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 By Chris Wright

Dries Mertens launches Twitter search for Guinean boy wearing his shirt

Napoli forward Dries Mertens has embarked on a Twitter search in the hope of tracking down a schoolboy from a village in southeastern Guinea after noticing the little chap was wearing one of his replica shirts in a National Geographic photograph.

As shared by professional photographer Pete Muller, the photo shows a class of young children being taught French by their teacher at the school in the small village of Meliandou.

 By Chris Wright

Alexis Sanchez plays piano along to John Legend song

It seems like only yesterday that Arsenal striker Alexis Sanchez was serenading us all into Christmas with a piano rendition of Richard Marx's 1985 ballad "Right Here Waiting For You," and now the Chilean maestro is back with his follow-up smash hit.

Playing at home, Alexis has demonstrated his progress by uploading a short snippet to Instagram showing him playing along to John Legend.

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Lionel Messi and Argentina attend Wizards game ahead of friendlies

Argentine football star Lionel Messi and his teammates were spotted today at the Pacers vs Wizards NBA game.

Lionel Messi and the Argentina national team are in Washington, D.C., ahead of a weekend friendly versus El Salvador at RFK Stadium. So what's one of the world's best players and his teammates to do with an off night in the U.S. capital? Head out to an NBA game of course. Messi sparked a mini-Twitter frenzy on Wednesday night as he was spotted in the stands, and behind the scenes, of the Washington Wizards' home loss to the Indiana Pacers.

 By Chris Wright

Dion Dublin gets new gig as daytime television presenter

Jack-of-all-trades and former footballer Dion Dublin is taking his real estate expertise to television.
Jack-of-all-trades and former footballer Dion Dublin is taking his real estate expertise to television.

"Moving into the media" is a tried and true post-retirement career path for a (lamentably) high number of footballers these days, with ex-professionals queueing up out of the door and around the block to offer their punditry services hither and thither.

However, it would appear that Dion Dublin is not only keenly pursuing a career in post-match analysis, but also, as of Wednesday morning, the former footballer has wandered into the slightly off-tangent world of daytime television too.

Indeed,...

 By Chris Wright

Zambian team pay price for elaborate goal celebration

Labouring under the illusion that they'd just scored a late winner during a recent game against Mozambican opponents Clube Ferroviario, Zambian side K-Stars went all out in their celebrations.

Not content with having a jig and a somersault just outside the Ferroviario penalty box, the K-Stars players decided to prolong the festivities by sprinting right across the whole pitch in order to applaud a group of school kids in the crowd who had been invited along as the club's special guests.

However,...

 By Chris Wright

Rodgers inspired Liverpool players with letters from their mums

Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers has a knack for using unorthodox methods to motivate players.
Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers has a knack for using unorthodox methods to motivate players.

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers is a blue sky thinker. This is common knowledge. The man is pioneering a brave new wave of progressive, jargon-heavy football coaching.

Of course, we're talking about the man who, at the very beginning of his first season in charge at Anfield, presented his entire squad with three sealed envelopes before instructing them that each contained the name of one player he thought would let Liverpool down that year.

Yep, just like every middle-management team-building...