Diego Maradona still represents the ideal of the creative, charming, and rebellious Argentine footballer. Lionel Messi, on the other hand, is in many ways the opposite of the iconic Argentine "pibe." Is that why his home country remains cool toward him?
During their 1934 tour of Japan, an all-star baseball team featuring Babe Ruth was scheduled to play a game at Hakodate, on the island of Hokkaido. But with steady rain falling before the game and the Americans on a tight schedule, it appeared that the fans of Hakodate would lose their chance to see the Babe. So hundreds of people brought pieces of canvas from home to protect the dirt infield. When the rain passed, the Babe played in Hakodate.