Ronaldo eyes more Man Utd history after 'dream' return
Cristiano Ronaldo said he has a "never ending love" for Manchester United after sealing his return to Old Trafford from Juventus on Tuesday. "Everyone who knows me, knows about my never ending love for Manchester United. The years I spent in this club were absolutely amazing and the path we’ve made together is written in gold letters in the history of this great and amazing institution. "I can't even start to explain my feelings right now, as I see my return to Old Trafford announced worldwide. "It's like a dream come true, after all the times that I went back to play against Man.
Cristiano Ronaldo's return to Old Trafford was perfect. © Press Association Manchester United's Cristiano Ronaldo during the Premier League match at Old Trafford, Manchester.?
The Portuguese superstar opened up the scoring to put Manchester United up 1-0 against Newcastle just before halftime and scored another goal in the second half to put the Red Devils up 2-1 before Bruno Fernandes tacked on another goal in the 80th minute to make it 3-1.
Ronaldo had several family members in the house for his second Manchester United debut, including his mother, who had the perfect reaction to her son scoring in his return to the Premier League.
Ronaldo misses Juve training as Man City rumours rumble
Cristiano Ronaldo will not train with Juventus on Friday, the Serie A giants confirmed to AFP, as rumours of an imminent move to Manchester City gather pace. Widespread media reports said that Ronaldo left Juve's Continassa training centre before the start of Friday's session. Sky Sport Italia reported that the five-time Ballon d'Or winner arrived in the morning to say goodbye to his teammates before leaving at around 10:45 am local time (0845 GMT).
The goal was Ronaldo's first Premier League tally since May 10, 2009. He last scored for the Red Devils on a free-kick against Manchester City more than 12 years ago.
Ronaldo recently rejoined the Red Devils after requesting a move from Juventus at the end of the transfer window. His first stint at Old Trafford came from 2003-09.
The 36-year-old won three Premier League titles and a Champions League crown in his first go-around with the club, in addition to receiving his first of five Ballon d'Or Awards as the world's best player.
Manchester United beat Newcastle 4-1 Saturday, extending their record to 3-1-0.
Cristiano Ronaldo set to make Manchester United re-debut Sept. 11 vs. Newcastle
The five-time Ballon d'Or winner originally featured for United from 2003 through 2009 but last played for the club in the '09 Champions League final before he completed a historic move to Spanish giants Real Madrid. He joined Serie A side Juventus from Real in 2018 and had been heavily linked with United rivals Manchester City earlier this summer before the Red Devils swooped in to secure his services ahead of the close of the transfer window on Tuesday night. Subscribe to Yardbarker's Morning Bark, the most comprehensive newsletter in sports.
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If nothing else, Michael Lewis’ “Moneyball” is the most name-dropped sports book written in the last couple of decades, if not ever. Lewis tells the story of Billy Beane and the Oakland Athletics, who use analytics and sabermetrics to find success with a limited payroll. Old-school types lampoon it. The statistically minded adore it. At this point, the tactics of “Moneyball” are no longer revolutionary. Also, Lewis tells the story in an excellent fashion, turning what could be a dry story into something fascinating.
Participatory journalism and stunt journalism have a long history, including in sports. George Plimpton’s “Paper Lion” is still the pinnacle. For the book, Plimpton “tried out” for the Detroit Lions in 1963 as the third-string quarterback. What he was really doing was cataloging what it’s like to be around an NFL team and to actually partake in its practices and drills. It was a brand-new kind of football book, and it’s still interesting even though the NFL has changed just a bit since then.
“The Breaks of the Game”
David Halberstam has a Pulitzer Prize, so he knows how to write. He took those prodigious skills and turned them toward an interest of his, namely basketball. Halberstam embedded himself with the 1979-80 Portland Trail Blazers, a team that had won the NBA title a few years prior. Of course, he was helped by being able to write about the always fascinating Bill Walton as part of the story.
In 1970, sports journalism liked to paper over the cracks and hide the more salacious aspects of the athletic life. In his biography “Ball Four,” Jim Bouton did none of that. He told the truth, he aired dirty laundry and he caused a ton of controversy. Apparently some athletes drank, did drugs and womanized! It seems quaint now, but Bouton’s book was truly revolutionary.
“Into Thin Air”
Many individuals try and climb Mount Everest. It’s a tremendous accomplishment, especially back in the day, but it doesn’t always go smoothly. Jon Krakauer experienced it one of those days. In 1996, a blizzard on the worst’s tallest mountain created chaos and panic, and tragically eight people died. Krakauer was there, and he writes about it in harrowing detail.
“Heaven is a Playground”
You know who is a fan of Rick Telander’s book? That would be Barack Obama. Telander delves into the world of streetball in Flatbush, Brooklyn, in the summer of 1974. “Heaven is a Playground” turned local street legends into known basketball names and helped a culture around streetball different from traditional basketball to bloom.
“Friday Night Lights”
Before it was a critically acclaimed TV show and before it was even a movie, “Friday Night Lights” was a book. This time, though, the people were real. High school football is a religion, maybe even a cult, in Texas. Buzz Bissinger’s look into a local football team, the kids involved and the town that puts its worth into the success of its high school squad was incredibly well-received and thought of. You don’t get a movie and a TV show otherwise.
The ABA was always stuck in the shadow of the NBA, but it took some big swings and created some iconic moments. It burnt out, but that made its story that much more interesting. Terry Pluto created a quasi-oral history of the short-lived sports league, in all its red-white-and-blue ball glory.
Ken Dryden is a Hall of Fame goalie, but he wasn’t your typical athlete. He retired young, got his law degree, became a politician in Canada and, of course, wrote a few books. One of them is his memoir “The Game,” which is considered maybe the best autobiography ever written by an athlete. It’s also probably the best book about hockey ever written.
Andre Agassi was an immense talent but also a polarizing one. He seems well-aware of that, and his autobiography seemed to pull no punches. Agassi has no interest in writing a hagiography for himself or lauding the sport of tennis. In fact, one of the biggest takeaways from “Open” is how much Agassi came to loathe the sport that made him rich and famous.
“Ali: A Life”
There have been a lot of books about Muhammad Ali. That makes sense. The guy was a massive star, a great athlete and an important cultural figure. Interestingly, the best of the bunch may very well be the most recent. Jonathan Eig’s book came out in 2017, after Ali died in 2016. It was the first book published in the wake of the death of “The Greatest.” Fortunately, it did his life a service.
“The Blind Side”
Michael Lewis is back! The man knows how to write a profile. The movie version of “The Blind Side” is a little saccharine and leans a bit too much on the white Christian folks saving the poor black kid. That being said, the book is a true story and one that looks beyond the life of Michael Oher. Yes, we do hear the story of Oher being adopted off the street and rising to be a star offensive tackle at Ole Miss, but it’s also a book about the evolution of the offensive tackle position in the NFL.
“Seabiscuit: An American Legend”
Seabiscuit isn’t the most successful racehorse ever — that honor has to go to Secretariat — but he may be the most beloved horse this side of Mr. Ed. To the extent that a horse can be an underdog, that’s what Seabiscuit was, and so was the crew that worked with the horse to lead it to such great success. Laura Hillenbrand’s book is also a tale of 1930s Depression Era America.
“A Sense of Where You Are”
Bill Bradley would eventually write a successful autobiography, but well before that he was the subject of another non-fiction book. In fact, Bradley was still in college at Princeton when John McPhee wrote “A Sense of Where You Are.” Bradley was an interesting figure — he was a Rhodes Scholar with an NBA future — but he wasn’t famous before “A Sense of Where You Are.” The book made not only Bradley but also McPhee bigger names.
“In These Girls, Hope is a Muscle”
You don’t need famous athletes to tell a great sports story. Pulitzer winner Madeleine Blais knew that. Her book “In These Girls, Hope is a Muscle” sees her following a girls high school basketball team for an entire season. These are just kids, but their stories can still be fascinating, gripping and powerful. The book became a best seller, as it proved capable of capturing hearts.
“The Boys of Summer”
Since Roger Kahn’s 1972 classic came out, the book has gotten heaped with praise. Critics loved it, sports fans loved it, everybody loves “The Boys of Summer.” In fact, this book is the reason that phrase is even associated with baseball, as Kahn borrowed it from a Dylan Thomas poem. It’s about the Brooklyn Dodgers of old, a team that had moved to Los Angeles a year prior. Kahn tells the tale of not just the Dodgers winning the 1955 World Series but also of what happened to the players afterward.
Sports has always had a place for hustlers, for better or worse and John Bradshaw had an affinity for them. Some aren’t necessarily athletes, like legendary backgammon player Tim Holland. However, notable sports names like Minnesota Fats and Bobby Riggs, the latter of whom is best remembered for the “Battle of the Sexes” tennis match now, are included in the story as well.
“Those Guys Have All the Fun”
Hey, ESPN is as much a part of the sports fabric as any sport, and any athlete, at this point. It has an extensive and fascinating history, the kind that has been retold time and time again. James Andrew Miller and Tom Shales had constructed a well-received oral history of “Saturday Night Live,” so naturally they weren’t overwhelmed at the process of doing the same thing about the Worldwide Leader in Sports.
“A Season on the Brink”
History has not been kind to Bobby Knight, and with good reason. He was a loathsome man from the beginning, and his kind of coaching is not accepted any longer. That being said, he had a ton of success as a head coach, especially at Indiana. His personality, as combustible as it was, also made for a high-pressure, intense situation, the kind that could potentially lead to a good book. John Feinstein followed Knight and the Hoosiers for the 1985-86 season through all the highs and lows. It’s also notable for just how much access Feinstein was able to get, not just to the team, but to Knight personally.
“Levels of the Game”
“Levels of the Game” is ostensibly about Arthur Ashe playing Clark Graebner in the semifinals of the 1968 U.S. Open, a tournament Ashe would go on to win as an amateur. That’s really just the jumping-off point for telling the story of both of these men, their backgrounds and how their lives, and their tennis, have been shaped by everything they had experienced. John McPhee, the man behind “A Sense of Where You Are,” also wrote this book.
“When Pride Still Mattered”
Vince Lombardi is still admired to this day. The man who famously said, “Winning isn’t everything; it’s the only thing” inadvertently laid out an ethos that football coaches have been following for decades. Who was the man behind that quote, though, the man who patrolled the sidelines for the Green Bay Packers? That’s what David Maraniss, another Pulitzer Prize winner, set to find out with this book. He ended up with perhaps the best football biography ever.
“Veeck as in Wreck”
Bill Veeck is one of the most interesting, and odd, men to ever work in sports. As an owner, he was willing to try anything, especially if it could make him a buck. When Eddie Gaedel became the shortest person to ever appear in an MLB game, that was Veeck’s idea. He let fans vote on strategy in one game. On the less silly side, Veeck also signed Larry Doby when he owned the Cleveland Indians, thereby integrating the American League. His autobiography has the delightful, and fitting, title of “Veeck as in Wreck.” However, his second book has just an apt of a title: “The Hustler’s Handbook.”
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