Happy Birthday, Landon!
Happy Birthday, Landon!
In a new video posted by the Bianconeri’s official YouTube account, Stephan Lichtsteiner and Andrea Pirlo go out for a nice little brunch together after practice. Throughout the spot, Lichtsteiner asks Pirlo to “pass” him multiple things. The punchline (it’s not much of one) is when Stephan asks Pirlo to pass him the water, which is closer to him.
On their way out of the restaurant, Pirlo has a revelation: maybe practice makes perfect?
Somehow, passing is only Pirlo’s second-greatest attribute, well behind fashion. Just look at him:
Cristiano Ronaldo has hit yet another milestone today: he scored his 400th career goal for club and country. The Real Madrid and Portugal super star hit the mark in Los Blancos’ 3-0 win over Celta Vigo.
He’ll turn just 29 in less than a month, so with plenty of footballing years ahead of him, we have a slight hunch that number will be significantly higher when he eventually retires (yes, it will happen some day).
Update: Ronaldo also scored his 399th earlier in the match, and dedicated both goals to the late Eusebio, who was laid to rest today.
I dedicate these 2 goals to you Eusébio but in fact you were the one who scored them. You’ll always be in my heart. pic.twitter.com/VDbTBIOzPG— Cristiano Ronaldo (@Cristiano) January 6, 2014
The Portuguese legend is certainly somewhere watching and smiling.
Portugal legend Eusebio had one last wish after he passed: a lap around Estádio da Luz before he is laid to rest.
Thousands of fans showed up at the stadium and thousands more lined the streets to bid farewell to their footballing hero.
In a touching moment, his coffin was placed at center field.
Eusébio’s final wish is granted. His final Goodbye in the centre of pitch at Benfica’s Estádio da Luz stadium pic.twitter.com/z9m6YxDoKn— Tom Kundert (@Portu_Goal)
Rest In Peace, Black Panther.
Aside from the fact that strikers hope to score in every match, Lukas Podolski had a little extra motivation on New Year’s Day — he was going to do it for his German compatriot Michael Schumacher. The seven-time Formula 1 champion has been in critical condition the past few days, following a serious ski accident that left him in a coma with severe head trauma.
Though Podolski failed to get on the score sheet, he posted a little tribute to Schumacher on his Facebook after Arsenal’s 2-0 win over Cardiff. With several teammates around him, Podolski lifted up the undershirt he was wearing with the message “Get Well Soon Schumi.”
A conference call with Zlatan Ibrahimovic – eccentric Paris Saint-Germain and Sweden striker, professional brooder, devout worshipper at the altar of Zlatan, serial third-person referrer of self, mass-winner of league championships, and delightful provocateur – is an experience.
We had one such opportunity on Friday, so here, free of framing, editing or diluting, the best things he said in his deep, ear-ringing voice during the half-hour call.
On the Ballon D’Or, for which he wasn’t nominated as a finalist:
“I’m the best, boy.”
On coming to Major League Soccer:
“I’m not nominated for the Golden Ball so, I don’t know, maybe in America nobody knows who I am there. So maybe I should come over and play some seasons so people get to know me.”
On his favorite player to watch:
“My favorite player all time is Ronaldo The Phenomeno, of course, but he’s not active today. Eeehhh… As you play every day, train every day… pffff… play games almost every three days it’s not easy to watch even football when you come home. I have two kids to take care of and other interesting things I’m doing in my life, other hobbies, so it’s not like football 24 hours. I like to see big games and that’s it. Finals of tournaments and these kind of games that is exciting to watch but I’m not the one that like to watch a lot of football.”
On what it would take for a player of his stature in his prime to come to America:
“I can only speak for myself. It could be interesting to go over to America and try the football there but today it’s not interesting.”
On continuing to improve into his 30s:
“I’m like the wine. The older the wine is the better it is. So the older I get, the better I get.”
Happy Birthday, Scholesy!