World Cup 2022: Christian Pulisic: “The LeBron James of Soccer” gets praise from “The King”

Christian Pulisic being the star for the United States Men’s National Team isn’t something that happened overnight, as the Hershey, Pennsylvania born was regarded since a young age as a soccer prodigy and draw comparisons to other great athlete’s that preceded him, like LeBron James, due to his skills, young age and expectation about their future.

Pulisic has been called “The LeBron James of Soccer” and now in his first ever World Cup is proving them right, scoring the key goal with which the USMNT defeated Iran, securing their advancement to the knockout rounds in Qatar 2022.

LeBron James praised the USMNT for advancing in Qatar 2022

LeBron James took to Twitter to congratulate the United States Men’s National Team on defeating Iran and advancing to the Round of 16 in the Qatar 2022 FIFA World Cup.

The USMNT’s social media team tweeted at LeBron James and showed their respect for who they called “The LeBron James of Basketball”, in a clear sign of joining the trend surrounding Christian Pulisic.

LeBron James has posted pictures wearing Pulisic’s jersey

This isn’t the first time that LeBron James shows support for Christian Pulisic or the USMNT, previously he has been seen wearing the “Captain America” #10 jersey in his Instagram posts.

Later it was reported that Pulisic had gifted him the jersey, but hadn’t actually met him in person by that point.

Proof that Shohei Ohtani is a better athlete than Brady, Jordan, and Ronaldo

Perhaps we spoke a little too soon when we started comparing Shohei Ohtani with Babe Ruth, who is arguably the best player in MLB history. The Japanese phenom keeps proving that his level of comparison is only in par with the best athletes from all sports. It’s not just the pitching and the home runs, Ohtani is Top 5 in more than half of all statistical categories in the game today. And he is Top 10 in virtually all of them.

This level of efficiency can only be compared to other greats in many different sports, you already know the names we are about to mention. What makes Shohei different from the rest is not only his god-given gift to play sports, but also his centuries-old discipline that is embedded in Japanese culture. Ohtani is not interested in making money or being famous, all he cares about is greatness within the sport of baseball. If he wanted, he could be an even better version of the two-way players Bo Jackson and Deion Sanders were.

Can Ohtani he a better athlete than Brady, Jordan or Ronaldo?

Shohei Ohtani shares the discipline with these three legends of all sports, he also shares it with other all-time greats such as Muhammad Ali, Leo Messi, Kobe Bryant, LeBron James, Pele, Usain Bolt, or Michael Phelps. Ohtani-san also has a similar level of obsession with his own sport, he has baseball for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. He even dreams about baseball. But all the other athletes don’t share that levelof humility Shohei learned since he was a little kid.

In the book of ‘Bushido‘ that explains the life philosophy of the Samurai, the word is literally translated to a phrase that means, ‘to serve’. Ohtani fully understands that his gifts were given to him in order to share them with the rest of the world. As such, he made the decision to dedicate his life to entertaining the masses with the smallest payout possible in return.

Baseball players tend to lead a long career in the MLB, Ohtani is only 28 and has at least another decade of skill to offer the world. Inside the ‘Fastball‘ documentary from 2015, legendary pitcher Nolan Ryan was featured as one of the players who retired at the oldest age. He was 46 years old.

Ryan is recorded to have thrown the quickest fastball in MLB history at 108 miles per hour (Shohei’s fastest pitch was 102mph). If Ohtani keeps this discipline as the freak of nature that he is, the sky is the limit for what he can accomplish as a pro athlete. He has the potential to be compared to no other big name when it’s all said and done.