Ronaldinho’s skills at nine revisited

And with those teeth it could hardly be anyone else! In the ad called “Joy”, the future Barcelona striker (26) displays all the trademark talents that have turned him into the world’s best footballer. Ronaldinho said: “I am doing exactly what I dreamed when I was a kid ‘ like being well-known and being recognised in the streets.” Fans might drive Drogba away from Stamford Bridge Didier Drogba could be driven out of Chelsea by abuse from his own fans. That is the fear of the man who brought up young Drog, his uncle Michel Goba. Former pro footballer Goba was at Stamford Bridge last Saturday when Drogba was booed by Blues fans, despite scoring both goals in the 2-0 win over Manchester City. Goba said: “I believe Didier could leave if he kept hearing whistling from Chelsea supporters. He is being made to feel very alone at the moment. “He simply cannot understand how he can be elected Man of the Match and have some of Chelsea’s own supporters turn against him. He is very disappointed by that. “It is not right that Didier should carry all that people complain about in modern football on his own back. It would not surprise me if he looked to go elsewhere in the event some Chelsea fans keep insulting him.” Shearer testimonial sold out Newcastle captain Alan Shearer’s testimonial game has sold out. The 35-year-old will say his farewell to fans in front of a packed house at St James’ Park on Thursday, May 11 with the proceeds ‘ expected to top ‘1 million ‘ going to charity. Long queues formed last Friday morning as the last remaining tickets went on general sale for a game which will see a Newcastle XI take on Celtic. Shearer’s 202 goals in 400 appearances for the club make him their record scorer and, although he will end his career on Tyneside without a trophy, the night promises to be a major celebration. Shevchenko fed up with Blues rumours Andriy Shevchenko is fed up with constant rumours linking him to Chelsea. The AC Milan striker is one of Roman Abramovich’s favourite players and the billionaire has made no secret of his desire to bring him to Stamford Bridge. But Shevchenko (29) insists he is happy in Italy and is not interested in joining the Premiership champions. He said: “I am annoyed by the Chelsea rumours and I have three years remaining on my contract. Today, I only think about Milan and ending the season in the best way.” O’Neill offered Newcastle job Martin O’Neill has been officially offered the job as Newcastle manager. Toon chairman Freddy Shepherd made a formal offer to the former Celtic and Leicester boss at Stamford Bridge after the FA Cup quarter-final defeat against Chelsea. A Newcastle insider said: “Martin was always the man Freddy wanted to replace Graeme Souness and he offered him the job outright on Wednesday. Martin has all the qualities Newcastle want and now the club is waiting for his answer.” It is understood Shepherd has offered O’Neill a four-year deal worth ’10 million. But O’Neill, who quit football to nurse his sick wife, will not make a decision on his future until he has been interviewed for the England job. I’ll be back in time: Owen Michael Owen has told Sven Goran Eriksson he will play again inside a month. The ’17 million Newcastle striker gave Eriksson a massive scare after undergoing another operation on his broken right foot. But Owen insists he will be fit for this summer’s World Cup finals in Germany and has pencilled in a comeback date of April 22. The England striker suddenly decided to have a fresh operation to tighten a screw in the metatarsal he broke in a collision with Spurs goalkeeper Paul Robinson on December 31. However, even if Owen returns for Newcastle’s home Premiership clash against West Brom on April 22 it will leave him just two further games before the end of the season ‘ at Birmingham on April 29 and against Chelsea on May 7. England also have two friendly matches against Hungary and Jamaica before jetting off to the World Cup finals which would give Owen further match practice. Don’t betray England, FA told Sam Allardyce has told the FA they would be betraying the nation if they appointed another foreign manager. He believes the country wants an Englishman to replace Sven Goran Eriksson in the summer ‘ and insists he is the best man for the job. Allardyce said he would be the people’s choice if he can guide Bolton to fourth place in the Premiership to qualify for the Champions League. He said: “Everyone in this country would feel betrayed if the FA overlooked an English coach. There’s public demand for an Englishman right now and that should be taken into consideration.”

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