Happy Birthday: Ronaldo, Neymar, Tevez

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The man needs no introduction of what he’s capable of, having graced our front pages on numerous occasions.

The Real Madrid forward, who celebrates his 32nd birthday today, only needs to look at his trophy cabinet to show why he will go down as one the world’s finest footballers when he does hang up his boots.

Two Ballon d’Ors and FIFA Ballon d’Ors, three Premier League titles, three Champions League crowns and a La Liga title are just some of the accolades he’s won in his illustrious career and there’s bound to be more as he continues to cause problems for the opposition with outrageous talent.

On the international stage, his finest hour came last year at the Euro 2016, captaining dark horses Portugal to glory against hosts France.

In the same year, ESPN ranked him as the world’s most famous athlete.

Cristiano.

Cristiano.

Other sport stars born on this day

1970: Darren Lehmann, former batsman and now coach of the Australia national team (47).

1977: Ben Ainslie, Great Britain’s four-time Olympic sailing champion (40).

1984: Carlos Tevez, Shanghai Shenhua and Argentina striker, who played for Man United and Juventus (33).

1992: Neymar, two-time La Liga winner for Barcelona and striker for Brazil (25).

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Happy Birthday - February 3 - Simpson, Morrison, van der Wiel

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A late bloomer in international cricket, Simpson ruled Australian cricket for four decades (1960-2000) as a player, captain, coach and commentator.

Born on this day 79 years ago, Simpson started off as a leg-spinner and excellent slip catcher, taking 29 Tests to make an impact.

In his 30th against England in 1964, he raked up 311 as an opener, which was also his maiden Test ton.

He retired in 1968, but was recalled to captain Australia reeling under the impact of the Kerry Packer’s World Series Cricket. The 41-year-old led Australia to a memorable 3-2 series win against India by topping the run charts scoring 539 runs.

He eventually called it quits in 1978, scoring 4869 runs (average 46.81) and claiming 71 wickets. His coaching stint between 1986 and 1996 was equally rich as Australia won the 1987 World Cup and regained the Ashes in 1989.

Other sport stars born on this day

1966: Danny Morrison, former New Zealand fast bowler who earned 48 Test and 96 ODIs caps (50).

1969: Retief Goosen, South African golfer with two U.S. Open wins in 2001 and 2004 under his belt (47).

1970: Oscar Cordoba, retired Colombian keeper and only man with a perfect clean sheet in Copa America (46).

1988: Gregory van der Wiel, defender for PSG with three Ligue 1 titles and a World Cup runner up (28).

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Happy Birthday: Robinson, Williams, Bon-chan

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Jackie Robinson was an American Major League Baseball second baseman who became the first African American to play in the major leagues in the modern era.

Robinson broke the baseball colour line when the Brooklyn Dodgers started him at first base on April 15, 1947.

 The Dodgers, by playing Robinson, ended racial segregation that had relegated black players to the Negro leagues since the 1880s.

Robinson played in six World Series and contributed to the Dodgers’ 1955 World Series championship.

Other sport stars born on this day

1947: Nolan Ryan, ex-Major League Baseball pitcher who had his number retired by three teams (70).

1983: Fabio Quagliarella, Italy forward who currently plays for Sampdoria in Serie A (34).

1985: Mario Williams, NFL defensive end for Miami Dolphins and four-time Pro Bowl selection (32).

1993: Ku Bon-chan, South Korean archer who won an individual and team gold medal at the 2016 Olympics (24).

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