Goodbye Diego. Leo is Argentina’s new Messi-ah

Metlife Stadium, 2016: Lionel Messi walked up to take his spot kick. His mates at the centre circle clutched onto each other's shoulders. Their eyes had a hint of nervousness but what could go wrong? Argentina had to score but Messi never misses. The Barcelona superstar placed the ball on the spot and looked up... Continue Reading →


A Messi freekick, freezing Lyon and a pen – tales of a European sojourn

A pen. Beautiful, granted, but still just a pen. A Cartier: shiny, a little bit heavier than a biro and emblazoned with the Milan club crest.┬áBut still just a pen - the opening lines of Andrea Pirlo's autobiography was stuck inside my head as I examined my pen. It wasn't a Cartier. I never looked... Continue Reading →

Lionel Messi, Murtaza Ahmadi and the magic of being a fan

Murtaza Ahmadi is one lucky, lucky boy. If you don't know who he is, go to Twitter or scroll down your Facebook timeline. Murtaza is everywhere. He's just six years old but today, he's the biggest sports story of every publication. For those who are still living under a rock, here's some context. Murtaza is... Continue Reading →


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