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….
If the boy does what he should, I will be able to say 'I've shared a bath with a Masters winners - brilliant#bbcgolf— P J Willett (@P_J_Willett) April 10, 2016
Well, Iceland’s victory against England in Euro 2016, was certainly a shocker. And Gary Linekar had this to say for it.
The worst defeat in our history. England beaten by a country with more volcanoes than professional footballers. Well played Iceland.— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) June 27, 2016
Ragan Smith of U.S. women's gymnastics team poses with DeAndre Jordan. pic.twitter.com/xDvOQpqu2N— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) August 6, 2016
Heroic Aleksandar Mitrovic rescues helium filled Rafa Benitez from floating across Tyneside. pic.twitter.com/8KVQXtsmLc— Jonny Sharples (@JonnyGabriel) September 28, 2016
Easiest job in world = Olympic pool lifeguard? pic.twitter.com/E73nhZ9WwB— Rich Matulewicz (@RichMDUrology) August 7, 2016
Oops my bad lol Yes I signed for cpfc and not burnley. Sorry for the little mistake the person that manages my Twitter got a little confused— Christian Benteke (@chrisbenteke) August 20, 2016
At 13 or 14 years old, I had my first email address. It was [email protected] JJ. SHOOT. A. 3. WTF. The 90s were a crazy time.— JJ Redick (@JJRedick) August 30, 2016
At least I'm getting a game somewhere 👍🏻 https://t.co/QabJ6HW3Ia— Peter Crouch (@petercrouch) October 22, 2016
Just quietly, how good is Pokemon Go. Honestly been playing that more than tennis 😳😅😍— Nicholas Kyrgios (@NickKyrgios) July 24, 2016
And Virender Sehwag’s witty humour certainly got the better of demonetization in India.
In America they will count Votes.— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) November 8, 2016
In India count Notes.
Tonight just notice d houses that dont have lights off,Note Counting On.#BlackMoney
Top 10 of 2016
The year’s most retweeted, including Muhammad Ali’s passing and McGregor’s fake retirement…
Leicester City. Champions of England. pic.twitter.com/WRwfysTn2N
— Leicester City (@LCFC) May 2, 2016
Remember when Zlatan signed Manchester United from PSG?
— Zlatan Ibrahimović (@Ibra_official) June 30, 2016
Last night was the final chapter to an incredible story. I walk away at peace knowing my love for the game & this city will never be broken.
— Kobe Bryant (@kobebryant) April 14, 2016
I have decided to retire young.
Thanks for the cheese.
Catch ya's later.
— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) April 19, 2016
My last game tomorrow at Parc des Princes. I came like a king, left like a legend pic.twitter.com/OpLL3wzKh0
— Zlatan Ibrahimović (@Ibra_official) May 13, 2016
If u feel alone and by yourself, look in the mirror, and wow, there's two of you. Be who you are. Who are you. I am me. Ugly, lol. Shaq
— SHAQ (@SHAQ) December 16, 2009
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.
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.
Happy Birthday to The Godfather of Manchester United - Sir Alex Ferguson pic.twitter.com/M6koSjx9rS— Man Utd Videos ⚽️🎦 (@ManUtdVines) December 30, 2016
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).