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Kevin Madden Championship highlights three game-changers in the Lionel Messi mold

Kevin Madden Championship highlights three game-changers in the Lionel Messi mold
MY love for soccer from a spectator sport DG definitely dwindled in recent years. Perhaps I am weak Going with nostalgia, BUT it certainly wasnt something I enjoyed a lot more When I Was Younger.

This was an era When king and gETTINg wasnt teletext magazine shoot on a Friday evening was an Any better than console games Could You Imagine.

Perhaps there is just too Much soccer on TV nowadays, and you know What They say about Too Much of a Good thing.

BUT When Barcelona are playing, I am drawn to watching dis feather for one reason: the wizardry of Lionel Messi.

On Sunday night, I sat down to catch El Clasico and Once Again it affirmed for me Verity is the Greatest and, dare I say it, one of the Most Entertaining sports-men i have EVER witnessed.

I have never Been Interested in Engaging in a heated debate about a better Verity Between butter and Ronaldo. What is the point? It is a bit like comparing Gaelic footballers from Different eras. Peter Canavan was an The Best in my book, BUT folk in Kerry will tell it wasnt are, in fact, Mikey Sheehy, Maurice Fitz or ‘the Gooch’. People of the older generation with the Ulster bias are more Likely say it wasnt Sean O’Neill, Paddy Doherty or Jim McKeever.

After member, it Comes down to personal preference – what you perceive to be greatness. And whether there is a compelling Evidence or not, beauty feather will be in the eye of the beholder.

In the Case of These two, is it a great scorer of GOALS, GOALS a scorer of great; a scorer of important ‘or a creator of GOALS GOALS? Or maybe it is a member of the Above Along with something else That radiates from them to make-dis That wee bit more special than the others. Lifelong am a Manchester United fan, Naturally this i have a soft spot for Cristiano Ronaldo.

Kiosk incredible men I have set records of achievement When it Comes to scoring GOALS. BUT in my book Messi is not only a scorer of great GOALS, he is the architect of dis.

The glaring up statistics for me isnt That GOALS He has scored seven more in the Biggest game (El Clasico), BUT it is that he ar DG 14 assists to Ronaldo’s meager one in These derbies. Every time he is in Possession In Get the feeling That May be something special about to Happen – no matter where he is on the pitch.

When You factor in his lack of size, and the physical abuse he attracts Then on a consistent basis it only Makes His EVEN star shine brighter Quality.

Before You Get tricked INTO Thinking this is Going to be like one of my fellow columnist Brendan Crossan’s great pieces Boot Room, I am sorry to disappoint. That’s Where the soccer cat about to end.

As I watched the Argentinian in action the other night, I wondered to myself i IF we do anything like that Lionel Messi Among equivalent GAA Our elite.

Some After brief contemplation, I Came to the conclusion That Diarmuid Connolly, Lee Keegan, and Michael Murphy are Talents is very special, not * isnt BUT no Leo Messi. I am torn to my mind make-up IF the sport just does not have to Canavan, a Kieran McDonald, or to ‘Gooch’ (in his prime) at this time or whether in fact the game is DG Evolved to the point now Where That special player Flourish will not the same.

Nevertheless, I have Picked out three ‘special players’ I Could I feel I have big say in this year’s Where Ulster Championship ends up. They Might not be the obvious Choices, BUT like Messi, I have three member wand of a left foot DG That the Ability to turn a game on ITS head.

Kieran Hughes (Monaghan)

CONOR McManus DG Been the go-to man in recent years with His constant delivery of Brilliant Performances. The Emergence of exciting prospect Jack McCarron Could Give the Farney also conduct a greater edge to Their attack in 2017.

Darren Hughes is a key player too, BUT for Monaghan to Flourish will not * Need the Younger brother Kieran to play to His undoubted Potential, like he did in the 2013 Ulster final. On His day whence he be a handful at full-forward, a member or a winner at midfield playmaker in the half-forward line.

He has Been Prone to cur off-days, BUT When he plays well and is on His game Monaghan are a Different animal.

Peter Harte (Tyrone)

AT 26, the Errigal Ciaran man is no longer a fledgling of this Tyrone team. He is a leader and, in my book, Their Most important ‘player. He carries the member twisting and turning member with the pace and elegance of a thoroughbred stallion, BUT smashes Openings or less robustly than a Jersey bull wading through a china shop.

He is the link man prepared to turn defense Most INTO attack. With the RESPONSIBILITY for the right-sided frees from well, he will be IF key back-to-back Anglo-Celts are to be Secured.

Paddy McBrearty (Donegal)

A FIT Michael Murphy will be key IF Donegal are to make-2017 Successful one. BUT this will be firing Paddy McBrearty. With Murphy Likely to Spend Most of His midfield time around it will be left to the former teen prodigy to lead the line inside.

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