#ThisGirlCan – Why Sport England’s new campaign is spot on

first_imgEmbracing the blood, sweat, tears and toil is helping transform attitudes to women’s sport. Middlesex Women’s cricket captain Izzy Westbury explains why a new campaign is hitting back at the Pride and Prejudice generation….“How can you be so silly,” cried her mother, “as to think of such a thing, in all this dirt! You will not be fit to be seen when you get there.”It’s England in the early 19th century. The carriage isn’t available and there are no horses to be had, so Elizabeth Bennet, determined and thoughtful, resolves to walk through the wet fields to visit her ill sister.Fast forward two centuries later and this scene from Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice could easily be replayed today, albeit without the horse and carriage.In an age where the finished, final, airbrushed and photo-shopped image is the one on which women are judged in society, Sport England’s new ad campaign ‘#ThisGirlCan’ – which premiered on TV on Monday – is one helluva breath of fresh air.“You were queen bee if you could skive PE and get your nails done while you were at it.”“Horses sweat, gentlemen perspire and ladies feel the heat,” is how the old saying goes. Well guess what, world, things have moved on since Jane Austen’s time and ‘This Girl Can’ is here to show us just that.I’ve found it difficult to relate to many of the past ad campaigns encouraging women to get active. You know the ones – filled with prim and proper ladies dressed more for a Friday night out than a gym session, lathered in make-up still perfectly in place and not a drop of sweat in sight.Is this realistic? No. Did I care how I looked? No. But society seemed to. Luckily for me, I lived in blissful ignorance. At school the choice was simple; you were either a girl dressing up as a fairy princess or a boy playing football in the school playground.Did I want to be a boy? I don’t think it particularly crossed my mind. But did I want to kick a ball around every minute of the day and be the next Alan Shearer? Hell yes. And the only way that I, aged seven, could see of doing this was to be a boy. And so I conformed.Cricket, oddly, arrived much later on the scene and ironically was a direct result of not having the opportunities as a girl to play football. Football, to my mother’s bewilderment, was my first love. As a south of the Watford gap, middle-class, well-to-do young girl with an accent straight out of Buckingham Palace, naturally Newcastle United was my Mecca and Alan Shearer my god. It’s a long story…I rose through the ranks at my local football club as the only girl in the team and thrived on it. The boys accepted me as one of their own and there seemed no reason that I could not aspire to play the game professionally like the rest of the boys.On reaching the age of 13, however, the dream ended. Girls were no longer allowed to play competitive football in mixed teams. There was no active girls team in the area and the only other option was playing in a team full of strangers 10 years my senior.The solution? Cricket. With no rule against girls playing with the boys I quickly adopted this new sport as my way of beating the boys at their own game. That was what I wanted to do and the only change was through the medium with which I was going to do it.“The world has moved on but attitudes are yet to catch up.”I was an anomaly. That much is easy to see. For the boys, you were kingpin if you were the star striker in the football team. For the girls, you were queen bee if you could skive PE and get your nails done while you were at it.In 2012, an American study claimed that 40 per cent of women avoid exercise because they don’t want to mess up their hair. Mud, sweat and tears just wasn’t ‘girly’. In a world where rising obesity levels are crippling our health service, we just can’t afford to have these barriers. ‘This Girl Can’ is trying to change a perception, and society knows all too well that perceptions count.“I jiggle therefore I am.”, “Sweating like a pig, feeling like a fox.”, “Damn right I look hot.” – these are among the slogans Sport England have chosen to accompany shots of regular women pushing themselves to the limit in the gym, in the pool or on the pitch.This is the reality of sport, of hard work and of freedom. Train like Medusa to look like Helen of Troy, because you’re sure as hell not going to get there if you reverse those roles.Society judges people against the standards it sets. Those standards find their roots in a world where women couldn’t vote, where they couldn’t leave the house without another man and the idea of walking a couple of miles across a field could put paid to your marriage ambitions.The world has moved on but attitudes are yet to catch up. ‘This Girl Can’ is revolutionary and inspiring precisely because it shows real women, experiencing the realities of exercise in real life.And you don’t have to be a boy to do that.See also:Westbury vows to learn from testing first year as Middlesex captainFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Dinosaur Era Fossils Fail to Support Evolution

first_imgYou have to squint hard to see the image of Charles Darwin in these bones. It works better if you close your eyes.Evolutionists do not ‘own’ the history of dinosaurs, even though they pretend to. Do these fossils support the idea that dinosaurs evolved from smaller, simpler animals?Paleontologists discover largest dinosaur foot ever (Science Daily). A dinosaur dubbed ‘Bigfoot’ found in the Black Hills of South Dakota in 1998 turns out to be well named. The monster, a type of brachiosaur, apparently had the biggest footprint of any dinosaur. The open-access paper in PeerJ describing it says nothing about evolution. The authors who have studied the bones for 20 years apparently felt no need to weave a story about how it might have evolved. Nor did Live Science; Laura Geggel’s Darwin-free report says the titanosaur stood 13 feet at the hip and had a footprint a meter long.Artwork of Lingulong sauropod from China.‘Amazing dragon’ dinosaur discovered in China (Fox News). China is known for its dragons. This fossil ‘dragon’ found in northwestern China, a sauropod named Lingwulong shenqi, “may force researchers to rethink the entire lineage of the largest animals to roam the earth,” this article says. Why? Because “the discovery pushes back by 15 million years the appearance of so-called advanced sauropods, which included some of the largest land animals ever.” The Bigfoot sauropod in the previous item lived 150 million Darwin Years ago; this one dates to 174 million Darwin Years on the other side of the world. The paper in Nature Communications says, “The new discovery challenges conventional biogeographical ideas, and suggests that dispersal into East Asia occurred much earlier than expected.” But such spatio-temporal rearrangements are easy for Darwinians. They just turn the speed dial.This ‘pushing back’ of the origination times of major sauropod clades reinforces recent suggestions that the Early Jurassic was a critical phase in dinosaur evolution, characterized by highly elevated rates of diversification and morphological change.New dinosaur fossil explains how Diplodocus evolved to be so massive (New Scientist). We’ve just heard about sauropods from South Dakota and China. They sure got around; this one is from Argentina. After promising the fossil “explains” evolution, reporter Frank Swain says, “A new fossil challenges current ideas about the path to giant dinosaurs.” The fossil named Ingentia prima, dated 220 million Darwin Years old, is said to be a “precursor” of giants like Diplodocus. So how does Ingentia challenge current ideas?“Until now we thought that to acquire gigantic size, it was necessary to acquire adaptations in the structure of the skeleton to support this weight,” says Apaldetti’s colleague Ricardo Martínez. However, Ingentia lacks many of these – for example, it doesn’t have the stout, columnar legs of Diplodocus and modern-day giants like elephants. Also, while giant sauropods grew continuously, tree-ring like patterns in the bone show lessensaurids had growth spurts.Ingentia also developed bird-like air sacs that allowed it to breathe continuously – an important feature giant dinosaurs needed to get rid of their immense body heat.From the looks of the artwork, Ingentia had more ingenuity than the evolution-challenged scientists. Like all other dinosaurs and alleged ancestors, it was a fully complete animal, well adapted to its environment.First snake found in amber is a baby from the age of the dinosaurs (New Scientist). Amber fossils are always exciting; this one especially so, since it contains remains of a baby snake dated 100 million Darwin Years ago. Another piece of Burmese amber was found with pieces of skin that may be from a larger snake or a lizard. Michael LePage says that snake fossils are very rare. Only 15 snake fossils are known from this period, and none of them had ever been found in amber. Unfortunately the skull did not get preserved, but judging from the artwork, it looks like it was 100% snake. LePage obviously did not do eyewitness reporting for his opening story:Around 100 million years ago, a baby snake hatched on a tropical island in the Indian Ocean. The tiny snake, just 10 centimetres long, got stuck in resin oozing from a tree.That chunk of resin remained buried as the island drifted north and became part of what is now Myanmar.Could Humans and Dinosaurs Coexist? Here’s the Science. (National Geographic). In a not-so-subtle swipe at young-earth creationists who allege Noah took dinosaurs on the Ark, John Pickrell argues that there’s no way humans could have coexisted with dinosaurs. His overt target is the Jurassic Park series of movies. Their plots revolve around finding dinosaur DNA and using it to resurrect ancient beasts that lived many tens of millions of Darwin Years ago. The young-earth creationists might get a kick out of Pickrell’s waffling about soft tissue:“DNA breaks down really fast, and even in a hundred years, it has broken up into tiny nonsense fragments,” says Mike Benton, a paleontologist at the University of Bristol in the U.K. “It takes massive technical power to link these bits together. So, until someone finds some dino DNA, we haven’t even got off the starting blocks.”…“I’m hesitant to say it’s impossible,” Victoria Arbour, an expert on armored dinosaurs at the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto, Canada, says of dino de-extinction. “So many scientific disciplines are making incredible breakthroughs all the time that something that’s hard to imagine now, like resurrecting a dinosaur, might be possible 25, 50, 100 years from now.”Pickrell’s focus on DNA overlooks the other kinds of soft tissue that have been found in dinosaur bones, capitalized on by creationists as impossible to preserve for millions of years. Even if Jurassic Park became a reality, he says, we wouldn’t get along. How do you train dinosaurs not to eat the tourists?“The dinosaurs would be aliens in our world,” agrees [Stephen] Brusatte. “They evolved tens or hundreds of millions of years ago, when Earth was much different. The continents were in different places, the atmosphere was different, the plants were different. Maybe they couldn’t cope at all.”Maybe they couldn’t cope with humans killing them as trophies (9 July 2018). Before Pickrell pretends to speak for science, he needs to take a closer look at the evidence that dinosaurs lived much more recently than evolutionists believe.And no, Mr. Pickrell, birds are not dinosaurs. (Visited 706 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Farm Bureau encourages “no” vote on State Issue 1

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The Ohio Farm Bureau Federation board of trustees has announced the organization’s opposition to State Issue 1, misleadingly called the Neighborhood Safety, Drug Treatment and Rehabilitation Amendment.Farm Bureau, Ohio’s largest organization for farm, food and rural interests, believes Issue 1 is not a viable approach to the state’s opioid crisis.“Our state and county Farm Bureaus have been at the forefront of drug abuse prevention in rural Ohio,” said Frank Burkett III, a dairy farmer and president of Ohio Farm Bureau. “We’ve dug deeply into understanding Ohio’s massive drug problems. Issue 1 runs counter to much of what our members believe are effective steps to reducing the impact of drugs on our communities.”The organization also believes that a constitutional amendment is not the best mechanism for addressing Ohio’s addiction and drug trafficking problems, especially when the initiative is funded by large out-of-state interests.Farm Bureau trustees also were concerned that Issue 1 would harm the Ohio court system’s ability to effectively deal with illegal drugs. Further, Issue 1 could be a heavy burden on Ohio taxpayers with few assurances of positive results. Other concerns include negative impacts on crime rates and on the availability of a reliable workforce.“Farm Bureau joins with law enforcement, judges and prosecutors, prevention agencies, business groups, elected officials, leading editorial boards and others to encourage Ohioans to vote no on State Issue 1,” Burkett said.  “We need solutions to the drug crisis, but Issue 1 is not the answer.”Here is some background on Issue 1 prepared by the Ohio Farm Bureau. What Is Issue 1?Issue 1, named by supporters as “The Neighborhood Safety, Drug Treatment, and Rehabilitation Amendment” is a proposed amendment to Ohio’s Constitution that is purported to “reduce the number of people in state prison for low-level, nonviolent drug possession or drug use offenses”. In short, Issue 1 would:make offenses related to drug possession and use no more than misdemeanors;prohibit courts from ordering persons on probation for felonies be sent to prison for non-criminal probation violations;create a sentence credits program for inmates’ participation in rehabilitative, work, or educational programs; andrequire the state to spend savings due to a reduction of inmates, resulting from Issue 1, on drug treatment, crime victim, and rehabilitation programs.Supporters of Issue 1Ohio Safe and Healthy Communities Campaign (they are the ballot petitioners) – http://ohorganizing.org/safeandhealthy/the-ohio-neighborhood-safety-drug-treatment-and-rehabilitation-amendment/Policy Matters OhioOhio Justice and Policy CenterOhio Baptist State Convention and several labor unionsRichard CordrayFinancial contributors include billionaire Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and his wife Priscilla Chan, Nicholas and Susan Pritzker of San Francisco and George Soros’ Open Society Policy Center. The Yes on Issue 1 campaign received $4.5 million of the $4.8 million from out of state sources, according to campaign finance reports filed in July.Arguments in favor of Issue 1Saves taxpayers money: Ohio spends more than $1.8 billion per year on a broken prison system where too many people who pose little public safety risk are incarcerated while treatment and prevention programs suffer. Issue 1 will save tens of millions of dollars annually in prison spending and direct the savings to addiction treatment and victims of crime.Puts our public safety dollars to better use: Wasting law enforcement resources and prison on people struggling with addiction makes no sense. Treatment and supervision work better to improve public safety than a revolving prison door.Reduces recidivism: expands earned credit programs so that qualified people can be considered for release if they participate in rehabilitation programs. Experts agree that requiring people to earn their way out of prison through rehabilitation reduces the likelihood they’ll commit more crimes.Protects public safety: The amendment was carefully written to ensure that people that are a danger to public safety remain incarcerated. No one convicted of murder, rape or child molestation will benefit from any aspect of this measure.Other opponents of Issue 1Ohio Prosecuting Attorneys AssociationOhio Common Pleas Judges AssociationOhio Association of Juvenile and Family Court JudgesAssociation of Municipal and County Court Judges of OhioOhio State Bar AssociationBuckeye State Sheriffs AssociationOhio Association of Chiefs of PoliceOhio Patrolmen’s Benevolent AssociationOhio Crime Victim Justice CenterOhio Business RoundtableCounty Auditors Association of OhioChief Justice Maureen O’ConnorAttorney General Mike DeWineArguments Opposing Issue 1Issue 1 is dangerous:Possession or use of any amount of deadly drugs like fentanyl, heroin, and meth will result in probation — lighter punishment than offenses like disorderly conduct and reckless operation.The message to children is that these drugs are not dangerous.The message to drug traffickers is that doing business in Ohio is low risk.Violent offenders cannot be sent to prison for probation violations. They will be free to disregard judges’ orders with little consequence.It undermines treatment: Treatment for addiction is not provided or required by this amendment. An addict is on his own in getting sober.Courts connect addicts to treatment and help motivate success.Many addicts forego treatment entirely without the threat of prison.The proposal dooms effective treatment efforts in courts across Ohio.Reduces sentences for violent offenders:Drug traffickers, human traffickers, aggravated robbers, and others will be eligible for up to a 25% sentence reduction.Victims of violent crime will receive only partial justice.Issue 1 places the rehabilitation and well-being of those who break the law ahead of the rehabilitation and well-being of innocent victimsIt is an unfunded mandate. It shifts costs to local government:Proponents speculate that savings from letting violent offenders and drug offenders out of prison will result in millions of dollars for treatment.It is not clear that the savings will be anything other than a one-time savings.Speculation about savings is not the same as dedicated funding.Local taxpayers will be left with the bill.The language and goals of Issue 1 is better suited to be in statute and not Ohio’s Constitution.last_img read more

FIRE FIGHTING FOAM LIKELY GROUND CONTAMINANT AT 185TH AIR BASE

first_imgU.S. Air Force aircraft on display during an open house event at the Iowa Air National Guard’s 185th Air Refueling Wing in Sioux City, Iowa on September 2, 2009. U.S. Air National Guard photo by Technical Sgt. Oscar Sanchez/released A draft military report says there are high levels of groundwater contamination at Sioux City’s 185th Iowa Air National Guard Base.Lt. Colonel Michael Wunn of the Iowa National Guard says the Air Force study is looking into chemicals linked to fire fighting foam previously used at the base that can increase the risk of some cancers and fertility issues:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/FOAM.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC……….PFOA compounds. :15It’s feared toxic PFAS (PEE-fuss) chemicals could be migrating offsite.At one spot, PFAS in the groundwater tested at more than 100 times the health advisory set by the E-P-A.David Cwiertny leads the Center for Health Effects of Environmental Contamination at the University of Iowa and reviewed the report.Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/FOAM1.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC………….”off the base”. :16Colonel Wunn says the 185th stopped using the foam in 2016:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/FOAM3.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC………and incinerated. :14The foam was used on the base starting in the late 1980’s and the testing is being done in areas where the foam was used in practice drills or crash responses.Wunn says there is no danger to the 185th members or their water supply:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/FOAM4.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC………..may have migrated. ;24Cwiertny says more questions need to be answered.Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/FOAM2.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC………”private water supplies” :17Wunn says tests are underway at 200 sites around the country including the 132nd Air Guard in Des Moines.He says the Air Force is out in front of the issue and is continuing testing at those sites.Radio Iowa contributed to this storylast_img read more

2 days agoLiverpool veteran Milner hopeful of settling new contract

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Liverpool veteran Milner hopeful of settling new contractby Paul Vegas2 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool veteran James Milner is hopeful of settling his contract situation.The experienced utility man, 33, revealed he is in talks with the Reds over an extension of his current contract.But he is yet to put pen to paper to renew his deal which expires in the summer, meaning he will be free to sign a pre-contract agreement with European clubs from January.Asked about his future, Milner said: “Who knows, you know?“There have been talks so hopefully it gets resolved sooner rather than later.“But at this moment I will just keep playing football as well as I can.” last_img read more

It will be a game with many levels Giampaolo

first_imgThe Sampdoria coach knows Napoli are a very good opponent, but he believes his team can fight in today’s fixture of the Italian Lega Serie AUC Sampdoria does not know yet what it feels to win in the Italian Lega Serie A.The club sits in the 18th position with only one defeat, after playing only one match because their opening day was suspended to mourn Genoa’s collapsed bridge victims.But now they want to change that. In front, Sampdoria has co-leader Napoli who is perfect in the tournament.“It’ll be a game with many levels. It’s both for us as a team, us as our fans and as representatives of the city of Genoa, our first home match since the bridge collapse,” coach Marco Giampaolo told Football Italia.Cristiano Ronaldo, JuventusSerie A Betting: Match-day 3 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Considering there is a number of perfect starts so early in the Serie A season, as well as a few surprisingly not-so perfect ones….“We are playing against Napoli and a Coach in Carlo Ancelotti who is one of the most successful in European history. It’s a match for us to reply to the critics post-Udinese, which were at times excessive and gloating. There are so many reasons for us to play this game well.”“Our fans have shown themselves yet again to be a step above the rest,” added Giampaolo.“I respect Napoli, but what interests me is putting in a strong performance against an opponent it is almost impossible to beat. I am relying on the ‘almost’ part of that sentence.”“Something has changed with Ancelotti, but it’s too early to judge. I knew Sarri’s Napoli and I am still studying Ancelotti’s side,” he commented.“Napoli has a lot of quality and ultimately it’s the players that make the difference.”last_img read more

Warnock Cardiff wont park bus against Chelsea

first_imgCardiff City manager Neil Warnock says he won’t deploy defensive tactics when they travel to Stamford Bridge to face Chelsea on Saturday.Warnock is preparing his team for the game at Stamford Bridge, as Cardiff are yet to record a win after four Premier League matches. In contrast, Chelsea have won all four matches.“If you shut shop at Stamford Bridge you’re going to get picked off and lose by two or three anyway,” Warnock told BBC Sport.“So you may as well have a go, you just have to hope you don’t leave yourself wide open to a pasting.Jadon SanchoMerson believes Arsenal should sign Sancho Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho might be the perfect player to play for the Gunners, according to former England international Paul Merson.“We are looking forward to the test and with Manchester City to follow it doesn’t get much tougher than that.”Warnock also spoke of their 3-2 home defeat to Arsenal.“All the goals we conceded (against Arsenal) could have been prevented and we are working on that, it has probably been our strength this season.“Although we went forward better it was disappointing to concede goals like we did because we have not conceded goals like that over the last 12 months.”last_img read more

Sarri admits Zaha struggle

first_imgChelsea manager Maurizio Sarri has admitted his team struggled to cope with Wilfred Zaha during the team’s win against Crystal Palace on Sunday.The Blues defeated Roy Hodgson’s side 3-1 thanks to two goals from Alvaro Morata and one from Pedro Rodriguez, as Chelsea moved up to the second position on the Premier League table.Although the Côte d’Ivoire international failed to carry on with his penchant for scoring against the Blues, the winger was a constant source of worry for the Blues’ backline in the encounter.Sarri expressed his concern about his team leaving him space to attack, he was quick to point that playing against the former Manchester United winger is not an easy task.Sacchi explains Sarri, Conte, and Ancelotti Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Arrigo Sacchi talked about how Sarri has a tougher time at Juventus than Conte at Inter; while Ancelotti’s “blood is boiling” at Napoli.Arrigo Sacchi…“Because Zaha is very fast. Sometimes, I have to say that, especially in the first 20 minutes in the first half and the first 15 minutes of the second half, we were not in good positions under the ball line in the offensive phase,” Sarri admitted after the game, according to Goal.“We were in trouble because we gave them, and especially him, spaces to attack. So it’s not easy to run with Zaha in a long race.”Chelsea travel to Belarus on Thursday to face Bate Borisov in their fourth game of the UEFA Europa League, looking to maintain their perfect record in the competition this season.last_img read more

Pogba enjoying his game under Solskjaer

first_imgPaul Pogba revealed he is enjoying the free-role under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer after admitting it was ‘difficult’ to play under Jose Mourinho’s tactics.The French midfielder’s displays have dramatically improved since Solskjaer came in as caretaker manager three weeks ago.Pogba was in the thick of the action as he provided a world-class pass for Marcus Rashford to score United’s match-winner to draw level on points with Arsenal in fifth.After another dominant performance from the 25-year-old, he was asked what had changed after his disappointing start to the league campaign.Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedLiverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.“I am enjoying playing football it was really difficult with the system and tactics we used to play,” Pogba told Sky Sports after the game.“I like to be more attacking, pressing and play high rather than defending. When I have to defend, I miss my lucidity it is not my best place but when I play there (further forward) with the team I think my position that is when I feel the most comfortable.”He added: “The manager told me to get in the box and get goals because I will score if I’m in the box. It helps me to know Matic will be there and we can press high, that’s what I have been doing since the manager came I know I have security there and I have the freedom to go.”last_img read more

Ibrahimovic happy to see Modric end Duopoly

first_imgZlatan Ibrahimovic revealed he was delighted that Real Madrid midfielder Luka Modric broke the duopoly held by Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.The former Swedish international equally he was slightly surprised the Croatian received multiple individual honours in 2018.Modric was pivotal in Los Blancos third consecutive Champions League and also inspired Croatia’s run to the World Cup final.Those displays earned the former Spur’s man the Golden Ball at Russia 2018 and then the coveted Ballon d’Or that has been dominated by Messi and Ronaldo in the last decade.And former United striker Ibrahimovic, who came fourth in the 2013 Ballon d’Or back then with PSG was happy to see a different name in a different position win the award.“I think [Modric] is one of the most complete midfielders in the world,” Ibrahimovic revealed in a quote cited on FourFourTwo.“He has fantastic pace, he has a vision for the game that is amazing. The ball handling is amazing.Gerard Pique, Neymar, BarcelonaLa Liga Betting: Match-day 4 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Despite it being very early into La Liga season, both Barcelona and Real Madrid have had unprecedented starts to their campaigns. With this in…’Now we know it was Perez who was competing with Messi’Zlatan Ibrahimovic jokes Real Madrid chief was crucial to Ballon d’Or success of Cristiano Ronaldo and Luka Modrichttps://t.co/UCN6M4L2eK pic.twitter.com/Gs11wpjgwh— MailOnline Sport (@MailSport) December 8, 2018“I played against him at an early age, when he was a young player. Now he is an experienced player and I’m happy that he won the Ballon d’Or, the FIFA best player at the World Cup, all these things, because it’s not often that a player like that gets that credit.“Normally it’s a striker or somebody that has been ‘wow’. But this year, let’s say last year, was his year. I’m happy that he won.“Me and my mother being from Croatia, he’s Croatian, so I’m happy. It’s part of the blood.”last_img read more