16
Jan

Ronaldo to buy Real physios new car for helping him win Ballon d’Or

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Cristiano Ronaldo is very aware that winning a Ballon d’Or, although an individual award, could not be accomplished without the help of his teammates and his coaches. And, of course, his team of physios (as seen above).

Turns out, the folks responsible for maintaining Ronaldo’s body and massaging out the knots in his massive thighs will be most rewarded for doing their part. According to reports, Ronaldo had promised the full staff of physios a new car if he’d won the Ballon d’Or again, or won the Champions League. Whichever came first, we reckon.

From MARCA:

A small part of the Ballon d’Or that he was awarded last Monday was also for the physios that work with him, and that is why the player has said on numerous occasions that he would buy them a car if he won the Ballon d’Or or if Real Madrid won its much-awaited “Décima” (tenth Champions League trophy).

The promise was made during one of the many long sessions that the Portuguese has being treated on the physio table. And Cristiano Ronaldo is a man who doesn’t make promises lightly.

While we don’t know whether this means the physios receive one car to share, or each their own, it’s a great gesture from Ronaldo.

Meanwhile, the entire staff got this shout-out via Twitter, with Ronaldo saying that “this award is for everyone.”

Image via Twitter/@Cristiano

16
Oct

The morning after: Mexico thanks the United States for saving their bacon

Judging by the headlines across Mexico, El Tri know exactly who is responsible for keeping their World Cup hopes alive by a whisker.

After a disappointing 2-1 loss to Costa Rica, Mexico’s World Cup lives were at the mercy of the Americans — their greatest, most bitter rivals — who themselves had fallen behind Panama midway through the second half. Had the result held up, Mexico would be eliminated from next year’s summer classic, but a pair of stoppage time goals by Graham Zusi and Aron Johannsson marked an incredible comeback that kept Mexico ahead of Panama in fourth place of the qualifying group, good for a two-legged playoff tie with New Zealand to determine one of the last World Cup berths.

As it happened, Mexican commentator Christian Martinoli encapsulated the incredible night while covering both games side-by-side for Azteca TV, screaming:

“We love you for ever and ever! God bless America!

The USA puts us in the playoffs!

It is because of the USA that we are being placed in the playoff … because of them, not due to you! Not any of you in the green shirts. It was them! Not you! They did it, not you!

Remember this forever. Keep this clearly in mind for the rest of your lives. You do nothing for the shirt, you do not put any effort for the team, you have not placed us in the World Cup, you would not have kept us alive.

Mexico is a horror, just terrible. A failure.”

His words, not ours.

19
May

Thank you fans!

It’s not a good-bye.

Thank you all for watching and for supporting the Premier League all these years on FOX Soccer. It’s been a blast and our pleasure bringing it to you, the fans.

As a reminder, FOX Sports 1, America’s new sports network, will be our new home for soccer starting August 17. Until then, FOX Soccer has next weekend’s Champions League final on tap, as well as this summer’s Gold Cup and plenty more.

18
May

Mancini takes out full-page ad to thank City fans

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While Manchester City manager Roberto Manicini did not even make it to the end of the season, he took the high road and put out this classy ad in the Manchester Evening News.

Mancini is pictured with the 2011 FA Cup, 2012 Community Shield, and 2012 Premier League trophy, thanking the fans for three unforgettable years.

He was not a popular man among players and club officials, but fans have still held him in a high regard and he should receive plenty of support for a new position sooner than later.

Image via @Danmcfcjones