With the NBA, MLB, NHL and other major sports leagues and sporting events suspended or canceled because of the coronavirus, professional athletes are spending their free time working out, playing video games, learning how to play instruments and more. Have a look at what some of your favorite players from your favorite teams are up to on social media.
In recent weeks, there’s been no more active athlete on social media than Boston Celtics forward Enes Kanter.
In fact, he needs a talk show when his career in the NBA is over.
Juventus are making behind-the-scenes efforts to sound out Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane over potentially taking the reins at the Turin giants next season, according to reports in France.
Zidane is in his second stint as Real manager, returning in March of 2019 just nine months after sensationally quitting on the back of guiding the team to a third successive Champions League title.
The Frenchman’s second coming at a club where he was also a playing legend has seen mixed results thus far, with the club finishing last season’s campaign third in the table, a distant 19 points adrift of Barcelona.
This season they lie second in the table, two points off Barca but having secured a crucial 2-0 Clasico win just before the season was suspended due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Zidane is widely seen as having a major rebuilding task on his hands at the Bernabeu and is under contract until 2022, although there are suggestions things are far from harmonious with club president Florentino Perez.
Soccer legend Cristiano Ronaldo isn’t resting on his laurels in quarantine; he’s continued to train just as hard as ever, posting regular workout photos and videos to his Instagram. And he has invited his followers to push themselves too.
Ronaldo shared a video of himself performing an intense core crusher move that provides a glimpse into how he maintains those famously shredded abs. He demonstrated the exercise, showing off his core strength and control in the process, then challenged fans to try it for themselves and see if they could do any better than his rep count of 142 reps in 45 seconds.
And do better they did; a number of participants responded to Ronaldo’s post, and managed to beat his record. The ab-torching workout was part of Nike’s Living Room Cup, in which star athletes pose challenges to get people ac
“That would have happened anyway but the issue over the summer is the uncertainty. A lot of these players might have got a contract say in July, but if we don’t know when the season is starting, the worry is a longer period out of work.
“If you are a member club of the SPFL and you are sitting without any players, you can actually survive.
“And that’s a bit of a worry for us in terms of when players get their new contracts. There is nothing we can say to them to give them any comfort on that because there is so much uncertainty.
“I would think you could say that the majority of players, more than half the players in the country, will be out of contract in the summer.
“Until we find more certainty to it – and we’re in the hands of government, scientists and medical people – then it’s going to be a rough ride for a lot of our members over the summer.”
Scottish Premiership players could be retained if the season was extended with the SPFL board still to make a decision and clubs such as Aberdeen pushing fo
Com as discussões em torno da possível retomada do futebol na Itália, Cristiano Ronaldo pode ter que deixar a Ilha da Madeira, sua terra natal em Portugal, para regressar a Turim. Segundo o jornal Corriere dello Sport, a tendência é que diversos jogadores que deixaram o país durante a quarentena precisem retornar.
Ao desembarcarem na Itália, no entanto, os atletas não estarão liberados para retomar as atividades. Cristiano Ronaldo e outros jogadores que chegarem no país vão precisar cumprir duas semanas de isolamento social, como modo de prevenir a propagação do novo coronavírus.
There is nothing quite like a Champions League semi-final is there?
And over the years the last four of Uefa’s elite club competition has provided some absolute corkers.
In a week that, before the suspension of football because of the coronavirus pandemic, would have seen the first legs of this season’s semi-finals, BBC Sport takes a look back at some of the very best ties.
We want to you to vote on our shortlist below before getting involved in a live text on Thursday, when we will reveal the results.
Don’t worry if we have missed out your favourite, just let us know via #bbcfootball for Thursday’s live text.
Man Utd 4-3 Juventus (1999)
Star players: Giggs, Beckham, Keane, Yorke, Zidane, Conte, Davids, Inzaghi
The 1999 treble win for Manchester United is etched on the public consciousness, but what is often forgotten is that the final against Bayern Munich was largely rubbish – bar the incredible finale.
It was the two-legged semi-final against Juventus which really captured the imagination. The first leg at Old Trafford saw future Chelsea boss Antonio Conte strike the Italian giants into an early, away-goal lead, before a second-half siege from Sir Alex Ferguson’s men finally bore fruit when Ryan Giggs hammered into the roof of the net in the last minute.
Juve were favourites in the second leg, even more so when Pippo Inzaghi scored twice in the first 11 minutes. Game over? Nobody told Roy Keane. His header gave United hope, and, even after a booking for a hack on Zinedine Zidane ruled him out of any potential final, the Irishman drove on.
Dwight Yorke headed United level on the night – ahead on away goals – before half-time in this classic encounter. Inzaghi had a hat-trick ‘goal’ correctly ruled out for offside, before Andy Cole tapped in confirmation.
Man Utd 3-3 Bayer Leverkusen (2002)
Star players: Van Nistelrooy, Giggs, Veron, Keane, Ballack, Lucio, Berbatov, Neuville, Basturk
The thankfully short-lived era of two group stages meant that United had already played 14 games in the Champions League before coming up against Bayer Leverkusen in 2002.
The German side were not one of the traditional superpowers, but they had assembled a formidable outfit – with Michael Ballack the beating heart.
United were at home first again, and took the lead when Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s shot was deflected in by Boris Zivkovic. After the break Ballack equalised, only for Ruud van Nistelrooy to win, and convert a penalty.
But Leverkusen weren’t done and grabbed a vital second away goal through substitute Oliver Neuville, who buried a ricochet in the area just three minutes after coming on. That gave the visitors the advantage going into game two, but most still fancied United to reach the final again.
Big game, big name – Roy Keane danced around goalkeeper Hans-Jorg Butt to put United ahead in a pulsating second leg. Advantage Sir Alex, and a place in the final in his home city of Glasgow was close.
That man Neuville had the last word though, turning on the edge of the box to fire over Fabien Barthez and score via the underside of the crossbar. Leverkusen advanced to Hampden where they got Zidaned…
Real Madrid 3-4 Juventus (2003)
Star players: Carlos, Figo, Zidane, Ronaldo, Buffon, Thuram, Nedved, Del Piero, Trezeguet
This was peak Galacticos era – just look at some of the names involved…
The first leg was in Madrid and El Fenomeno was at it again, Ronaldo opening the scoring with a superb finish from the edge of the area after a masterful one-two with Fernando Morientes. That was a spanner in Juve’s gameplan of containment, but they grabbed an away goal on the stroke of half time when David Trezeguet found himself free to stab in an Alessandro Del Piero shot. Silence in the Bernabeu.
Real were back in front when a Roberto Carlos piledriver snaked its
Jose Mourinho picks greatest player and it is not Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo (Source: AP)
Tottenham Hotspur manager Jose Mourinho recently picked the greatest footballer to have ever played the sport and it was neither Cristiano Ronaldo or Lionel Messi.
With coronavirus bringing sports and life in general to a halt in the entire world, football stars have started answering difficult questions: Who is the best in the world – Messi or Ronaldo?
After David Beckham, Pele, Ronaldinho and Wayne Rooney among many others picked their favourite player, Mourinho said that even though the duo have been at the top in their long careers, they cannot surpass the Brazilian Ronaldo.
Messi and Ronaldo have dominated European football for over a decade now and have won 11 of the last 12 Ballon d’Or awards between them. The
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“Southall goes in with Wales, meaning I couldn’t have Gareth Bale, which is something I thought a lot about, but that allowed me to get Luka Modric in midfield.
“Roland Nilsson is maybe someone the younger generation don’t remember, but a top player. Paul McGrath was like the Vincent Kompany of the early Premier League years. Christian Fuchs is a Premier League winner.
Cristiano Ronaldo is expected to head to Italy imminently as he prepares to rejoin his Juventus teammates after almost two months in his native Portugal, where he has been supporting his fragile mother since Serie A was suspended.
Ronaldo originally flew to Madeira at the start of March when his mother, Dolores Aveiro, suffered a stroke, briefly returning to help Juventus beat Inter Milan 2-0 at home in their last match before sport in Italy was suspended due to the spread of the novel coronavirus.
He headed back to the island in the aftermath of the club returning to the top of Serie A, watching Aveiro continue her recovery while Italy became the worst-hit country in Europe by Covid-19.
Reports suggested that Ronaldo had insisted he would stay in quarantine in Portugal after learning that teammate Daniele Rugani, who had been part of the Juve squad a few days earlier, had become one of the first players to test positive for the deadly disease.
No date has been confirmed for the return of professional football in a country where many matches initially continued behind closed doors in front of mask-wearing fans as the extent of the outbreak worsened, but Serie A sides are believed to be resuming individual training on May 18.
Major sporting events seem a distant prospect as the number of confirmed cases