Top 10 Tweets of 2016

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From the wisecracks of Danny Willett’s brother, to Andrew Bogut’s TripAdvisor-style reviews of the Olympic Village, Virender Sehwag’s philosophical musings and, of course, Tiger Woods’ nipples… here is our round-up of some of the best sports tweets of 2016….

Well, Iceland’s victory against England in Euro 2016, was certainly a shocker. And Gary Linekar had this to say for it.

And Virender Sehwag’s witty humour certainly got the better of demonetization in India.

Top 10 of 2016

The year’s most retweeted, including Muhammad Ali’s passing and McGregor’s fake retirement…

Remember when Zlatan signed Manchester United from PSG?

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On this day in 2011: RVP eclipses King Henry

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It was all smiles for everyone associated with Arsenal, particularly Robin Van Persie. On this day five years ago at the Emirates Stadium, the Dutchman scored the only goal of the game as the Gunners defeated London rivals Queens Park Rangers 1-0 to move fourth in the Premier League.

More importantly, it was Van Persie’s 35th Premier League goal in 2011 and set a new record of most goals in a calendar year.

He eclipsed legend Thierry Henry who scored 34 times in the top flight in 2004 but fell one short of the all-time mark set by Alan Shearer when the former England striker netted 36 times for Blackburn Rovers in 1995.

Other memorable events on this day

1955: Johan Cruyff is named European Football Player of the Year, the second time he won the award.

1995: Australian Test opener Matthew Elliott scores two centuries on the same day – 104 and then 135 a Victoria after following on against Western Australia in Perth.

2011: Bottom club Blackburn Rovers stun Manchester United 3-2 in their Premier League clash at Old Trafford.

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Happy Birthday: Sir Alex, Hoggard, McCaw

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For a man to be in the hot-seat of one club and bring success over a very long period requires patience, determination and respect of the players.

Those are just the qualities Sir Alex Ferguson possessed when he was the Manchester United boss. Ferguson, who celebrates his 75th birthday on New Year’s Eve, was at the Old Trafford for more than two decades – 26 years in fact, taking the reins from 1986 to 2013.

He remains the longest-serving manager at Old Trafford. Although he lost his first game in charge, his stint was nothing less than remarkable by not only making United dominant in England but in Europe as well.

Having rebuilt teams and working with the likes of David Beckham and Cristiano Ronaldo, he won 38 trophies in all, including 13 Premier Leagues, five FA Cups and two Champions League titles.

Other birthdays on this day:

1957: Geoff Marsh, former Australian cricketer, who coached his country to 1999 World Cup glory (58).

1960: Steve Bruce, former footballer, who played as a defender and now manager of Aston Villa (55).

1976: Matthew Hoggard, former cricketer, who played for the England national team (40).

1985: Richie McCaw, former New Zealand skipper and most capped Test rugby player of all time (36).

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