BARCELONA, Spain:Having sold over 100 million smart phones last year, Chinese-based cell phone giants Huawei remains confident its partnership with Lionel Messi will now lead its organisation to the top of global phone sales soon. Messi is a five-time Ballon d’Or/FIFA World Player of the year winner and as the first player to achieve that historic feat, many consider him one of the all time football greats.Messi, who represents Spanish club Barcelona was recently named global brand ambassador for Huawei during a press conference held in the city.With Messi being born in Rosario Argentina in the same year as Huawei’s inception in 1987, the organisation has labelled the partnership as a “perfect fit”.long-term partnership”We are seeking a long term partnership. He is a win-win, look to see Huawei and Messi in the future,” Kevin Ho, president, Handset Business, Huawei Consumer BG said.The Messi and Huawei partnership is over a three year period, but no official figure was released on how much it will cost the Asian brand.Huawei is also the official Smart phone partner of London-based English football club Arsenal. It is set to launch their new P9 smart phone in London on April 6.Despite Huawei’s global sales last year, it remains one of the three top smart phone vendors in the world, behind Apple and Samsung.They, however, lead the Asian market by beating Xiaomi, Lenovo, Apple and Samsung to become the top smart phone vendor.The company hopes Messi can help raise its brand awareness in markets it has been making inroads in like Latin America, Asia and Europe where football enjoys a cult-like following.Meanwhile, according to Ho, five reasons which make Huawei devices stand out from others are, “design, craftsmanship, user experience, long battery life and excellent camera quality”.He stressed that Huawei is happy to be a sponsor of the Digicel Rising Star in Jamaica.
Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:02Fans fill up Philippine Arena for SEA Games opening02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal “I remembered what happened last year, and last year we had a chance to go to the finals,” said Tolentino in Filipino. “That wasted opportunity, that last shot, it still haunts me and that’s what I was thinking about earlier and I told myself ‘never again.’”And Tolentino made good on his promise when his soul-crushing three-pointer with 3.1 seconds left was like a blazing spear that struck the collective hearts of the Green Archers.What made the blow even harder for De La Salle was FEU were able to go on a 7-2 run that started with just 1:28 to play.Whether it was fate or just sheer coincidence, Tolentino found himself with a crazy amount of daylight after La Salle’s defense collapsed to the paint in an attempt to trap Barkley Eboña, who rolled to the basket after giving a pick for Jasper Parker to go through.Justine Baltazar tried to scramble and challenge Tolentino’s shot but the distance between the two big men was just too much and FEU’s star forward was able to knock down, arguably, the biggest shot of his collegiate career.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Last year, Tolentino botched what could’ve been the game-winner in the Tamaraws’ do-or-die match against Ateneo in the UAAP Season 80 men’s basketball Final Four. The Blue Eagles, who went on to win the title, won 88-84 in overtime.That haunting memory lingered in Tolentino’s mind but the sweet-shooting forward was able to exorcize his demons with his team back on the brink of elimination.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissREAD: FEU crashes UAAP Final Four party, eliminates De La Salle for no. 4Tolentino nailed the game-winning three-pointer to send Tamaraws to the Final Four after with a 71-70 win over De La Salle in the fourth place playoff Wednesday at Smart Araneta Coliseum. LATEST STORIES It was exactly 364 days ago when Arvin Tolentino missed his chance to become one of the many heroes who has worn Far Eastern University’s colors.ADVERTISEMENT Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum View comments PH Azkals near Suzuki Cup semis after holding Thailand to 1-1 stalemate Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title “I just want to give everything to FEU and this could’ve been our last game and I was just thinking that I won’t waste this opportunity and I won’t waste the sacrifices of my teammates,” said Tolentino who finished with 15 points, five rebounds, two steals, and two blocks. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines?