Στήλη: Sports


By Alex Maragos, Andrew Malamis

Lionel Andres Messi was born on the 24th of June 1987 in Rosario, Argentina. He is an Argentinian football player who is playing as a forward in Ligue 1 (french league) in Paris Saint-Germain and is also the captain of the Argentina national team.


Messi’s Past

Messi was born and raised in central Argentina. He is of Italian and Spanish descent from his fathers side as he was the great grandson of immigrants from Italy, and on his mothers side he is mostly of Italian ancestry as well. He has loved football from an early age as his family was and is dear fans of football. He joined the Newell’s Yound boys just at the age of 6. He played for 6 years in Newell’s and during that time he scored almost 500 goals. His professional career was looking promising but was also threatened at just the age of 10 due to him being diagnosed with a growth hormone deficiency.


His Time in Barcelona

Messi relocated in Spain at the age of 13 to join Barcelona. He made his debut at the age of 17 in October 2004 . He helped Barcelona win the first treble (when a club wins 3 trophies in a singular season) in season 2008-09. That year, at the age of 22, he was awarded with his first Ballon d’Or. 3 successful seasons followed and he won in total 4 consecutive Ballon d’Or’s. In the year 2011-12 he set the record of most goals in a single season while also being established as Barcelona’s top scorer of all time. In season 2015 becoming the all-time top scorer in LaLiga (Spanish league) and also leading Barcelona to a second treble, that year he was awarded with his fifth Ballon d’Or. Messi received captaincy of Barcelona in 2018 and in 2019 he received his sixth Ballon d’Or. As his contract ended in the year of 2021, his 20 years of stay in Barcelona had come to an end and as a result he signed a contract with Paris Saint-Germain.


His Records


World Records


One of only two players to score over 100 goals in UEFA club competitions, Lionel Messi is now plying his trade at Paris Saint-Germain after bringing the curtain down on a remarkable two decades at barcelona in summer 2021.

The records, milestones and unique achievements keep on coming.

How many Champions League titles has Messi won?

Messi has won the Champions League three times – in 2009, 2011 and 2015 (all with Barcelona). He was also a regular for the Spanish club when they won the trophy in 2006 but was not part of their squad for the final.

Messi’s club recordsMessi has amassed over 700 goals at club level since making his senior competitive debut just past his 17th birthday. He has rewritten the record books in the UEFA Champions League and Liga. Messi is also second only to Cristiano Ronaldo in the all-time lists for top UEFA clubcompetition scorers (he has 132, Ronaldo 145) and top UEFA Champions League/Europian Cup scorers (129 compared with Ronaldo’s 140). Ronaldo is two years Messi’s senior.

Messi’s Champions League records

  • Most Champions League group stage goals: 80 (71 for Barcelona)
  • Most Champions League round of 16 goals: 29
  • Most Champions League goals for one club: 120 (Barcelona)
  • Most successive seasons scoring in Champions League: 18
  • Most Liga goals: 474
  • Most Liga goals in a single season: 50 (2011/12)
  • Most Liga hat-tricks: 36
  • Most Liga titles won by foreign player: 10
  • Most Ballon d’Or awards: 7
  • Most ESM Golden Shoes: 6
  • Most goals in calendar year: 79 in 2012 (91 including goals for Argentina)
  • Most UEFA club competition goals for single club: 123 (Barcelona)

Messi’s Liga records

Messi’s individual honours

Messi’s other club records

Messi’s international records


As well as lighting up the club game, Messi has thrived on the international stage, sealing his status as an Argentina legend comparable to Diego Maradona when he captained his nation to FIFA world cup glory at Qatar 2022. He weighed in with two goals against France in the final and also converted his spot kick in the shoot-out as the Albiceleste triumphed on penalties.

Since making his debut in 2005 aged 18 following his starring role in Argentina’s FIFA U-20 World Cup win, Messi has won caps for 18 years running and scored in each of the last 17 (up to and including 2022). He also skippered his country to victory at the 2021 Copa América and Finalissima 2022, and is on course to become only the third man to register 100 international goals.

  • Most Argentina caps: 172
  • Most Argentina goals: 98
  • Most caps for South American nation: 172
  • Most goals for South American nation: 98
  • Youngest Argentinian to score at a World Cup: 18 years 357 days
  • First player to score in four different World Cup tournaments for Argentina
  • Most individual World Cup appearances: 26
  • Most Argentina World Cup goals: 13
  • Only player to score in World Cup group stage, round of 16, quarter-finals, semi-finals and final





Sports have a very important and significant effect on a person’s daily life. By being involved in any kind of sports you are interested at, it has a lot of mental and health benefits. There are plenty of reasons why you should become involved in sports, with reduced body fat, bone strengthening, improved stamina and flexibility being some of the reasons why you should take up a sport.

Firstly, by taking part in a sport lowers risk of heart disease, stroke, and diabetes. Secondly, stronger immunity is a very important health benefit of playing sports and regular exercise, as it improves the White Blood Cells level. White Blood Cells (WBCs) are the primary agent of the body that fights diseases. Another physical benefit of sports for your health includes stronger bones. While participating in any kind of sports, you put stress on your bones with maximum strength movements, which helps increase bone density and make bones stronger.

Similar to physical benefits, sports have an immense effect on mental health. Firstly, participating in a sport improves your mood, playing sports compels you to concentrate on the activities and keep worries aside. As physical activities trigger brain chemicals, individuals become happy and relaxed. Secondly, it helps in reducing stress, physical activities result in the release of endorphins. Endorphins are the chemicals in the brain that help to reduce stress and pain. Thirdly, playing sports or participating in regular exercise can help boost self-confidence. While you engage in any kind of sport, your strength and skills increase, as a result improving your self-confidence.

Cristiano Ronaldo dos Santos Aveiro

By Catherine Drosopoulou


Cristiano Ronaldo dos Santos Aveiro (born 5 February 1985) is a Portuguese professional footballer who plays as a forward for Premier League club Manchester United and captains the Portugal national team. Widely regarded as one of the greatest players of all time, Ronaldo has won five Ballon d’Or awards and four European Golden Shoes, the most by a European player. He has won 32 trophies in his career, including seven league titles, five UEFA Champions Leagues, and the UEFA EuropeanChampionship. Ronaldo holds the records for most appearances (183), goals (140), and assists (42) in the Champions League, goals in the European Championship (14), international goals (117), and international appearances by a European (189). He is one of the few players to have made over 1,100 professional career appearances, and has scored over 800 official senior career goals for club and country.

By 2003 (when he was just 16 years old) Manchester United paid £12 million (over $14 million U.S. dollars) to sign him, a record fee for a player of his age.

In the 2004 FA Cup final, Ronaldo scored Manchester’s first three goals and helped them capture the championship. He set a franchise record for goals scored in 2008, before Real Madrid paid a record $131 million for his services the following year.

By the time he was 10 years old, Ronaldo was already recognized as a phenomenon — a kid who ate, slept and drank soccer. «All he wanted to do as a boy was play football,» his godfather, Fernao Sousa, recalled for British reporters, adding, «He loved the game so much he’d miss meals or escape out of his bedroom window with a ball when he was supposed to be doing his homework.»

There are seven members in his family. Cristiano Ronaldo is well settled with his girlfriend Georgina Rodriguez. He met Georgina in 2016 at a Gucci store in Madrid where the 28-year-old was working at. Cristiano and his wife Georgina were expecting twins in 2022.

The eldest son of Cristiano is Cristiano Ronaldo Jr. whose mother is an unknown American woman. He also has twins, Mateo and Eva Maria Dos Santos and Alana Martina Dos Santos. The youngest member of Cristiano Ronaldo family, is a baby girl, was born recently in 2022. The duo were expecting a boy and girl, however the newborn son tragically died shortly after Georgina gave birth.


  • Became the most expensive teenager in Britain in 2003.
  • His idol is Luis Figo.
  • Was selected for the Portuguese national team after debuting against Kazakhstan in November 2003
  • His father named him after former American President Ronald Reagan.
  • He was the first ever Portuguese Manchester United Football Club player
  • His parents names are José Dinis [de] Aveiro, deceased, and wife Maria Dolores dos Santos
  • Has appeared in several Nike adverts
  • Before joining Manchester United he played against them for Sporting Lisbon weeks later he was signed by Manchester United
  • Sporting Lisbon signed him up for their schoolboy team at the age of 13 for £1,500
  • His father passed away while he was on international duty in Russia.
  • In the first ever FIFPro awards was voted the special young player of the year award.
  • Wears the number 7 shirt
  • His Store CR7 Run By his older sister Elma was robbed by Porto Fans.
  • Won the Ballon d’Or five times: 2008, 2013, 2014, 2016 and 2017.
  • Not only does he know Portuguese but Spanish and English, as well.
  • Captain of the Portuguese national team who won the 2016 Euro Cup.
  • Played for Portugal in the 2006, 2010, 2014 and 2018 FIFA World Cups; scored 7 goals.

He was named in the UEFA Team of the year: 2004, 2007-2017 292 appearances for Manchester United; scored 118 goals. Honours: Premier League (2007, 2008, 2009), FA Cup (2004), Football League Cup (2006, 2009), Community Shield (2007), UEFA Champions League (2008), FIFA Club World Cup (2008)

  • FIFA World Player of the Year: 2008.
  • UEFA Super Cup: 2014, 2017.
  • FIFA Club World Cup: 2014, 2016, 2017.
  • Supercopa DE España: 2012, 2017.
  • Copa Del Rey: 2010-11, 2013-14.
  • FIFA Club World Cup: 2008.
  • UEFA Champions League: 2007-08.
  • Serie A: 2018-19, 2019-20.
  • UEFA Nations League: 2018-19.
  • Sporting CP – Supertaça Cândido DE Oliveira: 2002.
  • Supercoppa Italiana: 2018, 2020.
  • Football League Cup: 2005-06, 2008-09.
  • FA Community Shield: 2007.
  • Premier League: 2006-07, 2007-08, 2008-09.
  • UEFA European Championship: 2016.
  • UEFA Champions League: 2013-14, 2015-16, 2016-17, 2017-18.
  • La Liga: 2011-12, 2016-17.
  • Coppa Italia: 2020-21.
  • FIFA Ballon d’Or/Ballon d’Or: 2008, 2013, 2014, 2016, 2017.
  • FA Cup: 2003-04.
  • Cordão Autonómico DE Distinção.
  • Premier League Player of the Season: 2006-07, 2007-08.
  • Teresa Herrera Trophy.
  • His son and Neymar son born in same date.
  • Premier League Golden Boot: 2007-08.
  • European Golden Shoe: 2007-08, 2010-11, 2013-14, 2014-15.
  • Trofeo Santiago Bernabéu.
  • U-13 Regional Championship.
  • Medal of Merit, Order of the Immaculate Conception of Vila Viçosa (Portuguese Royal Family).
  • The Best FIFA Special Award for Outstanding Career Achievement: 2021.
  • Grand officer of the Order of Prince Henry.
  • PFA Players” Player of the Year: 2006-07[70] 2007-08.
  • Commander of the Order of Merit.
  • FPF Portuguese Player of the Year: 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019.
  • The Best FIFA Men’s Player: 2016, 2017.
  • Pichichi Trophy: 2010-11, 2013-14, 2014-15.
  • Serie A Footballer of the Year: 2019, 2020.
  • Capocannoniere: 2020-21.
  • La Liga Best Player: 2013-14.
  • Most appearances in the FIFPro World11:
  • Only player to score more than 50 goals in seven consecutive calendar years.
  • Most hat-tricks in a La Liga career: 25.
  • First player to score in consecutive FIFA Club World Cup Finals.
  • Franz Beckenbauer Cup.
  • Most FIFA World Player of the Year awards: 3.
  • Only player to win the league title, domestic cup, domestic super-cup, Champions League, Club World Cup, league player of the year, Golden Shoe and Ballon d’Or at two clubs (Manchester United and Real Madrid).
  • Most goals scored in all official senior competitions: 807.
  • First male player to score ten international hat-tricks.
  • Most goals scored in the FIFA Club World Cup: 7.
  • Most FIFA World Cups scored in: 4.
  • Oldest player to score a hat-trick at a FIFA World Cup: 33 years, 130 days.
  • Most men’s international goals scored: 115.
  • Most men’s international caps: 185 caps.
  • Most Liked Person On Facebook (Male).
  • Most different national teams scored against: 46.
  • First player to score in ten, eleven, and twelve consecutive international tournaments.
  • Most goals in a UEFA Champions League season by an individual: 17.
  • Most international goals scored in a calendar year: 32.
  • First player to reach 100 career goals in the UEFA Champions League.
  • Most appearances in all UEFA club competitions: 190.
  • Most goals scored from direct free kicks in UEFA Champions League history: 12.
  • Most goals scored from penalty kicks in UEFA Champions League history: 19.
  • Most goals scored in the UEFA Champions League: 140.
  • Most goals scored in group stage of a UEFA Champions League season: 11.
  • First player to score a hat-trick in consecutive Champions League knockout matches.
  • Most appearances in the UEFA Champions League proper: 183.
  • First player to reach 100 career goals for a single club in the UEFA Champions League.
  • Most UEFA Champions League goals scored in a calendar year: 19.
  • First player to reach 100 career wins in the UEFA Champions League.
  • Most goals scored in European club competitions: 143.
  • First and only player to score 15 or more UEFA Champions League goals in three seasons.
  • First and only player to score in all six group stage matches in the UEFA Champions League in a season.
  • Most goals scored in UEFA Champions League knockout phase: 58.
  • Most individual teams scored against in the UEFA Champions League: 37.
  • Most assists in the UEFA Champions League: 42.
  • Most career wins by an individual in the UEFA Champions League/European Cup: 114.
  • First player to reach 100 career goals in European club competitions.
  • Most goals scored in a UEFA Champions League/European Cup season: 17.
  • Most UEFA Champions League hat-tricks scored by 30+ player: 6.
  • Most goals scored in the UEFA European Championship, including qualifiers: 45.
  • First player to appear in three UEFA European Championship semi-finals: in 2004, 2012, and 2016.
  • Most career goals in UEFA European Championship qualifiers: 31.
  • First and only player to finish UEFA Champions League top scorer in six consecutive seasons (from 2012-13 to 2017-18) and in seven seasons overall.
  • First player to finish as top scorer in the Premier League, La Liga and Serie A.
  • Most appearances at UEFA European Championship finals tournaments: 25.
  • Most appearances in UEFA European Championship competition (including qualifying): 60.
  • Most Man of the Match awards at the UEFA European Championship: 6.
  • First and only player to have scored three or above (goals) at more than one UEFA European Championship finals tournaments: in 2012, 2016, and 2020.
  • Most headed goals at UEFA European Championship finals tournaments: 5.
  • First and only player to score ten goals against a single opponent (Juventus) in the UEFA Champions League.
  • First player to have won the European Golden Shoe in different leagues: English Premier League (2007-08) and Spanish La Liga (2010-11, 2013-14, 2014-15).
  • First player in the history of UEFA Champions League to score three hat-tricks in a single season.
  • Most goals scored in the UEFA Champions League quarter-finals: 22.
  • Most career goals at UEFA European Championship finals tournaments: 14.
  • Most consecutive UEFA Champions League matches scored in: 11.
  • Most goals scored in the UEFA Champions League semi-finals: 14.
  • First and only player to score in three UEFA Champions League Finals: in 2008, 2014, and 2017.
  • First player to have played at five UEFA European Championship finals tournaments.
  • Fastest La Liga player to score 200 league goals: 178 matches.
  • Most goals scored from penalty kicks in La Liga history: 61.
  • Fastest footballer to reach 20 league goals in one La Liga season: 12 rounds.
  • First player to score in six consecutive Clásicos.
  • Fastest La Liga player to score 150 league goals: 140 matches.
  • Only player to reach 30 goals in six consecutive La Liga seasons.
  • Fastest La Liga player to score 300 league goals: 286 matches.
  • First player to ever score ten goals in four, five, six and seven consecutive UEFA Champions League seasons: from 2011-12 to 2017-18.
  • Most UEFA Team of the Year appearances: 15.
  • First player to score for two winning teams in the UEFA Champions League/European Cup: Manchester United (2007-08) and Real Madrid (2013-14).
  • First player aged 21 or under to score at least twice in three consecutive Premier League appearances.
  • Fastest footballer to reach 15 league goals in one La Liga season: 8 rounds.
  • Most goals scored in UEFA European Championship and European FIFA World Cup qualifiers: 64.
  • Most goals scored in Madrid Derby matches: 22.
  • Fastest player to score 350 goals for one club: 335 matches.
  • Most teams scored against in a La Liga season: 19.
  • First player to appear in more than one position in the UEFA Team of the Year.
  • Most UEFA Best Player in Europe Award and UEFA Club Footballer of the Year awards: 4.
  • Most consecutive appearances in the UEFA Team of the Year: 14.
  • Most goals scored in a calendar year for the Portugal national team: 14.
  • Most matches played in World Cup finals: 17.
  • First Portuguese player to score a Premier League hat-trick.
  • Most consecutive away matches with at least one goal scored in a single Serie A season.
  • Real Madrid all-time top goalscorer: 450 goal.
  • Fastest player to reach 200 official goals.
  • Most recorded assists for the Portugal national team: 32.
  • Most international caps as captain: 128 caps.
  • First Portuguese player to score a Serie A hat-trick.
  • First player to score in seven consecutive away matches in a debut Serie A season.
  • Fastest player to reach 50 league goals.
  • Top goalscorer in UEFA Champions League: 105 goals.
  • Most goals scored by a Portuguese player in Serie A: 81.
  • Youngest player to reach 100 caps: 27 years, 8 months and 11 days.
  • Most goals scored in seven consecutive league matches: 15.
  • Fastest player to reach 100 league goals.
  • Most La Liga hat-tricks in a season: 8 hat-tricks.
  • Most consecutive Serie A matches scored in: 11.
  • Only Portuguese player to score 400 league goals in European top flight leagues.
  • Youngest player to appear in a European Championship final: 19 years, 150 days.
  • Most goals scored from penalty kicks in a Serie A season: 12.
  • Most assists in Real Madrid history: 131.
  • Fastest player to reach 10 official goals in all competitions: 16 appearances.
  • Most hat-tricks in La Liga history: 34[.
  • Most goals scored from penalty kicks in UEFA Champions League: 14.
  • Most goals scored in a season (in all competitions): 37.
  • Most Premier League goals in a 38-game season: 31.
  • Most hat-tricks in La Liga: 34.
  • Youngest player to represent Portugal at a major tournament: 19 years, 4 months.
  • Most European Golden Shoes: 4.
  • Oldest player to score a UEFA Champions League hat-trick: 34 years, 35 days.
  • Most expensive footballer in history: EUR94 million (£80 million) at 2009.
  • First player to score in eight consecutive match-days.
  • Most goals scored in El Clásico matches: 18.
  • Most followed athlete on Twitter: 37,831,159 followers as of 15 September 2015.



History Of Water Polo

By: Ioannis Kolokithas

          and  Haris Economopoulos


The Beginning Of Water Polo:


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The history of water-polo extends back to the Victorian English Society, as a by-product of the industrial revolution and love of sport. In the mid of the 1870’s, the English were moving in towns due to the rapid industrialization, while the construction of baths allowed them “to get washed” and “to learn swimming”. This new game was called “football in the water”. The origins of water polo are obscure to say the least but we do know that the word “polo” is the English pronunciation of the Indian word “pulu,” that means ball. Just as the ball game that is played on horseback became known as “polo,” the ball game played in the water became known as “water polo,” the name is the only connection between the sports. The game of water polo was first played in the United States in 1888. It featured the old rugby style of play which looked like American football in the water. “American style” water polo became very popular and by the late 1890’s was played in such places as Madison Square Garden and Boston’s Mechanics Hall, attracting 14,000 spectators to the big national championship games.


The Evolution Of Water Polo:

It is believed that British holiday resort owners invented this rather strange pastime during the mid-1800s, in an attempt to attract guests. The first games were played on nearby rivers and lakes, and the game’s passing similarity to horseback polo gave it the name “water polo.”

By 1869, a rubber ball had began to replace the original ball which was made from a pig’s stomach. In 1870 the London Swimming Club formulated rules for the sport and hosted the first official game at the Crystal Palace Plunge in London. Games resembled rugby on the water, and were based more on brute strength than athletic skill. Underwater wrestling would leave some players barely conscious when they managed to get to the surface.

A common ploy players used was to place the small ball in their swimming trunks and swim underwater towards the goal, where they would score by removing the ball and slamming it onto the pool deck.

In 1880, rules were introduced in Scotland to shift the game’s focus to skill over force. A bigger ball, similar to a soccer ball, was used, nets were introduced and players could no longer tackle opponents who did not have possession of the ball. The same rules still apply to today’s game.

The game that evolved into contemporary water polo started off as an adaptation of rugby played in lakes and rivers; the object of the game was to “carry” the ball to the opponent’s side.

The Scottish rules were adopted throughout Great Britain, and the game quickly caught on in countries like Hungary, Belgium, Germany, Austria and France, which began playing the sport in the late 1800s.

In 1888, Water polo was introduced into the United States by English swimming instructor John Robinson. The game featured the old rugby style of play which was much like gridiron football in the water. “American style” water polo became very popular and by the late 1890’s was played in such venues as the Boston’s Mechanics Hall and Madison Square Garden.

The game of the day featured set plays like the “flying salmon,” where the player with the ball leapt through the air from the backs of his teammates to score a goal. Violence was the game’s main attraction.

As the sport grew in popularity, so did its level of violence, with little rules to prevent it. In the 1800’s the intent of the game was to place the ball with two hands against the wall at one end of the pool to score. Players often swam underwater in an attempt to gain an advantage, only to be attacked by their defenders in the same manner.

In addition to the aggressive play, many of the pools and lakes in which it was played were often poorly filtered and very murky, creating even more mystery regarding the actions that took place beneath the surface. It was not uncommon for players to be dragged from the water unconscious. This may have added to the popularity, with crowds as many as 14,000 attending some games in New York City. In fact, its popularity was so great it was named the first Olympic team sport in 1900. Interestingly enough, women’s water polo was the last Olympic team sport to be added in 2000.

Meanwhile, the rest of the world adopted the Scottish rules: Hungary in 1889, Belgium in 1900, Austria and Germany in 1894 and France in 1895. By 1900, water polo was so popular it became the first team sport added to the Olympic Games program and has remained an Olympic sport ever since. Great Britain won gold at each of the first four Olympic Games.

In 1911, the Federation International de Natation Amateur (FINA), the international governing body for all amateur water sports, adopted the Scottish rules for all international water polo events.

United States continued to play by their own rules until 1912, when, instead of playing their semi-final game in the National Championship tournament, the New York Athletic Club and the Chicago Athletic Association chose to fight instead. The Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) cancelled its sponsorship of water polo until 1914 when United States clubs finally agreed to play under the more civilized international rules.

Over the years the game has evolved to more of a soccer style in which an opponent could only make contact if a player held the ball. In addition, the evolution of swimming changed the game from brute strength underwater to one of passing and speed above the surface.

Women were not allowed to compete at the Olympics until the 2000 Games in Sydney, where Australia won the gold medal, the United States took the silver, and the bronze went to Russia. The first Water Polo World Cup for women was held by FINA (the sport’s governing body) in 1979, and the first World Championships took place in 1986.

The most notorious incident in the history of Olympic water polo took place during the 1956 match between the Soviet Union and Hungary. Four weeks prior to the Games, 200,000 Soviet troops invaded Hungary to suppress an anti-Communist uprising, so there was plenty of bad blood between the two sides before the scrappy game started.

The game was marred by brawls and became so brutal that officials called it off altogether. Hungary was leading 4-0 at the time and was declared the winner; the team advanced to the finals and won the gold.

Hungary has also fielded some of the most celebrated water polo players of all time. Dezso Gyarmati won a medal at five different Olympics from 1948-1964 (3 gold, 1 silver and 1 bronze). Oliver Halassy, who represented Hungary three times between 1928-1936, won 2 gold and 1 silver. What makes his medal count even more extraordinary is that Halassy had one of his legs amputated below the knee as a child.

Hungarians are well-known for their extraordinary play in the water. Hungary has won the most medals in Olympic water polo history, with a total of thirteen, including 7 gold, four of them coming between 1932-1956. Like other notable southern European nations, such as Italy, Spain and Yugoslavia, its national team draws its players from a pool of talent that plays in the professional leagues.

Water polo within the United States was adopted as a championship sport for men in the collegiate system in the early 70’s, while women were added about 30 years later as participation grew. Today, collegiate and high school teams can be found throughout the country.

Internationally the game is played all over the world, with Europe and Asia boasting the world’s strongest programs for men. The USA is the only non-European team to win Olympic medals. In addition to the gold won by the New York Athletic Club in 1904, the United States men’s program won silver medals in 1984 and 1988 and bronze medals in 1924, 1932 and 1972.


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General rules of water polo 

  • Water polo players in possession of the ball can pass the ball forwards, sideways or backwards.
  • Water polo players must tread water and are not allowed to touch the bottom of the pool – with the exception of the goalkeeper.
  • The ball can be advanced by passing with one hand or swimming with the head above the water and the ball between the arms so that it rides on the wave created by the swimmer (which is called ‘dribbling’).
  • The ball can only be handled by one hand at a time in water polo – with the exception of the goalkeeper, who can use both hands.
  • There is no real offside rule, except within 2m of the opponent’s goal line.
  • Water polo teams have 30 seconds from gaining possession in which to shoot. If this time expires, then the ball is passed over to the opposition.

Fouls in water polo

Fouls are common in water polo, and referees really have to have their wits about them due to the amount of infringements that can take place out of view under the water. There are three types of fouls in water polo: “ordinary fouls’, which account for the vast majority of whistle stops during a game; “major fouls’; and “penalty fouls’.

Ordinary fouls include:

  • Touching the ball with two hands (with the exception of the goalkeeper).
  • Taking the ball under water when tackled.
  • Impeding an opponent who is not holding the ball.
  • Pushing off an opponent.
  • Failing to shoot or advance the ball within 30 seconds.

When the referee calls an ordinary foul, the offended water polo team is awarded a free throw at the point of the foul.

Major fouls (also called exclusion fouls or personal fouls) include:

  • Kicking or striking.
  • Deliberate splashing in the face.
  • Interfering with a free throw.
  • Misconduct or disrespect to the referee.
  • Holding, sinking or pulling back an opponent who is not holding the ball.

Major fouls may result in a water polo player being sent out of play for 20 seconds. A player receiving three major fouls is removed from the game by substitution.

Deliberate kicking or striking an opponent results in the permanent sending off of the offending player.

Personal fouls in water polo

Some infringements occurring within the 5m zone can result in the award of a penalty foul, if the referee deems the foul has prevented an almost certain goal. The water polo player taking the penalty throw has a free shot at the goal from the 5m line, with only the goalie defending.




By Mitsis Vasileios



What is Taekwondo?

The martial art of taekwondo was created in South Korea in the 1950s as a method of military fighting. Most people are familiar with TKD as a system that emphasizes its primary weapons, which are quick and powerful kicks. Although hand strikes are also included, they are not as significant as kicks.

Since its debut at the Sydney, Australia, Olympic Games in 2000, TKD has been a part of the competition.

What are the different styles of Taekwondo?

There are numerous styles and sub-styles in taekwondo. But in general, WT, ITF, ATA, and Traditional are the four most prevalent styles.

Traditional TKD style

The term «traditional style» refers to the mannerisms used by Korea’s first nine kwans in the 1940s. Tang Soo Do was the most common moniker used at the time by kwans because «Taekwondo» hadn’t yet been coined:

  • Kong Soo Do

  • Tae Soo Do

  • Tang Soo Do”

The traditional style, which is extremely close to Shotokan karate in terms of techniques and instructional methods, is frequently seen to be the most difficult. In truth, it follows the same principles as Shotokan when it comes to combining kicks and punches, although it leans significantly more toward kicking methods than punches.

It exclusively focuses on fighting for self-defense and preparing a person for a real fight. They get extensive knowledge of the psychological and physical sides of combat through rigorous training. The following techniques are prioritized when it comes to technique:

  • Fast and powerful kicks

  • Direct punching techniques

  • Elbows and knees inside the clinch

  • Basic elements of grappling such as trips and throws

International Taekwondo Federation (ITF)

ITF is more in line with the conventional approach and emphasizes training in self-defense. If you want to test your talents, there is competition, although it is not as significant as in other styles. Students study advanced self-defense techniques as well as how to use all of their limbs as weapons in a fight.

ITF’s rules are comparable to those of World Taekwondo (WT). The only significant distinction is that ITF allows you to use hand strikes to hit the head. Punches to the head are not permitted for children under the age of ten, though. Additionally, because the action restarts after each point, sparring cannot continue.

The following is how points are awarded in tournaments:

  • 1 point- for a direct hand hit to the body, a kick to the waist, or an airborne head or foot strike.

  • 2 points- for a high-section kick, a hand attack in midair while standing on both feet, and a jumping mid-section kick.

  • 3 points- for Jumping kick to the high section

Kukkiwon / World Taekwondo (WT)

The majority of contemporary WT schools place a strong emphasis on competition and educating students to win matches using a point-fighting system. Students are taught how to score points by combining quick footwork with a variety of quick and precise kicks that target the upper body beneath the neck. There is minimal to no instruction in self-defense.

The point-fighting rules are as follows:

  • 1 point - for a punch to the trunk protector

  • 2 points - for a kick to the trunk protector

  • 3 points - for a kick to the head

  • 4 points- for a turning/spinning kick to the trunk protector

  • 5 points - for a turning/spinning kick to the head

What style of taekwondo is in the Olympics?

The World Taekwondo (WT)-recognized Kukkiwon style is acknowledged as an Olympic-approved form. The event made its Olympic debut as a demonstration event in 1988 at the games held in Seoul, South Korea, and again in 1992 at the games held in Barcelona, Spain. Finally, it made its Olympic debut in 2000 at the Australian-hosted.

FIFA World Cup

By Stefania Zafeiri , Silia Pitsiou , Maria Stasinopoulou

The FIFA World Cup, also known as world cup, was founded in 1930 and 32 teams participate from many countries in the world. In this competition only men take part every four years since 1930 who are members of the Internationale de Football Association(FIFA). This tournament is held every four years except for 1942 and 1946 because of the second World War .



Not to mention Brazil is one of the most popular and successful teams with five wins and is the only one who has played in every tournament .Other countries that have won the World Cup are  Argentina, France, England , Spain, Germany and Italy .Argentina is one of the reigning champions with three titles. The 2022 FIFA world cup took place during winter .In conclusion FIFA world cup is a well known association that plenty of people view every four years all over the world.16552420342319



Even though Greece has made three different appearances in the FIFA WORLD CUP in 1994, in 2010 and in 2014 , the greek national football team has never achieved a top in the top champions. The FIFA WORLD CUP are used as anthems and advertising campaigns for the mudial with the most popular sing being “ Waka  waka ” by Shakira representing the country of Africa with over 3 billion views on Youtube .


2022 FIFA World Cup final


The final was played on 18 December between Argentina and France. Both teams had won the event twice previously. Early goals from Lionel Messi and Angel Di Maria gave Argentina, leading 2–0, a head start against the French. Despite multiple substitutions in the first half, France did not record a shot until after the 70th minute, but were energised by additional substitutions in the 71st. A few minutes later, France were awarded a penalty as Randal Kolo Muani was brought down in the penalty area. Mbappé scored the penalty, and added a second goal less than two minutes later to equalise the scores.With the score tied at two goals apiece, the match went to extra time.



Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2022_FIFA_World_Cup#Final






Cricket & Synchronised swimming





Cricket was a children’s play in the south-east of England during the Middle Ages. It is now played throughout the world, particularly in Australia, India, Pakistan, the West Indies, and the British Isles. It is played by two teams of eleven players each with a bat and a ball on a cricket field. The field is oval with a rectangular area in the middle, known as the pitch, which is 20.12 metres by 3.04 metres wide. The main objective of each team is to score more runs than their opponents but, in some forms of cricket, it is also necessary to dismiss all of the opposition batters in their final innings in order to win the match.


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Synchronised swimming or artistic swimming is a sport where swimmers perform a choreography in the water accompanied by music. A group of swimmers consist a minimum of 4 swimmers and a maximum of 10. They are synchronised both to each other and to the music. The performance is scored on a scale of 100, with points for execution, artistic impression and difficulty. It is traditionally a women’s sport. The first recorded competition was in 1891 in Berlin, Germany. It became an official Olympic sport in the 1984 Summer Olympic Games.



Michael Phelps



Michael Phelps, in full Michael Fred Phelps II, was born on June 30, 1985, in Baltimore, Maryland, U.S (nicknames: ‘Flying Fish’ ‘The Baltimore Bullet’). He is an American swimmer, who was the most-decorated athlete in Olympic history with 28 medals which included a record of 23 gold, 3 silver and 2 bronze medals. He became the first athlete to win eight gold medals at a single Olympics.

Phelps is the long course world record holder in the men’s 400-meter individual medley as well as the former long course world record holder in the 200-meter freestyle, 100-meter butterfly, 200-meter butterfly, and 200-meter individual medley.

Phelps was raised in a family of swimmers and joined the prestigious North Baltimore Aquatic Club at age seven. At the 2001 U.S. spring nationals, he became at age 15 the youngest world-record holder in men’s swimming when he posted 1 min 54.92 sec in the 200-metre butterfly. He went on that year to win his first international title at the world championships in Fukuoka, Japan. At the U.S. spring nationals in 2003, he became the first male swimmer to claim titles in three different strokes at a single national championship, and he later broke an unprecedented five individual world records at the world championships in Barcelona, Spain.

At the 2012 Olympics in London, Phelps had a disappointing start (failing to medal in his first event). However, he subsequently won silver medals and a gold medal in both the 4 × 100-metre freestyle relay and the 200-metre butterfly and a gold medal in the 4 × 200-metre freestyle relay. He also claimed gold in the 200-metre IM (individual medley), becoming the first male swimmer to win the same individual event at three consecutive Olympics. He later won the 100-metre butterfly for the third consecutive time. Phelps, announced that he was retiring from the sport after the London Games, but hisretirement was short-lived, as he announced his return to competitive swimmingin April 2014.

Having completed his improbably dominant comeback at the 2016 Games, he again retired from competitive swimming, having won more medals than 161 countries. He is widely regarded as the greatest swimmer of all time and is often considered to be one of the greatest athletes of all time.






By Andreas Stolakis

Fencing is considered a combat sport like boxing and martial arts. Main characteristic of fencing is the use of swords and, nowadays, the protective gear.

Origins:The word “Fencing” derives from the Latin word “defensa” which means protection.The first known use of the word in reference to English fencing is in William Shakespeare’s Merry Wives of Windsor: ‘Alas sir, I cannot fence.’.

Fun fact:Fencing is one of only four sports to have been featured in every modern Olympics. It made its debut in 1896, when the programme consisted of three men’s events. It is also claimed that, in its debut year in Greece, Georgios the first (King of Greece) was late. He was such an avid supporter of the sport that he had every match that took place before he arrived replayed before him.


Brief history of fencing

Fencing is dated back to  Ancient Egypt and later on to Ancient Greece used for military combat.It didn’t become a sport until the Romans came around. The mighty “gladiators” fought until their last breath to achieve glory and freedom. Though, back then fencing was not viewed for the talent of the fencer, rather for the violence and cruelty. During the Middle ages fencing had more of a survival importance than an athletic one. Around this time came the first pieces of fencing manuscripts. The oldest fencing manual we know of dates back to 1300 A.D, there are no clues pointing to the identity of the writer or the reasons that it was written for but it provides information on how to use a shield and sword. Old world European Fencing: The sport is changing. With the invention of guns and gunpowder swords are of no use in battle fields, swords are limited to individual fights or “Duels” and are used for self-defense. Fencing is slowly starting to look like the modern version of it. The hand that is not holding the sword usually had a shield, but in duels with the emphasis given to speed the hand is empty, also swords are thinner and lighter. Throughout this time, there is an explosion of fencing schools all around Europe and now is also the time when the first fencing champions come around. Dueling is being outlawed in Europe and slowly over the years fencing becomes a sport.



 The three disciplines in modern fencing are the foil, the epee, and the sabre (all weapons/swords are made of metal); winning points are made through the weapon’s contact with an opponent.

Foil: It is flexible, rectangular in cross section, and weighs under a pound. Points are only scored by contact with the tip, which, in electrically scored tournaments, is capped with a spring-loaded button to signal a touch.A foil fencer’s uniform features the lamé (a vest, electrically wired to record hits). Foil is the most used discipline in competitions.


Epee: Is the heaviest and the largest of the three swords.It is triangular in cross-section with a V-shaped groove called a fuller. The épée also has a larger bell guard and weighs more. The techniques of their use differ, as there are no rules regarding priority and right of way. Thus, immediate counter attacks are a common feature of épée fencing. In addition, the entire body is a valid target area.

Sabre: The sabre weapon is for thrusting and cutting with both the cutting edge and the back of the blade,unlike other modern fencing weapons, the epee and foil, where the methods of making a hit are scored using only the point of the blade.



Most personal protective equipment for fencing is made of tough cotton or nylon. Kevlar was added to top level uniform pieces (jacket, breeches, underarm protector, lamé, and the bib of the mask) following the death of Vladimir Smirnov at the 1982 World Championships in Rome. However, Kevlar is degraded by both ultraviolet light and chlorine, which can complicate cleaning.

Other ballistic fabrics, such as Dyneema, have been developed that resist puncture, and which do not degrade the way that Kevlar does. FIE rules state that tournament wear must be made of fabric that resists a force of 800 newtons (180 lb), and that the mask bib must resist twice that amount.

The complete fencing kit includes:

Jacket: The jacket is form-fitting, and has a strap that passes between the legs. In sabre fencing, jackets are cut along the waist. A small gorget of folded fabric is sewn in around the collar to prevent an opponent’s blade from slipping under the mask and along the jacket upwards towards the neck. Fencing instructors may wear a heavier jacket, such as one reinforced by plastic foam, to deflect the frequent hits an instructor endures.

Plastron: A plastron is an underarm protector worn underneath the jacket. It provides double protection on the side of the sword arm and upper arm. There is no seam under the arm, which would line up with the jacket seam and provide a weak spot.

Glove: The sword hand is protected by a glove with a gauntlet that prevents blades from going up the sleeve and causing injury. The glove also improves grip.

Breeches: Breeches or knickers are short trousers that end just below the knee. The breeches are required to have 10 cm of overlap with the jacket. Most are equipped with suspenders.

Socks: Fencing socks are long enough to cover the knee, some cover most of the thigh.

Shoes: Fencing shoes have flat soles, and are reinforced on the inside for the back foot, and in the heel for the front foot. The reinforcement prevents wear from lunging.

Mask: The fencing mask has a bib that protects the neck. The mask should support 12 kilograms (26 lb) on the metal mesh and 350 newtons (79 lb) of penetration resistance on the bib. FIE regulations dictate that masks must withstand 25 kilograms (55 lb) on the mesh and 1,600 newtons (360 lb) on the bib. Some modern masks have a see-through visor in the front of the mask. These have been used at high level competitions (World Championships etc.), however, they are currently banned in foil and épée by the FIE, following a 2009 incident in which a visor was pierced during the European Junior Championship competition. There are foil, sabre, and three-weapon masks.

Chest protector: A chest protector, made of plastic, is worn by female fencers and, sometimes, by males. Fencing instructors also wear them, as they are hit far more often during training than their students. In foil fencing, the hard surface of a chest protector decreases the likelihood that a hit registers.

Lame: A lame is a layer of electrically conductive material worn over the fencing jacket in foil and sabre fencing. The lame covers the entire target area, and makes it easier to determine whether a hit fell within the target area. (In épée fencing the lame is unnecessary, since the target area spans the competitor’s entire body.) In sabre fencing, the lame’s sleeves end in a straight line across the wrist; in foil fencing, the lame is sleeveless. A body cord is necessary to register scoring. It attaches to the weapon and runs inside the jacket sleeve, then down the back and out to the scoring box. In sabre and foil fencing, the body cord connects to the lame in order to create a circuit to the scoring box.

Sleeve: An instructor or master may wear a protective sleeve or a leg leather to protect their fencing arm or leg, respectively.

Fun fact: The fencing suits are white, because in earlier times, touching was recorded with a piece of cotton at the tip of the weapon dipped in ink.



Techniques or movements in fencing can be divided into two categories: offensive and defensive. Some techniques can fall into both categories (e.g. the beat). Certain techniques are used offensively, with the purpose of landing a hit on your opponent while holding the right of way (foil and sabre). Others are used defensively, to protect against a hit or obtain the right of way.(Right of way is the decision criterion used in foil and sabre fencing to determine which fencer receives the touch, or point, when both fencers land a hit within the same short time-frame, less than 1 second.In epee if both fencers land a hit at the same time, they are both awarded a point.)


Attack: A basic fencing technique, also called a thrust, consisting of the initial offensive action made by extending the arm and continuously threatening the opponent’s target. There are four different attacks (straight thrust, disengage attack, counter-disengage attack and cutover). In sabre, attacks are also made with a cutting action.

Riposte: An attack by the defender after a successful parry. After the attacker has completed their attack, and it has been parried, the defender then has the opportunity to make an attack, and (at foil and sabre) take right of way.

Feint: A false attack with the purpose of provoking a reaction from the opposing fencer.

Lunge: A thrust while extending the front leg by using a slight kicking motion and propelling the body forward with the back leg.

Beat attack: In foil and sabre, the attacker beats the opponent’s blade to gain priority (right of way) and continues the attack against the target area. In épée, a similar beat is made but with the intention to disturb the opponent’s aim and thus score with a single light.

Disengage: A blade action whereby the blade is moved around the opponent’s blade to threaten a different part of the target or deceive a parry.

Compound attack: An attack preceded by one or more feints which oblige the opponent to parry, allowing the attacker to deceive the parry.

Continuation/renewal of Attack: A typical épée action of making a 2nd attack after the first attack is parried. This may be done with a change in line; for example, an attack in the high line (above the opponent’s bellguard, such as the shoulder) is then followed with an attack to the low line (below the opponent’s bellguard, such as the thigh, or foot); or from the outside line (outside the bellguard, such as outer arm) to the inside line (inside the bellguard, such as the inner arm or the chest). A second continuation is stepping slight past the parry and angulating the blade to bring the tip of the blade back on target. A renewal may also be direct (without a change of line or any further blade action), in which case it is called a remise. In foil or sabre, a renewal is considered to have lost right of way, and the defender’s immediate riposte, if it lands, will score instead of the renewal.

Flick: a technique used primarily in foil and épée. It takes advantage of the extreme flexibility of the blade to use it like a whip, bending the blade so that it curves over and strikes the opponent with the point; this allows the fencer to hit an obscured part of the target (e.g., the back of the shoulder or, at épée, the wrist even when it is covered by the guard). This technique has become much more difficult due to timing changes which require the point to stay depressed for longer to set off the light.


Parry: Basic defence technique, block the opponent’s weapon while it is preparing or executing an attack to deflect the blade away from the fencer’s valid area and (in foil and sabre) to give fencer the right of way. Usually followed by a riposte, a return attack by the defender.

Circle parry: A parry where the weapon is moved in a circle to catch the opponent’s tip and deflect it away.

Counter attack: A basic fencing technique of attacking your opponent while generally moving back out of the way of the opponent’s attack. Used quite often in épée to score against the attacker’s hand/arm. More difficult to accomplish in foil and sabre unless one is quick enough to make the counterattack and retreat ahead of the advancing opponent without being scored upon, or by evading the attacking blade via moves such as the In Quartata (turning to the side) or Passata-sotto (ducking). Counterattacks can also be executed in opposition, grazing along the opponent’s blade and deflecting it to cause the attack to miss.

Point-in-line: A specific position where the arm is straight and the point is threatening the opponent’s target area. In foil and sabre, this gives one priority if the extension is completed before the opponent begins the final action of their attack. When performed as a defensive action, the attacker must then disturb the extended weapon to re-take priority; otherwise the defender has priority and the point-in-line will win the touch if the attacker does not manage a single light. In épée, there is no priority; the move may be used as a means by either fencer to achieve a double-touch and advance the score by 1 for each fencer. In all weapons, the point-in-line position is commonly used to slow the opponent’s advance and cause them to delay the execution of their attack.


To sum up, fencing is a demanding yet exciting sport. Unlike most people think, it’s not very expensive. Equipment for competitions ranges from 250 euro all the way up to 1000. It’s still cheaper than sports such as sailing and even tennis!









Lionel Messi

By Nick Dafogiannis


Lionel Andrés Messi born 24 June 1987 is an Argentine professional footballer who plays as a forward and captains both Spanish club Barcelona and the Argentina national team.

Personal Information:


  • Full name: Lionel Andrés Messi
  • Date of birth: 24 June 1987
  • Place of birth: Rosario, Argentina
  • Height: 1.70 m
  • Playing position: Forward


Early life:

Messi was born on 24 June 1987 in Rosario, the third of four children of Jorge Messi, a steel factory manager, and his wife Celia Cuccittini, who worked in a magnet manufacturing workshop. On his father’s side, he is of Italian and Spanish descent, the great-grandson of immigrants from the northcentral Adriatic Marche region of Italy and Catalonia, and on his mother’s side, he has primarily Italian ancestry. Growing up in a tight-knit, football-loving family, «Leo» developed a passion for the sport from an early age, playing constantly with his older brothers .At the age of four he joined local club Grandoli, where he was coached by his father, though his earliest influence as a player came from his maternal grandmother, Celia, who accompanied him to training and matches. He was greatly affected by her death, shortly before his eleventh birthday; since then, as a devout Catholic, he has celebrated his goals by looking up and pointing to the sky in tribute to his grandmother.


His first step and his health problem:

 A lifelong supporter of Newell’s Old Boys, Messi joined the Rosario club when he was six years old. During the six years he played for Newell’s, he scored almost 500 goals as a member of «The Machine


  • of ’87″, the near-unbeatable youth side named for the year of their birth, and regularly entertained crowds by performing ball tricks during half-time of the first team’s home games. However, his future as a professional player was threatened when, at age 10, he was diagnosed with a growth hormone deficiency. As his father’s health insurance covered only two years of growth hormone treatment, which cost at least $1,000 per month, Newell’s agreed to contribute, but later reneged on their promise. He was scouted by Buenos Aires club River Plate, whose playmaker, Pablo Aimar, he idolised, but they were also unable to pay for his treatment due to Argentina’s economic collapse.


In Barcelona:

 As the Messi family had relatives in Catalonia, they sought to arrange a trial with Barcelona in September 2000. First team director Charly Rexach immediately wanted to sign him, but the board of directors hesitated; at the time it was highly unusual for European clubs to sign foreign players of such a young age. On 14 December, an ultimatum was issued for Barcelona to prove their commitment, and Rexach, with no other paper at hand, offered a contract on a paper napkin. In February 2001, the family relocated to Barcelona, where they moved into an apartment near the club’s stadium, Camp Nou. During his first year in Spain, Messi rarely played with the Infantiles due to a transfer conflict with Newell’s; as a foreigner, he could only be fielded in friendlies and the Catalan league. Without football, he struggled to integrate into the team; already reserved by nature, he was so quiet that his teammates initially believed he was mute. At home, he suffered from homesickness after his mother moved back to Rosario with his brothers and little sister, María Sol, while he stayed in Barcelona with his father.

After a year at Barcelona’s youth academy, La Masia, Messi was finally enrolled in the Royal Spanish Football Federation  in February 2002. Now playing in all competitions, he befriended his teammates, among whom were Cesc Fàbregas and Gerard Piqué. After completing his growth hormone treatment aged 14, Messi became an integral part of the «Baby Dream Team», Barcelona’s greatest-ever youth side. During his first full season (2002–03), he was top scorer with 36 goals in 30 games for the Cadetes A, who won an unprecedented treble of the league and both the Spanish and Catalan cups. The Copa Catalunya final, a 4–1 victory over Espanyol, became known in club lore as the partido de la máscara, the final of the mask. A week after suffering a broken cheekbone during a league match, Messi was allowed to start the game on the condition that he wear a plastic protector; soon hindered by the mask, he took it off and scored two goals in 10 minutes before his substitution.


Debut with the first team:

 At 16 years, four months, and 23 days old, Messi made his first team debut when he came on in the 75th minute during a friendly against José Mourinho’s Porto on 16 November 2003. His performance, creating two chances and a shot on goal, impressed the technical staff, and he subsequently began training daily with the club’s reserve side, Barcelona B, as well as weekly with the first team. After his first training session with the senior squad, Barça’s new star player, Ronaldinho, told his teammates that he believed the 16-year-old would become an even better player than himself.] Ronaldinho soon befriended Messi, whom he called «little brother», which greatly eased his transition into the first team.

To gain further match experience, Messi joined Barcelona C in addition to the Juveniles A, playing his first game for the third team on 29 November. He helped save them from the relegation zone of the Tercera División, scoring five goals in ten games, including a hat-trick in eight minutes during a Copa del Rey match while man-marked by Sevilla“s Sergio Ramos. His progress was reflected in his first professional contract, signed on 4 February 2004, which lasted until 2012 and contained an initial buyout clause of €30 million. A month later, on 6 March, he made his debut for Barcelona B in the Segunda División B, and his buyout clause automatically increased to €80 million. He played five games with the B team that season but did not score. Physically he was weaker than his opponents, who were often much older and taller, and in training he worked on increasing his muscle mass and overall strength in order to be able to shake off defenders. Towards the end of the season, he returned to both youth teams, helping the Juveniles B win the league. He finished the campaign having scored for four of his five teams with a total of 36 goals in all official competitions.


Barcelona team:

After 2004 Lionel plays a key role in Barcelona and in Argentina national team and his performance is unreal . Every year he scores over 30 goals and is one of the most difficult opponents for the defenders . His career is huge amd many consider him the best player of all time . He has broken several records and has won many trophies in the 15 years he has been playing . His biggest competitor is Cristiano Ronaldo although he says they are good friends.