Did you ever imagine what phone privacy looks like for a soccer star? It is probably impossible to keep your phone number a complete secret. A secret is only as good as the number of people that know it, and these players know a lot of people.
The last thing you want is for your teammate to out your phone number to a crazed fan in the stands. That is unless you would like to play a funny prank on him. The best bet is this young fan never got her wish and she still surfs the web today looking for Terry’s phone number. Let’s wish her luck!
Ronaldo, Nuff Said
Like Messi, Portuguese striker Cristiano Ronaldo is one of the most beloved soccer players in the history of the sport and has been playing in Europe for over a decade.
Although Ronaldo spent most of his career as the Spanish Club Real Madrid star, he later spent a few years playing under the colors of Italian Juventus. Wherever he goes, the fans are ecstatic about his arrival. He looks great, has some of the highest goal score averages in history, and is the personification of the spirit of soccer. Don't believe us? Ask this girl.
An Honorable Exchange
Soccer players exchange jerseys as a sign of respect. This kid in the crowd wanted to skip all the effort of getting older, becoming a star, and getting a jersey.
Instead, he tried his luck making a sign with the hopes that his idol Che Adams may notice, run over, and give him a signed one. But judging by the look on his father's face, there may be a second motive here. Maybe the kid is just a pawn, and the jersey can be sold in an auction?
A Slogan for the Centuries
In 2008 UEFA (the Union of European Football Associations) launched a media campaign dubbed "Respect." The campaign aimed to create an inclusive atmosphere around soccer towards unity and respect across gender, race, religion, and ability.
This photo was taken at the 2010 World Cup in a match between Brazil and North Korea and is a clear sign that the campaign was a success. After all, sports since the time of the ancient Greek Olympic Games have been a way to unify nations around a commonality that keeps the peace between all cultures. Let's keep the tradition going!
Anyone Can Be a Fan
The World Cup happens every four years and is an opportunity to unify nations internally. For a few weeks, there's a peaceful environment around the globe, making space for dialogue, tolerance, and positive change.
Fans unify around their home country and watch it compete against some of the best teams the world has to offer. Anything can happen, and the tournament is full of surprises. And there is no rule that forbids you from supporting a country you are not a native of. Just like this girl decided to be British for the day, so can you.