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Could Cristiano Ronaldo Have Been Lionel Messi’s Best Buddy?

An alternate history from Laporta, Kane chooses comfort zone and Tiger roars back to life. 5 snowballs of sport in the blizzard of life.

By Tim Stannard

1) Former Barca president reveals possible Barca move for Ronaldo

Somewhere in an alternate dimension, there is a world of peace, harmony and mutual respect. Where Cristiano Ronaldo and Leo Messi fans do not squabble like eight-year-olds fighting over a toy train on a daily basis. Although that does keep much of beIN SPORTS in business.

It’s a reality where both players ended up on the same Barcelona team to bring in a golden era of humanity. Instead, we are stuck with this miserable existence.

The man to blame is former Barcelona president, Joan Laporta, who revealed that that Ronaldo was offered to the Camp Nou club for $18m in 2003 by his agent, but Ronaldo instead went to Manchester United, and so the Great Messi-Ronaldo divide began. Then again, a lot of Laporta says is nonsense so the ex-prez might just be talking hoo-ha. But the claim does lend itself to tantalizing glimpse to how things might have been.

 

2) Son of Zizou shines with Madrid golden goal

Speaking on a Clasico bent and the big era-defining match is just two days away – coverage from 9AM ET / 6AM PT on Saturday – and both teams had mixed results in the Copa del Rey on Wednesday night, all be it, with second string teams.

Coach Zizou’s son, Enzo scored in a 6-1 win over Cultural Leonesa (13-2 on aggregate), to make the Real Madrid manager very happy indeed. "I'm proud of Enzo as a father and as a coach,” said Zidane.

The road was a little rockier for Barcelona – as it has been of late – after the Camp Nou club could only manage a 1-1 draw against third-tier Hercules. Not that Luis Enrique was too fussed, mind. “This will not influence the match on Saturday, now we will concentrate on one of the most important matches in the championship,” said the Barcelona boss. Tune into the XTRA at 7PM ET / 4PM PT for all the latest news from Spain with the Clasico just two sleeps away. Or four, if you are a napping professional footballer.

 

3) Kane opts for Tottenham comfort zone

Harry Kane has had a good look at a career of mediocrity and thought, ‘yep, I fancy some of that’. The Tottenham and England striker has committed himself to six-years of underachievement at White Hart Lane by signing an extended deal to 2022. “It’s amazing. Everyone knows how much I love this team and what I feel for this club,” warbled Kane before regretting his decision midday through 2017.  
 

 

4) Woods makes playing return to world of golf

And midday ET, a mysterious, long-forgotten figure will be hitting balls with a stick in the Bahamas. That figure is Tiger Woods who will be making his return to professional golf after 15 months out and looking to prove that he is over a dreadful spell of injury that sees the former world number one now ranked 898th.

Tiger is taking part in his own tournament, the Hero World Challenge, and will be competing alongside the likes of Jordan Spieth and Dustin Johnson.

 

5) Fan concern grows over cause of Chapecoense crash

The news out of Brazil two days after the awful Chapecoense plane crash is suggesting that it could have been completely avoidable with the plane reportedly out of fuel after a poorly-planned itinerary to Medellin.

Brazilian paper, O Globo, has written that Colombian authorities discovered that the plane had no fuel in the tanks, when examining the wreckage. 71 people died in the crash in a plane headed to Medellin.

 

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