The Champions League Versus The World Cup

The Champions League Versus The World Cup

With the 2014 soccer world cup coming up and most teams losing their key players to injuries one could only imagine what it means like to miss the biggest football festival. Many a time, I wonder which really is the most main painful to miss, Not Participating in the champions.
League Or Missing Out On The World Cup?

The UEFA champions’ league to most soccer players is the fiesta of soccer! You don’t love the round leather game and want to miss the pomp and ceremony characterized with the UEFA champions’ league. You are either not fully informed of what the feeling is or must be from another planet.
The champion’s league is played every year and keenly contested by top teams in each league in Europe. The buildup moments to each match is pulsating. From the champions league anthem to the very edgy video clip of the trademark sponsor Heineken.
I believe Heineken makes drinking so elitist and attractive, you forget its alcohol and rated 18.The feeling of goose bumps when the
champions league anthem is played is mutual among soccer enthusiast.

The WORLP CUP is the peak of soccer, played every four years. By all standards it’s the biggest football carnival (if such expressions
exist) every player wants to feature in before finally hanging their boots. Most of the best players who have ever kicked the round leather game understand it’s a sign of honour, and prestige. The feeling is a patriotic one, It adds to a players bragging right.
However we all learn lessons when the best players miss out from the world cup. Below are some lessons we pick along the way and what they mean to us;

Ryan Giggs:
Giggs  is a legend to the  people of Manchester united; though he never played in the world cup, he practically won all the trophies
including the champions league with Manchester united.  Giggs, hails from wales and it hasn’t been easy for wales qualifying for the world cup. It did not deter Giggs name to be heard among  soccer lovers.

Lesson:
Never let your location or place of birth stop the world from experiencing your gift or talent.

George Weah
Weah  is the only African soccer player  as at 2014 who has won the prestigious  world footballer of the year. During his years, he did everything to be at the world cup. At most times  he  sponsored the Liberian football team ( who at most times were  going through a civil war or just coming out of it) his last shot was 2010 qualifier which he  lost to Sierra Leone

Lesson:
A tree doesn’t make a forest. When you are a standout  it takes more to convince people  to stand out like you but if no one steps up to your plate always remember “the journey sometimes is the destination, not the destination the journey”.George weah is legendry and his missing the world cup doesn’t make him less  an iconic  player.

Zlatan Ibramovic:
Zlatan is a small god to the people of Sweden and his current club P.S.G(Paris Saint German)his football moves would always leave you smile at odd times, With people wondering what on earth is the issue. Zlatan’s got a huge ego and gives no apologies. His goals are trademark. When Sweden met Portugal during the world cup qualifier in 2014, it was obvious the world cup ticket was between Cristiano Ronaldo and Zlatan. Zlatan lits the champion leagues with his skills.

Lesson:
Even the most stylish miss big events like the world cup. Keep making waves where you are even when you miss the big offers.

Victor valdes:
Fc Barcelona victor Valdes  is technically out of the champions league and the world cup. I can only imagine the pain of victor. Such is soccer, one day you are hale and hearty with amazing dreams and the other days you rue your loss and only then do you just keep wishing.  Victor announced his exit from his club at the end of the season. His injury rules him out for possibly 7(seven) calendar month.

Lesson
Since injuries are likely part of the deal, I would simply say you plan for the unexpected. we call it worse case scenario.  I believe
sometimes it’s great to leave your lips sealed until you have the decision up to you. I think I understand why most players keep denying transfer deals until the last minutes victors case is a classic.

What football lessons have you learnt from big stars missing the world cup?
Make your list, let’s learn and share in your lessons.

Namaste.
Charles Umeh is a student of life, life coach and strategist who makes impact through his writings and speaking engagement. Twitter
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