A. The ongoing coronavirus crisis may result in Andres Iniesta extending his career beyond 2021, when his current contract with Vissel Kobe comes to an end, as the former Barcelona midfielder is currently resting during lockdown. The former Spain international has stressed, health should be a priority at the moment, but he hasn't ruled out playing for one more year.We took the time during this pandemic to call and have a conversation with Iniesta. Q. It seems that the coronavirus will put an end to the madness of the 100 million euro signings. What positive things can football take from this? Uli Hoeness recently said that football will never be the same again. How do you personally feel about the situation we are currently living through? A. Without a doubt, this cannot be the same tomorrow as yesterday after everything we are experiencing at a global level, and at a society level. This is going to have a lot of connotations in every way. But from the bad and very bad we always draw strength or try to make these very negative things, especially as a society. It makes us see things differently and look at what is really important. We all have to realise what we do.
B. You may not be immediately aware but this week marked an anniversary of a fairly significant moment in football's modern era. On April 23, 2008, Lionel Messi played against Cristiano Ronaldo for the very first time -- a feat the two titans went on to repeat many times thereafter. Messi and Ronaldo first faced each other 12 years ago when Barcelona and Manchester United played out a goalless draw in the first leg of the Champions League semifinals -- the former aged 20, the latter 23. Ronaldo's United won through on that occasion (despite the Portugal star missing a penalty in the first leg) and went on to become European champions. At the end of the following season, he sealed his world-record £80 million move to Real Madrid and thus joined his future rival in La Liga. A classic game between the two happened on Nov. 29, 2010. Barcelona beat Madrid (5-0). The game that was seen as something of a proving ground for both Messi and Ronaldo (who were both Ballon d'Or winners by this point) ultimately veered off script as the Camp Nou witnessed a historic humiliation of Real and their coach, Jose Mourinho. Messi did not score, but he set up two goals and had another of his own disallowed as he played a pivotal role in Barca dishing out a five-goal mauling of their foes, who had started the game top of La Liga and unbeaten in seven matches.
C. Album Review: Lucki - 'Days B4 III' This time around, Lucki took a different approach to his creation. As the cover art of Days B4 III is a beautiful tribute to Chief Keef's classic Almighty So, Lucki also took some sonic inspiration from the fellow Chicago heavy-hitter. Tracks such as "Hollywood Dreamer" and "Beverly Hills to 35th", for example, see Lucki wonderfully utilize autotune and catchy hooks like never before. Exactly like its predecessor Freewave 3, Days B4 III is 15 tracks, 30 minutes. This format seems to work seamlessly for Lucki, allowing him to showcase all of his sounds and styles in a short enough time to keep listeners reeled in from start to finish. Essentially, a catalog of 2-minute gems. "Me Myself & I" starts the album off on a confident note. While Lucki's discography has historically been depressing and borderline self-deprecating, this year has seen his confidence skyrocket. This is likely due to his rise to prominence and praise over the past year, becoming one of the most beloved underground rappers in the game after years of dropping slept-on gems. While Lucki is far from the type to sell out, I believe the praise he has received this year has pushed him to reach new levels of creativity and work ethic. Days B4 III is purely a product of Lucki's astronomical growth. He's a true chef with his craft, always willing to try new flavors and build off of the successes. Days B4 III sees Lucki experiment with new trap-inspired sounds while reincorporating the dark yet playful, futuristic yet nostalgic sounds that have defined him as an artist. For that nostalgia factor, Lucki tapped a few of his past producers- BrentRambo, 16yrold, and StoopidXool. These three producers understand Lucki's sound and style to a T, able to create perfect canvases for his expression. The BrentRambo tracks, "Tbt" and "Beverly Hills to 35th", sound as if they could've been on Freewave 3 while simultaneously sounding brand new. "Way 2 Rare" with 16yrold is carried by bright and bouncy synths, innately boasting nostalgic, 80s arcade type vibes.
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