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  • Even with a blindfold on, the Argentinian can’t stop scoring.Even with a blindfold on, the Argentinian can’t stop scoring.

    Lionel Messi was challenged to score a penalty while blindfolded.

    This video was filmed with the Spanish national 5-a-side blind football team, and it showed just how difficult this task can be, even for professional footballers.

    The Barca players involved were given blindfolds and shown the tricks of the trade by their counterparts. In the clip, they were also taught how how to connect with the ball, which rattles when it is kicked.

    The players were later challenged to a kickabout and penalty shootout contest, all while blindfolded. Considering that Messi fluffed a crucial penalty for Argentina against Chile in the Copa America final, how did he do this time? Watch and see.

     

    Mark Wahlberg visits Tottenham’s Delli Alli

    Actor Mark Wahlberg has recently taken a trip to White Hart Lane and immediately put his name in Tottenham folklore as he revealed that he did not like the club's biggest rivals, Arsenal. ​In a video posted on Tottenham's official Twitter page, Wahlberg is seen performing in front of the camera as he stirs up the intense rivalry between Spurs and their north London rivals. ICYMI: @mark_wahlberg showing his colours at WHL yesterday with @Dele_Alli, @Vorm_Official and @LedleyKing! #COYS...Actor Mark Wahlberg has recently taken a trip to White Hart Lane and immediately put his name in Tottenham folklore as he revealed that he did not like the club's biggest rivals, Arsenal. ​In a video posted on Tottenham's official Twitter page, Wahlberg is seen performing in front of the camera as he stirs up the intense rivalry between Spurs and their north London rivals. ICYMI: @mark_wahlberg showing his colours at WHL yesterday with @Dele_Alli, @Vorm_Official and @LedleyKing! #COYS...

    Hollywood actor Mark Wahlberg recently paid a surprise visit to Tottenham’s training ground in early September.

    Wahlberg posted a photo of him with Deli Alli, Michel Vorm and Ledley King at White Hart Lane.

    The star was in London to film scenes for the next

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    He may just have won his first Euro 2016 trophy with Portugal, but Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo proved he was also a champion at the poker table.

    In a video released by PokerStars on 30 Aug, the Portuguese took on Aaron Paul, the lead actor in hit TV series ‘Breaking Bad’.

    He walked away with £15,000 ($27,000) after playing for charity ‘Save the Children’.

    When asked what he enjoyed most about poker, Ronaldo said, “I love the surge of excitement you get when challenging others, which is one of the main reasons I love poker so much.”

    Ronaldo also confessed in the interview that playing poker “provided a thrill” that could only be felt on the football pitch, adding that the duels were challenging and fun.

    Although athletes are generally encouraged to stay away from the gambling table, it still remains a taboo subject that is rarely addressed by top professionals.

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    Arsenal midfielder Granit Xhaka is loving life at the Premier League side and has set his sights on winning trophies.Arsenal midfielder Granit Xhaka is loving life at the Premier League side and has set his sights on winning trophies.

    Arsenal’s new signing Granit Xhaka recently took part in a traditional initiation ceremony for the club.

    The midfielder was forced to stand on a chair in front of his teammates during dinner, and sing a tune of his choice. 

    A welcome “ceremony” like this is quite common in football for new players who have just joined a club or who are answering their first international call-up. 

    For example, the Brazilian national team often invites new players to stand on a chair to say a speech, declaring their “moment of pride” to their teammates. 

    Xhaka, who is Swiss-Albanian, chose to serenade his new teammates with a traditional song instead in his native language.

    The player’s awkward singing was captured on video by reserve goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez, who cheekily posted this clip on Twitter.

    Although nobody on the table seemed to understand the lyrics, Xhaka was belting

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  • Cristiano Ronaldo fez um treino com Connor McGregor, lutador do UFCCristiano Ronaldo fez um treino com Connor McGregor, lutador do UFC

    After an intense Euro 2016 tournament in France, Ronaldo has been spending his summer holidays in style and partying up on a yacht. 

    He even met up with UFC star Conor McGregor at his gym in Las Vegas, and the heavily-tanned player posed in the octagon for a dramatic fight photo with McGregor who is preparing for his long-awaited return to the UFC.

    The Irishman also posted a snap which read: “My brother Ronaldo dropped by the gym today. He is an animal.”

    He added, “Thank you @cristiano, much respect! I will see you for that Forbes number 1 spot next year.”

    Man City enjoy Great Wall of China after cancelled friendly with United

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    Manchester City players have been spending their time in China for preseason duties this week, and they participated in a series of activities including visiting the Great Wall of China.

    Pep Guardiola’s team seemed to have enjoyed their visit the iconic site, with Samir Nasri and Sergio Aguero all posing candidly for the cameras in these photos. 

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    Although they

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    Ahead of the Euro 2016 which kicks off on June 10, the England national team were spotted doing their bit for charity at a recent England Footballers Foundation event.

    Wayne Rooney and Gary Neville showed off their musical side and joined pop sensation James Bay for a sing-a-long session at the event held in London recently.

    Rooney joined the singer on stage for a charity dinner – complete with Neville on guitar. 

    Some of the other players who attended the flagship event included Gary Cahill, Joe Hart, Chris Smalling and James Milner.

    The England Footballers Foundation, which was founded in 2007, was set up to allow players to donate their match fees and time to good causes. 

    Brazil legend Pele is also a supporter of the cause.

    Mourinho lectures at Lisbon university

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    Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho recently travelled to his native Portugal with his assistant to

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  • Arsenal’s Ozil does Mecca pilgrimage ahead of Euro 2016

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    Before joining the Euro 2016 Germany team for their pre-tournament training, Arsenal’s German attacking midfielder Mesut Ozil visited Mecca last week to perform the holy Umrah pilgrimage.

    The Arsenal midfielder is one of the most popular Muslim football stars in the world along with Leicester City’s Riyad Mahrez and Adnan Januzaj of Manchester United. 

    Photos of Özil, 27, performing the Umrah in Saudi Arabia have gone viral on social media over the last few days.

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    Özil, who has Turkish roots, also recently paid a visit to Dubai where he gave tips to young promising footballers. 

    He later flew to Jordan where he played football with young refugees at the Zaatari camp and met up with Prince Ali, who recently ran for the FIFA Presidency. 

    The football star who was part of the German World Cup winning squad can often be seen reciting prayers every time before he steps onto the

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  • Liverpool’s Coutinho sweeps major awards at club ceremony

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    Liverpool’s Philippe Coutinho has been crowned the Merseyside club’s “Player of the Season” for the second consecutive campaign.

    The Brazilian midfielder, 23, completed a clean sweep during the club’s award dinner last week.

    Jurgen Klopp and his first-team squad all attended the event alongside Daniel Sturridge, captain Jordan Henderson and Andre Wisdom, who has returned following a loan spell at Norwich.

    To sweeten the deal, Coutinho also won the “Performance of the Season” for his impressive display against Manchester City in November and even picked up the “Goal of the Season” award for his solo strike against Manchester United in the Europa League.

    But the biggest honour for Coutinho was possibly the final award - the “First Team Player’s Player of the Season” - which was picked by his teammates.

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    Interestingly, these were the same four prizes the 23-year-old won at the ceremony last year.

    He was quick to take to Instagram to express his gratitude for his teammates and fans for their

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    Manchester United players in the bus while it was attacked.Manchester United players in the bus while it was attacked.(AFP photo)

    Manchester United’s Jesse Lingard shared footage of Manchester United players cowering in their team bus as it was attacked by West Ham fans ahead of their Premier League clash on Tuesday. 
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    The bus was subjected to a barrage of bottles and other objects thrown by West Ham fans and the incident forced a late kickoff. 

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    United youngster Lingard, 23, posted the video clip through social media showing players inside the coach, including Michael Carrick, Anthony Martial and Adnan Januzaj. At one point during the video, Lingard even pulls a mock expression of fear and calls for his ‘mummy’.

    The players were also seen ducking for cover between the aisles clutching their camera phones amid expletive-filled reactions

    The Hammers’ bid farewell to their historic home Upton Park home with a 3-2 victory, but the occasion was marred by their fans’ actions. 

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    Leicester City’s Claudio Ranieri and his players were forced to make a last minute dash to Sunday night’s PFA Player of the Year awards in London after defeating Swansea 4-0 to keep their Premiership title bid on track.

    Algerian international Riyad Mahrez, who was named PFA Player of the Year, and his teammates made it to the Grosvenor House Hotel in London, thanks to a fleet of helicopters that were specially chartered for them.

    Besides Mahrez, 25, Jamie Vardy and his fiancee Rebekah Nicholson, were also among those who flew to the capital shortly after the win against Francesco Guidolin’s side.

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    The Foxes sealed a comfortable win to regain their eight-point advantage at the top of the table, but the late kick-off left them with little time to travel for the awards.

    Vardy, who missed Sunday’s game due to suspension, touched down wearing the same clothes he was wore to

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  • Liverpool’s Firmino shows off new Ferrari

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    If you’re a Premiership footballer like Liverpool’s Roberto Firmino, you surely can afford to drive around in a fancy car.

    The forward celebrated the club’s recent 4-0 Merseyside derby win by getting behind the wheel of his new ride.

    The 24-year-old Brazilian took to his Instagram account to show off his bright red Ferrari 458 Italia, with the colour of the car matching his outfit.

    The Italian supercar, a favourite with sportsmen, is capable of reaching 202mph (325kmh) with a 0-60mph time of just 3.4 seconds.

    The Liverpool forward played 75 minutes during Liverpool’s ruthless thrashing of rivals Everton at Anfield last week.

    Fans will surely feel Firmino more than deserves some down time before the season comes to an end.


    John Terry plays golf during recovery

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    Chelsea captain John Terry, who has not played since March 19, has been undergoing rehabilitation from injury by

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