Young fan has Lionel Messi’s face shaved into his head and it is…interesting

Having your favorite player’s face shaved into your head is always risky. Art that is performed with a buzzer is probably a little more challenging than tattoo art, so you have to be a pretty diehard fan to go for something like this. As you can see, this young soccer fan opted to have his barber shave Lionel Messi’s face and name into the back of his head. We’re going to have to agree with the folks at Dirty Tackle on this one — it came out looking like a Picasso painting.

Maybe that was the goal. For all we know this kid could be a huge Pablo Picasso and Lionel Messi fan and is now the recipient of the greatest haircut ever. I will say, however, that if he wants people to know the face on the back of his head belongs to Messi, I’m glad he got the name trimmed in as well.

West Ham’s Carlton Cole has your dumbest Valentine’s Day Tweet

You know who found their way into the doghouse on Valentine’s Day? I’m guessing West Ham forward Carlton Cole did. Either that, or his significant other has one heck of a sense of humor. The photo above was tweeted by Cole on Tuesday with the following message: “Here I Got Your Present “Happy Valentines Babes” I Love You ahahahahahahahahahhaha.” As you can see, he had prepared an array of gifts for his lady that included everything from laundry detergent to a nice shiny iron. At least he threw in a bottle of champagne so she can drink on the job, right?

It’s pretty bad when Mark Sanchez is more romantic toward one of his wide receivers than an athlete is to their Valentine. If the recipient of this gift is anything like the women I’ve been around, it was an early Valentine’s Day night for Mr. Cole on Tuesday.

H/T Dirty Tackle

Soccer player Alessandro Del Piero credited with helping girl awaken from coma

Professional athletes — or at least the modest ones — often remind us that they are not heroes. Firefighters, policemen and policewomen, and doctors are the real heroes. At the moment, the Scalise family may disagree. Giada Scalise is a 12-year-old girl who suffered a brain hemorrhage and went into a coma on Jan. 22 while watching a Juventus match on television. Her family believes a video message from Juventus captain Alessandro Del Piero helped her overcome her condition.

After two weeks without improvement, the Scalise family asked Del Piero if he would record a video message that they could play for their daughter. The night the message was played for Giada, her father says she began to overcome her coma.

“That night (after listening to the message) something special happened,” Giada’s father Francesco said according to Italy’s ANSA news agency. “First she moved her hand and then after a few hours she called out ‘mamma.’ Then after about 24 hours she talked and asked for an ice-cream.”

Del Piero’s message said the following: “Hello Giada, I’m Alessandro Del Piero. I hope you can wake up as soon as possible to watch lots of our and my games, to come and see us and, above all, get to know each other.”

Perhaps it was a coincidence, but Del Piero is a hero to the Scalise family. Whether it was a natural occurrence or the result of a message from her favorite player, the Scalises are fortunate enough to have their daughter back.

H/T Dirty Tackle

Alex Morgan to appear in Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue (Pictures)

For the average person, Friday is a good day and signals the end of the work week. This Friday, however, should be a good day for all people. Friday morning’s edition of S.I. Hot Clicks revealed some tremendous news that should give us all something to look forward to. U.S. Women’s soccer star Alex Morgan is featured in this year’s Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue, which comes out Feb. 14. You know the body paint section we’ve all grown to love over the years? Yeah, she’s doing that. Here is a preview:

Several months ago Morgan said all the attention she had been receiving was a “little weird.” One Twitter avatar featuring her six pack abs and a Swimsuit Issue later, and I’d say she’s doing just fine in the spotlight.

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Man at Everton Soccer Game Handcuffs Himself to Goalpost to Protest Airline

A man delayed the soccer game between Everton and Man City Tuesday evening by running onto the field and handcuffing himself to a goalpost. Police had to use bolt cutters to free him from the post after a delay in the game.

So what kind of person handcuffs himself to a goalpost during a soccer game? Someone with some serious motivation.

The man in question is believed to be John Foley, the same man who staged a protest of Ryanair Airline in 2010. He protested at the airport last August and at a horse racing festival last March. The man apparently was upset with his daughter’s firing by the airline so this was his way of getting back at them.

I will give him credit for creativity, and for getting his message across two continents. Now that’s impressive. Here’s a look at the video:

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Soccer Team Bayern Munich Fakes Signing to Boost Facebook Likes

There are marketing companies whose entire job is to figure out how to boost an organization’s social media profile. I’m guessing none of those marketing firms would recommend deceiving your fan base to do so, but that’s what German soccer club Bayern Munich did.

Early Thursday, the soccer team announced on its Facebook page that it had signed a new offense player. They said they would have a press conference later in the day to announce the signing, and fans had to “like” their group on Facebook to see it.

Low and behold, they had not signed a player. Instead they drove fans to the Facebook page to promote a new app. They eventually apologized to their fans after suffering some backlash. Here’s the translation of the message from Bing:

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Did too Much Sex with Melissa Satta Lead to Kevin-Prince Boateng’s Injury?

A.C. Milan midfielder Kevin-Prince Boateng is out with a thigh injury sustained last weekend against Inter and is likely to miss four weeks. The Italian press and fans are giggling over a recent interview by his girlfriend and are wondering if too much sex has led to his injuries.

SI model Melissa Satta, who is dating Boateng, told Vanity Fair that she likes to have sex 7-10 times per week. She also told them her preferred sex position is on top.

Naturally it’s led to questions if all the sex has led to leg injuries for Boateng. After all, didn’t Lawrence Taylor used to send hookers to the rooms of opposing running backs before games to tire out their legs? And if sex led to an injury for Boateng, he wouldn’t be the first athlete we’ve covered who got hurt during sex.

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