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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.

Let's take a look at 12 Interesting and unknown facts about India’s best ever left-arm seamer Zaheer Khan:

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”.

10. Inspiration

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

Zaheer was the Wisden Cricketer of the Year in 2008, along with Ian Bell, Ryan Sidebottom, Shivnarine Chanderpaul and Ottis Gibson.

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When one talks about India’s greatest match winners in the past 2-3 decades, the first name which pops up is perhaps Sachin Tendulkar. But unanimously, Anil Kumble comes a close second, ahead of even the likes of VVS Laxman and Rahul Dravid. Ignoring the stats, it is his ability to get crucial breakthroughs when things seem bleak was one of the most revered qualities of Anil Kumble.

Steaming in like a medium pacer, Kumble was not the greatest turner of the ball. But even the most subtle of variations is enough to make a difference, and that differentiated him from two other giant spinners of international bowling during his time- Shane Warne and Muttiah Muralitharan.

Let's take a look at 10 Interesting and unknown facts about "The Jumbo" Anil Kumble:

1. Anil Kumble was born to K N Krishna Swamy and Saroja and is married to Chethana Ramatheertha. He married Chethana after her divorce and has a son Mayas and two daughters Aaruni and Svasti from Chethana’s previous marriage.

2. Kumble went to Holy Saint English School and completed his schooling from National High School in Bangalore. He didn’t let cricket disrupt his graduation and completed a degree in Mechanical Engineering from Rashtreeya Vidyalaya College of Engineering.

3. All Kumble wanted to do in his childhood was to play cricket. ‘Jumbo’ joined Young Cricketers club at a tender age of 13.

4. The achievement of taking 10 wickets in an innings was commemorated by naming a traffic circle in Bangalore after him.

5. He was named Jumbo by his teammates not just because he was a tough bowler to face but also because his feet are quite big.

6. Kumble held the record of taking his first 50 wickets in only 10 matches, which was later broken by Ravichandran Ashwin who performed the feat in 9 matches.

7. Kumble as a batsman proved that he was a match winner for India by adding 52 runs for the ninth wicket and helping the team chase the target of 216 runs in the 'Titan Cup' against Australia, along with Javagal Srinath in October 1996.

8. The 45-year-old is the 3rd highest wicket taker in the history of Test cricket after Shane Watson and Muttiah Muralitharan. He is the 2nd Indian bowler to capture 400 Test wickets after Kapil Dev.

9. Kumble was bestowed with the prestigious Arjuna Award in 1995. He was one of the Wisden Cricketers of the year in the year 1996. The Government of India presented ‘Jumbo’ with the Padma Shri in 2005.

10. He is only the 2nd bowler after England‘s Jim Laker to scalp all 10 wickets in a test innings. The 10 for 74 against Pakistan at the Feroze Shah Kotla in 1998 is hailed as the second best “Bowling performance of all time” by Wisden.

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Irfan Pathan is an Indian cricketer who made his debut for India in the 2003/04 Border-Gavaskar Trophy, and was a core member of the national team until a decline in form set in during 2006, forcing him out of the team.

Irfan Pathan’s parents wanted him to become an Islamic scholar but Irfan and elder brother Yusuf took an interest in cricket at a young age. Both would play inside the mosque where their father worked as muezzin.

Irfan Pathan was chosen for Baroda Under-15 level in a national competition. It was at exactly that point that he was at long last given a full set of cricket kit. Prior to that day, he was confined to second-hand cricketing gear because of his family's restricted financial conditions.

He made his first Test appearance at the age of 19 against Australia at Adelaide Oval on December 12, 2003. Amid a similar series, he likewise made his ODI appearance at Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne on January 9, 2004.

Following his impressive performances in 2004, Pathan was named ICC Emerging Player of the Year in 2004.

Irfan Pathan is 8th in the list of all-time highest wicket taker in ODIs for India. He is also the fastest Indian player to reach one hundred wickets ODIs.

It was a proud moment for the Pathan family. When both brothers were selected for ICC World T20 2007

Irfan told CricketCountry in an interview, “When he (Yusuf) played the final, that was the moment for me. Our dream was coming through. Then, the icing on the cake was to win the World Cup. There is a picture where I was on his back and he was carrying me around. That was like we were playing in the backyard again, but on a bigger stage and in a bigger backyard. It was something really special and that day was a dream come true.”

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Kapil Dev is a former Indian cricketer, often considered one of the greatest cricketers of India. He captained the Indian cricket team which won the 1983 Cricket World Cup. Named by Wisden as the Indian Cricketer of the Century in 2002. Kapil Dev is considered as one of the greatest all-rounders of all time. He was also India's national cricket coach for 10 months between October 1999 and August 2000.

Kapil Dev was never run out in his in 184 Test innings long career.

Kapil Dev was the youngest Test player to achieve the all-round double of 100 wickets and 1,000 runs.

Kapil Dev never missed a Test because of injury or fitness reasons in a career that spanned 131 tests spread over 16 years.

On his First class debut for Haryana in November 1975, Kapil took a six-wicket and restrained Punjab for 63 runs. Kapil completed his First class debut season (1975-76) with 121 wickets in 30 matches.

303 runs, 12 wickets and 7 catches in 8 matches – this was Kapil Dev’s statistics in the 1983 World Cup. His 175 run knock against zimbabwe saved team India from being eliminated at quarter finals stage.

He was appointed coach of the Indian national cricket team in 1999, succeeding Anshuman Gaekwad. He had a rather ordinary stint as India’s coach for 10 months between October 1999 and August 2000.

 

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Hardik Pandya reflects a perfect case where talent overcomes all sorts of adversity and attains success. The Mumbai Indians star hails from an unobtrusive foundation. He is however a liberally capable cricketer who has become well known in a limited ability to focus time. He is touted as the 'man for the future' by numerous present and previous players.

Let's take a look at 10 Interesting and unknown facts about 'The Emerging Star' Hardik Pandya:

1. Birth

Hardik Pandya was conceived on eleventh October 1993 in Choryasi, Surat, Gujarat.

2. Growing years

Hardik Pandya's developing years were difficult and he experienced childhood in hardship. Krunal, his sibling and Hardik would regularly spend the whole day exclusively on one dinner.

3. Passionate father

His dad Himanshu was an impassioned significant other of the diversion. He was drawn towards cricket in light of his dad who took him to watch coordinates in Vadodara.

4. The start of it

Subsequent to seeing the enthusiasm for the diversion, Hardik Pandya alongside his senior sibling Krunal Pandya were enlisted in the Kiran More International Academy at 5 years old and 7 individually.

5. Struggles in life

His dad needed to leave his place of employment in the wake of agony from heart assault thrice. Life ended up plainly harder for him after the sole provider of the family was bound to bed rest.

6. Education

Hardik Pandya fizzled ninth class and quit instruction to concentrate on his cricketing dreams.

7. Jack of all trades

Hardik Pandya is an all-rounder. His mentors recognize him as an ingenious player who is neither an ordinary batsman nor a sublimely gifted bowler. Be that as it may, he gives an affirmation that he can passage well in both viewpoints and create coordinate wining exhibitions which he has demonstrated in his past trips.

8. Nickname

Hardik Pandya has an exceptionally cool epithet in the Mumbai Indians changing areas. He is called "Rockstar" by his colleagues.

9. A leg spinner

Hardik Pandya was leg spinner before one day all of a sudden he changed to crease knocking down some pins. Once at the Kiran More International Academy, the group was one quick bowler short before a neighborhood coordinate. Kiran more requesting that he assume the liability. He promptly acknowledged the assignment and overwhelmed everybody by grabbing seven wickets in that match. This is the means by which he turned into a medium pacer.

10. Entry in the big league

Pandya was spotted by then Mumbai Indians mentor John Wright in a West Zone match of the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy. Every last prominent individual from Mumbai Indians was awed by him amid the determination trials. Head mentor Ricky Ponting short-recorded Hardik in the wake of experiencing the recording of more than 50 short-recorded cricketers in front of the IPL 8 player sell off in February. He was in this way purchased by the establishment at base cost of 10 lakhs.

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Ricky Ponting is potentially the best batsman that Australia has delivered since Sir Donald Bradman and his surprising record as a batsman in Tests and ODIs justifies itself with real evidence. This article gives you a more critical investigate the life and times of one of the best batsman that has ever played the game.

Let's take a look at 10 Interesting and unknown facts about 'The Punter' Ricky Ponting:

1. Playing with the brother in the backyard

Ricky Ponting is the eldest of three kin. His more youthful sibling Drew Ponting knocked down some pins to him in the patio, with Ricky batting for quite a long time. At the point when Drew would get his shot, Ricky would reject him soon enough to hold the bat again and continue.

2. Sporting family

Ponting came from a middle-class family. His dad Graeme attempted to be a golfer as an adolescent. He additionally used to turn up for cricket and Aussie Rules Football games. Ponting's mom Lorraine played for Tasmania in vigoro, an amusement that is said to be a blend of cricket and tennis. She was additionally sufficient to play netball and badminton at a good level.

3. First earning through cricket

Ponting's first earning through cricket did not come because of the enchantment of his willow. However, as a young man, he was a piece of the scoreboard group at some Sheffield Shield amusements. For that activity every day, he used to be remunerated with A$ 20.

4. Batting with his father in a club game

Ponting played the greater part of his age gathering and introductory cricket for the Mowbray Cricket Club in Launceston, Tasmania. In one of the amusements, Ponting and his dad Graeme batted together. Be that as it may, to his failure, Ponting senior was rejected early while playing a forceful stroke.

5. Mentored by Ian Young

Ponting's mentor was Ian Young, whose child Shaun went ahead to play for Australia. Truth be told, Shaun Young and Ponting played a Test coordinate together against England on the 1997 Ashes visit to England. Ponting stayed near Ian, until his passing in 2010. Tragically, Ponting couldn't go to the burial service as he was in India, speaking to Australia in a Test coordinate.

6. Giving up school and Football

As a young boy, Ponting needed to settle on extreme decisions to seek after his cricketing tries. At 15 years old, he surrendered football in the wake of agony a damage to his elbow. He additionally dropped out of school in the wake of completing Class 10. "It was a major move I assume, however it was quite certain to everybody by then that cricket was the main thing I thought about," Ponting wrote in his book At Close of Play.

7. Working as a member of the ground staff at a school

As Ponting gave up school, he needed to get a job. His coach, Young organized an arrangement for him as an individual starting from the earliest stage at a school called Scotch Oakburn College. Ponting reviewed, "That job confirmed for me that a life in sport was what I really wanted."

8. First encounter with Sachin Tendulkar

In 1992, when Ponting was a part of the Australian Cricket Academy, he first observed Sachin Tendulkar. Having heard a ton about him, Ponting requested that the experts enable him to remain after practice to watch the Indian youth. "I needed to see Sachin Tendulkar who everybody was discussing, and I took up a position behind the nets while he had a bat. Any reasonable person would agree I would watch him bat for quite a while to come, yet that day I was examining his procedure, attempting to perceive what it was about him," Ponting wrote in his book. Ahead of the pack up to the 1992 World Cup, India played a practice diversion against the Australian Cricket Academy. Tendulkar scored 37 in that match and was gotten by Ponting. The Aussie thus scored 23.

9. Bonding with future teammates

Ponting first fortified with Adam Gilchrist and Glenn McGrath on a visit to South Africa in 1992, where they were speaking to the Australian Cricket Academy. Ponting and Gilchrist sat alongside each other on the flight to South Africa. Ponting got, "on the plane, I scarcely knew Gilly [Adam Gilchrist] yet when we arrived in Jo'burg we were best mates.

10. ‘Punter’ and the Shane Warne connection

During his time at the Academy in Adelaide, Ponting met Shane Warne, who was already a Test cricketer by then. Indeed, Ponting volunteered to bat against Warne at whatever point he needed to bowl and work on his system with Terry Jenner. Ponting's enjoying for puppy races and his propensity for wagering on them incited Warne to dedicate him as "Punter." It was a moniker that stayed with Ponting. Warne had attempted to take Ponting to clubs, yet he would figure out how to escape by concocting a wide range of reasons.

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