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Cristiano Ronaldo’s ongoing battle with Lionel Messi shows no sign of abating, with the Real Madrid man now topping more Champions League charts.

The Portuguese teed up Karim Bemzema during a meeting with APOEL on Tuesday to record his 27th assist in Europe’s premier club competition over the last 10 years.

Nobody can claim to have bettered that return, with the four-time Ballon d’Or winner and recent recipient of the top award in the Goal 50 continuing to raise the bar when it comes to individual achievement.

 27 - Cristiano Ronaldo has provided more assists than any other player in  in the last 10 seasons. Generous.
Ronaldo already topped the charts regarding all-time Champions League assists, with his tally lifting him above Barcelona talisman Messi and other iconic figures such as Manchester United legend Ryan Giggs and Swedish superstar Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

He is also the leading marksman among the continental elite, as the only man to have netted more than 100 times among elite competition.

Ronaldo has endured uncharacteristic struggles for goals this season, but he remains a key figure for Zinedine Zidane’s side even when he is not finding the target himself.

The 32-year-old has just 10 efforts to his name in 2017-18, with just one of those having come in La Liga, but his remarkable strike rate in the Champions League has seen him set another benchmark. 

18 - Cristiano Ronaldo has now scored 18 Champions League goals in 2017; the record for a single player in a calendar year. Updated.

98 - Cristiano Ronaldo has now scored more goals for the same club than any other player in  history (Lionel Messi, 97). Immaculate.

Real will be hoping to see Ronaldo build on his midweek outing against APOEL and carry momentum towards the hectic festive period.

Thursday, 16 November 2017 00:00

The 20 most unusual footballer tattoos

Top level footballers are best known for their fancy footwork, flashy cars and extravagant hairstyles.

But with all the cash that comes with being a worldwide superstar, footballers are littering their body in tattoos - and some of them are incredibly peculiar.

From bizarre tributes to dodgy designs, there's a wide range of eye-catching body art on show around the world.

We've searched intently and put together the definitive list of weird and wacky ink.

Here's who we found - and remember, some of these are PERMANENT...

*shudders*

 
That's right Leo, you've made the list... (Image: AFP)

1. Alberto Moreno

Some times Liverpool left-back Moreno's bespectacled monkey holding a gun is perplexing.

The thigh tattoo is an enigma in meaning and taste.

Moreno only made 18 appearances for the Reds this season, with rumours abound that that is about hiding this monstrosity rather than his awful form.

 
Alberto Moreno tattoo
Monkey business (Image: Instagram/franco_tattoo)

2. Andres D'Alessandro

Some people get tattoos of their other half, children or even pets - but a tat of your own face is just plain weird.

Just in case his onlookers can't look all of two foot higher, the former Portsmouth man has plastered his own mug on his torso.

Even if you are the most handsome bloke in the world, which with all respect to D'Alessandro he ain't, this is just wrong.

 
Andres D’Alessandro getting tattoo of his face on stomach in Vertigem tattoo
'My ego is *this* big' (Image: Instagram/@vertigemtattoos)

3. Alessandro Diamanti

At a cursory glance at Diamanti's arms and you would think he is the king of an Italian prison.

On a closer look you notice his tats are the doodles of a teenage girl bored in double maths.

Smiley faces, peace signs, pool balls and random stars - all fine on their own but together not great.

 
Scribbles
 
Happy smiley people (Image: Reuters)

4. Ryan Mason

When a fan spotted this horror show during an England match he took to Twitter to ask why Mason "had a tattoo of his face when he was 12?"

The bicep blip is of what we presume is his mother - but it isn't very flattering.

First rule of tattoos: don't get tattoos of faces.

 
A 12 year old boy?

5. Uros Vitas

"Oh dear, oh dear, oh dear" - as the Chuckle Brothers once said.

This is the most terrifying tattoo on this list.

Why? Well look at it! It's a stretched out version of his wife's face, ON HIS TORSO.

Again, see the first rule of tattoos.

View image on TwitterView image on Twitter
 

6. John Stones

Stones has been showcasing his brand new tattoo of a middle-aged man wearing glasses throughout this season.

It has been reported that the tattoo depicts Barnsley legend Norman Rimmington, who passed away on December 26 last year at the age of 90.

A nice sentiment indeed if that is the case, but it remains one of the more bizarre pieces of bodywork you'll see - especially on the upper leg.

Throwing the claim that the tattoo is Rimmington into doubt, is the fact that the face appears to be accompanied by that of a woman's.

It has been suggested that the black and white portrait could therefore depict family members of the England international.

 
Stones' leg tattoo was spotted during England vs Brazil (Image: PA Wire)

7. Amato Ciciretti

Rule two of tattoos: don't get a tattoo of something which WILL go out of date.

This rule extends from girlfriends to memes.

Putting your Twitter handle on your body is utterly ridiculous - even more odd when you are a nobody playing in Italian second tier.

 
Make sure you follow (Image: Twitter/@Ciciretti)

8. Sergio Ramos

Tattoos need to be personal, have a nice meaning behind them.

But ideally they would be intelligible for someone who has at least a passing knowledge in you should know.

This from Real Madrid's last minute wonder needs a special tool to decipher.

Apparently Ramos had both 32 and 35 as shirt numbers when he was at Sevilla. He was 19 when he made his Spain debut. The 90 is still a mystery as far as we can tell.

 
Sergio Ramos hand tattoo
Handy (Image: Instagram/sr4oficial) 

9. Damien Delaney

Clowns are scary. It is a scientific fact.

Clown tattoos are really not scary.

This from Crystal Palace's Delaney is definitely one of the worst in the Premier League.

 
Damien Delaney's tattoo
Clowning around (Image: David Klein/Sport Image)

10. Artur Boruc

Oh no, we were very wrong about Delaney's clown being the worst tattoo in the Premier League.

Bournemouth's holy goalie Boruc out does him with a monkey - with the Pole's belly button being the *ahem* backside of the cheeky mammal.

To be honest we did have a little bit of a chuckle about this but that doesn't mean it isn't poor.

 
Making an a*** of yourself (Image: Rangers FC via PA)

11. Dennis Erdmann

If you are playing in the German third tier for Hansa Rostock you really need something to raise your profile.

Defender Erdmann did just that by getting a kiss from his girlfriend tattooed on his neck.

Unless you are standing right next to him it just looks suspiciously like he has the bubonic plague.

His father is a professor of experimental physics and diplomat and seemingly hogged all the brain cells.

 
Kissing shame (Image: Bongarts)

12. Marco Materazzi

What catches the eye first in this picture is the wings on Materazzi's back. They are actually quite cool.

But avert you eyes slightly right and you see a stack of trainers.

WHY!?!

Just looks like a poor sponsor's idea.

 
Just do it* *actually don't (Image: Getty)

13. Jay Bothroyd

Everyone's famous one-time England international who has also played in Thailand and Japan.

On first sight this is a horrific mix of guns, grenades and knives.

In reality it is much much worse than that - as it spells out the world "love".

No idea why he looks so smug of it in this snap.

 
Jay Bothroyd
Love is all you need* *no it isn't

14. Alberto Gilardino

We like to think of Champions League and World Cup winners as above rubbish tattoos.

But no, Italy, AC Milan, Fiorentina and a whole host of other top Italian sides, man Gilardino proves that idea wrong.

Even worse it is a tat of a children's TV character.

Yes, you might have a daughter, and yes, Peppa Pig is brilliant, but this is not acceptable.

 
Pigging it (Image: Getty Images Europe)

15. Ricardo Quaresma

Everyone knows teardrop tattoos signify either the amount of people you have murdered or the loss of a family member, or friend.

Quaresma has two. We hope it is for the second reason.

Anyway, this brings us to rule three: no tattoos on the face.

 
A crying shame (Image: AFP)

16. Nile Ranger

And this is why we have rule three - there is no reason for them. They are painful and look stupid.

We called out D'Alessandro in No.2 for putting his own face on his body, writing your own name is 10 times worse.

To make things even worse "Ranger" looks like "Ranges".

A complete faux of biblical proportions.

 
Nile Ranger posted this pic of his new tattoo on instagram
Name game (Image: nilepowerranger/instagram)

17. Dele Alli

What better way to celebrate your ascent into footballing greatness than with a tattoo?

Dele Alli obviously thinks so anyway, and he's decided to mark his fine season for Tottenham and England - as well as a second successive PFA Young Player of the Year award - by getting inked.

With what, you might ask? Maybe a lion to celebrate his status as one of England's best young players? Or something marking one of his great goals for Spurs? Or a children's cartoon character that you'd forgotten existed?

 
(Image: Twitter/SpursOfficial)

18. Leroy Sane

A tattoo of yourself is bad.

A huge tattoo of yourself on your back is worse.

But a huge tattoo of yourself on your back celebrating a goal (against Monaco) which ultimately proved pointless as Manchester City were knocked out of Europe?

That's unforgivable.

View image on Twitter
 Surely this can't be real? Leroy Sane has a tattoo of himself on his back..
 
 

19. Lionel Messi

You know that feeling you get when you look at Lionel Messi playing football?

That one where you are consumed with awe, adoration and respect?

Looking at Lionel Messi's tattoos don't give you that same feeling. In fact, the body art of the world's greatest player is now more likely to make you cringe.

Check out his latest effort: a new tattoo of his wife's lips… near his groin.

 
Loved up Leo (Image: CEN/Instagram/leomessi)

Messi has got his wife Antonella Rocuzzo's lips tattooed on the lower part of his abs, just above his groin.

The forward reportedly got the new ink in the summer and it is said to symbolise how he will always have his wife's kiss with him wherever he goes.

A lovely sentiment… which doesn't change the fact that it's largely awful.

20. Mauro Icardi 

We thought we'd save the best until last.

Check out this full body lion from Argentinian international Icardi, which he had completed earlier this year.

The Inter Milan star already had his arms covered, but he's upgraded with a giant lion, alongside the names of his two daughters.

When he revealed the finished product, he said that it took nearly half a year to complete.

And he hinted that it could yet get even more extravagant... but we're really not sure how that is even possible!

 
(Image: Instagram/mauroicardi)

As she powered her way to seven Wimbledon singles titles, Serena Williams could be forgiven for feeling a little excitable.

The 36-year-old champion is to marry Alexis Ohanian, 34, multi-millionaire co-founder of social news website Reddit, on Thursday— just 11 weeks after giving birth to their daughter, Alexis Olympia Ohanian Jr, The Daily Mail's Sebastian Shakespeare has revealed. 

The wedding is being held amid such secrecy that the guests have been informed only of the city where it will be held but not yet the venue.

However sources have told DailyMail.com that the couple, who met in 2015, will tie the knot in front of some of America's biggest names at the Contemporary Arts Center in New Orleans, including Beyoncé, Jay Z and Kris Jenner. 

Guests will not learn the details until Thursday morning.

Serena Williams and her Reddit co-founder fiance Alexis Ohanian will be married on Thursday in New Orleans in front of an A-lister crowd. They are seen here in the Louisiana city last month
Serena Williams and her Reddit co-founder fiance Alexis Ohanian will be married on Thursday in New Orleans in front of an A-lister crowd. They are seen here in the Louisiana city last month
The new parents, who welcomed daughter Alexis Olympia Jr on September 1, will tie the knot in front of their 250 guests at the Contemporary Arts Center (pictured) 
The new parents, who welcomed daughter Alexis Olympia Jr on September 1, will tie the knot in front of their 250 guests at the Contemporary Arts Center (pictured) 
Attendees will be banned from using their cell phones because Williams signed an exclusive deal with Vogue editor Anna Wintour to run the photos
Attendees will be banned from using their cell phones because Williams signed an exclusive deal with Vogue editor Anna Wintour to run the photos

An insider told DailyMail.com: 'Serena and Alexis have spared no expense on their dream wedding.'

The event is said to be costing more than $1 million to stage and is being organized by celebrity wedding planner Preston Bailey.

Among the guests could be Prince Harry's girlfriend, Meghan Markle. The American actress, who finishes shooting legal drama Suits this week for the final time, has been a friend of Serena's since 2014 and gushed earlier this year: 'We are both the same age, have a penchant for hot sauces, and adore fashion, but what connects us more than those things is perhaps our belief in exceeding expectations – our endless ambition.'

The star-studded wedding guest list includes Desperate Housewives actress Eva Longoria and the pop singers Kelly Rowland and Ciara.

The source says: 'They have hired the best of the best and can't wait to get married in The Big Easy. It's a special city for Serena and somewhere she has always loved.

'Serena and Alexis chose the Contemporary Arts Center because of its incredible architecture and history. They have instructed Preston to fill the hall with thousands of dollars worth of crystals and flowers. The hall will be totally transformed.'

The couple are said to be bringing a nanny along to the wedding to take care of their baby. 'Alexis will have a babysitter on hand just for her the entire night,' the source says. 'Both parents wouldn't dream of not having her there. She will be a part of the wedding as much as possible for an 11-week-old. They are totally and utterly besotted with her' 
 

The couple are said to be bringing a nanny along to the wedding to take care of their baby. 'Alexis will have a babysitter on hand just for her the entire night,' the source says. 'Both parents wouldn't dream of not having her there. She will be a part of the wedding as much as possible for an 11-week-old. They are totally and utterly besotted with her' 

Serena looked flawless and wedding dress ready on Monday night in New York, above, at her first red carpet since giving birth
Serena looked flawless and wedding dress ready on Monday night in New York, above, at her first red carpet since giving birth
 
Beyoncé and Jay Z will be at the nuptials Kris Jenner will also be in attendance
Among the star-studded crowd will be Beyonce, Jay Z, Kris Jenner and Ciara, among others
Williams and Ohanian planned their $1m celebration with such secrecy that even their A-lister guests won't know the exact location until Thursday morning
Williams and Ohanian planned their $1m celebration with such secrecy that even their A-lister guests won't know the exact location until Thursday morning

Guests will be banned from taking mobile telephones or other electronic devices to the ceremony because Serena has signed an exclusive deal with her British friend Dame Anna Wintour, editor-in-chief of American Vogue, for the glossy magazine to run photographs.

The couple are said to be bringing a nanny along to the wedding to take care of their baby.

'Alexis will have a babysitter on hand just for her the entire night,' the source says. 'Both parents wouldn't dream of not having her there. She will be a part of the wedding as much as possible for an 11-week-old. They are totally and utterly besotted with her.'

Approximately 250 people are expected to watch the couple get married and extra security has been brought in to keep any nosey onlookers out.

Last month it was announced that Serena, who has won 23 Grand Slam events in her illustrious career, would make her competitive comeback in January to defend her title at the Australian Open, the same tournament in which she beat sister, Venus, in the final while pregnant. 

A source said: 'Serena and Alexis chose the Contemporary Arts Center because of its incredible architecture and history. They have instructed Preston to fill the hall with thousands of dollars worth of crystals and flowers. The hall will be totally transformed'
A source said: 'Serena and Alexis chose the Contemporary Arts Center because of its incredible architecture and history. They have instructed Preston to fill the hall with thousands of dollars worth of crystals and flowers. The hall will be totally transformed'
DailyMail.com broke the story that the couple was in New Orleans in mid-October searching for a wedding venue with their  planner - seen here boarding their private jet afterwards
DailyMail.com broke the story that the couple was in New Orleans in mid-October searching for a wedding venue with their planner - seen here boarding their private jet afterwards

She said: 'I used to think I'd want to retire when I have kids, but no. I'm definitely coming back. If anything, this pregnancy has given me a new power.'

Ohanian proposed to the Olympic gold medalist, whose fortune is valued at £122 million, last December on a surprise trip to Rome. She announced their engagement with a poem on his website.

It read: 'At the same table we first met by chance, This time he made it not by chance, But by choice, Down on one knee, He said four words, And I said yes.' She had previously never commented publicly on their relationship.

Serena had been linked to Bulgarian tennis player Grigor Dimitrov, but the couple split up after a brief relationship. Dimitrov, who is 25, went on to date Russian tennis player Maria Sharapova, 30.  

Sergio Aguero fainted during half-time and was taken to hospital as Nigeria stunned Argentina in a friendly.

The Manchester City striker fell ill in the changing room. He was replaced by Dario Benedetto.

Aguero had earlier scored to put his side 2-0 up, becoming the Albiceleste's third-highest scorer in the process.

But he suffered health issues at the break and was forced to leave the Stadion FK in Krasnodar to be given medical attention.

He later recovered consciousness, according to TyC Sports.

 
Aguero in action before falling ill (Image: REX/Shutterstock)
 
The Argentine has eight goals in eight Premier League appearances so far this season (Image: AFP)

Aguero underwent tests in hospital as Nigeria came back to record a famous 4-2 win.

Arsenal's Alex Iwobi struck twice for Nigeria, including a stunner as he nutmegged Barcelona's Javier Mascherano before slamming home.

Aguero has eight goals in eight Premier League appearances for City so far this season, and his condition will be of huge concern for boss Pep Guardiola.

The Blues go to Leicester on Saturday while Arsenal host Tottenham.

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