Dirty Tackle

  • What to do at the World Cup if you want a big money transfer to Barcelona or Real Madrid

    Brooks Peck at Dirty Tackle5 hrs ago

    A strong showing at the World Cup can do great things for player's career. Barcelona and Real Madrid have now each signed two players who raised their profiles through a variety of methods at the 2014 World Cup and, in the process, they have revealed exactly what a footballer must do on the sport's biggest stage to maximize their value.

    Let's see what over-reaching conclusions we can draw from these moves.

    Name: Claudio Bravo Position: Goalkeeper Country: Chile Transfer: From Real Sociedad to Barcelona for  € 12 million What he did: Kept a clean sheet against Spain in the group stage and helped Chile to the round of 16, where they lost to Brazil in a penalty shootout. Bravo was one of many great keepers in this tournament, but if Chile had made it past the host nation, his fee could have been significantly higher.

    Name: Toni Kroos Position: Midfielder Country: Germany Transfer: From Bayern Munich to Real Madrid for € 30 million What he did: Helped Germany win the World Cup with two goals and four assists and was the highest rated player at any position in FIFA's Castrol Index Rankings.

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  • Mario Balotelli demonstrates unique ironing method in brilliant Instagram video

    Brooks Peck at Dirty Tackle14 hrs ago

    Confirming former Italy manager Cesare Prandelli's assertion the day before that Mario Balotelli is "fundamentally a good guy" who "lives in a place that is far away from reality," the Milan striker posted a video on Instagram of himself dancing while ironing a shirt, reading Zlatan Ibrahimovic's autobiography and listening to Biggie Smalls.

    Given all the Puma product placement (and the fact that Mario is ironing right over the logo of his shirt), there's a good chance this is a viral marketing campaign. But Balotelli executes it so delightfully that it really doesn't matter. This is how I like to imagine he does all of his ironing.

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    Brooks Peck is the editor of Dirty Tackle on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him or follow on Twitter! Follow @BrooksDT

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  • James Rodriguez hugs manhandled pitch invader during Real Madrid presentation, prompts copycat

    Brooks Peck at Dirty Tackle15 hrs ago

    Having completed his € 80 million move from Monaco to Real Madrid, World Cup Golden Boot winner James Rodriguez was presented at the Santiago Bernabeu in front of about 46,000 fans on Tuesday. Wearing the No. 10 shirt left vacant when Mesut Ozil departed last summer, Rodriguez kicked balls into the ravenous crowd, which was filled with yellow Colombia shirts.

    One of those supporters decided to invade the pitch and hug his hero, which quickly resulted in security staff violently dragging him to the ground. Rodriguez didn't appreciate the aggressiveness with which they did their job, so he tried to calm the situation by hugging the pitch invader a second time and giving him a ball as he escorted him away.

    Seeing how lovely Rodriguez was to the man, another pitch invader attempted to bum rush the Colombian star just as the commotion was starting die down. He too got a ball for his efforts, but not much more.

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  • Cristiano Ronaldo dodges giant dandruff balls in ridiculous shampoo commercial

    Brooks Peck at Dirty Tackle18 hrs ago

    Cristiano Ronaldo has starred in many, many advertisements, but this one for Clear shampoo is both the best of them all. In this commercial, Ronaldo is inside a pinball game called "Dandruff Attack." So right from the start you know that this viewing experience is going to change your life for the better.

    Ronaldo is then forced to dodge giant dandruff balls (clearly labeled "dandruff" because a company called Clear doesn't mess around with subtlety) Matrix style before headbutting a hologram of a shampoo bottle like he was Pepe and the nonexistent shampoo bottle was Thomas Muller. Finally, with his scalp's "natural protection layer" activated, he is able to head a dandruff ball into obliteration, which he celebrates as if he scored a goal.

    The ad then ends with Ronaldo running his hand over his impenetrable hair helmet while giving you bedroom eyes.

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  • Boxer Tyson Fury mistakenly challenges Liverpool Ladies' Lucy Bronze on Twitter

    Brooks Peck at Dirty Tackle1 day ago

    Frustrated by opponent Dereck Chisora pulling out of Saturday's scheduled heavyweight bout with a fractured hand, boxer Tyson Fury took to Twitter and attempted to call out the next man on his list, Deontay Wilder. But instead of using Wilder's @BronzeBomber Twitter handle, the undefeated, 6-foot 9 Fury ended up using the @LucyBronze handle of Liverpool Ladies defender Lucy Bronze instead.

    After former heavyweight champ David Haye twice backed out of fights against Fury under similar circumstances, the Manchester born fighter was apparently too incensed by having a match crumble at the last minute for a third time to bother checking his rants before tweeting. So, he ended up including the oddly punctuated call-out of "@LucyBronze I want u punk.?"

    For the record, this is Lucy Bronze, 22-year-old England international who became the first British player to win the NCAA Cup with the University of North Carolina in 2009...

    And this is Deontay "The Bronze Bomber" Wilder...

    Lucy Bronze did see the humor in the situation, though. She tweeted her amusement before declining to fight Fury.

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  • Dimitar Berbatov scores exceptional volley, proves that he doesn't need preseason

    Brooks Peck at Dirty Tackle1 day ago

    Despite a long career filled with beautiful goals and accolades, Dimitar Berbatov still gets tagged as lazy. But this simply isn't true. In actuality, he's just extremely talented, surprisingly graceful, and smart enough to know that you don't always have to sweat to get the job done.

    The Berba demonstrated all of this once again during Monaco's friendly against Colombian side Atletico Junior. Just before halftime, a deflected shot from outside the box looped into the general vicinity of Berbatov, who adjusted to connect with a powerful volley behind his body for the match's only goal.

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