‘More than 90 per cent of the world knows Messi’s quality’

first_imgLionel Messi has been defended by fellow countryman Lucas Ocampos in the ongoing debate over the Barcelona man’s form when representing Argentina. Messi, widely regarded as one of the greatest players of all time, has endured a tumultuous relationship with Albiceleste fans, initially starting out as an exciting youngster before being charged with leading mediocre squads to international glory.The five-time Ballon d’Or winner has reached three finals with Argentina, losing in each of them to draw criticism from fans due to constant comparisons with the iconic Diego Maradona, who arguably single-handedly won the World Cup in 1986 with an average team. Article continues below Editors’ Picks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Are Chelsea this season’s Ajax? Super-subs Batshuayi & Pulisic show Blues can dare to dream Compatriot Ocampos, however, believes that such a burden cannot be shouldered by a single player in a team sport, stating that almost every other nation in the world appreciates the qualities that the 32-year-old brings to a team.“I think that Argentina is one of the few countries in which Messi is criticised for some things that he does,” Ocampos told Goal. “But I think that more than 90 per cent of the world knows the quality that he has, what he represents for Argentina and for world football.”Ocampos, meanwhile, has yet to make his debut for the Argentina senior side after being forced to pull out of the squad for the September friendlies against Chile and Mexico due to injury.The 25-year-old, who joined Sevilla in the summer, had been a surprise inclusion in the squad for the double-header, but is hoping he will be able to retain his place in Lionel Scaloni’s plans once he is fit again.“I thought that I could have had a call from the national team before but you have to realise that there are a lot of players from great teams with a lot of quality that play in my position,” said the winger. “It was just a matter of continuing to work hard and now to keep working hard to stay in the squad.”With Argentina co-hosting the 2020 Copa America with Colombia, Ocampos is keen to ensure he remains in Scaloni’s thoughts throughout the season.Ocampos added: “Imagining that the coach will continue to count on me to represent my country, especially in an official competition, is the best one can hope for.”last_img read more

India to expand scholarships programme for Guyanese students

File: President David Granger shares a light moment with High Commissioner Dr K. J. Srinivasa and his wifeIndian High Commissioner to Guyana Dr K.J. Srinivasa on Wednesday paid a courtesy call to Georgetown Mayor, Ubraj Narine.During that visit, several areas of interest were discussed. Among these was the granting of scholarships to Guyanese. In an invited comment to the Department of Public Information (DPI), Dr Srinivasa said the aim is to build the skills of young people in Guyana.He explained that as part of the International Cooperation Programme, there is ITEC, the Indian Technical and Economic Cooperation programme; through which short course fully-funded scholarships are given to young students and graduates in various fields. “I was just discussing with the mayor that we are ready to extend that cooperation and we are trying to increase the slots for Guyana,” the Indian High Commissioner stated.Scholarships will also be given for cultural aspects where interested persons will go to India to learn about their heritage and culture. Dr Srinivasa also indicated that the Commission will help the city of Georgetown beautify the area around the Mahatma Gandhi statue since this year will be the 150th year of his birth. Garbage disposal is another area of interest that will see support offered to the city, with plans to adopt a similar system to one of the cities in India.Additionally, the Indian High Commissioner said he intends to strengthen the bilateral ties between India and Guyana and to work with the Caricom Secretariat to strengthen the relationship with the Caribbean community and India.Also present was during the courtesy call was Deputy-Mayor Alfred Mentore. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedNew Indian High Commissioner sworn inAugust 14, 2019In “latest news”India commits to beautifying Mahatma Gandhi Statue in GuyanaAugust 29, 2019In “latest news”India awaiting new licensing round for Guyana’s oil blocksSeptember 5, 2019In “Business” read more