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Bernardo Silva got his mate to do a Raheem Sterling impression 🤣 pic.twitter.com/KQKrwCbP2G— ESPN FC (@ESPNFC) June 18, 2019
While on a post-Nations League vacation with friends in Miami, the Portugal midfielder shared a video on his Instagram story of his friend imitating Sterling's very distinctive running style.
The very next video in Silva's story shows a message sent by Sterling in which the winger pledges revenge, whispering ominously: "Silly boy. I declare war."
Quite what form Sterling's vengeance is set to take remains to be seen, though you can be sure we'll be keeping a close eye on developments.
Man City troll Liverpool over Stones' goal-line clearance
This one was good ⚽️ pic.twitter.com/8Hfcfvsy4e— Manchester City (@ManCity) June 17, 2019
After going stride for stride in the Premier League title race, the intense competition between Manchester City and Liverpool is showing no signs of abating as we move into the off-season.
Indeed, hostilities were renewed this week, beginning with an innocuous Twitter post asking fans to rank their favourite Premier League match balls.
City replied via their official account with an image of their favourite: the 2018-19 ball -- specifically the one that John Stones narrowly prevented from crossing the line in City's victory over Liverpool back in January.
After Sadio Mane had hit the post, Stones scrambled to clear the ball away with goal-line technology just 11 millimetres away from crossing the line.
City went on to win 2-1, bringing the Reds' unbeaten start to the season to an end -- a result which proved absolutely vital come the end of the campaign.
UFC star Khabib makes Barca fan say 'Hala Madrid!'
Khabib refused to take a photo with a Barca fan untill he said 'Hala Madrid' lmao— jak (@jakkrm) June 15, 2019
You love to see this pic.twitter.com/9ejugYLOgh
UFC star Khabib Nurmagomedov is a Real Madrid fan through and through, so when a young Barcelona supporter stepped up for a photo with the lightweight champion he got more than he bargained for.
Video on social media shows Khabib joking around with the young fan after learning he supports his rival club and refusing to take a picture with him unless he says "Hala Madrid!," Real's famous rallying cry.
While neither man looked like backing down during an argument about Cristiano Ronaldo, the young fan eventually gave in and reluctantly muttered the words Khabib wanted to hear.
That meant there was a happy ending as the undefeated UFC star, who fights Dustin Poirier next in Abu Dhabi in September, put his arm around the young Barca fan to pose for a hard-earned photo.
New club makes impact with daring away kit
Having only been formed last year, new Australian club Western United FC have quite literally geared up for their inaugural A-League campaign by revealing their first-ever kits.
United will wear a fairly straightforward green-and-black striped uniform at home but their maiden away kit is a little more esoteric.
In fact, opinion is likely to be split right down the middle by the bold geometric design.
While retro kits definitely scratch the nostalgic itch, there is something to be said for trying something new with a daring modern strip.
Alexis' big night
It was a difficult 2018-19 for Alexis Sanchez at Manchester United. There were injuries, which forced him out of 20 matches, there was poor form, there was sulking and there were rumours of an exit.
But maybe that's all in the past.
What makes us say that? Because in the Copa America against Japan, the Chile international equalled his goal total from the entire season in a single 87-minute shift.
Alexis scored one of Chile's four goals in a clean-sheet group-stage victory, and assisted on another. In 877 minutes of Premier League action last season, he scored once and added three assists.
So, we admit: It was a low bar to clear for Alexis to better his numbers from last season. But for a man whose Man United career has been nothing short of a nightmare, you've got to start somewhere.
Pep's cardigan fetches £6000
Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has helped raise more than £6000 for the Premier League team's City in the Community charity by donating for auction the grey cardigan he wore during their treble-winning campaign last season.
The Spaniard said after their 6-0 FA Cup final victory over Watford last month that he would give away the hooded item of clothing to raise money for the charity.
City said the cardigan was bagged by a club fan named James Hodge in the United States and funds would go towards providing free meals to families in Manchester during the school holidays.
"I'm delighted that this auction has raised so much for City in the Community and thank you to everyone who has donated for such a great cause," Guardiola told the club's website https://www.mancity.com/news/club-news/club-news/2019/june/pep-guardiola-cardigan-auction-result.
...@PepTeam's famous cardigan is going to its new home in 🇺🇸!— Manchester City US (@ManCityUS) June 18, 2019
The charity auction for it raised more than $7500 for @citctweets and food programs for families 💙
More here -- may the 🧥 bring luck to its new owner! https://t.co/U2H04P3FPA pic.twitter.com/w7ZyYxKWBW
"It's also fantastic to be able to give something personal to the fans whose support helped us achieve incredible success last season."
Guardiola's side became the first team to claim the English treble of the league championship as well as the League Cup and FA Cup last season.
City will kick off their 2019-20 Premier League season with an away trip to West Ham United on Aug. 10.