Messi not greatest yet, says Pele

first_img0Shares0000PARIS, France, January 20- Brazilian legend Pele insisted on Friday that Argentine superstar Lionel Messi, a Champions League winner with Barcelona and three-time Ballon D’Or king, cannot yet be considered as one of the world’s greatest players.Pele called on his own record of three World Cup triumphs as well as a career tally of 1,283 goals to reserve judgement on the little Argentine wizard. “Some people will say that Beethoven didn’t know how to play the piano, that Michelangelo couldn’t paint and that Pele didn’t know how to play football,” Pele told Le Monde newspaper.“When Messi scores 1,283 goals like me, when he wins three World Cups, then we can talk about it again.“Football changes and records are there to be beaten, but it’ll be very hard to beat mine. People ask me all the time: ‘When is the new Pele going to be born?’“Never. My father and mother have closed the factory.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Rojo could return to action for Man United within six weeks, says Van Gaal

first_img Marcos Rojo is stretchered off during Manchester United’s defeat to Manchester City Manchester United defender Marcos Rojo will not undergo surgery on his dislocated shoulder and could return to action within six weeks.The summer signing from Sporting Libson was stretchered off during the second half of United’s 1-0 defeat at near neighbours City last Sunday.Two specialists have assessed his injury this week and it has been decided not to send the 24-year-old under the knife, which would have significantly lengthened his spell on the sidelines.That has come as a boost to Louis van Gaal, although the United boss harbours concerns that Rojo could suffer a recurrence of the dislocation in future.“We don’t need to operate on him, which is a relief,” Van Gaal said.“But with this injury it is very difficult that it shall not happen again. And that is the problem.“Yesterday evening a specialist said a conservative way to heal it is maybe best. We have always a risk that it happens again.“Conservatively, it can be less than six weeks. If we have to operate, 12 weeks.”Rojo’s injury couldn’t have come at a worse time for Van Gaal, who has had a tough start to his Old Trafford career.As well as the Argentine, the United boss is also without Jonny Evans and Phil Jones for Saturday’s game against Crystal Palace due to injury, while Chris Smalling is missing through suspension.Van Gaal declined to confirm who will start in the centre of defence against the Eagles, but it is likely that Michael Carrick will have to drop back into the position alongside teenager Paddy McNair or the equally inexperienced Tyler Blackett.“Smalling is not playing and Evans and Jones are still injured,” Van Gaal added.“I have to decide who is playing there but who is playing there I don’t want to say.“Maybe I will train [with Carrick at centre-back] today also and I can change my mind, I have to solve that problem.” 1last_img read more

This goatsize T rex cousin could reveal how the famed dino got

first_img Tyrannosaurus rex and its relatives ruled supreme in North America at the end of the age of dinosaurs—dominating the landscape as gigantic top predators. But exactly how they took over is unclear, because of a gap in the tyrannosaur fossil record: North American specimens that lived between about 150 million and 80 million years ago.A newly discovered T. rex cousin helps fill that gap. Today in Nature Communications, paleontologists describe a tooth and a hind limb unearthed in Utah, which they say belong to a new species of tyrannosaur that they call Moros intrepidus (Greek for “intrepid harbinger of doom”). It lived about 95 million years ago, and compared with T. rex it was tiny—just over a meter tall at the hip and weighing about 78 kilograms. It was certainly no match for the dominant predators at the time, allosaurs that were up to 12 meters long and weighed 4 tons.The shape of its leg bone suggests M. intrepidus was a nimble runner, which the researchers say could have helped them both catch prey that the allosaurs couldn’t—and also avoid becoming prey themselves. Together with Asian fossils, the find means tyrannosaurs probably expanded their size relatively quickly—during the past 16 million years of their 100-million-year history. Jorge Gonzalez This goat-size T. rex cousin could reveal how the famed dino got so bigcenter_img By Gretchen VogelFeb. 21, 2019 , 9:00 AMlast_img read more