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Cristiano Ronaldo was nick named cry baby when he was young.

His mom Dolores Aveiro says, "When he returned home from school I'd instruct him to do homework however he'd say he didn't have any. I'd be making supper and he would hop out of the window and keep running off until late. He used to cry when he passed and his companions didn't score. Individuals called him 'whiny brat and 'little honey bee' since no one could get him."

Another little known actuality about Ronaldo's initial life is that by the age of 14, he had concluded that he expected to make it as a semi-proficient — particularly in the wake of being ousted from school in the wake of tossing a seat at an instructor who had "disregarded" him.

Messi moved to Barcelona at the youthful age of 13. In the changing area, he was regularly reffered to as "El Mudo," the quiet one. As indicated by football author Sid Lowe, "Messi did not achieve five feet and he changed peacefully. In the changing area, they took a gander at him and couldn't trust how little he was; on the pitch, they took a gander at him and couldn't trust how great he was."

Likewise, quite a bit of Messi's development as a footballer has been credited to his expanded commitment to the diversion throughout the years. Amid the start of his vocation in Spain, Messi relaxed because of Argentine nourishment — he was a successive guest to an eatery, Las Cuartetas, where he devoured appetizing steaks and desserts.

For a long time Messi barely touched vegetables and fish, sustenances which have now moved toward becoming staples of his eating routine.

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Much has been made of Neymar's transfer from Brazilian club Santos to Barcelona, especially the immense obscure entireties included, yet it's less realized that he was nearly marking with Real Madrid when he was just 15.

Be that as it may, a blend of achiness to visit the family and a powerful cost to keep Neymar and his whole family cheerful, kept Neymar at Santos for the present.In 2006, a youthful Neymar was requested that what he'd like do as an expert footballer with bunches of cash. Neymar answered, "Help my family."

Neymar's mom, Nadine, additionally reviews how her child used to dependably lay down with a ball and that he had more than 50 balls in his room. This may go some route towards clarifying Neymar's association with the football: "A ball resembles the most desirous lady on the planet," claims Neymar. "On the off chance that you don't treat her well, she won't love you and she can even hurt you. I cherish her to bits." Neymar, for the greater part of his glimmer and style, is likewise a shut-in. He appreciates staying inside, playing snooker, cards and PlayStation. He cherishes FIFA, Grand Theft Auto, Call of Duty, frozen yogurt and bread rolls.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic grew up in the Malmo ghetto of Rosengard, and his life there was anything but privileged. According to Zlatan, he and his friends stole...a lot.

“When we needed something we went to the shop and we went to steal. I had a particularly good relations with the bikes.”

Zlatan reportedly even stole his coach's bike to ride to practice on one occasion.

Zlatan’s life as a student was just as rowdy. “I was rowdy, I was mental,” says Ibrahimovic. “I just had a hard time sitting still, I had ants in my pants.”His former school headmistress can only agree. “I’ve been at this school 33 years,” she said. “Zlatan is easily in the top five of the most unruly pupils we have ever had. He was the number one bad boy, a one-man show, a prototype of the kind of child that ends up in serious trouble.”

Fortunately for Zlatan, his footballing career ended up keeping him out of trouble, although parents of his Malmo FF youth team once created a petition to have him thrown out of the club.

posted May 29 by Vikram Sharma

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Today, cricket fans all around the globe woke up to the news that Zaheer Khan would be declaring his retirement from worldwide cricket with quick impact. While it didn't come as a noteworthy stun to the vast majority of us – since Zaheer hasn't played universal cricket for 18 months – it was as yet a hit to the gut.From the mid 2000s, Zaheer Khan was a necessary piece of the Indian cricket group. With his swing noticeable all around and his pinpoint yorkers, Zaheer has vexed most major batsmen on each surface conceivable. Notwithstanding when his place was undermined by more youthful and fitter bowlers, he always kept his chin up and came back stronger.

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1. Early life

Zaheer was born in Srirampur, a residential community 40 kms from Shirdi, to a working class couple. His dad was a picture taker while mother was an instructor. He did his underlying tutoring at the Hind Seva Mandal's New Marathi Primary School and later at the KJ Somaiyya Secondary School. Post tutoring, he got admission to the Mechanical Engineering degree course. In any case, on his mentor Sudhir Naik's recommendation, he surrendered designing and focussed on cricket, even as he was great at scholastics.

2. Cricket calling

Zaheer was a tremendous ability. Awed by his aptitudes, his dad took him to Mumbai when he was 17. A true and restrained Zaheer played each competition that occurred at National Cricket Club for the initial two seasons. A seven-wicket pull in a last against Shivaji Park Gymkhana shot him to popularity in Mumbai's cricket circles and soon he got into the Under-19 sides of Mumbai and West Zone in 1998-99. It was trailed by a stretch at the MRF Pace Foundation in Chennai, where Dennis Lillee, the mentor, forecasted that he would bowl for India.

3. First-Class debut

Zaheer made his First-Class debut in the 1999-2000 domestic season for Baroda, as he couldn't make it to the Mumbai squad. In his debut season, he was the third best quick bowler, and best left-arm seamer, behind Ashish Zaidi and Sadagoppan Mahesh. Playing in eight matches, Zaheer grabbed 35 wickets at a normal of 29.25, with best figures of 5-43 in an innings.

4. Baroda’s Ranji triumph

Zaheer made rapid strides playing for Baroda. In the Ranji Trophy last 2000-01 against Railways, Zaheer's eight wickets, including a moment innings fifer, helped Baroda win by a restricted edge of 21 runs. He was declared as the Man of the Match for his execution. His universal presentation, nonetheless, had occurred at this point. Post 2006, he began speaking to Mumbai in domestic cricket.

5. International debut

His domestic heroics soon observed him playing for India. He was picked up to play the ICC Knock-Out Trophy in Nairobi in 2000 and had a quick effect. He took three wickets on his presentation against Kenya and in just his second diversion — which was the quarter-last against the then world champs Australia — Zaheer rejected Adam Gilchrist and Captain Steve Waugh and helped India script a well known win. By chance, it was additionally Zaheer's 22nd birthday. He had reported his entry in style. His Test make a big appearance came later in the year against Bangladesh, where he picked up three wickets in the match.

6. ICC Cricket World Cup 2003

Zaheer, along with Javagal Srinath and Ashish Nehra, was instrumental in India's fantasy rush to the last of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2003. Nonetheless, an apprehensive Zaheer gave an awful begin to the last, surrendering 15 keeps running in the first over against Australia. India never recuperated and lost with a colossal edge. With 18 wickets from 11 matches, he completed the competition as the fourth most noteworthy wicket-taker at an amazing normal of 20.77 runs for each wicket.

7. India’s pace spearhead

Post Srinath's retirement, Zaheer turned into India's pace lead and drove the rocking the bowling alley assault at whatever point he played. In 2005, the development of Shanthakumaran Sreesanth, Munaf Patel and Rudra Pratap Singh, add to it visit wounds, implied Zaheer was in and out of the side. Things turned out to be more awful when the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) downgraded Zaheer from a B-review to a C-review contract toward the finish of the year.

8. Zaheer the batsman

Zaheer was a decent batsman in the early part of his career. In just his twelfth ODI, he broadly smacked Henry Olonga for four back to back sixes on the last four bundles of the innings. In a Test against Bangladesh in 2004, he scored 75 batting at No. 11, the then record most elevated Test score by a batsman at that position, which has along these lines been broken by West Indies' Tino Best and Australia's Ashton Agar. In similar innings, he was included in the record tenth-wicket organization alongside Sachin Tendulkar, which delivered 133 runs. This record is yet to be broken.

9. Zak-attack

Zaheer is fondly called as Zak by his team-mates. His career-changing time with the English County side Worcestershire earned him the nick-name of “Zippy Zakky”.

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Zaheer is a gigantic Tendulkar fan and takes motivation from the batting icon. Outside the sport, Tennis great Roger Federer is someone who he derives inspiration from.

11. Great adapter

Zaheer has been one cricketer who has always excelled in diverse conditions. He's constantly savored playing in testing circumstances and has immediately acclimatized to the outside conditions. An extraordinary connector, Zaheer is similarly great with SG, Duke and Kookaburra balls and shows fabulous control over them effortlessly.

12. Wisden Cricketer of the Year

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Eleven times World Champion, six times Olympic Champion, three times Laureus World Sportsman of the Year and triple world record holder, Usain Bolt is considered as the fastest man alive on the earth. Besides his speed, Bolt has many more things worth knowing.

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Usain Bolt was born on 21 August 1986, in Trelawny, Jamaica, and grew up with his parents, Wellesley and Jennifer Bolt, his brother Sadiki, and his sister Sherine.

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5. Wants to play for Manchester United

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He is the first athlete to have won both the 100 m race and 200 m race simultaneously. Also the first athlete to win 6 gold medals in sprinting.

7. Ate Chicken Nuggets before winning the Beijing Olympic

Usain Bolt secret behind winning the 2008 Beijing Olympic 100 m men’s final was chicken nuggets and yams. That’s surely unhealthy but it worked for him for sure.

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9. Earns $23 million per year

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Harmanpreet Kaur produced one of the greatest ever ODI knocks in women’s cricket for India. Her scintillating knock of 171 runs off 115 balls against the Aussies in the semis scripted Indian Team’s road to the finals. She came into bat when the team had a major setback and they lost two quick wickets. Later, with Harmanpreet’s monstrous batting, Indian women successfully put a total of 281 on the scoreboard in 42 overs. In return, the Aussies failed to chase down the target and lost the game by 36 runs. Harmanpreet undoubtedly turned out to be the ‘Wonder Woman’ in the match. She was also the one who led India to victory in the World Cup 2017 qualifier series earlier.

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5. In June 2009, she made her Twenty20 International debut in the 2009 ICC Women's World Twenty20 against England women's at County Ground, Taunton where she scored 8 runs off 7 balls.

6. Her 171 runs in the WC17 semi finals against Australia remains her best ever in ODI and is also the second highest by any Indian women’s cricketer. Deepti Sharma’s 188 is the best so far.

7. Harmanpreet found her cricketing inspiration in the swashbuckling Indian opener Virender Sehwag. Fans can easily make out why she admires the legendary cricketer as she herself is an aggressor par excellence.

8. Back in 2012 when skipper Mithali Raj and Jhulan Goswami were down with injuries, Kaur was announced as the captain for India’s campaign in the 2012 Women’s Twenty20 Asia Cup final match. Indian women’s team won that game by 18 runs.

9.  In November 2015, she took 9 wickets in a Test match against the South African women’s cricket team played at Gangothri Glades Cricket Ground, Mysore, helping India win the match by an innings and 34 runs.

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Milkha Singh is a former Indian track and field sprinter who was introduced to the sport while serving in the Indian Army. He was the only Indian athlete to win an individual athletics gold medal at a Commonwealth Games until Krishna Poonia won the discus gold medal at the 2010 Commonwealth Games.

He used to walk a distance of 10 km barefoot everyday from his home to a village school in Pakistan.

During the communal riots that followed the Indo-Pak partition, Milkha lost his parents at a tender age of 12. It was then he ran for his life and came to India.

He wanted to join the Indian Army, but was rejected thrice. He never gave up and got selected in his fourth attempt, when he had enrolled himself in the engineering department.

In 1951, when he joined in Secundrabad at the EME Centre. It was here that his talent as an athlete was discovered.

During the 1958 Asian Games, he won a gold medal for both 200m and 400m race with a clocking time of 21.6 sec and 47 sec respectively.

At the 1958 Cardiff Commonwealth Games, he won a gold medal in 400m with a clocking time of 46.16 sec. It was here that Milkha became the first to win a gold medal at the Commonwealth Games from Independent India.

Unfortunately, Milkha lost the bronze in the final 1960 Olympic race by just 0.1 sec.

In 1962, Milkha Singh defeated Abdul Khaliq, the fastest Pakistani runner and it was then that he was sobriquet the title of “The Flying Sikh” by Pakistani General, Ayub Kahn.

He sold his biography to Mehra,the Producer and Director of ‘Bhaag Milkha Bhaag’, only for Re. 1.

In 2001, Milkha Singh declined the prestigious “Arjuna Award”, saying it came ‘40 years too late’.

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Though the first women’s cricket match was played in 1934, it took about 40 years for women’s cricket to start in India.


The first match recorded of the Indian Women’s Team was the Test Match series against West Indies in 1976.

Neetu David set a world record in 1995 with 8/53, the best bowling performance in an innings against England at Jamshedpur.

Jhulan Goswami has the most ODI wickets in Women’s Cricket. She has 185 ODI wickets.

India have never lost an ODI against Pakistan, Bangladesh, Ireland, Netherlands or Denmark.

Poonam Raut and Deepti Sharma have the highest ODI partnership in women’s cricket. They scored 320 runs vs Ireland as a pair.

The team got its first Test Match victory against South Africa in 2002 on foreign land.

Mithali Raj, scored a record-breaking 214 runs in a Test match against England in 2002.

The Indian team reached the finals of World Cup in 2005 and 2017, but eventually lost to Australia and England respectively.

Mithali Raj is the first women to score 6000 runs in ODI’s. Mithali reached the milestone in India’s ICC Women’s World Cup 2017 match against Australia.

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Shane Warne is an Australian cricketer who was one of the most effective bowlers in history, with good disguise on his top-spinner and fine control on two or three different googlies

When he played his first Test match, against India at Sydney, Warne weighed 97 kilos.

Once at Trent Bridge Robert Croft hit him for six and was watching the replay on the giant screen. Warne told him, “Don’t worry mate, you will be able to see the replay again in a couple of minutes.” He was right.

One of the famous quotes of Warne was: “Part of the art of bowling spin is to make the batsman think something special is happening when it is not.”

Warne came to cricket relatively late in his teenage years, and his relaxed manner, bleached hair, stud earring, and fondness for surfing made him a folk hero among young cricket fans around the world.

In 1998 Warne faced controversy when it was revealed that he and fellow Australian cricketer Mark Waugh had taken bribes from an Indian bookmaker four years earlier. The pair claimed they gave only pitch information and weather forecasts.

In February 2003 Warne encountered further controversy when he was ejected from the World Cup in South Africa after a drug test revealed the presence of a banned diuretic; he subsequently received a 12-month ban.

For a long time Adam Gilchrist and Shane Warne never really got along. In the heat of the battle it couldn’t be picked, they buried their differences for the sake of the team. But beyond the boundary things weren’t good between them.

Once Sourav Ganguly let patted near half-volleys defensively. Warne walked up to him, pointed at Sachin Tendulkar at the other end and said, “People have come here to watch that man play his strokes, not to see you block.” Soon, Ganguly stepped out, misread a ball horribly and was sprawling on the ground as he was stumped.

Shane Warne has appeared in 145 Tests for his country between 1992 and 2007 and finished his career with a then-record 708 wickets

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