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Not Just CR7! These Famous Footballers Also Return To Their Former Clubs!

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Amid all of the dealings in the footballing world, there is always a special class of transfers and that is when players return to their former clubs. These kinds of transfers are much more than a simple business transaction between two parties as they carry an emotional angle with them. The feeling of home fans welcoming a player back, having chanted his name in the past, transcends the financial aspect of the transfer and the homely sentiment attached to it.

For example, Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester United, and Liverpool have all welcomed former players back with open arms in the past. The act of coming home after having explored greener pastures has been repeated multiple times in the history of football. These are 7 of the famous players who let bygones be bygones and rejoined their former club.

1) Cristiano Ronaldo – Manchester United

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Man of the hour Cristiano Ronaldo is the greatest icon to re-sign for a former club, and deservedly so. Manchester United signed Ronaldo from Sporting CP in 2003. He went on to help Manchester United to three Premier League titles and the 2007-08 UEFA Champions League trophy, amongst other titles. After bagging his first Ballon d’Or in 2008, Ronaldo joined Real Madrid in the summer of 2009, becoming the most expensive player in the club’s history.

His insane goal-scoring, explosive pace, and leadership helped Real Madrid to two La Liga titles and four UEFA Champions Leagues in 9 years. Ronaldo won four more Ballons d’Or during his time with Real Madrid. His spell with Juventus between 2018 and 2021 was not the best, but Ronaldo still managed to make his mark, scoring over 100 goals in the short time span.

Now confirmed to return to Old Trafford, Ronaldo will look to end his illustrious career in the best possible manner. Helping Manchester United to their first Premier League trophy in nine years will only further bolster his position as one of the greatest icons the world of football has ever seen.

2) Diego Maradona – Boca Juniors

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Words are not enough to describe the genius of Diego Maradona. He was an outright sensation with the ball at his feet and had the quality to score the most ridiculous of goals. He had the capability to turn any game on its head on his own, and Boca Juniors were more than happy to have their world champion back.

Granted, Maradona’s best days in club football came for Napoli, but he was still a capable performer for Boca Juniors. During his first spell, in 1981, he scored 28 goals in 40 appearances across all competitions. In his second spell, he spent three seasons at the club, scoring 7 goals in 31 appearances. The World Cup hero did not have the best of runs during his return, but his status as an icon certainly cannot come into question.

3) Kaka – AC Milan, São Paulo

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Ricardo Kaka is one of the best footballers Brazil has ever produced, and no fan who has had the privilege of seeing him on the pitch would tell you otherwise. He had finesse, charm, poise and precision, and, on his day, he had the quality to break any defense single-handedly. In 2007, Kaka won the Ballon d’Or during his fourth season with AC Milan, becoming the only player to beat both Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi in the home stretch. He kept up his fine form in 2008, as well, which won him a move to Real Madrid in 2009. Injuries and tussles with coach Jose Mourinho reportedly made the 2002 FIFA World Cup winner’s life miserable. He eventually returned home to Milan as a free agent in 2013.

He spent a year at the club in his second stint, scoring 9 goals in 37 appearances across all competitions. After Milan failed to qualify for European competitions, Kaka signed for future MLS side Orlando City in 2014. Notably, until Orlando City officially entered the MLS, Kaka was loaned out to his very first club – São Paulo. The temporary move saw him return to not just one, but two of his former clubs during the course of his career. He scored 3 goals in 24 appearances across competitions for the Brazilian side before eventually moving to Orlando in 2015.

4) Wayne Rooney – Everton

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Ask any Manchester United fan and they will wholeheartedly endorse Wayne Rooney as one of their all-time greats. The former England international was an icon at Manchester United, scoring 253 goals in 559 appearances across competitions at the club. He won 5 Premier League titles and the 2007-08 UEFA Champions League alongside other accolades.

After his spell with Manchester United came to a close in 2017, Rooney decided to go back to Everton, the club that made him. Despite signing a two-year deal, Rooney could only complete a single year at Goodison Park. He never managed to settle in under manager Sam Allardyce. He also had to play in a plethora of positions including as a deep-lying playmaker to justify his place in the team. After 40 appearances and 11 goals in his second stint, he signed for MLS side DC United.

5) Thierry Henry – Arsenal

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No discussion of great forwards can be completed without paying an ode to the great Thierry Henry. The Frenchman was the definition of ruthlessness and artistry at one point, and Arsenal were lucky to see him don their jersey over two spells. Henry was signed by Arsene Wenger in 1999 and served the club faithfully for eight seasons. Despite taking his time to start firing, Henry finished his first season with 26 goals. He bettered his tally in the 2002-03 season, registering a total of 32 goals and 23 assists across all competitions. Apart from helping Arsenal to the 2001-02 Premier League title, he was one of the driving forces behind the Invincibles – Arsenal’s unbeaten title-winning campaign in the 2003-04 season.

Henry, who was the only player to win the FWA Footballer of the Year award three times, returned to the club in MLS’s off-season in 2012, signing a two-month contract. He only made 7 appearances in all competitions and scored a couple of goals, but his strike against Leeds United in the FA Cup third round won a special place in Arsenal history.

6) Robbie Fowler – Liverpool

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Known as ‘God’ by Liverpool fans, it’s fair to say Fowler was adored by the red half of Merseyside. He broke fans’ hearts by leaving for Leeds in 2001, where he would spend two years before joining Manchester City. After being released by City in 2006 following a spate of injuries and a worrying lack of form, Fowler would go on to score another 12 goals for the Reds, including eight in the Premier League.

7) Paul Pogba – Manchester United

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Pogba made just seven first-team appearances for Man Utd, having worked his way through the youth ranks. Then at age 19, the French ace joined Juventus where he would forge a reputation for being one of the best midfielders on the planet. In 2016, United splashed a then-world-record £89m to bring him back to Old Trafford. And while his form has been up-and-down ever since, with his stint littered with speculation of a move elsewhere, Pogba has proven that on his day he is unstoppable.

Sources: Sportskeeda.

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Movie Review: Find The True Meaning of Friendship With ‘Kindled’

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Friendship is well-known to be a lovely bond. Everyone has someone or a group of people with whom they are extremely close and who are commonly referred to as their best friends. A friend is someone who values you, enjoys spending time with you, trusts you, and in whom you can confide in.

A good buddy is the first person you call when you get good news or merely want to go out for a bite to eat. Speaking of friendship here’s a cute animation all about it and you definitely would enjoy it!

The narrative of a Flame Sprite and a Wood Sprite, little fairy beings in a fantasy world, is told in the animation Kindled. The two create a mutualistic and joyful relationship despite being comprised of distinct components. Their friendship is innocent, yet strong enough to transcend the obstacles posed by the environment and by themselves, even if it means risking or sacrificing something for one another.

Natasha Bishop is a filmmaker from Wellington, New Zealand, who is also the director of this animation. Being only 23 years of age, her short film Arboraceous, which won the Best Animation at the Japan Wildlife Film Festival, earned her the New Zealander of the year ‘Local Hero’ award in 2013.

I like how simple and short this animation is. Despite, the short length, this animation carries a deep yet beautiful meaning of friendship.

Sources: CG Meet Up, Shorts Shorts

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Movie Review: Fully Packed With Scary Scenes In ‘Malignant’

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Malignant is a 2021 American supernatural horror movie directed by James Wan from a screenplay by Akela Cooper, based on an original story by Wan, Ingrid Bisu, and Cooper. The movie stars Annabelle Wallis as a woman who begins to have visions of people being murdered, only to realize the events are happening in real life. Malignant was theatrically released in North America on September 10, 2021. Critics said this particular movie is bloodily brilliant.

The movie follows Madison who is such a young woman, then terrified by visions of the murders of strangers. Later, Madison decides to find and save the victims. Malignant seems to be something put together by a machine diligently following an algorithm. Filled with jump scares, an almighty twist and the most important is the gory murders.

What ‘Malignant’ Is About

Malignant tells of Maddie who lives in an abusive relationship in a big old house with plenty of winding corridors and banging screen doors. After the horrific death of her husband, Derek, Maddie starts hearing the voice of Gabriel. At the beginning of the film, where many years ago, three doctors, Weaver, Fields and Gregory were trying to restrain a patient named Gabriel who apparently has the power to control electricity among other things.

In the present, after the death of her husband, Maddie seems to be able to see murders even as they are happening. Detectives Shaw and Moss find it difficult to believe Maddie even as her sister, Sydney tries to convince them. There is also a tour guide who has been kidnapped and is being kept captive. As Maddie digs into her past, things become clearer and bloodier.

What Can Be Said About ‘Malignant’

This movie was brilliant. It was different, exciting, full of adrenaline, just a mix of so many emotions. Adored the characters and the way James always puts in a bit of romance in his horror films, that needs to continue because it is just great. People would always appreciate movies like this that are unique, creative, new, and fresh.

Joseph Bishara’s musical scores for this movie had people tied into this whole movie. His musical scores contain lots of haunting themes, a combination of viola and saxophone, as well as drums, making up a weird jazz ensemble. After reading a bit more about how Bishara organized the music for the movie after viewing it, people will feel more in love.

Sources: YouTube Warner Bros. Pictures.

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(Video) Buying G-Shock? 7 Things To Know Before You Make The Decision

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The G-Shock is actually a line of watches manufactured by the Japanese electronics company Casio, designed to resist mechanical stress, shock, and vibration. G-Shock is an abbreviation for Gravitational Shock. The watches in the G-Shock line are designed primarily for sports, military, and outdoors-oriented activities.

Nearly all G-Shocks are chronographs, with either a digital display or a combination of analog and digital. Other features such as a countdown timer, world clock, alarms, electroluminescent backlight, and also water resistance are included in most models. Newer high-end models in the particular line also feature GPS, compass, or even radio-controlled adjustment known as Multi-Band.

Many people still do not know what that they have to know or even expect when buying watches from this very famous brand. They just buy them according to the recommendation of others or even based on their guts. So, it is best to watch this particular video as it tells you guys what you need to know before you buy your own G-Shock.

1) Gives Rashes

Allergic contact dermatitis, in terms of watch rash, usually occurs due to an allergic reaction to nickel or certain polymers used in watches and watch bands. If you feel you might be allergic to these materials, getting an allergy and dimethylglyoxime test may be in your best interest.

2) Auto Backlight Feature Depletes The Battery

The auto backlight feature is activated using a built-in gyroscope within the watch. Most people would advise against using it on a non-solar watch as it will drain the battery. The backlight is probably the most battery-draining feature.

3) Negative Displays Are Cool But Hard To See

Negative displays mean that the letter or even characters are light-colored and the background is dark. It means a watch with a display that is harder to read in low light. No, not hard, just bloody impossible. They are nothing more than a fashion statement.

4) Viable Alternatives Available

  • Casio Pro Trek – most similar, GPS and hiking features
  • Suunto – stylish, tough enough, GPS and hiking features
  • Timex – budget pick, good sports or running features
  • Luminox – tritium lume, military looks, occasional durability issues
  • Victorinox Swiss Army – analog pick, reliable, affordable
  • Regular Casio – for especially tight budgets
  • Seiko – automatic movement, versatile design, tough enough
  • Citizen – quartz and automatic movement, versatile design

5) One G-Shock Is Not Enough

G-Shock buyers often fall victim to the ‘just one more’ mentality and may want to buy another G-Shock to the point of being obsessed with it. While some people who use a G-Shock for work or the weekend are fine with having just one G-Shock for many years and possibly decades, a lot of people will end up buying more and more.

6) People Look Down On Your G-Shock

There are watch snobs out there who will scoff at G-Shock, just like there is every other kind of snob out there. You shouldn’t let a fear of what irrational people might think to stop you from enjoying your life the way you want to. There are also some enthusiasts who like expensive mechanical watches actually G-Shock watches too.

7) Atomic Time-Keeping Attributes Aren’t Worth It

Atomic time-keeping feature is a ‘gimmick’ because most people say it doesn’t work half the time. It’s true that it might not always work, and depending on the location, people may have trouble with the Multi-Band 6 radio signals due to distance or physical obstructions of some sort, even though they appear to be within the range according to Casio.

Sources: YouTube The Time Teller.

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