Portuguese superstar Cristiano Ronaldo is the owner of one of the world's most recognisable faces but it may not be quite as unique as some had previously thought as he shares more than a few physical traits with an Iraqi laborer. Biwar Abdullah, a construction worker in his native Iraq, has become something of a local celebrity in the city of Soran close to the border with Iran due to his resemblance to one of the best football players of his generation. READ MORE: Cocaine haul emblazoned with ‘CR7’ logo washes up on Romanian coast That appears to be where the link ends, however, as even though he looks the part when adorned in the black and white strip of Juventus, one assumes that Ronaldo's world-beating skillset on the football pitch hasn't quite transferred to his 25-year-old doppelganger. "A lot of people tell me that I look like Cristiano Ronaldo, despite the fact that I’m an Arab, Kurdish," Abdullah said to Yahoo! Sports. "The … [Read more...] about There’s only one Cristiano Ronaldo? Iraqi CR7 clone bears uncanny resemblance to Juventus star
One of these men is the world's richest athlete - and the other works on a Iraqi construction site. Spot the difference, if you can. Biwar Abdullah, 25, will never have as much money as Portugese football superstar Cristiano Ronaldo, but he's gathering quite the fan club for his striking similarity to the Juventus forward and five-time FIFA Player of the Year. Abdullah is a popular figure in the city of Soran, near the Iran border, where he is frequently stopped for photographs. He has also garnered a substantial social-media following. "Biwar has a lot of fans and we are very happy for that," said Rizyar Najad, an employee at the local sportswear store. "People love him much, especially residents of Soran." His father is a retired fighter from the Peshmerga Kurdish army and Abdullah had to give up school at seven to help his family survive. "A lot of people tell me that I look like Cristiano, apart from whetehr I'm an Arab, Kurdish or foreigner," he says. "The important thing is … [Read more...] about Football: Cristiano Ronaldo lookalike enjoys local fame in Iraq, but not riches
It was a result which made the whole of Europe sit up and take notice. Ajax’s victory over Real Madrid has been the story of the Champions League so far this season and now the Dutch club have another scalp in their sights. In-demand left-back Nicolas Tagliafico has been a major part of Ajax’s remarkable journey to the quarter-finals, but they will go to Turin with the same belief. The Argentine said: “We will have the same determination that we had against Real Madrid, this time against Juventus . We know it’s really tough, they are a great team and, on top of that, they have great players like Cristiano Ronaldo . “With our tools, now well-known by everybody, we can play without fear again to get another big result against Juventus. “We are fearless. We went to Madrid determined to enjoy ourselves. It was our best game we’ve played this year. It was perfect. The first game was almost perfect even though the result was not good but the … [Read more...] about How Ajax plan to kill Cristiano Ronaldo’s quadruple Champions League dream
Cristiano Ronaldo's youngest son has shown that raw talent runs in the family by kicking a football around the house with his dad. Mateo, just one-year-old, may barely be able to stand up, but he doesn't let that stop him kicking a ball back-and-forth with his superstar father. In the video, Ronaldo sr. can be see with his back facing the camera, as he kicks the ball towards his son. Mateo kicks it back to Cristiano every time, never missing a pass. He sends the ball back each time with his first touch and doesn't need to control the ball. Ronaldo seems to have big plans for his sons, and this is not the first time he has been seen practising with them. Ronaldo has three other children - Cristiano Jr., eight-years-old, Eva Maria one-year-old, and Alana Martina, one year-old. The Portuguese superstar was ruled out of Juventus ' last two games with an injury sustained in the first half of a Euro 2020 qualifier for Portugal vs Serbia. His last goals game as he scored a hat-trick to … [Read more...] about Cristiano Ronaldo’s one-year-old son shows off impressive skills
EVERYBODY knows that when a player gets sent off they receive a suspension. But less people know how many games their player will miss when they get a red card. Here's what we know about all football's rules regarding suspensions... How many matches does a player miss after a red card? If a player is sent off for a professional foul (eg holding an opponent back when they're through on goal) or a second bookable offence they will be handed a one-match ban. Straight red cards for dissent will result in a two-match ban, while dangerous tackles or violent conduct will result in a three-match ban which can be raised to four or more games in extreme cases. Incidents of racism will almost certainly result in a ban longer than three games while a red card for spitting triggers an automatic six-match ban. Players who have been sent off will also be banned for a further match if they refuse to leave the pitch within a reasonable time period after receiving a red card. In the Champions League and … [Read more...] about How many games do players miss for a red card in Premier League and Champions League and how many matches will Cristiano Ronaldo miss?