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Lionel Messi Held Baby Lamine Yamal

Jul 10 2024 Share

In 2007, a young Lionel Messi posed for photos with a baby in the dressing room of Camp Nou in Barcelona for a charity calendar photoshoot. Messi, then just 20 years old, was already making a name for himself and would go on to become arguably the greatest football player of all time. Little did anyone know that the baby in the photo would also make waves in international football less than 17 years later.

The baby, now known as Lamine Yamal, has become a rising star, taking the European Championships by storm. His goal against France in the semi-final on Tuesday is one that will be talked about for decades. At 16 years and 362 days old, the strike made him the youngest man to score in the tournament’s history.

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The long-forgotten photo of Messi and Yamal resurfaced after Yamal’s father posted it on Instagram last week with the caption: “The beginning of two legends.” The photos were taken by Joan Monfort, a freelance photographer for the Associated Press, who recalled the unusual circumstances of the shoot.

The shoot came about after UNICEF held a raffle in the town of Mataró, where Lamine’s family lived. “They signed up for the raffle to have their picture taken at Camp Nou with a Barça player. And they won the raffle,” Monfort told the Associated Press. The assignment was challenging, he said. “Messi is a pretty introverted guy, he’s shy,” Monfort explained. “He was coming out of the locker room and suddenly he finds himself in another locker room with a plastic tub full of water and a baby in it. It was complicated. He didn’t even know how to hold him at first.”

Despite the initial awkwardness, the photoshoot captured a moment that has now become iconic. Like Messi, Yamal went on to play for Barcelona, where he became the club’s youngest ever starter and goalscorer, as well as the youngest scorer in the Spanish league.

Mr. Monfort said it was only when the photo started going viral online last week that he realized the baby was Yamal. “It’s very exciting to be associated with something that has caused such a sensation,” he said. “To tell you the truth, it’s a very nice feeling.”

The rediscovered snapshots highlight the early connection between two football legends, marking the beginning of their incredible journeys in the world of football. As Messi continues to add to his legacy and Yamal carves out his own, this photo stands as a testament to the unpredictable and intertwined paths of greatness.

 

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England and Netherlands To Face Off Tonight

England and Netherlands To Face Off Tonight
Jul 10 2024 Share

England faces its toughest challenge yet in their quest to claim victory in the Euro 2024, as they prepare for an intense semi-final clash against the Netherlands tonight.

England have managed to toil through the tournament so far, edging nervously through the group stage with two draws and a win, Dramatic moments for the fans , such as Jude Bellingham’s spectacular 95th minute overhead kick to avoid elimination against Slovakia, have defined their performance in the competition. They again showed resilience by coming from behind to force penalties against Switzerland in the quarter-finals.

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Despite evident progress and a talented team, England supporters are apprehensive about another potentially nerve-wrecking match that could determine their spot in the final.

The Dutch squad, meantime, has also encountered difficulties; with a loss to Austria, they placed third in their group. In the round of 16, they defeated Romania with ease, but in the quarterfinals, they had to fight back against a resolute Turkey team.

The Dutch team, who weren’t thought to be strong competitors at beginning, are in their first European Championship semifinal in twenty years under Ronald Koeman’s direction. The comparatively easier side of the tournament draw has favoured both England and the Netherlands, paving the way for a much-anticipated matchup.

The Netherlands vs. England match is scheduled to begin at 8 p.m. BST tonight Wednesday, July 10, 2024.

Who do you think will win the match?

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Malta Among Worst Countries To Live As An Expat

Malta Among Worst Countries To Live As An Expat
Jul 10 2024 Share

An InterNations survey ranking the best and worst expat cities in 2023 has placed Malta in the 46th place – making it one of the ten worst cities for expats to move to.

Malta ranks just below New Zealand and just before Italy – with the full report highlighting car infrastructure (which ‘leaves a lot to be desired), and the ‘not always readily available’ public transportation.

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‘Nor is getting around on foot or by bicycle necessarily a safe and easy alternative’.

In terms of ‘Local Friendliness’, Malta placed in 33rd place, in 26th place for ‘ease of settling in’, in 22nd place for ‘finding friends’, and in 28th place for ‘culture and welcome.

Malta also placed in 41st place for both ‘salary and job security’ and ‘work culture & satisfaction.’

Malta also placed 39th for ‘career prospects’, and 40th for ‘working abroad.’

What do you make of this?

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UPDATE: Lost Dog Gigi Found

Lost Dog In Mosta: Goes By 'Gigi'
Jul 10 2024 Share

A dog that goes by the name of Gigi has gone missing in Mosta after having run away from the dog sitter.

Gigi was last seen in the Santa Margerita area, and anyone who spots her can call 79904447 or 79383735.

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A reward is being offered for anyone who can find Gigi.

Update:

Gigi the chow chow has been found after hours of searching in the Mosta area by her family and people seeking to help out.

A photo was shared by Zak Fenech, writing that Gigi has been reunited with her adopted family and is now back home under good care.

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