Advert

Latest

41 minutes ago
Advert
43 minutes ago
Advert

Most Popular

3 days ago
Advert

Lionel Messi Signs For Norwegian Third Division Side IK Junkeren

Lionel Messi Signs For Norwegian Third Division Side IK Junkeren

Do not rub your eyes. Norwegian third tier side IK Junkeren have only gone and pulled off the signing of Lionel Messi this week.

The 16-year-old, formerly known as Daniel Are Knutsen, decided to change his name in honour of Barcelona's famous number ten.

"I've had a plan to change my name for a while," he told Norwegian newspaper VG.

"Lionel Messi is my biggest idol and with my dedication to football, it was nothing more than to try."

Advert

The young Messi admits that his talent is nowhere near the standard of Argentina's little magician, but he does try and replicate his hero on the pitch.

"I want to say that I try as best as I can to play his way." he said. "It's possible to see some similarities, but my talent probably isn't as great."

IK Junkeren manager Runar Bo Eriksen joked that the club did originally look at Juventus forward Cristiano Ronaldo, but Messi was the eventual choice.

Advert

"I joked earlier that we have to look for Cristiano Ronaldo. [Messi] is going to play under-16 football first and foremost, but we hope he will eventually join the first team."

More Like ThisMore Like This

1 of 6
Football

Insane Lionel Messi Highlights Shows Him Destroying Premier League Big Six

Elche Goalkeeper Edgar Badia Looks Genuinely Shocked When Lionel Messi Asks For His Shirt
Football

Elche Goalkeeper Edgar Badia Looks Genuinely Shocked When Lionel Messi Asks For His Shirt

published at3 days ago

Earlier this year, Spurs fan David Lind was left 'disappointed' after authorities denied him the right to change his birth name to Tottenham

The 39-year-old decided to send an application to have his name changed following the club's Champions League run last season but a few weeks later, his initial request was denied by government agency Skatteverket.

Advert
Image: Nerikes Allehanda/The Guardian
Image: Nerikes Allehanda/The Guardian

Lind, who is from Kumla in Sweden, has revealed his dismay at the decision in an interview with newspaper Nerikes Allehanda.

"This is very sad. It looks as if you can be called pretty much everything in Sweden but not Tottenham." he said.

"It is not any more natural to be called Newcastle, Arsenal, Liverpool or Guiseley.

Advert

"There are a lot of people with strange names in Sweden. There is even someone called Potato. Maybe someone at Skatteverket is an Arsenal fan?"

Topics: Football News, Football, Lionel Messi, Norway

Chosen for YouChosen for You

Lionel Messi's Barcelona Future Takes A 'Fresh Twist' Amid PSG And Manchester City Interest
published at43 minutes ago

Most Read StoriesMost Read

Football

Ronaldo Has Been Voted The Greatest Brazilian Footballer Of All Time Ahead Of Pele

published at3 days ago

Jack Kenmare

Jack Kenmare is a writer at SPORTbible. He's interviewed some of the biggest names in sport, including Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Pele, Carles Puyol and Tim Henman. He dabbles in all things sport but football is his biggest passion. He was once hit in the head by a wayward strike from Nicky Butt and lived to tell the tale.