I didn’t want Suárez’s shirt or Messi’s shirt, I want yours because I think you’ll be the soccer player of the future. ” Daniele Massaro, Milan legend and player installed for evil in the imaginary of Barcelona since 4-0 of Athens in 1994, surprised everyone last August 2018 at the Levi’s Stadium in San Francisco when he predicted “a top player race” to Riqui Puig, a very small footballer (1.69 meters) from Matadepera who for many Barcelona players represents the symbol of the resistance and permanence of Barça DNA in times where, according to some sectors, it is being abandoned The essence of the Cruyffista game and the supremacy of talent.The promises of Quique Setién in his presentation (“I have shown that if those below push and win, they can play in the first team”), the transfer of Aleñá and the casualties of De Jong and, perhaps, Arthur the Sunday, in addition to the proximity of the Cup, they have generated a scenario now or never for one of La Masia’s latest hopes. Riqui Puig is a footballer who runs the risk of becoming an eternal promise because in August he will turn 21, has not debuted in any of the categories of the National Team and has only had sporadic appearances and nothing significant in the first team since it debuted on December 5, 2018 at the Camp Nou against Cultural Leonesa. Then he played a couple of league games in Huesca and Vigo when Barça already had LaLiga won. Despite the imposition of the voices that consider him a different player, with a high talent and the necessary gene to play for many years in Barça, Riqui Puig does not generate unanimity. Within the club there are also voices that doubt their football growth and consider that players with less marketing like Collado are at their level. Its integration in the costumes of Barça is also not a fairy tale. Some of his first appearances on social networks (he is active on Instagram) generated some crooked gesture in some sacred cow, which he believes should maintain a more discreet profile.Reference of the Barça Juvenil champion of the Youth League, and when 50 games have already been completed in Barça B, the coming months appear as a hinge moment in the career of this player of beautiful driving and acceleration that many compare with Iniesta. Despite the recommendation of a superior such as Patrick Kluivert, director of training football, Riqui Puig has closed in band to the possibility of a transfer. He feels that the only possible ecosystem to succeed is Barça and there he goes, for his chance.
0Shares0000Terming them as the ‘only Kenyans’ at the World Cup, Echesa urged Jadidi Ndakumbi and Myles Muriuki to be good ambassadors of the country at the World Cup.Photo/AMOS ONDIEKINAIROBI, Kenya, June 6 – Sports Cabinet Secretary Rashid Echesa on Wednesday evening flagged off two teenagers who will represent the country in the sixth edition of the Football for Friendship (F4F) tournament that will precede the 2018 FIFA World Cup, Russia.Terming them as the ‘only Kenyans’ at the World Cup, Echesa urged Jadidi Ndakumbi and Myles Muriuki to be good ambassadors of the country at the World Cup. “It is unfortunate that I am only meeting you guys this late, I could have loved to have a conversation with you early enough,” Echesa while handing over the flag to the 12-year-olds stated who will leave for Moscow on Thursday night.“As a country we need to have structures that will ensure, the national teams performed batter at all age groups,” the head of the Sports Ministry flanked by Gatundu South Member of National Assembly Moses Kuria offered.In the meantime, Jadidi has been drawn in team ‘Komodo Dragons’ and will be joined by a young footballer from Brazil, Wales, Dominican Republic, Guinea Bissau and Philippines in the tourney that will be played in around robin format.Jadidi who wants to be a professional football player and whose role model is Belgium’s Heden Hazard says he can’t wait to get to Moscow to showcase his abilities on the field, together with other equally talented juniors.The tournament will bring together 32 International Teams of Friendship athletes of different nationalities, different genders and different physical abilities to play in one team. Photo/AMOS ONDIEKI“I am extremely happy to be part of the of F4F, and of course the opportunity to meet and play with my new teammates. The paring of the teams is in line with the core values of the tournament which includes, making friendship, promoting equality, peace and respect for different cultures and traditions,” Jadidi who is full sponsored by oil merchants Gazprom ,official partner of FIFA and the World Cup, told Capital Fm.Myles, who will travel as a young Journalist says he was intrigued by the professional at a tender age after his father bought him a camera, who has been handy in telling his story and also that of his peers at school.“I believe as a journalist, nothing will be suppressed. I want the whole world to know what is happening, In Russia, I will highlight Jadidi’s progress,” Myles said.F4F is supported by 211 countries and regions! For the very first time, young athletes from all parts of the world where football is played will meet on the same field. We live in an age where people all over the world seek to unite behind the principles of equality and respect for each other.The tournament will bring together 32 International Teams of Friendship athletes of different nationalities, different genders and different physical abilities to play in one team.The age of players is 12. Each International mixed Team of Friendship will be trained by Young Coaches – football players of 14-16years from different countries.The tournament will run from 8-15 June 2018 and the youngsters will also have the opportunity to watch the opening ceremony of the 2018 FIFA World Cup and the first match pitting host Russia and Saudi Arabia at the Luzhniki, Stadium in Moscow.-By Amos Abuga-0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today)