There’s only two Lionel Messis

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.”

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70-year-old Pele rules out playing return

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FOOTBALLING legend Pele has turned down an invite to kick-start his playing career at the Club World Cup.
Brazilian side Santos invited the 70-year-old – who retired in 1977 – to take to the field for them to try and secure his third world title, after winning it in 1962 and 1963.
However a spokesman for Pele said: “There is no such possibility, it is a nonviable idea and there is not the slightest chance it can happen.
“There is no room in his agenda. It is full already with appointments for the entire year and the closer it gets to the World Cup in Brazil, the harder it will be.
“He thanked the invitation. It was a marketing idea, but there is no way it can happen.”
Spoilsports.

January Transfer Rumour XI

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AH, THE January transfer window.
Forget Christmas, wipe New Year from your calendars – the month-long festival of invention, where everyone from Lionel Messi to Pele is linked with every Tom, Dick and Blackburn in the Premier League, is what’s worth celebrating.
Then, after the tabloid press and idiot football bloggers have whipped themselves into a right old frenzy, Stoke’s Jon Walters will go on loan to Wigan or something equally uninspiring and we’ll get on with the season.
The silliness has already begun with a glut of big names after a last hurrah, rising stars and top talents being linked with mid-season moves over the past few weeks, so here is my XI of the players named that I’d most like to see on these shores.
I’ve gone 3-4-3, because defenders are boring, aren’t they? Leave a comment afterwards and let me know who you want to see come to the Premier League.
GK – Akinfeev
DEF – Pepe, Mertesacker, Alves
MID – Beckham, Ronaldinho, Iniesta, Hazard
ATK – Cisse, Dzeko, Hulk

Fancy a Brazilian?

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AS ANY Tom, Dick or Hulk will tell you, any Brazilian player worth his salt has a nickname.
For example Pele’s real name is Edison Arantes do Nascimento, Bebeto’s mother used to call him José Roberto Gama de Oliveira and the real Rivaldo is Vítor Borba Ferreira – if only Jan Vennegoor of Hesselink had been Brazilian, eh?
Well now he can, with the Brazil Football Name Generator.
Click here to find out what your name would be, should you come from the South American nation – for the record, Goaltastic’s would be Ashinhosa Pau.

Zakumi to you and me

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PRECOCIOUS young talents can become household names at the world cup – Michael Owen did it with a wonder goal against Argentina, Pele first played in the tournament aged 17, Theo Walcott stood out just by being on the plane.
And one fresh new talent being thrust onto the world stage in South Africa next month is Zakumi, the Official World Cup mascot.
Despite being a leopard, a few good showings and Zakumi is surely soon to be bought up as Man City’s new mascot, so Goaltastic is here for a quick factfile on the South African sensation –
• Zakumi’s hair is actually dyed green.
• Like England’s Peter Crouch, Zakumi is a keen dancer.
• Zakumi loves football, but when he first saw a football, he thought it was a large bouncy ostrich egg.
• Zakumi suffers from narcolepsy.
• South African veteran Lucas Radebe and Zakumi are close friends. Seriously.
So there you have it – all makes the likes of Filbert Fox look pretty pedestrian,eh?