Rooney now Man United’s record scorer with 250 goals

first_img INCREDIBLE STRIKERS MANCHESTER, England (AP): It was a moment of drama and pride for Wayne Rooney but one tinged with disappointment for Bobby Charlton. Rooney overhauled Charlton yesterday to become Manchester United’s record scorer, coming off the bench to net his landmark 250th goal in stoppage time at Stoke to clinch a 1-1 draw in the Premier League. “(Charlton) came and congratulated me in the dressing room so I know he’s pleased in some way,” said Rooney, who has won the Champions League and five Premier League titles with United. “I’m a team player, but records are important. When you finish your career you can look back on it and it’s something to tell your kids.” Last January, Rooney moved past Denis Law to become United’s second-highest scorer on 239 and, now playing as a deep-lying attacker or in midfield, began the slow crawl to surpass the tally of club great Charlton – who was among fans watching the game against Stoke – that had stood since 1973. The 31-year-old Rooney, no longer assured of a starting spot in his 13th season at United, moved level with Charlton on January 7 and needed two more weeks to take the record outright. Rooney has scored 250 goals in 546 games. Charlton scored 249 in 758 matches. “I have become used to the honour of being the club’s all-time top goalscorer,” Charlton said. “We have had some incredible strikers here at Old Trafford and they have scored a lot of goals, but it has been fairly obvious for a while now that Wayne Rooney was going to be the one likeliest to break my record. “And now that day has come, I would be lying to say that I’m not disappointed to have lost the record. However, I can honestly say that I’m delighted for Wayne. He deserves his place in the history books.” Having already broken Charlton’s 49-goal England scoring record in 2015, Rooney has now completed possibly the final major feat of his illustrious – if turbulent – career. Setting the United goal record confirms Rooney as a modern-day great in English football, if not maybe the world game. Some will say he hasn’t quite reached the heights expected of him after bursting on to the international scene with such brio at the 2004 European Championship, or that he hasn’t kicked on from when he was arguably at the top of his game with United in the 2009-10 season. In that season, Rooney was at a level comparable to Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi. But his career has tailed off somewhat – save for certain standout periods – while Messi and Ronaldo have gone from strength to strength, competing on an annual basis for FIFA’s Player of the Year award. Yesterday’s results: Liverpool 2 Swansea 3; Bournemouth 2 Watford 2; Crystal Palace 0 Everton 1; Middlesbrough 1 West Ham 3; Stoke City 1 Manchester United 1; West Brom 2 Sunderland 0; Manchester City 2 Tottenham 2.last_img read more

Luka Modric named UEFA player of year

first_img0Shares0000Real Madrid’s Luka Modric named 2018 UEFA player of the yearMONACO, Principality of Monaco, Aug 30 – Luka Modric of Real Madrid and Croatia on Thursday received the accolade of UEFA Player of the Year in Monaco after his Champions League exploits.“My father always pushed me to fight for my dreams, I owe him a lot for everything,” said Modric, whose silky midfield skills helped Real to a third straight European crown and then propelled Croatia to the World Cup final. “It’s incredible moment for me, I feel really excited and proud of this great award,” said the 32-year-old, who started out at Dinamo Zagreb and then had four years with Tottenham before Real prised him away six years ago.Modric, whose success sets him up as a favourite to win the Ballon d’Or world player of the year accolade, saw off former Real teammate Cristiano Ronaldo and Liverpool’s Egyptian striker Mohamed Salah for the overall award.Real Madrid’s achievement in winning the Champions League for the third season running was further recognised as Modric also won the UEFA award for the best midfielder of last season.His clubmate Sergio Ramos was named best defender while Real shot stopper Keylor Navas won the best goalkeeper prize.Modric was named both midfielder of the year and UEFA player of the yearRonaldo, who did not appear at the ceremony, was awarded the award  for best striker chosen by Champions League and Europa League coaches from last season and journalists.The award “recognises the best players, irrespective of nationality, playing for a club within the territory of a UEFA member association during the past season. Players are judged on their performances in all competitions – domestic, continental and international”.Danish international Pernille Harder, of German club Wolfsburg, won the UEFA women’s player of the year prize.Wolfsburg lost to dominant French outfit Lyon in the Champions League final in Kiev in May.There was also an award for David Beckham, the former Manchester United, Real Madrid and England star collecting the UEFA President’s Award for his achievements in the game and his work since retiring as a player.0Shares0000(Visited 10 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Chess community mourns Shadrack Kantinti

first_img Tags: Ben MaganaShadrack Kantintitop Kantinti (R) during the 2018 Olympiad in Batumi, Georgia. (PHOTO/AGENCY)KAMPALA – Dark clouds gathered over the chess fraternity on Tuesday with the unfortunate news that Olympian Shadrack Kanti ti had passed on.The 42-year-old had been battling acute liver failure and was pronounced dead on arrival at Rubuga hospital, leaving the chess family in mourning as they tried to digest the tragedy.“As we celebrate the life of  Kantinti, I would like to thank him for his dedicated service and commitment to Ugandan Chess .  Ten Olympiads is a huge record that will take a while before it’s broken. He has been one of our best players and his  contribution to chess has been priceless. As a community, we will dearly miss him. Rest in Peace my Dear Friend Shadrack.” Read a message from Uganda Chess Federation’s vice president Isaac Otim.Kantinti represented the country a record ten times at the World Chess Olympiad between 1998 and 2018. He will be remembered for his aggressive chess. Such was the trait that ensured he returned home from Mallorca, Spain in 2006 as the best player in the team having garnered seven points from a possible thirteen on board two.“I remember once I came to Uganda many years ago for NRM Open I think. I played him with white, he  essayed the Sicilian. Somewhere in the middlegame, boom! He sacced an exchange for unclear counterplay. I fought hard to contain his mischievous pieces dancing all over my position. Just when I thought everything was under control, boom! Guy unleashes a second exchange sac. So in effect it was my 2 rooks vs his BISHOP pair. My king met an untimely death somewhere in the centre of the board. Tribute to the resilience of Mr. Shadrack Kantinti. Rest in peace, my chess colleague.” Remembered Kenya’s Candidate Master Ben Magana.Kantinti will be laid  to rest at his ancestral home in Kitigoma, Buikwe district on Thursday.Comments last_img read more