Former Fifa Director for Media, TV and Marketing Monico Puentevella favored defending champions Germany and Spain to win the 2018 World Cup, which officially kicks off tonight in Moscow, Russia.
Puentevella, who joined Philippine Football Federation (PFF) President Mariano “Nonong” Araneta during the Fifa Congress in Moscow last Tuesday, June 12, said it is disappointing that runner-up Argentina did not make it to this year’s World Cup.
“Age is catching up with Lionel Messi, whom I considered the best in the world today,” he said.
But why should Filipinos watch this beautiful game? “Not only it is the world’s most popular sport but since Messi is merely 5’6 in height, this game is also for Filipinos. He is the world’s best and he is just the size of Pinoys, too,” said Puentevella, who also served as president of the Negros Occidental Football Association and PFF vice president for 12 years.
He added that Filipinos should also be inspired by the like of legendary football player Pele (Edson Arantes do Nascimento) of Brazil who only stood 5'8.
Puentevella stressed that during the Congress, the assembly also acknowledged Philippine Men’s Team Azkals’ improvements through these years which recently put them at No. 115 and qualified to the 2019 AFC Asian Cup, joining the 23 other Asian countries for the first time in history.
He added that the body also recognized Philippine club Ceres Negros FC’s achievements in the AFC Cup.