7 minutes with China: Ronaldo, Messi, Nigeria and two other things the World Cup has taught us so far

The World
Cup has kicked off with aplomb and if we haven’t learned anything
yet, here are five things that would be etched in our minds.

DON’T
GET CRISTIANO RONALDO ANGRY

For
the last ten years of his footballing life, Cristiano Ronaldo has
been in constant battle with the fans, the media and himself over who
is the greater player between himself and Lionel Messi.

We
know about this battle so I won’t go into details.

By
the half way mark of this past season, Ronaldo was so far behind on
all the charts that #TeamMessi went to sleep proclaiming their man as
Balon D’Or winner once again.

What
did that do to Cristiano? It got him angry and he started to score,
and score, and score and score.

The
end result was Madrid eventually winning the UEFA Champions League
which in December of 2017 not even the staunchest of their fans
thought it possible.

Enter
the World Cup and a few of us neutrals wanted to enjoy good football.
We never knew it would turn out a plebiscite for who was the best
footballer in the World.

Ronaldo
knew and wanted it over as quick as it started so he got 3 goals in
one game against, wait for it… Spain.

Now
you know better than to annoy Ronaldo. When he’s angry, he scores.

MESSI
HAS BIGGER AND BETTER THINGS TO WORRY ABOUT THAN RONALDO

Lionel Messi
The
problem with people of this world causing problems between Messi and
Ronaldo is that they do not really know what’s going on.

Messi
has bigger things to think about than if he’s a better player than
Ronaldo or not.

Let’s
think about it, the Argentinians, Messi’s own people do not think
he’s their best ever player and that is worrisome for him.

A
certain Diego Maradona won the World Cup with Argentina in 1986 and
got to the final four years later.

Messi
has only done one final, is 30 and must win this World Cup, or
else…

You
all see why he wasn’t thinking about Ronaldo when he stepped up to
take that penalty against the 30 something year old film director
from Iceland?

In
La Liga, when Ronaldo gets a hat trick, Messi replies with same or
even a double brace, but this was not about the Portuguese, but his
fellow Argentine, Diego Maradona.

The
weight of expectation is too much for the fragile shoulders of Lionel
Messi. You all, please leave him alone. He will score when he wants,
but not because you all want him to prove he is better than Ronaldo…
His current battle is with Diego Maradona.

FASHION XI SEEM TO BE ALL ABOUT FASHION
Fashion XI?

Since
their grand entry into the World, Nigeria’s Super Eagles have been
called lots of names from Fashion XI, Adire XI to
Shaku Shaku Boys etc,
and this is no doubt because of the team jerseys and travel attire
that wowed the world when they were
unveiled. I warned in a previous
article HERE that it was not enough for Nigeria to win the Jersey
World Cup as there would be actual football to be played.

I
also warned in another article HERE that Gernot Rohr’s tactics would
make it almost impossible for Nigeria to score because of the way he
shapes his team.

Granted,
this is arguably Nigeria’s best 23 players, give or take 2 or 3
players, the team would still have done better with different tactics
deployed.

The
age old argument about John Mikel Obi playing as a DM all his club
footballing life that includes more that 30 games yearly, then 7
times a year we try him as AM has never worked but we keep doing it.

Victor
Moses has excelled at Chelsea for the last 2 seasons as a wing back
yet he plays as one of the front 3 for Nigeria is another debatable
issue.

Odion
Ighalo continues to be isolated up front and it can be frustrating
when as a striker in that kind of position, you do not get fed.
Remember, “FEED THE YAK?”

Player
deployment, tactics, shape, substitutions all went wrong for the
Super Eagles against Croatia. It could be worse against Iceland and
Argentina.

Nigerians
should be content that the Super Eagles at least won a trophy before
the main event started.

AFRICANS
ARE THE SAME EVERYWHERE

If
you are disappointed in the performance of #TeamAfrica so far at the
World Cup then I’m sorry for you.

African
teams right from the off have had the same problem, which is not
doubt, focus.

Before
now, we’d say a football match lasts for 90 minutes, but not anymore.

A
football match lasts for as long as the referee wants it and until he
blows the final whistle, it is not over.

What
were the Egyptians thinking? That they’d gotten away with a point?
And the game was still on?

First
I blame them and their coach, Hector Cuper for their over dependence
on Sallah. Uruguay was there for the taking but they couldn’t. They
got to the final 3rd and with no Sallah to pass to, they made a mess
of the ball.

Sometimes
I was thinking they wanted to pass to Sallah, regardless, even though
he was on the bench.

The
Moroccans were even worse. They held the Iranians by the balls all
game long and while the world waited for them to strike the killer
blow, they eventually slit their own throat.

Sad,
sad, Africa.

Focus
is key. The Uruguayans didn’t rest until they got their goal. The
Egyptians should not have taken their feet off the pedal.

ASIDE
THE FOOTBALL LET US STAY SAFE

I
saw a video from Russia where a taxi ran into tourists injuring them
(thank God no one died) and then the driver running off into the
streets.

There
has been an argument on Twitter as to if that was an accident or not.

The
driver was caught and reports say he claimed he fell asleep on the
steering wheel.

My
point is that no one should go to the World Cup to watch football and
not return home.

I
know accidents happen, but tourists should be careful too. There will
be more videos like that. You don’t want to be a statistic.

The
World Cup is 3 days old. It’s still a long way to go and we will
enjoy every minute of it.

Stay
safe in Russia. 

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