Cristiano Ronaldo: Quadruple Vision

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Ooh, guess who just won the Ballon D’or for the fourth time in a row?!

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The SideEyeSport FA Cup Awards: Quite The Handful

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Now the hysteria has subsided, we pick through the debris of FA Cup 3rd round weekend and expose a few sides to unfair scrutiny.

Join us. It’s fun.

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Snark Shots: Faces, Fists & Furballs

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A moment too late, boxer Anthony Mundine realises that Shane Warne’s Ken Face is indeed horribly contagious. Image: Matt Roberts/Getty Images.

A quick round up of the week’s news, brought to you by Pot Noodle, ibuprofen and several pots of seriously unnatural hair colourant.

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Kevin-Prince Boateng: Crossing The Line

AC Milan have walked off the pitch during a friendly after striker Kevin-Prince Boateng was allegedly racially abused by opposition fans.

Officials warned against such action prior to the World Cup last year, after players including Mario Balotelli stated that they would leave the field if they were targeted during the tournament.

Given UEFA’s risible response to events during England U21’s game vs. Serbia a few months ago, we fully expect Boateng and his teammates to be banned for bringing the game into disrepute.

Which would be hilarious if it wasn’t perfectly clear that it’s already there.


Rafael & Sylvie van der Vaart: Over & Out

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Rafael van der Vaart has apologised after allegedly striking his wife Sylvie in front of guests at a New Year’s Eve party. The couple, who have been married for seven years and have one son, Damien, have announced their intention to split up over the incident, despite Sylvie claiming she had “forgiven him already“.

Footballers are notoriously poor at marriage maintenance, but those in the know deemed this one a keeper. Rafa supported model and TV presenter Sylvie after she was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2005, and his decision to return to former club Hamburg from Spurs last summer was reportedly influenced by his wife’s successful TV career in Germany.

Sad news indeed.

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Zlatan Ibrahimovic: Now Featuring Birds

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It’s a nice enough sentiment and everything, but we feel like there may be consequences to introducing Zlatan Ibrahimovic to falconry.

We’re just saying.

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The Weekend In Football: Just Dance

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Feeling festive? Why not grab a partner and have a little shimmy? Image: John Peters/Man Utd via Getty Images.

No, we haven’t got a clue what they’re doing either. But it seemed as good a photo as any to kick off the proceedings.

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Ricky Ponting: A Fond Farewell Featuring Furniture

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It might not be a conventional send-off for a cricket legend, but a parade around the outfield on a park bench crammed onto the back of a ute looks pretty good to us.

Thanks for the memories, Punter. Even if, at times, they weren’t so great.

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Luis Suarez: Diving Into Festive Spirit


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Members of Liverpool FC were photographed during their festive visit to Alder Hey Childrens Hospital earlier this week.

Luis Suarez threw himself into the visit enthusiastically, although this lucky recipient wasn’t quite sure whether the striker was merely leaning in for a friendly close-up or setting himself up for a penalty appeal. It’s so hard to know from that angle, isn’t it?

Bradford City Vs. Arsenal: A Picture’s Worth A Thousand Words


In case you missed it, Arsenal were knocked out of the Capital One Cup last night by Bradford City. Despite an occasionally sparkly history, Bradford City currently compete in League 2, but beat Arsenal on penalties after defender Thomas Vermaelen missed from the spot.

Ain’t that a kick in the head?