Cristiano Ronaldo is heading to Saudi Arabia. After weeks of speculation about his next move following his contract with Manchester United getting terminated, the legendary Portuguese forward will join Al-Nassr of the Saudi Pro League on a record-setting deal that will pay him a reported $75 million a year, which will make the soon-to-be 38-year-old the most highly-paid player in world history.
Reports indicated for weeks this would be Ronaldo’s next move, and on Friday afternoon, the club revealed its new signing in a tweet.
History in the making. This is a signing that will not only inspire our club to achieve even greater success but inspire our league, our nation and future generations, boys and girls to be the best version of themselves. Welcome @Cristiano to your new home @AlNassrFC pic.twitter.com/oan7nu8NWC
— AlNassr FC (@AlNassrFC_EN) December 30, 2022
“I am fortunate that I have won everything I set out to win in European football and feel now that this is the right moment to share my experience in Asia,” Ronaldo said in a statement, per ESPN. “I am looking forward to joining my new teammates and together with them help the Club to achieve success.”
There are multiple media reports that indicate Ronaldo wasn’t just looking at Saudi Arabia for his next move. According to Taylor Twellman of ESPN and Tom Bogert of MLS, Sporting Kansas City came “very close” to securing Ronaldo’s signature.
Multiple @MLS teams inquired about Ronaldo and his future but 1 team was already at the table: @SportingKC
Their offer was so compelling that Ronaldo’s team had multiple meetings w/SKC before taking the Saudi deal. The package (wages/commercial) was said to be “very close”. #MLS
— Taylor Twellman (@TaylorTwellman) December 31, 2022
Sources can confirm: Sporting KC were the MLS team that came closest to signing Cristiano Ronaldo. Talks ongoing for weeks, it was a real possibility.
Package was very good. Plans were being made to make it happen. SKC had his "discovery rights" (i.e. path to sign him). Wild. https://t.co/MIXxIEPHHY pic.twitter.com/On4bRwasdo
— Tom Bogert (@tombogert) December 31, 2022
SKC had plans set for all the smaller details how a potential Ronaldo arrival would change things. Ownership involved in talks and others. Patrick Mahomes an example of a superstar in a "small market" which Ronaldo's camp liked.
Ronaldo officially signed in Saudi Arabia today. pic.twitter.com/eISas41Zm3
— Tom Bogert (@tombogert) December 31, 2022
Ronaldo returned to Manchester United in 2021 from Juventus after previously leaving the club in 2009 to join Real Madrid. After seeing his role change considerably under new manager Erik ten Hag this year, Ronaldo gave a now-infamous interview to Piers Morgan in which he was overly critical of numerous individuals at the club in November which sped up his departure.
By: Bill DiFilippo
Title: Report: Cristiano Ronaldo Was ‘Very Close’ To Joining Sporting Kansas City Of MLS
Sourced From: uproxx.com/sports/cristiano-ronaldo-very-close-joining-sporting-kansas-city-mls/
Published Date: Sat, 31 Dec 2022 01:56:57 +0000
Skill of the Week: Throw a Boomerang
A man’s ability to adapt to any situation is an important part of his masculinity. We’re republishing an illustrated guide from our archive every Sunday so that you can improve your manly knowledge week by week.
The process usually goes like this: You buy a boomerang in a toy shop because it sounds interesting. You can throw it in an open field. Throw it half a dozen times, only to hear it crash to the ground about 20 feet from where you are standing. Place the boomerang at the back of the closet and forget about it.
It’s easy to understand why boomerangs frustrate. It’s not intuitive like throwing a football or baseball. The key to a successful throw is the correct grip, throwing motion and evaluation of your circumstances. Make sure you are using a “returning” boomerang. Many of them are only for decoration and fly around as well as snow globes.
Ted Slampyak, Illustration
The Art of Manliness first published the Skill of the week: Throwing a Boomerang.
Curiosity Rover is Climbing Through Dramatic Striped Terrain on Mars
Just about every day we here on Earth get a breathtaking picture of Mars’s terrain sent back by a rover. But, the view from space can be pretty amazing, too. The Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) just sent back a thought-provoking picture of Curiosity as it makes its way up a steep ridge on Mount Sharp.
The rover is a tiny black dot in the center of the image, which gives a good feeling for what MRO’s HiRISE camera accomplished. For scale, the rover is about the size of a dinner table, sitting in a region of alternating dark and light bands of material on the Red Planet.
NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover appears as a dark speck in this image captured from directly overhead by the agency’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, or MRO. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/University of Arizona
The Curiosity rover is exploring an ancient ridge on the side of Mount Sharp, which is the peak of a crater on Mars. It’s sitting on the side of a feature called Gediz Vallis Ridge, and the terrains and materials preserve a record of what things were like when water last flowed there. That happened about three billion years ago. The force of the flow brought significant amounts of rocks and debris through the region. They piled up to form the ridge. So, much of what you see here is the desiccated remains of that flooding.
Debris flows are pretty common here on Earth, particularly in the aftermath of floods, volcanic eruptions, tsunamis, and other actions. We can see them wherever material floods through a region or down a slope. In a flood-based flow, the speed of the water combines with gravity and the degree of slope to send material rushing across the surface. A debris flow can also be a dry landslide, and those can occur pretty much anywhere on Earth where the conditions are right. Another type of debris flow comes from volcanic activity. That occurs when material erupts from a volcano, or when earthquakes combined with an eruption collapse material into the side of the mountain. That results in what’s called a “lahar”. Folks in North America might recall the Mount St. Helens eruption in 1980; it resulted in several lahars that buried parts of the surrounding terrain.
Now that scientists see similar-seeming regions on Mars, they want to know several things. How did they form? Were they created by the same processes that make them on Earth? And, how long ago did they begin to form? Curiosity and Perseverance and other rovers and landers have been sent to Mars to help answer those questions.
Understanding the Debris Ridge
Did any of these actions happen on Mars? The evidence is pretty strong, which is why Gediz Vallis itself is a major exploration goal for the rover. It’s a canyon that stretches across 9 kilometers of the Martian surface and is carved about 140 meters deep. Gediz was likely carved by so-called “fluvial” activity (meaning flowing action) in the beginning. Later floods deposited a variety of fine-grained sands and rocks. Over time, winds have blown a lot of that material away, leaving behind protected pockets of materials left behind by the flooding. The size of the rocks tells something about the speed of the flows that deposited all the material. Geological studies of those rocks will reveal their mineral compositions, including their exposure to water over time.
The Gediz Vallis ridge resulted from the action of water pushing rocks and dirt around to build it up over time. Planetary scientists now need to figure out the sequence of events that created it. The clues lie in the scattered rocks in the region and the surrounding terrain. Mount Sharp itself (formally known as Aeolis Mons), is about 5 kilometers high and is, essentially, a stack of layered sedimentary rocks. As Curiosity makes its way up the mountain, it explores younger and younger materials.
Oppenheimer Dominates Online Film and Television Awards
Thanks to reader Sammy for sending these in. Happy to see The Holdovers win a much-deserved Screenplay award. Online Film & Television Association Awards Winners Best Picture: OPPENHEIMER Best Director: Christopher Nolan, OPPENHEIMER Best Original Screenplay: THE HOLDOVERS Best Adapted Screenplay: OPPENHEIMER Best Lead Actor: Paul Giamatti, THE HOLDOVERS Best Lead Actress: Emma Stone, POOR […]
By: Sasha Stone
Title: Oppenheimer Dominates Online Film and Television Awards
Sourced From: www.awardsdaily.com/2024/03/03/oppenheimer-dominates-online-film-and-television-awards/
Published Date: Sun, 03 Mar 2024 18:20:29 +0000
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