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  • LeBron the Record Breaker

    By Wandile Msibi

    NBA star LeBron James has cemented himself in the record books by becoming the NBA player with the most points scored. Despite the LA Lakers losing 133-130 against the Oklahoma Thunders, he broke the record of 38,387 points recently held by Lakers legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, he broke the 38-year-old record by scoring an astounding 38 points.

    In an interview LeBron said:”To be able to be in the presence of a legend and great as Kareem, it means so much to me.”

    With a current tally of 38,390, he gracefully shared the moment with former record-holder, Kareem, who handed the ball over to LeBron as a sign of respect and recognition of the new record. His illustrious career began back in 2003 when he was drafted to the Cleveland Cavaliers, left in 2010 to join the Miami Heat where he won two titles before re-joining the Cavaliers in 2016 and helping the club win its first NBA title, thus joining the Lakers in 2018 and winning the NBA title in 2020 which also saw him NBA finals MVP for the fourth time.

    He is also a Two-time Olympic champion, the youngest player to reach every significant points tally from 5,000 to 35,000. He Is truly the G.O.A.T of the NBA.

  • Manchester City charged with numerous breaches of financial rules

    By Wandile Msibi

    English Premier League Champions Manchester City have been charged with numerous breaches of financial rules, after a 4-year investigation was conducted. The alleged breaches took place between the 2009-10 season up until the 2017-18 season, this is not the first time the English Giants have been accused of breaching financial rules as also in 2020 they were on the brink of facing a two year suspension from European Football.

    The Cityzens replied in a statement by saying:”We are surprised by the issuing of these alleged breaches, we somehow welcome the review of this matter.”

    The first set of breaches saw the club breach league rules requiring provision ‘in utmost good faith’ of ‘accurate financial information that gives a true and fair view of the club’s financial position.’

    Second set of breaches listed refers to “require a member club to include full details of manager remuneration in its relevant contracts, relating its manager”, this occurred between the 2009-10 to 2012-13 seasons.

    The third set of breaches deals with the team breaching the Premier League rules which require clubs to comply with UEFA financial fair play regulations, between 2013-14 to 2017-18.

    Fourth set of breaches relates to the Premier League’s profitability and sustainability rules in the 2015-16 to 2017-18 seasons.

    In a recent statement the Premier League said:”In accordance with the Premier League rule W.82.1, the Premier League confirms that it has today (6 February 2023) referred a number of alleged breaches of the Premier League rules by Manchester City Football Club to a commission under Premier League W.3.4.

    Now the question is, are Chelsea F.C also guilty of breaching financial fair play rules?

  • Mason Greenwood attempted rape charges dropped

    By Wandile Msibi

    Manchester United Forward Mason Greenwood’s charges of attempted rape and assault have been dropped. This came after the prosecutors stated that key witnesses have withdrawn and there was new evidence which came to light.

    The 21-year-old was arrested last year January after a video surfaced online of his girlfriend claiming that he has been abusing her and there was an audio she also posted to further prove her claims, after that an investigation was launched and that is what led to the arrest of Mason Greenwood. He was arrested and charged with attempted rape, controlling and coercive behaviour and assault, he was then suspended by his team Manchester United until further notice. In a statement, Chief Superintendent Michaela Kerr of the Greater Manchester Police (GMP) said:”the decision has not been taken lightly.”

    She further added:”criminal proceedings” had been “discontinued by the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS).

    Despite the media and public’s interest in this case, we have decided not to comment on it in any further detail.

    She appealed to people who felt that they were victims of abuse by saying:”if you feel you are or might be a victim, please don’t let this case put you off asking for help.” When contacted, Manchester United chose to not comment.

    A spokesperson from the CPS said:” We have a duty to keep cases under continuous review.”

    In this case a combination of the withdrawal of the key witnesses and new material that came to light meant there was no longer a realistic prospect of conviction. In this circumstances, we are under a duty to stop the case. We have explained our decisions to all parties.”

  • João Cancelo on loan to Bayern München

    By Wandile Msibi

    Portuguese and Manchester City full-back João Cancelo has made shock waves by joining German-outfit Bayern Munich, this has came as a surprise to most and something expected from other as per multiple reports, Cancelo was unhappy under the leadership of the Brilliant-bald Barcelonian, Pep Guardiola.

    In an interview, Cancelo explained his reasons to why he request a move to the Bundesliga Giants, he said:”My decision was based on the lack of couple of minutes in the last couple of weeks. There was speculation that my relationship to Pep Guardiola was not the best but the fact is that I wanted to play more and now I have the opportunity and a dream came true. I want to take this new adventure on, a new club with a rich history and that’s what we did so I’m very happy about it.”

  • Marcel Sabitzer loaned to the Red Devils

    By Wandile Msibi

    Bayern Munich have loaned out Marcel Sabitzer to Manchester United as a potential replacement for the injured Christian Eriksen who is not expected until late April.

  • Jorginho to Arsenal

    By Wandile Msibi

    Euro 2020 winner Jorginho has signed a one-year contract with London rivals Arsenal, the Italian midfielder was signed on a contract of £10 million and £2 million add-ons. Earlier today he was completing his medical and he is seen as the potential replacement to Brighton midfielder Moises Caicedo, whom Arsenal could not get due to Brighton and Hove Albion rejecting their £60 million offer.

  • Are the woes over for Manchester United?

    By Wandile Msibi

    Since the appointing of Dutch Coach, Erik Ten Hag, the team of Manchester United has transformed into a force to be reckoned with and possibly Premier League title contenders. With the join second most clean sheets in the Premier League, after Newcastle United, Manchester United are looking at their best season since the departure of Sir Alex Ferguson.

    Theatre of Dreams

    With an impressive run of 15 games unbeaten at home, it seems as if Ten Hag is bringing back the reputation of the stadium which is known as the “THEATRE OF DREAMS”. Saturday’s 3-1 victory against championship side Reading took it to 15 games with a loss at the Stretford end with possibly one of the best signings of the 2022/23 season, Casemiro netting a brace and Fred putting the final nail in the coffin.

    Casemiro has proved to be the difference maker in the squad and is certainly living to his “Tell them I’ll fix this” quote that he said prior to signing to Manchester United. And also Erik Ten Hag is also living up to the words he said about how the Liverpool vs. Man City era is coming to an end, In an impressive run of home wins against the likes of Liverpool, Manchester City, Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur, he has silenced all the doubters. With an upcoming second leg Carabao Cup semi-final against Nottingham Forest, one can wonder if he is truly the man who will bring the glory days back to United.

  • Gareth Bale to play in upcoming PGA TOUR

    By Wandile Msibi

    Just Weeks after officially retiring from football, former Wales captain Gareth Bale has announced that he will be participating at the AT&T’s Pebble Beach Pro-Am in Los Angeles, Carolina.

    Bale is one of the best footballers to come out of the United Kingdom, and possibly the best player from Wales. Starting his prosperous career at Southampton, he moved to Tottenham Hotspur in 2007, but his success came when he moved to Real Madrid in 2013, adding five Champions League medals to his illustrious trophy cabinet, and was part of the infamous Real Madrid team which won back-to-back Champions Leagues trophies three times in a row and played a part in taking Wales to their first FIFA world cup for the first time since 1958.

    Gareth Bale won his fifth Champions League in 2022

    In a recent instagram post he wrote, “Delighted to announce I will be playing in the AT&T Pebble Pro-Am at the start of next month! Let’s go.” His dream is finally coming true after his relationship with Real Madrid deteriorated after he was pictured with a banner which wrote,”Wales. Golf. Madrid.” Now his priorities have just recently became, “Golf. Golf. Golf.” We hope for the best upon his International Golf debut.

    In that order
  • Dani Alves arrested in Catalonia

    By Wandile Msibi

    Brazilian Right-back Dani Alves has been arrested in Catalonia last week Friday in suspicions of sexual assault, reports suggest that the alleged victim claims that Alves assaulted her at Sutton nightclub in Barcelona. Thus leading to an investigation by the local police.

    Alves is currently the player with the most trophies won, he has 43 trophies to his name

    These shocking allegations have shook the footballing industry with some people including former teammate and current FC Barcelona coach Xavi Hernandez commenting on this issue. Xavi said “it’s difficult to comment on a situation like this. I am surprised and shocked. I am in a state of shock. Justice will rule whatever it is, we can’t go in. I feel very bad for him.” However just 24 hours later he went on to apologize and clarified that he is not supporting anyone after receiving criticism from people stating that he is supporting Alves. He went on to say after the game vs. Getafe, “I am surprised that Dani could have done any of these things. I understand the critism and I apologize.”

    Another person who spoke about against these allegations is Dani Alves’s former spouse, Dinorah Santana. She said:”I’m still in shock. It seems like a nightmare and it’s not happening.” She further defended him by saying, “I say this because I’ve know him for 22 years and was married to him for 10 years. This has been a shock to me and for my children. I have two teenagers who are suffering.” Matters became worse for Dani after he was sacked by the Mexican Club Pumas UNAM after these allegations were made.

    Dani Alves with his ex wife Dinorah Santana

    His wife Joana Sanz recently went to social media to ask for privacy by stating, “I ask the media outside my house to please respect my privacy at this time, my mother passed away a week ago. I have barely started to realize that she is no longer here and then they already start to torment me with my husband’s situation. I have lost two pillars of my life. Have a little empathy, Instead of looking for news in other people’s pain, thank you.” Now the question is, are these allegations true or are they just another lie from someone looking for publicity as seen in recent years as Neymar Jr. and Cristiano Ronaldo were falsely accused of the same allegations.

  • End of an era.

    By Wandile Msibi

    Floyd Mayweather vs. Manny Pacquiao, Conor McGregor vs. Dustin Poirier, John Cena vs. Randy Orton, Ronda Rousey vs. Amanda Nunes. Those are the greatest sports rivalries of the 21st century, however they are nothing compared to the intense yet entertaining rivalry between two football gods, Lionel “La Pulga” Messi and the master of the “siuuuu”, Cristiano Ronaldo.

    Messi and Ronaldo in their first encounter at the 2009 UEFA Champions League final

    With 12 Ballon d’or’s to their names(7 for Messi and 5 for Ronaldo), they have taken the footballing world by storm since upon making their debuts in the early 2000s. They have completely shattered records that were expected to last for a very long time, however with the certain skills they have and the anticipation the fans had when watching them one would say it was not a surprise that they achieved that. Ronaldo is currently the leading goal scorer(men and women) with 819 goals in 1144 matches with with Messi not far behind by having a goal tally of 796 in 1023 games. Another aspect to look at is their trophy collection, both Individually and part of a team with Ronaldo being part of the Real Madrid team which made history by winning the UEFA Champions League three consecutive times between 2015/16 to 2017/18 and Lionel Messi’s Barcelona winning a total of six trophies during the 2008/09 season. However as one would notice time is not on their side and the unfortunate fact is that their time is almost up.

    Picture taken by Annielei Bovitz right before the 2022 FIFA world cup

    Respect and friendly competition is what exists among the two men as both have gone to praise one another about how they transformed soccer and it will be truly a sad day for football fans when the two G.O.A.Ts hang up their boots.

    Possibly the last dance for two football icons.