Hector Moreno is in Qatar, and if he sees out his contract he’ll be there for the next three years.How you feel about the Mexico international center back moving to Al-Gharafa probably has put you in one of two groups. Either you applauded the move as a deserved end-of-career financial boon for a long-serving Mexico international or you bemoaned another El Tri player taking the easy way out of Europe and parachuting into a league with lesser competition.And, good news! You’re probably right. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? There’s a little truth in every side of the debate – the same debate that has accompanied Mexico players’ moves back to North America as well. When Giovani dos Santos, Carlos Vela and Jonathan dos Santos moved to various parts of Los Angeles or when Carlos Salcedo decided to leave Frankfurt for a life with Tigres in Monterrey, critics said the same. With America in the market for a new goalkeeper, Guillermo Ochoa may be the Mexico veteran subject to the hot takes.On the one hand, these players are human beings. They’re entitled to make decisions they feel benefit themselves – even if it comes at the expense of the team whose success a whole nation lives and dies with. If Moreno wants to cash in with some money made in the Middle East after a decade in Europe, who’s to stop him? He’s no doubt doing what he feels is best for him and his family. Same with a player who returns to Liga MX or joins MLS. The joy he feels being close to family and friends may be worth more to him than the joy he would feel celebrating a goal in La Liga or, more likely for many players, getting sporadic minutes in a big European league.On the other, there’s no doubt Moreno will be less challenged as a player in Qatar than if he’d stayed with Real Sociedad. The 31-year-old defender looked crisp this summer in the final two matches of the Gold Cup, no doubt in part because he’d had to earn his place with La Real. Other players, like Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez or Jesus “Tecatito” Corona found their footing and improved by leaps and bounds by having to fight off competition for a place in their well-stocked European clubs.The real crux of the matter is players older than 30 should be getting phased out of the national team no matter what their club situation. Some exceptions exist. There are plenty of players who still can do the job even as they push past the milestone, but players in their prime are supposed to be jumping past these veterans. It’s admirable Ochoa is shaping up to be the No. 1 in Qatar at age 38, but is he really being pushed for the starting job by any up-and-comers in Liga MX or abroad?Moreno, with his unique profile as a left-footed center back who is extremely effective in picking out attackers on the opposite side of the field, is a player not easily replaced. There’s a reason both previous Mexico manager Juan Carlos Osorio and current El Tri boss Tata Martino have rolled with the veteran in their XIs even as he played limited minutes at the club level. The debate would be a moot point were Nestor Araujo locking onto the job and making the role his own. Instead, the Celta de Vigo defender struggled to display the level needed at the Gold Cup. This is a team in which Rafa Marquez started at the World Cup last summer at a spry 39 years of age. Part of that was down to injuries, but Edson Alvarez wasn’t yet ready to play the defensive midfield spot full-time.Osorio and Martino seeing the same value in veterans doesn’t mean they’re singing from the same hymn sheet in other aspects. While Osorio regularly railed against players not pushing themselves to find challenges at the club level, Martino looks to have accepted that players are going to come to North America or head off to the Middle East. That’s the reality of the market right now.More productive than complaining about the decisions those players already have made for themselves is focusing on what’s coming. El Tri fans should enjoy Moreno while they can – and let him enjoy himself as he plays out the last years of his playing career. It’s up to others, not him, to make sure the national team continues to improve.
Source: Goodreads6. You’ve somewhat lost touch with realityWork is just an eight hour gap between you and your next episode. You’d rather watch it alone so you can keep up the pace and will have minimal interruption. Social interaction? What’s that?7. You’ve developed an unquenchable thirst to know everything about a show you’re intoEnter, the internet. If it’s related to the show, you’ll find it. Interviews with the actors, useless Wikipedia trivia, blooper reels on YouTube. Basically, all of your recommended videos are about Breaking Bad and you have yet to find a related Google link that isn’t purple.Did you know that Bryan Cranston is a Pisces? Of course you did.8. You’ll talk theories with anyone who will listenWhat are the polar bears on the Lost island? WHO IS THE MOTHER? You ponder and ponder until it’s 4am and you’re arguing with an Australian via twitter hashtags about how Sherlock faked his death. Source: Imgur9. You can watch it over and over againYou may not actively seek out a show you’ve already watched, but if it happens to be on television as you’re flicking by, you’ll have no qualms in watching it again. You’ll also laugh EVERY, TIME. It’s like greeting an old friend. Source: Tumblr10. Social media is your mortal enemySo you had to go to a damn wedding or some exotic holiday last week and you had no choice but to miss a new episode. Of course everyone in the world has already watched it and are tweeting about it. It’s a minefield out there.9 series on Netflix which might have passed you by>Netflix to take on Hollywood with original movies> WHAT DID WE ever do before box sets and Netflix? Use the RTÉ Guide, newspaper, or even the teletext schedule? Did we actually WAIT for something to come on, then wait another week to watch the next episode? Enough of this nightmarish dystopia, let’s get real.Going on a Friday night binge but have basically watched everything ever made? Let this handy flow chart be your guide to find something new. Just expect to experience of dose of these telling signs:1. You constantly lose track of timeOne more episode won’t hurt. Oh dear, there was a huge cliffhanger at the end of that one so now you’ve to watch the next one. Ah look, it’s 3am and there’s work tomorrow. You DID watch three seasons in one day though, there’s one for the CV.2. You feel a strange sense of emptiness when an episode disappointsSo… that’s it? That had absolutely nothing to do with the current story arc and your favourite character was in it for like two minutes. Seriously? Now we’ve to wait until next week? Come off it. Source: Imgur3. You have no problem staying up late to see a show premiere on US televisionYou have to stream it from the states and don’t mind giving yourself about 12 viruses in the pursuit. The episode doesn’t start until 2am but my God, you’ll be up to witness it along with everyone else. The thought of people seeing it before you just KILLS you. Source: Shutterstock4. Your Netflix recommendations are getting oddly specificAnd you buy into each and every one. Source: Imgur5. You start to miss the charactersYou may be tempted to turn to fan fiction. Christ, you might even read one of those ‘official’ tie-in books.