From the publishers of THE HINDU
VOL.32 :: NO.23 :: Jun. 06, 2009
Lionel Messi has scored 38 goals in all competitions this season, enough to place his performance on the same plane as Cristiano Ronaldo’s in 2007-08, a season when the Portuguese struck 42 goals. The Argentinean should be in line for winning the Ballon d’Or and the FIFA World Player of the Year award this year, writes Karthik Krishnaswamy.
The best man wins
The battle of the world’s best players was won convincingly by Barcelona’s playmaker and one of the goalscorers on the night, Lionel Messi. By Richard Williams.
CHAMPIONS LEAGUE FINAL
Barely any fight
It is odd to realise that Manchester United may prefer to forget a campaign in which they won the Club World Cup, the League Cup and, crucially, a third consecutive Premier League title. Their standards are high but in the Champions League final against Barcelona they met opponents who produced celestial football, writes Kevin McCarra.
It is hard to see who could possibly take over from the shrewd and sophisticated Arsene Wenger and do any better, or even just as well.
It is a fitting end to a remarkable career for Luis Figo, one of the modern greats, who has collected major trophies from the Spanish Primera Division, Serie A and appeared 127 times for Portugal, writes Chris Jacobsen.
NATIONAL U-21 CHAMPIONSHIP
Mizoram meets its match in Punjab
With the youngsters given the opportunity to display their talent in front of the I-League club coaches, it was football skills that mattered, not the age of the players. Nandakumar Marar reports.
Farewell gift to Hiddink
This is the first trophy Chelsea have won since Jose Mourinho signed off his silverware account with victory against Manchester United here two years ago, and as the outstanding Florent Malouda was unlucky to be denied a third goal with a shot that bounced down from the crossbar and over the line, there was no case for arguing that they were not worthy winners. By Paul Wilson.
India has a well-balanced side and should start the favourite, writes S. Dinakar.
Real test for Team India
The T20 format is extremely unpredictable, and with the ball likely to jag around in England, the ICC World Twenty20, 2009 will not be short of surprises. Of course, the biggest question is whether India can retain the title.
In champions it trusts
The Mittal Champions Trust, which is preparing athletes for the 2012 London Olympics, foresees a bright future for India. By Kamesh Srinivasan.
Cost cap reversal at what cost?
If the FIA accepts FOTA’s wish to defer the cost cap until 2011, it will affect the new teams whose entries for 2010 were prompted by the budget cap’s reduction of costs to a level they might be able to afford. By Maurice Hamilton.
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