Ruby’s sudden exit a reminder how we let greatness pass us by

It can’t have just been me who appreciated Lionel Messi that little bit more on Wednesday evening. 

Barca’s fun-sized bag of tricks has always drawn us in, but Ruby Walsh’s retirement in Punchestown earlier in the day was a reminder of the assorted sporting riches presented to us at this point in time and the need to celebrate them at every opportunity.

That Walsh was contemplating what, for athletes, is described as “the first death” was no surprise to anyone with even a passing interest in National Hunt racing. 

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