Villalpando is the Ballon d’Or in times of pandemic

first_imgBut if we focus only on the numbers to choose to the ‘true’ best player right now we have to travel to Nicaragua, to his First League. As surprising as it may seem, the young Mexican Fernando Villalpando He is the most unbalanced player right now on the soccer planet. Is Fernando Villalpando the best player in the world? Right now yes. He is the top gunner of the Nicaraguan competition, an honor that unfortunately takes away from the Spanish Pablo Gállego, offensive bulwark of the leader Managua. Villalpando has ten goals for the team Walter Ferretti. Meanwhile, the Spanish striker accumulates seven goals. At 23 years old, Villalpando’s football life has not been easy. Injuries have haunted him: two knee operations and one pubalgia operation. From bad moments you learn and Villalpando, at the Walter Ferretti Sports Club, has once again felt like a footballer. At the moment, it is a good showcase to return to your country, Mexico. And it will always remain, that for a time he was the best player on the planet. Villalpando celebrates a goal.@SomosFerretti There are several options. It could well be the Uzbek Jasur Jakhshibaev, 22-year-old forward, who is a member of the Energetik-BGU, one of the leading teams in the league of Belarus. But no. We could also grant such honor to Manuchehr Jalilov, middle of the almighty Istiqlol Dushanbé of the Tajikistan League, who leads, along with his partner Sheriddin Boboev, the scorers table of the tajik tournament. Even the Haitian Benchy Estama, two goals scored in the first game of the league in Taiwan. We have been saying it for days in the As newspaper, the pandemic of COVID-19 has not stopped official soccer in some countries of the world. He still rolls the ball on Burundi, in Nicaragua, in Belarus, in Tajikistan and from this weekend, also in Taiwan.The truth is that with so little football to look at, we have focused on who would be the best footballer in these moments of pandemic. Would not be Messi, neither Christian, neither Haaland, neither Mbappé not even the long-lived Kazuyoshi Miura, to which we will have to give the hypothetical Golden Ball when almost the entire planet is in confinement.last_img read more

How did the Mona Lisa become so Famous A Handyman Stole it

first_imgImagine you were visiting the famous Louvre Museum in Paris in late 1911. As you wandered through its rooms, containing some of the world’s greatest masterpieces, you might have been surprised to find that one of the gallery’s most popular attractions was not a painting, but empty space on the wall. This was where the Mona Lisa had once hung. After the theft of the painting in August 1911 and the public outcry that followed it, crowds began to flock to the Louvre to stand and stare at the empty space on the wall.Although it was one of the most famous art thefts in history, it was not carried out by a great criminal mastermind. The culprit was an Italian handyman and petty criminal named Vincenzo Peruggia.Vincenzo PeruggiaPeruggia had been working in the Louvre inserting glass into picture frames. On the night of August 20th, Peruggia and two accomplices hid overnight in a closet in the museum. In the morning, before the gallery opened, they slipped out with the painting weighing around 200 lbs, including the frame and glass, hidden under a blanket.One of the most remarkable things was that the theft was not noticed until the following day. And even then, it was a member of the public rather than staff who raised alarm. One of the regulars at the Louvre was an artist who liked to paint in the gallery under the gaze of the Mona Lisa.He noticed the four empty hooks on the wall. At first, it was assumed that the painting had been removed for photographing as the museum was in the process of cataloging all its paintings. But after checking with the photographer, it became clear that the Mona Lisa had been stolen.Vacant wall in the Salon Carré, Louvre after the painting was stolen in 1911When the story broke it caused a public outcry and catapulted the painting into the public eye. Until that point, the Mona Lisa was not a particularly well-known painting. But it was considered a public embarrassment that the museum could lose a painting by the great Leonardo Da Vinci. The publicity also meant that it would be almost impossible to sell the painting. So, the Mona Lisa spent the next two years hidden in the false bottom of Peruggia’s trunk at his boarding house in Paris.Related Video: Exhibition of Fascinating Leonardo Da Vinci Designs at Science MuseumThe police had little to go on although they considered various lines of inquiry. One possibility was that the painting had been stolen to order for some rich American. The name of J.P. Morgan, the financial tycoon was mentioned in connection with the theft.Mona Lisa by Leonardo da VinciAnother theory was that the Germans had stolen it. Tension had been building between the two countries in the years leading up to the outbreak of war. Suspicion also fell on members of Paris’s artist community, including Pablo Picasso and the poet and art critic Guillaume Apollinaire, both of whom were questioned by the police.Wisely, Peruggia kept a low profile. But two years later he decided to return to his native Italy taking the Mona Lisa with him. His destination was, appropriately, Florence — the real Mona Lisa’s hometown.“La Joconde est Retrouvée” (“Mona Lisa is Found”), Le Petit Parisien, December 13, 1913The subject of the painting is now believed to be Lisa Gherardini, an Italian noblewoman and wife of a Florentine cloth and silk merchant named Francesco Del Giocando who commissioned the portrait. The painting had been sold to the King of France and had even hung on the wall of Napoleon’s bedroom for a while before being returned to the Louvre.Detail of the Mona LisaPeruggia was no doubt banking on the fact that all the fuss about the theft had died down and he was safely out of France. But he was wrong to imagine that it would now be safe to try to sell the painting. He took it to an art dealer who immediately became suspicious. He asked Peruggia to leave the painting so that he could look at it more closely.The dealer may have recognized the painting or may simply have wondered how such a painting had fallen into Peruggia’s hands. He called in an expert in Italian painting who confirmed its provenance. The police were called, and Peruggia was arrested.Mona Lisa at the Louvre by Louis Béroud, 1911In his defense, Peruggia claimed that although he had stolen the painting he had acted out of patriotism. He wanted to bring the Mona Lisa home as he believed it had been stolen by Napoleon.Read another story from us: Mona Lisa copy went from worthless to the most valuable copy in the worldIt is not known if that influenced the judge, but he was given a relatively lenient sentence of eight months in prison. And the Mona Lisa was returned to France to fill that empty space on the wall of the Louvre.last_img read more