31
Aug

Sparta Prague’s David Lafata scores twisting scissor kick goal against his old club

It’s hard enough to accurately connect with the ball in a scissor kick, let alone put it on frame.

But Sparta Prague star David Lafata did just that and more, putting the ball in the back of the net with his own interpretation on the difficult technique with a twisting, turning version.

Take a look:

Sparta Prague were battling FK Baumit Jablonec, which happens to be Lafata’s old club.

Lafata wound up doubling Sparta’s lead, giving his new team a 2-0 victory, but more importantly, giving us something to ooh and aww at.

H/T Reddit

12
Mar

Cristiano Ronaldo pays for young fan’s brain surgery

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This is the type of tear-jerker story that draws us closer to our idols, and reveals the human side of larger-than-life athletes.

Ten-month old Erik Ortiz Cruz suffers from cortical dysplasia — a brain abnormality that can cause up to 30 seizures each day — and his family has been desperately looking for help.

Without brain surgery, Erik’s seizures can only worsen and lead to more developmental problems in the future. With one, Erik could win a second chance at life. But the operation costs $83,000 alone, necessary follow-up tests an additional $8,000+ each. Attempts to raise money by Erik’s family haven’t nearly been enough to cover the costs.

Running out of options, a Cruz family friend reportedly reached out to Cristiano Ronaldo, asking if he could donate some signed jerseys or boots to auction off. Not only did Ronaldo happily agree to the donations after hearing of Erik’s plight, he pledged to pay the entire sum of his medical costs and visit the young Merengue in the hospital!

Ronaldo may have plenty of haters in the world, but he just won another fan for life.

H/T Metro 

Editor’s note: For more information on epilepsy and how you can help, please visit Purple Day, a world-wide organization dedicated to epilepsy awareness. 

9
Oct

Daniel Agger gives young fan shirt after plunking him with ball

Well, that’s one way to go about getting a soccer player’s shirt.

Liverpool defender Daniel Agger, training with Denmark’s national team, sent a wayward ball that wound up finding the face of an unsuspecting kid behind the goal.

Upon realizing he’d drilled someone, Agger, ever the nice gent that he is, went to go check on the fan.

Cool enough, right? Well, it gets even cooler. Agger then hopped over the barrier — much to the amusement of the other kids — to make sure the youngster was OK.

After a short conversation, the Danish international then gave the dazed boy his shirt.

What a memorable experience! And in case the woozy fan might be a little foggy on the details, he can just turn to the tape.

(h/t TalkSport.com)

19
Sep

Qatari team plays the ‘Crossbar Challenge’ in Asian Champions League match

On Wednesday, Qatari outfit Lekhwiya managed to hit the crossbar three times in three seconds in a 4-1 loss to Guangzhou Evergrande in the AFC Champions League.

Yes, three times! Hold on, this needs some theme music.

Watch it again (on mute) while playing this:

(H/T WAATP)

5
Jul

It wasn’t so long ago - two months in fact - that David Beckham hung up his boots following an illustrious playing career in England, Spain, the United States, Italy and France. 

In a creative and touching tribute to the former Manchester United and Real Madird star, Japanese animators Mori Pictures provide Beckham’s best moments in Lego form. The video even revisits Beckham’s crucial points in his career from his red card in the 1998 World Cup to his emotional goodbye farewell with PSG earlier this year.

Sit back, relax and enjoy Beckham’s greatest hits and misses.

(H/T 101GreatGoals)