Argentinian footballing legend Maradona said that he preferred compatriot Lionel Messi to Cristiano Ronaldo all the while dubbing the Portugal captain an “incredible” player.”I can’t remember having seen Lionel Messi play badly,” Maradona told TyCSports.”I prefer Messi to Cristiano Ronaldo but I acknowledge that the latter is an animal. He’s incredible,” said the 1986 World Cup winner.Speaking from Dubai, where he now lives, Maradona added that he’d wished Ronaldo, who is Portuguese, was Argentinian.”He makes me think of Gabriel Batistuta,” the Argentina striker who starred at three World Cup finals. “As soon as he touched the ball, it was a goal.”Turning back to Messi, Maradona said the Barcelona player was still the world’s best despite not having won a World Cup.”Alone, he will not be able to win the World Cup. You need a solid team for that.”Football history will remember Messi,” said Maradona.”Football has given him a lot, as much as he has given the sport and to win a World Cup, in my opinion, wouldn’t bring himself anything else.
Mahindra Group and Ford Motor Company today signed an agreement to jointly develop a midsize sports utility vehicle (SUV). The new product will be introduced in India as well as emerging markets. It will be built on a Mahindra product platform and feature an engine from the Indian auto major. 2019 Ford Endeavour faceliftMahindra launched its compact SUV, XUV300, in India on February 14, while Ford introduced 2019 Endeavour facelift here on February 22 and 2019 Figo facelift on March 15.Mahindra and Ford had announced a strategic alliance in September 2017. This was followed by a declaration regarding powertrain sharing and connected car solutions in October 2018. The strategic alliance between the two companies is focused on leveraging the benefits of both companies — Ford’s global reach and expertise and Mahindra’s scale and successful operating model in India. Teams from the two companies are also collaborating on areas of mutual interest, including electrification, distribution and product development.”I am happy with the significant progress we have made and synergies we have created since the announcement of our strategic alliance with Ford in 2017. Today’s announcement is another significant step in the collaboration between our two companies. Having identified several areas for joint development, both companies will continue to work together to develop products using common product platforms. This will reduce product development costs and gain economies of scale for both companies,” Mahindra & Mahindra Managing Director Dr Pawan Goenka said in a statement.”With today’s announcement, we not only strengthen our ongoing partnership with Mahindra but also sharpen our competitiveness in an important emerging market like India,” Ford New Businesses, Technology & Strategy President Jim Farley said.advertisement”Ford’s technological leadership combined with Mahindra’s successful operating model and product prowess will surely help us deliver a vehicle that will meet the expectations of customers in India as well as other emerging markets,” Farley added.ALSO READ | Hyundai Venue unveiled, Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza rival expected to be launched in India in May 2019ALSO READ | Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza to soon get petrol engine, to rival Hyundai Venue, Tata Nexon, Mahindra XUV300ALSO READ | Ford Mustang sells 1,13,066 units in 2018, becomes world’s best-selling sports coupe for 4th straight year read more