Cristiano Ronaldo to buy Real Madrid physios new cars after Ballon d’Or win

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Cristiano Ronaldo will reward the club’s physios (Picture: Twitter)

Cristiano Ronaldo was clearly overwhelmed after winning the Ballon d’Or title this week, but Real Madrid’s physio team were probably equally delighted.

Indeed, the group of special trainers who look after the Real team, including Ronaldo, are now in line to scoop a brand new car of their choice – after a special promise from the Portuguese forward.

According to reports in Spain, Ronaldo promised Madrid’s physios that if he won the Ballon d’Or, they would each get a new car, as a present for helping keep him fit in the last 12 months.

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Brazilian football legend Pele (R) applauds next to Real Madrid's Portuguese forward Cristiano Ronaldo as he cries after receiving the 2013 FIFA Ballon d'Or award for player of the year during the FIFA Ballon d'Or award ceremony at the Kongresshaus in Zurich on January 13, 2014. AFP PHOTO / FABRICE COFFRINIFABRICE COFFRINI/AFP/Getty Images
Ronaldo claimed the Ballon d’Or this week (Picture: Getty)

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Leighton Baines’ snub of Manchester United is the right decision with the World Cup looming

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Leighton Baines is sticking with the Toffees (Picture: Getty)

I’ve heard a few people saying Leighton Baines has shown a distinct lack of ambition by sticking with Everton.

With a lucrative deal in the offing from the mighty Manchester United, what’s he thinking?

Well maybe, just maybe, he’s thinking about the World Cup. And is there a chance he’s happy where he is? A possibility he’s putting his family’s feelings to the fore, perhaps.

Let’s face it, things have been going pretty well for Baines.

He’s loved at Goodison, looks a fair bet to be England’s first choice left-back at the World Cup and seems to be happy and settled with his wife and kids on Merseyside.

Even if he could have raked in an extra few quid a week at Old Trafford, he’s probably set for life with the very decent wages he gets already – he’s hardly on…

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Video: Brave shopkeeper fights off hammer-wielding robber


A real show of bravery and courage. Thank God the robber did not get away with some spoils. I really salute his courage.

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A brave shopkeeper fought off a hammer-wielding robber in Stockport using a broken chair leg.

The incident happened on 8 December and police have now released CCTV footage of the attack in the hope they can identify the assailant.

The footage shows a man entering West Coast Wines on Lower Bents Lane, Bredbury, and launching an assault with a hammer.

Despite being under siege, the shopkeeper manages to pick up a broken chair leg and fend off the suspect.

Eventually another member of staff, who is off camera, comes to help and the offender flees.

Detective Constable James Grundy, based at Hazel Grove, said: ‘This robber ran off with his tail between his legs once he realised the odds were suddenly stacked against him.

‘He had unwisely chosen to hold up a shop where the staff were prepared to do what it takes to defend their property and livelihood.’


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OFFICIAL : President Jonathan Announces Bamanga Tukur’s Resignation As PDP Chairman

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President Goodluck Jonathan finally presented the resignation letter of embattled party chieftain, Bamanga Tukur, to the 63rd meeting of the National Executive Committee of the  Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) at the party’s secretariat in Abuja today.
The president took the unusual step of reading Mr. Tukur’s resignation letter to members after pulling it out of an envelope.
He praised Tukur, who was also present at the meeting, and said that he had not committed any crime to warrant his forced resignation promising to give him a bigger assignment.
sources stated that the President hopes to make  Mr. Tukur Nigeria’s ambassador to China in coming days.
It was revealed last night that Mr. Tukur’s resignation will be made public today at the NEC meeting after he was barred from a crucial caucus meeting at the Aso Rock Villa yesterday.
A new chairman of the party will emerge next week Monday according…

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Tukur’s Successor: President’s Wife Backs Transport Minister

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As the battle to replace the embattled chairman of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Alhaji Bamanga Tukur, shifts to the arena of party leaders, indications have emerged that the wife of the president, Dame Patience Jonathan, has a preferred candidate for the job: the current minister…

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No Grudge Against Tukur – Obasanjo

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Former President Olusegun Obasanjo on Thursday said he bore no grudge against the former national chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Dr Bamanga Tukur.
Obasanjo spoke through his media aide, Mr. Tunde Oladunjoye, while reacting to Tukur’s resignation.
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Matic signs….(all about the deal)

Originally posted on The CFC Blog:

Matic puts pen to paper

Chelsea Football Club have today completed the signing of Nemanja Matic from Benfica.

On signing his five-and-a-half-year contract, the 25-year-old said: ‘I am very happy for this opportunity to be back at this club. I feel very good because of that and just want to say I will give my best to help the team and make the Chelsea fans happy.’

Jose Mourinho added: ‘I am very pleased that Nemanja is returning to Chelsea. He has grown as a player in Portugal and has become a fantastic all-round midfielder. I am sure he will become a very important member of the squad and help us to achieve our ambitions.’

The Serbian midfielder, who will wear the number 21 shirt, returns for a second spell at Stamford Bridge, having previously represented the Blues after joining from MSK Kosice in 2009. He made three substitute appearances in the 2009/10 season and departed…

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Hazard wants move to rival camp.

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Thorgan Hazard has expressed a desire to cut short his loan at Zulte-Waregem and link up with Anderlecht.

It was revealed on Wednesday that Hazard is wanted by the reigning Belgian champions on a deal until the end of the 2013/14 campaign.

In order for such a move to be made, Zulte would have to agree to the cancellation of their season-long agreement with Chelsea.

They have given no indication that they are willing to do that, with club boss Francky Dury adamant that Hazard is going nowhere.

The 20-year-old midfielder has, however, looked to take matters into his own hands and force the issue.

Hazard – the younger brother of Chelsea playmaker Eden – is keen to step up a level and believes a spell at Anderlecht would be of greater benefit to his ongoing development.

He told reporters in Belgium: “Yes, I want to go to Anderlecht.


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Quadruple hunt: Manchester City bid to succeed where Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester United all failed

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Manchester City's manager Manuel Pellegrini takes to the touchline before his team's English FA Cup third round replay soccer match against Blackburn at The City of Manchester Stadium, Manchester, England, Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2014. (AP Photo/Jon Super) AP Photo/Jon Super
Boss Manuel Pellegrini sees no reason why City can’t win all four trophies (Picture: AP)

Manchester City walloped Blackburn 5-0 to march into the fourth round of the FA Cup on Wednesday, keeping alive their bid for an unprecedented quadruple.

Manager Manuel Pellegrini has talked up hopes of landing all four trophies this season and two weeks into the new year, his masterplan is still very much on track.

City are second in the Premier League, face Watford in the next round of the FA Cup and have one foot firmly in the final of the Capital One Cup after trouncing West Ham 6-0 in the semi-final first leg.

They face a daunting task against Barcelona in the Champions League round of 16, but their home form especially must give them confidence.

Perennial silverware-chasers Arsenal, Manchester United and Chelsea have all been in the position of chasing four pots just after Christmas…

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Michael Essien’s agent confirms midfielder’s imminent Chelsea exit

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Michael Essien (left) could be on his way to Italy (Picture: Getty)

Michael Essien is set to end his eight-year association with Chelsea, according to the midfielder’s agent.

Essien was a key feature in the Blues’ title-winning sides in 2006 and 2010 but a succession of injuries in recent years has hampered his progress, and the Ghanaian spent last season on loan at Real Madrid.

Despite returning to Stamford Bridge with Jose Mourinho in the summer Essien has made just nine appearances this term, looking a shadow of his former self.

The 31-year-old’s bit-part role has led to speculation over his future, with reports linking him with a move to AC Milan in this month’s transfer window.

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Michael Essien has been at Chelsea since 2005 (Picture: Reuters)

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Chelsea goal flops giving manager Mourinho an attack of the shakes.

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How would you rate Chelsea’s season so far? Six-and-a-half out of 10? Last week, Jose Mourinho complained about his misfiring strikeforce and even claimed the dummies at their training ground could score against his side at the moment.

But here are the facts. Chelsea won their Champions League group, they should beat Sunderland  on Tuesday to reach the Capital One Cup semi-finals and, perhaps the most significant indicator of all, they can go above Barclays Premier League leaders Arsenal if they beat them next Monday.

Frustrated: Chelsea's Demba Ba is denied by Palace keeper Julian Speroni Frustrated: Chelsea’s Demba Ba is denied by Palace keeper Julian Speroni


Pretty good for a team who, as Mourinho admits, are in transition. Have you changed your mind about that six-and-a-half out of 10?

Manchester City’s attacking verve, particularly at the Etihad Stadium, has earned plaudits but Mourinho said: ‘Do we need to be more like City? No, they have to be more like…

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Champions League last-16 draw: Arsenal handed nightmare Bayern Munich test while Manchester City face Barcelona

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Facing a big Champions League challenge: Jack Wilshere’s Arsenal (Picture: Reuters)

Arsenal have been handed a nightmare draw against Bayern Munich in the last-16 of the Champions League.

The Gunners finished second in their group behind Borussia Dortmund, meaning they were always going to be faced with tough opposition, but the competition holders represent a fearsome test for Arsene Wenger’s side.

Manchester City, who also were runners-up in the group stages, have been drawn against Barcelona, while neighbours Manchester United face Olympiacos, and Jose Mourinho’s Chelsea take on Galatasaray.

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Nou test: Manchester City will face Barcelona (Picture: Reuters)
Return of the king: Galatasaray’s Didier Drogba will be back at Stamford Bridge (Picture: AFP/Getty Images)

Full last-16 draw:

Manchester City v Barcelona

Olympiacos v Manchester United

AC Milan v Atletico Madrid

Leverkusen v Paris Saint…

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Jamie Redknapp says Andre Villas-Boas only ever did well at Tottenham because he inherited my dad’s squad

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Redknapp Sr was sacked by Spurs in 2012 (PIcture: Getty)

Jamie Redknapp has launched a scathing attack on Andre Villas-Boas by insisting he only did well at Tottenham because he inherited a strong squad from his dad.

AVB has left Spurs after their 5-0 drubbing at the hands of a depleted Liverpool side at White Hart Lane on Sunday.

His departure comes 18 months after he replaced Harry Redknapp, who guided Tottenham to the Champions League for the first time during his successful spell with the north London club.

Speaking on Sky Sports before the Champions League draw, former England international Jamie sounded bitter Villas-Boas had replaced his dad, who is now in charge at QPR.

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Jamie Redknapp watches his dad’s QPR team at Loftus Road (Picture: PA)

‘Let’s be honest, after…

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The questions Obasanjo must answer, by Kashamu

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 Prince Buruji Kashamu, the PDP National Vice Chairman in the South-west, was accused of being a drug dealer by former President Olusegun Obasanjo in his letter to President Goodluck Jonathan. Kashamu replies Obasanjo in this piece.

It is not for nothing that leaders rarely join the fray. This disposition is meant to preserve the majesty, respect and dignity of the exalted position that they occupy in the society. That is why when they do; people listen with a view to drawing useful lessons from such interventions. However, when you have a man who should be a father figure descend into the arena, clutching at every opportunity to play to the gallery, then it behoves all men of good will to stand up to such a person and expose him for who he really is. For, as Martin Luther King Jnr said, “The ultimate measure of a man is not where…

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We have noted with utter disdain, the reckless and irresponsible call by the APC on Sunday for the National Assembly to commence impeachment proceedings against President Goodluck Jonathan.

Ordinarily, we would not have dignified Alhaji Lai Mohammed’s latest vituperations in the service of his paymasters with a response, but we thought it necessary to warn that the Federal Government will not standby idly and let the nation be plunged into unnecessary crises and political instability because of the desperation and apparent readiness of the APC spokesman and his gang of power-seeking desperadoes to sacrifice the well-being of the country on the altar of their selfish personal ambitions.

The Presidency totally condemns the decision by Alhaji Mohammed and his party to move further beyond the bounds of honourable and acceptable political conduct with the senseless call…

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APC is ‘Angry Politicians’ Congress, I will not join them – Sule Lamido

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Governor of Jigawa State, Sule Lamido has said that APC is a part of angry politicians and as one of the founding party members of the People’s Democratic Party, he would not join such a party.

He made this known to a Youth group of APC who came from 19 Northern states to pay him a visit in Dutse.

The youths led by Engineer Muyahid Zartaus called on the Governor to dump the PDP and join the APC. Zartaus said Lamido was one of the progressive governors in the country and had no business with the PDP.

However, Lamido said he would not join the defected Governors to ally with the APC due to political calculations. He said the APC was a party founded on anger by the principal members.

He said the PDP was the strongest party in Nigeria, and it would be better for him to remain in the…

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10 Ways to Correct Your Interior Design Color Myths

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Simple ways to correct your color mistakes and replace design color myths

I’m sure you’ve heard all of the “rules” when it comes to choosing colors for your interiors. Whether it’s “don’t pair too many colors together or your room will feel cold” or “Don’t just use beige color in your room it will look boring”, there are always ways to correct any myth, right? If you’ve been trying to choose the right color palette for your interiors and you think you’re breaking all the color rules, here are 10 ways to correct your interior design color myths, once and for all. Whether they are true or not, every interior can be an exception to the design rules, right?



Adewumi Paul‘s insight:

This is a great article on getting the best out of your interior design concept for your home.

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Nexus 7 with LTE arrives: $349 includes 32 GB storage, month of free data

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If a Wi-Fi version of the Nexus 7 doesn’t cut it for you road warriers, perhaps the new LTE model will: Google(s goog) is now selling the Nexus 7 with integrated LTE on the Google Play store for $349. This version includes 32 GB of storage, so the addition of LTE connectivity is just $80 over the comparable Wi-Fi only model.

That’s pretty aggressive pricing on Google’s part. For that matter, the entire Nexus 7 line is priced well when compared to Apple’s(s aapl) iPad mini, which starts at $329 for a 16 GB Wi-Fi model. The Nexus also has a much better display with 1920 x 1200 resolution fit in a 7-inch screen.

Nexus 7 display up close

The new LTE model is unlocked but comes with a T-Mobile(s tmus) SIM card. Sweetening this deal is one month of free mobile broadband data, up to 2 GB, on T-Mobile’s LTE network. The slate also…

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