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Pope Francis snubs Catholic rules to appoint first ever woman as senior synod.


The Argentinian-born pope has signalled his wish to reform the synod and have women and laypeople play a greater role in the church.

Pope Francis has broken with Catholic tradition to appoint a woman as an undersecretary of the synod of bishops, the first to hold the post with voting rights in a body that studies major questions of doctrine.


Frenchwoman Nathalie Becquart is one of the two new undersecretaries named Saturday to the synod, where she has been a consultant since 2019.

The appointment signals the pontiff’s desire “for a greater participation of women in the process of discernment and decision-making in the church”, said Cardinal Mario Grech, the secretary-general of the synod.

“During the previous synods, the number of women participating as experts and listeners has increased,” he said.


“With the nomination of Sister Nathalie Becquart and her possibility of participating in voting, a door has opened.”

The synod is led by bishops and cardinals who have voting rights and also comprises experts who cannot vote, with the next gathering scheduled for autumn 2022.

A special synod on the Amazon in 2019 saw 35 female “auditors” invited to the assembly, but none could vote.

The Argentinian-born pope has signalled his wish to reform the synod and have women and laypeople play a greater role in the church.


He named Spaniard Luis Marin de San Martin as the other under undersecretary in the synod of bishops.

Becquart, 52, a member of the France-based Xaviere Sisters, has a master’s degree in management from the prestigious HEC business school in Paris and studied in Boston before joining the order.



Thousands line to wish football legend, Maradona farewell


The weeping fans gathered outside as Maradona’s coffin was lifted out of an ambulance and brought into the palace on Wednesday night.

Argentina that has declared three days of mourning for its soccer idol Diego Maradona is according him all the paraphernalia of state burial, as the lying-in-state begins today.

Maradona’s body arrived at the presidential palace in Buenos Aires, Argentina early today for the lying-in-state, with thousands of grieving Argentines queueing to say the final goodbye.


Maradona, regarded worldwide as a football genius died on Wednesday at the age of 60.

The mourners file past a barricade (where maradona’s coffin laid) at the Presidential palace.


Video streamed by Argentine paper La Nacion showed the people, wearing face masks, entering a room in the palace to file past the coffin draped in Argentina colours.

crowd mobs the ambulance that brought the coffin to the presidential palace


People kept vigil overnight outside of the presidential palace to pay Maradona their last respects

It is expected to lie in state for three-days.

Others gathered outside the Buenos Aires stadium where Maradona began his career and which has since been renamed in his honour, setting up a makeshift shrine to celebrate Argentina’s legendary number 10.


His death has also been keenly felt in Europe, especially in Naples where he steered an unfashionable side to two Italian league titles and where fans let off flares in tribute outside the stadium last night.


Regarded by some as the greatest player of all time, Maradona combined awesome footballing ability with a flair for showmanship and a turbulent personal life marked by drug and alcohol problems.

An autopsy report leaked to Argentine media said he died in his sleep after suffering heart failure, only two weeks after leaving hospital following surgery to remove a blood clot on his brain.



I hope we play again ‘in the sky’ – Pele mourns Maradona


Pele had wished Maradona well on his birthday on October 30, writing, “May your journey be long and may you always smile, and make me smile, too!”

Brazilian football great Pele mourned his fellow legend Diego Maradona after the Argentine died Wednesday, saying he hoped they would “play together in the sky” one day.

“Sad news today. I have lost a dear friend, and the world has lost a legend,” Pele wrote on Instagram, alongside a picture of Maradona hoisting the World Cup trophy in 1986.


“There is much more to say, but for now may God give his family strength. One day, I hope, we will play soccer together in the sky.”

Pele and Maradona, who often vie for the title of best footballer in history, had just celebrated milestone birthdays last month: 80 and 60, respectively.


Maradona had likewise congratulated Pele on his 80th a week before, joining in what he called “the universal tribute to the King.”

The Brazilian and Argentine were jointly named best player of the 20th century by FIFA in 2000.



Argentine legend, Diego Maradona dies at 60.


Maradona underwent brain surgery at the start of November and his lawyer said he would continue to be treated for alcohol dependency.

Argentine legend, Diego Amado Maradona dies at age 60 after crucial heart attack. NoRM‘s Sport deck can confirm


The Argentine FA confirmed the news in a statement on Twitter which read: “The Argentine Football Association, through its President Claudio Tapia, expresses its deepest sorrow for the death of our legend, Diego Armando Maradona.

"You will always be in our hearts."

The 1986 World Cup winner had an emergency operation for a subdural hematoma, which is an accumulation of blood between a membrane and his brain.


Maradona was initially admitted to another clinic in La Plata with signs of depression, anemia and dehydration, before being moved to Olivos when the subdural hematoma was discovered.

Dr Luque said an accident likely caused the subdural hematoma but that Maradona did not recall any falls or mishaps.


Maradona felt ill on October 30 while coaching first-division team Gimnasia y Esgrima. He had left before the end of the first half, raising questions about his health.

Manchester United and England forward Marcus Rashford paid tribute on Twitter, while Gary Lineker wrote: “By some distance the best player of my generation and arguably the greatest of all time. After a blessed but troubled life, hopefully he’ll finally find some comfort in the hands of God. #RipDiego”



Shocking: Messi joins Argentina team for WC qualifiers


Argentina kick-off their World Cup qualifying campaign against Ecuador in Buenos Aires on 8 October before travelling to Bolivia five days later.

Lionel Messi headlines Argentina’s preliminary 30-man squad for next month’s CONMEBOL World Cup qualifiers against Ecuador and Bolivia. World Cup qualifying for the 2022 showpiece in Qatar was due to begin in March, but the coronavirus pandemic forced a delay until October.

Now, Lionel Scaloni’s Argentina – who have not played since November – will kick-off their campaign against Ecuador in Buenos Aires on 8 October before travelling to Bolivia five days later.


Dybala and Lautaro join Messi
Argentina and Barcelona captain Messi is joined in the preliminary squad by Juventus star Paulo Dybala and Inter forward Lautaro Martínez. Uncapped pair Facundo Medina and Nehuen Pérez have also been included, while former Arsenal goalkeeper Emiliano Martínez could make his debut after completing a move to Aston Villa.

Agustin Marchesin (Porto), Emiliano Martinez (Aston Villa), Juan Musso (Udinese); Marcos Acuna (Sevilla), Leonardo Balerdi (Marseille), Juan Foyth (Tottenham), Walter Kannemann (Gremio), Facundo Medina (Lens), Nicolas Otamendi (Manchester City), Nehuen Perez (Atletico Madrid), German Pezzella (Fiorentina), Renzo Saravia (Internacional), Nicolas Tagliafico (Ajax); Joaquin Correa (Lazio), Rodrigo De Paul (Udinese), Nicolas Dominguez (Stuttgart), Alejandro Gomez (Atalanta), Giovani Lo Celso (Tottenham), Alexis Mac Allister (Brighton and Hove Albion), Lucas Ocampos (Sevilla), Exequiel Palacios (Bayer Leverkusen), Leandro Paredes (Paris Saint-Germain), Guido Rodriguez (Real Betis); Lucas Alario (Bayer Leverkusen), Paulo Dybala (Juventus), Lautaro Martinez (Inter), Lionel Messi (Barcelona), Cristian Pavon (LA Galaxy), Giovanni Simeone (Cagliari).


Inter could get €180m from sales of Argentine duo Lautaro & Icardi


Inter could get €180m from a possible double sale of their Argentine stars Lautaro Martinez and Mauro Icardi.


Barcelona have been linked with Lautaro in recent months and are allegedly not giving up on a potential deal for the 22-year-old.

But Lautaro has a buy-out clause of €111m in his current deal at San Siro and reports in both Italy and Spain have claimed the Blaugrana have tried to include players in an effort to reach the required value set by his contract.

The €111m release clause must be triggered this summer and adding that loanee Icardi will return from his stint at Paris Saint-Germain, the Nerazzurri could potentially make well over €180m if both players end up elsewhere.

~Lautaro Martinez

Tuttosport highlights that Icardi will add between €70m to €85m on the total amount and depending on where he ends up, having been linked with a host of clubs, including league leaders and title rivals Juventus.

The newspaper claims Conte would like to keep Martinez at the Giuseppe Meazza, but if he decides to move to Barcelona, the money could be spent wisely and used to add more depth to the current crop.



Former teammate Mascherano explains why Messi ‘is from another planet’

Messi’s former teammate Mascherano explains why he always says Messi is from another planet in a local radio program.

Mascherano explained why Messi“is from another planet” in a local radio program called Cielosports de la Plata.

The midfielder, who played as centre-back at Barcelona, said, ‘When I talk about Messi, I always say the same. In football, there are 2 kinds of ability called decision-making and execution. Most players can make good decisions, but can’t make good execution, vice versa. But Messi can do them both perfectly, that’s why he’s different, especially considering the game speed at his level.

He added, ‘Meanwhile, Messi knows how to dose and that allows him to make perfect & important moves for 7, 8 or even 10 times in a game. That’s why he can dominate the game. Usually, it’s game dominates us. The game, or the opponents, they welcome to make different actions, which could lead to mistakes. But Leo can decide what to do or not do in a game by himself. That’s why he’s from another planet.’

About the coronavirus pandemic, he said, ‘I haven’t talked to him recently. We haven’t talked for a while.

From the current situation he explained that “I didn’t talk to Leo at this time, we haven’t spoken to him in a while. But well, Comparing with Argentina the situation is worse there (in Spain), they had to quarantine with the problem on top.

‘The coronavirus will test me. not just me, everyone.

On his future, he said, ‘Will coronavirus makes me demand a move? I’m not thinking about anything now because I don’t know what’s going to happen. I don’t know how easy or difficult it is when the season returns after three or four months without playing, but I’m preparing for it.’


Do it, stay at home – Messi’s message to Argentines during coronavirus pandemic

Leo Messi the image chosen by the Argentine Football Association (AFA) to send a message to people in the country in the middle of the coronavirus pandemic.

Messi and the AFA have sent a message to supports and the people of Argentina to remind them of the importance of staying at home to avoid further spreading of Covid-19.

“The more difficult the victory, the happier you are when you win. If you stay at home, we all win. Do it. Stay at home,” is the message published by the AFA on social media to raise awareness on both Twitter and Instagram.

The AFA want people to stay at home to avoid further contagion in the South American country, where latest figures revealed there have been almost 100 deaths.

Remember that Messi, in lockdown in his house in Barcelona, has made various contributions to the fight against coronavirus.

He donated one million euros to hospitals in Catalonia and Argentina and has also agreed a temporary 70 percent wage cut with the club during Spain’s State of Alarm


Will Lionel Messi play at Copa America 2021?

With Copa America postponed a year due to the Covid-19 pandemic, there is a possibility that Lionel Messi has already played his final tournament with Argentina.

Messi’s Argentina side bowed out as third-placed finishers at Copa America 2019 after losing to Brazil 2-0 in the semi-final, with the striker denied yet another chance of international silverware.

But could the forward still play for Argentina at Copa America 2021?

There already was uncertainty about Messi playing at Copa America 2020, so if he were to participate in the postponed 2021 edition, he would do so at 34 years of age. There is still a slight chance that he will play in the next edition of the tournament.

Messi has not yet officially retired from Argentina duty, though he may find that within the next year or so will be the appropriate time to hang up his Albiceleste boots.

“I don’t know if it will be the last [tournament Messi plays with Argentina]. Hopefully not,” Argentina coach Lionel Scaloni said in 2019 about the likelihood of Messi leading the Argentina side for Copa America 2020.

“But Argentina need the title, more than just him. Hopefully, don’t promise anything, but we’ll give the maximum to reach the final.”

Messi might still be tempted for one last push at a major international trophy with Argentina. He has never won a major honour with his senior national team, but came close on several occasions – such as the 2014 World Cup and the 2015 and 2016 editions of the Copa America when his side fell in the final.

The Barcelona superstar’s reputation with the continental tournament, however, has been tarnished after his controversial claims that the 2019 Copa America was rigged in favour of hosts Brazil.

He was sent off for just the second time in his career after an altercation with Chile midfielder Gary Medel in the third-placed match, who was also shown red.

“There is no doubt, the whole thing is set up for Brazil,” Messi said following the VAR decisions that were in favour of Brazil during the semi-final loss.

“I hope the VAR and referees don’t play any part in the final and that Peru can compete but it looks tough to me.

“I did not want to be part of this corruption, we shouldn’t have to be part of this disrespect we suffered during the Copa America.

“We could have gone further but we weren’t allowed into the final. Corruption, referees and all the rest stopped people from enjoying the football.”

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Colombian Teenager Joins Lionel Messi in New Gatorade ‘GOAT CAMP’ Commercial

There’s learning from the best, and then there’s learning from the best.

Gatorade’s new ad, GOAT CAMP, gives a high-def vision of a world in which you could learn from the best. Which is nice of them.

Their shiny new campaign, celebrating their ongoing partnership with the Champions League, kicks off with six-time Ballon d’Or winner Leo Messi, 23-time Grand Slam tennis champion Serena Williams, sprinting world record holder Usain Bolt, and six-time champion and NBA Hall of Famer Michael Jordan. They don’t call it GOAT CAMP lightly.

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Previous Manchester City CEO unveils he mistakenly made £70m bid for Leo Messi

Former Manchester City CEO Cook has sensationally revealed how miscommunication led to him accidentally placing a £70m bid for Lionel Messi in 2008.

Cook worked at the club between 2008 and 2011, joining just as the Abu Dhabi United Group completed their take over of the Citizens. As CEO, he was responsible for transfers and during his time in charge Cook was apparently involved in a number of audacious bids for the likes of Ronaldo, Ronaldinho and Wayne Rooney.

Ronaldinho,Lionel Messi
In an interview with The Athletic, the 61-year-old also claimed that he inadvertently submitted an offer to Barcelona for the services of Lionel Messi, when Thaksin Shinawatra was still in charge at the club in summer 2008.

“We were in London on a conference call,” Cook explained. “Pairoj Piempongsant was getting heated. The phone was on the table and he was speaking to Paul Aldridge, who had previously been with West Ham, got himself in a bit of trouble [over Carlos Tevez and Javier Mascherano’s controversial moves], and was also part of Thaksin’s world.

“So picture the scene. There’s Paul with his London accent: ‘Pairoj, you got to tell me what we’re doing, it’s getting out of control.’ Pairoj was lying on a chaise lounge, getting a massage, and shouting: ‘Yes, yes, yes! Very messy, messy, it’s getting messy.’

“Something got lost in translation and — on my daughter’s eyesight, this is the truth — that was misheard as ‘we’ve got to get Messi’.”

Cook claimed that after the bid was submitted Barcelona contacted Premier League chairman Dave Richards to check if the offer of around £70m was genuine.

“They were saying to Dave that, if it was real, they might have done a deal a few weeks earlier,” he said.

Barcelona’s Argentinian forward Lionel M

In the end Messi remained at Barcelona, with City eventually securing the signing of Robinho to kick start the most successful era in their history.