Last week definitely had its share of political and pop culture drama but we liked that the news cycle was spiced up with events from the world of sports. Here are our winners and losers from the biggest newsmakers from the week that just passed. We like this list and we think you will too.
The Brazilian soccer star may have been the most Googled person in the world last week. Everyone talked about the historic transfer deal that saw Barcelona say goodbye to Neymar for a staggering, record-shattering, mind-numbing and certainly destiny-changing €222 million aka $264 million.
The highest the league world had seen pre-Neymar was Manchester United’s signing of Paul Pogba for $123 million in 2016. Although it’s been argued that PSG overpaid and Neymar may not be worth that amount of money, we will just let you know now those perspectives do not matter.
Al Jazeera broke things down and made a list of some of the things you could buy with the transfer fee. Six islands in Greece, a Boeing 787 Dreamliner among others. Now that should matter to you.
The French club played against Amiens in the Ligue 1 season opener and won by 2-0. That’s one thing.
Now Neymar was unable to play in that match due to delay in paperwork but he watched from the stands, he hasn’t even kicked a ball in PSG and the club has reportedly made €1 million just from the sales of Neymar No 10 jerseys. And it hasn’t even been one week yet.
Who else is considering a career switch?
It was one big surprise. 35-year-old Justin Gatlin came out of an 11-year suspension, a doping scandal and a life characterised with boos and jeers to beat world’s fastest, Usain Bolt in a 100 metre race in London.
Gatlin is not quite the hero. Maybe he was in his prime but over the years, he’s earned himself a one-year ban after testing positive to a drug test and has earned bad press too. For many, it hurts that Gatlin is the one who trumped Bolt’s final chance to seal his legendary status but maybe he deserved a second chance.
If nothing else impresses Bolt’s fans, this photo should.
This one lost his wife, his reputation and his sleep. Show us a bigger loser than British boxing champion, Amir Khan who took to Twitter to fire off tweets accusing his wife, Faryal Makhdoom of cheating on him with British-Nigerian boxer, Anthony Joshua. Our own Anthony Joshua o.
His first response was a clip of Shaggy’s 90s hit song “Wasn’t me” and that was epic then another tweet where he claimed he has never even met Khan’s wife.
But Khan the accuser finally got his own when his wife fired back with her own tweets and here’s the most fascinating one, “I think he just needs some attention because boxing hasn’t been going well for him so he’s just been acting up #30yearoldbaby”.
Bolt does not belong on this part of the list but then he lost the final individual race in his career to Justin Gatlin and sadly, that is how we will forever remember him.
But considering that Muhammad Ali lost in his last fight against Trevor Berbick and still remains unforgotten, Usain Bolt will also forever remain in our collective consciousness as a record-breaking sprinter, but with the clause: “He got beaten by Gatlin and Coleman”.