Huawei also believes Messi’s passion inspires millions worldwide to strive for excellence and connect with people and considers the partnership “the perfect fit” and comes under the theme ‘connecting greatness’. “Lionel Messi will help our brand to encourage people to focus, persevere and breakthrough; to connect with greatness, especially in Europe, Asia and Latin America, where Huawei puts great devotion,” said Kevin Ho, president, Handset Business, Huawei Consumer BG, at yesterday’s press conference. Ho stressed that Huawei will seek to be number one in mobile phone sales in more than 170 countries, including Jamaica and the Caribbean. “We both honour the path we walked to what we have achieved and with each new challenge, we renew our commitment to find the path to success,” he added, while reiterating that his organisation’s belief that sport is a great way in which people enrich their lives, and through football in particular, which it considers a strong avenue. In the last few years, Huawei has invested in several teams – such as America, Santa Fe, Sporting Cristal, Arsenal, Atletico de Madrid, and AC Milan. Their brand ambassadors include Robert Lewandowski and Alexis Sanchez, and now the biggest of them all, Lionel Messi. “You have to sacrifice and go all in; always looking forward to achieving greatness. The day you think there are no improvements to be made, you have to keep working for reaching other achievements,” Messi said yesterday. Tyrone Liu, CEO, consumer business group for Huawei Latin America, said: “We are happy to announce our collaboration with an extraordinary individual who inspires people all over the world to pursue their dreams, to face challenges to become better with each day, a man who shares a lot of the same values with the Huawei brand.” MESSI AN INSPIRATION BARCELONA, Spain: World-leading information communication technology and telecoms firm, Huawei, scored big with the signing of Lionel Messi the only football player in history to win the FIFA World Player of the Year/FIFA Ballon d’Or five times as their global ambassador yesterday. The announcement was made here in Barcelona, Spain, at the Fairmont Rey Juan Carlos I Hotel. While some global media have been speculating that the deal struck with the super-star forward will cost Huawei around eight million euros annually, the Asian-based organisation’s officials chose not to reveal an exact figure. They indicated, however, that they want to secure a long-term partnership with the world’s top-rated footballer, who is considered by many to be the greatest of all time.
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Former Liverpool striker Michael Owen believes a hungry Jurgen Klopp would “be the best fit” to replace Brendan Rodgers at the Anfield helm.Klopp, formerly in charge of Borussia Dortmund, is favourite to become the new Reds manager after Rodgers was sacked following Sunday’s 1-1 Merseyside derby draw – a move welcomed by Owen along with many other ex-players of the Premier League club.Liverpool owners Fenway Sports Group are moving quickly to secure Rodgers’ replacement and have taken steps to sound out Klopp.Klopp has long been seen as the ideal fit at Anfield – he is certainly the popular choice of fans – and even though three-time Champions League winner Carlo Ancelotti is available, the overwhelming support is for the German.Owen, who scored 158 goals in 297 appearances for Liverpool in an eight-year spell at the beginning of his career before joining Real Madrid in 2004, told Sportlobster: “If indeed these are the two main men [Carlo Ancelotti and Jurgen Klopp], I would think that Klopp is the better fit for Liverpool at this time.“I think that a younger and potentially hungrier manager in Jurgen Klopp would be the best fit for Liverpool in their current predicament.”The 35-year-old former England international believes having Klopp in charge would bring some much-needed confidence back to Liverpool which was lost under Rodgers.He added: “His appointment would certainly excite the Liverpool fans who had become so disillusioned with Rodgers and in this day and age their part in the whole process cannot be over-estimated.“He would also bring a burning desire to succeed and to take the club from their true position of ‘top six’ to right back in the mix for winning the title and where finishing top four is a given every season.“The other big advantage that Klopp has over Ancelotti is that whereas Ancelotti has generally managed at clubs who were already very successful with a squad full of top players, Klopp took over at Borussia Dortmund when they were in a similar position to that which Liverpool find themselves in now.”Regarding Ancelotti’s record, Owen said: “Nobody can fault Ancelotti’s track record over the years and with a coaching resume that includes Juventus, AC Milan, Chelsea, Paris St Germain and Real Madrid there can be little doubt that he would be a success at Liverpool.“However, I’m not sure that Liverpool need a safe pair of hands at this time.” 1 Jurgen Klopp