It's a shame though that the burden of development of CyanogenMod will fall to the community - the same community that was left jilted and jaded when their hard work was taken and copyrighted by a company that mislead them. I'd honestly urge Android community members to let the ROM project die, as it's nothing less than what the CM team deserves. Find more worthwhile projects and honest developers to work with and contribute to.
The one point I think the article misses though is what Messi's failures with Argentina says about his overall game. Again, I've been saying for years that the real star at Barca is the system. It's a system that was decades in the making, and really came into its own with the arrival of Ronaldinho. Since that time, the Barca system has been "plug and play", meaning that virtually any good player can be brought into the side without losing continuity.
Example: exit Puyol, enter Bartra - Barca still wins. Exit Eto'o, enter Henry - Barca still win. Exit Xavi, enter Rakitic - Barca still win. Exit Ronaldinho, enter Messi - Barca still win... You get the point. While Henry was a better striker than Eto'o, he didn't get a lot of run at Barca, and Ronaldinho and Messi are virtually interchangeable, but I don't think anyone can debate that Bartra is worse than Puyol, Rakitic is worse than Xavi, Umtiti is worse than Alves, etc.
How are these players - some of them significantly worse than their predecessors - able to have continued success year after year? Because the system is that good. Remove players like Messi, Neymar, Suarez, Iniesta, Mascherano, and Rakitic from the Barca setup and place them with their national teams, and something interesting happens - the players who do the "dirty work" - Mascherano, Iniesta, Suarez, and Busquets continue to be good, but the flamboyant players in Messi and Neymar (both captains of their national sides coincidentally) struggle. Now Neymar has some level of excuse - Brazil is really not that good any more - but Messi has players like Mascherano, Di Maria, Aguero, Banega, Lamela, Gaitan, Pastore, and Lavezzi around him (I left Higuain out for a reason - he's afraid to score in an Argentina shirt apparently)... These are all players who are either world class or very, very close to world class. Messi has no excuse for not winning trophies with them. His only excuse is that Argentina don't play the same system as Barca, and that's the rub... Leo can't be great without the nearly infallible system that Barca play.
Maradona was right though - Messi isn't a leader. He's captain because he's the best player in the team, not because he's the best choice to galvanize the squad. Mascherano should probably be captain because like him or hate him, he always turns up and gives his all for the team. When Messi decided that his job was done after the World Cup group stage in 2014 (not scoring in the knockout rounds), it was Mascherano who drove Argentina to the final. I think Messi actually hurts Argentina more than he helps at this point, and I'll make a bold claim - if Messi stays retired, I think Argentina are unburdened going into the 2018 World Cup, and actually win the thing without him.
I'd rambled long enough... Thoughts guys?
1) Colombia are not better than the Germans - I'm sorry Colombian fans, but that's just the truth.
2) Belgium is not better than Germany either. Point blank, end of story.
3) I'm struggling to justify Portugal at #6... They didn't really play anyone of merit until the semis, and only won one (1) game in regular time I believe. They were great as a team, but I don't see them beating Spain or Italy if player health isn't a concern. I'd slot Portugal in at #9 with France, Spain, and Italy above them.
4) Brazil doesn't belong anywhere near a top 10 list. There's absolutely nothing to indicate that Brazil are any good any more, and Neymar can't do it by himself. I think every team on this list is stronger than Brazil, and I also rate England, Wales, and Uruguay ahead of them. Brazil are about the 14th best team in the world in my opinion. Sorry Brazilians - we can't let the history of the national team overshadow the fact that this current crop of players isn't good enough.
5) I'm beginning to question Argentina being at #1. Despite having a squad filled with world class talent, their results would indicate that they're paper tigers - the team sheet looks intimidating, but put Messi, Higuain, and company to the test when it matters, and they crumble to dust. I actually believe Germany has the better team, despite not having as much individual talent.
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