5
Mar

Luis Figo tweets dressing room pic that rivals ‘Oscar Selfie’

On Tuesday, an assortment of football legends assembled in Bern, Switzerland to play ‘BSC Young Boys and Friends’ in the eleventh “Match Against Poverty,” an annual charity game with this year’s proceeds going to the Philippines. The World XI was dubbed ‘Ronaldo, Zidane and Friends’ and featured many of the best players from the past 25 years.

The friendly match came just two days after Ellen DeGeneres broke Twitter with her insta-famous ‘Oscar Selfie.’ So, appropriately, Luis Figo  turned in his own effort, which may have broken the Twitter record for most football legends in one picture:

We spot Ronaldo, Zidane, Paolo Maldini, Youri Djorkaeff, Steve McManaman, Patrick Vieira, Giovane Elber, Fabio Cannavaro and coach Ruud Gullit. Who else can you see?

Image courtesy of Getty

5
Feb

Cristiano Ronaldo, Neymar, Carlos Tevez and Adnan Januzaj all celebrate their birthday today

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Happy Birthday, boys!

Cristiano Ronaldo, the reigning world player of the year, turns 29 years young today, and even the great Zlatan Ibrahimovic took a minute out of his day to personally congratulate CR7 on Twitter:

Ronaldo responded brilliantly:

Your move, Zlatan.

Meanwhile, Ronaldo’s Barcelona rival Neymar was also born today, albeit seven years later. Two mega stars born on one day? Not bad! Thankfully, they will spoil us with their amazing goals for many more years to come, but take a look back now at their already incredible careers:

And if that wasn’t enough birthday candles for one day, Carlos Tevez (30) and Adnan Januzaj (19) are also celebrating their birthdays today. Clearly, there must be something very special about February 5th!

1
Jan

Arsenal’s Lukas Podolski sends message to racing legend Michael Schumacher

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.”

20
Dec

Must-read: Zlatan Ibrahimovic chats with US Media in amusing conference call

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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.”

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16
Nov

This is what Messi cleaning out his closet looks like…

imageLionel 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:

Notice how Matias’ own trophy haul has strangely been left off the graphic?

30
Oct

Qatar removes Zidane headbutt statue to prevent idol worshipping

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Image courtesy of Deadspin

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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Image courtesy of Reuters

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:

H/T Deadspin