Chelsea wonderkid Callum Hudson-Odoi has revealed his admiration for Argentina legend Diego Maradona but says that he gives Lionel Messi the edge in the debate over who is the greater player.Maradona has been in the news this week as Asif Kapadia’s much-anticipated movie about his life and career was released in cinemas around the UK.Hudson-Odoi attended the London premiere of the film, which tells the dark and dramatic story of Maradona during seven glorious yet turbulent years at Napoli. Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? “I’m a big fan of Maradona. I’ve been watching him since I was very young,” the Chelsea winger told Goal at Picturehouse Central in Piccadilly Circus.“He was a great player, left-footed. He liked to dribble with the ball and score goals. I’m a big fan.”Asked what qualities he would like to take from the 1986 World Cup hero’s game and bring to his own, Hudson-Odoi replied: “The way that he always loved to create as many goals as possible.“Also, the confidence that he showed in every game – he didn’t care [about others] when he tried to do something – if he made a mistake, he kept on going.“I think I can get that same [level of] confidence and keep doing my stuff and keep being myself.”The perpetual debate among football fans, especially in Argentina, is whether Maradona or Messi should go down in history as the best of all time.Fans of Messi point to his record-breaking exploits at Barcelona over the last 15 years, whereas supporters of Maradona argue that – unlike Messi – their man single-handedly took his country to World Cup success, in addition to his remarkable club achievements at Napoli.Hudson-Odoi sides with the Team Messi camp, although he stressed that he is influenced by the fact that – as an 18 year old – he has seen much more of the Barcelona icon.“They are both great players, they both have done well in their time,” he said.“Messi is obviously a magnificent player, one of the best in the world.“I would say I am Team Messi because obviously he is more of my generation and I watch him more now. So, Team Messi.”Hudson-Odoi, who is recovering from surgery on an Achilles injury that forced him to miss the final weeks of Chelsea’s season, was walking without the use of crutches.Last season, the wideman made 24 appearances in all competitions, scoring five goals before his campaign was cut short.He also made his England debut against the Czech Republic in March, becoming the Three Lions’ youngest ever player in a competitive match.
Brock University rowers won eight medals at the 2017 Canada Summer Games in Kenora on Rabbit Lake over the weekend.In an Ontario domination of the men’s events, Badger Luke Gadsdon (Hamilton) led the way with two gold medals winning the men’s pair and the men’s eight. Right behind him was teammate Owen Volkner (St. Catharines) winning gold in the lightweight men’s four and then racing as a heavyweight placing second for a silver in the men’s heavy four. Erik Hohnstein (Edmonton) also won two medals placing third in the men’s eight and third in the men’s quad with Alberta.Incoming Brock recruit Anna Maloney (Niagara Falls) won gold in the women’s quad, and was fourth in the women’s double. Amanda Martin (Orono) came third in the women’s eight and fourth in the women’s four. Alicia Piazza came fourth in the lightweight women’s double. The women’s efforts helped Ontario place second overall in the women’s points standings. Coaching the Ontario men’s team to a solid first place finish overall in Kenora were Brock Coaches Andrea Miller and Swede Burak.This week, many of the Brock rowers will be competing for their home clubs where they’ve trained for the summer at the Royal Canadian Henley Regatta in St. Catharines
New voting card! pic.twitter.com/zRI0KbZzRI— Nessa Childers MEP (@NChildersMEP) July 1, 2014 Meanwhile Nessa Childers was the surprise package in Dublin where she took one of the three seats in the capital, edging out Eamon Ryan.She retained an MEP seat she first won as a Labour candidate in 2009 so this is all familiar to her too. But the independent still seemed pretty excited about this: The all important voting card – crucial to register an MEP’s vote electronically. No card, no vote! @Europarl_EN pic.twitter.com/CetPmgO9c9— Seán Kelly MEP (@SeanKellyMEP) July 1, 2014 Taking my seat on the first day of the new 8th @Europarl_EN @FineGael @EPPGroup @EPP_IE pic.twitter.com/tQFp2dqM9G— Seán Kelly MEP (@SeanKellyMEP) July 1, 2014 Source: Matt Carthy/Twitter Fine Gael returned four MEPs including the newly-elected Deirdre Clune in Ireland South and Brian Hayes in Dublin.Both were all smiles as they arrived in the French city this morning: Source: Sean Kelly MEP/Twitter He knows what he’s doing and he knows what he needs: Wise words by Green EU Presidential candidate Lunacek on role of EP”If we don’t get it right now there will be no extra time and no replay”— Marian Harkin (@MarianHarkin) July 1, 2014 Sitting in European Parliament in Strasbourg for 1st time. Voting for EP president. SF MEP’s supporting Pablo Iglesias Turrion for post.— Matt Carthy MEP (@mattcarthy) July 1, 2014 Finally, Luke Ming Flanagan told his Facebook followers he voted for Dimitris Papadimoulis for one of the vice presidents positions in the Parliament. He also explained why he only arrived after Martin Schulz was already elected: Midlands North West MEP Matt Carthy is only buzzing: Whoops! We couldn’t find this Tweet Whoops! We couldn’t find this Tweet Source: Marian Harkin/Twitter This is also familiar territory for independent Marian Harkin who won a third term in May and was taking note of some “wise words” this morning: Updated 3.47pmTHE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT met for the first time since May’s elections with Ireland’s 11 MEPs taking their seats in Strasbourg this morning.The first day saw the newbies taking part in the vote for the new president of the European Parliament with Martin Schutlz winning with 409 votes.The make-up of the Irish contingent on the continent has changed dramatically with Labour losing all its MEPs and Sinn Féin returning three in the Republic.When you include Northern Ireland’s Martina Anderson that makes four and means that a selfie becomes all the more difficult.But they pulled it off: For Ireland South MEP Seán Kelly it’s familiar territory having retained the seat he first won in 2009: Source: Nessa Childers MEP/Twitter Source: Sean Kelly MEP/Twitter In case you can’t read it, here’s what he had to say:Earlier Martin Schulz a German Socialist was elected to the position of President. Unfortunately due to my wife, who is pregnant, becoming ill on Sunday it was only possible for me to get here after the vote. Happy to report that my wife is now in much better form and the baby(in the womb) too!First published 12.49pmRead: It’s now cheaper to use your phone in the EURead: Here are 10 things we’ve learned from the 2014 European elections