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I am thirteen and I write articles as a hobby, but in the future, I'm looking to become a football journalist. My specialist topics are Sydney FC and the A-League, and I try to do a match preview for every Sydney FC game in the A-League. I love getting comments, especially ones that make me think differently and put me on the spot.

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Calling a five-time winner of the Ballon d’Or one of the best in the world is ridiculous?

Is Lionel Messi as good as we think he is?

Messi delivers for Argentina, but I’m sure that you can agree that he is way better for Barcelona. Why is this?

Is Lionel Messi as good as we think he is?

Well, Liverpool changed style throughout Steven Gerrard’s time, and Gerrard himself changed his position from a ten to a deep-lying playmaker. As for the rest of the players mentioned in your comment above, they all had great success with their countries (except for Giggs and Scholes). But they played different styles during their service with Manchester United, especially Giggs.

Is Lionel Messi as good as we think he is?

Hmmm, that’s a very thought-provoking comment. They are flexible in some ways, but not flexible in others. I always would have liked to see what Steven Gerrard could have done in Italy, and vice-versa with Maldini. But all of those players played different styles within their clubs, whereas Leo Messi has only played one style throughout the course of his time at Barcelona.

Is Lionel Messi as good as we think he is?

Lionel Messi was quiet the whole way through the World Cup final.
I’m a Messi fan, but Ronaldo has won trophies with his National team in harder competitions than the Copa America, where Argentina struggles and Ronaldo has proven himself in three of the worlds major leagues.

Is Lionel Messi as good as we think he is?

It was Eden Hazard’s dream to play for Real Madrid when he was a kid, as seen in the link below. But for people who start in Spain with massive clubs, like Cesc Fabregas, Mesut Ozil or Xavi Alonso, it is a huge achievement to be able to have success in both leagues. But is Messi as flexible as them?
https://www.theguardian.com/football/2019/jun/13/eden-hazard-fulfils-dream-real-madrid-move

Is Lionel Messi as good as we think he is?

But the style of play is different. The players are different. What I am suggesting is that his previous struggles with the Argentinian team could be because he is only fit for one style of play, the Barca style, making Ronaldo a more complete player.

Is Lionel Messi as good as we think he is?

There’s no doubt that he is an amazing player, but how good would he be in Manchester United right now?

Is Lionel Messi as good as we think he is?

Unfortunately, at 31 and with wage demands as high as his, as well as his loyalty and his release clause (which equates to around 1 billion Australian dollars), it is near impossible. All my friends prefer Ronaldo, whereas I prefer Messi, but after watching the Copa America game this morning I’m starting to wonder how good he really is.

Is Lionel Messi as good as we think he is?

He started at least one game in right-attacking mid, left-back, right-back and centre-defensive mid, and he came off the bench a few times to play left-attacking mid. Sorry for the confusion.

Paulo Retre is Sydney FC’s utility man

Thanks – I’ll try to look into that a bit more over the next few weeks!

Paulo Retre is Sydney FC’s utility man

That is a great point, jb. By the way, I was just suggesting reasons; I don’t know enough about youth football to give you a proper reason. I agree about 4-3-3, Liverpool in the Champions League this morning was a perfect example that a 4-3-3 doesn’t have to be played how it looks on paper. I like what you said about “who is coaching the coaches”; I might look into that!

Paulo Retre is Sydney FC’s utility man

I completely agree with what you are saying Jb. So many youth teams opt for the 4-3-3 formation with two tricky wingers, but that’s not what is required these days in professional football, and although they have talent, they have been taught to utilise it in the wrong way. Do you think that that could be the reason, by any chance?

Paulo Retre is Sydney FC’s utility man

Thanks for your comment, jb. In my opinion, there could be two reasons for this, but both the same cause. Every young footballer’s dream is to play for a massive kid in Europe, and every day when I wake up and check sites such as the Roar, FTBL and transfer sites, there is news of Aussies as young as thirteen heading off to a premier league club. Now, this is a fantastic experience, but when they realise that they seem to stick around too long, because of the club they’re at. By the time they are twenty-five, they’re considered rejects and no one wants them. They have wrecked their football career. It is the same for players who have had a breakout season in the A-League. They then are recruited by a bigger team only to be loaned back to the A-League for a few seasons, and once their contracts have expired, they come back to the A-League and do well, but not as well as they could have done. For example Daniel De Silva. He had a breakout season at Perth Glory before being recruited by Roma, only to be loaned back to the A-League. He doesn’t look like he could break back into the Socceroos and hasn’t even managed to make it into the first team at Sydney FC. And I assume everyone who reads this will then think of Daniel Arzani. He signed for Melbourne City, but he went to Celtic, not to the A-League, and has already established himself on the international stage. Now, he may not make it into Melbourne City’s first team, but he has the ability to become a Premier League regular like Aaron Mooy or Matty Ryan. So, I think the reason is that all the best players go to Europe, but most of them end up with no starts and end up back in the A-League. Jamie Maclaren, Danny De Silva and Josh Brillante are just a few.

Paulo Retre is Sydney FC’s utility man

I agree, but I doubt that Corica will replace Brillante with him in defensive midfield. They will most likely look around Australia and maybe even in Europe. He has improved a lot this year but doesn’t have the positioning ability to be Sydney’s first choice in that position. The problem is that he has added a classy touch to his game and has improved his attacking skills, which means that clubs don’t see him as a right back, yet he any A-League club’s first choice for a right midfielder. Has this season under Corica wrecked his playing career?

Paulo Retre is Sydney FC’s utility man

Just to clear it up, De Silva and Caceres have not been released, as Sydney FC are negotiating with their parent clubs (Roma and Manchester City) to keep them. Sydney also said that they were in talks with Brillante, but that is unlikely and probably just said that to make him look good.

A way-too-early look at the 2019/20 A-League

And Perth also has had a bit longer to recover; will aging players like Brosque and Wilkinson be ready?

Match preview: Perth Glory vs Sydney FC

He has the right ideas, he just doesn’t seem to have the quality to pick the final pass or shot.

Match preview: Perth Glory vs Sydney FC

If it goes to penalties then surely Perth will win it, they have the home support and probably the mental advantage. And, although he’s been in some as a player or assistant, there is a big difference being the head coach in one.

Match preview: Perth Glory vs Sydney FC

I agree that the formation is better for Antonis and it also benefits Kamsoba and Deng, because Kamsoba is a natraully tricky winger and Deng sometimes looks uncomfortable transitioning into attack and having Barberouses and/or Toivennen on the right wing will help him.

Match preview: Sydney FC vs Melbourne Victory

But then why did they change against Wellington?

Match preview: Sydney FC vs Melbourne Victory

Sydney was poor against Newcastle, but the break should give them new energy. It’s a close one to pick.

Match preview: Sydney FC vs Melbourne Victory

Thank you for your comment. I agree about the FFA setting the game back; we’re a league that is quite young, so we should be aiming to be going forward, not backwards.

Is the A-League overrated by people who like it or underrated by people who don’t?

But is there a difference in quality and ‘top’, because for me, they could very well be one of the best teams in Europe, but no one really seems to want to go there, and Manchester United and Chelsea are still considered to be a ‘step up’

Are Ajax the best team in the world?

The reason why he’s not being allowed to sign another contract is that this is his second choice. He pushed for a move and didn’t get it, and Sydney FC doesn’t want players that don’t want to be here.

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