Colleagues remember Ehrlich’s wit and warmth

first_img November 1, 2005 Managing Editor Regular News Colleagues remember Ehrlich’s wit and warmth Colleagues remember Ehrlich’s wit and warmth Mark D. Killian Managing Editor Routinely the first in to work in the morning and the last to leave at night, former Chief Justice Raymond Ehrlich’s mastery of the law and his work ethic were legendary. But when friends and colleagues gathered at the Supreme Court recently to reflect on the late justice’s life, it also became quite apparent that Ehrlich played as hard as he worked, and was quick with a joke or a phrase that put those around him at ease.“There are all these things I could say about Justice Ehrlich — what an incredible jurist he was, how he studied cases thoroughly, understood both sides, and neutrally applied the applicable laws to a case — and yet when asked this very question by a reporter, I said, ‘He made me laugh,’” said U.S. 11th Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Rosemary Barkett, who served with Ehrlich on the Florida Supreme Court. “He had a great sense of humor. He was a gentleman and a gentle man, and I loved him.”Justice Ehrlich died in July, at the age of 87.Born to Jewish Russian immigrants who fled Czarist tyranny, Ehrlich was born in Swainsboro, Georgia, in 1918, and he practiced law in Jacksonville from 1946 until his appointment to the state’s high court in 1981 by Gov. Bob Graham. He served as chief justice from 1988-90 and is remembered for his precise and insightful opinion writing and for releasing and promoting a groundbreaking report of gender bias in the Florida legal system that led to significant reforms in the law and legal culture affecting women.“I have one small bit of Ray Ehrlich wisdom to share with members of the court because I watched him do this more than once,” said Jacksonville lawyer Bill Graessle, who clerked for the justice. “When one of your colleagues is off on some tangent and has got an opinion just totally wrong and you are arguing and trying to convince them, do what Ray did. Look your colleague in the eye and smile and say, ‘That doesn’t even make good nonsense.’”Other Ehrlich adages included, “Pick pockets shouldn’t brag;” “I can’t learn anything new if I am talking;” and “Don’t use your race horse to plow your field.”“Who else could have gotten an expert witness to once admit in public, in court, that dead chickens don’t lay eggs?” said Graessle, who also noted Ehrlich once wore University of Florida Gator boxer shorts over his suit pants to a birthday party at the court.“Raymond Ehrlich loved the life of learning and the law,” said Ehrlich’s stepson, Jack Bettman. “But perhaps equally important to this truly special and wonderful man was the happiness and joy he exchanged with others. Ray told the best jokes and he told them well. It will be a long time before any of us can forget Ray’s sweet smile and the twinkle in his piercing blue eyes. I will always remember the image of Chief Justice Ehrlich laughing with Chief Justice Rehnquist on the back of a fishing boat.”“Justice Ehrlich best exemplifies the fulfillment of the American dream and a life dedicated to the spirit of American democracy,” said Chief Justice Barbara Pariente, noting Ehrlich never forgot the lessons his parents taught him about the barbarism of the land they left behind. Those lessons, Pariente said, grounded him to the belief that the role of the American lawyer is to enforce this country’s fundamental freedoms.“Justice Ehrlich explained it this way: ‘The Bill of Rights wouldn’t be worth the paper it is written on, except for a vigilant and a strong bar,’” Pariente said. “And Justice Ehrlich believed in this principle with all of his heart and all of his soul.”Former Bar President Terry Russell said when he looks back at his career over the past two decades, there is not a single significant event that Ehrlich was not a part of.“’What would Ray do?’ became and continues to this day to be a question I ask myself in any challenging professional, and sometimes personal, situation,” Russell said. “It is only a few times that you have the opportunity to share the friendship of exceptional people who you know will make a positive difference in your life. And in spite of his well-known sassy sense of humor to which so many of us were well-exposed and his warm and embracing nature, his integrity, ethics, professionalism, and sense of justice set a standard beyond which he had no peers.”Former Justice Major B. Harding said Ehrlich had an unsurpassed reputation for excellence and he was thrilled to get to know a man of such distinguished reputation when he was a young lawyer.“I was. . . privileged to have followed Justice Ehrlich and succeeded him when he retired,” Harding said. “When I moved into his office, I went through the desk drawers. They were empty, except for a brochure indicating where he bought his bow ties. I carried on the bow tie tradition.”Former Justice Ben Overton noted that while Ehrlich had a habit of regularly using the term “little lady” in addressing women – and that he “tightened my grip on my conference chair” when Ehrlich used the term on Justice Barkett — Ehrlich had a passion for women’s issues and for women’s rights.“I did love Ray,” said Barkett. “I loved Ray for a lot of reasons.”Barkett said even though Ehrlich came from a big Jacksonville firm, “I would marvel at how he could, with his background, put himself in the place of each party to a lawsuit to understand their point of view. He could understand the argument of an arrestee claiming abuse at the hands of the police, and he could understand a policeman’s argument of false claims made against them. He could see how a company or businessman might feel aggrieved and understand the feelings of a single shareholder or a debtor or that of someone who was poor. Once understanding the claims he would neutrally with no prior leaning in one direction or the other gauge the legal merit of the claim by reading carefully all of the facts and the applicable law. So of all of those things that I could have said about what a great jurist he was, and what an important man he had been who had given up a very successful career in order to give back to the state that he loved, why would I say that he makes me laugh?“He made me laugh because he laughed at himself,” Barkett said. “And he laughed at us, and he made ourselves laugh at ourselves.”last_img read more

Loud, Rowdy & Hilarious: Rock Star Jim Breuer Destroys Mulcahy’s

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Virtually everyone on Long Island knows Valley Stream-born comedian Jim Breuer.We know SNL Breuer: Goat Boy and spot-on Pesci impressions. We know Half Baked Breuer, from the 1998 hit comedy he co-starred in with Dave Chappelle. We know radio and podcast Breuer. We know Breuer from VH1’s That Metal Show. We know Mets fan Breuer. Of course, we know stand-up Breuer.And if you know Breuer, you know he is a diehard 1980s heavy metal superfan: Judas Priest, AC/DC, Metallica. His renowned impersonations of the bandleaders are born from hero worship, a true love of the craft, and pure, unmitigated joy.On Saturday night at Mulcahy’s Pub and Concert Hall in Wantagh, Long Island got to meet a Breuer they’ve never seen before—Rock Breuer—and he absolutely killed.Jim Breuer: LI’s Bad Boy Jokester Opens Up About Life, God and Heavy MetalBreuer wasn’t feeling well, but the audience would never know it, as he busted out onstage with raging riff-heavy guitars, explosive drums and very, very loud, shrieking metal vocals. He and his band “The Loud & Rowdy” lived up to their name, in spades—melding the worlds of sheer comedic hilarity and glorious, no-frills metal-mania chaos. On this Long Island stage, Breuer played out his ’80s metal fantasy that wouldn’t surprise anyone who’s been paying attention.The real surprise? He’s good. Like, really, really good.Jim Breuer is a legit rock star.Breuer doesn’t rely on laughs or mere enthusiasm, but actual talent as a rock singer. His voice carries with it a James Hetfield-tinged raw grittiness. His stage presence is magnetic. His album Songs from the Garage was produced by Rob Caggiano—former lead guitarist for thrash metal warlords Anthrax—who also plays guitar in Breuer’s backing band The Loud & Rowdy, along with bassist Joe Vigliotti and drummer Mike Tichy. The musical offering is an ode to the parent in all of us: past the age of 40, having given over our lives to the little people we made, plus soccer practice, music lessons, school lunches. It’s all about them now, not us. But there’s a small piece of us still inside, that teenager who geeked out over something creative, something that spoke to us on a complete individual level, but connected us through space and time to others.For Breuer, that was metal. It was his own personal calling, yet it bonded him with every black-leather-jacket-and-Slayer T-shirt-wearing kid in his cafeteria. His “garage” is where he lets that kid come out and play, in family-friendly songs that are as funny as they are impressively real.Breuer opened with the riff-heavy “Thrash,” a song about losing your ever-lovin’ mind whenever you get the house to yourself. Loud, with killer hooks, this song let the audience know he wasn’t playing a rock star, he actually was one.“Can you handle three minutes of metal?” he bellowed out into the crowd.Yes, we could—evident in the resounding roar of the packed club in response.In between songs, Breuer interjected stories about his life: kids, coming up in Valley Stream, seeing shows at Nassau Coliseum and in Franklin Square. He entertained the audience with a story of getting to ride in Ozzy Osbourne’s private jet to the MTV Icon awards, and being star-struck enough to shove Ozzy’s shrimp into his pockets.Of course, he delighted the audience with a spot-on impression of Ozzy, zig-zagging toward the back of the place, his incomprehensible slurs disguised as words.Breuer busted out impressions throughout the night: Metallica’s James Hetfield’s signature “Yee-ahh!”s punctuated his sentences, AC/DC frontman Brian Johnson’s wail pure perfection. (Johnson lends vocals to two tracks on Songs from the Garage.) Taking requests from the audience, Breuer initiated a heavy metal version of the children’s song “B-I-N-G-O,” as sung by legends Ozzie Osbourne, Brian Johnson, Hetfield and Kermit the Frog.Related: Mets Superfan Jim Breuer On Viral Recap Videos: ‘It’s My Passion’Each tune had a story, a personal bent, a memory of his early days, as in “Be a Dick 2Nite,” about that one friend we all have, living at home, not paying rent, who gets us into all kinds of trouble.“I can’t wait to be that old guy on the beach with a metal detector,” he told us while introducing the song “Raising Teenage Girls.” “I made it. No pregnancies. No addictions. I made it. I’m getting skin cancer. I don’t care.”Breuer, who has three, takes us through watching our teenage daughters dress up and go out to face the world. And by world, he means teenage boys.“Tell me,” he sang. “What are you gonna wear?”Judging by the resounding applause and cheers from the packed audience, everyone at Mulcahy’s could relate. For the entire Loud & Rowdy set, we were one—metal heads in the school cafeteria that somehow became over-40 parents, invited into Breuer’s garage—separate, but all in it together.Jim Breuer is heavy metal hilariousness, personified. His unique collision of these two personal passions—comedy and metal—inspires fans to both head-bang and laugh, uncontrollably. He exudes an enthusiasm that is contagious, and up there on stage at Mulc’s with The Loud & Rowdy, his genuine talent was perhaps best embodied in his prolific, devastatingly accurate impression of Metallica frontman James Hetfield:“Yee-ahh!”Main Art: Jim Breuer and The Loud & Rowdy shredded Mulcahy’s Pub and Concert Hall with heavy metal hilarity on Nov. 26, 2016. (Long Island Press / Jaime Franchi)For more about Jim Breuer and The Loud & Rowdy, including future tour dates and videos, check out officialjimbreuer.comlast_img read more

Arsenal given boost in Philippe Coutinho race as Barcelona prepare to lower loan demands

first_imgArsenal given boost in Philippe Coutinho race as Barcelona prepare to lower loan demands Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterFriday 12 Jun 2020 4:06 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link11.7kShares Arsenal have already rejected Barcelona’s loan terms for Philippe Coutinho (Getty Images)Arsenal have been given a boost in their pursuit of Philippe Coutinho as Barcelona are ready to pay a portion of the midfielder’s salary, according to reports.The Spanish club have made the Brazil international available on loan once again this summer after Bayern Munich indicated that they are unwilling to make his temporary deal permanent at the end of the Bundesliga season.Coutinho has been offered on loan to several Premier League clubs including Arsenal, Chelsea, Tottenham and Manchester United.But reports have claimed that Barcelona are demanding £10 million loan fee and are asking clubs to fully cover his £250,000-a-week salary.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTArsenal are refusing to accept those terms, especially having asked their squad to take a wage cut in response to the coronavirus pandemic.However, the Daily Telegraph now report that Barcelona are willing to compromise and are ready to pay a portion of Coutinho’s salary in order to ensure that a loan deal is possible. Comment Advertisement Philippe Coutinho has spent the season on loan at Bayern Munich (Getty Images)Meanwhile, reports have claimed that Mikel Arteta is keen to strengthen four areas in his squad in the upcoming window.The Arsenal boss wants to sign a centre-back, a midfielder, a right-back and a replacement striker if Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang or Alexandre Lacazette leave the club.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityArsenal also face the prospect of losing Cedric Soares without the defender having played a single minute for the club.The Gunners paid a £1 million loan fee for the right-back but he has not yet signed a deal which would keep him at the club until the end of the delayed Premier League campaign.Follow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. For more stories like this, check our sport page.last_img read more

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Syracuse struggles to penetrate Virginia Tech defense as Joseph sits with foul trouble

first_img Published on January 3, 2015 at 8:18 pm Contact Jacob: [email protected] | @Jacob_Klinger_ BLACKSBURG, Va. — For crucial stretches of the game, Syracuse couldn’t get in the paint and its point guard couldn’t get on the floor. Freshman Kaleb Joseph picked up four fouls in 17 minutes as the Orange struggled to get into the lane and feed its big men. The Hokies cut the SU lead to as little as two points in the second half, and Joseph sat and watched while three others brought the ball up for Syracuse. He only totaled two points and three assists while the Orange (10-4, 1-0 Atlantic Coast) barely held on to beat Virginia Tech (8-6, 0-1), 68-66, at Cassell Coliseum Saturday after holding a 19-point haltime lead. And with its point guard on the sideline for the final 5:30, the combination of Michael Gbinije, Trevor Cooney and Ron Patterson struggled to penetrate with the ball as SU saw its conference-opening win nearly crumble into a defeat. “We wanted to, we tried to (penetrate), but we didn’t do as good a job,” Jim Boeheim said of SU’s second half. “I think Trevor took it, I’m thinking four or five times and didn’t get anything.” The freshman point guard played eight minutes in the first half as he committed his first foul with 13:54 left in the half and another at 12:28 reaching in on a driving Devin Wilson. The trend continued in the next frame, as his nine minutes were the result of two more fouls.SU got just 10 points in the paint after halftime — a drop off from 16 in the first, as the Orange struggled to feed the bigs and Joseph struggled to stay on the court.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textHis fouls with 6:35 and 5:30 left in the game were both on Wilson, someone who Boeheim singled out after the game as someone SU allowed to drive too much.Still, Syracuse regularly broke Virginia Tech presses with and without Joseph.“We got a good group guys and guards that can handle the ball and made up for it,” Cooney said of Joseph’s absence.And after Joseph played the fewest minutes of his SU career, Boeheim said he wasn’t especially worried by Joseph’s play as it’s just another chapter in the evolution of the freshman point guard. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Dr. Lorna Lewis: Paving the way in New York’s Education System

first_imgEarlier this year, Jamaican, New York-based educator, Dr. Lorna Lewis, received an NAACP Legacy Award in recognition of her outstanding accomplishments in education. Lewis is a proud maker of history who has broken several racial barriers in New York’s education system. In 2018, she became the first woman of color to be named president of the New York State Council of School Superintendents. The role, which oversees over 800 educators across the state, will be hers until this July when the school year comes to close.In 2012, Lewis was the first black educator to gain the title of Superintendent of the Plainview-Old Bethpage school district in Long Island, New York, with nearly 5000 predominantly white students under her watch. She has held this post for seven years and counting. Before Plainview-Old Bethpage, Lewis was the Superintendent of the East Williston in Long Island for five years – also a first for a black educator. At the young age of 16, the celebrated leader among educators moved to New York from Jamaica and began studying for her bachelor’s degree at Fordham University, where she completed her degree in physics. She would then go on to obtain three master’s degrees, including one in physics from Rutgers University. Finally, she completed her doctorate degree in science education from Columbia University.When CNW asked Lewis if she believes her Jamaican upbringing has helped fuel her success, she responded with a resounding yes. “Without a doubt,” she said. “It framed my work ethic and my can do attitude. Nothing is too big for me to want to challenge, because at Wolmer’s my motto was Age Quod Agis – ‘Whatever you do, do it well’. I came from humble beginnings in Kendal, Hanover, and nothing was given to me. I had to work hard for what I have, and I do not take that for granted. The immigrant status in the current climate of USA makes us all determined to show how much richness we bring to this country, and what role we have played in bringing it to greatness,” she continued.Now 64, Lewis spent many years navigating a multifaceted and fulfilling career within the state’s education system.  She began at The Collegiate School where she taught Mathematics and Advanced Placement Physics. She has served in various administrative capacities in Rockville Centre school district, as science director in Uniondale school district, and as the Deputy Superintendent in the Three Village Central School District. She has also been an adjunct professor at Hofstra University. She is a founding member of the New York State’s Council of School Superintendent’s Commission on Diversity and Inclusivity and also co-chairs their curriculum committee. She is a past-president of the Long Island Association of Supervision and Curriculum Development and the Nassau County Council of School Superintendents. She’s a member of the Long Island Stem Hub Board of Champions, and serves on the board of ERASE RACISM and the American Heart Association. Lewis is also a lauded curriculum expert. She has conducted curriculum audits in several states, and has even testified before the New York Senate on The State of Assessments. She received an education award from the NAACP in 2004, and has received awards from the Korean Parents Association of Long Island, St John’s University Chapter of Phi Delta Kappa, the Long Island Black Educators Association, the Suffolk County Commission, as well as several others. Undoubtedly, Lewis is a force to be reckoned with within the education system. However, she remains incredibly humble and spiritually grounded. When CNW asked Lewis how she managed to remain rounded and content over the years, she said, “First, having God in your life and being willing to allow him to direct your path. Also, being kind to all you meet on your journey, for it is in giving that we receive. And, being grateful for all of life’s lessons, and using them to pave the way for the next opportunity.” To her younger, Caribbean American counterparts who want to build a thriving career in the United States, Lewis’ sage advice is simple and thoughtful. “Be focused. Do your due diligence by being over-prepared for all opportunities that will come your way. Embrace and look forward to change as a way to grow,” she shared, as she continues to pave the way for those on their way up behind her.last_img read more

Nations League thrills and spills win over skeptics

first_img“I am sure this tournament will become a classic because it is a tournament for the entire European family,” said Portugal coach Fernando Santos. “To be the first winner will go down in history.”More than 20,000 travelling fans came to northern Portugal from England, The Netherlands and Switzerland in the past week to show that supporters had also been won over.Yet, the success of the Nations League is likely to stir up more conflict in the continuous battle between club and country.Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has been the most outspoken critic of adding a new competition at a time when top players are already being burned out by the demands of long, intense seasons at club level.“If we don’t learn to deal with our players in a better way, competition-wise, then it’s the only chance to kill this wonderful game,” said Klopp last month. “Because without the players, it’s not a good one.”England’s preparation for the past week was seriously affected with seven players in Gareth Southgate’s 23-man squad involved in the Champions League final and all were left out from the start in defeat against the Dutch.Yet, had England not reached the Nations League finals, they would have had two more qualifiers for the European Championships this week in a six-team group rather than five.And having scored 10 goals in winning their opening two qualifiers, Southgate believes the Nations League is far more appealing to players, coaches and fans alike.“We could be playing qualifying matches somewhere else tonight,” he said after a second semi-final defeat in 12 months. “We weren’t, we were playing another semi-final.”Share on: WhatsApp Portugal win the Nations League tournament. PHOTO via @UEFAEUROPorto, Portugal | AFP | Portugal’s victory in the inaugural Nations League sparked celebrations long into the night in Porto on Sunday, but the hosts were far from the only ones happy at the end of UEFA’s attempt to add more competition to the international calendar.A complex format that saw UEFA’s 55 nations split into four tiers with promotion and relegation on offer, as well as the chance of a playoff to qualify for next year’s European Championships, took some time to get used to.England’s Harry Maguire even admitted before the Three Lions opening game of the competition against Spain that he did not fully understand the format.Yet, that skepticism was washed away once the games got under way with competitive football between nations of a similar level replacing meaningless friendlies and often one-sided qualifiers.“I think it is a great tournament,” said Ronald Koeman, whose Netherlands side was beaten 1-0 by Portugal in Sunday’s final.“The intensity in the groups was really high and the idea to organise the Nations League was a perfect one. We are looking forward to the next one.”For all four sides who made the semi-finals in Portugal, the past week may well also prove to be the perfect launching pad to next summer’s European Championships.Portugal look a better side than when they won Euro 2016 with a host of young talent led by Bernardo Silva, Bruno Fernandes and Ruben Dias to ease the burden on a 34-year-old Cristiano Ronaldo.After missing out on the last two major tournaments, the Netherlands gained some vital experience, even if they did fall at the final hurdle after beating world champions France, Germany and England to make the final.England built on the success of reaching the semi-finals at last year’s World Cup by beating Spain and Croatia in the group stages, while Switzerland could easily have upset Portugal in the semi-finals with better finishing.last_img read more

Boca Raton elementary school student tests positive for coronavirus

first_imgA student at Del Prado Community Elementary School has tested positive for the coronavirus.The school’s Principal, Sari Myers, sent a letter to parents Thursday morning notifying them of the situation, a day after the Florida Department of Health in Palm Beach County said a 6-year-old child was diagnosed with coronavirus.Myers said the child hasn’t been on campus since last Friday and was tested Tuesday. Health department spokesman Alex Shaw later confirmed that the 6-year-old child was the same student who tested positive.6-year-old boy from Palm Beach County among Florida residents with coronavirus Meyers said she has notified all the parents of each student in the child’s class.last_img read more

adidas announced as headline sponsor of England Golf Awards

first_img12 Dec 2018 adidas announced as headline sponsor of England Golf Awards Tags: adidas Golf, Clubs, Counties, Dan Walker, England Golf Awards, Royal Lancaster London, Sponsors, Volunteers England Golf is delighted to announce that adidas Golf will be a headline sponsor of its 2019 Awards.Nick Pink, England Golf Chief Executive, commented: “We are thrilled to welcome adidas Golf. This is fantastic news and will help us to make the 2019 Awards even bigger and better – and to draw even more attention to our outstanding winners.”The England Golf Awards 2019 take place at the Royal Lancaster London on Thursday 21 March. The glitzy gala dinner will celebrate all that’s great about golf in England and has become a must-attend event for everyone who cares about the sport.adidas, a global leader in the sporting goods industry, has partnered England Golf since 2015 by supplying clothing for the national squads. Its ambassadors include European Tour star, Tyrrell Hatton, who trained with the squads and represented England in his amateur days.Andrew Law, Managing Director adidas Golf EMEA said: “It really is an honour to be a headline sponsor for such a special event in the England Golf calendar.“Both adidas Golf and England Golf have a shared vision on growing the game and recognising not just the best amateur talent but also all those who work so hard for our sport across England. We look forward to what will be a very special evening.”The England Golf Awards set out to find the people, clubs and counties who are the true heroes of the game.Nominations for 2019 have now closed and judging is underway. The shortlists will be announced in seven categories in January:Most Welcoming Club of the Year, sponsored by HowDidiDoCoach of the Year, sponsored by The PGAYoung Ambassador of the Year, in association with The Golf FoundationInnovation Award, sponsored by Players 1stVolunteer of the YearCounty of the YearLifetime Service AwardAwards will also be made to recognise the Performance of the Year and the Championship Venue of the Year.Tickets for the awards cost £90 per person and include drinks on arrival and a three course meal with half a bottle of wine. BBC Breakfast presenter Dan Walker will again host the event.last_img read more

Barcelona manager talks about Lionel Messi’s retirement date

first_imgImage Courtesy: Getty ImagesAdvertisement ypjNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs669yyWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Edaxro( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 4vvjWould you ever consider trying this?😱8txnxCan your students do this? 🌚wvfyRoller skating! Powered by Firework Make a list of all the achievements and honours a footbaler can possible dream of, and Lionel Messi has achieved almost everything. The 2019 Ballon d’Or winner, for the record sixth time, has lifted all the major silverware with FC Barcelona. Only void of the FIFA World Cup in his list of trophies, At the age of 32 the Argentine skipper is still proving to this day why he is the ‘Greatest of all time’ to his fans. However, there will come a day when Leo has to hang up his boots, and the beautiful game will not be the same again. Barça boss Ernesto Valverde speaks of the inevitable.Advertisement Image Courtesy: Getty ImagesMessi, along with Cristiano Ronaldo, have become the face of football for the masses of the current generation. However, stepping into the average twilight age of players, the world will see Leo retiring from all forms of the game, a reminder comes from Valverde.Advertisement Speaking in a recent interview, Valverde said: “It’s something natural, it seems normal, Leo is 32-years-old and although I don’t think he’s thinking about retiring now it’s something which is in the air.”While it holds true that Messi is in his 30s, its not an indication to imagine everyone starts to plan their permanent leaves from sport immediately. Cristiano Ronaldo has been in tremendous form with Juventus at 34 years of age. Zlatan Ibrahimović, aged 38, is planning to return to European football from the Major League Soccer. And of course, the legendary Gianluigi Buffon, who is still standing strong under the crossbar at a striking age of 41.“But I don’t think we should go crazy about it, we have to look at it naturally. Everyone thinks about retirement when they get to a certain age, but just because he’s thinking about it doesn’t mean he’s going to retire in the next three days.” the 55 year old gaffer told.Messi, presently competing the 15th La Liga of his career with the Catalans, and he already has already netted in 11 goals, which includes the match winner versus Atlético Madrid on Monday.His third season since the takeover of Valverde in 2017, and the Spanish gaffer speaks nothing short of absolute appraisal for his favourite apprentice. He continued: “I’m aware of how lucky I am but sometimes the demands of everyday life means you are not allowed to enjoy everything. I think you appreciate these things more with time.”After Messi’s promotion to the senior team from La Masia in 2004, there have been six managers ahead of Valverde at Camp Nou that the Argentine international has been under the guidance of.“I’m aware that I have the enormous fortune of being able to say in a few years I coached Leo.” the former Athletic Bilbao coach added.Barcelona are taking on RCD Mallorca at home tomorrow.Cristiano Ronaldo teases retirement in the next year or two Advertisementlast_img read more