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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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Not sure Tim Cahill would be too happy with that arrival!

Can Poppa lead Perth to Asian success?

I agree, but Perth has shown more consistency and also has a big squad of players who are capable. Removal in the salary cap would do wonders, but for now, I’m suggesting that Perth could bring Australian football back into the competitiveness of Asia.

Can Poppa lead Perth to Asian success?

Fixing the salary cap would do wonderers for our quality. But if our lack of competitiveness isn’t because of the lack of quality, then why is it?

Can Poppa lead Perth to Asian success?

I like how you have described this article, Mike, the title especially. Ante Milicic has made this possible. They play a very attacking style of play, a more ‘we’ll score more goals than you’ than the classic 1 or 2-0 win that you expect to see in a World Cup. Although they just scraped through the group stage, it’s going to be an interesting knock-out stage for the Matildas, and hopefully, they could go all the way!

The Matildas are making football fun again

First of all, I am sorry if the feeling I implied on you made all those players mentioned to be bad. He didn’t carry his team in the Euro final, but he was a big help and I doubt they would have gotten there without him. But I’m not going to start an argument, as I seem have touched on a topic that you feel very deeply about.

Is Lionel Messi as good as we think he is?

But when people question whether he is human, he always has players around him that can help him, in the Argentina team everyone seems to be doing it for himself.

Is Lionel Messi as good as we think he is?

No, I don’t think it was a perfectly good Argentina and it isn’t. He has definitely has carried the Argentinian national team over the time he has been there and would benefit from a better team.

Is Lionel Messi as good as we think he is?

I am sorry about the disrespect directed to Messi. I was just trying to come up with a new idea for an article that didn’t feature the A-League and after recreationally watching their 2-0 loss against Colombia, I decided to question his greatness. I now realise that it was only one game, and after also watching their 1-1 draw to Paraguay I see how poor this Argentina team is. I have now changed my mind, and I won’t be questioning his greatness anytime soon.

Is Lionel Messi as good as we think he is?

But would you say Maradona’s shoes have been too big to fill?

Is Lionel Messi as good as we think he is?

I agree, and he is a magical player and me, being a Messi fan, after writing this article and reading the comments still think he is the best in the world. As I said above, I apologise for any disrespect that could be directed to Messi, he is a true legend of our beautiful game.

Is Lionel Messi as good as we think he is?

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