What Has Happened to the ‘Number 10’?

Football fans have been spoilt over the last decade, witnessing arguably two of the greatest players ever battle it out in the same era in Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo. However, this period has also seen the demise of what was traditionally football’s most important position, the ‘number 10’.

For decades, some of the most creative and gifted players we have ever seen played in the number 10 position; Zinedine Zidane, Diego Maradona, Ronaldinho, Kaka, Michel Platini, Eusebio and Francesco Totti.

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Special thanks to Newmarket SFC legend Cameron Pearce for inspiring me to write this piece.

Top Australian Trainers Discuss Jeff Horn/Pacquiao “Controversy” and Crawford Fight

Jeff Horn will need to produce the performance of his career to beat highly-rated American Terrence Crawford on the 9th of June, but he is far from a “paper champion”, according to top Australian trainers.

Although he is a hero to Australian boxing fans, Horn is regularly criticised by American pundits, who have labelled his upset victory over Manny Pacquaio a “robbery” and dismissed his chances of competing with the best in the Welterweight division.

One of Australia’s finest trainers, Gerry Murphy, says he can’t understand the negative press Horn has received overseas or the controversy surrounding the fight.

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Why is Rafael Nadal so dominant on clay?

Rafael Nadal seems set for another dominant clay court season after clinching his 11thMonte Carlo Masters, without dropping a set.

He is currently riding a 40-set winning streak, which looks all the more impressive when you consider the competition he has faced thus far.

Nadal made a tough draw look easy by dropping just two games against Dominic Thiem and breezing past Grigor Dimitrov and Kei Nishikori.

His career statistics on clay are simply astonishing. Here are just a few.

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Fury Responds to Klitschko, Shows Respect for Joshua and Wilder

Former heavyweight world champion Tyson Fury has shrugged off Wladimir Klitschko’s claims that he will lose to Anthony Joshua and disappear from boxing “like a fart in the wind”.

Speaking to Michelle Joy Phelps of Behind the Gloves, Fury was unmoved by his former adversary’s words, stating “well that’s typical Wladimir Klitschko, he would never be able to give me the credit that I deserve.”

It’s no secret that Klitschko isn’t a fan of the “Gypsy King”, who constantly tormented him in the build-up to their world title fight nearly three years ago.

Fury rubbed further salt into the wound by comprehensively out-boxing him in Cologne and says “even on the night in Germany he couldn’t make the effort to say he lost to a better man and he did.”

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Does Mo Salah deserve the Ballon D’or?

Mohamed Salah further enhanced his Ballon D’or credentials when he tore Roma apart at Anfield in their Champion’s League Semi-Final clash.

Comparisons with Ronaldo and Messi have been played down throughout the season. However, following that stellar performance and similar league success, it seems that the same pundits now believe he could snatch the Ballon D’or away from them. With the recent dip in form of Harry Kane, he is likely to be adding a golden boot to his mantelpiece.

In his post-match analysis for BT Sport, Steven Gerrard acknowledged that Messi and Ronaldo have done what Salah is doing for almost a decade.

Nevertheless, he says “without a shadow of a doubt, he’s the best player on the planet right now.”

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Frampton Earns Title Shot with Victory Over Donaire

A world title shot beckons for Carl Frampton, who secured the WBO Interim Featherweight title with a dominant victory over Nonitio Donaire in Belfast last night.

Frampton, 31, fought an aggressive but intelligent fight, picking his punches carefully, landing them with precision and using his speed and movement to evade the Filipino’s legendary knockout power.

Donaire patiently stalked Frampton throughout the fight, searching for a big, fight-ending blow that never came. He struggled to get near the Irishman and on the few occasions that he did, he generally came off second best.

Frampton significantly damaged Donaire’s eye in the second round after he trapped him on the ropes and let fly with blistering combinations.

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Justin Gaethje “Content” With Performance Despite Knockout Loss

UFC Lightweight contender Justin Gaethje says he is satisfied with his performance at UFC on FOX 29, despite suffering a knockout loss to No. 4 ranked Dustin Poirier.

Speaking to reporters at his post-fight press conference, Gaethje said: “I’m content with what just happened as stupid and as crazy as that sounds.”

The self-proclaimed “most violent man in the UFC” is now 1-2 in MMA’s premier organization but says the outcome of his fights is not important to him.

It’s not about winning or losing

“I didn’t get in this sport to win or lose, it’s the entertainment factor for me and I will be known and remembered as one of the most entertaining fighters that ever did it,” he says.

“I’ve never been worried about winning and losing, the only thing I’m scared about is not performing and not putting on an entertaining fight,” Gaethje says.

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