Chibsah braces up for Black Stars competition

first_imgYusif Raman Chibsah was not a name synonymous with the Black Stars until last week when Ghana coach Kwesi Appiah handed the midfielder his first international call up for the friendly against Turkey.The 20-year-old midfielder who plays for Italian Serie A side, Parma could make his Ghana debut on Wednesday in the friendly in Istanbul.For Chibsah, his has fulfilled a dream of getting into the national team.“It is a great feeling. It’s every professional’s dream to be in the Black Stars. They received me warmly and I was excited. I appreciate that,” said the fresh call up, Chibsah.He joined the rest of his colleagues for the team’s first training session on Monday and it left an impression on him.“It [training] was great. I saw good qualities in the team.” Bearing no relation to the famous Yusif Alhassan Chibsah, who played for domestic champions Asante Kotoko some season’s past, the Parma player says he desires to push for a permanent place in the team.“Ofcourse, I am confident,” said Chibsah.“It’s an opportunity which the coach has given me so I have all the confidence in myself that I can make it better and make it good. I am just praying that I have a little bit of chance to show Ghanaians what I can also do to help the national team.”Though young at just 20, Chibsah is counting down to be a major pillar in the national team in a couple of years time.“I expect to be one of the major players in the Black Stars,” he said. “It’s my dream and I am working very hard towards it. I know by the grace of God, I am going to be one of the pillars of the Black Stars in two-three years to come.”last_img read more

Ronaldo: Messi and I are footballing anomalies

first_imgThe Portugal international, who now has three Ballons d’Or to his name, heralded himself and his Liga rival while also discussing when he might retire.Cristiano Ronaldo has described himself and Barcelona rival Lionel Messi as footballing anomalies for the way they have kept themselves at the top of world football for an unprecedented amount of time.The Real Madrid forward, 29, picked up the third Ballon d’Or trophy of his career on Monday, defeating four-time winner Messi and World Cup-winning Bayern Munich goalkeeper Manuel Neuer.Ronaldo acknowledged that he and Messi are two of the only players to have maintained their aura of invincibility for so long, and the Portugal international puts the fulfilling achievements down to hard work.”To be honest, no, I didn’t think I’d be at the top of world football for so many years,” he told Fifa.com. “It all happened so fast. In my opinion, the hardest thing is maintaining that level.”I’m proud to have been in the World XI for eight consecutive years and always vying to be among the best three, as it’s something very few people manage to do. I think just Messi and I have done it, not many more anyway. “I don’t think anyone else has done it eight years in a row, which is why it’s immensely satisfying. Year after year I keep working hard with my club and national team so that I continue to stand out. This recognition is an indication that things are going well and that I’m enjoying an exceptional career.”Ronaldo also expressed he is well aware he will be considered a legend once he hangs up his boots, though he remains uncertain if his mind and body have another decade of footballing action in them.”In truth, I don’t think about my legacy,” he added. “I know I’ll have a place in the history of the game because of what I’m doing and winning, whether at an individual or team level.” know I’ll have a nice page devoted to me between some of the all-time greats, and that makes me happy. I’m 29 now but I feel great, like I’m still 25! I think I can play on for another five, six or seven years at a high level. Beyond that, we’ll have to see.”It’s conceivable I play until I’m 40 years old but, as I said before, it’s a case of seeing how I feel year after year, how motivated I am and if I’m still useful to my team like in the past. “As for going on until 40… If I want to play until then, I will, though I might be dragging myself around by then! But while I’m playing to an acceptable standard – acceptable to me, that is, and at a level my fans and club deserve – then I want to continue. Honestly, though, it’s not something I’m thinking about yet.”The ex-Manchester United forward has been prolific once again for Real Madrid in 2014-15, scoring 33 goals in all competitions as the European champions top La Liga.last_img read more