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Knighthood would be a great honour . . . for Bermuda

Much has been made about me being knighted and it would be wonderful.

But this wouldn't be just for me, it would be huge for Bermuda.

I played the game because it was my first love and to be even thought of in this conversation is a huge honour. A lot of the guys I played with and against have become Sirs, from Trevor Booking to Bobby Moore to Geoff Hurst.

To be in the company of these wonderful people would be a pleasure and when you look at the size of Bermuda it would be an unbelieveable honour.

If it doesn't happen then life goes on. I'm not one to sit and complain about decisions. A lot of the times it is about opinions and you have to deal with each decision as it comes along.

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History was made this week when Lionel Messi scored five goals in one Champions League match. That's a great feat for anyone but to do it in front of a worldwide television audience was something special regardless of the fact that Barcelona were pretty much through to the next round. Outrageous!.

He is a special talent who comes around every 10 to 20 years so you have to embrace what he is doing now and enjoy the moment.

The game today isn't as physical as it was years ago when you could go in and put the hammer on a player. So Pele to me is stil the greatest but Messi is right up there with the best of them.

When you look at the pitches Pele played on and all the travelling he did to score all those goals, well it was incredible . And it wasn't always about how many he scored, it was when he scored them. He scored a lot of key goals.

There have been some fantastic players thoughout the years. In today's era Messi is the best. But players like Alfredo Di Stefano, Eusebio, Franz Beckenbauer and Bobby Moore were all among the cream of the crop.

Nowadays you have one player that stands out while in the 70's and 80s there were dozens of super players who would rip any team apart.

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Arsenal almost made an astonishing comeback from four goals down to beat AC Milan although what people have to remember is that it is always easier to play at home. That said, I'm sure they didn't expect to go to the San Siro and take the beating that they did.

This week they had nothing to lose and it showed by the way they played.

AC Milan are vastly superior in terms of experience but the Gunners have youth and enthusiasm and it has showed in their performances against Liverpool and Tottenham.

How things are now set up, England won't have anyone in the Champions League but that doesn't reflect on the Premier League. It's still a wonderful league.

I remember when Italy and Spain were struggling because they didn't have any teams in the last eight of the Champions League but each country has their time and right now it's not England.

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Winning is difficult for all clubs in this league and one person who can relate to that is Andres Villas-Boas, who was fired by Chelsea this week.

He was a young coach guiding older players who are used to doing things their way. That's not to say that he was a bad manager but it is about winning and he didn't get the results expected from him.

Chelsea are still am attractive club but you are judged by your lastest success and unfortunately for him his past triumphs at Porto meant nothing.

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Published March 10, 2012 at 7:00 am (Updated March 10, 2012 at 7:43 am)

Knighthood would be a great honour . . . for Bermuda

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