Barcelona's latest wunderkind shares his name with an angel and just may possess similarly devine football abilities.
Gabriel Muniz is a Brazilian 11-year-old who is about to fulfill a lifelong dream. The youngster, who is one of his school's best players, is a lifelong Barcelona fan. A recent appearance on Brazilian TV led to an invitation to Barca's summer training camp in Rio. After impressing at the camp he has been invited to Spain to train at Barcelona's academy.
Oh, and he has no feet.
The Emperor's new clothes
One to watch: Adriano, returning to Brazilian side Flamengo for his third stint at the club, five months after being sacked by Corinthians for missing 67 training sessions.
"I'm going to honour this shirt, which has always been mine, with a lot of goals," promised the man who was once known as 'the Emperor' and has also played for Fiorentina, Parma, Sao Paulo and AS Roma.
"Thank you for everything. You can count on me."
Flamengo said it will monitor his progress. "Of course we'd like him not to drink any alcohol, but he is an adult. We take it one day at a time."
Last time we checked in with Adriano, he was considering legal action against Corinthians, which he claims locked him up in a hotel room in an attempt to force him to lose weight.
His previous views on Sao Paulo may also have something to do with his return to the Rio de Janeiro based club. "It's a nice place, with many food options. But I'm from Rio and I'm used to the beach."
In other Adriano news: This tackle in the Supercopa by a completely different Adriano is the sort of thing Flamengo's Adriano would never stoop to, at least while sober.
Golazo of the week
It's the second leg of Spain's Supercopa, approaching half time. Real Madrid lead 2-0 at the Bernabeu for a 4-3 lead on aggregate. Barcelona wins a free kick a full 25 yards out from goal. Step forward Lionel Messi. You'll never guess what happens next.
The spoken word
"I never turned up drunk. I just had a long night of it and the next day I had rum breath. That's all."
- Palmeiras midfielder Joao Vitor defends himself after being fined 20 per cent of his salary for allegedly turning up drunk to training.
He adds: "I'm a man, I admit it when I make mistakes".
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