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Messi is 2nd in the Top 100 Barca greatest players

Lionel Messi is only 2nd in the list of 100 greatest Barca players of all time voted by fans.

Messi is holding a lot of Barca records. He is the top scorer (627 goals), reaping the most trophies (34) and is heading to Barca’s record for most appearances. However, many fans still do not consider Messi the greatest player in Barca history. This has just been proven in a poll of Ranker page readers.

Messi is only ranked second in the list of 100 greatest players in Barca history, after compatriot Diego Maradona.

This result shocked many when Maradona only played for Barca the first two seasons in Europe. The Argentine scored 38 goals in 58 games and won the Copa del Rey, with the Spanish Super Cup with Barca, before moving to Napoli for a record price.

Obviously, Maradona’s achievement in Barca is inferior to Messi and the name “Golden Boy” was also created in Napoli and the Argentina team, not Barca. But the fact is many fans still consider Maradona better than Messi.

Some other surprises are Ronaldinho above Johan Cruyff, or Rivaldo, Romario outside the Top 10, Luis Enrique ranked only 30, or Pep Guardiola not even named in the Top 100. Meanwhile, traitor Neymar is still ranked 11th, or Marc-Andre ter Stegen (26) and Ivan Rakitic (28) also rank higher than many other Barca legends like Rafale Marquez, Luis Enrique, Gheorghe Hagi, Andoni Zubizarreta.

Top 20 Barca’s greatest players, voted by Ranker readers:

1. Diego Maradona

2. Lionel Messi

3. Ronaldinho

4. Johan Cruyff

5. Andres Iniesta

6. Xavi Hernandez

7. Carlex Puyol

8. Ronaldo de Lima

9. Gerard Pique

10. Luis Suarez

11. Neymar

12. Dani Alves

13. Sergio Busquets

14. Samuel Eto’o

15. Rivaldo

16. David Villa

17. Ronald Koeman

18. Romario

19. Hristo Stoichkov

20. Victor Valdes

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SHARAPOVA – WHEN AN “ANGLE” ENDED HER MISSION AS A TENNIS PLAYER

Decided to give up her career at the age of 32, Sharapova described tennis to her, to be just like the peak of a mountain and it’s high time for her to reach different goals. 

“I looked at those pictures capturing myself, every moment when I was about to hit the ball or when I got off the ground and then hit it. I can not even stare at them once again as they truly make me shrank in terror. I was hurt!” – ex-top 1 worldwide professional tennis player committed.

The pain has been Sharapova’s “companion” for the past 2 years. After being tested positive for meldonium then facing the two-year ban, the gorgeous Russian tennis player was unlikely to make her way to success again.

Since then, Sharapova successively suffered from long-lasting pain in shoulders, muscle tension in armpits. It was so unbearable that sometimes she even could not pick up the racket. However, it could not retain her passion for tennis. She kept taking part in competitions to get over pains and revive what she had lost.

“As all of you see, throughout my career, perseverance is the key, the superior strength of myself. It is the greatest thing.” Sharapova shared in an interview with The New York Times. “However, I started to feel something, that “hyper” – perseverance turned to be a weakness, my stubborn attitude had a bad impact on my life and career.”

Masha was banned from competitions in 2016 since being exposed to meldonium. However, she acclaimed this was because of her diabetes and lack of magie. She ensured not to know that meldonium had been in prohibited substances effective January 1 of this year World Anti-Doping Agency. The tribunal then reduced the ban from 2 years to 15 months. 

In the very first March 2019, Sharapova acclaimed to have been through an operation on her shoulders and needed to take a break for a few weeks. However, she soon came back to enter competitions. Putting everything beyond limits never seems to be a good choice. The comeback of Russian “angle” only lasts 2 tournaments and then come to an end with her failure in the first round of Open Australia 2020 to Donna Vekic. 

“There will be no more competitions or tournaments,” Sharapova said. On the flight from Australia to come home in L.A, she strongly felt a sense of retirement. The death of her close friend, Kobe Bryant on 26/01, when he and Sharapova had planned to meet each other 3 days later, seems to make it clearer than ever.