Manchester United have completed the signing of Bruno Fernandes from Sporting CP in a deal that could be worth up to €80 million.
On Wednesday, the Old Trafford club announced they had agreed a deal with the Portuguese side, subject to a medical, which has now been completed.
Fernandes, 25, who has signed on a five-and-a-half year deal with the option of a further year, said: “My love of Manchester United really started when I used to watch Cristiano Ronaldo play, and ever since then I have been a big fan of this great club.
“For me to now play for Manchester United feels incredible. I have worked hard to get to this moment and I can promise the fans that I will give everything for the badge to help bring us more success and trophies.
“I want to thank Sporting for everything they have done for me. It is surreal to hear the nice words that have been said about me from players that used to play for this team. A massive thank you to Ole and everyone at Manchester United for the trust they have shown in me, and I can’t wait to start to repay that on the pitch.”
FILE PHOTO: Soccer Football – Dubai Globe Soccer Awards – Madinat Jumeirah Resort, Dubai, United Arab Emirates – December 28, 2019 Juventus’ Cristiano Ronaldo during a press conference REUTERS/Satish Kumar Subramani
MILAN (Reuters) – Luxury eyewear group Italia Independent (IINT.MI) is hoping to borrow some of Cristiano Ronaldo’s star appeal.
On Wednesday it announced a five-year licensing agreement with the Portuguese forward as it strives to boost revenues after heavy losses last year.
Under the deal, Ronaldo is to design a sunglass collection under his CR7 brand, known for luxury underwear.
The market received the news enthusiastically. Shares were automatically suspended on Milan’s AIM platfo
On Wednesday, Cristiano Ronaldo reached 200 million followers on Instagram, keeping his streak as the social media app’s most followed person. To celebrate the major milestone, the professional soccer player shared a sweet post to thank his loyal followers.
“Wow 200 million!!!” he wrote, sharing a video that featured a montage of pictures from his life and accomplished career. “Thank you to each and every one of you for sharing this journey with me every day!!”
Back in 2018, the 34-year-old athlete earned his most followed title after dethroning Selena Gomez, who at the time, had over 144 million followers.
Known for using the platform to give fans an intimate look at his personal and professional life, Ronaldo loves to post everything from behind-the-scenes game moments to endearing snapshots with his longtime loveGeorgina Rodriguez and their young children. And with his shirtless pictures from his intense workouts, it’s not hard to see how Ronaldo reached the milestone number of followers.
Common sense has long said that high-level athletes need as much protein and calories as possible — and many people assume a vegan diet is lacking in both. But then why do we keep seeing athletes pop up like Patrik Baboumian, a world-record holding powerlifter who follows a strict vegan diet?
It turns out that a lot of popular ideas surrounding veganism, vegetarianism and plant-based diets in general may be false. Elite athletes can and commonly do excel at their sport without eating animal products — and it may work for you too.
Why are so many athletes following plant-based diets?
I spoke to Registered Dietician Brittany Modell to learn more. She told me that athletes have different reasons for adopting a plant-based diet, including health, environmental and ethical concerns. Although various athletes have their own motivations, many have been public about the benefits they’ve seen.
Andre Patton, a wide receiver who plays in the NFL, has said that he feels the difference from eating a vegan diet, and that he wakes up in the morning more energetic and ready to go.
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American tennis legend Venus Williams eats a vegan diet to reduce fatigue and joint pain associated with Sjögren’s syndrome, an incurable autoimmune disease she was diagnosed with in 2011.
Medical researchers are thinking more and more about inflammation as a root cause of a lot of our ailments. Inflammation is a necessary immune response, but sometimes it goes too far. It’s been proposed to be a common factor in heart disease, Type 2 diabetes and cancer. Stress, anxiety and other mental health challenges have also been linked to inflammation.
On a day-to-day level, inflammation can cause swollen and painful joints, chronic bloating and fatigue — three things that would make any athlete’s performance suffer. Hence, it makes perfect sense why so many people say they feel better when they switch to a more plant-based diet.
The myths about the vegan diet
While both personal experience and research supports a vegan diet being possible even for athletes, beliefs about animal products being necessary for performance still float around.
One common mistaken idea is that animal protein is critical to athletic performance. Muscles need protein and amino acids to repair themselves and grow, but the exact amount of protein we should be consuming has been under some debate. While some athletes try to consume as much protein as possible, Modell tells me that most Americans end up eating more than the daily recommended amount of protein, which is 0.8 grams per kilogram of body weight. For someone who weighs 150 pounds or 68 kilograms, that’s about 55 grams of protein per day.
Modell explained that athletes actually need sufficient carbohydrates to perform, especially in endurance sports. Carbs are often overlooked, especially because of the pervasive rumor that eating them makes you gain weight. But your body stores the glucose from carbohydrates as high muscle glycogen.
Glycogen is essentially the fuel your muscles use to perform, and more readily available fuel means a higher energy output. So, a higher intake of healthy carbohydrates allows athletes to perform at high intensity levels. A plant-based diet filled with whole grains, fruits and vegetables typically gives people the fuel they need when exercising.
“Kobe has been one of my mentors — I don’t know if I’m allowed to say that — but I’ve had several phone conversations with him, and also obviously when we see each other live,” Djokovic said on Friday, two days before the fatal Sunday crash.
Kobe Bryant’s nickname is “The Black Mamba,” a name he gave himself. But for Bryant, the moniker is more than a nickname. It is an alter-ego he created to get through the lowest point of his career.
In his auto-documentary “Muse,” Bryant reveals that he created The Black Mamba as a way to deal with the struggles he was going through off the court in 2003 and 2004.
“I went from a person who was at the top of his game, had everything coming, to a year later, having absolutely no idea where life is going or if you are even going to be a part of life as we all know it,” Bryant said in the documentary.
Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna were among several people killed in a helicopter crash in Calabasas, California, on Sunday, a source confirmed to ESPN. Bryant was 41.
Drafted 13th overall in 1996 out of Lower Merion High School outside of Philadelphia, Bryant was a five-time NBA champion, a two-time NBA Finals MVP and the 2008 NBA MVP. The 18-time All Star retired in 2016 after 20 seasons in the league, all with the Los Angeles Lakers.
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Cristiano Ronaldo scored for the eighth Serie A game in a row for Juventus on Sunday but could not prevent his side slipping to a 2-1 defeat to Napoli at the Stadio San Paolo.
The visitors saw more of the ball in the first half but did not manage a single effort on target. Their best chance was a wayward Ronaldo header just before half-time from a Paulo Dybala free-kick.
Napoli had the better chances, but both Arkadiusz Milik and Mario Rui sent efforts over the crossbar in an uneventful opening 45 minutes.
The hosts went ahead through Piotr Zielinski after 63 minutes. Goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny could only parry a shot by Insigne, allowing the midfielder to tap home the opener.
Insigne volleyed home Napoli’s second with four minutes of normal time remaining, and although Ronaldo pulled one back, it was to prove only a consolation.
Maurizio Sarri started with Blaise Matuidi in midfield, while Ronaldo, Gonzalo Higuain and Dybala all featured in attack. Gennaro Gattuso brought in goalkeeper Alex Meret for the injured David Ospina and also handed Fabian Ruiz a start:
Napoli 🆚 Juventus
Who wins? 🤔 https://t.co/MEnmMzYt4B
Despite all the attacking talent on show, Juventus did not test goalkeeper Meret in the first half, as Napoli managed to keep the defending champions at bay.
Ronaldo did just get sight of goal in the first half but could not keep his header from Dybala’s ball into the box down and