Mshambulizi wa Juventus na Ureno, Cristiano Ronaldo ni miongoni mwa wachezaji watatu waliochaguliwa kuwania tuzo la mchezaji bora wa Ulimwengu msimu uliopita, Ballon D’Or.
Ronaldo alilisaidia taifa lake la Ureno kunyakua taji la UEFA Nations League huku akisaidia klabu yake ya Juventus kutwaa mataji matatu nchini Italia ikiwemo taji la ligi. Hata hivyo, Ronaldo alishindwa kuifikisha Juventus kwenye nusu nusu fainali za michuano ya Klabu bingwa barani Ulaya.
Lionel Messi alipeleka klabu yake ya Barcelona hadi nusu fainali ya klabu bingwa barani Ulaya huku akicheka na wavu mara kumi na mbili. Messi pia alicheka na wavu mara 34 kwenye ligi kuu nchini uhispania alisaidia klabu yake ya Barcelona kutwaa taji la La liga na kombe la Copa Del Rey.
Hata hivyo Messi na taifa lake la Argentina kwenye awamu ya nusu fainali ya michuano ya Copa America.
Mlinzi wa taifa la Uholanzi, Virgil Van Dijk amekamilisha orodha ya tatu bora baada ya kuisaidia klabu yake ya Liverpool kutwaa taji la klabu bingwa barani Ulaya.
Van Dijk pia alifikisha taifa lake kwenye fainali ya michuano ya UEFA Nations League ila walipoteza mchezo wa fainali mikononi mwa Ureno yake Cristiano Ronaldo.
Nyota wa soka Cristiano Ronaldo hatakabiliwa na shtaka lolote baada ya kutuhumiwa na madai ya unyanyasaji wa kingono, waendesha mashtaka wa Marekani wamesema.
Mwanadada mmoja Kathryn Mayorga alidai kuwa mchezaji huyo wa klabu ya Juventus alimbaka katika hoteli moja jijini Las Vegas mwaka 2009. Inaripotiwa kwamba Mayorga alikubaliana na nyota huyo kusuluhisha kesi hiyo kimya kimya nje ya mahakama mwaka 2010.
David de Gea anasema anataka kuwa nahodha wa Manchester United baada ya kutia saini mkataba wa muda mrefu klabuni humo. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, meneja wa United, anamtafura nahodha mpya baada ya kumwacha Antonio Valencia kuondoka mwishoni mwa msimu uliopita, na akasema kwamba Paul Pogba, Chris Smalling, Ashley Young na De Gea wote wanawania wadhfa huo.
De Gea aliyejiunga na United kutoka Atletico Madrid mwaka wa 2011, anasema yuko tayari kuchukua majukumu zaidi Old Trafford na kuiongoza timu changa ya Solskjaer.
Huko Uhispania, Barcelona wako tayari kufanya mazungumzo na Lionel Messi mwenye umri wa miaka 32, kurefusha mkataba wa nyota huyo raia wa Argentina kwa miaka minne zaidi.
Kwingineko Tottenham wanajiandaa kutumia tena kitita kikubwa cha fedha wiki hii, kukamilisha usajili wa kiungo wa kati wa Real Betis na Argentina Giovani lo Celso mwenye umri wa miaka 23, pamoja na mlinzi wa Fulham na Uingereza, Ryan Sessegnon mwenye umri wa miaka 19.
Klabu ya ligi ya Uchina Beijing Guoan wamepania kumsajili winga wa Real Madrid Gareth Bale. Klabu hiyo, ina mpango wa kumfanya winga huyo mwenye miaka 30 kuwa mchezaji anayelipwa zaidi katika ligi ya Uchina.
Manchester United, ambao awali walikuwa wakimnyemelea Bale wamejitoa katika mbio za kumsajili mchezaji huyo. Wakati huo huo United hatimaye imekubali masharti ya kumsajili beki wa Leicester na Uingereza Harry Maguire. Mchezaji huyo mwenye umri wa miaka 26 atawasili Old Trafford kwa kitita cha pauni milioni 80.
A smiling Cristiano Ronaldo has accepted a huge fine and suspended jail sentence for tax fraud after a deal with Spanish prosecutors.
The Portugal and Juventus star, 33, will pay a total of 18.8million euros (£16.9million) after pleading guilty at a hearing in Madrid this morning.
Ronaldo, who went to court with his girlfriend Georgina Rodriguez, also received a 23-month prison sentence but as a first-time offender for a non-violent crime he will not spend a day in jail.
His former Real Madrid team-mate Xabi Alonso is also in court on a separate tax evasion charge, which could lead to a five-year sentence that – unlike Ronaldo – may see him behind bars if he is found guilty.
Ronaldo, who left Madrid last summer to join Juventus, wore a black jacket with buttons, white trainers and dark sunglasses as he arrived at court with his girlfriend.
Ronaldo’s lawyers had asked that he be allowed to enter the building by car to avoid the media spotlight.
But the court president refused the request, saying that despite his ‘great fame’, he would not ‘compromise security’ at the building.
The former Manchester United forward’s request to appear via video conference was also denied, so he walked up the court steps today and even signed autographs.
The court appearance lasted around 40 minutes as the deal was officially presented to the judge, who will confirm the final sentence later on Tuesday.
In 2018, Brazil international Philipe Coutinho ended months of speculations regarding his future after completing a mega money move to Spanish giants, Barcelona.
Coutinho signed a five-and-a-half-year deal with Barca after completing his £146m move from Liverpool. Liverpool rejected repeated bids from Barcelona in August for Coutinho, but the clubs reached an agreement last weekend, making him one of the most expensive footballers of all time.
Luka Modric brought an end to a decade-long duopoly of football’s biggest individual prize by claiming FIFA’s Best Men’s Player of the Year on Monday night.
The award has been shared between Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo equally over the last 10 years, but Modric ran out as a resounding winner at the Royal Festival Hall with 29.05 per cent of the vote.
Captains and managers of nations from around the world were asked to pick three players for the award, and the full list of votes were published shortly after Monday’s ceremony had concluded.
As ever, the votes made for a compelling read with some notable figures in the world of football making some telling decisions.
France manager Didier Deschamps, who claimed Coach of the Year after guiding his team to the World Cup, made his allegiances clear by choosing three of his players.
Deschamps gave his first vote, which awards five points, to Atletico Madrid striker Antoine Griezmann while his second (three points) and third-placed (one point) vote went to Raphael Varane and Kylian Mbappe.
It was also a surprise to see Barcelona star Lionel Messi, who finished outside the top three for the first time since 2006, hand a nomination to his arch-rival Cristiano Ronaldo. Messi placed Ronaldo third on his personal list, choosing eventual winner Modric and fourth-placed Mbappe ahead of him.
Ronaldo could not find it within himself to return the favour and also surprisingly gave his top vote to his Real Madrid team-mate Varane. The French defender finished ninth in the overall vote. Perhaps sensing a challenge to his crown, Ronaldo placed Modric in second and France striker Griezmann in third.
England captain Harry Kane, who himself finished 10th with just under one per cent of the total vote, showed his striking allegiances by giving his five points to Ronaldo. He also selected Messi (second) and fellow Premier League star Kevin De Bruyne (third).
– The former striker, 41, is said to have been rushed to hospital on Friday evening
– Island daily Diario de Ibiza said he had asked for a transfer to a private hospital
– It quoted hospital sources saying he was in intensive care but making progress
– However, Ronaldo took to Twitter on Sunday to allay any fears over his health
Retired Brazilian striker Ronaldo has thanked his well-wishers for their support after reportedly being in intensive care in an Ibiza hospital due to pneumonia.
The 41-year-old is said to have been diagnosed with the illness after being rushed to Can Misses Hospital on the island on Friday evening.
However, Ronaldo took to Twitter on Sunday to allay any fears about health – adding that he will discharged on Monday.
‘Friends, I had a strong flu picture in Ibiza and I had to be boarded on Friday but it’s all in order. I get the discharge tomorrow and come back home. Thank you all for your love and your messages!,’ he wrote.
Respected island daily Diario de Ibiza said Ronaldo had asked for a transfer to a private hospital called Clinica Nuestra Senora del Rosario just before midnight on Friday.
It quoted hospital sources as saying he was still in intensive care but he was making good progress – something Ronaldo’s tweet now alludes to.
Staff at Can Misses Hospital said they were unable to give out any information for ‘data protection reasons.’
No-one at the private hospital Ronaldo is currently said to be a patient at could be contacted early on Sunday for comment.
The world might be solely focusing on the on going juicy World Cup tournament which has already entered the quarter finals stage.
However, we might at least help you switch your focus on some of the sports personalities who did not make the cut into the world’s biggest football showpiece, and have taken the chance to spend some quality time with their loved ones.
Some of these sports personalities include; Rugby players, footballers as well as track athletes both local and international.
We have managed to keep track of some of celebrated international footballers who are currently enjoying the summer holiday break with their spouses, girlfriends and children ahead of a busy 2018-19 season.
Mikel Arteta has been making the most of his final days off this summer by heading to the beach in Mallorca with his family.
The Manchester City coach is due to return to the club for the start of pre-season training in the coming days but managed to squeeze in some time in the sun with wife Lorena Bernal and their three children.
Arteta and Bernal were seen joking around together in the water on a particularly warm day on the Balearic Island.
Arteta will return to Pep Guardiola’s backroom staff this summer after almost taking the job as Arsenal manager.
The 36-year-old Spaniard had held serious talks with the club’s hierarchy, who were hugely impressed with his plans for the club if he were to succeed Arsene Wenger.
Alexis Sanchez missed out on the World Cup this summer after Chile failed to qualify – but on the basis of his Instagram, we should not feel too sorry for him.
Certainly the Manchester United forward is enjoying himself in Brazil rather than Russia as he keeps in shape during the off season.
Sanchez shared a video on social media showing him in a gym overlooking the stunning Copacabana beach in Rio de Janeiro.
In the clip, a topless Sanchez films himself surrounded by gym equipment as samba music plays in the background.
As he pans around the room, we see that he is joined by his girlfriend Mayte Rodriguez, who is also working out.
Former England captains John Terry and David Beckham were among sports stars far and wide supporting England on Tuesday night as they progressed into the World Cup quarter-finals – with Terry taking in the game from a private screening in his back garden.
It truly was a night to savour for so many supporters across the country, as England won only their second penalty shootout at a major tournament in eight attempts – and first at a World Cup – against Colombia in Moscow to set up a last-eight showdown with Sweden on Saturday.
But it wasn’t just fans watching on nervously, with former England captains Terry and Beckham among past and present sporting figures who – eventually – were able to enjoy the game.
Wayne Rooney is another footballer who doesn’t shy away from posting his family vacation photos and days before sealing his DC United move, the legendary former England international took his wife and children to Disneyland in Paris
The 32-year-old had already accepted there will not be a role for him under new Everton manager Marco Silva and is now already preparing for a new life in Washington.
Kenyan international forward, Allan Wanga currently plays for Kakamega Homeboyz in the Kenyan National Super League as a striker, where he also is the sporting director.
Wanga is married to journalist Brenda Mulinya and the power couple are blessed with two kids whom they shower with love, gifts and countless holiday trips across the country.
Manchester United defender, Marcos Rojo has put Argentina’s World Cup misery behind him by enjoying time on holiday, ahead of return to pre-season training.
Argentina crashed out of the tournament in Russia following a 4-3 last-16 defeat by France last Saturday.
Before heading back to Manchester to begin preparations for the upcoming season, Rojo posted pictures with his family – wife Eugenia Lusardo and two daughters Morena and Martina – in Mexico on his Instagram story.
He posted snaps of the quartet at the resort of Grand Velas Riviera Maya, including watching a film.
For a night’s stay on Friday in the hotel for two adults and two children, prices range from £788 to £1,224 depending on the type of room.
Ronaldo a father of four is another key figure when it comes to being a celebrated family man.
The five time player of the year time and again loves to chill out with his family during off seasons.
Known for his love for adventure, Mulee is always a man on the move and this list would not be complete without him.
From touring France to enjoying some time in the wild, The Mulees have always been our family goals.
Real Madrid were able to retain their Champions League trophy for an unprecedented third time in a row. The most successful club in European history provided an entertaining night for football fans everywhere although some were disappointed.
Tearful Salah rocks Reds
When Mohamed Salah slumped to the turf holding his shoulder for the second time in a matter of minutes, the tears began to flow. Egypt forward Salah was forced off when he suffered a suspected dislocated shoulder after landing awkwardly following a challenge with Real defender Sergio Ramos in the first half. Ramos, accused of deliberately dragging Salah down in an attempt to injure him, was jeered throughout the match, but regardless of any malicious intent, it was a devastating blow to Liverpool and a transcendent talent who may now miss the World Cup.
Salah’s incredible debut season with the Reds saw the PFA and Football Writers’ Player of the Year shatter a host of records with 44 goals in all competitions.
Liverpool’s European heroics this season were built on Salah’s predatory finishing and dazzling skill, but they had to play 60 minutes without their talisman and it was a mission too far. After dominating the opening stages, there was an immediate dip in Liverpool’s performance. Liverpool had nine shots with Salah on the pitch and none for the rest of the half. Despite a gallant second half effort, there was a sense of inevitability about Real’s triumph as Salah nursed his wounds.
Ronaldo, Zidane among the immortals
Although he didn’t enjoy his finest individual performance, Cristiano Ronaldo still burnished his glittering CV as the Real forward became the first player to win the trophy five times in the Champions League era. Ronaldo joined an elite four-man list featuring Real trio Paco Gento, Alfredo di Stefano and Jose Maria Zarraga, plus AC Milan’s Paolo Maldini, as five-time winners of the European Cup.
In his sixth European Cup final, Ronaldo couldn’t emulate his match-winning display in last year’s showpiece against Juventus. But even on a quiet night when he failed to add to his 44 goals this season, the Portugal superstar still went home with the silverware. Thanks to Gareth Bale’s majestic winner, Ronaldo wasn’t the only Madrid icon to cement his place among the immortals. Zinedine Zidane became the first coach to win the European Cup three years in a row.
The former Real star is also only the third manager after Bob Paisley and Carlo Ancelotti to lift the trophy three times — not bad for a man who endured heavy criticism and talk of the sack at times during a season that saw Madrid flop in La Liga. Real, now 13-time European Cup winners, are the first team to win the competition in three successive seasons since Bayern Munich between 1974 and 1976. Fittingly, Zidane had predicted Madrid’s latest rewriting of the history books when he faced the press on Friday. “You can’t say Liverpool have more hunger than us – it simply isn’t true. We’re in a third final and we have the chance to do something historic,” he said.
Careless Karius condemns Klopp to fresh final woe
Tormented by a pair of unforgivable mistakes from Liverpool goalkeeper Loris Karius, Jurgen Klopp was left heartbroken in a major final yet again as the German suffered his sixth loss in seven title matches. Klopp already knew exactly how it felt to fall just short with the Champions League trophy within touching distance after his Borussia Dortmund lost the 2013 final against Bayern Munich.
Klopp’s Liverpool were also beaten by Sevilla in the 2016 Europa League final, but this was even more painful given how Karius gifted the silverware to Madrid. The 24-year-old German, signed by Klopp from Mainz in 2016, was abysmal — handing Karim Benzema the opener with a careless throw out that bounced in off the forward, before spilling a routine save from Gareth Bale into his own net in the closing minutes. Having settled on Karius ahead of Simon Mignolet over recent months, Klopp’s faith backfired and he is the fourth manager after Massimiliano Allegri, Diego Simeone and Hector Cuper to lose in two Champions League finals.