Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, Alfredo Morelos and red cards and other iconic duos in football

5 Apr

Like Alfredo Morelos and an early bath, some things just go together in football.

In fact, it would be downright odd if the Rangers striker didn’t lose his rag during games.

Here, talkSPORT.com looks at other things in football where you can’t have one without the other, starting with the Gers’ angry striker.


When you think of Alfredo Morelos, you think of red cards

At Celtic Park, the striker was sent off for the fifth time this season when he allowed himself to be wound up by Scott Brown. The joke on the weekend during the Old Firm derby was that 32Red on Rangers’ shirt was merely a sponsor and not a target. Take note, Alfredo.


When Fabio Quagliarella’s name comes up, you think of great goals

The 36-year-old is the top scoring player in Serie A and he only scores beauties. It’s a rule.

You could say he is the Adam Reach of Serie A…


When you think of Tony Pulis, you think about his hat collection

Slash, Indiana Jones, Tony Pulis. Three legends – three iconic hats.

“The style comes from years ago, I think,” the Middlesbrough manager once explained. “I started wearing the cap when I was at Gillingham and we had a good run of results and it just continued from there.”

“I think it was more superstitious and as the years have gone on I think wearing that cap, my hair’s gone. So yeah, it’s been a good cover to keep me warm in the winter.”

Like Slash from Guns n Roses, Tony Pulis doesn’t go anywhere without his hat

When you think about Tottenham, most fans think of ‘bottling it’

Call it choking if you want, but football supporters – other than the White Hart Lane faithful – associate bottling with Tottenham.

Having ‘put the pressure on’ on several occasions in the last few years, the club, for whatever reason, are yet to win anything major. Spurs’ last trophy came in 2008 when they won the League Cup.

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When you think about Lionel Messi, you think about Cristiano Ronaldo

To some fans, you can only like one or the other, but why can’t we enjoy both? When Ronaldo was at Real Madrid, they just seemed to push each other and quite rightly, are both considered to be the greatest footballers ever.

“I miss Cristiano in Spain,” Messi told Radio C5N. “It was lovely having him here, even though it annoyed me seeing him win so many titles. It would be great if he was still here.”

TROPHY BATTLE

They've won the Ballon d'Or five times, as well as...

MESSI

League titles x9
Spanish Cups x6
Champions Leagues x4
Olympic gold medal x1

RONALDO

League titles x5 (Premier League and LaLiga)
FA Cup x1
Spanish Cup x2
League Cup x2
Champions League x5
European Championship x1


When you think of Jordan Pickford, you want to watch This is England

What do you think about when you see Jordan Pickford? Yes, you’re right, it’s ‘I haven’t seen This is England in ages’.

Such were his displays for England at the 2018 World Cup, actor Thomas Turgoose, who starred in the 2006 film, even joked he’d like to play the goalkeeper in a biopic.

The 25-year-old Everton no.1 also acknowledges the similarities.

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Eight Championship stars who Premier League clubs should sign in January, including Tottenham and West Ham targets

14 Jan

The Championship is full of talented footballers who could shine in the Premier League if given a chance.

Top flight clubs are always looking for the best players who can make the step up.

Players like Dele Alli and Jamie Vardy cut their teeth in the lower leagues of English football, so there are some outstanding players who could be up for grabs.

Jack Grealish is a standout player for Aston Villa

Here are some of the best performers this season who could be worth taking a punt on.

Not included in the list below are those who are already on loan from Premier League clubs, such as Dwight Gayle and Tammy Abraham.

Jack Grealish – Aston Villa

The Villans are starting to see the best out of Grealish since Dean Smith took over.

The Midlands club have rejected many approaches over the years for the 23-year-old, including several summer offers from Tottenham.

Grealish is a boyhood fan of Aston Villa

The incredibly talented attacking midfielder has been one of the stars of the Championship this season but it may take a lot to tempt him away from Villa Park.

He’s a boyhood fan of the club and they may be reluctant to sell as it could harm their promotion chances.

Jack Butland – Stoke City

The 25-year-old was once considered England’s future but will have to do a lot to displace Jordan Pickford from the number one position.

Jack Butland currently plays for Stoke City

He is undoubtedly talented and with the current position of Stoke City in the Championship he could be looking to move back to the Premier League.

In the summer, the club slapped a £30million price tag on Butland, which could put teams off.

Adam Reach – Sheffield Wednesday

Premier League clubs should consider signing Reach for his stunning goals alone.

Adam Reach has six goals for Sheffield Wednesday this season

He has scored some wondergoals this season, finding the net six times and notching three assists.

The 25-year-old winger is wanted for £10million by fellow Championship club Aston Villa but it could be a risk worth taking.

Bradley Dack – Blackburn

Dack has 10 Championship goals from midfield this season in a mediocre Blackburn side. The 25-year-old is hard-working and makes things happen in the attacking third of the pitch.

He’s worked his way up from League Two, having previously played for Gillingham, and a Premier League club may take a punt on him, with West Ham reportedly keen.

Bradley Dack has 10 goals for Blackburn

Neal Maupay – Brentford

The Brentford forward has had a hand in 21 goals this season for a club who are languishing in 17th place.

Villa were thinking about breaking the Championship transfer record and pay around £16million for him if they lost Tammy Abraham in January.

Neal Maupay has been outstanding for Brentford this season

He was earmarked as one of France’s best attacking talents but never developed as expected – until now.

Ollie Watkins – Brentford

Watkins has been a big hit at Brentford since signing from Exeter City in 2017. He has scored 17 goals in 68 Championship appearances and the winger appears to be improving with the more games he plays.

Southampton have been interested in him but reportedly will cost them around £20million.

Ollie Watkins will reportedly cost clubs £20m

Jarrod Bowen – Hull City

Brown has only got better as the season has gone on. He’s scored 13 league goals this season but nine of those have come in the last eight games.

Tottenham are reportedly interested in signing the 22-year-old winger.

Jarrod Bowen has nine goals in his last eight games

Joe Rodon – Swansea City

The 21-year-old has become a regular at centre-back for the Swans following their relegation from the top flight.

He has been compared to John Stones and his performances earned him a call-up to the Wales squad in October.

Joe Rodon has been a regular for Swansea at centre-back