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Posted by: | Posted on: October 20, 2020

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Posted by: | Posted on: September 29, 2020

​Illiquid loans preferable to high-yield bonds, pension funds say

first_imgItalian defined contribution provider Arca Previdenza intends to grow its exposure to Italian minibonds, as it sees value in the asset class’s illiquidity.Speaking in the upcoming issue of IPE magazine, Marco Vicinanza, deputy investment director at the €2.6bn institution, says it views the nascent market for the funding of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) as more attractive than high-yield bonds or bank loans.“To us, a good example of value in illiquidity is Italian minibonds, an asset class that has shown strong growth, with many small to medium-sized issuers coming to the fore in recent months,” Vicinanza says.“We see investing in SME credit as an important opportunity. It represents both a chance to provide structural support to the Italian economy and a way to provide our clients with the benefits of long-term investments that match their profiles.” Industriens Pension, the Danish pension provider, sees greater value in high-yield bonds and bank loans – to which it has allocated more than 10% of its portfolio – but portfolio manager Fredrik Frei Rast is uncertain how much it will grow exposure in future.He says both markets have been “particularly crowded in [recent] years”, which has presented the fund with hurdles when investing.He also sees the more illiquid spectrum of the fixed income market as attractive.“They carry a premium compared with the more liquid side, and the floating rate is attractive in a low interest rate environment,” he says. For more on high-yield bonds and loans from Vicinanza, Frei Rast and Pierre Jameson, CIO of the Church of England Pension Scheme, see the October issue of IPElast_img read more

Posted by: | Posted on: September 28, 2020

Cosy Coorparoo cottage hits the market for the first time in almost a decade

first_imgThe kitchen is modern.Polished timber floorboards flow through the lower level of the home, which has an open-plan and modern kitchen, living and dining area.The master suite is on this level, as well as a separate bathroom, laundry and study. The floorplan of 12 Stoneleigh St, Coorparoo.Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 10:02Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -10:02 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD432p432p270p270p180p180pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenJune, 2018: Liz Tilley talks prestige property10:02 Enjoy city views from the deck upstairs.On the second floor are two bedrooms, a bathroom and another living room, along with a veranda that has expansive city views.“Upstairs of an evening watching the sunset is another one of my favourite places in the home,” Ms Carroll said. The home at 12 Stoneleigh St, Coorparoo, is up for sale.A QUAINT Coorparoo cottage has been the place Paula Carroll has called home for nine years.Built in 1947, the two-level brick residence at 12 Stoneleigh St has the charm and history of a 71-year-old home, while still having all the mod-cons.“It’s a very homely house and has that cottage feel,” Ms Carroll said. “Walking down the front stairs through the garden is just beautiful.”center_img Cosy up by the fire with a book.More from newsCrowd expected as mega estate goes under the hammer7 Aug 2020Hard work, resourcefulness and $17k bring old Ipswich home back to life20 Apr 2020It is the formal living space that’s one of Ms Carroll’s favourite places to spend her time, with an open fireplace the room’s focal point.“Certainly I love the room with the fireplace,” Ms Carroll said. “The sun flows into there during the day and it’s a beautiful place to sit and read.” One of the bedrooms at 12 Stoneleigh St, Coorparoo.Outdoors are manicured gardens and rolling lawns over the 731sq m block.Ms Carroll said the home would be suited to a growing family, due to its size and “lovely” location.“It’s in walking distance to schools down the road, as well as shops and cafes,” she said.“You can also go for a bit of a hike up Whites Hill if you want.”Ms Carroll described her neighbours as supportive but not overbearing.The home has close access to both the Gateway and Pacific motorways.last_img read more

Posted by: | Posted on: September 24, 2020

Former Chelsea forward Pedro signs three-year Roma contract

first_imgItalian side, Roma, have officially confirmed the signing of former Chelsea forward, Pedro. Pedro, who was a free agent after his Chelsea deal expired, has signed a three-year deal running until the summer of 2023. He now moves to the Italian capital and said: “I am happy to be here in Rome. “I am excited about this new challenge and to compete for our goals in the coming seasons. read also:Chelsea pay glowing tribute to their most decorated star Pedro “I thank the fans for the welcome I received and I hope to make them happy.” Roma chief executive Guido Fienga said: “It’s a privilege for us to be able to welcome a player of Pedro’s quality to the Roma family. “The hope we have, for both him and for us, is that he can continue to add to his extraordinary list of achievements with AS Roma.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Pedro: “I am excited about this new challenge and to compete for our goals in the coming seasons.” During his time at Stamford Bridge, Pedro helped the London club win the Premier League, FA Cup and Europa League, while his CV also contains five LaLiga titles and three Champions League successes from his time at Barcelona.Advertisement Loading… Promoted Content7 Universities Where Getting An Education Costs A Hefty PennyWho Earns More Than Ronaldo?Best & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Made9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A TattooWhat Is A Black Hole In Simple Terms?7 Facts About Black Holes That Will Blow Your Mind7 Breathtaking Train Stations Around The Globe7 Reasons Why You Might Want To Become A Vegetarian6 Interesting Ways To Make Money With A Drone8 Ridiculously Expensive Things Bought By Keanu Reeves10 Bollywood Celeb Weight Loss Transformations That Will Stun You6 Ridiculous Health Myths That Are Actually Truelast_img read more

Posted by: | Posted on: September 20, 2020

India’s Australia tour likely to begin either in Adelaide or Brisbane

first_imgMELBOURNE: Indian team’s tour of Australia, slated to begin towards the end of the year, will begin either in Adelaide or Brisbane and not in Perth after Western Australia state government said that there won’t be any relaxation in quarantine rules in their territory.According to a report in ESPNcricinfo, the Adelaide Oval is prepared to host back-to-back Tests, including a day-night match as well as the Boxing Day against India later during the Border-Gavaskar Trophy in case the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) is not available because of rising coronavirus cases in the state of Victoria. “We didn’t think it was acceptable to have the team return from a high-risk overseas location and then take part in normal training activities outside of quarantine, before flying out to another state to play games.” Mark McGowan, the Premier of the WA state government, was quoted as saying in the report. “There were just too many risks in the model put forward by Cricket Australia. We need to remain vigilant and do the right thing by all Western Australians and not take unnecessary chances.” The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has requested Cricket Australia (CA) to allow their players to train during the quarantine period inside the bio-bubble, but in Perth that won’t be possible. “We acknowledge the WA government has a firm position on quarantine and border arrangements,” a CA spokesperson said. “The Australian men’s team will not be quarantining in Perth upon their return from the UK,” he added. IANS Also Watch: GMCH Superintendent: No Shortage of Beds at GMCHlast_img read more

Posted by: | Posted on: September 17, 2020

Cohen: Marrone to blame for Syracuse’s struggles this season

first_imgTime and again last season, Doug Marrone fooled us. He took to the podium week after week, loss after loss, and insisted that the blame be heaped on his shoulders rather than those of his players. He affirmed that the five-game losing streak was chiefly his fault — that his preparation must improve for Syracuse to win games.The message, repeated like a broken record with each successive defeat, was a metaphorical shield. It deflected media inquiries, shrouded the truth and protected the players who later lauded him for doing it and keeping them safe.As we learned in August, Marrone’s go-to response from 2011 hid a rash of unpublicized injuries that withered away the Syracuse defense to a unit consisting of skin, bones and a code of silence.The same message has resurfaced in 2012, with Marrone taking the blame for each of SU’s (2-4, 1-1 Big East) losses and insisting he must do a better job at the helm. Only this time there are no injuries, with Marrone saying “everybody is healthy” in his press conference on Wednesday.It means his use of last year’s rhetoric in this year’s context is the honest truth rather than a protective wall, and Marrone himself is truly the root of the problem for a team dangerously close to sliding down the familiar precipice that is Big East play.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“It starts with the head man, and he feels like that so it’s only right,” Syracuse defensive tackle Deon Goggins said. “It’s his team. We’re a resemblance of him, if that’s how you want to put it.”But Goggins, along with a handful of other teammates, was quick to point out that coaches can only do so much, that once the game plan is created and installed the pressure to produce shifts to the players. In Marrone’s case, though, the time has come to question those game plans, to question the instruction that is given during the week and leading to what looks like another sub-.500 season.And the first place to look is on special teams.Marrone took over the special teams unit during the offseason, and he now coaches it himself, in addition to the tight ends. He wanted to apply his hands-on approach to the team’s specialists, but the results have been nothing short of disastrous.Ross Krautman, the junior kicker who missed only five of his first 38 attempts at Syracuse, is suddenly inept. He is four-for-nine on the season with a pedestrian long of 37 yards and ranks 94th in the country in field-goal accuracy. Steve Rene, a junior punt returner, ranks dead last in the country among players with one punt return per game with 0.1 yards per return, and was finally replaced by Ritchy Desir this week after a fumble inside the 30 yard line handed Rutgers a touchdown. Kick returns have been no better either, as Syracuse is 96th in the country in that department.“I really am a believer that you are a replica of your coach,” Goggins said in explaining how the defensive line feeds off the teaching methods and intensity of its coach Tim Daoust. And as that unit comes off its best game of the season against Rutgers — Goggins had 11 tackles by himself — and special teams comes off its worst, one can only wonder how that statement would apply to Marrone’s instruction.It can be argued that other personnel groups are simply more talented, and Marrone shouldn’t be blamed for the poor play of the special teams. But of all the coaches on the staff, only Marrone works with a former All-American each day — Krautman. And all he’s done under Marrone’s tutelage is put together the worst season of his career in 2012.Beyond special teams, the other major concern for Syracuse is ball security, an area which Marrone says candidly has been a problem since he took over as head coach. That means over the course of four seasons, two quarterbacks, three running backs and a wealth of fresh faces on defense, he is still stumped about how to protect the football and prevent turnovers.This goes beyond poor execution by the players, for not everyone in Marrone’s tenure had turnover woes — see Delone Carter’s zero fumbles on 231 carries in 2010. Instead, his inability to solve the puzzle of arguably football’s most basic principle — holding onto the ball — is an indication of a coaching deficiency.“When we start playing this game, from when we’re in kindergarten, we always have talked about ball security,” Marrone said in his press conference on Wednesday. “It’s not something that’s not coached on an every-day, every-play basis. It is (coached on an every-day basis). The focus on it has to be there constantly.”Yet this constant focus, as he described it, has led to 15 lost turnovers, tied for 101st in the country out of 120 Bowl Championship Subdivision teams. It suggests the message is not effective, that whatever is being taught is not yielding results.That’s why Marrone is the source of this team’s problems, because everything starts at the top with the message from the head coach like Goggins said.Marrone fooled us last year by hiding the injuries. But this year’s team has no injuries to hide. That leaves him alone at the podium, speaking nothing but the truth.Said Marrone: “I have to do a better job.”Michael Cohen is a staff writer at The Daily Orange, where his column appears occasionally. He can be reached at mjcohe02@syr.edu, or on Twitter at @Michael_Cohen13.  Comments Published on October 18, 2012 at 2:56 am Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Posted by: | Posted on: August 13, 2020

Who won the PGA Championship in 2020? Complete scores, results & highlights from TPC Harding Park

first_imgThen Morikawa took over on the 16th hole.MORE: How much will Morikawa make for winning?The Los Angeles native and former Cal-Berkeley player drove the reachable par-4 hole and then drained a short eagle putt to take a two-stroke lead. He eased through the final two holes, with only a slight bit of anxiety as he watched his approach at 18 flirt with missing the green.After putting out, he just had to wait for the final groups to finish before he could celebrate his first major win and his third victory on the PGA Tour, all by age 23.”The California kid is the new star in the game of golf!” @Collin_Morikawa is the winner of the 2020 PGA Championship. pic.twitter.com/KyCXV8cvyG— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) August 10, 2020He had a bit of an issue raising the Wanamaker Trophy, as in the lid came flying off, but the win still counts.CongratulatiOH NO! 😂🏆#PGAChamp pic.twitter.com/p6NjsSNs7G— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) August 10, 2020Sporting News provided live updates and highlights from Sunday’s Round 4 (Tom Gatto contributed to this report ):MORE: Watch PGA Tour golf live with fuboTV (7-day free trial)(All times Eastern.)PGA Championship leaderboard 2020LeaderboardPGA Championship — Round 0Winner: Click here or refresh the page if you don’t see scores and results above .PGA Championship updates, highlights from Sunday’s Round 49 p.m.: Morikawa closes par-par for a final-round 64 and the clubhouse lead. He looks on as the final groups tries futilely to catch him. He wins the 2020 PGA Championship.8:30 p.m.: Morikawa takes control of the tournament with an eagle at the par-4 16th. He drives the reachable green and makes a short putt. He’s up by two as he heads to 18.As the leader in a major with all the pressure, Collin Morikawa dials up this drive? Unreal. pic.twitter.com/dy7VUdCwAc— GOLFonCBS (@GOLFonCBS) August 10, 2020  8:10 p.m.: Day sinks a clutch par putt to finish at 10 under. Keeps himself in the group tied for second.7:55 p.m.: A solo leader emerges: Collin Morikawa pitches in from off the green for a birdie on 14. He goes to 11 under.MORIKAWA!!Alone at the top➡️ https://t.co/QV8fkpw4hG pic.twitter.com/nRxSEtFB3g— PGA Championship (@PGAChampionship) August 9, 20207:45 p.m.: The co-leader group is up to seven — Johnson, Day, Finau, Casey, Moirkawa, Wolff and Scheffler. 7:35 p.m.: Madness! Matthew Wolff, 21 and playing in his first major, becomes a co-leader with Tony Finau and four others. Who’s thinking playoff? We need to see more of Wolff’s unconventional swing.Matthew Wolff driving the ball…in slo-mo. Enjoy! #PGAChamp pic.twitter.com/kJuYG6qDwf— PGA Championship (@PGAChampionship) August 9, 20207:25 p.m.: Make it a five-way tie for the lead: Jason Day joins the fun with a birdie on 14.JDay getting in on the fun at the top of the leaderboard. #PGAChamp pic.twitter.com/vMDRemOq7h— PGA Championship (@PGAChampionship) August 9, 20207:20 p.m.: The season’s first major is providing major drama. Johnson, Scheffler, Casey and Collin Morikawa are tied for the lead at 10 under playing on the back nine.7:10 p.m.: The final pairing has made the turn. Johnson, co-leader with Paul Casey at 10 under, is in a spot of trouble after hitting out of a bunker on 10.6:30 p.m.: Give credit to Haotong Li, the 36-hole leader who shot a 73 on Saturday. He’s back to 8 under, his total after Friday, with a birdie on 14. For now, he’s two back of the leaders.6:10 p.m.: Two-time defending champion Brooks Koepka will need to play out of his mind to have a chance at a hat trick. He is 2 over through seven and five strokes off the lead with scoring conditions looking favorable.5:49 p.m.:  Johnson’s ball lands just on the green and rolls off on Hole 5, setting up for a difficult attempt at the hole.5:46 p.m.:  Scheffler on Hole 5 seems very relaxed. Paul Casey slips one stroke back on 6.5:32 p.m.: That three-way tie turns to a six-way tie, with Johnson joined by DeChambeau, Casey, Morikwawa, Champ and Scheffler at the top.5:26 p.m.:  Three-way tie at the top as Johnson bogeys the par-3 third hole. Johnson, DeChambeau and Scheffler at the top.No one is backing down.Bryson rejoins Dustin at the top of the #PGAChamp Leaderboard: https://t.co/QV8fkpw4hG pic.twitter.com/m8NfCsIXvp— PGA Championship (@PGAChampionship) August 9, 20205:16 p.m.:  Dustin Johnson saves par on No. 2, sitting at -10 through two holes in the final round.5:13 p.m.:  Colin Morikawa with a birdie on three, putting him at -8 for the day.5:10 p.m.:  Johnson is 48 feet from the hole on No. 2. 5:00 p.m.:  DJ with a birdie on Hole 1 to keep ahead of the pack. 4:53 p.m.:  Tony Finau just missed birdie and sits behind Dustin Johnson by one stroke.4:50 p.m.:  Dustin Johnson teeing off for his 1:50 tee time. Closing in on his second major today. 4:47 p.m.:  DeChambeau is one behind the lead now.  The first major tournament of the golf season, the 2020 PGA Championship, produced a fun finish.At one point in Sunday’s final round, seven golfers were tied for the lead on the back nine at TPC Harding Park in San Francisco. Third-round leader Dustin Johnson was in that group. So was Collin Morikawa.  4:20 p.m.:  DeChambeau (-6) takes his opening swing on Round 4 and wallops a ball 320 yards. Nearly 200 mph off the tee. PGA Championship tee timesHere is the complete list of PGA Championship tee times and groupings for Sunday’s Round 4:Round 4: Sunday, Aug. 9(All times Eastern; all golfers begin at Hole 1)Tee timeGroup10 a.m.Sung Kang10:10 a.m.Ryan Palmer, Jordan Spieth10:20 a.m.Chez Reavie, J.T. Poston10:30 a.m.Erik van Rooyen, Matt Wallace10:40 a.m.Danny Lee, Robert MacIntyre10:50 a.m.Adam Long, Bubba Watson11 a.m.Joost Luiten, Rory Sabbatini11:10 a.m.Kevin Streelman, Viktor Hovland11:20 a.m.Jim Herman, Gary Woodland11:30 a.m.Tiger Woods, Tom Hoge11:40 a.m.Sepp Straka, Byeong Hun An11:50 a.m.Billy Horschel, Abraham AncerNoonPhil Mickelson, Russell Henley12:10 p.m.Luke List, Mark Hubbard12:20 p.m.Bud Cauley, Louis Oosthuizen12:30 p.m.Brian Harman, Brandt Snedeker12:50 p.m.Kurt Kitayama, Rory McIlroy1 p.m.Doc Redman, Emiliano Grillo1:10 p.m.Mackenzie Hughes, Cameron Smith1:20 p.m.Brendan Steele, Alex Noren1:30 p.m.Denny McCarthy, Adam Hadwin1:40 p.m.Shane Lowry, Nate Lashley1:50 p.m.Justin Thomas, Harris English2 p.m.Adam Scott, Charl Schwartzel2:10 p.m.Kevin Kisner, Victor Perez2:20 p.m.Brendon Todd, Keith Mitchell2:30 p.m.Dylan Frittelli, Lanto Griffin2:40 p.m.Patrick Reed, Harold Varner III2:50 p.m.Webb Simpson, Jon Rahm3 p.m.Patrick Cantlay, Ian Poulter3:10 p.m.Bernd Wiesberger, Mike Lorenzo-Vera3:20 p.m.Haotong Li, Hideki Matsuyama3:40 p.m.Matthew Wolf, Xander Schauffele3:50 p.m.Joel Dahmen, Si Woo Kim4 p.m.Daniel Berger, Tommy Fleetwood4:10 p.m.Justin Rose, Jason Day4:20 p.m.Bryson DeChambeau, Tony Finau4:30 p.m.Paul Casey, Brooks Koepka4:40 p.m.Cameron Champ, Collin Morikawa4:50 p.m.Dustin Johnson, Scottie Schefflerlast_img read more

Posted by: | Posted on: August 12, 2020

England boys’ teams to defend Nations Cup

first_img Two England teams will set out to defend the Nations Cup in next month’s McGregor Trophy – the English U16 boys’ open championship – at Royal Ashdown Forest, Sussex. Team one is James Cooper of Wiltshire (Image © Leaderboard Photography), Harry Goddard of Hertfordshire and Hugo Kedzlie of Lincolnshire. Team two is Charlie Daughtrey of Yorkshire, Charlie Hilton of Sussex and Charlie Salter of Northamptonshire. Cooper, Goddard and Daughtrey all represented England in the U16 international against Spain last month. The McGregor Trophy will be played from 12-14 July and the Nations Cup will be decided over the first two rounds, with the best two scores counting from each team on each day. England won the Nations Cup last year on 14-under – and were 17 shots clear of the runners-up. The players: Team One James Cooper, 16, (Cumberwell Park) was runner up at the U16 spring championship at Hawkstone Park and ninth in the Peter McEvoy Trophy. Harry Goddard, 16, (Hanbury Manor) is the North of England U16 boys’ champion, was third in the 2015 German Junior Masters and ninth in this season’s Fairhaven Trophies. Hugo Kedzlie, 15, (Spalding) was ninth in the U16 spring championship,16th in the Midland boys’ county championship qualifying and 24th in the Fairhaven Trophies. Team Two Charlie Daughtrey, 15, (Rotherham) was ninth in last year’s North of England U16 boys and had a top 20 finish in this season’s Peter McEvoy Trophy.   Charlie Hilton, 15, (Ifield) shared 14th place in the spring U16 championship and was ninth in last year’s Scottish U14 boys’ championship. Charlie Salter, 16, (Northamptonshire County) won the Midland boys’ county championship qualifying and also tied 14th in the spring U16 championship. 14 Jun 2016 England boys’ teams to defend Nations Cup last_img read more

Posted by: | Posted on: August 3, 2020

LVR Bomber grad Eric D’Andrea joins Mariner teammates at CCAA Nationals

first_imgFormer L.V. Rogers Bomber Eric D’Andrea is off with the Vancouver Island University Mariners to the CCAA National Men’s Basketball Championship held this week at Holland University in Prince Edward Island.  D’Andrea, in his fifth season with the Mariners, helped the Nanaimo-based squad capture the PACWEST crown for the third straight season with a 94-77 victory over the Capilano Blues recently in the conference championship game.VIU meets George Brown of Toronto in the opening game of the tournament Thursday at 9 a.m. PDT.The Mariners shot 49 percent from the field in the victory and were led by tournament MVP Usama Zaid. Zaid collected a game high 24 points, seven rebounds, three assists and two steals.  Bryson Cox was equally impressive scoring 19 points, had nine rebounds and seven assists and was named the player of the game. D’Andrea, attending VIU on a Bacherlor of Arts degree, came off the bench to finish with five points in 13-plus minutes of playing time while shooting 2-4 from the field.D’Andrea averaged 7.1 points per game during the season during 22.6 minutes per game.VIU won the regular season PACWEST title with a 16-2 record.D’Andrea was coached by Ross Naka at LVR during his high school career before heading off to attend Thompson Rivers University.The 6’6” forward later transferred to Vancouver Island University and was part of the CCAA National Champion squad in 2013 and PACWEST silver medalist squad in 2014.George Brown is a wild-card entry into the tournament after losing to Sheridan College in the Ontario College Athletic Association Championship.last_img read more

Posted by: | Posted on: May 14, 2020

Messi and Cristiano are still one step below Zidane

first_imgWith two of the three great titles, the list of players is already almost endless. Among the defenders, the cases of Sergio Ramos and Cannavaro. The Real Madrid captain has two of the three great titles, the collectives at the national team and club level: the World Cup and the Champions League. But he lacks the Ballon d’Or, a trophy traditionally vetoed by defenders. The exception was Cannavaro, who won it in 2006 thanks to the World Cup in Italy. But the Neapolitan central defender never raised the Champions League.Then there are the players that many think, due to the great memory that their football or their goals left, that they should be (beyond Messi and Cristiano), but that they lack one of the three wound ones. Van Basten, three times Ballon d’Or, like Platini, could never win the World Cup with the Netherlands. Rummenigge, with two Golden Balls and won almost everything that can be won, lost the 1986 World Cup final against Argentina of Maradona, who could never lift a Champions League.For this reason, although the titles or the goals are the only yardstick that soccer players have, although the race to accumulate the Golden Ballons by Messi and Cristiano has brought some of the best moments in the recent history of soccer, possibly not being an unfair unit of measure, it is not fair either. It is not because soccer players like Xavi and Iniesta are left out. “I do not win Ballons d’Or, but I manufacture them”, concluded Xavi Hernández very wisely and very rightly. “One of my worst moments in my eight years as a coach was when I had to vote for the Ballon d’Or every year, because soccer is a sport in which everyone wins and loses, it is collective for good and bad.” And he says it Forest, who as a coach is at the top of the pyramid: Champion of the World Cup, the Champions League and the title for Best FIFA Technician. Football also talks about the fantastic four: Pelé, Di Stéfano, Cruyff and Maradona. But perhaps one should speak of the big seven: Charlton, Müller, Beckenbauer, Rossi, Kaka, Ronaldinho and Zidane. They are the only seven players in history who have won the World Cup, the Champions League and the Ballon d’Or. Messi and Cristiano, serial winners of all individual trophies and club competitions, they do not reach this level because they could not conquer a World Cup with their respective selections. Only those mentioned can boast of having the highest title at the level of national teams (World Cup), clubs (Champions) and (Ballon d’Or).But no one doubts that this virtual classification of the best in history does not do justice to the soccer that the Argentine displays and to the results that the Portuguese offers. Since Messi and Cristiano are missing, there are other great stars that were left out of the classification. Also striking is the absence of Ronaldo Nazario and Rivaldo. Both, who conquered the Ballon d’Or and the World Cup, they couldn’t win the Champions. Ronaldo stayed at the gates with Real Madrid, and Rivaldo terminated his contract with Milan in 2003, the year the Lombard club took the European Cup. In this group we could also miss Paolo Maldini, that he was only 45 minutes away from matching the six Gento European Cups, another historic that would resist on any list. But the truth is that in the classification of those who have won the World Cup, Champions and Ballon d’Or there are only the seven mentioned.last_img read more