What to watch this weekend: Ronaldinho’s Ginga, NBA star Giannis Antetokounmpo’s sacrifices, Imran Khan crying saazish

The Santiago Bernabéu stadium faithful did the unimaginable, a standing ovation for the genius with a cool smile on his face and wearing the Barcelona No.10 shirt. Ronaldinho had toured Real Madrid during the Clasico. In front of their own set of superstars, Real Madrid fans wanted to make it their own. Before Messi at Barcelona, ​​there was Ronaldinho. He brought the sheer unbridled joy of street football to the world’s biggest stadiums and helped Barcelona turn their fortunes around.

Whichever club you owe allegiance to, watching Ronaldinho in The Happiest Man Alive will put a smile on your face. Even if her voice sometimes betrays the pain of “what if”, the Brazilian star always seems happy.

A declining Barcelona saw Ronaldinho as their saviour. The club even went so far as to ask Brazilian coach Scolari to dissuade him from joining Manchester United from PSG. Brazilian to Brazilian connection worked. The big debut had, however, run into scheduling problems. Brazil wanted him to show up ahead of a friendly on Wednesday, the day the club faced Sevilla in La Liga. With a bit of ingenuity the game was moved to early morning, at 00:05 the fans were offered food for La Liga’s first midnight game. The party only really started when Ronaldinho got past two defenders and hit a beautiful screamer from outside the box to equalise. All of Catalonia heaved a sigh of relief. The camera cuts to footage of the game at today’s Ronaldinho, his face a little more puffy but the contagious smile showing through. He was perhaps the only one in the stadium who was sure he could show the fans a good time. With a twinkle in his eyes, Ronaldhinho said, “it had to work, midnight was my time” before bursting out laughing.

The story of one of the most gifted footballers, his glory days at Barcelona which culminated in a Champions League title, his decline after Brazil’s 2006 World Cup quarter-final loss to France , all assembled with a neat assembly. The documentary oscillates between the present, his playing days and his beginnings in Porto Alegre. His mentorship of a young Messi at Barcelona is a sweet little story told by the Barca and Argentine great himself.

Watch footage of a very young Ronaldinho coming on as a substitute to score in a futsal game and it makes it look like he was born with all the ball tricks, the feints, the shots, the very skills that fans loved him but made fun of him. when the goals dried up and things went downhill. Although Ronaldinho doesn’t talk about what went wrong at Barcelona, ​​the clips of him smiling, dancing and celebrating a year and a more sinister version of the same player a year later sum up the decline – the joy that comes with the fact. to entertain people and to be loved had died out.

“Ginga in my body” is how Ronaldinho describes his natural swing when the ball is at his feet. “A kind of dance…gringos don’t have that.”

Towards the end, there is a current party in Ronaldinho’s house. Glass in hand, he dances – the joy he felt in his prime may never return, but you’ll see the Ginga has never left him.

The many sacrifices of Greek-born NBA MVP Antetokounmpo
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Disney+ Original, 1h50


Adetokunbo, surname of Yoruba origin meaning “the king has returned from overseas”.

There’s a scene in Disney+’s Rise where the protagonist’s father assures a Greek immigration lawyer that “I think I know how to spell my own last name.”

Released last Sunday, Rise is the real-life story of Greek-born NBA MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo and his family’s journey from Nigeria to Greece and then to the United States, after being chosen by the Milwaukee Bucks in the draft 2013. How Adetokunbo became Antetokounmpo is a story for another day.

The biopic, thankfully, lacks the usual tropes we typically associate with sports movies. So no last-minute wins, workout montages with inspirational background music and slow-motion shots. This, however, is an endearing film that shines a light on illegal immigrants and their struggle to survive in a new country with limited access to legal channels. Even when Giannis and his older brother Thanasis start playing at a local youth club in Greece, the family fears they will be exposed and deported to Nigeria.

Lanky Giannis isn’t a natural, unlike his brother, with whom he shares a single pair of Nike sneakers. He did not start the sport until much later in his adolescence. Although his height gives him the natural advantage of blocking shots, he struggles in other aspects of the game. Watching his more talented brother lose an offer to play for a local Greek basketball club due to his illegal status ignites a spark in Giannis to succeed at all costs. He lives and breathes the game and ends up sleeping on a mattress at his local gym so he can wake up and start playing.

“We’re hungrier because we know the meaning of sacrifice,” Giannis told a Nike rep ahead of the NBA draft when asked what sets him apart from other NBA prospects.

Lasting an hour and 50 minutes, the film ends with Giannis making the cut and his family gaining legal status to join him in the United States. And two more brothers would follow Giannis and turn pro and play for NBA teams.

Imran Khan talks about everything but cricket
Junaid Akram video podcast with Imran Khan
YouTube: 1 hour and 35 minutes

Former Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan talks about his view on foreign policy, why he is not anti-American or anti-Indian, cartels being protected by competition commission and mafia preventing appointment of experts in ministries. Khan, the former Pakistani cricket captain, admits three and a half years as prime minister were the “most difficult” phase of his life. He talks about the international conspiracy to oust him from power because he wanted to trade with Russia and also maintain a strong relationship with China.

Akram, and co-hosts Muzamil Hasan and Talha Ahad, cover a range of topics and Khan, eager to tell his side of the story after a no-confidence motion ended his tenure, gives detailed answers.

“I’m not anti-America… I’m not anti-India, but against the racist policies of BJP and RSS and what they did in Kashmir. In India, I have great friends. I also had a good relationship with the Trump administration,” Khan said.

Khan listed the reasons why America was not happy with him. “Pakistan should never be part of someone else’s war. Maybe they thought they could use us as tissue paper, like they did during the War on Terror. 80,000 Pakistanis died fighting their war. Now they have receptive people (leaders) now.

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