Infiniti QX80 Limited Review – via Mind over Motor

I believe the term is “Land Yacht.” A massive, expensive way of getting from place to place for people who like to take up their slightly-more-than-fair share of space in the world. It also works great if you have a large family, although, most forms of birth control are a lot cheaper than this $90,000 behemoth.

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Either way, if this is the way you want to get around in the world, then the Infiniti QX80 Limited will do a lot to float your boat. Maybe a Cadillac Escalade is too “Tony Soprano” for you. Maybe you’d like a Mercedes GLS, but, unfortunately, your local dealer just sold their last one to another real estate agent who’s drowning themselves in payments trying to “project an image of success” to their clients. Have no fear, the QX80 is here to save the day, and you just might be glad you didn’t get the others.

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Why do I say this? Because the QX80 Limited does a lot of things right. Sure, it looks like a fancy whale on the outside, and that may take some getting used to, but it’s also REALLY nice. The interior on the Limited model is absolutely breathtaking, with its brown quilted leather and fine wood appointments. It’s very comfortable to be in, and there’s a lot of room to stretch out (one of the perks of being a land yacht).

On the road the QX80 drives like a smooth truck. It’s definitely massive, but it actually handles pretty tight for its size. It’s 5.6L V8 has some nice punch too, with 400hp on tap. It should have no trouble getting up to speed on the highway, or bulldozing Priuses out of the left lane.

The QX80, like all of these land barge SUVs, is meant to be an immaculate cruiser for you and a few friends. If you can stomach the fuel costs (which will be hefty), this mighty Infiniti is great for long trips.

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Dollars and Sense

This Infiniti QX80 Limited is the top-of-the-line model, and as I said earlier, runs about $90,000. The good news is it already has every feature that’s an option on lower QX80 models, so you don’t get nickel and dimed further. Just on principle, I have to respect Infiniti for that.

For me, the closest competitor for the QX80 Limited has to be the Lexus LX570, which is the legendary Toyota Land Cruiser in a fine suit. Infiniti definitely has a better reputation for reliability than Cadillac or Mercedes, but Lexus, they’re the last word in long term quality for the entire industry. That said, the Lexus does climb in price toward the $100,000 mark, but that’s still near-as-makes-no-difference for buyers in this range.

I guess it comes down to how you’ll be using your plush utility vehicle. The Lexus is an insanely competent luxury off-roader, capable of taming the Moab without asking you to break a sweat. The Infiniti, on the other hand, is based on a pickup truck chassis, and may be a better daily cruiser for those staying on tarmac.

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Verdict

I think the Infiniti QX80 Limited is a solid way to spend your money if you dream about a massive luxo-barge in your life. I can’t say it’s the absolute best option, but it’s certainly a good value, all things considered. The QX80 is a sumptuously plush vehicle that ticks all the boxes, and I’d totally understand why anyone would choose it.

To be honest, Infiniti has made one of the best cars this world has to offer. Modern, digital, plush, smooth, strong and savvy. I mean sure some would stick with a land cruiser but believe me I’d go with the Infiniti QX80 Limited.

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“I can’t get no Satisfaction”. Complaints of average Pakistani explained in Mick Jagger’s style

I can’t get no Satisfaction, I can’t get no Satisfaction,

Cuz I try, and I try, and I try, and I try,

I can’t get no!

I can’t get no!

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When I’m drivin’ in my car
And some dude pops outta nowhere, who farts really very bad
He’s stinking up the road and the whole sky,
And gets slapped by a police man!

I can’t get no,
Oh no no no
Hey Hey Hey, That’s what I say

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I can’t get no Satisfaction,

I can’t get no Satisfaction,

Cuz I try, and I try,

and I try, and I try,

I can’t get no, I can’t get no,

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The worst cricket player in Pakistan’s history.

When I’m watchin’ my TV, and some dude come on to tell me,

The change he’s gonna bring , but he can’t do it cuz he’s not a real man,

As compared to what my forefathers used to be,

I can’t get no!
Oh no no no,
Hey Hey Hey, That’s what I say!

I can’t get no satisfaction, I can’t get no girl reaction,

Cause I try and I try and I try and I try

I can’t get no,
I can’t get no,

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A shabby economy

When I’m ridin’ my old car, and I gave this interview
and filled the form, Trying to land a job,

But the HR gal tells to come back later next week,
Because the economy is on a losing streak!

I can’t get no!, Oh no no no,

Hey hey hey, That’s what I say!

I can’t get no! I can’t get no!
I can’t get no! No Satisfaction:(
No satisfaction :(, no satisfaction :(, no satisfaction!

I can’t get no! I can’t get no!

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Ronaldo de Assis Moreira aka Ronaldinho. Football’s true maestro of the modern era :)

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Behold, Ronaldinho! One of the world’s favorite football maestros, and of course a buck toothed hearth throb too.

Ronaldo de Assis Moreira, commonly known as Ronaldinho (and at times as Ronaldinho Gaucho) is a Brazilian footballer and one of Brazil’s most renown football maestros. He plays mainly as a forward and as an attacking midfielder, occasionally playing on the wings. Having been awarded the FIFA World Player of the Year award twice in 2004 and 2005, He is renowned for his technique, tricks, dribbling, overhead kicks, no-look passes and free kicks, Ronaldinho is regarded to be one of the best players of his generation, and the best ball juggler the world has ever seen.

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Ronaldinho, in the arms of his elder brother Roberto.

Ronaldinho was born on March 21, 1980 in Porto Alegre, the state capital of RIo Grande de Sul in Southern Brazil (Home to a large white-Brazilian population). His mother Miguelina Eloi Assis dos Santos, was a former salesperson who studied to become a nurse. His father, Joao de Assis Moreira, was a shipyard worker and footballer for local club Esporte Clube Cruizeiro  (not to be confused with the larger Cruzeiro Esporte Club, commonly known as Cruziero. Joao de Assis Moreira suffered a fatal heart attack in the family swimming pool when Ronaldinho was eight years old. When Ronaldinho’s elder brother Roberto de Assis Moreira signed with Gremio, the family moved to a home in the more affluent Guaruja section of Porto Alegre, which was a gift from Gremio to convince Roberto to stay at the club, but Roberto’s career was ultimately cut short by injury. Today, Roberto acts as his manager, while his sister Deisi works as his press coordinator.

Ronaldinho’s football skills began to blossom at the age of eight. He first had developed an interest in Futsal (indoor football) and beach football, which later expanded to organized football. His first brush with the media came at the age of 13, when he scored all 23 goals in a 23–0 victory against a local team.Ronaldinho was identified as a rising star at the 1997 FIFA U-17 World Championship in Egypt, in which he scored two goals on penalties.

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Ronaldinho, practicing his ball juggling skills in the backyard of his old home while his elder brother Roberto looks on.

Ronaldinho’s nickname means Young Ronald, or at times Baby Ronald because he was youngest in his group of friends. his earliest experience of football was juggling football on the beaches of Porto Alegre with his friends. he usually made a football out of socks and dirty laundry because before his elder brother signed for Gremio, footballs were a bit expensive. even a leather ball wasn’t so easy to practice with. the reason Ronaldinho would juggle on beaches was because it was not only hard to dribble the ball on the beach, but also the juggling helped him improve his ball control. He also credits his elder brother for infusing the discipline inside him and helping him learn the skills.

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Ronaldinho, in his childhood days when he was part of the youth setup of Gremio.

“I’ve worked with some great players in my time and all at a very interesting period in their careers, nineteen to twenty years old. But, with due respect to the others, Ronaldinho was a cut above the rest.”

— Grêmio coach Celso Roth

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Ronaldinho began his days as a footballer from the youth setup of Gremio Football Club in his native Porto Alegre. He made his senior debut with Gremio in the year 1998 at the age of 17 or 18 in the 1998 Copa Libertadores. In 1999, the 18 year Ronaldinho emerged as one of Brazil’s rising superstars scoring 23 goals in 48 appearances. He even made headlining displays in matches against city rivals Sporting Club Internacional in the Porto Alegre derby. On 20th June, 1999 in the Rio Grande de Sul State Championship Final, he embarrassed Internacional and National Team legend Dunga in match winning performance, flicking the ball over his head on one occasion and leaving Dunga flat footed with mazy dribble in the other helping Gremio win the match. he went on to win trophies and success with Gremio, winning the inaugural Copa Sul-Minas.

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Ronaldinho leaving Dunga flatfooted.

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Ronaldinho flicking the ball over Dunga, literally embarrassing him.

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Whoever thought Ronaldinho would be a buck toothed scrawny kid back in the day with Gremio. this was taken in 1998.

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Ronaldinho during his early days as a Gremio player.

Arsenal expressed interest in signing Ronaldinho in 2001, but the move collapsed as he could not obtain a work permit because he was a non-EU player who had not played enough international matches. He considered playing on loan with Scottish Premier League side St. Mirren, which never happened due to his involvement in a fake passport scandal in Brazil. But despite all that, he made the trans-Atlantic jump to the French Ligue 1 signing with Paris-St.Germain F.C.

 

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Ronaldinho during the 2001-02 Ligue 1 season, celebrating a goal.

 

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Ronaldinho, during his early days with Paris-St. Germain

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Ronaldinho during the 2002-03 season with PSG

 

Ronaldinho signed a five year contract with Paris-St.Germain in 2001, and was given the number 21. he was on a squad that included fellow Brazilian Aloisio, Nigerian Captain Jay-Jay Okocha and French striker Nicolas Anelka. much of his first season at PSG ended in rotating roles between the bench and the starting XI, he made his debut against Auxerre in August 2001 and scored his first goal 2 months later in October against Olympique Lyon, with a well taken penalty kick in the 79th minute. He even helped PSG to a semi finals finish in the French Cup (aka Coupe de la Ligue) where they were eliminated by Girondins de Bordeaux. Despite his initial success, manager Luis Fernandez criticized Him for enjoying the Parisian nightlife more than football and also that his holidays in Brazil never ended. Despite the rifts, he returned for the 2002-03 season and scored two goals in 3-1 win over Olympique de Marseille: the first being a free kick and the second one coming from a series of daft magic dribbles past OM defenders. Despite his showings, the capital club finished 11th in the Ligue 1 and Ronaldinho subsequently declared that he wanted to leave the club as PSG did not qualify for any European tournament.

But before we could jump to his second club, he was selected for Luiz Felipe Scolari’s squad for the 2002 FIFA World Cup, which he won and his countryman Ronaldo becoming the tournament’s leading scorer. Ronaldinho is remembered for his free-kick against England, which he had scored from 30 yards out and beat the 6 foot 3 inch tall English keeper David Seaman. Seaman was left in tears but was consoled by Ronaldinho, proving the Brazilian is a gentleman of a player. Brazil beat Turkey, Costa Rica and China 2-1, 5-2 and 2-0 respectively in the group stages, beat Belgium 2-0 in the round of 16, beat England 2-1 in the quarterfinals, overturned Turkey 1-0 in the semi-finals and eventually winning the final 2-0. Ronaldinho was suspended for the semi final but made it to the final, celebrating a famous victory for his beloved country and winning the world cup.

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Ronaldinho of Brazil

YOKOHAMA – JUNE 30: Ronaldinho of Brazil celebrates after the Germany v Brazil, World Cup Final match played at the International Stadium Yokohama in Yokohama, Japan on June 30, 2002. Brazil won 2-0. (Photo by Ben Radford/Getty Images)

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Ronaldinho at FC Barcelona

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Ronaldinho scoring against Real Madrid, beating Iker Casillas.

 

 

Ronaldinho signed for FC Barcelona, rejecting English Premier League side Manchester United (who had sold David Beckham to Real Madrid the same year) for a fee worth 30 Million Euros.

 

Ronaldinho made his team debut in a friendly against A.C Milan at Robert F.Kennedy Memorial Stadium in Washington, D.C., U.S.A, scoring one goal in a 2–0 victory. He scored his first goal in the Spanish Premiera Liga on 3rd September 2003 against Sevilla F.C. After receiving the ball from his goalkeeper inside his own half, Ronaldinho ran through midfield and dribbled past two Sevilla players before striking the ball from 30 yards which hammered off the underside of the crossbar and back up into the roof of the net. Ronaldinho however suffered an injury during the first half of the campaign, and Barcelona slumped to 12th in the league standings midway through the season. Ronaldinho returned from injury and scored 15 goals in La Liga, helping the team ultimately finish second in the league.

He won the 2004-05 season with FC Barcelona, winning the player of the season award as well. That season also marked the debut of Argentine maestro Lionel Messi, Ronaldinho won the FIFA Player of the year award in December 2004. Barcelona were however, eliminated in the UEFA Champions League by Chelsea in March 2005, where Barca lost 5-4 in both legs but Ronaldinho scored 2 in the 2nd leg with one of the goals where he feinted a shot before scoring the goal by sending the defenders wrong way. he signed a two year extension in September 2005, the deal containing a minimum-fee release clause that allowed him to leave should a club make an offer to Barcelona of at least £85 million for him.

Ronaldinho won two straight titles in his first two seasons at FC Barcelona, notching numerous awards and honors (He won the inaugural FIFPro player of the year award), added to the FIFPro world XI and winning the European player of the year award as well as being nominated for the FIFA World Player of the year the second consecutive time, beating Frenchman Zinedine Zidane. Apart from that, he also won the 2006 UEFA Champions League helping FC Barcelona beat Arsenal 2-1 in the final hosted in Paris. That win was Ronaldinho’s first ever UEFA Champions League title alongside the Copa Del Rey and Spanish Premiera Liga of 2005-06, finishing with a season tally of 26 goals, named in the UEFA team of the year, 2005-06 UEFA Club footballer of the year, named in the six man shortlist for the 2006 Laureus World Sportsman of the Year and selected in the FIFA World XI.

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FC Barcelona Celebrating the 2006 UEFA Champions League title

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“He transmits a lot of joy and pleasure playing the game, and he has individual skills that are of such a high level that everybody in the world adores him.”

—Barcelona coach Frank Rijkaard on Ronaldinho during the 2005-06 season

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Ronaldinho and Frank Rijkaard, while on visit to the John F.Kennedy space center in Houston, U.S.A in July 2007 during FC Barcelona’s tour of the USA.

“When you play with him and see what he does with a ball, nothing surprises me any more. One of these days, he will make the ball talk.”

—Barcelona teammate Eidur Gudjohnsen on Ronaldinho, December 2006

 

2006-07 was a different season for Ronaldinho, many attribute it to his overconfidence after winning the UCL and also to the fact that Brazil finished as quarterfinalists in the 2006 FIFA World Cup in Germany. Ronaldinho scored his 50th goal for FC Barcelona against Villareal and the 51st against the same with an overhead kick. he scored once and set up two goals in Barca’s 4-0 win over Club America in the FIFA Club World Cup but lost the final 1-0 to Sporting Club Internacional. Ronaldinho was the recipient of the Bronze Ball Award for the competition.

The next day, Ronaldinho finished third in the 2006 FIFA World Player of the Yearbhind Italy’s world cup winning Captain Fabio Cannavaro and Frenchman Zinedine Zidane. Ronaldinho was forced to miss a charity match on 13 March due to an injury he had picked up several days earlier in Barcelona’s 3–3 El Clásico draw with Real Madrid. Although Ronaldinho scored his career-best 21 league goals, the team lost the title to Real with a worse head-to-head record, as both teams finished the season with the same number of points.

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He had played his 200th career match for Barca in 2007-8 season, which was a season to forget. his season ended prematurely. his focus on modelling put his fitness into doubt, many considering him past his prime. Thaksin Sinawatra, who owned Manchester City at that time was interested in acquiring him but he rejected the offer.

A few clips showing Ronaldinho’s skills are as under.

 

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Ronaldinho in 2006 (left) and in 2008 (right). in the 2007-08 season Ronaldinho’s fitness was the center of doubt, with his belly becoming literally flabby.

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Ultimately, Ronaldinho left the club and joined A.C Milan in July 2008 on a three year contract, a deal thought to be worth around £5.1 million (€6.5 million) a year, for €22.05M plus €1.05M bonus each season (€24.15M in 2010). He was given number 80, as team mate Clarence Seedorf had the number 10 jersey.

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Ronaldinho, in November 2008 for A.C Milan.

His first season for A.C Milan was a bit blunt. his fitness was in concern due to late night partying and lack of dedication in training. in 32 appearances, he had scored 10 goals in 32 appearances and despite a good start, he often ended up on the bench and was used as a substitute very often. Carlo Ancelotti, his coach at Milan in his first season in Italy once commented: “The decline of Ronaldinho hasn’t surprised me. His physical condition has always been very precarious. His talent though has never been in question.”

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He didn’t start his second season brightly, again due to a lack of fitness. but he made it by leaps and bounds and rediscovered his true form later on. he changed his position from attacking midfielder to left winger, which was more familiar for him. He was Milan’s best player that season and was the assists leader in the 2009-10 Serie A season. He did play against Manchester United and gave A.C Milan the lead but Milan lost 3-2 with Paul Scholes scoring once and Wayne Rooney scoring twice.

He left Milan in 2011, but his legacy did not end there folks. throughout his career in Europe, he appeared in many different ads notably Nike and Pepsi.

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He returned to Brazil in January 2011, and despite offers from boyhood side Gremio he joined Rio de Janeiro side Flamengo. He was linked to Blackburn Rovers, Corinthians, Palmeiras and the Los Angeles Galaxy.He was greeted by more than 20,000 fans at his unveiling at his new club on 13 January 2011.

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Ronaldinho unveiled in front of fans upon signing with Flamengo. Flamengo is based in Rio de Janeiro, one of the world’s most colorful cities.

Ronaldinho scored his first goal for Flamengo in the 3–2 victory against Boavista on 6 February 2011. On 27 February, he converted a second-half free kick for Flamengo to beat Boavista 1–0 and win his first piece of silverware with the team, the Taca Guanabara. Ronaldinho lifted his first trophy with Flamengo after curling in a right-footed shot over the wall in the 71st minute at Ergenhao stadium. The goal gave Flamengo its 19th Taça Guanabara title, which earned the Campeonato Carioca title two months later, as the team also won the Taca Rio. On 27 July 2011, Ronaldinho scored a hat-trick in Flamengo’s 5–4 away win against rivals Santos, after being 3–0 down inside the first 30 minutes. On 31 May 2012, after being absent for a few days, he sued Flamengo claiming lack of payment for four months and cancelled his contract with the club; a thing that commonly happens in Brazilian football.

 

 

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Ronaldinho during a press conference while unveiled at Atletico Mineiro.

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Ronaldinho unveiled at Atletico Mineiro

 

His best days of Brazilian football after Gremio began with Atletico Mineiro. Ronaldinho joined it on 4th June 2012 in a six-month contract, just four days after leaving Flamengo. He wore number 49 in reference to his mother’s birth year since his preferred number 10 was already assigned to Guilherme in the 2012 season. and this was the beginning of one of his finest days of Brazilian football.

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Ronaldinho made his debut for Atletico Mineiro on 9th June 2012, playing for 90 minutes in a 1–0 away win against Palmeiras, and scored his first goal for the club on 23 June 2012 against Nautico, from the penalty spot. Ronaldinho led Atlético Mineiro to a good 2012 season, in which the club finished second in the 2012 Brasileirao and qualified for the 2013 Copa Libertadores. Ronaldinho won the Bola de Ouro award and was selected as the best player in the league.

In 2013, Ronaldinho helped Atlético win the Campeonato Mineiro and led the club to its first title of the Copa Libertadores. Ronaldinho scored four goals and assisted on seven occasions during Atlético’s dramatic title run, which included consecutive comebacks from 0–2 first leg defeats in both the semi-finals against Argentinian Newell’s Old Boys and the finals against Club Olimpia from Paraguay. Both ties were determined in Atlético’s favour after penalty shootouts. Even though Ronaldinho had been injured for a large period in the second half of the season, he was voted the South American footballer of the year for the year 2013.

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Ronaldinho of Brazil’s Atletico Mineiro, left, fights for the ball with Wellington of Brazil’s Sao Paulo FC at a Copa Libertadores soccer match in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, Wednesday, May 8, 2013. (AP Photo/Eugenio Savio)

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He did renew his contract for the 2014 season, and won the 2014 Recopa Sudamericana. He however, left the club in July reaching an agreement to cancel his contract by mutual consent.

Yet, his legacy was strong, and still remains an inspiration to young an aspiring footballers.

 

Ronaldinho signed with Liga MX side Queretaro in September 2014, a two year contract. Ronaldinho made his debut for Querétaro in a 1–0 loss to Tigres UANL where he missed a penalty kick. In his next match, however, against Guadalajara, he had a much better game, setting up Camilo Sanvezzo to score as well as scoring himself from a penalty kick in a 4–1 win. On 30 October 2014, he scored a free kick against Atlas during an away match at the Estadio Jalisco.

On 18 April 2015, Ronaldinho scored twice against Liga MX title-holders América in an away game at the Estadio Azteca, in which his team won 4–0. All of the spectators, mostly consisting of América supporters, gave a standing ovation to Ronaldinho after his goals had brought him to tears. After the match, Ronaldinho stated in an interview, “It is an emotion to live more. I had an ovation at the Bernabéu and now here. I never imagined this. It is something that makes me like Mexico even more and I feel right at home.”

Ronaldinho scored two penalties in consecutive matches, the second giving Querétaro the classification to the Liga MX playoffs & on 17th May 2015, Querétaro progressed to the semi-finals after defeating Veracruz 4–3 aggregate. In the second match, Ronaldinho scored a free kick with the help of the opponent’s goalkeeper who made contact with the ball. He then, ended his association with Queretaro, and his stay at Queretaro wasn’t short of any controversies either. He was often criticized by Queretaro’s management for partying too much, and the management often expected him to deliver trophies, when in fact its not just one man’s magic to get trophies. He was also critized for his lavish partying and outings, though he maintained his fitness levels to a maximum. Ultimately, he proved himself to be a player with the skills that can lift up any team.

On 11 July 2015, Ronaldinho announced his return to Brazil and signed an 18-month contract with Fluminense, but on 28th September, Ronaldinho reached a mutual agreement with the club to terminate the deal. He made nine appearances during his two-month stint at the club, failing to impress and being heavily criticized by the fans. Fluminense sporting director Mario Bittencourt stated, “Ronaldinho asked us for a meeting. He respectfully told us he didn’t feel he was able to perform as good as he wanted and that it was a bad situation for him. He made a great gesture in saying he wasn’t being the player he felt he could be right now. I’ll never speak about whether or not he is retiring. That’s not something you say about a player of his calibre. He was always spectacular, as player and person.”

 

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Ronaldinho, at the 2008 Summer Olympics for Brazil.

Despite the 2002 FIFA World Cup, 2004 Copa America and the 2005 FIFA Confederations Cup in his hands, there was the disappointment of 2006 FIFA World Cup hurting Ronaldinho. However, Ronaldinho was named in Brazil’s 2008 Summer Olympics squad on July 7th, 2008 as one of the over-age players. Barcelona initially blocked the move because of his then-upcoming Champions League commitments with the club, but the decision was later nullified following Ronaldinho’s transfer to Milan, who in turn permitted him to make the trip to Beijing, China. Ronaldinho captained the team, and he scored his only two goals in a 5–0 victory over New Zealand before Brazil were beaten by Argentina in the semi-final. Brazil finished with the bronze medal after defeating Belgium 3–0 in the bronze medal match. It was however sad to see Ronaldinho not being selected for the 2010 and 2014 FIFA World Cup squads, had he been selected Brazil could have won either of those world cups or at least either a silver or bronze medal. it is sad to see such great talent overlooked by the Brazilian Football Federation.

Danone, EA Sports, Unicef, Gatorade, Nike and Pepsi are among the list of many brands endorsed by Ronaldinho and also among those whose ads he has appeared in.

and, his talent hasn’t left him. watch one of his signature no look passes for a friendly he played with Peruvian club Club Deportivo Municipal. This pass, is the pass of the century.

 

This friendly of 1999 vs Argentina was one of Ronaldinho’s first international friendlies. watch the video for an amazing display of his skills.

Currently, Ronaldinho is plying his trade in Premier Futsal the top division of Futsal in India. even in Indoor Football, Ronaldinho hasn’t lost his skills and in fact he made headlines when he helped Goa to a 5-2 win over Bengaluru in which he scored all 5 of Goa’s goals. Watch these clips:

 

 

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Ronaldinho is open to a move to America’s Major League Soccer (MLS), and despite his age he is not only fit and amazing but also the skills that he put into Lionel Messi. but Messi’s skills are different and Ronaldinho is the true maestro, the true magician, the Samba football king. Even today, he is among the most loved football players on the planet and is still open to a return to international football to help Brazil rise again :).

Ronaldinho, we all love you <3. all the best buddy! 🙂

Pokémon GO launches in Japan with sponsored gyms at 3000 McDonald’s outlets — 9to5Mac

Rounding out the major launch countries, Pokémon GO has hit Japan — the home nation of Nintendo and Pokémon. Due to the major cultural significance of the company and intellectual property behind Pokémon, developers are expecting Pokémon GO to be a big hit in the region. The launch in Japan also has knock-on effects for the player base…

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Dine In founder appointed GM of UberEATs Singapore to battle Deliveroo once again — TechCrunch

Evan Graj, founder of Dine In, the London-based restaurant delivery startup that competed with Deliveroo before entering the deadpool late last year due to a lack of appetite from investors, has joined Uber as the company’s new GM of UberEATs Singapore. Read More

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Fast and Furious 4/5 Dodge Charger at the 2016 Amelia Island Festivals of Speed — Mind over Motor

For anyone who is a fan of Vin Diesel, fast cars, or the Fast and the Furious franchise, I have a special treat for you. This year, at the Festivals of Speed in Amelia Island, someone brought along the hero car from FF4 and FF5. This Dodge Charger, although set up for movie stunts and […]

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Republic of Ireland: A brave & hardworking nation and winners of our hearts :)

Dedicated to the UEFA Euro 2016 campaign of the Republic of Ireland (including previous participations in various international tournaments).

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An Irish fan celebrates Republic of Ireland’s goal during the UEFA EURO 2016 Group E match between Italy and Republic of Ireland at Stade Pierre-Mauroy on June 22, 2016 in Lille, France.

Soldiers are we,

whose lives are pledged to Ireland

Some have come,

from a land beyond the wave

Sworn to be free,

No more our ancient Sireland

Shall shelter the despot or the slave,

Tonight, we man the “bearna Baoil”

In Erin’s cause, come woe or weal

‘Mid Cannon’s roar’ and Rifle’s peal,

We’ll chant a soldier’s song

The opening game, versus Sweden. Norwich City playmaker Wes Hoolahan opened the scoring with a neat and daft curling shot from the left edge of the Sweden penalty area thus shocking Sweden to a shock start. the match ended in a 1-1 draw through an unlucky own goal through Ciaran Clark, but nevertheless it showed Sweden’s Zlatan Ibrahimovic why he must be more than just a club level swordfish.

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Wes Hoolahan (top right) opens the scoring for the Republic of Ireland in their Group E match against Sweden Photograph: Matthias Hangst/Getty Images

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Zlatan Ibrahimovic (left) and Robbie Brady go up for a header during the 1-1 draw at the Stade de France. The tournament was Zlatan’s last in a Swedish shirt; the striker retired after their elimination. Photograph: Jonathan Nackstrand/AFP/Getty Images

However, their fortunes were overturned in a 3-0 defeat to Belgium. Axel Witsel, Eden Hazard and Romelu Lukaku were on Belgium’s scoresheet, Thus putting Republic of Ireland’s hopes of qualifying for the round of 16 in serious doubt. Nobody wanted the Boys in Green to bow out badly, but this tournament was full of surprises.

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Shane Long’s the meat in a sandwich tackle byThomas Vermaelen (left) and Toby Alderweireld during Belgium’s 3-0 win over the Republic of Ireland in Bordeaux. Photograph: Ray McManus/Sportsfile via Getty Images

BUT!

Who would have thought they would overcome Italy 1-0. Who would have thought Robbie Brady would score the game winner, many people even called Ireland’s rescue 1199 and told the fire department that Robbie Brady is on fire (meaning he scored Ireland’s late winner against Italy). Wow, the nation was in loads of Celebrations.

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Republic of Ireland supporters celebrate after Robbie Brady’s late winner against Italy seals the final place in the last 16. Photograph: Christopher Lee – UEFA/UEFA via Getty Image

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Shane Duffy of Republic of Ireland celebrates with James McClean of Republic of Ireland at the final whistle during the UEFA EURO 2016 Group E match between Italy and Republic of Ireland at Stade Pierre-Mauroy on June 22, 2016 in Lille, France.

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Stephen Quinn of Ireland celebrates victory after the UEFA EURO 2016 Group E match between Italy and Republic of Ireland at Stade Pierre-Mauroy on June 22, 2016 in Lille, France. Ireland won the match 1-0. (Photo by Bob Thomas/Popperfoto/Getty Images).

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Lille , France – 22 June 2016; Musician Richy Sheehy, from Carrignavar, Co. Cork, entertains Republic of Ireland supporters after their victory during the UEFA Euro 2016 Group E match between Italy and Republic of Ireland in Lille, France. (Photo By Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile via Getty Images)

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Robbie Brady of Republic of Ireland celebrates with teammate James McClean after he scored during the UEFA EURO 2016 Group E match between Italy and Republic of Ireland at Stade Pierre-Mauroy on June 22, 2016 in Lille, France.

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Robbie Brady of Republic of Ireland celebrates after he scored during the UEFA EURO 2016 Group E match between Italy and Republic of Ireland at Stade Pierre-Mauroy on June 22, 2016 in Lille, France.

June 22, 2016 was the famous day Republic of Ireland claimed a famous win over a fancied Italy who were dismantling their opponents in tactical fashion. Republic of Ireland were even congratulated by Italy and their coach Antonio Conte in a show of sportsmanship and respect. Republic of Ireland qualified by virtue of 3 points and 2 goals scored in 3 matches despite conceding 4 goals but their 3 points and 2 goals scored were more than that of Turkey and Albania. Turkey were sadly inconsistent and Albania were unlucky (as it was their first ever European Championship appearance).

At times, some good things come to an end but it doesn’t mean bad things are to start. it means even better things take a start. The Republic of Ireland went in well prepared to take on France and despite Shane Long’s early penalty giving Martin O’Neill’s Boys in Green a much deserved lead, France fought back.

France grabbed a 2-1 win, courtesy of their golden boy Antoine Griezmann scoring two beautiful goals hence earning the adored nickname ‘Grizzou’ (Zinedine Zidane was known as Zizou).

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Republic of Ireland assistant coach Roy keane looks on as his nation were defeated 2-1 by France.

 

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Robbie Keane, Seamus Coleman and Shane Long of Republic of Ireland show their disappointmen after defeat in the UEFA Euro 2016 match between France and Republic of Ireland at Stade des Lumieres on June 26, 2016 in Lyon, France.

 

 

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President of France Francois Hollande, President of French Football Federation Noel Le Graet, President of French Parliament Claude Bartolone, French Secretary of State for Sports Thierry Braillard, below French Minister of Education Najat Vallaud-Belkacem celebrate the second goal of France during the UEFA EURO 2016 round of 16 match between France and Republic of Ireland at Stade des Lumieres, Parc Olympique  Lyon on June 26, 2016 in Lyon, France.

 

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France’s Bacary Sagna reacts during their hard-fought 2-1 victory. France would next played Iceland in the quarterfinals. Photograph: Franck Fife/AFP/Getty Images

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France’s Dmitri Payet & Antoine Greizmann celebrate Griezmann’s 2nd goal during the UEFA EURO 2016 round of 16 match between France and Republic of Ireland at Stade des Lumieres on June 26, 2016 in Lyon, France.

Downed and Sent out of the tournament, but nevertheless a respectable finish for the Republic of Ireland and a deserving win for the Les Bleus, The win wasn’t comfortable for France. they did fight back and Republic of Ireland showed and gave them equal challenge but the Irish were tactically beaten by the French. This however, didn’t drown the celebrations of the gentle and well mannered Irish fans who had a lot more to celebrate about after the Euro win.

Republic of Ireland had a respectable round of 16 finish at the UEFA Euro 2016. and what’s even better that it shows the quality of Irish players, who can shine easily and brightly in other leagues of Europe notably the Belgian Jupiler Division, Dutch Eredivisie, German Bundesliga, Italian Serie A, Greek Alpha Ethniki, Turkish Super League, Russian Premier League, French Ligue 1, Spanish Premiera Liga and of course, the Portuguese Super League.

July is coming to an end, I hope the big star names of the Republic of Ireland land good deals in Europe’s top leagues.

All the best ladies & gentlemen, have a good day :).

And, Thanks for reading too :).

Bye 🙂

 

Iceland: One of UEFA Euro 2016’s biggest surprise packages and why we should love them.

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Iceland, is actually an island but it isn’t full of ice. it has some pastures, a lot of volcanoes and yes, it is in the northern latitudes of the northern hemisphere. A large part of its electricity comes from geothermal sources such as hot water springs. and yes, they are a tourist attraction.

Apart from them, you’ll have more than just 10 reasons to fall in love with Iceland :).

Ion luxury adventure hotel 🙂

 

Landmannalaugar Mountains

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Kinda resembles game of thrones, right?

The Golden Circle

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The Golden Circle

Silfra Diving

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Silfra Diving

The Blue Lagoon

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The geothermal pool I was talking about. That’s right, the hot water spring that is one of Iceland’s greatest tourist attractions

Well, you’re seeing attractions. there’s plenty more to why we should love Iceland

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Volcanoes: Pretty important to Iceland’s existence.

Iceland’s situated where two tectonic plates meet in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean. The nation has a whopping 30 active volcanic systems, making it a haven for scientists and tourists alike who can’t get enough of one of nature’s most chaotic yet paradoxically creative geological feature.

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Jon Snow of the Game of Thrones. I’m sorry, I haven’t seen a single episode of this show, yet I’m following some of its facebook posts :D.

Whoever watches the biggest TV series on the planet will have seen the gorgeous vistas that cover Iceland. The show’s an American production and is filming in various location across the globe, but many of its most iconic backdrops were shot in Iceland.

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Oh Bjork, we all love you to bits and pieces.

She, is the most famous music artist ever to have emerged from Iceland. Bjork’s style is impossible to pigeonhole and always experimental. Her most famous song is probably ’90s hit ‘Oh So Quiet’, though she’s got a lengthy discography having had a career spanning 30 years. and that’s why we love her :D.

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The Northern Lights. and as Kid Rock once said “The Northern Lights and the Southern Comforts, Best gift Man can ever have.”

Aurora Borealis, also known as the Northern Lights are considered a holy grail for many people’s bucket lists, and Iceland has become a European tourist haven for hunting down the beautiful geomagnetic phenomenon.

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Holy Shit! Hafthor Júlíus Björnsson aka The Mountain from Game of Thrones. A winner of the World’s Strongest Man, forget the biceps he’s a man mountain and a real life Thor!

Icelandic men dominated the ‘strongman’ competition in the ’80s and ’90s, winning eight titles over a 12-year period. Their most recent export with bulging biceps is Hafthór Júlíus Björnsson, better known as The Mountain in Game of Thrones – who has finished in the top three of the World’s Strongest Man competition for four years in a row.

Still, Cristiano Ronaldo should watch out for him!

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SIGUR RÓS

The post-rock band, named after the frontman’s sister, make ridiculously beautiful music and have been around for 22 years. If you haven’t heard of Sigur Rós before now, type euphoric single ‘Hoppipolla’ into your search engine of choice and get wowed big time!

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Renewable Energy, in the form of Hotsprings.

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Unnur Birna Vilhjálmsdóttir, Miss Iceland and Miss World 2005.

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Protest in Reykjavik, 2010. when the Icelandic economy fell into recession, the nation took to the streets to ensure safety of its economy.

Best way to deal with rotten bankers, jail em’ and use their assets to finance deficits instead of folding.

When Iceland’s economy collapsed in 2008, it didn’t shrivel up and fold, despite facing financial ruin. Instead it jailed the bankers, focused its efforts on tourism to bring the economy back from the brink and now it’s one of the best places to live in the world.

The gems of Western Australia

Good day everyone 🙂

 

Now tell me, which one of you knows Perth & Western Australia ? Yes, Perth & Western Australia ! I believe everyone knows them both 🙂
The Western Australia Cricket Association (WACA) Ground, Domain Stadium (Subiaco Oval) & nib stadium are among the city’s largest outdoor sporting facilities 🙂

 

But more than that, Perth has a lot more than just nightlife and sports. Allow me to show you the beautiful face of Perth 🙂

 

 

Perth is the capital of the province of Western Australia and is a gem of a metropolis in the middle of the desert. Once deemed as land unsuitable for farming and unable to become a settlement, it was founded on June 4th, 1829 and the first Monday of each June every year is a public holiday in all of Australia as it marks the Western Australia day. Though it is small in size and in terms of population as well as compared to other global cities but it nonetheless is the largest city & capital of Western Australia & is home to the band ‘Empire of the Sun’.

Perth is not just any city, this is city makes you feel much worthy about yourself. it’s pristine beaches, year round warm climate, lively night culture, vibrant economy, loads of green spaces, ethnically & religiously diverse population combined with a unique mix of old & new architecture. Perth’s beaches are truly divine, (being the only metropolis in Western Australia) draws more than a million tourists each year and nowadays is drawing immigrants from around the world. Perth’s beaches are among the best in Australia and are the best beaches of Western Australia following the beaches of Wollongong, Gold Coast, Brisbane & Sydney.

 

Bibra lake is the name of both a lake and a suburb in Perth itself. the Bibra lake suburb is name. Benedict von Bibra, a businessman bought the land which is now the Bibra lake suburb & assessed from the nearby stringy back trees that the reservoir would become a lake.

The majority of the suburb, which is not part of the Beeliar Regional Park contains a major light industrial area, with businesses such as Amcor.Bibra Lake is the location for several major private recreation facilities, which include Adventure World theme park, a bungee jumping tower, Cockburn Ice Arena, paint ball and laser tag operations. Bibra Lake also has a Waldorf primary school and a Montessori primary school. it also has the manufacturing facilities and headquarters for OKA Australia.

Eagle bay is a beach in South west of Perth. Unique combination of clear sands, clear blue seas and rocks by the shore, this beach is a ‘Masterpiece’ tourist attraction. I wish I had my home near this beach :).

Kings Park is located in Perth, east of its central business district and is 4.06 square kilometers in size (larger than New York’s central park). During September of each year Kings Park hosts Australia’s largest wildflower show and exhibition – the Kings Park Festival and besides tourist facilities, Kings Park contains the State War Memorial, the Royal Kings Park Tennis club and a reservoir. The streets are tree lined with individual plaques dedicated by family members to Western Australian service men and women who died in both World Wars I & II.

Synergy Parkland (a feature of the park) is one of two children’s playgrounds in Kings Park, the other being the Ivey Watson Playground. It includes a lake and island, play and climbing equipment for children, and life-sized model dinosaurs. Energy themes, Vietnam war memorial & Zamia cafe are located in the Synergy Parkland (Sponsored by Energy firm Synergy).

Other attractions include Lotterywest Family Area, Aboriginal Art GalleryDNA TowerRoyal King’s Park Tennis Club & Jacob’s Ladder.

18 Kilometers off the coast of Fremantle, Western Australia lies Rottnest Island. It is governed by the Rottnest Island authority under a special parliamentary act, Rottnest is a popular holiday destination, and there are daily ferry services to Perth. It has a permanent population of around 100 people, with around 500,000 annual visitors (and up to 15,000 visitors during peak periods). A sandy, low-lying island formed on a base of limestone, Rottnest is an A-class reserve, the highest level of protection afforded to public land. A number of native and introduced bird species nest near the shallow salt lakes in the island’s interior, and Rottnest has consequently been designated an important bird reserve. The island also includes three endemic tree species, notably the Rottnest Island pine and was heavily forested before settlement. Rottnest is perhaps best known for its population of quokkas , a small native marsupial. The island also includes colonies of Australian sea lions & southern fur seals.

Another beautiful area of Perth is Sorrento, a northern suburb. it was assumed that it’s name was taken from the Italian town of Sorrento when a land survery was being conducted for this city way back in 1929.P rior to white settlement, the Whadjuk Aboriginal people, who called the area Mooro, gathered abalone and other shellfish in large numbers off the nearby reefs.

Sorrento is a residential suburb, relying on the Seacrest Village shopping centre for basic commercial services, and Whitford City and Centro Warwick for other services. Several parks of various sizes are situated in the suburb.The Sorrento Quay retail development within the Hillarys Boat Harbour sits on the northwestern boundary of the suburb. Off the coast is the Marmion Marine Park, which provides a home for many species of marine animals.

Australia is no doubt beautiful & unique. Despite being in the midst of desert landscape of the Australian West, Perth has it’s own unique greenery and has truly stood out to be a gem in Australia’s crown. It is relatively affluent, has lots of hi-rises, beautiful parks and ever present greenery despite the reduce in rainfall. Til this day, Perth continues to be as beautiful as ever and is further contributing to Western Australia & Australia as a whole. For those who want to Australia but a city other than Sydney, Gold Coast & Melbourne, Perth is the city that’ll promise you a lot both Western Australia and Perth have to offer 🙂