There was always a distance, an invisible glass, that could never be breached with Maradona. We were below, and he stood above as we never intersected on the same plane.
Through a combination of happenstance and planning, the USMNT looked outward, and the results are beginning to match the expectations we'd built up this entire time.
Ralph Hasenhuttl has said he prefers his side to fly under the radar, adding that itís more fun to be a pirate "than to join the navy." While the outsider status suits him, big clubs are seeking him out and they would have to conform to him.
Even during a pandemic, even on his last legs, Zlatan Ibrahimovic is playing how he's always played, embodying the character he's always been, making us feel close but keeping a distance, as he's always done.
But where, if anywhere, are 10s thriving? Even articles about the demise of the No. 10 are decreasing as we move on to analyzing structure.