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Cristiano Ronaldo

Biography of Cristiano Ronaldo

Cristiano Ronaldo Biography

Cristiano Ronaldo Dos Santos Aveiro is a Portuguese footballer who plays as a striker and is considered one of the best strikers in the world. He was born in Funchal, Madeira, Portugal on February 5, 1985, and is the son of María Dolores dos Santos Aveiro and José Dinis Aveiro. Since he was a child he always showed his good performance in football and stood out for his skill with the ball.

His beginnings were at the age of 8 when he entered La Andorinha academy and where he quickly began to excel above the peers of his age. So much was the quality that Cristiano showed, that at the age of 10, the C. S. Marítimo and C. D. Nacional showed interest in having the young player. After an agreement was reached, the player signed for C. D. Nacional, where he continued with his training as a footballer and became one of the greatest promises of Portuguese football.

In 2001, he was presented to try out at the Sporting Clube de Portugal, where he performed very well and managed to be part of one of the most popular clubs in Portugal, so he had to move to Lisbon. By that time, he was diagnosed with a heart problem and had to undergo an operation, which was satisfactory and did not cause dangers in the player’s soccer career.



Cristiano Ronaldo’s professional debut came on August 14, 2002, at the age of 17, in the Champions League qualifying match, where Sporting de Lisboa faced Inter Milan. On September 30, he made his debut in the Portuguese league in a game against Sporting Braga, where his club was defeated 4-2. His first professional goal was scored on October 7 of that same year against Moreirense Futebol Clube, where his team won 3-0 and the player scored two goals, with which he began to be part of the first team of Sporting Lisbon.

The talent shown by the Portuguese made him the first player to be part of the youth team, reserves and professional in the same season, and before finishing it the Sporting Lisbon won the Portuguese league, the Cup, and the Portuguese Super Cup.

His talent was quickly captured by several European clubs, which started to scout him. Teams like Liverpool, a team that did not sign him because they considered him very young and should further enhance his skills. In 2003, Sporting Lisbon and Manchester United played a friendly match for the opening of the José Alvalade Stadium, which would be the scene of Euro 2004. In that game, the player showed great quality and football technique that surprised Alex Ferguson, who after that, was interested in having the player on his team. Cristiano Ronaldo ended up signing for Manchester United that summer for aorund 18 million euros.

At the beginning of the 2003-2004 season, Cristiano Ronaldo joined Manchester United, where he wore the number 7 shirt, which David Beckham had been wearing in the past. He made his debut in the Premier League on August 16, 2003, in a game against Bolton, where he entered the 60th minute of the game.

His first goal with Manchester was scored on November 1 of that year, in the league game against Portsmouth FC. At the end of the season, the Portuguese player won the FA Cup with his team and scored a goal that contributed to the obtained title. In the second season, the player increased his level, and he stood out as one of the best youth players in the world and secured a place in the starting team of Manchester United.

Starting the league 2005-2006, the player scored the thousandth goal in the history of the Premier League and was chosen as the best young player of the year. In that season he also won the league cup and scored 12 goals in 47 games.

In the 2006-2007 season, Cristiano Ronaldo began to stand out by the ability to give assists to his teammates and to improve his goal average. For that reason, was chosen the player of the month of the Premier League in November and the Portuguese sportsman of the year, by the Portuguese newspaper A Bola. In that season he would score 17 goals and be crowned champion of the English Premier League, which made him more attractive to clubs like, Inter Milan, Real Madrid, and Barcelona. On April 13, 2007, he extended his contract with Manchester United until 2012 and his salary was 8 million euros per season, was one of the best-paid players in the world at that time. In that season he was also recognized by the Professional Footballers Association as player of the year and best young player of the year.

In the 2007-2008 season, the Portuguese player continued to add titles in his career, and it was on August 5, 2007, that he managed to win the Community Shield, a match in which Manchester United defeated Chelsea. He became the winger with the most goals scored in a season with Manchester United, after scoring 42 goals. Cristiano Ronaldo, for the first time played a European final, on May 21, 2008, when his team Manchester United played the final of the Champions League against Chelsea FC, a match that ended 1-1 in regular time with a goal from the Portuguese, so the title was defined by penalty kicks which was won by Manchester United.

After the end of the season, the player managed to win the Premier League team and win the golden boot, adding two more achievements in his football career. He won the Golden Ball, the Golden Boot and the FIFA World Player in 2008, which identified him as the best player in the world in that season and also was part of the ideal team of FIFA. The popularity of Cristiano Ronaldo began to increase so much that Real Madrid was interested in the services of the talented player. Nevertheless, an injury prevented that the negotiation was closed in that year. Before expected, the Portuguese star recovered from his injury and could continue with the competitions that played Manchester United in the 2008-2009 season, where he reached the final of the Champions League for the second year in a row, but in this case, as the runner-up when falling 2-0 before Barcelona FC. At the end of the season, Manchester United managed to win the League Cup, the Premier League and the FIFA Club World Cup where their team beat Liga de Quito 1-0. In this season, Ronaldo scored 33 goals and gave 9 assists in 33 games, which added up to a total of 118 goals in his career.

The talented Portuguese player always expressed his interest in playing in a club like Real Madrid, where he would be transferred for a figure that exceeded 90 million Euros. On June 6, 2009, the player was presented at the Santiago Bernabéu stadium before more than 90 thousand fans chanted his name in the phrase “Yes, yes, yes, Ronaldo is already here.”

His first game with the Real Madrid jersey was against the Irish Shamrock Rovers, on July 21, 2009, in a game corresponding to the preseason of Real Madrid. In a tour for South Korea, he scored his first goals with Real Madrid, in the 2009 Peace Cup against Juventus and Liga de Quito. He made his debut in the Spanish league on August 29, 2009, before the Deportivo de La Coruña where he managed to score a goal that contributed to the victory of his team by 3-2. Days later for Champions League, the player scored twice against F. C. Zürich, in the 5-2 victory of Real Madrid.

Cristiano Ronaldo would continue to show outstanding performance, and on May 5, 2010, he scored his first hat-trick against Mallorca. Although the Portuguese player managed to score 33 goals in 35 games in the 2009-2010 season, he did not win any title with Real Madrid. At the start of the 2010-2011 season, Cristiano Ronaldo kept breaking records, for the first time in his career he scored 4 goals in a game against Racing Santander and managed to score 13 goals in 6 straight games; reaching a figure of 50 goals in 53 games played. In December, the Portuguese finished the year with 43 goals, being his highest number of goals scored in the middle of a season. The player won his first title with Real Madrid, on April 20, 2011, when he won the King’s Cup at Barcelona by a score of 1-0, where the Portuguese player scored the winning goal. With that goal he reached 43 goals in the season, surpassing his own record of 42 goals. He also managed to overcome the great players Hugo Sánchez and Telmo Zarra, exceeding 38 goals in a Spanish league. The player closed the season with a total of 53 goals in 54 games, sharing a record with the player Lionel Messi.

On October 15, 2011 he played his 100th game with Real Madrid against Real Betis and on November 2, after scoring 2 goals against Olympique Lyonnais for Champions League, reached 100 goals in official matches with Real Madrid, with an average of 0.96 goals per game. Days later he received the “Golden Boot” which identified him as the top scorer of last season. At the end of 2011, reached 20 goals in the league, of which 15 were scored in 5 triples.

Cristiano Ronaldo began to be recognized for scoring on Barcelona in each of the exciting Spanish classics, began the year 2012 by scoring a goal in the first leg and another in the quarter-final of the King’s Cup, although his team was eliminated; and in the month of April, he would score the winning goal for Real Madrid, killing Barcelona’s hopes of being league champions. On May 2, ending the 2011-2012 season, he scored 1 goal in the 3-0 victory against Athletic Club, with which Real Madrid certified its Spanish league title. He finished with a total of 60 goals in all the tournaments that he played, standing out for being the first player to score a goal to all the teams he faced in the Liga.

The 2012-2013 season started with a title for Real Madrid and Cristiano Ronaldo, where the overall result was 4-4, but by the rule of the away goal Real Madrid came out the champion. The Portuguese scored a goal in the first leg and another in the return and reached the record of Ivan Zamorano to score in five consecutive classics. On October 7, 2012, he exceeded the Chilean record, after scoring two goals in the first league classic against the Blaugrana team, scoring them for the sixth time in a row. Beginning in 2013, the player reached 302 goals in his professional career, being one of the players with the best goal average in history.

He played for the first time against his old team, Manchester United, on February 13, 2013, for the knockout stages of the Champions League, where he scored two goals that contributed to the next round pass to Real Madrid. On February 26 of that year, he again scored a double to Barcelona FC, in the semifinal of the King’s Cup, contributing to the classification of his team. On May 8, 2013, Cristiano Ronaldo scored a goal against Málaga, with which he reached 200 goals in 197 games with Real Madrid. After the season ended, the player scored 55 goals in 55 games and 12 assists.

On September 15, beginning the 2013-2014 season, Cristiano Ronaldo renewed his contract with Real Madrid until 2018. He reached his 100th game in European competitions, on October 2, 2013, in a Champions League match against Copenhagen, where he scored two goals and Real Madrid won 4-0. Ronaldo’s goalscoring ability continued to break records, and at the end of 2013, he became Real Madrid’s fourth goal scorer with 164 goals in the Spanish league and the second goalscorer in away matches with 72 goals, behind Raúl González. In addition, he was chosen by the International Federation of Football History and Statistics, as the world’s top scorer in 2013. At the beginning of 2014, the season continued, and in the game against Celta, Cristiano Ronaldo scored two goals which helped him to reach 400 goals in his football career. On January 13 of that same year, the Portuguese player was awarded the FIFA Golden Ball, this being the second ball he achieved throughout his career, crediting him as one of the best players in the world and in football history.

During 2014, the Portuguese continued to break records, among which stand out: On February 26, he was the first player to score 10 or more goals in three Champions Leagues, after scoring two goals in the first leg of the round of 16 of that competition. On March 15, he became the first player to score 25 or more goals in five consecutive Spanish league seasons. On April 2, he equalized Lionel Messi and José Altafini’s as the top scorers in the Champions League, but on April 29 in the semi-finals of that competition against Bayern Munich, he scored 2 goals which served him to become the player who scored the most goals in a Champions League.

On May 24 of that same year, Real Madrid played the Champions League final against Atletico Madrid, where they won by a score of 4-1 and the Portuguese contributed with a goal. After finishing the season, the Portuguese ended up with 31 goals in the Spanish League and a total of 51 goals in 47 games played; He also won the King’s Cup, a match in which he did not play for an injury.

For the start of the 2014-2015 season, Cristiano Ronaldo was champion of the Super European Cup, where he scored the two goals of the victory of Real Madrid against Sevilla. On August 29, 2014, the Portuguese received the award for the Best European player, by UEFA. On October 22 of that season, Raul Gonzalez reached the top scorer in the Champions League with 71 goals in 110 games. Ronaldo’s records kept growing, and it was on December 6th when he reached 200 goals scored with Real Madrid’s shirt.

Cristiano Ronaldo won his third FIFA Ballon d’Or, on January 12, 2015, who recognized him again as the best player in the world in 2014 and a few days later was recognized by the Portuguese Football Federation, with the “Quina de Ouro” award, which identified him as the best player in the history of Portuguese football. On 8 April of that same year, scored the goal 300 with the shirt of Real Madrid, and a few days later reached 50 goals in a single season, so he became the only player to score that amount or more goals in 5 consecutive seasons.

After the end of 2014 season, the player scored 61 goals in 54 games and added the Super European Cup, the Club World Cup, won the golden boot for the fourth time and was the top scorer in the league with 48 goals. On September 12, 2015, at the start of a new season, he scored 5 goals in Real Madrid’s victory against Espanyol and beat Raúl Gonzáles as top scorer in the Spanish League. On October 2 of that same year, Real Madrid paid tribute to him, for having become the club’s historic scorer with 323 goals. On May 28, 2016, he was crowned champion of the Champions League, where Real Madrid defeated Atlético de Madrid. The end of the 2015-2016 season left for Cristiano Ronaldo 51 goals scored in 48 games and the title of European champion.

On November 6, 2016, the player renewed a contract with Real Madrid until the year 2021, and on December 12 of that same year he won for the fourth time the Golden Ball, which accredited him as the best player in the world, and in 2016 On January 9, 2017, he won the FIFA’s The Best Award. On October 23, 2017, Cristiano Ronaldo won the FIFA Best The Award, which recognized him again as the best player in the world. December 2017, the player won the golden ball awarded by the magazine France Football, which recognized him again as the best player in the world in the year. On December 28, 2017, Cristiano Ronaldo was distinguished for the fifth time with the Globe Soccer award for the best player of the year 2017.



In 2001, debuted in the U-17 team of Portugal, where he participated in two matches corresponding to the UEFA European Under-17 Championship, where he showed great talent and quickly began to be recognized, so much so that in 2003 he was summoned to the U21 national team of Portugal, where he qualified for the U21 European Championship, a championship that he did not play because he decided to play the 2003 Esperanzas de Toulon tournament, in which was crowned champion.

The excellent level shown by the player in the youth teams, made him quickly be called to the senior team of his country, where he made his debut on August 20, 2003, and was part of the team convened to face Eurocup 2004, a competition in which he scored two goals in 7 games played and the Portugal team finished runners-up after losing the final match against Greece 1-0.

In 2006, he was summoned by Luiz Felipe Scolari, dispute the World Cup to be held in Germany. In the maximum competition of soccer, Portugal beat the selections of Iran, Mexico, and Angola in the group stage, qualifying perfectly for the second round. In the direct elimination phase, Portugal won the Dutch national team in the round of 16, in Quarters to England and their way reached the semifinals where they lost 1-0 to the French national team. At the end of the World Cup, Ronaldo scored a goal and his team was fourth in the competition.

Two years after the World Cup in Germany, Cristiano Ronaldo appeared on the squad to face the 2008 European Championship in Austria and Switzerland, where Portugal reached the quarterfinals where they would be defeated 3-2 by the Germany team. The player could only score one goal in that competition.

In 2010, Cristiano Ronaldo played the South Africa World Cup 2010 where he scored a goal and reached the round of 16, where Portugal was eliminated by Spain. Two years later, the player was part of the 23 players, who would play the Euro 2012 in Poland and Ukraine. In the group stage, Portugal and Ronaldo debuted with defeat against Germany, but in the next two games they straightened their way and beat Netherland, where the player scored two goals, and Denmark, getting the classification to the next round. In the quarterfinal phase, Ronaldo scored the only goal, with which his team beat the Czech Republic. In the semifinals, Spain ended the dream of the title for Portugal. After finishing the competition, the player was second in the Castrol EDGE Index, which deserves the most regular players of the tournament, and was on the list of the 23 best players in the tournament. On the way to the 2014 Brazil World Cup, Portugal finished second in his group, which forced him to play the playoff against the Swedish national team; the overall score was in favor of Portugal 4-2 and Cristiano Ronaldo scored the 4 goals, giving the classification to his team.

Already in the world cup of Brazil, the Portuguese and their national team failed to pass the group stage, where they lost the second spot against the United States by goal difference, the result of a defeat against Germany, a draw with the United States and a victory against Ghana. After several competitions with the absolute selection, another opportunity came for Ronaldo in the Euro 2016 competition.

In the Group Stage Portugal achieved an agonizing classification as one of the best third teams, after achieving 3 draws in the group stage against Austria, Hungary, and Iceland. In the direct elimination phase, Portugal got Croatia out by a score of 1-0. In Quarterfinals Portugal defeated Poland in penalties, after a 1-1 draw in regular time, where Ronaldo was the man of the match. In the semi-final, Cristiano Ronaldo faced his Real Madrid teammate Gareth Bale who was part of the Wales team, where Portugal won 2-0, and Cristiano gave his contribution in the victory with a spectacular performance and a goal, and after 12 years, the player returned to dispute a final of that contest.

In the final, the Portuguese crack was injured before the end of the first half. However, his team managed to defeat France 1-0, crowned champion of Europe; that was the first title that Ronaldo got with the senior team. In addition, he was awarded the silver boot for having scored 3 goals and 3 assists. Cristiano Ronaldo played the tie to the 2018 World Cup, where he managed to score 15 goals and finally on October 10, 2017, managed to seal the qualification to the World Cup with the selection of Portugal.



Awards with Manchester United

  • FA Cup: 2004. • League Cup: 2006 and 2009.
  • Premier League: 2007, 2088 and 2009.
  • Community Shield: 2007 and 2008.
  • UEFA Champions League: 2008.
  • Club World Cup: 2008.


Awards with Real Madrid

  • Copa del Rey: 2011 and 2014.
  • Spanish League: 2012 and 2017.
  • Super Cup of Spain: 2012 and 2017
  • UEFA Champion League: 2014, 2016 and 2017.
  • European Super Cup: 2014 and 2016, 2017.
  • Club World Cup: 2014 and 2016.

Portugal National team

  • Eurocopa 2016.


Some Records and Individual Awards

  • 69 goals in one year
  • 61 goals in a season
  • 98 goals in competitions of UEFA
  • 17 goals in a single edition of the UEFA Champion League
  • Best All-Star breakthrough in history, after scoring 15 goals in 8 matches
  • Golden Ball: 2008, 2013, 2014, 2016, 2017.
  • Matches followed a scoring goal, after scoring 20 goals in 12 games
  • Reached 100 goals in the Champions League on April 18, 2017
  • UEFA Champions League top scorer 2016-2017
  • Best striker of the season, by UEFA: 2016-2017
  • Best UEFA Player 2016-2017
  • FIFA The Best Award: 2016, 2017.
  • Globe Soccer Award: 2011, 2014, 2016 and 2017.



Basketball history

Basketball history

Upon discovering the history of basketball, we will most likely refer to the history of ball games, and we will go through the first sporting manifestations of hominids, exercises executed around any spherical shape endowed by the environment. Then, we will find antecedents in the Greek, Chinese and Aztec cultures, precedents that disrupt the history of football, of course, around the use of the ball as the epicenter of the leisure time.


How did basketball come about, as we know it today?

However, the History of Basketball as we know it today is relatively modern and dates back to 1891, when the Canadian professor of the International YMCA Training School in Springfield (Massachusetts), James Naismith, devised a sport that could be played on a closed track, to be practiced in winter.

Naismith focused on the mastery of strength and contact skills and was inspired by a childhood game called “duck on a rock”, which was to try to reach an object placed on a rock by throwing a stone. Naismith asked the school manager for some 50 cm diameter boxes but he could only get a few baskets of peaches, which he ordered to hang on the railings of the upper gallery that surrounded the gym.

It was in this way that James Naismith created the sport known as Basketball, the essence of the game, simple, this would be played only with the hands and would aim to put the ball in a basket, where its name comes from, and the requirements of this new sport were expressed from its origin:


  • Affinity for the ball
  • Ease of apprehension
  • Terrain Flexibility
  • Permanent offensive approach
  • The balance between attack and defense
  • Skill Mastery


The first official basketball game was played at the YMCA gym on January 20, 1892. In 1894 the free-kick was established; in 1897 five players are regulated per team and in 1904 the size of the court was defined.


History of Basketball in the Olympic Games

Basketball began as an exhibition sport at the 1928 Olympic Games and the 1932 Olympic Games, achieving the Olympic category at the 1936 Olympic Games. Its creator, the Canadian professor, had the opportunity to witness his creation become an Olympic sport when he was accompanied by Adolf Hitler in the box of honor, in Germany. Women’s basketball had to wait until 1976 for admission as an Olympic sport.

In 1932 the FIBA ​​(Fédération Internationale de Basketball) was founded in Switzerland. Who from that moment was dedicated to regulating the rules of basketball worldwide, as well as to periodically hold competitions and events.

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Niki Lauda

Niki Lauda Biography
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Niki Lauda Biography

Nikolaus Andreas Lauda (February 22, 1949- May 20, 2019) He was born in Vienna, Austria. Austrian motorsport driver, famous for having been Formula 1 world champion on three occasions (1975, 1977 and 1984), with the Ferrari and McLaren teams. He started as a pilot at the end of the 1960s and shortly thereafter made his debut as a Formula 3 racer (1970). He started in Formula 1 under the shield of March in 1971 and four years later got his first big win as a Ferrari racer. Having achieved his first two titles in the seventies, Lauda left Ferrari to join the McLaren team, with which he won his last title in 1984. Known for his precision and great talent, Lauda left the tracks in 1985. Since then he concentrated completely on his role as an entrepreneur while owning the airline Nikki.



Born into a wealthy family, Lauda had Elisabeth and Ernst-Peter Lauda as parents. He received a careful education oriented to the business world. However, he decided to abandon this path to devote himself completely to the world of automobile competitions at the end of the 1960s, contrary to the will of his parents, who hoped that Lauda was a man of business. He began to participate in car races in 1968 and two years entered the world of Formula 3 (1970). Demonstrating his great talent and dexterity, Lauda became a Formula 2 racer in just one year. In 1971, he made his debut as a Formula 1 racer under the team of March Engineering, a team created in the late sixties by Alan Rees Graham Coaker, Robin Herd, and Max Mosley.



After his debut with the team March in 1971, Lauda was known in the circuits of that year and 1972 for his skill and accuracy on the tracks. However, did not get any title. In 1973, he joined the official team of BRM, a team where he remained for a short time, since, in 1974, he was hired by Ferrari, thanks to the good references that also gave the pilot Clay Regazzoni, to the team in which he worked at that time. Starting his adventure with Ferrari, Lauda managed to make his first triumphs on the tracks, getting that same year the Awards of Spain and Holland. His expertise at the wheel, allowed him to make his way to the world and get his first title of world champion in Formula 1 in 1975.

After the successful 1975 season, Lauda managed to excel in the season towards the 1976 title, winning in four of the six races, however, his path was hampered when he suffered a major accident at the German Grand Prix. In this competition, the runner lost control of the car in a curve, which caused the car to crash with the protection fence and caught fire a few seconds later in the middle of the track. After the explosion, another car collided with this causing the sinister out of proportion, shortly after this, Lauda managed to leave with some injuries on his face and limbs. He was in recovery for a month and a half and returned to the tracks months before the competitions were over.

After coming back into the competitions, Lauda obtained several triumphs that took to him to stand out in the general classification, nevertheless, lost the title before James Hunt by a point. The singular duel of these two competitors during the season of ’96 became the source of inspiration for Ron Howard’s film, Rush (2013). In 1977, Lauda won his second Formula 1 title, winning the Grand Prix of Germany, South Africa, and the Netherlands. Having deteriorated his relationship with the Ferrari team since 1976, Lauda decided to leave the team to join the Brabham-Alfa Romeo team in 1978. He remained in this with a less competitive vehicle until 1979, year in which, tired of the bad results, he decided to get away from the tracks to devote himself completely to his first project as an entrepreneur, the newly created airline Lauda Air (1979 -2000). After being away from the tracks for two years, Lauda returned in 1982 as a member of the official McLaren team.

Two years after joining McLaren, Lauda got his last title of champion by facing his teammate, Alain Prost. After announcing his definitive retirement in 1985, Lauda dedicated himself completely to his business as an entrepreneur, being then the owner of the low-cost airline Niki, which he had consolidated thanks to the alliance he had with Air Berlin. Although he did not return to the tracks, Lauda stayed tied to the Formula 1 until his death, he worked as a commentator and even got to be hired as a counselor of Ferrari, a company with which he worked for several years.

As an adviser of the team, Lauda impulse the signing of Michael Schumacher, a pilot that would give numerous titles to the team in the course of the first years of the new millennium. Beginning in the 2000s, he worked for Jaguar and a few years later joined the commentary team of RTL (2010). During his last years of life, he was the technical advisor and partner of Mercedes. This outstanding Austrian pilot and businessman, died on May 20, 2019, in Vienna, Austria, after suffering several health complications, linked to his advanced age.


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Zlatan Ibrahimović

Zlatan Ibrahimović biography
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Zlatan Ibrahimović biography

Zlatan Ibrahimović (October 3, 1981) professional footballer, is a striker for Los Angeles Galaxy of Major League Soccer of the United States. He was born in Malmö, Skåne Province, Sweden. Ibrahimović practiced soccer since he was 8 years old in amateur teams such as Malmö Boll & Idrottsförening, Bollklubben Flagg and Fotbollklubb Balkan, all of these belonging to his hometown. But when he was 15 years old, the family’s economic situation was complex and he had to leave his training to work in the docks of Malmö. After a while, the one who would be his agent convinced him and supported him to return to the training sessions.

As his agent had predicted, Zlatan had a great performance and was promoted to the youth team of Malmö F. F. in 1996, and three years later he was promoted to the first team. He had his first Allsvenskan debut on September 19, 1999, his team was in visiting status against Halmstads Bollklubb. Unfortunately, they were defeated in a tough game, the score was 2 to 1. Approximately one month later the Swedish footballer scored his first goal in the professional category assuring the victory to his club on the Västra Frölunda.

His performance in the first season was acceptable, with Malmö playing six games and scoring a goal in the league, his team finished in thirteenth place with twenty-four points, but, although the team improved with his arrival it was inevitable that they would descend to the second division. In the campaign of 2000, the Malmö was the runner-up of the Superettan and managed then to return to the first division. The improvement of the team was very remarkable, so much so that they finished the season in second place with sixty points product of eighteen victories, some defeats, and draws.

Ibra, as he is called in the world of football, was the top scorer of his team with twelve goals. Before the start of the 2001 season, they lost in the semi-finals against the A. I. K. Stockholm match played in the framework of the Swedish Cup. In the 2001 season, he had important interventions and was decisive to overcome several games. In total, he scored three goals in eight games and Malmö finished ninth in the league with thirty-two points. With the team played a total of forty games. He was included by the magazine Don Bola in the list of the 100 best young footballers in the world.

His cycle at Malmö ended, the Swedish footballer came to Juventus from Turin at the request of then coach Fabio Capello, the club paid 19 million euros. His debut in the Serie A came on September 12, 2004, against Brescia Calcio, a match that ended with the victory of Turin. His participation in this tournament was very remarkable, thirty-five matches scored sixteen goals, which made his team win the league title after twenty-six wins, eight draws, and four losses. Unfortunately, they did not get the same result in the Italian Cup and in the 2004-05 UEFA Champions League.

That same year he was named Foreign Player of the Year in the Serie A and received the award for the best Swedish footballer of the year: his first Guldbollen. However, in the 2005-06 season, his effectiveness was lower compared to his first season. His role in the team changed: he stopped being a scorer to contribute to the team in the creation of the game, especially as a reference player in attacking plays. Juventus revalidated their title obtained in the previous season in Serie A. In the Champions League finished first, which allowed the advance to the quarterfinals where they lost against England’s Arsenal.

In the Champions League Zlatan played nine games and scored three goals in the group stage. On the other hand, in the Italian Cup, he played two games and did not score. Due to the encounter manipulation scandal known as Calciopoli or Moggigate, the two Italian leagues won were revoked and Juventus was descending to Serie B. This situation affected him so much that he decided to leave the team and sign for Inter of Milan.

He arrived at Inter of Milan in mid-2006, was signed for 24.8 million euros. The player signed a four-year contract. He debuted with the neroazzurra shirt in the Supercopa de Italia, tournament that same year was won by winning 4 to 3 at Roma. However, in the 2006-07 season of Serie A he scored his first goal against Fiorentina, this goal gave the victory to his team. Thanks to his performance, they became champions of the Italian tournament, wherein twenty-seven matches he scored fifteen goals. He also played in the Champions League but did not score goals. His team was eliminated in the second round against Valencia.

In the 2007-08 season, he was a two-time champion of the Serie A. In the UEFA Champions League he again participated in seven and scored five goals in the group stage. The arrival of José Mourinho marked his last stage in Inter, in such period he won the Italian Super Cup by defeating Roma. One of the most significant moments was when he scored in 2008 a magnificent goal against Bologna F. C. was considered the «Goal of the Year». For the Cup, Italy played four games and scored three goals, but was eliminated in the semifinals against Sampdoria. Ibra had the opportunity to sign with F. C. Barcelona for five seasons. His first goal with the Catalan team came on August 31, 2009, in a match against Sporting de Gijón.

Although in the first season he scored 22 goals, the following season his underperformance, he received several questions from the sports press. But, despite his commitment and his desire to fulfill the Spanish team, statements from Pep Guardiola ensured that the player would stay in the club during the 2010-11 season. However, it was only taken into account to play a game against Sevilla F. C. in the Spanish Super Cup 2010 and then returned to Italy. He returned to Milan for two seasons. And then Ibra dressed in Paris Saint Germain’s outfit, he was a very decisive player. He finished the 2014 season with 41 goals in 46 games, of which twenty-six were in the league, ranked second as the tournament’s top scorer.

Until the year 2016 where he played for PSG and was very important giving great victories to this team. Later, on June 30, his arrival at Manchester United became official. He made his debut on the 7th of August for the Community Shield 2016, scoring his first goal, giving him the victory against Leicester City. Currently, he plays for Los Angeles Galaxy.

Zlatan has also been summoned to play for Sweden’s World Cup in Japan and Germany. This player is really a talented center forward, a conceptual player of the game, a scorer, and a complete striker with exceptional ability. The Swedish Football Association published a statement in which it announced that the player will not be in the World Cup in Russia.

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Tom Brady

Tom Brady biography
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Tom Brady biography

Thomas Edward Patrick Brady, Jr. (August 3, 1977) professional football player. He was born in San Mateo, California, United States. Better known as Tom Brady. He plays as the quarterback for the New England Patriots in the National Football League (NFL). His father is named Thomas and his mother Galynn. Since attending a San Francisco 49ers game he became a fan of quarterback Joe Montana. Since then he was his inspiration and his idol. Performed tests to play in the San Francisco 49’ers although he passed was not taken into account in the NFL draft. Upon finishing his studies at the Junípero Serra High School, where he played in the position of the receiver in high school.

Subsequently, he was recruited in the Major League Baseball by the Montreal Expos team. He went to the University of Michigan where he had an excellent performance in both football and academics. Brady graduated with honors cum laude. He was a reserve player during his first two years at the Michigan Wolverines. When he enrolled at the University of Michigan, the team was in seventh place in the standings and had to work hard to get playing time. At one point he began to feel depressed, frustrated and therefore started seeing a sports psychologist.

But finally, Brady decided to fight for his dream and reached the number one position quarterback with Drew Henson, he started in the 1998 and 1999 seasons under the supervision of Michigan coach Lloyd Carr. In the first year, he set the record for Michigan for the biggest pass attempt (350) and pass completions (214). Unexpectedly, Brady solidified as one of the best passers in North America, was part of the ideal team of the conference of the Big Ten, during both seasons and as captain of the team in his last year at university. The Wolverines won several games in a row. Brady finished that season with a win over the Arkansas Razorbacks at the Citrus Bowl in Florida.

In the 1999 season, he was responsible for an unexpected win at the Orange Bowl over Alabama, he managed 369 yards and four touchdowns by air. Therefore, it is in the third position of the ranking in the history of the University of Michigan with 442 complete passes of 710 attempts. Thanks to his good performance the American athlete was called by the New England Patriots in the sixth round with the global selection 199 of the NFL draft. They did the selection test between quarterback Tim Rattay and Brady. In the end, the Patriots chose Brady, who was considered the biggest “acquisition” in the history of the NFL draft.

Brady was promoted to starting quarterback in 2001 because Drew Bledsoe suffered a hemorrhage during a match. The Patriots won eleven out of fourteen games with Brady as a starter. Brady finished with 2843 yards, with eighteen touchdowns, and twelve interceptions he was chosen for the Pro Bowl. Unfortunately, he suffered a knee injury during the AFC championship game against the Pittsburgh Steelers. Fortunately, the Patriots won the game and got their ticket to Super Bowl XXXVI against the Rams. The player recovered and in this match, the Patriots won the game with a great joint feat where Brady participated.

He was the youngest quarterback to win a Super Bowl. In the 2012 season, he led the league with twenty-eight touchdown passes and had 921 yards more than the previous season. In the middle of the season, Brady had a shoulder injury. The following year he recovered and led the Patriots to win twelve consecutive games, getting the title of the AFC East Division. Statistically, his best game was against Buffalo, where he achieved the highest rate of the season. Brady impressed the audience and the fans with his game. On February 1, 2004, he led the Patriots to a 32-29 victory over the NFC champions, the Carolina Panthers, in Super Bowl XXXVIII and was reappointed as the Super Bowl MVP.

During the 2004 season, he helped the Patriots set an NFL record with twenty-one games won consecutively since last season. The team won the title of the AFC East Division for the third time in four years. In a game against Pittsburgh, Brady had a pass rating of 130.5, his highest of the season, even though he had had a high body temperature the night before. On February 6, 2005, he led the Patriots to beat the Philadelphia Eagles, getting his third NFL championship in four years.

At the end of the season, the Patriots finished with a record of 10-6 and got their third title of the AFC East Division consecutively. The player suffered a hernia and had to be operated on surgically. In the 2007 season, the team was reinforced with important receivers such as Donté Stallworth, Wes Welker, Kelley Washington, and Randy Moss. In addition to tight end Kyle Brady; and the runner Sammy Morris. It can be said that this was Brady’s best season; He broke many records, personal, franchise, and NFL.

Brady did not play a game of the preseason 2008, because of an injury to his right foot. Apparently, this year was quite hard for the athlete because he then suffered a serious injury to the left knee where the middle and crossed ligaments were affected. Days later the Patriots confirmed that the rest of the season would be lost. In the 2009 preseason, he could not participate, Brady had to undergo antibiotic treatment to eliminate the infection, in addition to two surgeries on his knee. In his first official game after the recovery, he played against the Buffalo Bills pitched for 378 yards and two touchdowns.

After the game, Brady was named the Offensive Player of the Week for the AFC for the 13th time in his career. In 2010 he extended his contract four years more, for 72 million dollars, making him the player best paid in the history of the NFL. Shortly after, he suffered a car accident from which he was unharmed. In 2011 Brady became the fourth quarterback to throw for 5,000 yards in a season; beating Dan Marino’s record of 5,084 yards. He finished the 2012 season with 4,827 passing yards, 34 touchdowns, only 8 interceptions, and a passer rating of 98.7.

2014 season was not very good because several key players were injured. In 2015 Brady was suspended as punishment for his alleged involvement in the Deflategate scandal. On February 5, 2017, Brady won his fifth championship ring and his fourth MVP in the defining match.

On February 3, 2019, The Patriots won their sixth championship after defeating the Rams in Super Bowl LIII, in this way, Tom Brady became the only player in history with six rings of the NFL champion.

Tom Brady has a relationship with the Brazilian model Gisele Bündchen, and two children with the actress Bridget Moynahan.

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Stephen Curry

Stephen Curry biography
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Stephen Curry biography

Wardell Stephen Curry II (March 14, 1988) basketball player of the Golden State Warriors. He was born in Akron, Ohio, United States. However, because his father’s job he lived most of his life in Charlotte, North Carolina. His father is former NBA player Dell Curry and his mother, Sonya Curry, former volleyball player. His brother, Seth Curry, is also a basketball player in the Dallas Mavericks. He was raised under the evangelical Christian religion. He studied elementary at Montessori School, then went to Queensway Christian College in Ontario, where he was part of the basketball team, demonstrating his great ability. He graduated from the Charlotte Christian Institute, where he managed to be champion of the conference three times in a row.

His beginnings in professional basketball were in his university stage with the Wildcats of Davidson College after receiving a scholarship, for three days. From the beginning he showed without a doubt his great skill, for example, in a game against Michigan Wolverines got 32 points, 9 rebounds, and 4 assists. He finished the season and was chosen the second best rookie scorer in the entire country behind Kevin Durant. In his second season he returned to obtain the best averages.

As a result, he was elected in the second All-American team, he was a finalist for the John R. Wooden Award. In the last season he played before finishing his university career he was a leader in the NCAA scoring, he scored a score of 28.6 points per game. He was included in the first All-American team. In 2009, thanks to his great work, he was hired for a value of 12.7 million dollars for four seasons. He debuted as a base in the NBA on October 28 against the Houston Rockets. He only needed to play the first season to be selected for the first team of the All-Rookie.

He got his first triple-double in February 2010, 36 points, 13 assists, and 10 rebounds. Curry was awarded the NBA Sportsmanship Award. But, unfortunately, the player had a series of injuries that markedly stopped his career, but his contract continued to run. He was subjected to several recovery processes. When recovering he began to improve his campaign remarkably. He earned his personal best in 54 points in a game and beat the NBA 3-pointers record in one season. He finished the year playing his first playoffs.

During the 2013 campaign, he participated for the first time in the match of the stars. He was one of the most voted players to play the All-Star that year, with this he was able to overcome his own record of triples, another achievement of the basketball player was to enter the MVP of the regular season and become the NBA champion against the Cleveland Cavaliers. He was summoned in 2007 to be part of the U-19 team of his country, the team won the silver medal. This was the way to be signed by the American absolute team. On two occasions he has achieved the gold medal at the World Basketball Championships of 2010 and 2014.

He participated in the All-Star skills contest in 2011 and won the same thing in the triple contest in 2015. The young man continued working on this ability to get the record and he managed it with 303 triples. But, that was not all, Curry continued to work to overcome this mark and in 2016 he set the record in 402. He was again indisputably named by the NBA MVP for the second year in a row. Now, for the year 2017, Stephen Curry with the help of Kevin Durant assured Golden State Warriors his second ring of NBA champions in the last three years, the fifth in his career.

The warriors finished ‘playoffs’ in a very strong, close and exciting match with Cleveland Cavaliers. The score was (129-120) in their favor. Curry and his team finished the final with a 4-1. The player finished with 26.8 points, 8 rebounds, 9.4 assists and 2.2 steals per game, we really must point out that they are brilliant results. Since his adolescence, he was the boyfriend of Ayesha Alexander. With her, he married on July 30, 2011, in Charlotte, North Carolina. From this union were born two daughters, Riley, and Ryan Carson, in 2011 and 2015, respectively.

At the moment he is considered by the specialists like the best shooter in basketball history, with this he has obtained the love and the admiration of the fans. Many fans of other NBA teams ask for photographs and autographs at the end of the games. He is a fast player, able to steal the ball, dribble and run, evading his opponents. One of the greatest accolades he has received throughout his career has been to be compared to the legendary star Michael Jordan.

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