prestigious individual recognition in world football. Ronaldinho is surely a legend in football with his inspirational & creative plays and definitely one of the most exciting players in football history.
Check out the book by Jethro Soutar on the Football Legend’s Journey
More simply known as Lionel Messi, his effortless, dazzling runs on the ball are second to none, with touches deft yet deadly that allow him to beat defenders with breathtaking ease. Small wonder then, that he has shattered almost all goalscoring records and won almost all awards there is – in continuous succession.
With that, the question arises: do Messi’s shoes play a role in any of his superhuman feats?
I’m sure that most will agree with the fact that, Le Messiah will have control and pace far superior to almost any other footballer even in a pair of flip-flops. But nonetheless, a nagging series of questions still come to mind of these “Messi Football Shoes”: the Adidas adiZero F50:
Why, did he choose this particular series of this particular brand?
Money. Surely not. Compared to his mythic proportions of a salary, any monetary incentive that Nike or Puma may offer above Adidas would seem laughable.
Aesthetics. Again, with their versatility in footwear visual enhancements, ANY brand would surely be able to customize a visual design to cater for Le Messiah, considering the potential sales projection.
Thus, the only possibility should lie in the quality/technology/design of these “Messi Football Shoes”: the Adidas adiZero F50.
Where money isn’t an issue
For those of you who prioritize top quality performance with a nice blend of comfort and innovation, behold the new “Messi Football Shoes”: the Adidas F50 adizero with miCoachtechnology
The latest form of innovative excellence: the shoes with a brain.
The revolutionary miCoach Speed Cell chip located in the cavity of the outsole captures all movements and measures key performance metrics, recording and subsequently transmitting a player’s average speed, maximum speed, sprint frequency,covered distance, distance at high intensity levels and active time into tablets, PCs and Macs via a wireless link.
Players are then able to upload their miCoach data online and obtain professional feedback, where they will be able to benchmark personal accomplishments against the world’s best players.
While everyone’s drooling over the technological breakthrough, let’s not forget about the shoes themselves, which are also a giant leap forward from Adidas, who managed to improve durability and performance without sacrificing any weight.
Weighing only 164g, and at a 1.5mm thickness, the new Sprintskin is new-edge synthetic, thin enough to maintain a natural contact without foot and ball, complemented by a SprintFrame chasis.
Balancing the cost-performance dilemma
As for those out there who need a reasonable balance between cost and performance, search no further, as you’ve stumbled upon one of the best bargains for solving the cost-performance conundrum in these “Messi Football Shoes”: the Adidas F50 adizero. (Available in all forms: field soccer, indoor artificial grass turfs, and rubberized tiles)
While having innovative designs like the Sprintskin & SprintFrame technology are at most, subjective to the different needs/wants of players, there is one factor all players would prioritize: the shoe weight.
Thus, we compared the adiZero with other leading brands of the industry and their latest innovations: Nike (Mercurial Vapor Superfly II), Puma (Puma v1.10 Lightning SL), and Umbro (Umbro GT).
As seen from the self-explanatory figure, the adiZero F50 and Lightning SL are winners by a distance when it comes to weight.
The Puma v1.10 Lightning SL is to date, the lightest football boot ever made. While Adidas previously set the standard when they unveiled the adiZero, Puma quickly knocked them off the throne with collaborations with Usain Bolt to produce the Lightning SL.
As for the cost component, Nike’s Mercurial Vapor Superfly II is evidently the least cost efficient option, having ridiculously skyrocketed prices compared to the only average weight factor, while the Umbro GT sits at a modestly low price, despite having the lowest desired weight factor. With Nike and Umbro being the quick knockout victims, the question now is: who are the true winners of the cost-performance battle between Adidas and Puma?
The winner is none other than the Adidas F50 adiZero, optimizing the cost-weight components, being only 14 grams heavier than the Puma Lightning SL, you are paying almost £5 per gram lighter, which is not justifiable in the slightest bit. Furthermore, the Adidas F50 adiZero features much more comfort and feet protection, with a very well-designed heel support system which Puma decided to eliminate.
Evaluating all the pros and cons of each shoe, and Messi’s selection of course, it can therefore be concluded, that the Adidas F50 adiZero is the shoe of the moment: where innovation meets affordability.
Superstars with the Adidas F50 adiZero: Lionel Messi, David Villa, Diego Forlan, Arjen Robben, Lukas Podolski, Samir Nasri, Soloman Kalou, Shunsuke Nakamura, Steven Pienaar, Jermain Defoe & many more.
So, what are you waiting for? It’s time to get your hands on and feet strapped into one of these “Messi Football Shoes”: the Adidas F50 adizero.
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