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Jorge Jesus: “Maradona had a lot of passion for football, but Messi has nothing”

Alexandre Patanian

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Benfica coach Jorge Jesus is not really fond of Barcelona. Earlier this year, the Portuguese manager said that he would not like his Benfica side to play the way the current Barça team does. His most recent statement about Leo Messi might also anger some Culés.

After putting a lot of praise on the late Diego Maradona, Jesus told that Messi does not have any passion for football at all, comparing the 33-year-old to Maradona and his fellow Portuguese citizen Cristiano Ronaldo.

“Maradona had a lot passion for football; Cristiano Ronaldo has a little too, but Messi has nothing.”

“Be careful not to misinterpret. As for Messi, we are talking about what life and feeling are about, having a passion for the game and football. I think Maradona was even prominent in this regard in relation to others.”

Jorge Jesús (Benfica manager) | ESPN

Despite the fact that the Benfica boss made it clear that he should not be misinterpreted, the idea he has about Messi, a man who has spent his whole life in love with football and who is not planning to retire anytime soon, is ludicrous. Besides that, Jorge Jesus should be worried about his Benfica side rather than Barcelona.

Lionel Messi has spent his entire career at FC Barcelona, winning a total of 34 trophies, including 10 La Liga titles and 4 Champions Leagues. If that does not require a decent amount of passion, what does?

As a Lebanese teenager who never had the chance to support their local team, I fell in love with the club that was FC Barcelona at the start of the decade. I always was passionate about writing and this is exactly what I am looking for: sharing my insights and opinions on football.

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Barcelona presidential candidate takes a jab at Madrid president, calls him VARentino Perez

Domagoj Kostanjšak

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The presidential elections are edging ever closer and the people are already picking their favourites. However, this battle has very much become a two-horse race and even calling it that is putting it quite mildly as well. Joan Laporta is, to many, the frontrunner for the position while Victor Font and Antoni Freixa are lagging far behind.

This is especially true for the latter who seems to stand no chance against two big names in the business. But Freixa is still trying and campaigning as well. One of his latest moves was actually taking a dig at both Real Madrid and his direct rivals.

Following in Laporta’s footsteps of mocking the Madridistas, according to AS‘ report, Freixa addressed Florentino Perez, Real’s president, as ‘VARentino’ in one of his slogans.

‘I will not allow VARentino to control LaLiga,’, read the slogan to be more precise. Of course, some socis will undoubtedly find this funny and appealing. After all, Laporta’s dig was well received in the community because Barcelona fans, and any other fans for that matter, like jabs like these that are aimed at their arch-rivals.

However, Freixa also took a dig at Laporta as well, calling him out for not attending the debate with himself and Font. Either way, we can safely say the tension is slowly but surely on the rise.

March is also rapidly approaching and the candidates are using all the aces they have up their sleeves. We still don’t know who will have the final say but at the same time, there are some indications suggesting there is a clear favourite after all.

We’ll just have to wait and see.

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