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Fan predicted Vardy's rise in 2012

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 By Chris Wright

Fan earns belated plaudits for predicting Jamie Vardy's rise in 2012

Former England striker Paul Mariner salutes present England forward Jamie Vardy on breaking the Prem goalscoring record.
Leicester City striker Jamie Vardy has broken Ruud Van Nistelrooy's record, extending his goal streak to 11 matches.

Having come from the non-leagues to the top of the Premier League goal-scoring charts in the space of just a handful of seasons, the rise of Leicester City striker Jamie Vardy is one you can probably best describe as "meteoric."

However, back in January of 2012, at least one football fan felt compelled to earmark Vardy (then of Fleetwood Town) for great things.

In fact, the fan was so sure that Vardy would continue on his remarkable ascent up the English football pyramid that he went and openly instructing...

 By Chris Wright

Look out, Messi! 90-year-old great-grandmother shows off kick-up skills

Proving that age is but a number, a 90-year-old woman from Norway has recently gone viral in her native land after a video demonstrating her impressive ball-juggling prowess made the social media rounds earlier this week.

Despite being a great-grandmother, Ase Marie Nordhagen, who hails from the small town of Sauda, admits that she can't walk past the football she keeps in her hallway without stopping and popping off a few choice skills.

Speaking to Norwegian paper Dagbladet, Nordhagen revealed...

 By Chris Wright

Birthday boy Roberto Mancini pranked by Inter players

With Roberto Mancini turning 51 years young on Friday, several of the more mischievous members of Inter Milan's senior squad decided to treat their manager to a traditional South American birthday prank.

Having secretly stashed a big bag of flour at the side of the pitch before training, Fredy Guarin, Felipe Melo and Mauro Icardi proceeded to sneak up on the unsuspecting Mancini and dump it all over his head!

 By Chris Wright

Barcelona and Brazil star Neymar nails the rabona challenge

ESPN FC's Shaka Hislop says Real Sociedad were lambs to the slaughter in their 4-0 defeat by Barcelona.
FC Barcelona striker Neymar has been praised as the world's best by his current and former coaches.
The ESPN FC panel answer your tweets on Neymar being the second best player on the planet, Liverpool or Tottenham and more.

As one of the most marketable players on the face of the planet, Neymar spends an awful lot of his down time filming commercials and generally lending his image to a whole cavalcade of products and brands.

Indeed, the Barcelona forward's latest commercial endeavour saw him tasked with demonstrating his pinpoint accuracy by clipping a ball through one of several targets cut in a canvas sheet hung in the goalmouth.

Neymar being Neymar, of course he went and dispatched a rabona into the top corner at...

 By Chris Wright

Justin Bieber forms unlikely alliance with Southend United

Justin Bieber is the unlikely inspiration behind a League One player's scoring spree.

Having failed to trouble the scoresheet in his 17 previous outings, Southend United midfielder Ryan Leonard has cited an unlikely source of inspiration for his sudden return to scoring form -- Justin Bieber.

Indeed, Leonard has now notched three goals in his last four appearances for the Shrimpers, and has openly admitted that he has his new-found faith as a Belieber to thank.

"Since we started playing Justin Bieber (in the dressing room), I've starting scoring again," he told the Southend Echo.


 By Chris Wright

Buzz Lightyear and Nemo get their own football kits!

As a pet project to keep himself occupied, graphic designer Martin Turner designed a batch of fantasy football kits inspired by characters from his two favourite Pixar movies, Toy Story and Finding Nemo.

The results are really rather fantastic, with the likes of Buzz Lightyear, Woody, Nemo and Dory all receiving their very own personalised strips complete with appropriate design details, colourways and shirt sponsors.