One More Laugh sets mark in winning 56th Cane Pace

first_imgOne More Laugh had the last laugh. The 3-year-old gelding pacer won the $300,000 Cane Pace at Freehold Raceway, Freehold, on Labor Day, Sept. 6, and joined legends of the sport including Bret Hanover, Albatross and Niatross. The Cane Pace is the first leg of the Pacing Triple Crown. The 2010 edition of the Cane Pace was the 56th running of the race. Sent off as the favorite, One More Laugh proved his superiority by not only going wire-to-wire for the victory, but by setting a new track record of 1:50.3 for the mile in winning by four-and-one-quarter lengths over Rockin Image. Longshot Urgent Action got up for third place. The previous track mark was 1:50.4 which was equaled by I’m Gorgeous in the Cane Pace elimination (Aug. 23). I’m Gorgeous ran out of the money in the Cane Pace final.DriverTimTetrick said after the race that One More Laugh “responded like the powerhouse I knew he was.” One More Laugh is the fifth horse to win the Meadowlands Pace and the Cane Pace. The win at Freehold Raceway increased his lifetime earnings to $1,698,920, which includes 14 wins and six second-place finishes in 23 carrier starts. The horse’s trainer and part owner Ray Schnittker, who notched his first Triple Crown victory, said One More Laugh will go to the Little Brown Jug in Delaware, Ohio, where he will try to win the second leg of the Pacing Triple Crown. The Little Brown Jug will be run on Sept. 23. The third leg of the Pacing Triple Crown, the Messenger Stakes, is scheduled to be run on Nov. 6 at Yonkers Raceway, Yonkers, N.Y. If One More Laugh sweeps the remaining two legs he will become the 11th Pacing Triple Crown winner since the series was inaugurated in 1956. The last horse to win all three races was No Pan Intended in 2003. No matter what transpires in the upcoming Triple Crown races, harness racing fans can expect to see One More Laugh around for a long time. Schnittker said he wants to race the pacer for four or five more years. In other harness racing news, on Sept. 10 at Freehold Raceway, Flex The Muscle extended his winning streak to four races and posted a stakes record time of 1:55.4 in the $80,000 Charles I. Smith Final. Driver David Miller moved the trotter quickly to the lead out of the gate, held it at every call, and then drew off in the homestretch to a four-and-three-quarter length victory over Flashback and Jetblue Volo. Flex The Muscle, a son of Muscles Yankee, erased the previous record of 1:57 established in 2007 by Princetonian. In August, Flex The Muscle, trained by Schnittker, swept two preliminary legs and the $100,000 final of New Jersey Sire Stakes at Freehold Raceway. He now has six wins and three second-place finishes in 14 starts this year. Flex The Muscle’s victory on Sept. 10 pushed his career bankroll to $383,949 for Schnittker and his partners, Jerry Silva of Long Beach, N.Y., and Arden Homestead Stable of Delhi, N.Y. Sponsored by the Standardbred Breeders and Owners Association of New Jersey, the Charles I. Smith Trot was named in memory of a New Jersey harness racing pioneer, founder of the New Jersey Sire Stakes program and owner of trotters.last_img read more

GALLERY: Day 1 of 2016 PBA Rookie Draft Combine

first_imgEDITORS’ PICK MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Forrester still eager to show true worth despite another trade BREAKING: Solicitor General asks SC to forfeit ABS CBN’s franchise 30 Filipinos from Wuhan quarantined in Capas 2016 PBA Rookie Draft Combine. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netGilas cadets Mac Belo, Jio Jalalon and Roger Pogog. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.net2016 PBA Rookie Draft Combine. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netJio Jalalon goes through a drill at the 2016 PBA Rookie Draft Combine. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPhoenix head coach Ariel Vanguardia. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.net2016 PBA Rookie Draft Combine. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.net2016 PBA Rookie Draft Combine. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.net2016 PBA Rookie Draft Combine. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netNCAA standouts Jonathan Grey and Paolo Pontejos at the 2016 PBA Rookie Draft Combine. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netFormer teammates Ed Daquioag and Kevin Ferrer at the 2016 PBA Rookie Draft Combine. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netRussel Escoto goes through a drill at the 2016 PBA Rookie Draft Combine. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netEd Daquiog goes through a drill at the 2016 PBA Rookie Draft Combine. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netJamil Ourtouste goes through a drill at the 2016 PBA Rookie Draft Combine. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPao Javellona at the 2016 PBA Rookie Draft Combine. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netJio Jalalon goes through a drill at the 2016 PBA Rookie Draft Combine. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMike Tolomia goes through a drill at the 2016 PBA Rookie Draft Combine. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netJoseph Eirobu goes through a drill at the 2016 PBA Rookie Draft Combine. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMac Belo going through some of the drills during the first day of the PBA Draft Combine. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.net2016 PBA Rookie Draft Combine. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netFEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra teammates show love for SlaughterSPORTSWe are youngSPORTSCone plans to speak with Slaughter, agent Brad Pitt wins his first acting Oscar as awards get underway Ginebra teammates show love for Slaughter Smart hosts first 5G-powered esports exhibition match in PH BREAKING: Solicitor General asks SC to forfeit ABS CBN’s franchise View comments More than 50 rookie aspirants were measured for their speed, agility and vertical leap among others in the first day the 2016 PBA Draft Combine at Gatorade Hoops Center in Mandaluyong.READ: Mac Belo highest leaper among PBA draft hopefuls; Arambulo fastestADVERTISEMENT Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan PLAY LIST 01:31Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan01:33WHO: ‘Global stocks of masks and respirators are now insufficient’01:01WHO: now 31,211 virus cases in China 102:02Vitamin C prevents but doesn’t cure diseases like coronavirus—medic03:07’HINDI PANG-SPORTS LANG!’03:03SILIP SA INTEL FUND We are young Chinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol town Team ‘Trabaho’ scores championship title at the last leg of Smart Siklab Saya Manila Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Mainland China virus cases exceed 40,000; deaths rise to 908last_img read more

Revelations…

first_img…on PNC BudgetIn light of the PNC chair’s frank admission of her party’s criterion for hiring (and presumably) perks – having a PNC membership card – your Eyewitness suggested the Budget provided a good opportunity to pin down whether the policy could be discerned at the macro level. Unfortunately, even though there was an “apology” – not disavowal! – for the revealing statement; none of the first line of MPs tried to nail the statement as either true of false.There were all sorts of back and forting on the vexed issue of “corruption” with the PPP Shadow Finance Minister Irfaan Ali pointing out some of the more alarming details from the Auditor General’s last report. For instance, the widespread ‘thiefin’ highlighted in the procurement of textbooks by the Education Ministry. Of the $506 million allocated, payments of more than HALF of that sum couldn’t be verified!! But the question is – who were those lucky textbook suppliers? The public – and of course, the PNC chair – wants to know!!Then there were pharmaceuticals. We know for sure that at least $240 million was coughed up for that bottom house warehouse in Albouystown went to a PNC fella – but how do we classify that $604 million pharma contract to ANSA?? Do they make campaign contributions to PNC or PPP? We know that illegal $367 million pharma contract to HDM labs that was tied down in 24 hours without any bidding – went to a PNC contributor!!But back to this year’s Budget, which the Finance Minister himself assured the PNC faithful that the PNC Government hadn’t forgotten “who put them there”. Going by the spare details in the dailies, your Eyewitness will take a stab at the “beneficiary” exercise in the interest of transparency and all that! We heard from Minister Valarie Patterson about houses the Government was building “for the poor” – 202 completed and another 52 before December. With our Guyanese housing patterns, the location of these houses can give us a pretty good signal as to whose supporters are the beneficiaries.One hundred and forty-nine of the homes were at Perseverance, on the East Bank of Demerara, with a sprinkling at Experiment (East Coast Demerara) –17; Onderneeming, Region Three (10). Some 60 houses are under construction at Amelia’s Ward, Linden! Going forward, $204 million will be spent on houses in Region Seven. For new housing schemes, there will be four in Bartica; five in Lethem; and “more” in Greater Georgetown! Then there are all the homes in “low-income areas” being “refurbished” by the Government!!Your Eyewitness was happy the Government continued the annual $3 billion subsidy for Linden residents where bauxite had been downsized.The same will be done for Wales, Rose Hall, Enmore and Skeldon? Well…if they switch to PNC!!…City Hall as a PNC governance symbolYour Eyewitness is still digesting the frank appraisal by Chancellor (rtd) Cecil Kennard’s one-man CoI into the sordid workings of City Hall. Now there can be no question that the Georgetown municipality is run by PNC members – and even in the case of the just replaced Mayor Patricia Chase Green, an Executive Member of the PNC. Her trusty sidekick – who was reselected along with her on the all-important Finance Committee – is Oscar Clark, past Chairman, Minister and Ambassador for the PNC over a career exceeding 50 years!!So when we hear about corruption by the PNC in the Central Government during the ongoing Budget Debate, we can simply extrapolate from the microcosm (City Hall) to the macrocosm (Central Government). Giving out contracts to (PNC) friends and relatives on infrastructural projects? The Kennard CoI actually names these kith and kin! Trotman selling out Guyana oil revenues after flying to Texas? How about the three Musketeers from City Hall to Panama to sell the streets of Georgetown?The PNC was formed by corruption (sellout to the CIA) and is sustained by corruption!…on interior spendingOne Indigenous Peoples’ MP complained about the PNC Government spending in Georgetown for tourism, when visitors really want to see the interior!Georgetown, dear naïve MP, is home to the largest block of PNC supporters!!last_img read more

14 Guyanese awarded Chevening scholarships

first_imgA total of 14 Guyanese will soon embark on their journey to achieving a Master’s Degree after being awarded a Chevening Scholarship Programme offered at a number of universities throughout the United Kingdom.British High Commissioner to Guyana, Gregory Quinn on Thursday evening bid farewell to this year’s awardees, urging them to make the best of their journey as Chevening scholars.While highlighting that this scholarship is testimony to her Majesty’s commitment to education and continuous investment in Guyana, Quinn outlined the nature of the programme.In doing so he pointed out that the scholars will be pursuing their degrees in a wide variety of areas, which include public policy, renewable energy, energy studies, global health, petroleum and energy economics, anthropology and environment, transport planning, innovation management, environmental engineering, development finance, agriculture and communications.British High Commissioner Gregory Quinn joined by 13 of Chevening awardees during the farewell ceremonyThe UK diplomat went on to say that the Chevening programme is not only beneficial to the awardees but will have a positive impact on the country as well.“After these scholars have been awarded their degrees, we expect them to come back and work for the benefit of Guyana; that’s what we are spending our money on,” relayed the British High Commissioner, who continued by saying, “That is the purpose of Chevening, to give people the skills and knowledge needed to develop their own country.”Echoing the sentiments of the High Commissioner was a past recipient of the UK Government scholarship, Chuizka Harilal, who congratulated the 15 for being the recipients of this prestigious award.In sharing her experience as a Chevening scholar, the alumnus encouraged the 2017 awardees to make the best of the opportunity.Cashing in on the Chevening scholarship for 2017 are Kayla Defreitas, Sanasha Perreira, Jason Fraser, Rovin Sukhraj, Tiffany Daniels, Darcy Waldron, Michael Fraser, Lidon Charles, Gopnauth Gossai, Tricia Teekah, Joel Joseph, Jacqueline Major, Dillon Clarke and Jonathan Melville.Chevening is a renowned global scholarship programme that offers future leaders the unique opportunity to study in the UK, by affording students a fully-funded one year developmental programme.The Chevening scholarships awarded to Guyanese students for the year 2017 carries a value of approximately $102 million.This is the first time a total of 15 Guyanese were selected to participate in the programme, with the number of local scholars continuously increasing over the years.The British High Commission is currently accepting applications for the 2018 Chevening Scholarship Programme, and is inviting Guyanese to apply while the process remains open until November 7.last_img read more

Sanchez carries Arsenal hopes of City upturn

first_img0Shares0000LONDON, January 17 – Arsenal will look to in-form Alexis Sanchez when they attempt to repair a sequence of diminishing returns at Manchester City’s Etihad Stadium in the Premier League on Sunday. Sanchez scored two goals and made another in Arsenal’s 3-0 home win over Stoke City last weekend, taking him to 12 goals and eight assists for the campaign and moving City manager Manuel Pellegrini to describe him as “the best player in England”.The Chilean’s unerring finishing and exemplary work ethic will be central to Arsenal’s hopes of success at the Etihad, where fortune has deserted them ever since City were taken over by Sheikh Mansour in 2008.In the years since the Emirati billionaire’s acquisition of City, Arsenal have won one, drawn one and lost five of the seven matches they have played at the Etihad in all competitions.Before that, they had won six of their seven previous trips to City.Their most recent visit, in December 2013, was infamous, as the title aspirations of a team who went into the match top of the table were ruthlessly torn apart in a humbling 6-3 defeat.Arsene Wenger’s side ultimately finished seven points off the pace as City were crowned champions. Ahead of Sunday’s game they are 11 points behind City, and 13 shy of leaders Chelsea.Arsenal’s fans have learnt to associate Sheikh Mansour with the sight of departing stars, as Samir Nasri, Emmanuel Adebayor, Kolo Toure, Gael Clichy and Bacary Sagna have all left the Emirates Stadium for City in recent years.But now that Wenger no longer has to weigh the need for new recruits against the cost of building the Emirates, the long-held dream of attracting superstars such as Sanchez to the club has become reality.Only Sergio Aguero, with 19, has scored more goals this season than the 18 Sanchez has mustered in all competitions and with the City striker in line to make his first start since December 3 after a knee injury, the stage is set for a showdown between the two 26-year-old South Americans.– ‘World-class’ –“There are some other great players, but Sanchez and Aguero are two of the best performing since the start of the season,” said Wenger.“Aguero has been less consistent because he’s been injured more — in the last year he has suffered from being a bit in and out — but of course he is a world-class player.”If there is one area where Aguero has the edge over Sanchez, it is his record against the big clubs.Since joining City from Atletico Madrid in July 2011, the Argentina striker has scored six times against Manchester United, three times against Chelsea, three times against Liverpool and three times against Arsenal, including in the 2-2 draw between the sides last September.It is too early to compare Sanchez’s record to Aguero’s, but in the five matches he has played against last season’s top six, he has found the net only once.It is an unwelcome echo of Arsenal’s record against the top sides, for since the 2012-13 season, they have won only one of the 12 league games they have played against teams who went on to finish in the top four.With a trip to Chelsea awaiting in two weeks, Aguero may not start, but he is certain to feature at some point after Pellegrini revealed he was “100 percent fit”.City midfielder Nasri will be unable to face his former club after sustaining a calf injury, while Yaya Toure and new signing Wilfried Bony are both at the Africa Cup of Nations with Ivory Coast.Left-back Kieran Gibbs has been passed fit for Arsenal after a heel problem while Theo Walcott and Mesut Ozil are also in contention.But Arsenal remained beset by injury problems, with Danny Welbeck, Jack Wilshere, Mathieu Debuchy, Mikel Arterta and Abou Diaby all currently sidelined.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Gold-haired Ronaldo poised for Ballon d’Or glory

first_imgAs has been the case for almost a decade now, the 31-year-old’s main rival will be his nemesis Messi — but the Barcelona and Argentine maestro has had by his own lofty standards a less-than-stellar year for club and country with the top prizes eluding him on both fronts.Never one to play down his achievements, Ronaldo was spotted midweek in training having dyed his hair gold in anticipation.It will be Ronaldo’s fourth Ballon d’Or crown, one less than last year’s winner Messi.“For me there is no debate. The Ballon will be for him,” Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane said after his talisman’s hat-trick saw off Atletico Madrid last month to underpin Real’s domination in La Liga.“He showed it last season and he shows it again and again. We expect a lot of him but he stands above everyone.”Despite such effusive praise Ronaldo, rested at the weekend ahead of the Club World Cup in Japan, has had some negative headlines — not least pertaining to accusations of tax evasion.Denying any wrongdoing, he responded by publishing his financial records on Thursday, showing last year he earned a bumper 227 million euros ($240 million).“You believe I am worried? He who owes nothing, fears nothing,” Ronaldo told broadcaster RTP.Ronaldo first won the Ballon d’Or in 2008 after Premier League and Champions League triumphs with Manchester United.But it was only in 2013 that he added his second — Messi had hogged it before then — and Ronaldo made it a hat-trick the following year.The first Ballon d’Or was won by Stanley Matthews, at the time with Blackpool, who beat Alfredo Di Stefano for the inaugural title in 1956.This year marks the end of six years of joint awards by founders France Football and FIFA, which will revert to bestowing a “Best” accolade of its own on January 9 to both male and female players.The Ballon d’Or will henceforth be decided by a vote of 173 journalists while national team captains and managers will no longer have a say.Monday’s prize will be announced at 8:00 pm (1900 GMT) on Monday in Paris, but Ronaldo is not expected to be present because of the Club World Cup.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo looks poised to seal his fourth Ballon d’Or © AFP / GERARD JULIENPARIS, France, Dec 12 – Cristiano Ronaldo looks poised to seal his fourth Ballon d’Or on Monday to get one over his old rival Lionel Messi in their long-running duel for the title of world’s best footballer.It will be the perfect ending to another terrific year for the Real Madrid star, who won the Champions League for the second time in three seasons and then led Portugal to their first major title at Euro 2016 — albeit he went off early injured and in tears in the win over France.last_img read more

Rover arrives safely at `Home Plate’

first_imgLA CA?ADA FLINTRIDGE – The Mars rover Spirit has hit a home run by landing in a rugged plateau dubbed “Home Plate,” but scientists are still trying to decipher its geology. The six-wheeled Spirit reached the northern edge of the broad mesa last week about four months after climbing down from a Martian hill as tall as the Statue of Liberty. Scientists believe “Home Plate” – which stands about 6 feet high – holds important geologic clues to the Red Planet’s past. So far, scientists say they are puzzled by what they have seen. Unlike other areas of Gusev Crater that Spirit has analyzed, “Home Plate” is made of highly layered rocks that are coarse at the bottom and fine at the top. “It’s stunning … by far the best layering we’ve ever seen at Gusev,” principal investigator Steve Squyres of Cornell University recently posted on his Web site. Squyres said it’s too early to say what the rocks are made of, or how it fits into the Mars story. Layered rocks can be formed several different ways, such as by a volcanic eruption or impact crater. They also can be deposited there by wind or water. Squyres said it appears that the rocks were formed from a volcanic explosion, but more study is needed. “The bottom line for now is that we’ve got a spectacular mystery in front of us, and far more questions than we have answers,” Squyres wrote. Previous examination of the crater by Spirit reveals a violent history. Three outcrops examined by the rover displayed deposits of water-altered debris from explosive events. Scientists believe hot ash once fell from the sky about 4 billion years ago. During that time, water was present, but not a large amount. Engineers plan to steer Spirit toward a rugged rock outcrop that scientists have nicknamed “Gibson” after the baseball catcher Josh Gibson. Engineers have not decided how long they intend to keep Spirit there. Spirit and its twin, Opportunity, have been exploring opposite sides of Mars since January 2004. The solar-powered robots, managed by NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, have outlasted their primary mission and are working on overtime. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Video: When Tottenham transfer target scored an incredible 50-yard free-kick

first_imgTottenham have registered their interest in signing Bayer Leverkusen’s Hakan Calhanoglu, according to the player’s agent.The 22-year-old has been at the club since 2014 after a season at Hamburg and it’s here where he scored a much celebrated free-kick against Borussia Dortmund where he gave Roman Weidenfeller no chance.His reputation as a set piece specialist has only grown since then and Calhanoglu has scored some beauties, including one against Bayern Munich no.1 Manuel Neuer.Click here to stay up to date with all Tottenham news.last_img read more

What Emery said about Ozil after German was axed from Arsenal squad vs West Ham

first_imgUnai Emery has reminded Mesut Ozil he is just another player in his squad after Arsenal’s 1-0 defeat to West Ham on Saturday.The Gunners lacked creativity against their Premier League opponents as Emery omitted Ozil from the matchday squad in favour of teenager Eddie Nketiah. 2 scrap gameday cracker Sky Sports presenter apologises for remarks made during Neville’s racism discussion latest 2 predicted Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions Latest football news Gerrard launches furious touchline outburst as horror tackle on Barisic sparks chaos RANKED Did Mahrez just accidentally reveal Fernandinho is leaving Man City this summer? BEST OF SORRY Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT Unai Emery is losing patience with Mesut Ozil revealed The average first-team salaries at every Premier League club in 2019 Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update whoops How Everton could look in January under Ancelotti with new signings Arsenal are hoping to secure Suarez from Barcelona When asked about his decision to leave 30-year-old Ozil out, the Arsenal boss said: “For me he is like another player.“It’s one decision, when one player is coming or not coming.“Sometimes he is helping us, at other moments he is not helping us because of his injury or because maybe the match is not for him.“But he is a good player.”The German playmaker, who pockets £350,000-a-week, has been in and out of Emery’s side this season. The Daily Mail reports Emery wants Ozil to leave the club before the end of the January transfer window to free up funds to strengthen his squad.This comes after the former Paris Saint-Germain chief revealed he could only make loan signings this month.Arsenal reportedly have an agreement to sign Barcelona midfielder Denis Suarez, but the La Liga champions are hesitant to let him go on loan as they want a guarantee from the Gunners to buy the player in the summer. Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade REVEALED Ozil, Arsenal’s highest paid player, has not shown his true form under Emery due to injuries and illness.Selling the ex-Real Madrid ace would allow Arsenal to sign some much-needed defensive reinforcements.Arsenal lost Rob Holding to a season-ending knee injury last month, while Laurent Koscielny has only recently returned from a serious Achilles problem.last_img read more

Liverpool fan says Messi is ‘overrated’ after Van Dijk misses out on Ballon d’Or

first_img Getty 2 Messi scored twice as Barcelona beat Liverpool 3-0 at the Nou Camp in last season’s Champions League semi-final, but drew a blank as Liverpool won the second-leg 4-0 at Anfield to book their place in the final Lionel Messi has won a record sixth Ballon d’Or “Messi is overrated. I think Cristiano Ronaldo, and this is from a Liverpool fan, I think Ronaldo is such a better player than because he’s done it in different leagues.“It makes him a better footballer because he can adapt his style depending on the league he plays in.“Messi is the best player who has ever played in LaLiga, and that is it.“Would I swap Mo Salah for Messi? No not at all. He’s a cry baby as well!”Listen to Will the Liverpool fan’s rant IN FULL in the clip above! Six-time Ballon d’Or winner Lionel Messi has been branded ‘overrated’ by an angry Liverpool fan – who insists Virgil van Dijk was more deserving of this year’s award.The Barcelona superstar pipped the Liverpool defender to the award at a ceremony in Paris on Monday night. The gong caps off a wonderful calendar year for Messi, who also claimed the Best FIFA Men’s award back in September.The 32-year-old Argentine scored 54 times for club and country during the 2018/19 campaign as Barcelona won the LaLiga title.And while few can argue against a player widely considered the greatest of all time being named the footballer of the year, it’s clear people on Merseyside will not be happy about the result.And Will the Red called into The Sports Bar on Monday night to vent his outrage, saying Messi is merely the best ever player to play in Spain, ‘and that’s it’.Okay then…“For winning the Champions League and the effect he’s had at Liverpool, Van Dijk should have won the Ballon d’Or,” began Will.And from here, well, we’ll leave any judgement up to you…“Messi is a great player, but he’s only done it in LaLiga,” he continued.“He’s only done it in a league where really there are only two teams involved; it’s like Scotland with Celtic and Rangers.“I’d love to see how good he is in the Premier League, because when he faced Liverpool last season he did diddly-squat getty 2last_img read more