Christian Pulisic’s Transfer to Chelsea

Christian Pulisic’s transfer to Chelsea is filled with mixed emotions. Firstly, in case you’ve been missing from the hyperconnected world, here is a rundown of the facts. Chelsea will play Borussia Dortmund, the current Bundesliga leaders, a fee of around €73 million for the U.S international, which is approximately triple the previous record for a football player from the U.S.

The previous record was set by John Brooks when he was transferred from Hertha to Wolfsburg before the 2017/18 season for around $22 million. This will also be the third-highest transfer fee by Chelsea. Although the transfer is finalised, Pulisic will stay at Dortmund on loan for the current campaign while BVB pursues their title in the Bundesliga.

So will the shiny new U.S international perform for his brand-new club that is consistent with his high price tag? Will Pulisic break down as he has done several times during the season? Or will he be considered a brand-new toy for Chelsea that will only be used on rare occasions to show off? As it usually goes with high profile moves, the transfer is fraught with possible rewards and obviously with loads of risk.

Christian Pulisic at Chelsea

The conflicting emotions start with Pulisic’s club choice. Stylistically, this doesn’t seem to be a fit when it comes to Maurizio Sarri as the manager of the club as he enjoys his squads to attack quickly while extensively utilizing the wings. Obviously, Eden Hazard has managed to thrive in this system. However, given the familiarity of the position, the speed of the ball, and the technique that comes with Pulisic, it seems like the perfect place for the U.S international.

However, Chelsea is not known as a club where patience with young players or managers is a prized virtue. Once the club starts to struggle in any way under Sarri, there’s no doubt that the axe will fall on Pulisic first. Chelsea is not regarded as a place where young players are brought through the system and nurtured either. Simply ask Mohamed Salah or Kevin De Bruyne who both managed to move on to better and bigger things after receiving almost nothing while playing for the club. Callum Hudson-Odoi and Ruben Loftus-Cheek are more recent examples when it comes to young players that find it difficult to break through on a constant basis.

Even if Chelsea was considered a club where young players could develop themselves, cracking the line up of the team is still going to be quite a challenge for Pulisic. Most of the focus has been around Hazard and if the world-class football star will remain at the club. However, players like Pedro and Willian offer brilliant competition as well and both are over 30 years old. Both these players have a contract until 2020 and the club might decide to opt in for some cash this summer by trading at least one of them. Should this occur, the U.S international will have a far better opening at the club going forward too.

Ole Gunnar Is Experiencing A Great Time At Manchester United

After overseeing Manchester United’s 3-1 victory against Huddersfield on 26 December 2018, Old Gunnar enjoyed his second victory as the Man Utd caretaker manager in 4 days. However, Old Gunnar did admit that there hasn’t been a lot of changes made to the team since he took over from Jose Mourinho.

The chaotic holiday schedule did not allow much in terms of training and spending quality time with the team, but most can already see a different squad since he took up the new role at Manchester United. How long this will last is very uncertain at the moment, but he has been given a decent selection of games to start his charge. Whether his charge will be to make it into the top four of the Premier League standings is too early to tell.

However, for now, its more than enough that the brand-new manager made the matches more enjoyable, giving fans a much-needed Christmas present which they are truly excited about. A demand for more ticket sales clearly proves this as well.

Solskjaer’s Changes

Old Gunnar insists that he was only able to change the mindsets of his Manchester United players since he arrived at the club. Whatever he managed to do, it certainly worked as the team managed to score 8 goals in two games thanks to 6 different scorers. However, there are plenty of old problems that still remain at the club and his players have promised a clean sheet following Huddersfield and Cardiff consolation goals. The team is also still struggling to successfully defend set pieces, but the changes made on the other side of the pitch is definitely noticeable since he arrived.

For the first half of the game on Wednesday, Old Gunnar stood next to the sideline pointing forward and the overall message was certainly clear enough. Obviously, there were times when Old Gunnar simply pointed at Huddersfield’s goal, bringing with it an all too familiar chant of ‘attack!’ from the sidelines. However, it wasn’t considered a plea as it was during the times when Mourinho was in control. By the end of the game, Old Trafford was demanding waves for Old Gunnar which Mourinho stopped receiving a very long time ago.

The biggest roar in the stadium that afternoon occurred before kickoff took place when the announcer of the stadium welcomed back Old Gunnar to the stadium where 76,000 supporters quickly answered with “Ole, Ole, Ole”. If Old Gunnar first job was to bring smiles back, he certainly succeeded.

Old Gunnar stated last week that is was extremely special but that he managed to stay calm. Gunner added,

“I believe my guys have settled me in extremely fast. You trust the squad you put out. It’s quite special hearing the crowd sing my song, but this time round they start chanting when the match begins. It made me feel extremely proud and it’s a day I will never forget.”

Top NBA Players of All Time

Ranking the best basketball players of all time is no easy task. The list needs to include legendary old school players along with the present class of greatness. It goes without saying that the players on this list come from different generations that had different technologies and rules while they reigned supreme. It’s essentially a matter of opinions and perspective at the end of the day. With our list, we attempted to compile the superstars that featured a decent mix of every aspect of the game, both on and off the court. Let’s take a look at the best NBA players of all time.

Michael Jordan

It should come as no surprise that Michael Jordan is at the top of our list. His wagging tongue, high-flying dunks, aggressive nature, and winning mindset makes him a legend in the world of basketball. During the 1988 season, Jordan managed to win the scoring title, Defensive player of the year, and NBA MVP. He is more than an icon in basketball, he is a legend in the world of sports.

LeBron James

LeBron James constantly builds a case to become the Greatest of All Time and he can easily cement a place in the Top 3 basketball players on any list. His three MVP finals and 4 regular seasons indicate how valuable he can be to any team, making him one of the best players in the NBA at the moment.

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

Kareem boast with a total of 6 NBA Championships. He was also the inventor of the devastating and famous sky hook shot. He managed to score the most points in the history of the NBA and was the most regular season MVP, with a total of 6. During the 1970’s, he was the best NBA player at the time and thanks to his longevity and decorated career, no one can match him in the currently league.

Magic Johnson

Magic Johnson is undoubtedly the flashiest player in the history of the sport. The best point guard of all time managed to dazzle fans across the globe with his vibrant playing style when he played for the Showtime Lakers. Magic Johnson was the leader of the Dream Team and his passing ability remains unmatched.

Bill Russell

With a total of 11 NBA titles from only 13 seasons, no one can argue the greatness of Bill Russell. He was the inventor of defensive sequences and ensured that the defense was just as important in an attack league. He is considered the best defensive player in the history of the sport and boasts with a total of 5 MVP awards.

Wilt Chamberlain

Chamberlain makes out list due to the fact that he averaged 50 points in a regular season and averaged over 22 rebounds throughout his entire career. Claiming 4 MVP honors and 2 NBA Championships, his 100-point game and other sensational numbers definitely gives him a place on our list. He was considered the most dominant player the sport has ever seen, statistically.

The Best MLB Players of 2018

The 2018 MLB season is still far from over as we’re still patiently waiting to see who claims World Series glory. However, in reality, several organizations are enjoying the off season and are preparing for the next couple of months as we head to March. Some MLB players are relieved the regular season is behind them, but most will take the time to look back on the last 6 months, hoping they can continue their momentum during 2019.

Baseball is essentially a game which is defined by valleys and peaks and the primary objective is to maximize peaks while also minimizing valleys as much as possible. Most MLB players had loads of opportunities to make a significant impact this season. However, some took way more advantage of it when compared to others. The following players have managed to separate themselves from the rest in a very big way.

Mike Trout

Mike Trout is yet again at the top of another list. During Opening Day, most fans wondered if the young MLB outfielder could further improve on his discipline. While his strikeout rate of 20.4% managed to increase for the first time since late 2014, his walk rate of 20.1% managed to improve for the 4th successive year, which led the qualified hitters in the MLB league.

Mookie Betts

Mike Trout might have won the battle, but Mookie Betts certainly won the war. After he flirted with it in both 2016 and 2017, the outfielder for the Boston Red Sox finally managed to join the 30-30 club due to his 30 stolen bases and 32 dingers. A major role to his outstanding success can be attributed to hard-hit rate of 44.5%, soft-hit rate of 12.2%, pull rate of 47.2%, and line-drive rate of 231.2%.

J.D Martinez

J.D Martinez was an enormous hit during his initial year at Beantown. Boasting with a second successive 40-homer season under his belt, Martinez has now slugged 88 homers in a total of 1,138 appearances on the plate since the start of the 2017 season. His slugging percentage of .655 from 2017 is leading everyone in baseball. Mike Trout is currently in second position with .629. In fact, there’s only two MLB players with a mark of more than .600.

Christian Yelich

Christian Yelich is a front runner for the National League MVP and receives additional dap for the only player on this list from the Senior Circuit. The most obvious reason is certainly his 36 homers which he accomplished with only 655 appearances on the plate, but required 1,354 journeys to the place between 2016 and 2017 in order to hit 39 dingers while playing for the Miami Marlins. It’s also worth mentioning that the only month Yelich recorded a hard-hit rate under 45% was during May.

Alex Bregman

If the American League was so flooded, Alex Bregman will undoubtedly receive more MVP love. However, whatever love he does receive is well deserved. His lowest wRC+ was a mere 123, against the cutter and none of the other players fell under 150.

Wide Forward Becomes New Power Position in Soccer

Back in the day, the most glamorous position in the world of football was undoubtedly the central ones, both in attack and defense. If you played as a defender during the 1990’s, you probably admired Franco Baresi, and if you played as a forward, chances are you admired the original Ronaldo. However, times have certainly changed since then, and these days everyone is looking as wide forwards that have made a significant impact on the game in the last two decades.

Most Devastating Forwards in Football

It’s no surprise that the three forwards that are considered the most devastating in football last season, including Mohamed Salah, Lionel Messi, and Christiano Ronaldo, all practiced their trade as wide forwards. The same can be said when you look at the two most powerful attacking forces in the Premier League since last season, including Leroy Sane and Raheem Sterling, who are both wide forwards for Manchester City. They managed to score a total of 40 goals and accumulated 36 assists between the two of them. In Germany, the remarkable Jadon Sancho is assisting Borussia Dortmund to lead the title challenge, while Arjen Robben from Bayern Munich is in extraordinary form despite being quite old in his football career.

How Wide Forward Are Changing the Game

In the previous era, the attacking midfielder managed to reign supreme. For instance, Ronaldinho and Kaka from Brazil, Rui Costa from Portugal, Alessandro del Piero, Roberto Baggio, Francesco Totti, and Gianfranco Zola from Italy. Due to their unbelievable success when it came to the final third of the pitch, the real estate in front of the penalty area became the most aggressively contested space in the game. Terrified of what Deco or Ronaldinho could do from that distance, several teams regularly appointed two defensive midfielders to successfully patrol this area.

However, in today’s game, you can clearly see that they decided to take up the edge of the area as oppose to the middle. In fact, defenders usually fear to thread on the outer edges of the pitch as they are unsure whether to stand off or press the ball due to the space that can easily be exploited. At the same time, those that were originally center-forwards now tend to avoid the congested penalty area. Take Thierry Henry as an example. He spent most of his career on the flanks, drifting in. He understood for a very long time that the best way to unsettle defenders is to arrive in the area at the very last second.

These days, Thomas Muller from Bayern Munich and Gareth Bale from Real Madrid have managed to follow in the footsteps of Henry. Thanks to their incredible success, we are now seeing three types of footballers in the exact same area of the pitch, including a play-maker, a striker, and a winger. The perfect example of this is undeniably Neymar who is currently playing for Paris Saint-Germain who is enjoying an incredible stretch as a wide forward.

Fernando Alonso from Formula 1 Meets Jimmie Johnson from NASCAR

Fernando Alonso was highly impressed by Jimmie Johnson’s performance as a seven time champion in the world of NASCAR when the two decided to swap cars on Monday at the Bahrain International Circuit. After numerous attempts, Jimmie Johnson set a time within 0.02 seconds of the benchmark set by Alonso in the 2013 McLaren F1 car, while Fernando Alonso managed to eclipse Jimmie Johnson’s installation lap by four seconds in the NASCAR.

The Brilliant Idea to Swap Rides

The idea behind swapping rides on Monday initially started in January when the two world-class drivers met in Daytona during the Rolex 24 Hours, transforming the dream into a reality last week in Bahrain, occurring just one day after Fernando Alonso participated in his last F1 race. The overall idea was quite simplistic: Fernando Alonso would take the wheel of the 2018 Henrick Motorsport NASCAR, while Jimmie Johnson would test the 2013 McLaren MP4, which is one of the last V8 screamers in Formula 1.

Within 24 hours after he completed the final lap of his Formula 1 career, Fernando Alonso returned behind the wheel of a Formula 1 car less than an hour into the event. Once Johnson tested his Chevrolet, Alonso decided to return the favor with a total of 3 laps in the McLaren, allowing him to set the benchmark time of 1 minute 40 seconds.

“In all honesty, I wasn’t supposed to drive the McLaren and was only meant to drive the NASCAR. However, it made more sense to test the car before Johnson grabbed it to ensure everything was fine,” Alonso stated. “I was in the cockpit at 11 am after I decided to retire from Formula 1 yesterday.”

More Than Just a Day of Fun

Even though the opportunity was initially pitched as a glorious day of fun and excitement for both racers, running two world-class race cars is undoubtedly serious business. This was especially true when Johnson decided to take the McLaren out for a spin, lifting the bottom of his helmet due to the airflow of the open cockpit, placing strain on his chin strap during the first outing.

“During the first outing, the helmet I used was continuously trying to remove itself from my head. It was actually so high that I starred at the microphone,” Johnson stated. “I constantly thought to myself, I don’t want to slow down or stop, but I believe it’s the best course of action.”

Fortunately, there is always a solution in Formula 1, and in this case a thin Perspex windscreen was attached to the cockpit which helped with redirecting the airflow. Even though this was not ideal, it was acceptable for a 5 lap run, allowing Johnson to push the car to its limits.

Meanwhile, Alonso quickly grew accustomed to Johnson’s NASCAR, having loads of fun as he got familiar with brand-new machinery. “There was loads of problems with breaking and traction, but I had loads of fun on the track nonetheless.” Alonso stated.

NFL Coaches Who Are In Trouble in 2018

Winning Super Bowls is a sure fire way for a head coach to receive job security when it comes to the National Football League. However, when you string together a couple of disappointing seasons, that job security quickly evaporates.

This is the case for a few head coaches in the NFL who are currently sitting on the hot seat after eleven weeks in the 2018 NFL season. For some coaches, below-average performances and mediocrity got them in loads of trouble. Let’s take a closer look at the head coaches that are uncertain of their job security at the moment.

Green Bay Packers – Mike McCarthy

A playoff berth could obviously change McCarthy’s status, and he has managed to turn around NFL season before, so we obviously can’t rule that out. However, things could be different this time round. Even the locker room vibe gives this impression, where Randall Cobb, the veteran receiver for the Green Bay Packers, stated last week: “We lost matches before, but this feels much different.” The team has a 30.7% chance of reaching the playoffs this year, which is definitely something McCarthy needs to improve on for the rest of the 2018 NFL season.

Baltimore Ravens – John Harbaugh

The 2018 NFL season for the Baltimore Ravens is spiralling downward, with three successive losses, and John Harbaugh was already questioned about his job security at the halfway point of the 2018 season. If the Ravens are unable to reach the playoffs for the fourth consecutive season, there’s no doubt that Harbaugh will end his 11-year long run. Although, it might take more than a berth in the postseason to save Harbaugh’s job at the Ravens to be honest. We’ll need to see how things play out going forward.

Dallas Cowboys – Jason Garrett

Garret’s seat instantly cooled down after winning against Philadelphia, but if the Cowboys lose against Atlanta this weekend, the heat will surely increase more than before. Garrett is enjoying his eighth season in the NFL and only managed to reach the playoffs twice with one playoff win. Jerry Jones is convinced he has a talented, young team and wants to see results. Even if the Cowboys make it to the playoffs this season, it still doesn’t ensure that Garett will make a return in 2019. The Cowboys continuously alternate between losing and winning, which means the hot seat will increase in temperature until it’s sizzling.

Denver Broncos – Vance Joseph

The Broncos are playing hard, they push some of the best teams in the league to their limits, and they practice extremely well while each player fully supports Joseph. So, the Denver Broncos do everything they need to do except win at the moment. The team makes the worst mistakes at the worst times which greatly affects the matches. Joseph will undoubtedly be evaluated on the team’s win record as opposed to the team’s performance which, at the moment, doesn’t look very promising as the team only has two road wins under the belt.

Neymar Continues to Learn From Christiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi

Neymar has recently stated that Lionel Messi remains his “idol” to this day, despite calling recent reports “fake news” which stated that he wants to make a return to Barcelona. The Brazil international is currently in his second season with the renowned Paris Saint-Germain club and was targeted by Marseille fans who threw objects at the French champions after they claimed a 2-0 victory towards the end of October.

Neymar recently spoke to Players’ Tribune as a crossover interview that also included Stephen Curry, the basketball star of the Golden State Warriors. In the interview, Neymar discussed training and playing alongside Lionel Messi which was followed by praise for Christiano Ronaldo who is currently playing for Juventus.

Neymar’s Comments on Messi and Ronaldo

“I played with Lionel Messi for a while who is the greatest football players of all time for me and he is undeniably my idol when it comes to football,” he stated. “With Lionel Messi, I managed to learn every single day, whether it was playing with him or during practice, or simply just watching him play. It certainly made me stronger and it managed to increase my capacity while I’m on the field as a kept learning a great deal from him.

“As for Christiano Ronaldo, he is undoubtedly a monster on the field. Facing him is both an honour and a pleasure, but there’s no denying that we have to be much more prepared. He is also one of the best when it comes to football, so you need to be more alert and smarter while learning a great deal from him too.

“They are the two greatest football players that I can relate to, as I want to continue learning. This will help me win more matches, claim more trophies, and score a lot more goals. Therefore, I will continue to learn from them every single day.”

Neymar’s Most Difficult Moments in his Career

Neymar has recently released a comic book series of his own called “Inked” which showcases tattoos that come to life in order to fight crime as Dan Hajducky explained at New York Comic Con, and was also questioned about the most difficult moments in his career. The Brazilian football star listed his 2014 World Cup where he suffered a back injury as well as overcoming an injury that took place earlier in 2018 prior to the start of the Russian World Cup.

“The first difficult moment occurred when I injured my back,” Neymar stated. “I was on cloud nine as I played in a World Cup. It suddenly ended due to my injury. That was like the end of just about everything for me.

“I asked myself: ‘Will I ever return to the field?’ My friends and family were very important to me when it occurred and managed to help me overcome it. The second difficult moment occurred earlier in 2018 after I had my first surgery which was close to the Russian World Cup. I didn’t think I would be able to play at all.

Floyd Mayweather Responds to Khabib Nurmagomedov’s Challenge

Floyd Mayweather has recently responded to the challenge requested by Khabib Nurmagomedov to come out of retirement and meet him in the ring. Nurmagomedov wants to make Las Vegas great again and its’ for this very reason that he decided to challenge Floyd Mayweather to a fight.

Floyd Mayweather

The world-renowned boxer with a 51-0 record was last seen when he entered the ring to battle it out against Conor McGregor in August 2017 where he managed to defeat the UFC fighter in a 10 round bout. This was little over a year ago before Nurmagomedov defeated the Irishman when he made his return to the UFC.

Khabib Nurmagomedov

After he successfully defended his lightweight championship at UFC 229, Nurmagomedov has loads of options in front of him. He can either agree to a rematch against Conor McGregor, look forward to an exciting showdown against Tony Ferguson, or make a move to WWE or Bellator if he so chooses.

However, the current lightweight UFC champion decided to take a completely different route by calling out Mayweather to return to the ring which will also provide the largest payday of Nurmagomedov career so far. His message to the American boxer, that is still undefeated after 51 fights, appeared on the Instagram page of Leonard Ellerbe’s for everyone to see. “Let’s go, Mayweather” Nurmagomedov stated. “We need to fight now, 27-0 vs 51-0, two fighters that have never lost a bout. Cause in the jungle there can only be one king. I am obviously the king as I managed to drop McGregor.”

Mayweather accepted the challenge and called out several companies to book the bout between the two fighters that are both still undefeated. “MGM Grand, Showtime, and CBS get your chequebook ready,” Mayweather stated. “ Visit Leonard Ellerbe’s Instagram page to view Nurmagomedov’s challenge.”

His statement to make Las Vegas great again seems to be a direct link to the unfortunate events that unfolded after the main event at UFC 229, with Nurmagomedov and his team involved in a distasteful scene with McGregor’s team as vicious fights broke out both out and in the Octagon.

Nurmagomedov triggered the post-fight brawl when he jumped the Octagon fence to confront McGregor’s trainer and teammate, Dillon Danis, while McGregor was punched by three of Nurmagomedov’s team members in the Octagon following pre-fight insults regarding Nurmagomedov family, background, and religion.

Fight Won’t Happen Anytime Soon

Due to the events that took place at UFC 229, the fight between Nurmagomedov and Mayweather is likely to happen far into the future as Nurmagomedov is facing a prolonged ban from the sport while remaining under investigation by the NSAC. Nurmagomedov had his $2 million purse withheld due to his awful actions. Both Nurmagomedov and McGregor are scheduled to appear in at the NSAC hearing on 24 October 2018. Mayweather constantly teases that he will make a return and recently claimed that he would like a rematch against Manny Pacquiao when they met last month in Japan.

The Skills and Styles of Christiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi

Whenever Real Madrid used to play against Barcelona in a professional soccer match, the most obvious subplot was always the battle between Christiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi. They are, without a doubt, the two highest paid soccer athletes in the world. Christiano Ronaldo recently signed a multi-year contract deal with Juventus for $136 million and makes a whopping $36 million as an annual salary.

Lionel Messi has Christiano Ronaldo beat in the salary department. When he signed a multiyear contract with Barcelona, there was a staggering $835 million buyout clause. He also received a cool $59 million signup bonus and makes an annual salary of $50 million per year, including bonus money.

Both of them have won the FIFA Player of the Year award on multiple occasions and scored goals in the Champions League final. Their statistics and style of play will offer hints on who the best player actually is. Let’s take a look.

Head vs Feet

Soccer players are allowed to score with both their feet or head, and Ronaldo and Messi have distinct differences when it comes to this area. Messi is a left-footer and completes most of his goals on the left side. Messi is also incredible in one-on-one’s and has the ability the curl the ball into a corner, or even produces a couple of spectacular piledrivers. Where Messi enjoys displaying true finesse when it comes to scoring a goal, Ronaldo relies on sheer power. Ronaldo is a right footer but can also score with his left foot. His record of goals speak for themselves, but when it comes to foot power, Messi certainly has the edge.

Free Kicks

Messi has the ability to produce exquisite goals that bend past the goalkeeper and his free kicks incorporate more finesse as opposed to brute force. On the other hand, Ronaldo has more variation when it comes to free kicks where he manages to swerve the ball into the goalpost which is quite remarkable each and every time. Therefore, Ronaldo has the edge when it comes to free kicks.

Control and Dribbling

Messi is an incredible dribbler, and no one can argue that he is the best in the world, especially when you look at how he destroys his opponents. Messi’s greatest strength is the fact that he has quick feet and a beautiful technique over and above his pace. There’s a handful of players that can perform a stepover in the same manner as Ronaldo and it is this skill that assists him in beating his opponents every time. However, he relies more on his pace to beat his opponents as oppose to Messi which means Messi has him beat in this department.


Messi, due to his small size, can be knocked over quite easily but he is very capable of holding his own, especially when its one-on-one. On the other hand, Ronaldo is far more physically imposing. Messi has more influence in the game, while Ronaldo is a bit of a bully. Ronaldo has obviously scored more goals, but when it comes to overall performance and technique, Messi certainly takes the crown.