Egyptians crack jokes about Messi, Ronaldo World Cup exit ‘just like Mo Salah’

Egyptians could not stop cracking jokes about Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi exiting the World Cup. (Screenshot)
Updated 01 July 2018
0

Egyptians crack jokes about Messi, Ronaldo World Cup exit ‘just like Mo Salah’

CAIRO: Just like many around the world, Egyptians could not stop cracking jokes about Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi exiting the World Cup.
Internet users in Egypt poked fun at the legendary players in memes that went viral on the internet.
Just a week ago, Egyptians were busy slamming their own team for crashing out of the tournament, empty-handed, after succeeding in making the tournament after a 28-year hiatus.
But Egypt’s football fans were somehow satisfied to see that even top footballers, like Messi and Ronaldo, were also heading home with their national teams.
Picture collages of Messi and Ronaldo carrying Arabic expressions sarcastically wondered what the top footballers will do after leaving the World Cup.


“So how are you going to spend the vacation, with your kids?” a meme showing both players ask one another as they appear stuck in a rope together.
Another meme showed Messi, Ronaldo, and Egypt’s Liverpool striker Mohammad Salah, all three seated together as they ‘eat ice cream’ to forget about their loss.
One post showed Ronaldo telling Messi: “I will win this championship for my nation and prove that I’m the best footballer in history ...”


To this fictional conversation Messi replies: “And I’m telling you, you are so heading back on the same plane as I am.”
Another photoshopped image showed both players patting each other on the shoulder while shedding tears as they exit the field.
Messi and Ronaldo are described as the best of their generation, but had never faced each other during a World Cup tournament.
Their exit from the tournament on Saturday has sparked endless reactions on Facebook and Twitter among fans across the globe.


Bollywood’s Amitabh Bachchan becomes farmers’ star after clearing loans

Updated 21 November 2018
0

Bollywood’s Amitabh Bachchan becomes farmers’ star after clearing loans

  • Farmers and other agriculture workers together make up about half India’s 1.3 billion people
  • Bachchan wrote in his blog this week that he had helped 1,398 farmers from the northern state of Uttar Pradesh and felt a ‘sense of accomplishment’

CHENNAI, India: Bollywood veteran Amitabh Bachchan was hailed on Wednesday as a star of India’s farmers after clearing loans worth more than 40 million rupees ($560,000) as an agricultural crisis forces many rural workers into extreme poverty.
India’s farmers have been hit hard by a drop in commodity prices, stagnant wages, record fuel prices and high fertilizer costs, sparking rallies across the country this year calling for better prices for produce and loan waivers.
Farmers and other agriculture workers together make up about half India’s 1.3 billion people.
“It is a very big problem that has left farmers across the country in dire straits,” Rakesh Tikait, spokesperson of the Bhartiya Kisan Union (Indian Farmers’ Union) told the Thomson Reuters Foundation in a phone interview.
“The government policies are flawed and need an overhaul. We are fighting for that change but are thankful for any help that comes along the way.”
Tikait said Bachchan’s gesture might have been symbolic but it meant a lot for farmers who were struggling to survive.
More than 12,600 farmers and agricultural workers committed suicide in 2015 alone, accounting for about 10 percent of all suicides in India, with almost 60 percent of suicides caused by bankruptcy and indebtedness, according to official data.
Bachchan, one of Indian cinema’s most revered actors, wrote in his blog this week that he had helped 1,398 farmers from the northern state of Uttar Pradesh and felt a “sense of accomplishment.”
“Gratitude leans across to the desire of removing some of the burdens that farmers continue to suffer ... and the inner peace it generates when the desired is completed,” he wrote.