Ronaldo On His Ferrari

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Ron didn’t appreciate Andy’s offer for a loan of his Clio…

Everyone’s favourite greasy-haired Portuguese winger that’s not Luis Figo talks explains his crash…

Almost a month after Ronny smashed his £200k Ferrari GTB into a tunnel wall, our friends at Nuts Magazine (out today) caught up with the winker and asked him about it. Ronaldo smashed his two-day old Ferrari into the wall of a tunnel on his way to training. About the crash he said: “I made a mistake and everybody wants to talk about it in the papers, but it was an accident – these things happen to everyone.”

Maybe so, but a 200k motor? The Manchester United winger escaped from the wreckage with nothing hurt apart from his pride. However, the Portuguese star doesn’t feel his driving skills should be brought into question, “…I still think I’m a good driver. That’s the first time I’ve ever had an accident.” You’re probably thinking that £200k is a drop in the ocean for the multi-millionaire, but he doesn’t see it that way, “I understand the value of money – a footballer’s career doesn’t go on forever. I spend for the short term sometimes but I know what money means.” He certainly does. In August, he bought a new registration plate reading “CR7” for the bargain price of £150k.

Maybe “P3 NIS” would have been a better option. It’s nice to see we’re all in the same boat when it comes to the credit crunch…

Ronaldo Strikes The Wall

It turns out he’s not invincible after all…

As you’ve no doubt already read, Cristiano Ronaldo had a lucky escape when he managed drive his Ferrari into a tunnel underneath Manchester Airport this week. Luckily (we mean that) the tricky winger emerged from the wreckage completely unscathed. The same can’t be said for his car however, as he managed to completely destroy the entire front-end of his vehicle, and send one of his wheels flying off the car. Which is a shame in any situation, but particularly when your car happens to be a Ferrari 599 GTB, worth around £200k

Onlookers said that Ronaldo smashed the front of his car straight into a barrier as he was on his way to training. Luckily for him, team-mate Edwin van der Sar was following just behind and took him in to training. His car looks to be getting a one-way trip to the scrapyard though.

The authorities are still trying to find out the reason for the accident. Maybe he was still depressed about losing to Derby? Who cares. All we know is that it’s already led to one crap joke that’s bound to find it’s way into your text message inbox any time soon…

“Ronaldo crashes Ferrari in to a tunnel. Apparently the wall wasn’t ten yards back…”

Get Bentley

It’s Wayne’s Chrimbo present for Coleen…

Up and down the country people may have been tightening their belts this last Christmas, but clearly someone forgot to tell Wayne Rooney. He’s gone and splashed out £200,000 on the new edition Bentley for Coleen, as they spend their first Christmas  together as a married couple. Coleen could barely hide her delight at getting the new car, even though she already knew she was getting it, ” Its such a lovely present. It’s the updated version of the one I have now, but in a different colour.”

Its not the first time that the couple have splashed the cash on cars for each other, after he bought her a £60,000 Porsche 911 for her 19th birthday, and Coleen got him an Aston Martin Vanquish before the World Cup. In fact Wayne has the most expensive collection of cars in the country, owning over £750,000 worth. Well it certainly puts the mangy collection of socks we got for Christmas in perspective…

In Game Fan Advertising?

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Whatever next?

We’ve just heard from our pals at Carling that they are offering Spurs and Man Utd fans a unique chance to design their own on pitch advertising banners during the Carling Cup final on Sunday. They think of everything don’t they?

Apparently a third of the pitchside adverts will be handed over to fans to do design “100 different digital perimeter boards to take pride of place at Wembley as the Carling Cup Final goes interactive.” The boards, which have an advertising value of £60,000, will be on display for 32 of the 90 minutes in two minute bursts. In addition, one banner from a fan of each club will also be put on display in the players’ dressing rooms on the day of the Carling Cup Final.

Carling Brand Director Martin Coyle said: “We believe the people who have supported their team throughout the competition should have the right to play an important part in the final. We use every Carling Cup Final as an opportunity to find new ways of helping fans to make a difference and this year’s will be our most interactive yet.

“Traditionally, banners and flags have been a big part of the magic of a cup final and we hope that by giving fans this platform to get together behind their team, their players, their mates or their local, we can help both sets of supporters play a much bigger part in what promises to be a great occasion.”

Football League Head of Communications John Nagle said: “We’re always happy to support initiatives like this which get the fans more involved and we look forward to a great response from both sets of supporters.”

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The CFC Candidates

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Phil was determined to put on a brave face…

It was nice while it lasted…

The man we all thought was going to be the latest Special One has turned out to be a bit of a let down, and Roman Abramovich has wielded the axe. As ever it’s not taken the bookies long to list the bosses in line to replace the big Brazilian at Stamford Bridge. Our tip? We fancy Guus Hiddink to make his long-awaited Premier League debut*…

The favourites

Guus Hiddink      3/5
Frank Rijkaard     9/2
Gianfranco Zola     18/1
Sven Goran Eriksson     18/1
Roberto Mancini     20/1
Jose Mourinho     33/1
Avram Grant     8/1
Louis Van Gaal     25/1
Slaven Bilic     40/1
Carlo Ancelotti     25/1
Martin O’Neill     66/1
Didier Deschamps     40/1
Marcelo Lippi     100/1
Jurgen Klinsmann     100/1
Ottmar Hitzfeld     100/1
Ronald Koeman     100/1

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Away Man!

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Luton v Brighton in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy. What dreams are made of…

We’re going away from home for Tuesday’s Accie…

Plenty of football action this evening, and we’re showing our true cojones by plumping for four away wins in our accie, taking in some French Ligue 1 action along the way. The pick of our continental fixtures has to be the burly sides of Nancy and Nice, who play each other in one of the more masculine-sounding fixtures around in world football.

Then there’s the crunch 6th versus 7th tie in the Blue Square Premier, Kidderminster v Cambridge, and the all-important Johnstone’s Paint Trophy semi-final. Then there’s the ever-entertaining Lee Trundle for first scorer, who’ll take the reigns at Leeds in the absence of Jermaine Beckford. Sod the return of the Champions League next week, midweek football doesn’t get better than this…

Art Deco

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The ref had no interest in Deco’s flea circus…

We’ve got money on Hiddink to get his little Portuguese man to do the business…

All eyes will be on Guus Hiddink this weekend as he takes charge of Futbol Clube de Chelsea against Aston Villa. We reckon the master tactician and full time miserable bastard will have an immediate impact on the Blues, and he’ll burst Aston Villa’s extra-large bubble in the process. So we’ve plumped for Deco to score first, probably via an audacious free kick. It’s either that or a deflected Frank Lampard effort. We’re also backing Cloughy again with Derby, and there’s a tidy sum of over 300 nicker for our £1 accie…

No Way Jose

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Jose realised too late that the bonbons were off…

The Champions League is back, and we can’t wait…

It might have a misleading name – after all, it’s not just champions that play in it is it – but the ties for the first knockout stage of the Champions League are corkers. Obviously the pick is at the San Siro, where two uber-egos collide in a clash that could well result in the Earth being knocked off it axis. True story. Betting guru Patrick Power is offering everyone their money back on first goalscorer, correct score and scorecast bets if the Greasy One scores the last goal. We should probably clarify that we mean Cristiano Ronaldo, not Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

There’s also FA Cup replays going on and a couple of ties in the Football League so have a look at our evening’s £1 accie, as well as a first goalscorer bet and a contradictory flutter on a goalless draw for the game in Milan. If Paddy had a book on “Ibrahimovic to flatter to devieve in the big games once again”, we’d stick a ton on it.

Tuesday’s Best Bets

£1 Accie
Arsenal
Atletico Madrid
Blackburn
Fulham
Brighton
Oldham
Returns: £66.50

£1 First Goalscorer
Adriano to score first against Man Utd @13/2

£1 Correct Score
United and Inter to draw 0-0 @13/2

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