Messi, Ronaldo still aren’t on Pele’s level claims World Cup winner

first_imgLionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo still haven’t reached Pele’s level according to Brazilian legend Tostao. Messi and Ronaldo have dominated football since their respective debuts and are regarded as two of the greatest ever. However, World Cup winner Tostao was quick to explain why the Barcelona and Juventus forwards can’t compare to Pele quite yet. He told FIFA.com per IBTimes: “I think Pele was better than all of them. For me, there’s no comparison. Pele was far more complete. He had every quality that a forward could have. He didn’t have one defect. Loading… “Messi’s spectacular, but he doesn’t head the ball like Pele did, he doesn’t shoot as well with both feet, he doesn’t pull off the moves that Pele did. Cristiano Ronaldo is an exceptional player, but he doesn’t have the ability that Pele had and he doesn’t pull off the incredible passes that Pele did. “If you take the qualities of Cristiano Ronaldo and Messi, put them together, then you’d have a player to compare to Pele!” The former midfielder also addressed Diego Maradona’s standings in the ‘GOAT’ debate. “Maradona was spectacular, but he wasn’t on Pele’s level physically, he didn’t score the numbers of goals Pele did,” he explained. Read Also: Tension mounts in Premier League relegation battle “We cannot forget about Zico, Ronaldinho and Ronaldo while in Europe, Franz Beckenbauer and Johan Cruyff. “Now, it’s not my fault, but I think Pele was better than them all.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 center_img When Pele himself was drawn into the Messi vs Ronaldo chatter, he opted for Ronaldo as he is “more consistent”. “Today the best player in the world is Cristiano Ronaldo,” Pele told YouTube channel Pilhado per Daily Mail. “I think he’s the best, because he’s more consistent, but you can’t forget about [Lionel] Messi, of course, but he’s not a striker.” Despite his glowing praise of the duo, Pele still arrived at a simple conclusion when deciding who is the best of all time – himself. “It is a question that is difficult to answer,” he begun when asked who is the best. Promoted Content7 Universities In The World With The Highest Market ValueIs This The Most Delicious Food In The World?Couples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Way10 Risky Jobs Some Women Do7 Breathtaking Train Stations Around The Globe6 Natural History Museums That Have World’s Greatest CollectionsMind-Bending Technology That Was Predicted Before It AppearedWho Earns More Than Ronaldo?5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A Tattoo8 Addictive And Fun Coffee FactsTop 10 TV Characters Meant To Be Iconiclast_img read more

Other Sports Anand tied fourth after first day of rapid chess

first_imgSt Louis: Five times world champion Viswanathan Anand had a mixed opening day with a win, a loss and a draw in the St. Louis rapid and blitz chess event that got underway here.Starting off with a brilliant victory over Hikaru Nakamura of United States, Anand missed the thread against Maxime Vachier-Lagrave of France in the second round and then settled for a draw with Sergey Karjakin of Russia to end the day on three points out of a possible six. With two points for a victory in the rapid section being the award here, Fabiano Caruana of United States became a runaway leader on six points winning all his three games.Also Read | Shandilya, Rupesh lead strong field: CCI Billiards Classic On the receiving end were Alexander Grischuk of Russia, Levon Aronian of Armenia and Shakhriyar Mamedyarov of Azerbaijan, who all found the going tough against the American who will play the next world championship match against Magnus Carlsen later this year. With Caruana in front on six points, Karjakin and Vachier-Lagrave follow him on four points apiece.Anand shares the fourth spot currently on three points along with Mamedyarov and Nakamura while Aronian, Grischuk and Leinier Dominguez of Cuba. With six rounds still to come, Grand Chess tour current leader Wesley So is placed last with just one point. Anand had a brilliant start to his campaign and although it did not last the day, there were many positives.Also Read | Top archer Verma confident of winning two medals in Asian GamesNakamura is one of the few players who have good score against Anand in Classical chess but when it came to the faster version Anand clearly dictated the terms. The closed Berlin led to a complex middle game with a volatile pawn structure where Anand was in control and Nakamura erred by allowing a fine exchange sacrifice that ripped apart his king’s position.He was precise to pick up a few pawns and reached a rook and pawns endgame quickly to force resignation. Interestingly, all Anand’s games had the same Berlin opening. Playing black against Vachier, Anand obtained the level position without much ado and on another he would have saved the half point easily. As it happened a blunder caused the big damage.Also Read | Chithambaram holds Cheparinov in Abu Dhabi Masters The third game against Karjakin did not yield Anand much as white and the pieces changed hands at regular intervals. The peace was signed in a mere 29 moves. Standings after round 3 rapid: 1. Fabiano Caruana (Usa, 6); 2-3. Maxime Vachier-Lagrave (France), Sergey Karjakin (Russia) 4 each; 4-6. Shakhriyar Mamedyarov (Azerbaijan), V Anand (Ind), Hikaru Nakamura (Usa) 3 each; 6-9. Levon Aronian (Armenia), Leinier Dominguez (Cuba), Alexander Grischuk (Russia) 2 each. 10. Wesley So (Usa, 1).  For all the Latest Sports News News, Other Sports News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

Reeling Angels stretch losing streak to eight games

first_imgDuring the eight-game losing streak, the Angels have been outscored 63-20, losing by an average of more than five runs a game. The negative-43 run differential was tied for the third worst eight-game stretch in franchise history. The two worse eight-game stretches were both part of the same 10-game span last September, in which the Angels actually won two games.The Angels haven’t had a lead past the fourth inning in any of the past eight games, and they got that far only once. Ironically, it was Friday, when they led 3-1 in the fourth.Over the past 14 games, they’ve been outscored 102-51.“It’s not fun,” Justin Upton said. “It’s not fun at all. Guys haven’t changed anything, haven’t changed their routine. Things just aren’t going our way right now. We have to weather the storm and try to keep competing. Hopefully things will change sooner than later.”General Manager Billy Eppler, speaking before the game on Friday, suggested that things were bound to turn eventually. “Regression to the mean,” he said. “Water seeks its own level. We know our true talent level and we’ll play to it. Right now it’s just been a convergence of a lot of different circumstances out of our control.”Andrelton Simmons, Griffin Canning, Andrew Heaney, Félix Peña, Noé Ramírez have all been on the injured list during this 14-game stretch.They’ve also dealt with concurrent slumps from pretty much every hitter besides Mike Trout. The Angels also lost games because of ill-timed disastrous outings from Ty Buttrey and Taylor Cole, two of the relievers who had been the most consistent throughout the season.While young starters like Jaime Barría, Dillon Peters, José Suarez and Patrick Sandoval have at times pitched well enough to keep them in games, none has pitched well enough to overcome the team’s offensive issues.And all of this started less than a month after the Angels lost Tyler Skaggs, adding a dose of real life tragedy to the on-field difficulties.“The fabric of this club in that clubhouse is strong,” Eppler said. “I’m proud of how our guys have handled everything that’s been heaped on them … I know the fight and I know how much these guys support each other and how much they have each other’s backs. We’ve been through a lot as an organization. These are moments where trust develops. These are moments that people come out of and they’re better for it. That’s what we’re going through right now. We’ll come out of it stronger, no doubt.”They came out on Friday in good shape, even getting a little good luck to get off to a quick lead.With two outs, Upton took a 3-and-2 pitch that seemed to catch the top of the strike zone, but it was called a ball by umpire Mark Ripperger. Pujols then hit a three-run homer.For the second time in three games, though, a first-inning three-run homer was not enough.Barría gave a run back in the bottom of the inning and he allowed the Red Sox to tie it on a J.D. Martinez two-run homer in the fourth, his first of two homers. Barría gave up a two-run homer to Mookie Betts in the fifth, putting the Angels behind 5-3.They were two of the five homers the Angels allowed in the game, with the other three coming after a five-run sixth made the game a blowout. They have allowed 22 homers in the eight-game losing streak.“Home runs have killed us, especially in this stretch,” Ausmus said. “We can’t walk guys. It’s pretty simple. It’s not just Barría. It’s our entire staff … It boils down to execution. If you execute the pitches, you are generally not going to give up a home run. You might give up a hit but they are generally not going to hit the ball out of the park.” PreviousLos Angeles Angels starting pitcher Jaime Barria delivers to the Boston Red Sox during the first inning of a baseball game at Fenway Park, Friday, Aug. 9, 2019, in Boston. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)Boston Red Sox’s Jackie Bradley Jr. slides home to score on a single by Rafael Devers as Los Angeles Angels catcher Max Stassi waits for the ball during the sixth inning of a baseball game at Fenway Park, Friday, Aug. 9, 2019, in Boston. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)Boston Red Sox’s Mookie Betts celebrates with Rafael Devers (11) as Jackie Bradley Jr. stands next to them after a 16-4 win in the team’s baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels at Fenway Park, Friday, Aug. 9, 2019, in Boston. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsBoston Red Sox relief pitcher Josh Taylor delivers to a Los Angeles Angels batter during the ninth inning of a baseball game at Fenway Park, Friday, Aug. 9, 2019, in Boston. The Red Sox won 16-4. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)Boston Red Sox’s Mookie Betts, right, celebrates with manager Alex Cora after the team’s baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels at Fenway Park, Friday, Aug. 9, 2019, in Boston. The Red Sox won 16-4. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)Los Angeles Angels watch from the dugout in the sixth inning of the team’s baseball game against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park, Friday, Aug. 9, 2019, in Boston. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)Los Angeles Angels relief pitcher Justin Anderson chases a bunt single by Boston Red Sox’s Christian Vazquez during the sixth inning of a baseball game at Fenway Park, Friday, Aug. 9, 2019, in Boston. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)Boston Red Sox’s Mookie Betts, middle, celebrates with Xander Bogaerts (2) after hitting a two-run home run which scored Jackie Bradley Jr., right, during the fifth inning of the team’s baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels at Fenway Park, Friday, Aug. 9, 2019, in Boston. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)Boston Red Sox’s Mookie Betts celebrates in front of Los Angeles Angels catcher Max Stassi after hitting a two-run home run during the fifth inning of a baseball game at Fenway Park, Friday, Aug. 9, 2019, in Boston. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)Boston Red Sox’s Mookie Betts hits a two-run home run during the fifth inning of the team’s baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels at Fenway Park, Friday, Aug. 9, 2019, in Boston. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)Boston Red Sox’s J.D. Martinez, right, celebrates his two-run home run with Xander Bogaerts, next to Los Angeles Angels catcher Max Stassi during the fourth inning of a baseball game at Fenway Park, Friday, Aug. 9, 2019, in Boston. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)Boston Red Sox’s J.D. Martinez watches his two-run home run during the fourth inning of the team’s baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels at Fenway Park, Friday, Aug. 9, 2019, in Boston. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)Boston Red Sox’s J.D. Martinez celebrates his two-run home run with Brock Holt (12) during the fourth inning of the team’s baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels at Fenway Park, Friday, Aug. 9, 2019, in Boston. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)Los Angeles Angels third baseman David Fletcher fields a sharply hit grounder by Boston Red Sox’s Christian Vazquez, who was out at first during the second inning of a baseball game at Fenway Park, Friday, Aug. 9, 2019, in Boston. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Brian Johnson, left, smiles as manager Alex Cora signals for a reliever during the third inning of the team’s baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels at Fenway Park, Friday, Aug. 9, 2019, in Boston. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)Los Angeles Angels’ Shohei Ohtani reacts after he was called out trying to steal second during the third inning of the team’s baseball game against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park, Friday, Aug. 9, 2019, in Boston. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Brian Johnson walks to the dugout after being removed during the third inning of the team’s baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels at Fenway Park, Friday, Aug. 9, 2019, in Boston. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)Los Angeles Angels’ Shohei Ohtani (17) is out trying to steal second as Boston Red Sox second baseman Brock Holt takes the throw during the third inning of a baseball game at Fenway Park, Friday, Aug. 9, 2019, in Boston. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Jaime Barria delivers to the Boston Red Sox in the first inning of a baseball game at Fenway Park, Friday, Aug. 9, 2019, in Boston. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Brian Johnson delivers to the Los Angeles Angels during the first inning of a baseball game at Fenway Park, Friday, Aug. 9, 2019, in Boston. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)Los Angeles Angels’ Albert Pujols celebrates after hitting a three-run home run, next to Boston Red Sox catcher Christian Vazquez during the first inning of a baseball game at Fenway Park, Friday, Aug. 9, 2019, in Boston. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Jaime Barria delivers to the Boston Red Sox during the first inning of a baseball game at Fenway Park, Friday, Aug. 9, 2019, in Boston. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)Boston Red Sox’s Jackie Bradley Jr. slides home to score on a single by Rafael Devers as Los Angeles Angels catcher Max Stassi waits for the ball during the sixth inning of a baseball game at Fenway Park, Friday, Aug. 9, 2019, in Boston. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)NextShow Caption1 of 21Boston Red Sox’s Jackie Bradley Jr. slides home to score on a single by Rafael Devers as Los Angeles Angels catcher Max Stassi waits for the ball during the sixth inning of a baseball game at Fenway Park, Friday, Aug. 9, 2019, in Boston. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)ExpandBOSTON >> After the Angels’ losing streak reached eight games with an ugly 16-4 loss to the Boston Red Sox on Friday night, Brad Ausmus did not sugarcoat what has happened.“It’s embarrassing,” the Angels manager said. “It’s an embarrassing loss, quite frankly. We didn’t pitch. We didn’t hit, other than Albert (Pujols’) homer in the first. We really haven’t done much of either the past week. That’s what happens when you have losing streaks, when you’re not hitting or pitching. It’s not lack of effort. Guys care. They are doing their work every day. They are just not performing. Anyone who puts a uniform on is to blame, including the coaching staff and myself.”The Angels are enduring their longest losing streak since an 11-game streak in 2016.Overall they have lost 12 of their last 14 games, going from a season-high five games over .500 to five-games under .500, at 56-61.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

MeToo encouraging for young Canadian females survey suggests

first_imgTORONTO – A majority of Canadian girls and young women have found the #MeToo movement heartening when it comes to the prospects of increased gender equality, but feel they still face discrimination, a new survey suggests.The online poll of just over 1,000 females aged 14 to 24 also finds about one-third of respondents said they feel less equal than their male counterparts and have less opportunities to lead.Plan International Canada, part of a group focused on advancing girls’ rights and equality around the world, commissioned the Nanos survey in part to gauge the state of gender equality.The survey also looked at the effect of the #MeToo movement, which was sparked by the downfall last year of Harvey Weinstein, the Hollywood mogul whose alleged abuse of women over decades led to an international debate and backlash over pervasive sexual harassment.According the poll, 28 per cent of Canadian girls and young woman said #MeToo had made them hopeful about gender equality in the future and another 40 per cent were somewhat hopeful. Only 11 per cent said they were left somewhat or totally pessimistic.Asked what #MeToo means to them, respondents cited support for victims of sexual harassment and awareness to end such bullying.More troubling was the indication from the survey that two in three of those asked said they had a friend who had been sexually harassed and that fewer than two in 10 said they felt completely safe in public spaces. Still, most said they do feel safe or somewhat safe when out it in public.When it comes to gender-based discrimination, seven in 10 females said they had bumped up against the issue even though more than half said they believed they had the same opportunities to lead.In other findings:— More than 60 per cent feel an affinity with the feminist movement, while 25 per cent do not feel that way.— Most say they are more or less optimistic about the future of gender equality at home and abroad.— Girls 18 to 24 reported lower levels of perceived gender equality and higher levels of discrimination than their younger counterparts.— About one-third reported feeling occasionally discriminated against because of their gender; the same percentage said they rarely felt that way.— About one in five said they never felt they were discriminated against.The poll also indicates that about 37 per cent of Canadian women feel pressure to have a successful career, while just eight per cent report pressure to get married or have kids. About 30 per cent report pressure to do it all: have a successful career as well as get married and have children.The polling industry’s professional body, the Marketing Research and Intelligence Association, says online surveys cannot be assigned a margin of error because they do not randomly sample the population.last_img read more