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What Soccer Means to the World and Why Basketball Should Follow Its Lead
The impact of globalization will continue to impact our world. American cultures and customs that once dominated in influence have seen a decline. Reports indicate that the United States has fallen to third behind France and the United Kingdom in regard to soft power. This decrease means that certain strongholds and cultural aspects are dispersed throughout the world. Culture as an element of soft power is important to global relevancy and the impact a nation can have tactfully on the world stage. Governments rely on social and cultural capital to resolve conflicts diplomatically. With that said, global interspersion is not particularly new. However, with an isolationist administration in the White House, the continued dispersion would likely decelerate until an inevitable change in leadership. There is a flip side. As influence stalls under a new regime, sports and culture serve as the subversive arm to that impediment. Sports remain an important force that unites nations. A steeper decline would mean that we become influenced by culture as opposed to remaining at the forefront.
Best La Liga Players of All Time
La Liga is the Spanish top flight league, and one of the most competitive leagues in all of the world. Founded back in 1929, La Liga is one of the most popular professional sports leagues in the world. Over the years they have never been short on superstar players, but who are the best La Liga players of all time? Every player on this list is one of the best players in the history of the sport, regardless of league.
Richest Soccer Players of 2017
Though soccer might not be as glorified as football is in the United States, you will be shocked by the amount of money these athletes bring in each year. It is the most popular sport worldwide! Some of the richest soccer players of 2017 will come as no surprise to fans. Can you guess which of these ranks as the wealthiest?
Fastest Players in Barcelona History
This isn't the NFL Quarterly Awards; this is FIFA we're talking about; the original football. La Liga's FC Barcelona, otherwise called 'Barca' by most diehard fans, tends to play a variety of different types of on-pitch fieldwork. They've been known to utilize and advance the quickest players in the game over the years, and their program has evolved into a global image with various suitors at the helm. For instance, the modern foot-king for the team is Lionel Messi, an Argentinian forward who is as stoic as he is a God at finesse on the pitch. He can not only play the most advanced defensive posts, but he can also attack with the force of a shotgun, his goals tearing goalies apart each and every try.