?Arnold Schwarzenegger, one of Hollywood’s biggest stars and former Governor of California, has branded Lionel Messi the ‘Terminator of Football’.
The seven-time Mr. Olympia was speaking ahead of his Arnold classic in Barcelona, with ?Mundo Deportivo catching up with him for an interview.
“I love Barcelona, it is a pleasure to be here and that Barcelona continues to welcome my event. This morning I took the opportunity to bike in the city,” he said.
“I have done the Arnold Classic on all continents and Barcelona is a very important part of this because it represents the European Classic. We cover all continents and it is our way of trying to reach everyone in the promotion of fitness, health and bodybuilding.”
Asked about his football background, Arnold revealed that he did play as a youth, but always knew that his calling was to be a bodybuilder.
“Yes, I played soccer, but my talent was in bodybuilding,” the star explained. “Everyone has talent in a certain area. I wanted to be a world champion in something and it turned out I was good at weightlifting, powerlifting and bodybuilding.
“That’s where I put all my energies and where I stood out.”
The 70-year-old also made mention of his visit to the Barcelona training ground last year, also referring to Argentinian star Lionel Messi as the football Terminator.
“Last year I visited and watched them [Barcelona] train. It was fantastic. When you grow up with football you always have it in mind.
“The European teams in general are very good and Barcelona is one of them obviously. Madrid too. Many of their players are among the best athletes, with tremendous stamina and speed.
“Messi is the football Terminator, we can say that.”
Arnold’s Terminator movies are among the most successful films to ever hit the screen. It must be quite an honour for Messi to be described as the aforementioned by Mr. Terminator himself.
?Manchester United are supposedly readying a staggering offer of £155m to prize Juventus star Paulo Dybala away from Turin.
The Old Lady say the Argentine has full control over his own destiny, and that there is no release clause his current contract with the club.
As reported by the ?Mirror, United could come in for Dybala after Jose Mourinho green-lighted the idea and told Ed Woodward that he wants him if he is going to leave Juve.
Transfer handler Woodward has a good relationship with the Italian giants’ general manager Beppe Marotta after the clubs negotiated successfully to bring Paul Pogba back to the Premier League in the summer of 2016.
Dybala’s preferred destination though would be Spanish titans Barcelona, who will supposedly attempt to sign him in January.
The 23-year-old gave Barca a glimpse of his abilities in last season’s Champions League by scoring two goals to help knock them out at the quarter-final stage.
United will be hoping Barca will go back in for Liverpool star Philippe Coutinho though – they still have money from the Neymar world record deal to Paris Saint-Germain, and a successful raid for their long term target could aid them in their supposed pursuit of Dybala.
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The former Palermo youngster has shot out of the blocks in Serie A this season, scoring 10 goals in just six games – one more than Lionel Messi has managed over in La Liga
“I see all the [Barça] games, even repeats, to try to copy, to see what he does on the pitch. Above all, I watch how he positions himself, how he has that vision… after, to repeat what he does is impossible,” claimed Alena.
Alena has recently come through the youth system at the Catalan club and also outlined some of the potential stars coming through the ranks:
“There are a lot of strong players. Vitinho is super special, De Galarreta… we have signed really well. Also the players from the Juvenil are pushing, Bernabé, Collado… and, of course, there’s the little Xavi Simons,” said Alena to ?SPORT.
The first player that came to Alena’s mind, Vitinho, is a 19-year-old attacking midfielder, whom Barca have on loan from Palmeiras for the season, with the option to buy. The youngster is an attacking midfielder who has played at every youth level for Brazil and is seen as the future replacement for Neymar.
Xavi Simons is another stand out name on that list, most notably because he’s just 13-years-old. The little Dutch winger is
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Tottenham signing Davinson Sanchez was entirely focused on joining Mauricio Pochettino’s side, in spite of talk linking him with a move to Barcelona.
Sanchez joined the North London club from Ajax in the summer, representing a major coup for Tottenham in a largely disappointing transfer window.
The Colombian has gone on to become a regular fixture in Pochettino’s starting XI, earning two starts in the Premier League and another in Tottenham’s opening Champions League match of the 2017/18 campaign.
In the weeks leading up to Sanchez’s eventual move to Tottenham reports suggested that Barcelona were interested in signing the now former Ajax player. However, Sanchez has cited his admiration for Tottenham manager Pochettino as a key reason why he joined the Premier League club, and not the Catalans.
“I saw the chance to grow as a player,” Sanchez said per the Daily Mail.
“He is a truly great coach. To be a great coach is to be a great person. He can joke with you but you go out there and you want to fight for him.’
“Everyone was telling me, “You have to play in Barcelona: you’re fast, strong, technical, made for it”. It was initially to play for Barca’s B team, but I wanted continuity at a high level.
“I had a fantastic time at Ajax and we reached the Europa League final. This summer, I heard a lot of noise, but Spurs was the only offer on the table. Mauricio Pochettino is a huge influence.”
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Sanchez and Tottenham have begun the new season in decent fashion, overcoming West Ham on Saturday lunchtime to maintain their Premier League title pursuit. But they will also look to continue their positive form in the Champions League as travel to Cyprus to take on APOEl on Tuesday.