A FORMER World Player of the Year, a Real Madrid ‘Galactico’ no less, who cost £56m last time he moved – could Kaka be the midfield menace that both Manchester United and Arsenal are angling for this transfer window?
With the imminent transfer of Spurs’ Gareth Bale to Real, and the news that Mesut Ozil is staying put, Brazilian attacker Kaka has made it clear he wants to leave Spain, and soon.
The news has put top clubs around Europe on alert, and despite the rumours that AC Milan is a likely destination, it’s clear that two of the Premiership’s big boys, Manchester United and Arsenal, could do with his services.
Since joining Old Trafford, David Moyes has been linked, albeit sometimes ridiculously, with a parade of talent – Cesc Fabregas, Thiago Alcantara, Marouane Fellaini, Luka Modric, Cristiano Ronaldo, even Bale.
What is clear from these rumours is that Moyes is in the market for a midfielder.
And at Arsenal, Arsene Wenger recapturing Mathieu Flamini, while a solid piece of business, is not the sort of transfer activity that the fans crave after a similar summer of disappointment.
With Kaka out of favour, hankering for a move from Real Madrid, the player should be within both’s budget, and there’s time to do a deal – could the Premier League have a new star player in the coming days?
ANOTHER Spurs match, another win dragged from the jaws of disappointment by Gareth Bale.
The Welsh flyer scored an exocet-like strike from range at the death tonight – after scoring earlier in the match – to see off a spirited West Ham away from home 3-2.
They now sit above London rivals Chelsea and Arsenal in third place in the Premier League.
Is there any player this year that has single-handedly pulled their team up the table as Bale has done, and with such style as well?
It surely has echoes of Robin van Persie for Arsenal last season, and arguably Bale has more importance to Spurs than Van Persie to Man Utd, Messi to Barcelona, Ronaldo to Real Madrid etc.
Getting Champions League football will be one hell of an achievement for Andre Villas-Boas, given the strength of competition from the likes of Everton, Chelsea, Arsenal and Liverpool this season – but by god, keeping hold of Bale will be a bigger battle this Summer.
BRAZIL’S Ronaldo, a footballing superstar oft-distinguished from Cristiano Ronaldo with the word ‘Fat’, is to take part in a weight-loss reality TV show.
The programme, Medid Certa, will be screened in his homeland, and show Ronaldo’s struggles to get fit over three months in order to take part in a charity match alongside former teammate Zinedine Zidane.
Ronaldo said: “Maybe if I didn’t have the pressure of everybody watching me trying to lose weight then I wouldn’t be able to do it.
“All I can say is that I will work hard, be persistent and not give up until I reach my recommended weight.”
But let’s hope that doesn’t happen, right – how would we tell them apart?
LAST night’s Champions League mismatch between Cyprus’s Apoel Nicosia and Spanish side Real Madrid saw defender Paulo Jorge in collision with teamate William while trying to tackle Cristiano Ronaldo.
The crunch caused a tooth to visibly fly from Jorge’s mouth – his reaction, to pull a second tooth directly from his own head.
That, dear readers, is what they call hardcore.
RONALDO, Pele, Neville – any footballer worth their salt ends up with a namesake.
And now even Barcelona legend Lionel Messi has to share his moniker with another professional footballer, with the news that Cameroonian 17-year-old Lionel Messi Nyamsi has signed a deal with French club Angers.
He said: “I’ve had other offers but I think I’ll end up at Angers.
“My greatest wish is to play alongside Leo Messi.
“I was born in Cameroon but I’m French. I would choose France.”
FIFA have named their World XI this week in a star-studded ceremony.
And as I’m sure you can guess it contains Lionel Messi – who also won the best player award, for the third year on the trot.
Barcelona boss Pep Guardiola was named best coach, while Brazilian team Santos’ star Neymar scored the Puskas Award for the best goal of the calendar year.
A special award was also made to Manchester United’s long-serving Sir Alex Ferguson.
The World XI in full is –
GK – Iker Casillas
DEF – Dani Alves, Gerard Pique, Nemanja Vidic, Sergio Ramos
MID – Xavi, Xabi Alonso, Andres Iniesta
ATK – Lionel Messi, Wayne Rooney, Cristiano Ronaldo
SPANISH side Real Madrid have had two of their top players used as collatoral against a bank loan.
Superstar midfielders Cristiano Ronaldo and Kaka have been used a security for a loan from European Central Bank to Bankia.
The bizarre business transaction has been made possible as Bankia has in turn lent money to help the Madrid club to buy the pair for a combined 160m Euro.
Although unlikely, the move means that if Real Madrid defaults in its repayments to Bankia, and the Spanish bank in turn defaults on its repayments to the European Central Bank, a bank in Frankfurt would become owners of two of world football’s top talents.