Mourinho, Logan Paul, Guardiola: Today's trending stories in world sport

  • Kobe Tong

View a round up of some of the sporting world’s trending stories on March 29th, 2022…

Meet the ‘world’s strongest referee’

If you think that Pierluigi Collina staring you down is the most intimidating sight in football, then you haven’t met the absolute unit that is Anderson Daronco.

Nicknamed the ‘world’s strongest referee’ across social media, images of the muscly Brazilian official have been doing the rounds and it’s fair to say that the 41-year-old looks after himself.

Amid claims that he boasts 44cm biceps and weighs in at 90kgs, Daronco even looks like an adonis when he’s going up against Hulk and there are images to prove it…

Read more: Anderson Daronco: Brazilian dubbed the ‘world’s strongest referee’

Soccer Football – Brasileiro Championship – Flamengo v Palmeiras – Estadio Maracana, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil – May 30, 2021 Referee Anderson Daronco REUTERS/Sergio Moraes

The moment Guardiola told Hart he was finished at Man City

Hart’s decline from one of the world’s best goalkeepers to an inconsistent journeymen has been really tough to watch, and it all started when Pep Guardiola slammed the brakes on his City career.

It’s no secret that the former England number one was axed for his perceived lack of ball-playing ability, but now the man himself has opened up on how the decision went down in more detail than ever.

Listening to how Guardiola articulated that he wanted his number one goalkeeper at City to play in a different style to Hart’s is both fascinating and sad to hear in equal measure.

Read more: Joe Hart: Man City icon recalls moment Guardiola told him he was finished at the club

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Video of USA’s Luca de la Torre being the best teammate

Luca de la Torre unofficially holds the title of ‘football’s best teammate’ after the USA’s 5-1 win over Panama in World Cup qualifying due to a video of his actions going viral across social media.

Aptly titled: ‘Best teammate: Luca de la Torre,’ the video shows how the American went above and beyond to protect his compatriots from opponents and match officials in various different scenarios.

We all need a friend like De la Torre.

Read more: Football’s best teammate? Video of USA’s Luca de la Torre goes viral

Soccer Football – Carabao Cup – Third Round – Millwall v Fulham – The Den, London, Britain – September 25, 2018 Fulham’s Luca de la Torre celebrates scoring their second goal REUTERS/David Klein EDITORIAL USE ONLY. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or “live” services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. Please contact your account representative for further details.

The shortest XI in the Premier League

While the Premier League might have its feet up at the moment due to the international break, we couldn’t resist playing with various concepts around the current batch of players.

And given that top quality players come in all different shapes and sizes in England’s top-flight, our curiosity ran wild when we crunched the data to find the shortest XI in the competition.

From Ballon d’Or-contending stars to former England heroes, the Premier League’s shortest XI might not have tape measures extending to breaking point (simmer down, you) but it’s certainly not short on quality.

Read more: Kante, Lanzini, Azpilicueta: Who are the Premier League’s shortest players?

Soccer Football – Premier League – Newcastle United v Brighton & Hove Albion – St James’ Park, Newcastle, Britain – March 5, 2022 Newcastle United’s Ryan Fraser in action with Brighton & Hove Albion’s Pascal Gross Action Images via Reuters/Lee Smith EDITORIAL USE ONLY. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or ‘live’ services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club /league/player publications. Please contact your account representative for further details.

Logan Paul impresses in WWE training

YouTuber-cum-boxer-cum-wrestler Paul is set to make his in-ring debut for the WWE at WrestleMania 38 with the company having now released some interesting training footage.

And to be fair to the controversial internet star, he certainly appears to be putting in the hard yards alongside The Miz with plenty of fans unabashedly admitting to being impressed with him so far.

Read more: WWE WrestleMania: Logan Paul seriously impresses in training ahead of debut

Jun 3, 2021; Miami Beach, Florida, USA; YouTube star Logan Paul poses for the media at Villa Casa Casuarina. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

7 times Jose Mourinho predicted the future at Man Utd

The ‘Special One’ said some pretty wild things during his two-and-a-half-year stint at Old Trafford and there were many a fan and pundit who mocked him for those statements at the time.

And while not everything that came out of Mourinho’s mouth saw him give Mystic Meg a run for her money, we’ve found at least seven times that he predicted the future during his United tenure.

From his comments on Marcus Rashford as a striker to finishing second in the Premier League, it’s hard not to read Mourinho’s analyses and think that we should have paid more attention at the time.

Read more: Jose Mourinho at Man Utd: 7 times he predicted the future at Old Trafford

Soccer Football – Champions League – Manchester United Press Conference – Allianz Stadium, Turin, Italy – November 6, 2018 Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho during the press conference REUTERS/Massimo Pinca

Max Verstappen’s insane precision at Saudi Arabian GP

The Jeddah Corniche Circuit has gained quite the reputation for its ruthlessness with tight and narrow sections of the track meaning that serious collisions with the wall are an inevitability.

The so-called fastest street circuit in the world is about as unforgiving as race tracks come, but the Formula 1 champion himself seems to have gotten the tight corners down to an art.

That’s because remarkable footage has shown Verstappen mastering one of the corners in Saudi Arabia with such an insane level of precision that we have no idea how he didn’t touch the wall.

Read more: Max Verstappen blows F1 fans away with Saudi GP precision around corner

Formula One F1 – Saudi Arabia Grand Prix – Jeddah Corniche Circuit, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia – March 27, 2022 Red Bull’s Max Verstappen celebrates on the podium with the trophy after winning the race REUTERS/Hamad I Mohammed
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