At this point the advert shows the Argentine magician unleashing a freekick in the net at the Nou Camp. Then the scene flashes to Budweiser’s new drink, entitled “Messi, king of football”. The ad references all the way back to when he was a young man arriving at Barcelona, critiqued for being too small, to the events of this summer when he planned to leave. Messi captions the video: “Thank you Budweiser for your trust. We never give up on greatness.” It has already clocked up just shy of two million views in the space of just a couple of hours. Messi announced a partnership with the German beer firm only days earlier. It joins his long list of other company endorsements, including Adidas, Lays, Mastercard, watchmaker Jacob & Co and Qatar-based telecom company Ooredo. read also:‘Messi needed a professional, not his father’ According to Business Insider, Messi said: “I’m excited to partner with Budweiser to share my journey that was based on a determination to be the best player I can be. “Day after day, year after year, it took sacrifice and hard work to reach my dreams. “Hopefully fans around the world will find inspiration in my story to commit to their craft and never give up on greatness, no matter how hard the journey.” With the 33-year-old set to stay at his club, reports suggest many of his teammates could be off with new boss Ronald Koeman keen to rebuild. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… Promoted Content8 Things To Expect If An Asteroid Hits Our PlanetWhy Go Veg? 7 Reasons To Do ThisThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read More6 Extreme Facts About Hurricanes20 Celebs With Surprising Hidden Talents And SkillsTop 7 Best Car Manufacturers Of All TimeA Hurricane Can Be As Powerful As 10 Atomic BombsWhy Do So Many Digital Assistants Have Feminine Names & Voices?The Models Of Paintings Whom The Artists Were Madly In Love With7 Universities Where Getting An Education Costs A Hefty Penny10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoMind-Bending Technology That Was Predicted Before It Appeared Barcelona wantaway Lionel Messi has released a limited edition Budweiser beer – which comes with an ad referencing his botched transfer move. The footballing superstar has been forced to stay put after his attempts to leave Spain fell through. He was left embarrassed after Barca’s 8-2 humiliation at the hands of Bayern Munich in the Champions League final. Now a new Budweiser beer with his name on the label has been released – and the 44-second ad includes cheeky references to recent events, including an appeal to fans to “never give up on greatness”. The beer will have a limited edition bottle branded after the six-time Ballon d’Or award. And with Messi releasing the advert on his Instagram, it could be seen by many of his many 167 million followers. Flashing up on a black background, the advert says: “They said moving to Spain at 13 would break him. “They said he was too small. “Now they say he’s grown too big. They say he’s stopped loving the city.” This appears in reference to some fans’ reaction after news broke that Messi wanted leave the club. The advert continues: “They say his heart’s not in it. They say the dynasty is over. “They say his greatness is gone. “So what does he say?”
“Sanchez, he looks like he is made for the English game,” said Wenger, who attempted to sign Suarez from Liverpool in 2013. “Sanchez has settled very quickly. But Sanchez has a kind of game that is instinctive and tough. “They (Sanchez and Suarez) have similarities. They are South Americans, they are provoking players, they go with the ball. “They are very determined as well, both of them. They have plenty of similar attitudes.” Wenger believes Arsenal’s consistency in the Champions League was a factor in Sanchez choosing the Emirates Stadium over Anfield, but the Chilean had other options, too. “I thought Liverpool was a serious candidate because they had Suarez going there (to Barcelona), so you could think that’s an easy way to do the deal but at the end of the day, the player has always the decision,” Wenger said. “There were some other clubs that were in for him as well. The fact that today the transfers at that level take always time to get every detail right, so because it takes time, you think always that somebody else can come in. Paris St Germain … I don’t know, Bayern (Munich) … to do the deal as well.” Wenger is happy that fate dealt him the hand that saw Sanchez, and not Suarez, join the Gunners. Wenger takes his Arsenal side to Liverpool on Sunday with Sanchez in his team, rather than among the opposition. The Frenchman’s pursuit of the Chile forward began at the end of May and he snared his target, signing him from Barcelona, despite Liverpool being linked with Sanchez as a replacement for the Nou Camp-bound Suarez. Arsene Wenger believes Alexis Sanchez is like Luis Suarez and “made for the English game”. Press Association “Sometimes it’s coincidence that decides your destiny,” he said. “Maybe if (Nicolas) Anelka had stayed (Thierry) Henry would not have become the player he became. Anelka would have played centrally and Thierry wide.” Wenger denied Arsenal had pursued Mario Balotelli during the summer and declined to comment on why the Italian has struggled at Liverpool. “He’s been in England before,” Wenger said. “He is a very sensitive subject, because it’s an interesting subject. “I don’t know him at all.” Liverpool have struggled this term, but Wenger is not discounting them from challenging for the top four. “They can still come back and I don’t rule them out to fight for the top places,” he said.
Jaggwe has welcomed the news, saying that he is hopeful that the association will get the funds before end of the week to make up for lost time. Also, amidst the delays in releasing the funds, Jaggwe says that the International Table Tennis Federation- ITTF has donated among other items, 8 new competition tables, 8 point counters, 6 umpire chairs and 400 lots of balls.About the Championships This is a singles competition, where every country will field 2 males and 2 females. Uganda, as hosts, will however field 4 females and 4 males at the championship.Winners will get US $400 (approximately Shillings 1.4 million), 2nd placed player will get US$200 (Around Shillings 760,000) while 3rd and 4th placed players will get $ 100 US Dollars (approximately Shillings 360,000).The winner of the championship in the men and women’s category will participate in the Olympic Qualifier to be held in Tunisia early 2020.*****URNShare on: WhatsApp (L-R) Uganda Female Players Ludia Natunga and Amina Lukaya played against Congo Brazzaville doubles team at the 2019 All Africa Games, Morocco.Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | Uganda Table Tennis Association is hunting for Shillings 25 million to host the upcoming East Africa Regional Senior Championships slated for November 28-30th at Pope Paul Memorial Centre in Kampala.The Uganda Table Tennis Association President, Robert Jaggwe, says that 14 countries are expected to participate in the championships. They include among others Kenya, Tanzania, Eritrea, Somalia, Rwanda, Madagascar, Seychelles, Comoros, Sudan, South Sudan and the hosts Uganda among others.According to Jagwe, while the association submitted a funding request of Shillings 25 million to the National Council of Sports-NCS in September, they haven’t received the money. He says they reminded the NCS in early October, about their financial needs to ensure smooth organization for the championships. The funds are meant for booking Pope Paul Memorial Centre, buying equipment, paying umpires and referees, hotels and airport pickups among other activities. Dr. Bernard Patrick Ogwel, the General Secretary National Council of Sports referred Uganda Radio Network to Alex Kakooza, the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Education on the issue of funding.Kakooza confirmed the delayed release of funds to NCS over the past weeks due to the need to get approvals for certain reallocations from ministry of finance. He however, says the Education Ministry will release funds to NCS within the next two days so as to finance the 48 sports associations and federations including Uganda Table Tennis Association.He says the approval and payment process took two weeks. NCS has been allocated Shillings 26 billion for the 2019/2020 financial year of which Shillings 10 billion is for the Federation of Uganda Football Associations-FUFA. The Table Tennis Association expects to receive Shillings 50 million in total by the end of the 2019/2020 financial year. Half of this amount is budgeted for the Eastern Africa Championships. About the delayed release on the funds, the Director Budget at Ministry of Finance, Kenneth Mugambe, says the Education Ministry delayed to process its warrants of payments, which has taken about two months. The delays have seen a number of sports federations and associations complain about delayed release of funds in the second quarter.Mugambe explains that while the finance ministry released funds for the second quarter of the 2019/2020 financial year on October 02, 2019, the Education Ministry and its agencies including National Council of Sports have not received funds to date due to pending payment approvals. He says although the approval process took two months, money should be on the accounts of the Ministry and NCS by the end of Monday (yesterday). So far, Shillings 13 billion out of of Shillings 26 billion has been released in the last two quarters to NCS. Apart from Jaggwe of the Table Tennis Association, other leaders including Lydia Dhamuzungu, the head of the Hockey Association told URN that they have not received any funds in the last two months. Mugambe says that the sports associations are right to complain because the process to approve the changes in the education ministry budget took close to two months.