Leighton Levy

Leighton Levy

Leighton Levy is a journalist with 28 years’ experience covering crime, entertainment, and sports. He joined the staff at SportsMax.TV as a content editor two years ago and is enjoying the experience of developing sports content and new ideas. At SportsMax.tv he is pursuing his true passion - sports.

The University of Texas-bound Kevona Davis said Jamaica missed something special this past March when the Inter-Secondary School Sports Association (ISSA) cancelled the annual Boys and Girls Championships because of the threat of the spread of the Coronavirus, COVID-19.

 Former West Indies batting coach  Toby Radford has urged Caribbean batsman to emulate Shivnarine Chanderpaul if they want to find the kind of consistency that leads to a successful career.

Christopher Samuda, President of the Jamaica Olympic Association (JOA ) has been appointed a member of the Caribbean Professional Working Group that will focus on the feasibility, format and structure of a potential Caribbean Professional League as part of the overall development of the sport regionally.

Last week, Jamaica was flooded with much-needed good news regarding a number of its top high-school athletes accepting scholarships to a number of great universities in the United States.

Unheralded West Indies middle-order batsman Larry Gomes has rated his century against India at Queens Park Oval in Trinidad and Tobago as his best.

Having signed for Mississippi State University (MSU) in the USA this past week, Kingston College star jumper Shacquille Lowe is looking forward to winning titles and battling with former teammate Carey McLeod when he begins his collegiate career, hopefully in the fall.

Ramnaresh Sarwan has vehemently denied having anything to do with the Jamaica Tallawahs’ decision not to retain for the upcoming 2020 Hero CPL and that he encouraged the Tallawahs’ overseas players to disrespect him.

George Manneh Oppong Weah played as a striker in his prolific 18-year professional playing career that ended in 2003.

After beginning his career in his home country of Liberia, Weah spent 14 years playing for clubs in France, Italy, and England.

Arsène Wenger first brought him to Europe, signing him for Monaco in 1988. Weah moved to Paris Saint-Germain in 1992 where he won Ligue 1 in 1994 and became the top scorer of the 1994–95 UEFA Champions League.

He signed for A.C. Milan in 1995 where he spent four successful seasons, winning Serie A twice.

His most notable goal in Italy saw him run the length of the field against Verona. He moved to the Premier League towards the end of his career and had spells at Chelsea and Manchester City, winning the FA Cup at the former, before returning to France to play for Marseille in 2001, and subsequently ending his career with Al-Jazira in 2003.

FourFourTwo named Weah one of the best players never to win the UEFA Champions League.

At the international level, Weah represented Liberia at the African Cup of Nations on two occasions, winning 53 caps and scoring 13 goals for his country.

Widely regarded as one of the greatest African players of all time, in 1995, he was named FIFA World Player of the Year and won the Ballon d'Or, becoming the first and to date only African player to win these awards.

 In 1989, 1994 and 1995, he was also named the African Footballer of the Year, and in 1996, he was named African Player of the Century.

Known for his acceleration, speed, and dribbling ability, in addition to his goalscoring and finishing, Weah was described by FIFA as "the precursor of the multi-functional strikers of today".

 

Playing Career

Full Name: George Manneh Oppong Weah

Date of birth: 1 October 1966 (age 53)

Height: 1.84 m (6 ft 0 in)

Position: Striker

 

Club Career

Years                   Team                            Apps     (Gls)

1985–1986           Bong Range United                2       (1)

1985–1986          Mighty Barrolle                     10       (7)

1986–1987          Invincible Eleven                   23      (24)

1987                    Africa Sports                       2       (1)

1987–1988          Tonnerre Yaoundé               18      (14)

1988–1992          Monaco                              103    (47)

1992–1995          Paris Saint-Germain              96     (32)

1995–2000          A.C. Milan                           114    (46)

2000 →                Chelsea (loan)                    11       (3)

2000                    Manchester City                   7        (1)

2000–2001          Marseille                              19      (5)

2001–2003          Al Jazira                                8       (13)

Total                                                         413    (194)

 

Club Honours

  • Mighty Barrolle - Liberian Premier League: 1985–86; Liberian Cup: 1985–86; Invincible Eleven; Liberian Premier League: 1986–87
  • Monaco - Coupe de France: 1991
  • Paris Saint-Germain - Ligue 1: 1993–94; Coupe de France: 1992–93, 1994–95; Coupe de la Ligue: 1995
  • C. Milan - Serie A: 1995–96, 1998–99
  • Chelsea - FA Cup: 1999–2000

 

International Career

  • 1987-2018 Liberia 53 (13)

 

International Honours

  • CSSA Nations Cup runner-up: 1987

 

Individual Honours

  • African Footballer of the Year: 1989, 1994, 1995
  • FIFA XI: 1991, 1996 (Reserve), 1997, 1998
  • French Division 1 Foreign Player of the Year: 1990–91
  • UEFA Champions League Top Scorer: 1994–95
  • BBC African Footballer of the Year: 1995
  • Onze d'Or: 1995
  • Ballon d'Or: 1995
  • FIFA World Player of the Year: 1995
  • ESM Team of the Year: 1995–96
  • Onze d'Argent: 1996
  • FIFA Fair Play Award: 1996
  • FIFA World Player of the Year – Silver award: 1996
  • IFFHS African Player of the Century: 1996
  • World Soccer's 100 Greatest Footballers of All Time: 1999
  • FIFA 100: 2004
  • Arthur Ashe Courage Award 2004
  • Golden Foot Legends Award: 2005
  • C. Milan Hall of Fame
  • IFFHS Legends
  • Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree from Cuttington University: 29 June 2018.

Marcel ‘Marco’ van Basten played for Ajax and A.C. Milan, as well as the Netherlands national team as a striker. He is regarded as one of the greatest players in the history of the sport, having scored 300 goals in a high-profile career.

However, he played his last match in 1993 at age 28 due to an injury which forced his retirement two years later.

Playing for the Netherlands, van Basten won UEFA Euro 1988 where he was named player of the tournament, scoring five goals that included a memorable volley in the final against the Soviet Union.

At club level, he won three Eredivisie titles and the Cup Winners' Cup with Ajax, and three Serie A titles and two European Cups with Milan.

Known for his close ball control, attacking intelligence, impeccable headers, and spectacular strikes and volleys, van Basten was named FIFA World Player of the Year in 1992 and won the Ballon d'Or three times, in 1988, 1989 and 1992.

 

Playing Career

Full name: Marcel van Basten (Marco van Basten)

Date of birth: 31 October 1964 (age 55)

Place of birth: Utrecht, Netherlands

Height: 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)

Playing position: Striker

 

Club Career

Years                    Team   Apps   (Gls)

1981–1987          Ajax          133     (128)

1987–1995          Milan         147     (90)

Total                                  280    (218)

 

Club Honours

  • Ajax - Eredivisie: 1981–82, 1982–83, 1984–85; KNVB Cup: 1982–83, 1985–86, 1986–87; UEFA Cup Winners Cup: 1986–87
  • Milan - Serie A: 1987–88, 1991–92, 1992–93; Supercoppa Italiana: 1988, 1992; European Cup/UEFA Champions League: 1988–89, 1989–90; European Supercup: 1989; Intercontinental Cup: 1989, 1990

 

International Career

  • 1983-1992 Netherlands 58 (24)

 

International Honours

  • UEFA European Championship: 1988

 

Individual Honours

  • Ballon d'Or: 1988, 1989, 1992
  • FIFA World Player of the Year: 1992
  • UEFA Best Player of the Year: 1989, 1990, 1992
  • European Cup Top Scorer: 1988–89
  • Serie A Golden Boot: 1989–90, 1991–92
  • Eredivisie Top Scorer: 1983–84, 1984–85, 1985–86, 1986–87
  • European Silver Boot: 1983–84
  • Dutch Footballer of the Year: 1984–85
  • European Golden Boot: 1985–86
  • World Golden Boot: 1985–86
  • Bravo Award: 1987
  • Onze d'Argent: 1987, 1992
  • Onze d'Or: 1988, 1989
  • IFFHS World’s Best Player: 1988, 1989
  • World Soccer Player of the Year: 1988, 1992
  • UEFA Euro 1988: Top Scorer and Best Player with 5 goals
  • UEFA European Championship Team of the Tournament: 1988, 1992
  • FIFA 100 (List of the greatest living footballers picked by Pelé): 2004
  • UEFA Golden Jubilee Poll: #4
  • Italian Football Hall of Fame: 2012
  • UEFA Euro All-time XI (published 2016)
  • C. Milan Hall of Fame
  • IFFHS Legends

Gerhard "Gerd" Müller was a prolific striker renowned for his clinical finishing, especially in and around the six-yard box, he is regarded as one of the greatest players and goalscorers of all time.

At the international level with West Germany, he scored 68 goals in 62 appearances, and at club level, after 15 years with Bayern Munich, he scored a record 365 goals in 427 Bundesliga games and an international record 66 goals in 74 European club games.

Averaging more than a goal a game with West Germany, Müller is now 17th on the list of all-time international goal scorers, despite playing fewer matches than every other player in the top 25. Among the top scorers, he has the third-highest goal-to-game ratio.

Nicknamed "Bomber der Nation" ("the nation's Bomber") or simply "Der Bomber", Müller was named European Footballer of the Year in 1970.

After a successful season at Bayern Munich, he scored 10 goals at the 1970 FIFA World Cup for West Germany where he received the Golden Boot as a top goal scorer.

He scored four goals in the 1974 World Cup, including the winning goal in the final.

Müller held the all-time goal-scoring record in the World Cup with 14 goals for 32 years.

Playing Career

Full name: Gerhard Müller

Date of birth: 3 November 1945 (age 74)

Place of birth: Nördlingen, Germany

Height: 1.76 m (5 ft 9 in)[1]

Playing position: Striker

 

Club Career

Years                    Team                             Apps         (Gls)

1963–1964           1861 Nördlingen                      31         (51)

1964–1979           Bayern Munich                       453         (398)

1979–1981           Fort Lauderdale Strikers           71         (38)

Total                                                              555         (487)

Club Honours

  • Bayern Munich - Regionalliga Süd: 1964–65; Bundesliga: 1968–69, 1971–72, 1972–73, 1973–74; DFB-Pokal: 1965–66, 1966–67, 1968–69, 1970–71; European Cup: 1973–74, 1974–75, 1975–76; European Cup Winners' Cup: 1966–67; Intercontinental Cup: 1976

International Career

  • 1966-1974 West Germany 62 (68)

International Honours

  • FIFA World Cup: 1974
  • UEFA European Championship: 1972

Individual Honours

  • Ballon d'Or: 1970
  • German Footballer of the Year: 1967, 1969
  • Voted best Player 40 Years Bundesliga 1963–2003
  • kicker Bundesliga Team of the Season: 1968–69, 1969–70, 1971–72, 1972–73
  • Bundesliga Top Scorer: 1967, 1969, 1970, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1978
  • European Golden Shoe: 1970, 1972
  • FIFA World Cup Golden Boot: 1970
  • FIFA World Cup All-Star Team: 1970
  • UEFA European Championship Top Scorer: 1972
  • UEFA European Championship Team of the Tournament: 1972
  • European Cup Top Scorer: 1973, 1974, 1975, 1977
  • FIFA Order of Merit: 1998
  • FIFA 100: 2004
  • Golden Foot: 2007, as football legend
  • Bravo Otto: Gold award: 1973, 1974; Silver award: 1975; Bronze award: 1972, 1976
  • IFFHS Legends
  • Bayern Munich All-time XI

In his prime, Ronaldo Luís Nazário de Lima was known for his dribbling at speed, feints, and clinical finishing. In the 1990s, he starred at club level for Cruzeiro, PSV, Barcelona, and Inter Milan.

His moves to Spain and Italy made him only the second player, after Diego Maradona, to break the world transfer record twice, all before his 21st birthday.

By 23, he had scored over 200 goals for club and country. After almost three years of inactivity due to serious knee injuries and recuperation, Ronaldo joined Real Madrid in 2002, which was followed by spells at A.C. Milan and Corinthians.

Ronaldo won the FIFA World Player of the Year in 1996, 1997 and 2002, the Ballon d'Or in 1997 and 2002, and the UEFA Club Footballer of the Year in 1998.

He was La Liga Best Foreign Player in 1997 when he also won the European Golden Boot after scoring 34 goals in La Liga, and he was named Serie A Footballer of the Year in 1998.

One of the most marketable sportsmen in the world, the first Nike Mercurial boots–R9–were commissioned for Ronaldo in 1998. He was named in the FIFA 100 list of the greatest living players compiled in 2004 by Pelé and was inducted into the Brazilian Football Museum Hall of Fame and the Italian Football Hall of Fame.

Ronaldo played for Brazil in 98 matches, scoring 62 goals, and is the second-highest goalscorer for his national team, trailing only Pelé.

At age 17, Ronaldo was the youngest member of the Brazilian squad that won the 1994 FIFA World Cup. At the 1998 FIFA World Cup, he received the Golden Ball for the player of the tournament, helping Brazil reach the final where he suffered a convulsive fit hours before the defeat to France.

He won a second World Cup in 2002 where he starred in a front three with Rivaldo and Ronaldinho. Ronaldo scored twice in the final and received the Golden Boot as the tournament's top goalscorer.

At the 2006 FIFA World Cup, Ronaldo scored his 15th World Cup goal, which was a World Cup record at the time. He also won the Copa América in 1997, where he was player of the tournament, and 1999, where he was the top goal scorer.

 

Playing Career

Full name: Ronaldo Luís Nazário de Lima

Date of birth: 18 September 1976 (age 43)

Place of birth: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Height: 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)

Playing position: Striker

 

Club Career

 

Years                    Team           Apps   (Gls)

1993–1994          Cruzeiro         14     (12)

1994–1996          PSV                 46     (42)

1996–1997          Barcelona         37     (34)

1997–2002          Inter Milan  68     (49)          

2002–2007          Real Madrid         127         (83)       

2007–2008          Milan           20     (9)

2009–2011          Corinthians         31     (18)

Total                                       343    (247)

 

Honours

  • Cruzeiro - Campeonato Mineiro: 1994; Copa do Brasil: 1993; PSV Eindhoven; KNVB Cup: 1995–96; Johan Cruyff Shield: 1996
  • Barcelona - Copa del Rey: 1996–97; UEFA Cup Winners' Cup: 1996–97; Supercopa de España: 1996
  • Inter Milan - UEFA Cup: 1997–98
  • Real Madrid - La Liga: 2002–03; Intercontinental Cup: 2002; Supercopa de España: 2003 
  • Corinthians - Campeonato Paulista: 2009; Copa do Brasil: 2009

International Career

  • 1994-2011 Brazil 98 (62)

 

Honours

  • FIFA World Cup: 1994, 2002; runner-up: 1998
  • Copa América: 1997, 1999; runner-up: 1995
  • FIFA Confederations Cup: 1997
  • Summer Olympic Games bronze medal: 1996

 

Individual Honours

  • Supercopa Libertadores top scorer: 1993–94
  • Supercopa Libertadores Team of The Year: 1993-94
  • Campeonato Mineiro top scorer: 1993–94
  • Campeonato Mineiro Team of The Year: 1994
  • Eredivisie top scorer: 1994–95
  • FIFA World Player of the Year (3): 1996, 1997, 2002
  • Trofeo EFE La Liga Ibero-American Player of the Year: 1996–97, 2002–03
  • Pichichi Trophy: 1996–97, 2003–04
  • European Golden Shoe: 1996–97
  • World Soccer magazine World Player of the Year (3): 1996, 1997, 2002
  • Don Balón Award La Liga Foreign Player of the Year: 1996–97
  • Copa América Final Most Valuable Player: 1997
  • Copa América Most Valuable Player: 1997
  • FIFA Confederations Cup Bronze Boot: 1997
  • FIFA Confederations Cup All-Star Team: 1997
  • UEFA Cup Winners' Cup Final Most Valuable Player: 1997
  • Copa América All-Star Team: 1997, 1999
  • IFFHS World's Top Goal Scorer of the Year: 1997
  • Bravo Award: 1997, 1998
  • Onze d'Or: 1997, 2002
  • Ballon d'Or: 1997, 2002
  • UNICEF European Footballer of the Season: 1996–97
  • European Sports Media ESM Team of the Year: 1996–97, 1997–98
  • FIFA XI: 1997, 1998
  • Serie A Footballer of the Year: 1998
  • Serie A Foreign Footballer of the Year: 1998
  • UEFA Cup Final Most Valuable Player: 1998
  • UEFA Club Footballer of the Year: 1997–98
  • UEFA Club Best Forward: 1997–98
  • FIFA World Cup Golden Ball: 1998
  • FIFA World Cup All-Star Team: 1998, 2002
  • FIFA World Cup top assist provider: 1998
  • Inter Milan Player Of The Year: 1998
  • FIFA World Cup Golden Shoe: 2002
  • FIFA World Cup Silver Ball: 2002
  • FIFA World Cup Final Most Valuable Player: 2002
  • Intercontinental Cup Most Valuable Player: 2002
  • UEFA Team of the Year: 2002
  • BBC Overseas Sports Personality of the Year: 2002
  • Laureus World Sports Awards Comeback of the Year: 2003
  • FIFA 100 (2004)
  • FIFA World Cup Bronze Boot: 2006
  • Brazilian Football Museum Hall of Fame: 2006
  • Golden Foot award: 2006
  • France Football magazine's all-time starting XI: 2007
  • Association of Football Statisticians (AFS) Top-100 Players of All Time: 2007. #2
  • Sports Illustrated Team of the Decade: 2009
  • Real Madrid Hall of Fame
  • Marca Leyenda: 2011[289]
  • L'Équipe's top 50 South-American footballers in history: #5
  • Italian Football Hall of Fame: 2015
  • International Federation of Football History & Statistics (IFFHS) Legends
  • Inter Milan Hall of Fame: 2018
  • Globe Soccer Awards Player Career Award: 2018

Romário de Souza Faria, Romário, is a prolific striker renowned for his clinical finishing; he is regarded as one of the greatest players of all time.

Romário starred for Brazil in their 1994 FIFA World Cup success, receiving the FIFA Golden Ball as the player of the tournament.

He was named FIFA World Player of the Year the same year. He came fifth in the FIFA Player of the Century Internet poll in 1999, was elected to the FIFA World Cup Dream Team in 2002, and was named in the FIFA 100 list of the world's greatest living players in 2004.

At club level, after developing his early career in Brazil, Romário moved to PSV Eindhoven in the Netherlands in 1988.

During his five seasons at PSV, the club became Eredivisie champions three times, and he scored a total of 165 goals in 167 games.

In 1993, he moved to FC Barcelona and became part of Johan Cruyff's "Dream Team", forming an exceptional strike partnership with Hristo Stoichkov.

He won La Liga in his first season and finished top goalscorer with 30 goals in 33 matches. During the second half of his career, Romário played for clubs within the city of Rio de Janeiro in Brazil. He won the Brazilian league title with CR Vasco da Gama in 2000 and was a three-time top scorer in the league.

At the end of his career, he also played briefly in Qatar, the United States and Australia.

Considered a master of the confined space of the penalty area, his rapid speed over short distances (aided by his low centre of gravity) took him away from defenders, and he was renowned for his trademark toe-poke finish.

With 55 goals in 70 appearances, Romário is the fourth-highest goalscorer for the Brazil national team, behind Pelé, Ronaldo and Neymar. He is second on the all-time list of Brazilian league's top scorers with 154 goals. He is the second-most prolific goal scorer in the history of football.

Playing Career

Full Name: Romário de Souza Faria (Romário)

Date of Birth: 29 January 1966 (age 54)

Place of Birth: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Height:  1.67 m (5 ft 6 in)

Position: Forward

Club Career 

           Years              Team                                        Apps            (Gls)

  • 1985–1988    Vasco da Gama                                  47             (17)
  • 1988–1993    PSV Eindhoven                                  109            (98)
  • 1993–1995    Barcelona                                           46            (34)
  • 1995–1996    Flamengo                                           19            (8)
  • 1996–1997    Valencia                                             11            (5)
  • 1997             Flamengo (loan)                                   4            (3)
  • 1998–1999    Flamengo                                           39            (26)
  • 2000–2002    Vasco da Gama                                   46            (41)
  • 2002–2004    Fluminense                                         60            (34)
  • 2003             Al Sadd (loan)                                      3         
  • 2005–2006    Vasco da Gama                                   31            (22)
  • 2006             Miami FC                                            25            (19)
  • 2006             Adelaide United (loan)                           4            (1)
  • 2007             Vasco da Gama                                     5            (3)
  • 2009             America Football Club             
  • Total                                                                      448      (309)

Club Honours

  • Vasco da Gama - Campeonato Carioca: 1987, 1988; Campeonato Brasileiro Série A: 2000; Copa Mercosur: 2000
  • PSV Eindhoven - Eredivisie: 1988–89, 1990–91, 1991–92; KNVB Cup: 1988–89, 1989–90; Dutch Super Cup: 1992
  • Barcelona - La Liga: 1993–94
  • Flamengo - Campeonato Carioca: 1996, 1999; Copa Mercosur: 1999
  • Al-Sadd - Qatar Crown Prince Cup: 2003
  • América-RJ - Campeonato Carioca Second Division: 2009

 

International career

  • 1985-2005 Brazil 70 (55) 

 International Honours

  • Australia Bicentenary Gold Cup: 1988
  • Copa América: 1989, 1997
  • FIFA World Cup: 1994
  • FIFA Confederations Cup: 1997

Individual Honours

  • U-20 South American Championship's top scorer: 1985
  • Campeonato Carioca's top scorer: 1986, 1987, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000
  • Vasco da Gama Player of the Year: 1987, 1988, 2000, 2001
  • 1988 Seoul Summer Olympics top scorer
  • Dutch League's top scorer: 1988–89, 1989–90, 1990–91
  • Dutch Cup's top scorer: 1988–89, 1989–90
  • Dutch Footballer of the Year: 1989
  • UEFA Champions League top scorer: 1989–90, 1992–93
  • Onze de Bronze: 1993
  • FIFA World Player of the Year Silver Award: 1993
  • Pichichi Trophy: 1993–94
  • Trofeo EFE Best Ibero-American Soccer Player of the Spanish League: 1993–94
  • FIFA World Cup Golden Ball: 1994
  • FIFA World Cup Bronze Boot: 1994
  • FIFA World Cup All-Star Team: 1994
  • Onze d'Or: 1994
  • FIFA World Player of the Year: 1994
  • L'Équipe Champion of Champions Sportsman of the year : 1994
  • South American Team of the Year: 1995, 2000, 2001
  • FIFA Confederations Cup Golden Shoe: 1997
  • FIFA Confederations Cup Silver Ball: 1997
  • Rio-São Paulo Tournament's top scorer: 1997, 2000
  • CONCACAF Gold Cup All Star Team: 1998
  • Brazilian Cup's top scorer: 1998, 1999
  • Copa Mercosur's top scorer: 1999, 2000
  • Placar Golden Boot: 1999, 2000, 2002
  • Brazilian league's top scorer: 2000, 2001, 2005
  • FIFA Club World Cup Bronze Ball: 2000
  • Bola de Ouro: 2000
  • Bola de Prata: 2000, 2001, 2005
  • South American Footballer of the Year: 2000
  • CBF Golden Boot: 2001, 2005
  • FIFA World Cup Dream Team: 2002
  • FIFA 100: 2004
  • Rei do Gol Trophy: 2005
  • USL 1st's MVP: 2006
  • USL 1st's top scorer: 2006
  • Prêmio Craque do Brasileirão – Special Honor: 2007
  • Golden Foot Legends Award: 2007
  • Marca World Cups All-Time Team: 2014
  • International Football Hall of Fame – Pachuca, México
  • Brazilian Football Museum Hall of Fame
  • Ballon d'Or: 1994 – Le nouveau palmarès (the new winners)

Argentina’s Alfredo Stéfano Di Stéfano Laulhé is regarded as one of the best footballers of all time and is best known for his achievements with Real Madrid, where he was instrumental in the club's domination of the European Cup and La Liga during the 1950s.

Along with Francisco Gento and José María Zárraga, he was one of only three players to play a part in all five victories, scoring goals in each of the five finals.

Di Stéfano played international football mostly for Spain after moving to Madrid, but he also played for Argentina and Colombia.

He was a powerful, quick, skilful, and prolific forward, with great stamina, tactical versatility, creativity, and vision, who could play almost anywhere on the pitch.

He is currently the sixth-highest scorer in the history of Spain's top division, and Real Madrid's third-highest league goalscorer of all time, with 216 goals in 282 league matches between 1953 and 1964. He is Madrid's leading goal scorer in the history of El Clásico, alongside Cristiano Ronaldo.

He began his career at Argentina's River Plate at aged 17 in 1943. For the 1946 season, he was loaned to Club Atlético Huracán, but he returned to River in 1947. Due to a footballers' strike in Argentina in 1949, Di Stéfano went to play for Millonarios of Bogotá in the Colombian league.

He won six league titles during the first 12 years of his career in Argentina and Colombia.

Following his signing by Real Madrid, he was an integral part of one of the most successful teams of all time. He scored 216 league goals in 262 games for Real (then a club record, since surpassed by Raúl and Cristiano Ronaldo), striking up a successful partnership with Ferenc Puskás.

Di Stéfano's 49 goals in 58 matches were the all-time highest tally in the European Cup. The record has since been surpassed by several players, with Real Madrid's Raúl the first in 2005.

Perhaps the highlight of his time with the club was their 7–3 victory over Eintracht Frankfurt in the 1960 European Cup Final at Hampden Park, a game many consider the finest exhibition of club football ever witnessed in Europe.

He was European Footballer of the Year in 1957 and 1959.

He moved to Espanyol in 1964 and played there until retiring at the age of 40.

Playing Career

Full name: Alfredo Stéfano Di Stéfano Laulhé

Date of birth: 4 July 1926

Place of birth: Buenos Aires, Argentina

Date of death: 7 July 2014 (aged 88)

Place of death: Madrid, Spain

Height: 1.76 m (5 ft 9 1⁄2 in)

Playing position: Forward

 

Club Career

          Years                  Team                    Apps      (Gls)

  • 1945–1949          River Plate               66           (49)
  • 1945–1946          Huracán (loan)         25           (10)
  • 1949–1953          Millonarios              101          (90)
  • 1953–1964          Real Madrid            282         (216)
  • 1964–1966          Espanyol                  47           (11)
  • Total                                               521        (376)

Club Honours

  • River Plate - Primera División: 1945, 1947; Copa Aldao: 1947
  • Millonarios - Colombian Championship: 1949, 1951, 1952; Copa Colombia: 1953; Pequeña Copa del Mundo de Clubes: 1953
  • Real Madrid - Primera División: 1953–54, 1954–55, 1956–57, 1957–58, 1960–61, 1961–62, 1962–63, 1963–64; Copa del Rey: 1962; European Cup: 1955–56, 1956–57, 1957–58, 1958–59, 1959–60; Pequeña Copa del Mundo de Clubes: 1956; Intercontinental Cup: 1960; Latin Cup: 1955, 1957

International Career

  • 1947          Argentina         6 (6)
  • 1951–1952 Colombia         4 (0)
  • 1957–1962 Spain              31 (23)

 International Honours

  • Argentina - South American Championship: 1947

 

Individual Honours

  • Argentine Primera División top scorer: 1947
  • Campeonato Profesional top scorer: 1951, 1952
  • Pichichi Trophy: 1954, 1956, 1957, 1958, 1959
  • Ballon d'Or: 1957, 1959
  • Pequeña Copa del Mundo de Clubes|Intercontinental Cup top scorer: 9 goals
  • Super Ballon d'Or: 1989
  • European Cup top scorer: 1958, 1962
  • Spanish Player (Athlete) of the Year: 1957, 1959, 1960, 1964
  • FIFA Order of Merit: 1994
  • World Soccer World XI: 1960, 1961, 1962, 1963, 1964
  • World Team of the 20th Century: 1998
  • FIFA 100: 2004
  • UEFA Jubilee Awards – Golden Player of Spain: 2004
  • Golden Foot: 2004, as football legend
  • UEFA President's Award: 2007
  • World Soccer Greatest XI of all time: 2013
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The Jamaica Tallawahs have claimed that the decision to not retain Chris Gayle for the 2020 CPL season was strictly business.

The Jamaica-based Hero CPL franchise on Wednesday refuted claims made by Chris Gayle on Monday, that politics and Ramnaresh Sarwan were behind their decision to let Gayle leave for the St Lucia Zouks for the coming season.

Gayle, in a series of videos posted on Youtube on Monday,  suggested that Sarwan, his former West Indies teammate, turned management against him. He said when he refused to back Sarwan’s bid to become team manager, Sarwan sought payback. Gayle called Sarwan a snake and said he was worse than the Coronavirus.

Gayle also said he believes that accepting an invitation from Guyana’s Minister of State Joe Harmon in 2018, also played a part in the decision to let him go.

However, in a statement released early Wednesday, the Tallawahs said Gayle’s comments were far off base and that they are only focussed on rebuilding a team that disappointed during the 2019 season.

“The ownership and management of the Jamaica Tallawahs was disappointed to see the comments made by Mr Christopher Gayle about his departure from the Tallawahs, as we would much rather have had these discussions in private,” the statement said, explaining that Sarwan did not play a role in any decision affecting the self-styled ‘Universe Boss’.

“Mr Gayle gave several reasons for the decision that was made not to retain him in the Tallawahs. However, the truth is that this decision was made collectively by the ownership and management team, which did not include Mr Ramnaresh Sarwan, and based purely on business and cricketing reasoning.”

The Tallawahs also dismissed Gayle’s claim about him being targeted because of perceived political connections.

 “Further, the ownership and management of the Tallawahs have no political affiliation with any political organization in any country of the Caribbean,” the statement said.

“The Tallawahs had a very disappointing season in CPL 2019, where the team finished last in the tournament. The ownership and management team has exercised its rights in the selection of players for CPL 2020 for the betterment of the team.

“The ownership and management of the Tallawahs will not be making any further comment on this matter as we are focusing on building the team for the future.”

The 2020 season of the CPL will be the last for Andre Russell with the Jamaica Tallawahs.

On the eve of his 32nd birthday, Russell, perhaps the most dangerous player in T20 cricket globally, in a rambling speech on Instagram Live on Tuesday night, accused the team’s ownership of poor communication and continued disrespect that helped create the impression that he was part of a conspiracy to get rid of Chris Gayle.

“I have another year’s contract with the Tallawahs and I am going to play and try and win because that is all I play for, but this will be my last because I have been getting mixed up with all these (expletive) that is happening,” he said, “and I can’t be playing cricket and I am not comfortable.

“And I think another franchise that has been coming last and fifth and fourth in CPL will appreciate me more. I am not getting it here.”

Russell revealed that he only heard about Chris Gayle’s departure from the team when the Universe Boss sent him a copy of a report in the Jamaica Gleaner that suggested that Gayle was not going to be retained by the two-time CPL champions and that there were going to changes to the coaching staff.

Rovman Powell was to be made captain.

That information, when combined with recent statements from Marlon Samuels suggesting that Russell must have known about Gayle's departure and Chris Gayle's subsequent comments, gives the impression that he knew what was going on behind the scenes at the Tallawahs when nothing could be further from the truth.

He said in 2019, he was not involved in anything with regards to the Tallawahs whom he said treated him like a player who was making his debut and whose opinion is not valued.

This is despite his decision to play for much less money because he wanted to play before his home fans. “I have accepted a pay cut just to play in front of my home crowd, my family and my friends,” he said.

This year, nothing has changed, Russell said.

“They communicated with my agent. My agent agreed. I agreed with my agent, ‘okay, let we sign’. The only time the CEO (Jeff Miller) or the only time the Jamaica Tallawahs contacted me was to ask me how soon will I sign,” he revealed. “The deadline is that time and can you sign please.”

Russell said when he asked who the team planned on retaining he did not get answers. “Who you guys planning on buying, I don’t get no answers on that. So I just leave it,” he said.

He said he read the newspaper report before he called Gayle and it made him nervous when it said that Floyd Reifer was going to be the head coach.

Reifer had messaged him, he said, indicating that he might be the head coach for the Tallawahs and mentioned plans they have for the upcoming season. However, Reifer suddenly ceased all communication and Miller still was not communicating with him.

During that time, Russell said, rumours began to circulate that Gayle was leaving for the Zouks.

He said his respect for Gayle made him fearful to even approach the ‘Universe Boss’ about whether the rumours were true. So when Gayle messaged him with the newspaper article asking if he knew anything about it, he was stunned.

“I called Chris instantly and I addressed the situation. I said to Chris that the only thing I heard was that Floyd Reifer was potentially going to be the coach.”

However, Russell believes that the fact that Rovman Powell and Reifer are friends and the perception that he knew what was going on behind the scenes, it creates the impression that he was part of a conspiracy to get rid of Gayle.

“Up till now I know nothing that was going on but now it looks like me, Rovman and Floyd Reifer plan up and a get of Chris. Why would I get rid of Chris? Chris has a three-year contract, you’re not supposed to breach your contract,” he said. “I had to address the situation because things don’t look good right now.”

However, this was something Russell said that was a feature of the ownership from the start.

He said when he signed to the Tallawahs in 2018, he had just returned from a one-year ban. The ban was for whereabouts violations after he had missed three doping tests within a calendar year, which under the WADA Code is equal to a doping violation.

He was made captain but, according to Russell, “the way they go about things kinda allowed me to dress back a bit”.

He said when he was made captain he gave the owners a list of the players that he wanted them to sign for the team.  “Overseas players, local players, players from inside the Caribbean. It wasn’t about friends. It wasn’t about Jamaicans,” he said. “I am a guy that plays to win and I have won 13 championships, maybe the only player that has done that, so I don’t play to lose.”

He said he tried to reach out to the owners on the day of the draft and got no reply. However, when the draft was completed they reached out and asked him if he was happy with the team they selected.

He said it took him a while to reply because he was disappointed that they did not communicate with him when he reached out to them. However, his agent urged him to reach out to them and indicate that he still wanted to be captain and that he was happy with the draft.

He concedes that they did pick a good team but it lost in the playoffs to St Kitts and Nevis.

However, Russell believes the owners of the Tallawahs need to change if they are to remain viable.

“We have to do things better for the future,” Russell said, who seemed genuinely disappointed and upset about what transpired between Gayle and Jamaica Tallawahs.

“To deal with Chris Gayle the way that they have dealt with the situation is nothing to do with cricket. It’s more personal.

 “This is going to be an awkward dressing room. It’s going to be an awkward CPL but no one will actually see that when I step out to bat or to bowl while I am on the field because I play to win.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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