Happy Birthday, Scholesy!
Lionel Messi’s brother Matias sent out this picture via Twitter on Thursday, showing his brother do a little winter cleaning at home. Got to do something while recovering from his nagging leg injuries, right?
Sprawled out on the floor are four (consecutive) Ballon d’Ors, a UEFA Best Player in Europe award, two Golden Boots (of the three he’s won), individual winner’s trophies for his six La Liga titles, three Champions League crowns and two Copa del Reys, and various Super Cup silverware.
Decent collection. All that’s missing is a World Cup!
Matias apparently loves basking in his younger brother’s glory, as he also tweeted out this fun infographic comparing Leo’s incredible trophy haul to that of you-know-who:
Hola a todos les dejo una fotito,espero les guste,a mi,me encanta!!! pic.twitter.com/LHdNZPkfOf— matias messi (@_MatiasMessi)
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The famous statue which immortalized Zinedine Zidane’s fateful headbutt on Marco Matterazzi in the 2006 World Cup Final has been removed from public view in Doha, Qatar just a month after it went on display.
The reason? Idolatry, of course.
The 16-foot bronze monument that was sculpted by Algerian-born French artist Adel Abdessemed appears to have offended many conservatives in the Muslim emirate, who saw it as a flagrant violation of religious tenets.
According to a report by the AFP, Islamic law prohibits owning statues of human beings and animals to avoid the possibility of idolatry (idol worshiping). While some Muslim countries do display statues in public, most conservative Gulf nations, like Qatar, do not. The subtext of that AFP story indicates that had the statue not been removed, it would likely have been attacked (presumably by way of head-butting).
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Recently purchased by the Qatar Museum Authority, Zidane’s head-butt statue will now have a new home, albeit indoors: Doha’s Arab Museum of Modern Art. For those seeking to relive “Zizou’s” magical moment, watch below:
Happy birthday, legend.
Can we even act surprised anymore?
Zlatan just keeps doing what Zlatan does, his latest act of magic coming on this ludicrous, kung-fu style, backheel golazo while being blanketed by two defenders. It’s like Ibrahimovic doesn’t even register that he’s not supposed to score goals in such positions. I know it’s an overused phrase but… he just… he just scores when he wants.
It was Zlatan’s first of two goals on the day, but at halftime coach Laurent Blanc decided to rest his star against an overwhelmed Bastia side. Not like the opposition could breathe any easier, though. PSG, you may recall, also employ Edinson Cavani.
With Zlatan letting his hair down on the bench, his equally shaggy and prolific Uruguayan counterpart took over the goalscoring duties, bagging a brace of his own in the second half for a 4-0 win. For his first goal, Cavani attempted to out-Zlatan the great Zlatan with this brilliant solo effort:
Long hair, don’t care.
As if getting your own stand and statue at Old Trafford isn’t enough to remind people of your greatness, Sir Alex Ferguson has now also been honored with his very own road.
Dubbed “Sir Alex Ferguson Way,” the road lies adjacent to OT and should help identify the Manchester United coaching legend to those who have been living under a rock for, well, the past quarter of a century.
Before unveiling the sign, Ferguson said:
It’s a privilege and an honor to have a road named after me. You don’t expect these things in life. It encapsulates probably the last 26 years - coming to the great club, the history of it. It’s been an incredible journey for me, ending today for me to unveil this road sign: Sir Alex Ferguson Way.
I’m really proud of that and I’m proud of everyone who has been associated with the club.
I’d like to thank Manchester United for inviting me down here, 26 years ago. It was a fantastic elevation in my life and a challenge I accepted. And we are where we are now.
The 71-year-old Scot was also awarded the Honorary Freedom of the Borough of Trafford at a formal ceremony on Monday. The Honorary Freedom is the highest honor that the council can bestow, recognizing outstanding contribution to services in the borough. It has only been awarded two other times.
Apparently, winning 38 trophies in 26 years counts as “outstanding contributions.” Tough to argue that.
Sir Alex is the second United legend to have a road named after him, following Sir Matt Busby, one of his coaching predecessors. Sources speculate that, at this point, it is unlikely for current manager David Moyes to also get a road of his own one day.
Instead, Moyes will have just one more thing to remind him how impossible his task is of filling Sir Alex’s ginormous shoes.
H/T The Guardian
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At first, it seemed that Roma’s perfect start to the season was an anomaly. Surely it would not last. Well here we are, seven games in and they have seven wins, 21 points and sit atop Serie A.
What has been the key to their success? It’s 37-year-old Francesco Totti.
The striker has scored three goals and notched six assists this season, proving that even in his later footballing years, he’s a huge asset to the club. His offensive firepower was especially key on Saturday in Roma’s 3-0 win over Inter, showing the world that they are the real deal and Totti definitely still has it.
Club captain at the age of 21
2-time Serie A Player of the Year
Serie A’s active all-time leading goalscorer
…and still going strong.
Happy Birthday to Francesco Totti, AS Roma’s identity and greatest-ever player.