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Messi tells it all! Why he dyed his hair and more

Barcelona star Lionel Messi shocked the world when he went from black to blonde hair a few weeks ago. He is not your typical Neymar, who changes his look every other season, so you can understand our shock.

Though many have wondered why he went for such a drastic change, the Argentina captain has not said anything until now. He revealed that he needed a fresh start after Argentina’s Copa America failure.

“One particularly tough day I dyed my hair, I had to start again from scratch. I said to myself, ‘I have to make a clean break and start over”, he explained during an interview with cult Argentine comedy figure ‘Mingo’ on Telefe’s ‘Polemica en el bar’.

When quizzed about if his son will be following in his footsteps, he revealed his son’s lack of interest in the sport that made him so popular.

“I try not to give Thiago balls as presents, he doesn’t like football much,” he said. “We’ll see if he gets into it now as he’s started playing in a club.”

Time will tell, we definitely would like to see Thiago break records in football just like his father did.

 

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US Open: Johanna Konta crashes out of last 16

England’s No. 1 tennis star Johanna Konta is out of the US Open, after suffering a shock defeat to Latvia’s Anastasija Sevastova.

Konta lost 6-4 7-5 against Sevastova, who is ranked 48 in the world. Though Konta fought back all through the course of the game, she was no match for the Latvian, who broke free with a clean serve to win.

The 26-year old Latvia international, who has been making a come back from retirement since 2013, will move on to the next round to face Denmark’s Caroline Wozniacki in the quarter-finals.

 

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Allardyce off to a winning start

Sam Allardyce was all smiles as his debut match as England’s manager ended with a last minute win courtesy of Adam Lallana’s stoppage time goal against 10-man Slovakia in Group F.

The talented midfielder, who was definitely the hero of the match, snatched all three points for the Three Lions when he slid a low strike under Matus Kozacik.

Speaking after the match, Allardyce couldn’t contain his excitement at sealing a win on his debut.

“A 10-man scenario means you must win,” he told ITV. “It’s difficult to break them down. They’re going to try that bit harder, defend that bit longer.”

“But finally we got what we deserved and, in the end, it was in the last minute and perhaps their goalkeeper shouldn’t have stayed down injured so long. It might have been a different story.

“I think Theo Walcott’s was definitely a goal because it looked like it came off their defender. So it looked like it wasn’t going to be our night.

“We hit the post, we had 20 attempts at goal, they had seven and not many on target. We have dominated the game and in the end got a very important win.”

 

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Gernot Rohr promises a winning team to Nigerians 

New Super Eagles handler is optimistic about the future after the Super Eagles claimed a narrow win in the AFCON qualifier against Tanzania on Saturday.

Rohr has now vow ahead of the upcoming World Cup qualifier against Zambia, that he and his assistants will build an outstanding team, as he praised the quality of the players.

“We are a new team and just getting to know each other but I know my players have the quality to play good football,” Rohr told media.

“We played against Tanzania who put many players behind the ball and we needed time to break them down.

“Their goalkeeper was excellent. He denied us many opportunities to score. But our quality is not in doubt. We had a Tanzania team with a very good goalkeeper and there was need for patience, the players had to wait for the good moment to score the goal. We want to build a team with a good defence, a good spirit, who can win games.”

 

Written by Doyinsola Olaniyan

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