The world famous Jamaican sprinter and a three-time World and Olympic gold medalist, Usain St. Leo Bolt has become quite a brand for the last few years. Being one of very successful athlete, Usain Bolt net worth has been declared to have approximation of 30 million dollars in 2016. So far, in total he has won three Gold medals at the Olympics, alongside three Gold and 2 Silver medals at the World Championships.
Usain Bolt was born on August 21, 1986 in Trelawny, Jamaica. He grew up with two siblings, his sister Sherine and his brother Sadiki. Wellesley and Jennifer Bolt (parents) owned and operated a grocery store when Usain was a child. People all over the world have seen him setting world records since he was a junior competitor. In fact this fastest man on earth has already broken his own record in the 100m sprint twice.
Usain Bolt Net Worth:
Bolt’s biggest sponsorship deal is with Puma which pays approximately $9 million a year. Puma renewed its sponsorship deal in 2010. Again, the German sportswear giant declared that Bolt received a sum that is by far the largest ever given to a track and field athlete. Though Puma did not disclose financial details. But some press reports refer these amounts as comparable to Nike’s four-year $32 million deal with football superstar Cristiano Ronaldo.
Bolt has been with Puma since he was 16. He introduced himself to the world at the 2008 Games. He set the world records in the 100 and 200 meter finals that year. We all can suspect that Usain Bolt earns little in prize money. But like many other renowned athletes, he also has a great deal of sponsors’ endorsement.
Source Of Wealth:Track
Agent:Gina Ford, Ricky Simms
Agency:Pace Sports Management
Earnings: Salary and Endorsements
Obviously Usain Bolt is one of the wealthiest sportsmen on the track. I believe, that’s very normal if you are seen to be the fastest running individual on the planet. His career in sprint brought vast amounts to Usain Bolt net worth, which made him one of the most famous individuals internationally. Usain Bolt’s specific skills in sport were understood when he attended school. His capability to run quickly was first valued by the high school cricket coach. He guided Bolt concentrate on track and field. Shortly after, Usain Bolt became the gifted young sprinters who at first of his sprint profession set records in the relay races of 100 meters, 200 meters and 4100 meters.
Therefore, it’s clear why the sprinter is being thus commended and receives lots of favorable media interest. There after Usain Bolt net worth had raised a lot as a result of his successful operation at London Olympic Games in 2012. The sprinter was among the short list of highest earning athletes around the world in 2012.
As for endorsement deals, Usain Bolt is called the facial skin of lots of well-known brands for example Hublot, Visa, Nissan, Puma, Gatorade and Virgin Media. Another element of Usain Bolt net worth comes from various looks for which he gets paid and additionally from prize money.
Bolt is one of the few people to emerge triumphant in the junior, youth and senior levels. In fact he is the first athlete to break world records for three different sprint events in a single Olympic events. No wonder, Usain Bolt is titled as “Lightning Bolt”. The success enjoyed by Bolt in his sporting career has turned him into a very rich man. His track and field prize money is estimated to be about 300000 USD per year.
Other than the German brand Puma, he also has multi million ad deals with telecom firm Virgin Media, Swiss watch giant Hublot and mobile gaming company RockLive. The fabulous wealth earned till date ensures the sprint legend a very luxurious lifestyle. He owns a very deluxe house at his native place Jamaica. He had recently acquired a Rum Cay Island ocean front property valued at millions of dollars in the Bahamas. Bolt also drives luxury cars like BMW.
Usain Bolt takes an active interest in the sports of cricket and football. His two favorite football clubs are Real Madrid in La Liga and Manchester United in English Premier League. He also has participated in charity cricket matches to raise money for noteworthy causes which added a charisma to Usain Bolt net worth. Most of his childhood was spent in taking part in different games like cricket and football.
Bolt is currently in a relationship with Slovakian fashion designer Lubica Slovak. The couple fiercely guard their privacy from the media and prefer to spend their spare time in Jamaica home.
Bolt is widely considered to be the best sprinter in the history of the sport. He made nearly $100,000 in prize money from his Olympic wins. He also broke two world records in the 100 and 200 meter races and received two $100,000 bonuses. Alongside Bolt makes the majority of his money from endorsement deals with brands. Out of $20.3 million in earnings, $9 million came from Puma alone for him to wear their brand of shoes. Bolt also charges $250-300,000 for a track meet appearance.
Considering Usain is only 29 years old today, he is young enough to compete in the 2016 Brazil Olympics. And if he stays on pace with earnings, Usain Bolt net worth should be well over $100 million when he arrives from Brazil in 2016.
Brazil has achieved the most success as national football team in the FIFA world cup history. Brazil national team won five world cups namely, 1958, 1962, 1970, 1994 and 2002. This year 2014 FIFA world cup is going to be hosted by Brazil. They qualified without playing the play offs. The national team currently ranking no 1 in World Football Elo Rating and 6 in the FIFA world ranking, they will be hard competitors for rest of the nations. They are the only team to have won the world cup in four different continents. Throughout the history Brazil has become the land of great footballers who had influenced the football world profoundly.
I am going to discuss about the top 10 Brazilian footballers of all time. Choose your favourite one among them…
The late Socrates Brasileiro Sampaio de Souza Vieira de Oliveira played for Brazilian national football team from 1979 to 1986. The attacking mid fielder earned his nick name ‘ Doctor Socrates’ as he was a MD in medicine. He scored 22 goals in his 60 appearances for the Brazil national team.
9. Roberto Carlos:
Roberto Carlos started his career as a forward but spent most of the time as a left back. He is well known for his powerful free kicks. From 1992 to 2006 he played for Brazilian national football team with 11 goals in 125 matches.
This attacking mid- fielder won the FIFA world player of the year in 2005 and 2005. For the Brazilian national team he has scored 33 goals in 97 matches. Being an integral part of 2002 Brazilian national team, his greatest achievement was winning the world cup. Starring alongside with Ronaldo and Rivaldo in an attacking trio, he was named in FIFA world cup all star team.
Cafu made himself the most internationally capped male Brazilian player in the history. He is the only player to appear in the three world cup finals-1994, 1998 and 2002. From 1990 to 2006 he played for the Brazilian team and scored 5 goals in 142 appearances. Cafu remains in our list of great Brazilian footballers of all time with dignity.
As a powerful winger, Jairzinho was a member of the legendary Brazilian national football team that won the 1970 FIFA world cup. During the tournament he scored in every match that Brazil played. He was nicknamed as ‘ the Hurricane’. He played in three consecutive world cup, 1966, 1970,1974. Jairzinho played as an asset for Brazilian national team from 1964-1982. During this time he scored 33 goals in 81 appearances.
Zico is commonly called as ‘ the white Pele’ and he is considered as the most skilful finisher of all time for Brazil. He is possibly the best player of the world in late 70s and early 80s. Pele said about Zico,
“throughout the years, the one player that came closest to me was Zico”.
He scored 48 goals in 71 official appearances for Brazil. So in my counting, Zico is certainly one of the best Brazilian footballers of all time.
Romario is a former Brazilian footballer, manager and current politician. He was a part of the Brazilian national team wining FIFA world cup in 1994. He is one of the most prolific strikers and clinical finishers in the football history. He was particularly deadly in one-on-one versus goalkeeper. He is in the 5th position in FIFA player of the century. Romario won FIFA world player of the year and world cup golden ball in 1994. He is the third highest goal scorer for his national team after netting 55 goals in 70 appearances. He is the one of very few strikers to surpass 1000 goals’ landmark in total of any international competition.
Ronaldo won FIFA world player of the year three times and he is the one among the three who have won that honour. He is the second highest goal scorer for the national team as he scored 62 goals in 98 matches. As a part of the Brazilian squad he won 1994 and 2002 world cup. In 1998, he was awarded Golden ball. In 2006 he became the highest goal scorer in the world cup history after scoring his 15th. Commonly called ‘ the Phenomenon’, Ronaldo played as a powerful Brazilian striker played for his nation from 1994 to 2011.
Garrincha playing as a right winger and forward in the Brazilian national team and probably the best dribbler with ball in the football history. Garrincha won the FIFA world cup in 1958 and 1962 with a devastating performance. In 1962 world cup when Pele was out due to injury , he was the only one led the Brazil to victory. He won Golden ball and Golden boot in that tournament. From 1955 to 1966 he played for the Brazil national team and scored 12 goals in 50 matches.
Now comes the no 1, the greatest amongst the greats, Pele. In 1999 Pele was voted World Player of the century. Not only that, in 2013 he received FIFA Ballon d’or Prix D’honour. Pele, “ The Black Pearl” is currently holding Guiness world record of total 1281 goals in 1363 league games. He is hailed as a national hero in his native Brazil. This world known attacking mid-fielder won three world cup in 1958, 1962 and 1970 for the national team. From his 92 appearances he bagged 77 goals for Brazil. American President Ronald Regan said about Pele,
“My name is Ronald Reagan, I’m the President of the United States of America. But you don’t need to introduce yourself, because everyone knows who Pelé is.”
What a remark it was! Yes, Pele is the no 1 in this list of great Brazilian footballers of all time..
England is one of the two oldest national teams in football alongside Scotland. England national team won FIFA world Cup in 1966, hosting the finals and defeating the giant West Germany. Since then they didn’t achieve much success in international football, except the Semi final appearance in 1990 world cup. Nevertheless, the English football holds its glory by presenting some legends throughout the history. Sporty ghost today is going to discuss about top 10 English footballers of all time.
10. David Beckham (1996-2009, 17 goals in 115 caps)
There are very few more technically gifted player than the English forward David Beckham. He made his international debut in September 1996. Beckham’s international career is full of highs and lows. He made himself enemy of the state in 1998 world cup by getting sent off during the defeat on penalties to Argentina. But in next world cup his stoppage time goal against Greece smoothened the english agony. During that world cup , he laid the Argentina ghost to rest by scoring from a penalty in a 1-0 win. The 39 year old retired from football last year.
9. Gary Lineker (1984-1992, 48 goals in 80 caps)
Gary Lineker was the closest one to touch Sir Bobby Charlton’s record before his retired in 1992. In 1986 world cup, he was the tournaments leading goal scorer with six goals in his bag and still the only english footballer to have won the honourable Golden boot.
8. Bryan Robson (1980-1991, 26 goals in 90 caps)
Nicknamed ‘Captain Marvel’, Robson was a prolific and energetic midfielder in the English side. He was famed for his important goals. Many believe that if Robson didn’t suffer injury in 1986 and 1990 world cup, England could have gone even further. This English footballer gave everything to his national team and his club. He is the greatest ever Manchester United player of all time. This player carries much influences for Manchester United as he is acting their ambassador. He remained in our list of best 10 English footballers of all time. Currently Robson took the responsibility as coach of the Thailand National Team.
7. Geoff Hurst (1966-1972, 29 goals in 49 caps)
Geoff Hurst is remembered for his outstanding performance in 1966 world cup. In the quarter final he scored the only goal to victory over Argentina. During the final Geoff Hurst’s famous blessing hat-trick gave the chance to the English to touch the FIFA world cup Trophy for the first time.
6. Gordon Banks (1963-1972, no goals in 73 caps )
Gordon Banks is the second best goal keeper of the 20th century in International Federation of Football History and Statistics rating. Lev Yashin is the only above him. During the final against West Germany in 1966 world cup, Banks kept four clean sheets and made numerous stops. Four years later when playing against Brazil, there was a cross from Brazilian Carlos Alberto which met Pele’s powerful head. Everybody was waiting for the net to bulge, but it didn’t. Banks somehow managed to get his hand on the ball to flick it over the crossbar. It was regarded as one of the best saves ever made.
One club man Tom Finney was England’s leading goalscorer along with Nat Lofthouse, before both were surpassed by Bobby Charlton in 1963. Former Liverpool manager Bill Shankly once said about Finney ,
“Tom Finney would have been great in any team, in any match, and in any age , even if he had been wearing an overcoat.”
4. Stanley Matthews (1934-1957, 11 goals in 54 caps)
His greatest achievement was wining FIFA Ballon D’or in 1956. His dedication for football was unmatched as he played until the age of 50 with Stoke City, while his last appearance in international match came against Denmark eight years earlier. There were some criticisms when he was chosen for the 1958 world cup at the age of 48 but the selectors refrained.
3. Duncan Edwards (1955-1958, 5 goals in 18 caps)
It is highly likely that Edwards would have topped the list, unless the tragedy happened in Munich runway February 6, 1958. Edwards at the age of 21 died along with its eight Manchester United teammates while a plane crashed in taking off. Bobby Charlton mentioned him as a great player like a bright light in the sky. His loss is the hardest thing to bear in English football even today.
2. Bobby Moore ( 1962-1973, 2 goals in 108 caps)
Bobby Moore was the counter stone of a well-organized defence in 1966 world cup. In the next competition, 1970 world cup he produced a memorable challenge to Brazilian Jairzinho in full flow. He is the member of world team the 20th century. Bobby Moore Captained West Ham United for more than 10 years.
Pele said after his death in 1993,
“He was my friend as well as the greatest defender I ever played against. The world has lost one of its greatest football players and an honorable gentleman.”
1. Bobby Charlton (1958-1970, 49 goals in 106 caps)
Bobby Charlton is the leading goalscorer for England national football team as well as Manchester United. He was an integral part of the English team in 1966 World cup. At semi finals , Bobby scored both goals to win over Portugal. His performance throughout the tournament was firing as he won FIFA Ballon D’or that year. He is in the no 1 in our list of top 10 English footballers of all time..
The Italian national football team is considered as one of the best teams in the World football. In the history of World Cup it is the second most successful team just behind Brazil, having won 4 titles in 1934, 1938, 1982 and 2006. The team also appeared in 2 finals (1970, 1994) and gained a third place in 1990, fourth in 1978. In 1968 they won the European Championship. The Italian national football team is controlled by the Italian Football Federation (FIGC), the governing body of football in Italy.
Nick named ‘The Azzurri’, the Italian team qualified for this year FIFA World Cup 2014 in Brazil with relative ease will be expected to reach the latter stages, despite having a group that includes Uruguay and England.
Today, to continue our countdown to the World Cup, we will focus at the Top 10 Italian footballers of all time.
10. Fabio Cannavaro (1997-2010, 2 goals in 136 caps)
Fabio Cannavaro has been named the title FIFA’s player of the year in 2006. Along with Franz Beckenbauer and Matthias Sammer, he remains one of the three defenders to have been awarded by this title.
The 40-year-old guided Italy to the World Cup final, 2006 in Germany. Playing in every minute in every encounter, with his stunning performances, Cannavaro earned the nick name,” The wall of Berlin”.
That summer he moved himself to Real Madrid from Juventus and Cannavaro went on to win two La Liga, and the Supercopa de Espana over the course of three seasons in Madrid.
He is in the 10th position in our list of Top 10 Italian footballers of all time.
9. Paolo Rossi (1977-1986, 20 goals in 48 caps)
After being suspended for his alleged role in a betting scandal, Paolo Rossi returned to action just in time for the World Cup in 1982. However, many journalists at that time criticized negatively about his inclusion in the team.
When he struggled throughout the group phase of the World Cup, the criticizers looked to be correct, but something was burning inside him. Rossi suddenly sprung into life by scoring a hat-trick to dispose of Brazil, the pre-tournament favourites. He added his sixth in the tournament during 3-1 victory in the final over West Germany. Rossi won the Golden Ball and Golden Boot awards.
8. Giacinto Facchetti (1963-1977, 3 goals in 94 caps)
Facchetti was the pioneer of attacking football, who has no hesitation in bombing forward to join in with attacks. During his time defenders were instructed not to cross the halfway line, but he changed the rules.
The speedy left-back won Serie A four times with Inter Milan. He also helped to lift the European Cup two times in 1964 and 1965. The Nerazzurri have since retired the shirt holding no 3 in his honour.
In 1968 European Championship , he captained the team to success. They also reached the final of 1970 World Cup under his leadership.
7. Gianluigi Buffon (1997-present, no goals in 139 caps)
Buffon made his debut for Italy in 1997. After that, he has gone on to make more appearances for the Azzurri than any other player. In 2006 World Cup, Buffon kept five clean sheets as Italy were crowned with World Cup glory for the fourth time. For his leadership qualities between the posts, he has become the skipper of both Italy and Juventus.
Juventus parted with a world record fee of £32.6m for him in 2001. Buffon helped Parma to win the UEFA Cup and Coppa Italia two years earlier. He has gone on to win many trophies and is regarded to be a hero among the Old Lady’s faithful.
He remains in the 7th position in the list of Top 10 Italian footballers of all time.
6. Luigi Riva (1965-1974, 35 goals in 42 caps)
None has scored more goals than him at the international level for Italy.
The 69-year-old Luigi Riva was one of the heroes as Italy won the European Championship in 1968, scoring in the final against Yugoslavia.
He helped Cagliari to win Serie A title in 1970, despite being blighted by several injuries. This one-club-man received a honor when the club recently retired the number 11 shirt that Riva wore with distinction.
5. Fanco Baresi (1982-1994, 2 goals in 82 caps)
Franco Baresi was a kind of player who won everything. Baresi helped AC Milan to lift Serie A title on six separate occasions and European Cup three times. He was voted as the ‘Club’s player of the century’ in 1999 and AC Milan’s number 6 has been retired to his honor.
He was selected in the squad in 1982 World Cup, although he didn’t feature much in that tournament. But he played as a key figure in 1990 world cup, helping his country to finish third. Four years later the disaster happened while he missed during the final shootout against Brazil.
4. Dino Zoff (1968-1983, no goals in 112 caps)
At Spain in 1982 World Cup, Dino Zoff stood between the posts at the age of 40 and won the world title. Dino remains the oldest player ever to have won a World Cup.
Dino Zoff also holds the record of longest time at the international matches (1,142 minutes) without conceding a goal, the period between 1972 and 1974.
In his club career he won six Serie A titles for Juventus which was followed by Buffon in the same club. Dino Zoff later coached them to success in Coppa Italia and UEFA Cup.
He is holding the number 4 position in the list of Top 10 Italian footballers of all time.
3. Roberto Baggio (1988-2004, 27 goals in 56 caps)
Roberto Baggio will be remembered forever for his skied penalty during the shootout in 1994 World Cup. The event does his ability and contribution to the game a real disservice.
Baggio is Italy’s fourth-leading goalscorer of all time along with Alessandro Del Piero. He scored total five goals in 1994 tournament in USA. Four years earlier, his goal against Czechoslovakia has been voted by FIFA as the World Cup’s seventh best ever goal.
In 1990, he was transferred from Fiorentina to Juventus for a record fee. During his five years in Turin, he won FIFA Ballon D’or in 1993, a Serie A and a UEFA Cup title.
2. Paolo Maldini (1988-2002, 7 goals in 126 caps)
Paolo Maldini, the defender spent half of his 16 years as captain for the Azzurri without winning a major international throphy.
But at the Club level, success was much easier for him. The entire life he played for AC Milan, where he built up an honours list as long as his arm. Maldini won seven Serie A titles, five European Cups, one Coppa Italia, one World Club Cup and five Super Cups. He played in 1990 and 1994 world cup. He also finished runner-up for the 1995 FIFA World player of the year.
1. Giuseppe Meazza (1930-1939, 33 goals in 53 caps)
Meazza showed his talent on his very debut match in 1930, scoring a brace in the match against Switzerland. In 1934 world cup triumph of Italy, the centre-forward scored twice. He then captained the defending Champion Italy to success four years later. His winning goal against Brazil in the semi-final was one of his contributions that was written in golden letters.
There was a rumour that young Meazza was rejected by AC Milan for being too slight. Their loss was then gained by Inter Milan. Meazza was too prolific for Inter, firing them to three Serie A titles and one Coppa Italia. He is the second leading goalscorer for Italy, just two goals short of Riva’s.
Guiseppe Meazza is leading our list of Top 10 Italian footballers of all time..
The Netherlands national football team is colloquially referred to as Oranje and Het Nederlands Elftal, the dutch eleven. The Dutch football team hold the record for playing most World Cup finals, but they were unable to win the world cup trophy yet. However they won 1988 UEFA Championship. The team is managed by Louis van Gaal currently, though he has announced to leave after 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil.
With their bright orange shirts and their art of playing ‘Total football’, they’ve made themselves among the most enjoyable sides to watch.
Today, in our World Cup count down, we will bring you the list of top 10 Dutch footballers of all time.
The list of Top 10 Dutch footballers of all time:
10. Edwin van der Sar (1995-2008, no goals in 130 caps)
He is one of the greatest goalkeepers in the history of Dutch football. The star shone brightly throughout his 13-year international career.
His mammoth 130 caps makes him the highest appearance in Holland’s history. Van der Sar was named Dutch footballer of the year in 1998. He was unbeaten for record 1,311 minutes without conceding a league goal during the 2008-09 season.
9. Fass Wilkes (1946-1961, 35 goals in 38 caps)
He remained fourth in goalscoring for the Netherlands, but his 35 goals in only 38 matches was impressive enough to place him among the greats. The Dutch striker saw his career disrupted with long absence from international football between 1949 and 1955, when the age of Wilkes would have been 25-32.
He was famous for his creativity and mazy dribbling. His appeal was such that Wilkes even inspired a cartoon character in his home.
8. Willem van Hanegem (1968-1979, six goals in 52 caps)
Van hanegem teamed up with Cruyff and remained as a key component in the Netherlands golden era of the 1970s. when the Dutches reached the final of 1974 World Cup, he was an integral part of the team. Two years later, his team finished third in the European Championship. But alas! He was one of many talented Dutch players who has retired without any international honours.
He is in the number 8 position in our list of top 10 Dutch footballers of all time.
7. Frank Rijkaard (1981-1994, 10 goals in 73 caps)
Frank Rijkaard was right at the forefront of Holland success in 1980s and early 1990s. The defensive midfielder/centre-back established himself as one of the great players in the world in either position. His greatest success in international career came when Holland won their one and only trophy in their history at the European Championship in 1988. Rijkaard was named twice as the Dutch footballer of the year and he came third on two occasions in the FIFA Ballon D’or voting. Rijkaard made his place in our list of top 10 Dutch footballers of all time.
6. Ronald Koeman (1982-1994, 14 goals in 78 caps)
Ronald Koeman was another member of the European championship winning side in 1988. He was one of the finest attacking centre-backs the football world has ever known. He was well known for his deadly free kicks and powerful shorts throughout the world of football. Ronald Koeman retired as the highest-scoring defender in the history of Dutch football.
5. Johan Neeskens (1970-1981, 17 goals in 49 caps)
Neeskens usually started the match in central midfield but was versatile enough to fill anywhere in order to introduce the ‘Total Football’.
Once the great Cruyff had retired from the international football, it was Neeskens who helped the national team to reach their second consecutive World Cup final in 1978. That match ended in disappointment as did four years earlier.
4. Dennis Bergkamp (1990-2000, 37 goals in 79 caps)
He possessed one of the finest techniques ever seen on a football field as the world watched his stunning goal against Argentina in a tight World Cup quarter final. He was named Dutch footballer of the year twice and in FIFA Ballon D’or voting he came second and third in 1992 and 1993 respectively. Dennis Bergkamp also stood third in the FIFA World player of the year awards on two different occasions.
2. Marco van Basten (1983-1992, 24 goals in 58 caps)
Had injury not forced him to retire at the age of just 28, van Basten may well have been regarded as great as Pele and Diego Maradona. Despite his early retirement, he won FIFA Ballon D’or award three times – the tally only beaten by Messi. At the 1988 European Championship, van Basten netted five goals to fire Holland to their first international trophy. He was named player of the tournament.
1. Johan Cruyff (1966-1977, 33 goals in 48 caps)
Johan Cruyff had such a big impact on football that even a move on the field ‘The Cruyff Turn’ was named after him. He was a finest conductor of the ‘Total football’, bringing a new dimension to the sports.
Cruyff flourished brighter than most when he led Netherlands to the final of 1974 World Cup. The Dutch defeat to Franz Beckenbauer’s West Germany didn’t stop Cruyff to be naming the Player of the Tournament. He was named the second greatest footballer of the 20th century by the International Football Federation of history and statistics. The list is topped by the Great Pele. Now, he is the leader in our list of top 10 Dutch footballers of all time..
In every World Cup, there is a gathering of world famous footballers. With their footballing skills and experiences they are very much keen to write their names in the history. In this very campaign the ages can’t restrain them to win the glory. Today, Sporty Ghost brings you some of the greats with ages , whose history with football continues in FIFA World Cup 2014 in Brazil.
1. Didier Drogba ( Age: 36, country: Ivory Coast)
Since 2002, the Ivory Coast International, Didier Drogba has captained his national side from 2006. He is the nation’s all- time top goalscorer with 63 goals in 99 appearances. In 2006 FIFA World Cup, he led Ivory Coast to their first appearance in the tournament and he also scored his first goal. Later in the next World Cup, he captained the nation scoring once. He achieved his fame as the African Footballer of the year in 2006 and 2009. In October 2013, Drogba became first African player to win Golden Foot for Galatasaray.
This old man turning 36, will lead the Ivory Coast in the FIFA World Cup 2014 in Brazil. Didier Drogba is in pretty good form actually. With all his experiences and skills, he can be a threat for any team. In 2014 World Cup, Ivory Coast is playing in Group C with the opponents of Japan, Colombia and Greece. In their first match in June 14 they will face Japan in Arena Pernambuco, Recife.
2. Gianluigi Buffon (Age: 36, Country: Italy)
This Italian goalkeeper plays as Captain for both Juventus and Italian National Team. For Italy, he is the record appearance holder in 139 matches. Buffon is widely considered to be one of the greatest goalkeepers of all time. As declared by the Great Pele he remains in the list of 125 greatest living footballers in the world. Buffon’s award list is quite long consisting Serie A Goalkeeper of the year a record 8 times, Yashin Award in 2006, UEFA Cup footballer of the year in 2003, runner up in FIFA Ballon D’or. He has become most expensive goalkeeper in the football history while he joined Juventus from Parma in 2001 with a record €45 million. He will be playing as Italy’s guard for the fourth time in the FIFA World Cup 2014. They will be playing in Group D with Uruguay, England and Costa Rica as rivals and June 14 Italy will face England.
3. Miroslav Klose (Age:35, Country: Germany)
The German striker has played 131 matches for German national team scoring stunning 68 goals. In 2006 World Cup, he was the top scorer with five goals and a Golden Boot winner. He is renowned for header ability all through the world cup. While he was in his debut World Cup in 2002, all his five goals were headers. In the list of Top goalscorer in the FIFA World Cup, he is holding the 2nd position with 14 goals. Only one ahead of him is Brazil’s Ronaldo with 15 and he is not playing anymore. So it will be a great chance for Klose to break the record in this World Cup. But, maybe he will be playing his last world cup too. Germany is playing in Group G with some dangerous rivals like Portugal, Ghana and USA. Their first match will be against Portugal in June 16.
4. Andrea Pirlo (Age:35, Country: Italy)
Andrea Pirlo, an Italian professional footballer, plays for Italian national team and Juventus is a deep-lying playmaker and is regarded as a leading exponent of defensive midfield. Pirlo has been praised for his technique, dribbling, control, incredible vision and accurate passing ability. He is also famous for his penalty- kicks and long distance shooting. His fellas in the national team named him the ‘architetto’, the architect and truly he is. He has played 107 matches for Italy and became the fifth most capped for the National team. Pirlo placed 4th in 2012 Best Player in Europe award, 7th in the FIFA World Player, 5th in the 2007 Ballon d’Or. In 2006 Italy’s world cup victory he was the main assist-provider for the team. Andrea Pirlo will be the principle weapon for Italy in their FIFA world cup 2014 campaign.
5. Steven Gerrard ( Age:33, Country: England)
Steven Gerrard is playing the role of Captain both for Liverpool and England National team. For England in 109 caps, Gerrard scored 21 goals. He made his international debut in 2000 and became his team’s top goalscorer with 2 goals in 2006 world cup. In the next world cup he was playing as Captain in absence of regular Captain Rio Ferdinand. Gerrard has been described as one of the greatest English Midfielders in the history. Even French great Zinedine Zidane considered him the best footballer of the world in 2009. In the 2014 world cup, England will face Italy on 14 June as a Group D match.
World famous swimmer Michael Phelps was born in a family of a teacher and her husband. He started swimming at the age of seven and at the age of fifteen he became famous as a swimmer. At that time he achieved his first competition as a professional swimmer. Due to the fact of being famous swimmer, Michael Phelps net worth comprises both his technical ability and his fit physical appearance. His coach Bob Bowman helps him to keep to a strict diet and work out accordingly. Spectators may think him to be born with his ability, but practicality is, without practice he also would need to leave the first position for someone else.
Commonly, People figure out that Michael Phelps net worth increased due to his titles and different medals. But the fact about Michael Phelps income has both the parts, one stable earnings from being a spokesperson or advertising different productions from companies such as Nike and others, another from participating in different swimming competition and events. Michael Phelps net worth also increased when he was reworded for his achievements in breaking records.
Michael has also created a foundation called by his name that helps young swimmers, boys and girls. Besides, he also sold some of his swimming caps in auctions that were organized for charity. Michael Phelps may have that strong desire to give other people what they need in order to fulfill their dreams.
Michael Phelps Net Worth:
Michael Phelps net worth is 45 million of dollars in 2016. Undoubtedly he is to be considered as the golden boy in swimming. In fact he is the only swimmer in the world that can call him like this. Michael has won a surprising total of nineteen Olympic gold medals and no other person has ever done that for sure.
Michael Phelps salary increased after Athens Olympics where he won 6 gold and two bronze medals and set the standard for many swimmers. Previously people can only dream such things. In Beijing he won another eight gold medals while putting all of his force in to one thing that he truly loves swimming.
Day by day, Michael Phelps endorsements also got sky high. Let’s find how much is Michael Phelps worth in 2016?
Birth date:June 30, 1985 Birth place:Towson, Baltimore, Maryland, United States Height:6 ft 3 in (1.93 m) Weight:194 lbs (88 kg) Profession:Swimmer, Athlete Education:University of Michigan (2004–2006), Towson High School (2003) Nationality:United States of America Parents:Deborah Phelps, Michael Fred Phelps
Michael Phelps earnings:
Michael Phelps started his aspiration to be a swimmer at the age of seven. He was trained at North Baltimore Aquatic Club under his coach, Bob Bowman. At fifteen, he was qualified to join the U.S. Olympic Swimming team during the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney, Australia.
As he is already to be counted as one of the former swimmers in the world we can happily sum up his total achievements and that is 18 Olympic medals, and 39 world records in which he achieved in competing at the Olympics and international swim meets.
He also achieved other fame titles alongside these. He was recognized as FINA’s swimmer of the year in 2010-2012 and Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year in 2008.
Michael Phelps salary and Michael Phelps endorsements:
Michael Phelps broke the record set by Mark Spitz for most Gold Medals won in a single Olympics competition when he won a remarkable 8 Gold Medals at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. There are many who believe he hasn’t even scratched the surface of his talent. Thanks to his success, Michael has enjoyed one of the most lucrative post-Olympics careers in American history.
Michael has dozens of sponsors and appears in commercials throughout the year, even in non-Olympics years. With such an almost unbelievable set of accomplishments, it is not surprising that the current Michael Phelps net worth is estimated to be at $45 million dollars. His yearly earnings come in at around $5-$7 million.
Again, He has used a portion of his wealth to fund the Michael Phelps Foundation, an organization designed to promote the sport of swimming. Since his retirement from competitive swimming after the 2012 Olympics, he has become more actively involved in the activities of the Foundation.
As a result of the reality that he’s a well-known world swimmer Michael must look after himself and his physical state. Folks might believe that Michael Phelps net worth raised due to his titles, however he’s additionally steady income from truly being a representative or advertising distinct creations from firms.
Definitely American soccer has come a long way, especially after United States was awarded the 1994 World Cup even without their own league. In that time there were in fact not enough USA soccer players registered with professional clubs in premier division leagues. The 1994 World Cup finals smashed FIFA’s attendance records in prior events. Still America had to struggle to establish soccer as a popular sport for the public. But for now a time, we all know the changed scenario. There are a so many American Soccer Players ply their trade for major clubs in Europe, in respect with the previous condition. So finding out 10 best American soccer players or USA soccer players means only the consideration after 1994. The US Soccer Team has had mixed results in terms of their actual World Cup performances. The 1998 and 2006 group exits have been counterbalanced by a historic visit to the quarterfinals in 2002.
Also a place in the round of 16 in 2010 remarks the comfortable growing of soccer in America. Of course the 2014 Brazil World Cup was a bit tough job for such a soccer-developing country like USA. Anyway, there has been enough big names in the arena of American soccer that can easily prove this sport is very much on the upswing. And these best American soccer players are capable of competing with the very best the sport has to offer at current stage.
Best American Soccer Players | USA Soccer Players:
Some of the best American soccer players have found major success while playing in European clubs. There are also others, who have mostly seen their careers flourish while competing at home in MLS (American Soccer League). Anyway it’s already proven that the USA soccer players are good enough to compete with the best in the world football.
Along with helping the USA National Soccer Team, some younger players are coming up the ranks.
Let’s check out, who are the best American Soccer players since 1994?
10. Kasey Keller
Actually Kasey Keller is a native of Olympia. And probably WA never experienced a ton of World Cup success like him. He went to four finals, where he was considered the number one keeper for a less confident US side. Yes, those USA soccer players failed to make the round of 16 in 2006. But surely his reputation overseas set new standards for where American goalkeepers could ever imagine.
Kasey Keller played regularly for Borussia Monchengladbach, Millwall, Rayo Vallecano, Leicester City and Tottenham Hotspur. Obviously he was the first American soccer player to be a regular in the English, German and Spanish top competitions. With 101 caps to his name, Kasey Keller is now a color commentator for the Seattle Sounders, where he closed out his playing days of soccer world.
I think Tim Howard’s achievements as a goalkeeper are even bigger. If you try to consider the way he’s fared on an international stage, you will definitely find much more difficulties. The New Jersey native got his start between the sticks for Manchester United. Before that time, he became the permanent fixture at Everton in English Premier League. The great American soccer player has racked up 97 caps with the USMNT. Previously he was also the number one keeper at the South Africa World Cup 2010 and Brazil World Cup 2014.
May be at 35 years of age, it was his last appearance in a World Cup finals and we all know he tried the best out of him. Tim Howard is considered the number 9 of our list of top 10 best American soccer players in 2015.
Relatively brief stints with Coventry City in England and Vasco da Gama in Brazil, Cobi Jones would find by far his greatest club success as a member of the Los Angeles Galaxy from 1996. But as a matter of fact he has retired in 2007 and became an assistant coach with the Galaxy for recent years. He was a very remarkable among the then USA soccer players.
He is the most capped player to ever don the Stars and Stripes in international fields. With 164 caps and 15 goals to his name, he is the 8th of this list of top 10 best American soccer players in 2015. After appearing for the team at home at the 1994 finals, he went for two more World Cups in 1998 and 2002.
Now a days there are plenty of internationally-bred USA soccer team players. You just simply look at Germany for proof of this, midfielder Earnie Stewart was arguably the first to establish himself as a part of USMNT. Despite playing most of his club career in his native Netherlands, Stewart ended up gaining 101 caps and 17 goals for the Stars and Stripes. He also made it to the World Cup in 1994, 1998 and 2002.
He was particularly a big part of the latter team that made it to the quarterfinals. Undoubtedly he is one of only a few best American soccer players to play in three World Cup finals.
Eric Wynalda is arguably one of the best attacking players in US National Soccer Team. He is the first USA soccer player to establish himself by playing in Germany before returning stateside in 1996. The native of Fullerton, California racked up 107 caps and 34 goals. He made it to his third World Cup finals in France in 1998. Another case where USA soccer players did not score any goals following an insipid effort by the USMNT that saw them finish dead last.
Wynalda has since moved on to coaching. Currently he coaches the Atlanta Silverbacks of the NASL. He is our 6th pick as best American soccer players in 2015.
The last World Cup in Brazil also saw the great US soccer player as captain of the U.S. national team. I think there aren’t many that would argue against his title. The most experienced recognition goes beyond his native United States as a member of Fulham. And it led to a somewhat unsuccessful stint at Tottenham Hotspur then. The Texas native is still one of the most counted on members of the national team as an attacking midfielder.
With 36 goals and 103 caps for the national team under his belt, Dempsey is the 5th best American soccer player in our list. With two goals scored at the World Cup South Africa, he also guided the U.S. out of a difficult Group G in Brazil last year.
Brian McBride’s career outside American soccer began with unsuccessful belongings with Wolfsburg, Preston North End and Everton. But eventually he found his niche at Fulham and became regular from 2004 to 2008. Spending a large part of his career with the Columbus Crew in the MLS, he was named goal machine in his own right.
McBride scored 30 out of 96 caps with the national team of America. There has been also three goals performed from the 1998 and 2002 World Cups in his career. He is considered the 4th of our list of top 10 best American soccer players in 2015.
The former USA National Soccer Team captain Claudio Reyna is often called as “Captain America” to his supporters in Britain. He ended up earning 111 caps and eight goals for the Stars and Stripes. He appeared in total four World Cups – 1994, 1998, 2002 and 2006. His performances in the 2002 tournament in South Korea and Japan being good enough for him to get on the Team of the Tournament as its only American representative following their visit to the round of 16.
Reyna spent his club career mainly in Europe, playing in Germany, Scotland and England. The latter years also saw him enjoy his longest stay with one club as a member of Manchester City in English Premiere League.
At the age of 43, Brad is still playing as a goalkeeper, sometimes just as a backup. This totally an incredible accomplishment for anyone from the USA soccer players. Brad Friedel has achieved thanks to spending years living in England. He only played one game at France 98 and then the entire tournament four years later in Korea and Japan. Still his World Cup record is arguably better than most American goalkeepers.
The great American soccer player retired from international football somewhat early in 2005. The Ohio native’s record with Blackburn Rovers, Aston Villa and Tottenham Hotspur has sealed his reputation as one of the best goalkeepers, America has ever seen.
Probably the most popular and most famous of the best American soccer players in history, Landon Donovan has very little left to prove as far as his reputation is concerned compared to his American peers. The most successful part of his short-lived stints in Europe is arguably his two loan moves to Everton in 2010 and 2012. Also his success as a member of the San Jose Earthquakes and then Los Angeles Galaxy in the MLS (American Soccer League) is bested only by his international career.
In total 156 caps and 57 goals (five of which came in the World Cup) and one of which he scored against Mexico in 2002 to bring the USA to the quarterfinals. Last year’s World Cup was quite a misery for the best American Soccer player, getting out of the precious squad. But that doesn’t change a bit to his popularity among the general soccer fans in America. All these consideration makes him the first choice as best of the USA soccer players in our list.
Boxing is a combat sport. It is one of the highest paying sports too. In boxing, two people engage in a contest of strength, reflexes, speed, endurance, and will power by throwing heavy punches with gloved hands against each other. Amateur boxing is included in both Olympic and Commonwealth games. Boxing has become a common fixture in most of the major international sports in the world. Boxing is one of the most ancient sports in the world. The game is very much popular around the world. Thus boxers have become the dream players to every boxing loving people. Any ranking of the best boxers of all time in the history is subjective. It may be prone to underrating, overrating and disagreements of all sorts.
Rating the greatest boxers is a daunting task like picking the best athlete in any kind of sport. It is absolutely a measure of a fighter at his peak and how the boxer is compared to and fared against the other great boxers in his era.
However, no matter how you slice the list, no two people will ever have the same list. That’s the beauty of boxing I should say.
Top 10 Greatest Boxers of All Time
Sporty ghost is going to give you a brief review on Top 10 Greatest boxers of all time. Some of them enlightened their names as the famous boxers in the ring, some of them became legend in the history book.
Let’s take a look on all these best boxers of all time and feel free to leave a comment about the top 10 greatest boxers of all time in sports history.
10. Willie Pep
He is one of the finest boxers and had a boxing era from 1940-1966. Willie Pep has a record of total 229 wins out of which 65 are knockouts. In his long career, he only lost 11 matches. Willie was the first featherweight World Champion and has been one of the famous boxers in his time. He is better known for his fitness and speed and is considered to be one of the best boxers of the 20th century.
Willie Pep’s name was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 1990. He is the No. 10 in our list of top 10 greatest boxers of all time.
Henry Armstrong was a member of the exclusive group of fighters that have won the boxing championships in three and more different divisions. He is the only boxer to hold three boxing championships at the same time, holding the welterweight, lightweight and featherweight world titles for a short time in 1938. Henry Armstrong defended his welterweight title for a record 19 times.
He reigned the boxing world from 1931-1945, winning 150 times out of which 100 were knockouts. He lost 21 matches in his boxing career. Although he started his career on the losing end, he gradually got on the winning streaks. The Ring magazine ranked Armstrong as the second best boxers of the last 80 years. Also Bert Sugar ranked him the second greatest boxer of all time in boxing history. We have selected him for No. 9 spot in our list of top 10 greatest boxers of all time.
Rocky Marciano, the American professional boxing player who was the World Heavyweight Champion from 1952 to 1956. He is the only boxer to hold the world heavyweight title without a bout tie or defeat during his entire boxing career. Rocky defended the title six times against Joe Walcott, Ezzard Charles (twice), Ronald La Starza, Don Cockell and Archie Moore. He has been ranked by many boxing historian as one of the best boxers of all time.
Rocky Marciano had an incredible boxing era from 1948 to 1955. During his time in the ring, he is amongst the hardest punchers in boxing history. He holds the record of 49 wins with 43 knock outs and zero losses. Undoubtedly, he was considered as one of the greatest heavyweight boxers of all time. He marks his spot at No. 8 in our list of top 10 greatest boxers of all time.
Julio Cesar is a retired Mexican professional boxer and has gained the fame as the greatest Mexican fighter of all time. He is the six-time world champion in three weight divisions of boxing and was considered as the best pound-for-pound fighter in the world. His boxing career spanned from 1980 to 2005 and has a spectacular record that speaks for himself. Julio Cesar has a record of 107 wins and 80 knock outs with only 6 matches’ losses. Probably that another main reason to keep his name in this list of top 10 best boxers of all time.
During his 25-year career, he won WBC Super Featherweight in 1984, WBA Lightweight in 1987, WBC Light Welterweight in 1989, IBF Welterweight in 1990 and WBC Light Welterweight in 1994. Chaves also has the record of longest undefeated streak, which is 13 years.
He was one of the famous boxers with his outstanding punching power, devastating body attack and his relentless stalking on the opponents. His name was inducted in the prestigious International Boxing Hall of Fame for 2011 class. He remains at No. 7 in our list of top 10 greatest boxers of all time.
Mike Tyson is a former undisputed heavyweight champion of the world. He holds the record as the youngest boxer to ever win the WBC, IBF and WBA heavyweight titles at only 20 years 4 months and 22 days old. Tyson won the WBC title in 1986, defeating Trevor Berbick by a knock out in the second round. The following year, he added the IBF and WBA titles after defeating James Smith and Tony Tucker. He is one of the best heavyweight boxers of all time, who simultaneously hold the WBC, WBA and IBF titles and he is the only to successively unify them.
During his time from 1985 to 2005, he has been a legendary boxer. In early 90s, Mike Tyson was the name of a living threat who knocked out all the contender who came in front of him. He has a record of 50 wins out of which 44 were knock out wins and lost 6 matches. The sensational spark, Mike Tyson is the 6th boxers among the Top 10 greatest boxers of all time list.
Jack Dempsey, “The Manassa Mauler”, was an American professional boxer and a cultural icon of the 1920s. From 1919 to 1926, he was the one holding the World Heavyweight Championship. He was known for his aggressive style and exceptional punching power. Many of his boxing matches set financial and attendance records which included the first million-dollar gate. Jack Dempsey was listed at 10th on the Ring’s list of greatest heavyweight boxers of all time and he also ranked 7th among Top 100 greatest punchers. Dempsey’s name was inducted into The Ring’s Boxing Hall of Fame in 1951.
He is definitely, the most brutal and entertaining boxer in the boxing history. Jack was a wild boxer in his time with a total 66 wins out of which 51 were knock out wins and with losses of 6 matches. We have included this great boxer at No. 5 in our list of top 10 greatest boxers of all time.
Jack Johnson, nicknamed as “The Galveston Giant” was the first African American World heavyweight champion. Jack’s career was full of controversies, when he was charged with violating the Mann Act in 1912, even though there was an obvious lack of evidence. The charge was finally proved to be largely racially biased. A documentary was made about his life, where Ken Burns noted,
“For more than 13 years, Jack was the most famous and the most notorious Afro-American on Earth.”
He reigned from 1897-1945 and was unbeatable for more than 10 years. Jack Johnson had a remarkable record of 73 wins where 40 were KO wins and 13 losses. The Giant is at No. 4 in our list of top 10 greatest boxers of all time.
Sugar Ray Robinson, nicknamed as “Sugar“, is the greatest American boxer of all time. His outstanding performances in the welterweight and middleweight divisions in boxing prompted the sports journalists to create “pound for pound” ranking, where fighters were regardless of weight. He inducted himself into the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 1990.
From 1943-1951, Robinson went on a 91 fight unbeaten streak, which is the third longest in professional boxing history. During that period, he held the world welterweight title and in latter year he won the middleweight title as well. Ray Robinson became the first boxer in the history to win the divisional world championship five times. He was named ‘Fighter of the year’ twice, first in 1942 and then over 90 fights later in 1951.
Robinson was one of the best boxing talents that the world ever witnessed. With his amazing powerful punching ability, he is the No. 3 in our list of top 10 greatest boxers of all time.
Muhammad Ali, born Cassius Clay Jr., is a famous American boxer. He is generally considered among the greatest heavyweight boxers of all time in sport’s history. Undoubtedly he can be the favorite choice for anyone when listing top 10 boxers of all time. Ali is widely regarded for the skills he displayed in the ring as well as the values he exemplified outside the ring. According to Sports Illustrated magazine he is the “Sportsman of the Century“.
Boxing became his life while he began his training at 12 and at the age of 22, he won the world heavyweight championship defeating great Sonny Liston in a stunning upset in 1964. He converted to Islam and changed his name in 1975.
Muhammad Ali’s boxing era lasted 21 years, from 1960-1981. In every aspect of boxing, Ali was just marvelous. He was exciting, outspoken and an undefeated boxing champion during his time. He built a record of total 56 wins out of which 37 were knock out wins. Ali had only 5 losses in his entire career. Beside a famous boxer, Muhammad Ali is also a boxing promoter. We consider him to be put at No. 2 in our list of top 10 greatest boxers of all time.
Joseph Louis Barrow, nicknamed ‘The Brown Bomber’ is the boxer we are looking for. He is the one who was considered ‘The Man Who Beat the Hitler’. The American iconic boxer, Joe Louis has a record of 66 matches, 52 knock out wins and only 3 losses. He was the world heavyweight champion from 1937 to 1949. His championship reign lasted 140 consecutive months, during which he fought in 26 championships, a 27th against Ezzard Charles, a challenge to his heavyweight title and so is not included in Louis’ era. He was undefeated in 25 title defenses, an amazing record for any division.
In 2005, Joe Louis was ranked as the No. 1 among the greatest heavyweight boxers of all time by the International Boxing Research Organization. During the period of Second World War, his role was more than a boxer and his fights had political, social and international significance. Louis is an American National hero and also a symbol of pride. He is the No. 1 in our list of top 10 greatest boxers of all time.
There is hardly anyone who didn’t hear about Dwayne Johnson’s name. Although he is more familiar with the name “The Rock”, he is the one and only to become a true superstar from WWE. He is now a semi-retired professional wrestler in WWE. Dwayne the rock Johnson is best known for his stunning body physique and exceptional footlight. He is now a dominating actor in Hollywood. He has already won many hearts by his brave acting in the industry of movies. He is one of the heavyweight stars in the movies as well as in the ring. Today, we will approach to 10 interesting facts about Dwayne Johnson. Hope you will love the facts. So, let’s not waste time.
Top 10 interesting facts about Dwayne Johnson
Dwayne Johnson or “The Rock” is a very popular figure in United States. His diversified career is well enough to entrap your attention. There are many unknown Dwayne Johnson facts that you might want to know. Here they are-
10. The “Rock-Foley” duo in WWE
Dwayne rock Johnson attained his most desirable first Tag-Team championship by making an ally with Mick Foley. It was one of the most unpredictable partnership in WWE. It is surprising to mention that, both of them started their career at the ring as enemies of each other. Eventually, they found their common interest to dismantle the Big Show-Undertaker duo. So, they heedfully formed the most disputable tag team in WWE’s history. Their partnership was regarded as “Rock n’ Sock connection”. The “Rock-Foley” duo defeated the Big Show in 1999 segment of RAW and won the Tag team championship title for the first time.
9. “The Rock Says” is a best seller
Dwayne Johnson co-wrote an autobiography, titled “The Rock Says…”, which was published in 2000. Astonishingly the book went at no. 1 The New York Times Best Seller list and continued for several weeks. The Rock biography is based on Dwayne Johnson family legacy of wrestling. His struggles and rise in professional wrestling are also focused in the book. It is spotted at no. 9 in the list of 10 interesting facts about Dwayne Johnson. The book went viral to every WWE fans. In fact, the book paved the way for him to be is an unquestionable superstar in WWE and later in his life.
Dwayne Johnson was a professional football player before he moved into WWE. The Rock joined the Calgary Stampeders of Canadian Football League in 1995 after finishing his college. He was enrolled as a backup linebacker in the squad. During his time with the Calgary Stampeder’s, he earned $150 weekly salary. Ultimately, he was cut down from the Stampeders squad and found his home at WWE. In 2007, he returned to the Miami Orange Bowl featuring the University of Miami’s last home football game.
7. Madame Tussaud’s Museum, the 2nd home
When someone becomes extremely famous, he or she is supposed to be awarded. Dwayne Johnson is one of them who earned the legacy as a WWE wrestler and a movie star. He is a genuine legend in WWE, winning numerous WWE championships. When he entered Hollywood, after retiring from wrestling, he also achieved significant milestones as an actor. On April 2002, Dwayne Johnson wax statue was revealed at Madame Tussauds in New York as a recognition of his remarkable achievements . The Rock posed next to his newly unveiled wax statue and won millions of hearts of his fans. It is really interesting that we have selected the fact to be included in 10 interesting facts about Dwayne Johnson.
6. His connection with the dictionary
“The SmackDown” is the self proclaimed word by the Rock, which was used by him in the Thursday night special of WWE. The smackdown is a lethal blow which he supposed to land on various parts of opponent’s body. Soon it became the show of Rock himself. Smackdown show was debuted in April 1999 in WWE and finally the show originated as one of the main events. The word “smackdown” was added in the Merriam-Webster dictionary database in 2007 and stands at no. 6 in our list of 10 interesting facts about Dwayne Johnson.
5. His wrestling names
We all know him by his famous name “The Rock”. But, before adapting that name, he tried two other names, “Flex Kavana” and “Rocky Maivia”. He dropped Flex Kavana as WWE felt that it was suitable name for the world stage of wrestling. Then he moved to “Rocky Maivia”, combining his father and grandfather’s name. His grandfather, “High Chief” Peter Maivia was a professional wrestler, which made the Rock first third-generation wrestler in WWE. His dad, Rocky Johnson was the first black tag team champion in WWE. He again decided to drop the name as he felt his family’s legacy might hold him back. Eventually he ended up to “The Rock” during Raw is War promo.
His father, Rocky Johnson is a black nova scotain origin, while his mother is of Samoan origin. Dwayne Johnson family is rich in multi-cultural heritage. He is actually an African-American descendant , who left United States with the British after the end of American revolution. He also has some Irish ancestry from his father’s side. His paternal grandparents, Lilian and James Bowles were both of African origin, while his maternal grandparents, Ofelia Fuataga and Fanene Pita Maivia were Samoan with wrestling background. Dwayne Johnson ethnicity is widely diversified and his incredible wrestling talent is inherited from both sides of his family.
3. The Rock in Guinness book of world records
Dwayne Johnson has achieved the glory of being a powerful actor in Hollywood in a very short period of time. He acted in many Hollywood action movies. In his first feature film, “The Scorpion King”, he was paid a whopping $5.5 million, which was regarded as a world record for any actor in his first leading role. Gradually, he became a worthy successor of Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger. It is one of surprising facts about Dwayne Johnson that, he was the second choice to play the Willy Wonka role in Tim Burton’s “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory”.
Dwayne Johnson generally doesn’t use his stage name “the rock” outside the wrestling circuit. Although, he rarely uses his ring name “the rock”, anyone isn’t permitted to use the name. it’s because, Dwayne Johnson is now solely owns the right of the name “the rock”. According to IMDB.com, he also owns many of his catchphrases associated with his wrestling career at WWE.
1. The Rock’s charity
Dwayne Johnson seems to be a the toughest and strongest wrestler with extreme physique in WWE. He used to give a verbal smackdown to his every opponent in the ring. The other side of the rock is totally different. Outside the ringh, he is the most sincere stars, who always shows his affection towards charity. Dwayne Johnson has donated $2 million to the University of Miami for the construction of Robert and Judi Prokop Newman Alumni Center. The facts of his charity is at no. 1 in our list of 10 interesting facts about Dwayne Johnson. He also founded “Dwayne Johnson Rock Foundation” in 2006 to serve the high-risk and severely ill children. He is indeed a tough man with soft heart.
Portuguese footballer Cristiano Ronaldo is often regarded as one of the best player in football history. At a very young age, Ronaldo was immediately snapped up by English club Manchester United, where his talent as a winger was spotted by the legendary manager Ferguson. Day by day developing his game and skill, the lethal winger joined another big stage, which was already prepared with worthy opponent.
At Real Madrid he has broken some of the most important goal scoring record that had stood for many years. Most of his unforgettable achievements are also with this Spanish giant side. Ronaldo is also the captain of the Portuguese national team and led them to win the first ever UEFA European Championship. And now at this time with a record five times ballon d’Or award Cristiano is surely to be your interest.
Trivia Questions and answers on CR7:
Here we bring some of the most asked and top favorite trivia questions and answers on Cristiano Ronaldo. Hope you’ll enjoy, and don’t forget to comment with necessary corrections for the questions and answers.
# What is Cristiano Ronaldo’s full name?
Cristiano Ronaldo Dos Santos Aveiro. His father, chose the name Ronaldo for his son as his favorite actor was Ronald Reagan.
# Where & when, Ronaldo was born?
Ronaldo was born in Funchal, Madeira Islands in 1985.
# Cristiano Ronaldo family profile?
Jose Diniz Aveiro (father), Maria Dolores dos Santos Aveiro (mother)
Cristiano Ronaldo Jr, Mateo Ronaldo and Eva Ronaldo (twins)
And recently Alana Martin Ronaldo – daughter born to Cristiano Ronaldo and Georgina Rodriguez on November 12, 2017.
# Who was the first manager to ‘discover’ Cristiano Ronaldo?
Cristiano was first spotted by Gerard Houllier when he was only 16. But Liverpool couldn’t decide to fund for that young age of a football player.
# Who was his youth inspiration to become a footballer?
Rui Costa and Fernando Couto
# Which club was Ronaldo playing with before joining Manchester United?
It’s true that Cristiano started his football career in CF Andorinha and CD Nacional. But very soon his skills attracted Sporting Lisbon, a renowned Portuguese Football Club.
# How did Cristiano Ronaldo become CR7?
Cristiano Ronaldo wanted No. 28 while joining the Premier league giants, Manchester United. However, Sir Alex Ferguson, the then manager for the red devils, inspired Ronaldo to take the No. 7 shirt.
It was a very exciting and happy proposal for him at that time, as it was previously worn by David Beckham and Eric Cantona. Even after joining the Spanish best side he was also awarded thus to be named as CR7.
LeBron James is considered as one of the best ever player in the history of basketball. An incredible combination of skills, including height, strength and leaping ability make him as one of the world’s best athletes. His glamorous profile makes the people interested about him. Here you will get 10 Facts about LeBron James that you may not have heard before.
#1. LeBron James basketball career
LeBron holds a number of records in basketball game. He had also received many awards. That is why; people are very much interested to know the facts about LeBron James.
Here are details of her record:
He was selected as MVP in NBA 2012 Final.
He was selected as MVP many times in NBA.
He was the first forward who completed 8.0 assists per game on average.
He was the youngest player that has scored 40 points in a single game.
He is the greatest basketball player who has achieved gold medal in 2008 and 2012’s Olympic game.
The interesting facts about LeBron James is his great ability; ambidextrous. He writes and eats with his left hand, while on the other hand he shoots and makes layups using his right hand. It is his awesome ability that will draw your attention.
Very few people has this kind of ability. Most of the basketball players are either left handed or even right handed. But LeBron comes with a magical power with both of his hands! It is one of the popular LeBron James of facts!
#3. Favorite School Subject
Another noteworthy fact about LeBron James is that his favorite school subject was art. His strange shoe designs prove that he is very much interested in art. It is one of the facts about LeBron James that definitely will make his fan smiling who also love Art as a subject. He also comes with some natural art talent!
#4. Close friendship with Jay Z
LeBron James builds a very much friendly relationship with Jay Z. They often used to take pictures together and caption these “La Familia”. Their friendship also draw the attention of media. They often become the top news of media. So it definitely takes its place to the top ten facts about LeBron James.
#5. Shaping History
LeBron James was the first African-American person who has been featured in the cover page of the Vogue. So it becomes one of the remarkable facts for LeBron James. He made a history and made all the African American proud for him.
Though LeBron was not born in an economically well family, but he has overcome his poverty. When LeBron was in the senior year of his high school, he used to live in government subsidized housing. That time his mother took out a loan to buy a Hummer as LeBron’s 18th Birthday gift.
#7. Football Career
One of the most unknown facts about LeBron James is his football career. He was a very good football player in his high school period. During his junior year in high school he had considered to build career in football. Most of the people know him as a basketball player and when they heard about this, they become surprised, but it is one of the true facts about LeBron James and his football career was not that much bad. Though it was not that much glorious, however, he enjoyed it a lot.
#8. The youngest Rookie of the year ever
LeBron James is the youngest player who has broken 40 points in a game. He was the first and only youngest player of breaking 40 points in his first NBA game.
LeBron James continued to his excel in the NBA professionally the following season. It was upping his points per game on an average 27.2. It was a great success for him. He also made NBA history in the year of 2005 and it is one of the popular facts about LeBron James. He became one of the youngest players to score 50 points plus just in one game. This awesome player was selected for NBA All-Star games for the very 1st time, a great feat he would repeat for several times over his next few seasons.
In the year of 2006, LeBron James started to help his team defeat the most popular Washington Wizards in the 1st round of the playoff action. His Career also take a new step from there, the Cavaliers also took on Detroit Pistons in Eastern Conference semifinals.
LeBron James scored on an average of 26 points per game in the postseason match-up, however, it was not enough to secure the victory for the team LeBron James. While the team of LeBron was not at the highest of rankings, LeBron James himself started to continue receiving recognition for the abilities. He is also known as the most Valuable Player in all stars games NBA in the year of 2006. These facts about LeBron James are also very popular.
#9. Gloria, LeBron Jame’s mother, gave birth of LeBron when she was only 16
LeBron’s dad left him and his mom just after the birth of LeBron. He and his mom moved 12 times when his ages were between 5- 8. LeBron also exposed that he has missed more than 100 days of his school when he was just in his fourth grade.
#10. Fun facts about LeBron James
When LeBron was in the second year of his high school, he as selected for the all-state football team.
LeBron James nickname is King James. He bears a tattoo written “Chosen 1”.
When he was 18, he was selected as the youngest NBA player.
LeBron James’ weight is about 250 pounds and he is 6 feet 8 inches tall.
Though LeBron is left-handed, most of his shoots come from his right-hand.
Outside of NBA, LeBron James has also worked to help other people. He established his LeBron James Foundation in the year of 2004, along with his mother. His mother names is Gloria. Both of them work together to help out children as well as also the single-parent families. Among many of its programs, this social organization has built playgrounds in the areas which are economically disadvantaged as well as also hosts a super annual bike-a-thon.
The Jamaican speed star Usain Bolt is regarded as the fastest human being on earth. The sprinter is currently holding both the 100 metres and 200 metres world records. The reigning Olympic champion Usain Bolt scored his best timing in 100 meters which is 9.58 sec in Berlin 2009. He achieved the record by reaching a speed of 12.2 meters per second. The astonishing 100 meters timing is the best ever since the fully automatic time measurement technology has emerged. He is a very popular athletic figure. The sports loving people all over the world cheer his style after winning a race. Usain Bolt is a very joyful character in the athletic world. Usain Bolt speed is amazing to watch.
Bolt won a total 6 gold medals in the last two olympic games he appeared. He made the Jamaicans proud by winning gold medals in all three categories of sprinting (100m, 200m, 4×100m relay). He is one of the most successful athletes in the world. Everyone wants to know the secrets behind Usain Bolt speed and his amazing success.The 2016 summer Olympics in Rio, Brazil is knocking at the door and Usain Bolt is preparing hard to mesmerize the world once again. So, our team tried something here to find out the causes. Our prime target is to find out how fast is Usain Bolt on the tract and the reasons behind Usain Bolt fastest speed. Here are the top 10 secrets behind Usain Bolt speed.
Top 10 secrets behind Usain Bolt speed
The main reason behind Usain Bolt speed and his gold medal winning ability is that the sprinter has built one of the best bodies on earth. His 6’5” and 207 pound frame of body is one of mankind’s most sculpted bodies. He is an inspirational role model to any athlete. You can steal his fitness, but you will never catch him on the track. There are some reasons other than fitness in his grand success. We have figured out some of the Usain Bolt speed secrets.
1. Less dynamic with more dragging force
The writers in the European Journal of Physics calculated that Usain Bolt attains his maximum power when he is at half of his maximum speed. The team also discovered that nearly 8% energy produced by his muscles are used for motion and rests are absorbed by drag. Considering Bolt’s body mass, air temperature and tract altitude, the team found out that his drag coefficient is actually less aerodynamic than that of the average man.
When comparing Bolt’s body mass, the altitude of the track and the air temperature, they found out that his drag coefficient – which is a measure of the drag per unit area of mass – was actually less aerodynamic than that of the average man. It is the drag effort that makes him untouchable. The enormous amount of energy absorbed by his drag is truly extraordinary.
2. Extraordinary large stride
Cambridge University’s John Barrow analyzed on Usain Bolt speed and found that his extraordinary large stride length is the main reason behind Usain Bolt record run. His vast lengthy stride gives him fastest time in the run. He has a very supportive body structure with lots of fast twitch muscle fibres, which allow him to respond quickly. He may be even quicker if he gets support from slightly stronger tail-wind. Top speed of Usain Bolt got it’s limit at Berlin when there was a tail-wind of only 0.9m per second. On the other hand, most of the runners need 45 strides to complete 100m. But, Bolt only need 40 strides because of his 6’5” height.
Usain Bolt has been under the total guidance of Glen Mills, who coached majority of the Jamaican sprint stars. Sprinters like Yohan Blake and Asafa Powell were also supervised by Mills. He took the Bolt job in 2004 just after Athens Olympics. He acted as a head coach of Jamaican national athlete team from 1987 to 2009. Initially, Bolt was interested to run only 100m. But, it was his coach Glen Mills who motivated him and got him on the track to run 200m and 4x100m relay. And then rest is history. Mills holds the key behind all the secrets of Usain Bolt speed.
4. Feet like springs
Max Prokopy from University of Virginia studies the secret behind Usain Bolt speed. On his opinion, Bolt has tremendous genetic advantages which allow his feet springs off the ground with 453 kg of forces. The normal person can generate only 226 kg of force. This double spring energy is the another major reason for his unbelievable fastest speed. He can create an enormous motion with those spring like feet which is enough to break records after records.
5. Usain Bolt diet
Usain Bolt’s personal chef always works hard to ensure that his body remains rock-hard. The athlete indulges the superfood containing 177 calorie per cup. The diet is calculated to provide him 34% of daily vitamin C requirement, 40% of vitamin B6 (energy booster) and 26% daily Potassium requirement. Usain Bolt diet includes Ackee and Saltfish, yellow yam and potato at breakfast, chicken breast and pasta at lunch, Rice and peas at dinner. A simple calculated diet plan indeed.
6. Symmetrical legs
A study has been suggested that the Jamaicans have particularly symmetrical legs than the Europeans. The research also showed that children with symmetrical legs, particularly at the knees, have the tendency to sprint. When they become adult, they gain a perfect body structure with long legs, which give them big advantages as a sprinter. Usain Bolt is physically perfect Jamaican sprinter like Yohan Blake, Asafa Powell, Nesta Carter and Steve Mullings.
It seems strange that fear is one of the secrets behind Usain Bolt speed. Yes it is. On the tract, he always pretends that he is being chased by something. In his words,
“I just visualize all the runners are big spiders and then I got super scared. It’s the fear that I always try to run from.”
8. Usain Bolt workout
Usain Bolt is very much concern to maintain his body physique. He goes to gym in a routine basis. In fact, he has to do huge leg work at the gym in order to run faster. He does a lot of hamstring curls, leg extensions and focuses on his core. At the gym Usain Bolt targets not to get bulky. He always try to keep his body weight static. It helps him to float like a feather and run faster than wind.
A perfect athlete maintains a schedule of working and rest. But Bolt is very much fond of sleeping. He is not tensed about waking early in the morning and going to gym. He is little bit lazy in this case.
Usain Bolt is the fastest athlete in the world. But still he is thirsty to break his own records, one after another. He runs with his soul in every race on the tract. He is becoming untouchable day after day. He is supposed to be get prepared for the upcoming Rio 2016. It is his own competition, where he always wins. Usain Bolt speed will cross the limit once again. The world is waiting to see another Olympic gold medals in his pocket and breaking his 9.58 sec in 100m.
There has been a huge payment gap between the sexes, which is still not been completely resolved as of 2017. Women are paid considerably less for the same job in almost all aspects of society but their responsibilities remain as their male co-workers. In cases of most sports, this condition applies for female athletes too. The arena of women soccer is not an exclusion. As a simple consideration, we can count David Beckham while being paid millions of dollars a year, the women in this list only earn thousands of dollars a year for the same career in soccer. And this fact is still true when considering additional money from corporate sponsorship. Famous male soccer players earn millions of dollars more than their female counterparts in soccer cleats endorsement deals.
Of course, there is something more than archetype of sexism. As a matter of fact, we all know, women’s sports aren’t watched by as many people as the male version. Some even may argue that women aren’t taught to stick up for themselves during salary negotiations.
Whatever the reasons, we are trying here to build up a short list of 10 highest paid female soccer players in 2017.
Most of the salaries are put together under the National Women’s Soccer League rules, which means players are free to play in other countries while still representing their home countries in international competitions. And most of these richest female soccer players from America. They are also considered to be the most famous players of 2017 women soccer world.
All salaries of these highest paid female soccer players have been converted to their value in United States dollars. Another point to be noted, we are ranking here on estimated yearly salaries for the top paid female soccer players in America 2016.
Let’s check out, who is the highest paid female soccer player in America 2017?
10. Hope Solo – $ 22,000
Hope Amelia Solo is better known as Hope Solo, one of the attractive most female soccer player from Richland, Washington, United States. She is a proud part of the women’s national football team of the United States. While, the 35 year old goalkeeper is also attached with the famous Seattle Reign club and bears the number 1 on her jersey.
Hope Solo joined Seattle Reign in 2013 and has played 34 matches since then. She began playing for the United States in 2000 and already marked 159 matches in her glorious career. For her skill and performance, she has been conferred with the honors of the U.S. Soccer Female Athlete of the Year in 2009. The other two important achievements in her career are considered to be – FIFA Women’s World Cup Golden Glove in 2011 and the FIFA Women’s World Cup Bronze ball in 2011.
Sarah Huffman is another charming and talented soccer player, who was first noticed for her soccer playing abilities while being student of University of Virginia. She is still one of the top players in at her college since she won the NSCAA All-American, Soccer America MVP, and Virginia State Player of the Year awards so far.
Sarah Huffman started her professional career in the United States with various accolades and awards. She helped lead the Pali Blues in California to an undefeated season in 2012. She was traded to the Portland Thorns in 2014. With an estimated yearly total earning of $25,000, Sarah is considered the 9th in this list of top 10 highest paid female soccer players in America 2017.
Cecilia Santiago has quickly become a star for the women’s soccer world 2016. Her career started with Club Santos Laguna in 2010. She became more famous in North America when she decided to play for the Boston Breakers in 2013. In this very short period of time currently she is one of the most paid female soccer players in Mexico 2017.
Cecilia has not forgotten about her home country and that is easily figured out considering her achievements as goalkeeper for Mexico. Her skills helped Mexico achieve their first point ever in a Women’s World Cup event when her team tied against England in 2011. She was also the youngest player at the 2008 U20 World Cup in Chile while representing Mexico only at the age of fourteen.
Adriana Leon got an athletic scholarship for the University of Notre Dame women’s soccer team at her early age. She was quickly noticed when scoring the only goal for the Fighting Irish when they defeated Stanford Cardinal during the NCAA national championship tournament. And this achievement helped lead to Adriana being transferred to the University of Florida’s women’s soccer team. Her score again helped the Gators win a Southern Conference championship in 2012.
Adriana Leon started her professional career playing for the Boston Breakers before being traded to the Chicago Red Stars in 2013. And Leon has been an integral part of the women’s Canadian soccer team as her international women soccer presence. She is considered at number seven in this list of top 10 highest paid female soccer players in the world 2017.
Rhian Wilkinson grew up in an athletically driven Canadian family. Her family very much encouraged her to sharpen her abilities in women soccer. This support system helped Rhian earn a place in the women’s soccer team at the University of Tennessee later. And she became the Offensive Player of the Year for the Lady Vols in 2002. Then she came to play the Norwegian professional league for eight seasons, signed on to the Boston Breakers in the National Women’s Soccer League since 2013.
Her greatest achievements would occur while playing for Canada, when she helped the team win a bronze medal at the 2007 Pan American Games. Again in 2011 another gold medal at the Pan American Games. She also contributed the Canadian women’s team win an Olympic bronze medal at the 2012 London Olympic. Such achievements undoubtedly brings her in this highest paid female soccer players list of 2017.
Sydney Leroux was originally pursued in baseball like her parents. Finally she found herself enjoying soccer more when she attended Johnston Heights Secondary School. This led to her living with host families in the United States in order to be able to compete with the United States women’s national soccer team. Sydney quickly became a crucial part of the time and her achievements for the school peaked in her senior year. And now with an estimated $60,000 salary per year she stands at number five of most paid female soccer players in America 2017.
Sydney’s professional career technically started with the Vancouver Whitecaps in 2005. She was only fifteen years old at that time. Her ability to score the game winning goal against the Santa Clarita Blue Heat in the Western Conference Final made her the 2011 W-League Rookie of the Year. She was then accepted to play for the Atlanta Beat and Seattle Sounders Women teams in 2012. And successfully joined the most renowned Boston Breakers in 2013.
On the international soccer arena, Sydney’s decision to change her allegiance from Canada to the United States drew a lot of criticism from Canadian fans. But this didn’t stop her from helping the female soccer with extraordinary talent and performance.
Heather O’Reilly majored in education at the University of North Carolina and played for their women’s soccer team for three years. During her tenure there she scored fifty important goals. Her abilities quickly became noticed by soccer aficionados. Then she played for numerous professional teams, most notable one was for the Boston Breakers for the newly formed National Women’s Soccer League.
Heather’s accomplishments for the U.S. soccer team are most notable since she helped the Americans achieve numerous medals in recent years. She also helped the U.S. earn a bronze medal in the 2007 FIFA Women’s World Cup and a gold medal in the 2012 London Summer Olympics.
Probably here comes the most famous name in women soccer world right at this moment in America. The ultra-popular Alex Morgan started playing soccer when she was fourteen years old. She was named an NSCAA All-American while in high school. Then she went at the University of California and be the leading scorer for the California Bears. She became the youngest player on the 2011 U.S. team in the FIFA World Cup.
Alex Morgan also played an important part for the U.S. team at the 2012 Summer Olympics by scoring the game winning goal against Canada. Fans may point out that Alex has numerous deals with big corporations such as Coca-Cola which would put her yearly income above $70,000. But again we have to re-inform that this highest paid female soccer players list is based on the annual salary from their club or international teams.
Another great and most famous female soccer player in this list, Abby Wambach quickly showed herself to be tougher than most male soccer athletes. Abby had already scored over 140 goals during her tenure as a high school soccer player and was in the top 10 of recruits for women’s soccer. This led to Abby being admitted to the University of Florida so she could play for their women’s soccer team. She won multiple MVP honors and first-team All-American awards.
She had played for numerous teams on a professional level such as the Washington Freedom and the Western New York Flash. She has really shown her abilities on the international stage while playing the U.S. women’s national soccer team. Some of the remarkable achievements are- helping her team win a gold medal in the 2004 Summer Olympics, a gold medal in the 2008 Summer Olympics and another gold medal in the 2012 Summer Olympics. All this in total keep her name at stage two of this highest paid female soccer players list 2017.
Marta Vieira is currently the most valuable female soccer player in the world 2017. She began her soccer career when she was noticed by Helena Pacheco, another famous Brazilian female soccer coach at the age of fourteen. Marta had played for numerous small clubs in order to gain experience until she finally played for Umea IK (professional Swedish team) in 2004.
Her exceptional abilities helped make her popular to Swedish audiences until she decided to play for the Los Angeles Sol in 2008. Thereafter she went for playing with the Western New York Flash in 2011. Her greatest achievements would be for her home country as she helped Brazil win a silver medal in the 2008 Summer Olympics. Some even call her the female version of Pele, undoubtedly this is a great consideration for the highest paid female soccer player in our list..
One of the best things about the opening day of the new season of EPL is it’s the first opportunity for us to see our new signings. All 20 clubs have a considerable amount of money to spend due to the new TV money, coming into the Premier League.
We have listed top 10 English Premier League transfers in 2014. Here is it—
Top 10 English Premier League transfers in 2014:
1. Diego Costa
Atletico Madrid (Spain) to Chelsea
Transfer fees: €40 million
The Brazil-born Spanish striker Diego Costa, 25 joined Chelsea from Atletico Madrid after firing 27 goals in the La Liga, last season. In the World Cup 2014, his form was not promising at all, but Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho hopes Diego Costa will be the final piece in his title jigsaw.
2. Eliaquim Mangala
Porto (Portugal) to Manchester City
Transfer fees: €54 million
Although UEFA has imposed a spending cap on them for contravening Financial Fair play regulations, Manchester City found the funds to bring France defender Eliaquim Mangala to the Etihad Stadium. The 23-year-old defender spent last three years at Porto, winning two league titles and has played three times for France. Pellegrini is supposed to have some tactics with Man City’s defensive lines.
3. Alexis Sanchez
FC Barcelona (Spain) to Arsenal
Transfer fees: €44 million
It has been just twelve months they have signed Mesut Ozil from Real Madrid. Now again Arsenal flexed their financial muscles again with a big money move for Alexis Sanchez, the Chilean star forward, who can play wide or as a central striker. Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger said about Sanchez,
“ He will add creativity, power and much quality to our squad.”
4. Cesc Fabregas
FC Barcelona (Spain) to Chelsea
Transfer fees: €36 million
After playing long three years for Barcelona, the former Arsenal captain Cesc Fabregas returns to the English Premier League and this time with Chelsea. Fabregas will come up against old mates for the first time on October 5, when Arsenal will visit Stamford Bridge.
5. Ander Herrera
Athletic Bilbao (Spain) to Manchester United
Transfer fees: €36 million
Following an aborted transfer in the summer of 2013, Ander Herrera has become one of the first new recruits during Van Gaal era at Old Trafford. The midfielder has impressed in pre-season matches with his slick distribution.
6. Romelu Lukaku
Chelsea to Everton
Transfer fees: €35.3 million
21-year-old Belgium playmaker Romelu Lukaku elected to join Everton on a permanent basis, having scored 16 goals while on loan at Goodison Park last premier league season. Everton was too desperate that they broke their club record to sign him and the manager Roberto Martinez said Lukaku was “worth every penny”
7. Luke Shaw
Southampton to Manchester United
Transfer fees: €34 million
19-year-old defender Shaw joined Manchester United in a move that made him the fourth most expensive defender in the history. In fact, Shaw is a Chelsea fan but that doesn’t change the fact that making to the move to Manchester United, particularly under the shadow of the world-class coach Louis Van Gaal, the most exciting one he could make.
8. Adam Lallana
Southampton to Liverpool
Transfer fees: €31 million
Another Southampton player who pastures new after breaking into the England National Team, the attacking midfielder Adam Lallana left St Mary’s after eight years of service. The two-footed, versatile Lallana can play in any position in support of the striker.
9. Lazar Markovic
Benfica (Portugal) to Liverpool
Transfer fees: €25 million
The 20-year-old Serbia international winger Markovic is one of the most promising attacking players joining EPL this summer. Liverpool manager Brendon Rodgers hopes it will soften the blow of Luis Suarez’s departure. For Benfica, Markovic scored seven goals in 49 appearances in last season as the club won the domestic treble and reached the Europa League final.
10. Frank Lampard
New York City FC (USA) to Manchester City
Transfer fees: Loan
After playing 13 years for Chelsea, the 36-year-old Frank Lampard is now leaving New York City FC, only to be immediately loaned to their sister club Manchester City. On September 21, the England midfielder will come up against his former Chelsea teammates for the first time.