Zinedine Zidane buys his wife a football club

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THE Goaltastic WAG’s birthday is coming up in a week or so.
But the paltry pile of books and DVDs and other assorted crap I’ve put aside for my special lady looks a bit pathetic now.
Because turns out French legend Zinedine Zidane, formerly of Bordeaux, Juventus and Real Madrid, has bought his missus Veronique Fernandez a football club, all of her own.
That’s right, Mrs Zidane is now the proud owner of French fourth tier side Rodez Aveyron, who he snapped up to save from financial difficulties.
Mr Zidane said: “Some people came to see me about their ambitions for Rodez football club and it seemed interesting. Things needed to be done and I wanted to help out.
“I come from the streets, a difficult neighbourhood. I have never forgotten my roots. I love this region and spending time here and I feel at home.”

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‘Fat Ronaldo’ in bid to become known as ‘Old Ronaldo’

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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?

Five In Midfield XI

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FOOTBALL blog Five In Midfield has been kind enough to let me put my words all over their excellent site, penning an all-time XI to be posted.
I had a lot of fun and a little brow-furrowing putting the piece together – if you think Sir Alex Ferguson has selection headaches, try picking a team from every player that’s ever lived, ever.
Nevertheless, I did it, and you can read the reasons behind my picks here.
For those with less time on their hands, here’s my selection, and if anyone else is brave enough to let me guest post on their site, get in touch –
GK – Campos
DEF – Desailly, Cannavaro, Lucio.
MID – Best, Gascoigne, Zidane, Maradona, Ronaldo.
ATK – Ronaldo, Henry.

Are Milner, Kolarov, Balotelli et al the new Galacticos?

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REAL Madrid boss Jose Mourinho is resigned to the fact nobody, not even his Spanish giants, can compete with Manchester City in the transfer market.
After outbidding the Spanish side to sign Serbia full-back Aleksander Kolarov for £16million during their £100m-plus spending spree, Mourinho has conceded even they can’t compete.
He said: “The player they say they want is the player they get. I was interested in Kolarov when I came here but I couldn’t compete with them as they went to values that I couldn’t.
“If they have the money they can do it, if they have the ambition to win the Premier League they can do it.”
I agree with Jose up to a point, but Balotelli, Silva, Milner, Boateng, Kolarrov, Toure etc. have a way to go before they have the same ring to them as Figo, Zidane, Ronaldo, Roberto Carlos, Raul, Beckham etc.