There have been some happenings in the world of football which are worth taking note of. Most of our attention before last weekend was diverted by the frenzy surrounding the closure of the transfer window. Meanwhile, since then, it has appeared as if nothing much is going on. On the contrary, a lot of stuff happened, both on and off the pitch. Here are some of them:
- Ronaldinho returns to Barcelona: Nope, not in the way you all pictured. The legendary Brazilian playmaker is not coming back to play; he’s coming back as an ambassador. This is quite good news. It means that one of the most recognized faces in world football returns to a club that is famous all over the world. Even if he is not playing football, it will draw more attention to Barcelona than ever before. Kudos, Barca!
- It has been on the news in the past week that some players are refusing to stand to attention when their national anthem is played. This has only happened in the US. People like Colin Kaepernick, Eric Reid and Jeremy Lane, who ply their trade in the NFL team San Francisco 49ers and Seattle Seahawks. The internet heard about it, and the internet ran amok. People all over the place were berating these guys for not being patriotic and for dishonoring the national anthem. Me, I just want to point out a fact. These guys were staging a protest about the state of affairs in the United States, particularly when it came to gay rights. I would also like to point out that it is their business, not ours. Therefore, if you know anyone that took part in abusing them, please abuse that person back. It’s their way of protesting for their rights. If we abuse them for standing (okay, sitting) for their rights, then we do not deserve our own.
- Lionel Messi says that his son Thiago is showing no interest in football. Well, to me that is no surprise; anyone would be intimidated by the kind of shadow Messi is casting right now. Maybe in a hundred years, someone would come out and challenge the legacy he has built, but not right now, and most certainly not by his son. It is quite rare for sons of former players to be greater than their fathers; so much more the greatest footballer of all time. Meanwhile, Messi’s blonde hair keeps amazing me shaa . . .