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Rafael Nadal Opts For Diplomacy When Asked To Pick Between Ronaldo And Messi

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The long-term rivalry between Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer is quite familiar to tennis fans. Nadal and Federer are arguably two of the best players in tennis history, and it comes as little surprise to see fans debate the greatness of one over the other. Just like their intense rivalry, when it comes to football, fans have usually been split between Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo. Like their tennis counterparts, Messi and Ronaldo have been enjoying supremacy in football for well over a decade and despite being on the wrong side of 30, the duo is yet to show any signs of slowing down.

Messi vs Ronaldo debate: Rafael Nadal has his say
Born in Mallorca, Spain and an avid supporter of Real Madrid, Rafael Nadal would have been forgiven for picking Cristiano Ronaldo over Lionel Messi, considering Ronaldo’s exploits in the Spanish capital. However, when asked the same question during an interview, the tennis superstar fired back with a diplomatic answer. Refusing to pick one over the other, Rafael Nadal told TNT, “Messi is better than Cristiano for Barca (Barcelona) and Cristiano is better than Messi for Real Madrid.” The Spaniard proceeded to elaborate, saying fans of either camp must enjoy watching the two best players in the world do what they do best.

Cristiano Ronaldo, who won four Champions League trophies with Real Madrid, scored a total of 450 goals in just 438 appearances for Los Blancos. Ronaldo left Real Madrid in 2018 to join Serie A giants Juventus. Meanwhile, his arch-rival, Lionel Messi, has played his entire career with Barcelona, scoring 638 times in 750 appearances. Messi and Ronaldo also share a whopping 11 Ballon d’Ors and numerous accolades among themselves.

“I, as a Real Madrid fan, enjoy seeing Messi, even though he is not in my team, and being lucky enough to see him every weekend, as it must be for Barcelona fans with Cristiano, but obviously I’d like to have Messi in Madrid,” Rafael Nadal stated.

A former World No.1 player, Rafael Nadal was heavily influenced by football while growing up in Spain. Nadal has admitted in the past that he would have taken up football as a professional career if not for his former coach and uncle, Toni Nadal. These days, the 19-time Grand Slam champion remains stuck in quarantine in his house due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

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‘Not going to happen’: Golf fans shattered over Tiger Woods news

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Golf fans have been left saddened after it emerged Tiger Woods is unlikely to make an appearance at the Ryder Cup this weekend.

Team USA will battle Team Europe in golf’s annual teams event at Whistling Straits.

However USA captain Steve Stricker revealed on Tuesday that Woods is unlikely to make an appearance after previously flagging that he might.

Woods sustained serious injuries after crashing his SUV on February 23 in the Los Angeles County city of Rancho Palos Verdes.

The 45-year-old is recovering from open fractures to his tibia and fibula, which needed a rod inserted to aid healing, and also foot and ankle injuries that needed screws and pins placed to aid in stabilisation.

“Probably not going to happen,” Stricker said of the possibility of Woods showing up to watch the Ryder Cup.

“He’s been, you know, obviously in my ear a lot and I call him pretty regularly. He’s part of our Ryder Cup team.

“He’s part of what we do. He’s been part of so many of these teams.”

Stricker said some of the American players had visited Woods ahead of the Ryder Cup, but it wasn’t the right time for the 15-time major champion to attend the event.

“I think it’s just not a good time for him to be here physically because of where he’s at in his rehabilitation and tough course to walk,” he said.

“Everybody is going to see it, from tee-to-green, it’s difficult. So probably won’t show up.

“But he’s getting better and his focus and mine is on making a comeback to play again.

“We don’t want to get in the way of that because we would all love to see him come back and play.”

Tiger Woods continuing rehabilitation after car accident
Earlier this month, Stricker said Woods is continuing his rehabilitation from the accident “to get better and try to play golf again”.

“He’s very passionate about (the Ryder Cup). He’s a great guy to talk to. He’s a great guy to lean on. We’ve had a number of talks,” Stricker said.

“He’s a part of this Ryder Cup family; he won’t be able to be a captain’s assistant this time around just because of his ongoing rehabilitation to try to get better and try to play golf again, and that is going well.

“He’s progressing, he’s doing well, things are moving in the right direction.”

The last words from Woods publicly about his recovery came in late May when he said he was focused on “walking on my own.”

He was hospitalised for almost a month after the crash.

Woods played three events in the 2020-21 PGA Tour season, most recently the 2020 Masters that was delayed until November, as he was recovering from back surgery.

The Ryder Cup begins September 24.

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KATE, Duchess of Cambridge makes jaws drop after sharing a breathtaking picture from the Lake District

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The Duchess of Cambridge spent an active day on land and water in the Lake District in the rugged northwest of England.

As part of her ongoing campaign to showcase the benefits of spending time in nature, Kate kicked off the day by going mountain biking with some air cadets.

 

 

The mother of three, 39, “passionately believes that spending time outdoors plays a pivotal role in children and young people’s future health and happiness, building foundations that last over a lifetime by encouraging active exploration and the opportunity to form and strengthen positive relationships,” according to the palace.

 

 

When she visited the area in June 2019 with Prince William, Kate told locals that her children love the area and walking in the fells. She also recalled how, when she was growing up, she loved to go boulder hopping in the countless streams that criss-cross the mountainsides.

 

 

Tuesday’s visit came as the RAF Air Cadets Windermere Adventure Training Centre was opened following a refit costing around $3 million (£2 million). Kate is the Honorary Air Commandant of the Royal Air Force Cadets. Hundreds of cadets from around the U.K. will use the center during their visits to the spectacular Lake District “to build their confidence and leadership skills” as they work toward achieving their Duke of Edinburgh Awards, Kate’s office at Kensington Palace said.

 

 

After her morning with the air cadets, Kate was set to hear more about how the stunning lakeland area also provided healing from one of Europe’s darkest chapters: the aftermath of the Holocaust.

 

 

She joined a boat trip with two of the Windermere Children, a group of 300 Holocaust survivors who were brought to stay in the Lake District in 1945 to help them recuperate following the atrocities they experienced in concentration camps and the ghettos of Nazi-occupied Europe.

“She was absolutely delightful,” Ike Alterman, a 93-year-old survivor from Poland who was a prisoner at Auschwitz, Buchenwald and Theresienstadt, told PEOPLE. “We laughed, she asked questions and she wanted to know the answers. We talked about her kids and my kids, and how we love the lakes. I have two girls and two grandchildren. I told her what happened to me during the war and when I arrived and how I progressed in business later.”

He added, “I didn’t know what to expect, but we spoke like a couple of friends. She was so down-to-Earth.”

Arek Hersh, 92, was also joined by the Duchess on the boat. A survivor of Auschwitz, he lost his parents and his brothers and sisters — in total 81 members of his family perished. He settled in Leeds, Yorkshire, and worked as a mechanic and, in later years, as a landlord for students in the city. He is featured in the 2020 film The Windermere Children and the documentary The Windermere Children: In Their Own Words.

“It was very nice. She was very interested,” he told PEOPLE. “It brought back happy memories of being on the lake.”

This group of children were called the ‘Windermere Children’. I wanted to be able to meet some of the survivors Ike & Arek in person to hear their stories; about how they went on to create their own companies, write a book & to this day, still sneak in the odd round of golf.(2/3) pic.twitter.com/XNTimAxZ8K

— The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge (@KensingtonRoyal) September 21, 2021
The Duchess’s office explained she wanted to meet some of those who came to the area at the time and hear how they had been helped to heal from their traumatic experiences by undertaking outdoor recreation, sport and art therapy at the Calgarth Estate nearby.

That poignant part of Kate’s visit to the Lake District very much fit in with both her and the other royals’ desire to engender religious tolerance and understanding, as well as to find imaginative ways to educate about past atrocities.

Last year, Kate highlighted some of the incredible stories of survival amid the Nazi occupation of much of Europe when she photographed Holocaust survivors and their grandchildren.

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Tiger Woods Joins Simone Biles, Naomi Osaka, Others in NFT Craze: Partners With Tom Brady’s New Company

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Over the last few months, we’ve all seen athletes release NFTs (nonfungible tokens) of their own. The buzz around those has increased with time, players as well as fans including in this digital collecting. This time, golf icon Tiger Woods is the latest addition to a list of celebrities to release a line of NFTs online.

According to recent reports, Woods taking part in this recent craze is via a company linked to NFL star Tom Brady. Let’s take a look at what exactly Woods has invested in.

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