Barcelona and Argentine great, Lionel Messi has been crowned The Best FIFA Men’s Player 2019, beating UEFA’s best player Virgil van Dijk of Liverpool and his eternal rival Cristiano Ronaldo.
In the ceremony at Teatro all Scala in Milan, Italy, Jurgen Van Klopp was named men’s best coach, while Jill Ellis got the trophy as women’s coach.
Silvia Grecco was Winner of the FIFA Fan Award 2019. FIFA best female keeper was Sari van Veenendaal, keeper of the Dutch national team.
FIFA Fairplay award: coach Marcelo Bielsa and championship club, Leeds United for their actions v Aston Villa in The Championship last season.
Nigeria’s Kamaru Usman Knocks Out Colby Covington To Retain UFC Welterweight Title
The UFC 245 main event saw Nigerian born, welterweight champion Kamaru Usman (16-1-0) retain his title in an eagerly-anticipated fight with Colby Covington (15-2-0), who was previously the interim champion of the division.
The ‘Nigerian Nightmare’ stopped Covington in the final round after multiple knockdowns, in a contest that saw the two elite wrestlers strike throughout.
Usman outboxed Covington on the feet for nearly five rounds of an epic two-way duel before finishing him via fifth-round TKO to defend his 170-pound title at UFC 245. Covington fought with a broken jaw in Round 3 and finished the fight a bloody and swollen mess after being dropped twice in the final round.
“This one is not just for me but for the whole entire world right now. I heard all week, all month since the fight got signed that Colby was in my head and this or that. I’m telling you right now the reason I’m the best in the world is because my mind is stronger than anyone in the division” Usman said, after the fight.
Elsewhere on the card, Max Holloway (21-5-0) lost his featherweight title to Alexander Volkanovski (21-1-0) of Australia and women’s bantamweight champion Amanda Nunes (19-4-0) beat Germaine de Randamie (9-4-0) for the second time to retain her belt.
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How I Peed On The Posts To Break Witch Curse On Liverpool ― Bruce Grobbelaar
Legendary Zimbabwean and Liverpool goalkeeper, Bruce Grobbelaar has revealed the bizarre reason why he believes his former club will go on to win the Premier League title this season.
Grobbelaar, known for his lively character and fiery personality, opened up on a secret prior to Liverpool’s Premier League clash with Watford on Saturday lunchtime.
The 62-year-old recounted a story in which he claimed a curse had been placed on Anfield, before he was able to lift it in the most unusual of methods.
“I had a testimonial in 1992 and I was sponsored by Zambezi lager and they sent a witchdoctor with the lager,” Grobbelaar began.
“He went around on the posts and put his goat’s tail, put his water on the posts of both sides, got the microphone and said, “If you don’t have the jungle man Bruce Grobbelaar here, you won’t win the title”.
“Of course, I went back to South Africa, went to Canada, came back. Remember when Stevie G, he slipped? One night game I went down to the Kop end, I peed on the posts.
“That breaks the spell. I got thrown out. I didn’t do the Anfield Road and we finished second.”
Undeterred, however, Grobbelaar was determined to carry out his task and complete his urinating mission.
“I fulfilled my task. Last season I played in a corporate game here, we were in the dressing room and the guy said “you have to do the business today”.
“I said, “okay”. I took a water bottle, poured the water out, peed in the bottle, came back,” he added.
“First-half at the Kop end, I splashed it all over the posts. Second-half, I came down to the Anfield Road end and splashed it all over the posts. End of last season,” Grobbelaar concluded to fits of laughter in the BT Sport studio, according to DailyMail UK report,
Whether Grobbelaar’s strange intervention will pay off still remains to be seen, though Jurgen Klopp’s Reds continue their meteoric rise in the English top flight.
Liverpool are unbeaten heading into the Christmas period, with an eight-point lead over second-placed Leicester and 11 points over rivals Manchester City.
Grobbelaar made 626 appearances for the Reds in a glittering 14-year career, in which he won six First Division titles, three FA Cups and three League Cups as well as playing a starring role in the 1984 European Cup final victory.
Chelsea 0-1 Bournemouth: Cherries Shock Blues At Stamford Bridge
Chelsea were beaten again in the Premier League, going down 1-0 at home to Bournemouth.
The Blues rarely threatened in a lacklustre display and fell foul of VAR as the linesman’s flag was overruled and Dan Gosling netted an 85th minute winner for the Cherries.
Gosling struck an 84th-minute winner when he flicked the ball over Kepa Arrizabalaga and into the net despite standing with his back to goal, ending Bournemouth’s run of five successive league losses.
Kepa was made to pay for another bout of poor positioning, while Chelsea were punished for an incoherent and toothless display that will have left boss Frank Lampard far from impressed.
Lampard has demanded more “personality” from his Chelsea players in a bid to arrest their league slump, but despite a host of big names there was precious little star quality on view in west London.
Instead, in-form striker Tammy Abraham was too isolated too often, with team-mates unable to provide the service to capitalise on his sharpness in front of goal.