Figo: “Raúl was a winner and had a little bit of everything”

first_imgThe Portuguese Luis Figo reviewed his career with the Italian Fabio Cannavaro in a live Instagram, and they talked about great players with whom they shared a team like Ronaldo Nazario or Zinedine Zidane, but he stayed with Raúl González, “a winner”.“In my career I have played with great footballers. It would be easier to choose one by demarcation than to stay with just one. I played with Ronaldo, Zidane, Rivaldo, Stoichkov, Guardiola, Hierro, Verón and with whom I was always prepared to score, Raúl “, assured the Portuguese.“Raúl was a winner, because of his mentality he has conquered so much in his career. He always knew how to define and how to move in the field. If you talk about Ronaldo his characteristics are speed and power but with Raúl it is difficult to decide the best, but it had a little bit of everything. He always scored a goal and made a difference “, added.Recalling his change from Barcelona to Real Madrid, in the first elections won by Florentino Pérez, Figo admitted that a key point to take the step was that He did not feel valued at the Catalan club. “It was an important and difficult decision, because I changed from a city that gave me a lot and where it was good; But when you don’t feel that you are recognized for what you are doing, if you have a proposal from another club, you think about it. But I needed the recognition of those who managed Barcelona: when you don’t receive it, if you have another proposal, think about it. All started like this. The president told me “bring the money and go”: if you say so, you get angry, especially if you try to give it your all. That summer I was also able to go to Lazio, which was strong and had the money: they wanted to pay my clause. I chose well, I was looking for a team that had great objectives: it didn’t go wrong, “he admitted.“The great clubs of the world are similar, the main difference is the people who form society, because I came to Madrid with a major change in the presidency and at the beginning it was not easy. It was all new to me, but the integration was good and with the help of everyone I adapted quite well, “he added.Cannavaro sees Figo as the next UEFA president and the Portuguese, although he did not rule it out, assured that he is happy with his current work and being an ambassador for Euro 2020. “At the moment I’m fine with the work I’m doing, I am learning a lot and in the future it will be seen “.last_img read more

Australia open to share revenues from India tours

first_imgMelbourne, Jul 4 (PTI) Cricket Australia (CA) is open to part with its multi-million-dollar television revenue from India tours to Australia as part of a collective effort to preserve the financial health of the global game. James Sutherland, Cricket Australia chief executive, has declared Australian Boards willingness to divert a part of its overseas revenue from India tours to Australia, which is worth up to USD 100 million extra to CAs annual balance sheet, to be shared among all members. “You have to have a belief in the broader context and youve also got to see the big picture. I think together with pretty well all other countries right now we see that bilateral cricket is very much our core business and its really important that it continues to be popular. “Ideally if we get to a situation where it has more structure around it, we build context, fans can understand and appreciate it more and we can increase the value and appeal of bilateral cricket,” Sutherland told ESPNcricinfo. Although this proposal is likely to cost CA money in the short-term while also changing the dynamics around the boards close relationship with the BCCI, a huge contributor to Australian crickets financial health, Sutherland felt that “doing nothing is not an option”. He insisted all boards would have to look at “the big picture” of the international games future, amid worsening financial situations of some countries and the encroachment of domestic T20 leagues on schedules and player priorities. “Weve got a very open mind and we believe in a big-picture sense that the benefits will flow, not only to us but to others. It may well be we go backwards before we go forwards, we dont know, but we do believe in the big picture and we do believe individual countries cant operate in isolation of everyone else. “Thats something were very conscious of and thats why we support the work the ICC has done so far in reviewing the structure of bilateral cricket and how that might all work. Itll be good for the game, thats our foremost position, and hopefully down the track itll be good for cricket in Australia,” he added. Sutherland said he was encouraged to explore the commercial implications of changes to bilateral tours by the willingness he saw at the recently-concluded ICC Annual Conference in Edinburgh, to reform the structure of the game. Further talks are set to be held in late August or early September, before a more detailed model is presented to the ICC board in October. MORE PTI CM ATK ATKadvertisementlast_img read more