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Top 20 Manchester City Ladies on Twitter

Twitter is an amazing platform where you are privileged to come across loads of beautiful people from all walks of life. I have been so lucky to have had the rare privilege to have interacted with so many, who not only love football, but they tweet football and they also devote a chunk of their time discussing their love for Manchester City.

I will be making a review of my best top 20 Manchester City ladies and also sharing their best tweets. It’s beyond their beauty. Their passion for the game and Manchester City is unquestionable. They have been loyal to the club in good times and also in bad times.

Katefitzpatrick (@kathy121255)

“Mendy scored wow”

Forever Blue says: WEAR A MASK (@jackrussell1111)

 “I am fed up with negativity on here about my team. Onwards and upwards Blues, loud and proud. Oh and you can’t blame my lucky selfie this time, I didn’t post one”

Etta (@IckleMrsG)

“Come on you beautiful Blue Boys”

Linda  (@lindahyland63)

 “I have read and seen things on Twitter the last few days that I am appalled at. I love Twitter but I think it’s time to have a break. We Are Champions end of !!!!!!!!!! Deal with it I love my club and their achievements @ManCity.  See you all at Wembley and the parade”

Pernilla Larsson (@Qvittra)

 

Any thoughts about tonight’s game on Boxing Day? Must be a Christmas miracle. Again. City will show power, strength and will. Not too much food there. Slim and fit. Will they win? Well, I believe so. I got faith too. Love City

Pernilla Larsson

#ENDSARS (@RoseMCFC)

“Everyone laughing at City dropping points because of VAR. Remember today it was City. Tomorrow it will be your team”

LauraLou (@LauraLo23859821)

“Come on Cityyyyyyyy…”

BlueJo (@PlaceboJo)

“Best I’ve seen. I’ve had my personal favorites over the years, but the sheer class and absolute professionalism that this man has given us for a decade are a once in a lifetime thing. The pleasure, the privilege is ours, El Mago #DavidSilva #AlwaysABlue”

Joanie (@Northern_Star7)

“Imagine having a player like KDB in your team? He never stops, he’s so creative, so impossibly gifted – and he’s ours!!!!! Have to pinch myself sometimes”

Kathryn Rogers (@KathrynRogers6)

“Incredible player, amazing talent, irreplaceable. Thank you #ElMago”

Phee (@phoebe_ctid)

“Happy birthday to my absolute world David Josué Jiménez Silva. You are my idol and inspiration and I adore you with all my heart! I don’t want you to ever leave. Have a lovely birthday @21LVA

Love you SO much x”

Joanna Sargent (@JoannaSargent)

“Haters will always hate. Lovers will always love. I know where I stand …. #MCFC. Sleep tight you blues. We’re in for a bumpy ride but together we’ll fight to the end”

Jenna McGregor Jackson (@Jennababes)

“Getting nervous now! Come on blues!! Let’s do this!!”

Rachel Dixon (@BlueTiger81)

“The day we city fans all dreaded is here @21LVA the magician the man you will be missed so much we love you and you are a blue for life. Already had one crying sesh after watching a video of your moments. Don’t be a stranger”

Julia Coulton (@juliacoulton)

“We fight to the end Blues!! Keep the faith”

Sungazer (@SenoritaSungaze)

“Kevin still has two seasons left on his current contract and will have just turned 32 when that deal expires. If he signs an extension he could be looking at playing for City until his mid-thirties. It was as if he was claiming he wishes to end his career at City”

Jenna Pannell (@jazzyjen1986)

“Manchester City were the first team in English history to win a domestic treble in the same season”

Sarah (@Stonesology)

“If you’re not backing our best players through their worst times, don’t back them through their best. Simple as that. You’re allowed to be frustrated, but there is no need to slander anyone. They are humans”

Emilia 🙂 (@mcwfcwalsh)

“Sunday will be his last ever premier league game. Thank you, Merlin. One of the greatest ever”

emma ♡ (@_emmactidxo)

YESSSSS ABSOLUTELY BUZZING. LOVE YOU CITY

Gidado Toyeeb

I am not scared of bigger players- Gidado Toyeeb

Austin Okocha, Juan Mata, Bernardo Silva, Lionel Messi, Xavi, and David Silva. These are all world-class players. They all have some common traits. They are attacking midfielders and they aren’t the biggest in terms of size or height. What they lack in size, they compensate with skills, goals, and defense-splitting passes and assists.

One advantage players with small physique have, is their low gravitational force, which makes them more stable while dribbling and very difficult to dispossess whenever they are with the ball. An example is Lionel Messi, Sergio Aguero, the Late Diego Maradona, and David Silva. These players were exceptionally good when on the ball and they had this uncanny way of utilizing small pockets of space in the field of play.

Gidado Toyeeb, an attacking midfielder with Remo Stars FC shared with me during an interactive chat recently, about his love for Bernardo Silva, the Portuguese international who presently plays for Manchester City of England. Weighing at 68KG and a height of 5 feet, 4 inches, the Lagos born footballer doesn’t lack the confidence to take on bigger players.

I prefer the taller players because it is easier for me to maneuver around them. I don’t have problems dealing with players that are bigger than me

Gidado who was nicknamed “Baba Kekere”, while playing with Crest Football Academy (Formerly Cowbell Football Academy) because of his height, never allowed his small size to stop him from achieving his dream. The Academy which was owned by Godwin Dudu Orumen helped shaped his career.

He was also part of the victorious U-15 team that represented Nigeria at the 2014 African Youth games held at Gaborone, Botswana. Gidado coincidentally captained the team, which went on to win the Gold medal at the competition. They defeated Swaziland 3-1 in the final.

The team led by coach Danladi Nasidi, defeated host Botswana 2-0 in their opening game, before playing a 0-0 draw with Mali. They trashed South Africa 3-0 in their third game before defeating Tanzania 2-0 in the Semi-Finals.

Asked to share his experience at the competition, Gidado remembered with nostalgia, the excitement that came with winning his first major honor as a footballer; “It was great. It’s the best feeling ever, wearing the green white green jersey of Nigeria. Nothing feels better. The happiness, excitement. It was my best moment as a footballer, and I was the captain of the team”.

He didn’t score in the tournament, but chipped in three-assist, as the team scored an impressive eight goals while conceding just one goal en route to winning the Gold Medal. He jokingly shared how his teammates and friends threatened him because of his height. he said he has however come to accept his faith, as he didn’t create himself.

Gidado who is the eldest of four kids remembered the rough treatment he usually got from his Dad whenever he came home late after playing street soccer. “Dad and Mum didn’t approve of me playing street soccer at that time. Mum didn’t even want me to go into football. It was not until I went to England in 2011 for the Copa Coca-Cola Mini Tournament, that they began to approve of my taking  up football as a career.

When asked about the secret of his success in Remo Stars FC. He attributed his performance so far to the influence of the Remo Stars FC coach. “My present manager usually has a mantra, and that is IJA, which when translated from Yoruba means FIGHT. It’s not about been talented alone. You must be ready to give your all at any given moment. You have to be ready to Fight

On a final note, he has this little advice for aspiring footballers: “As an aspiring footballer, you have to be confident. You got to be disciplined. There would be lots of obstacles. Be ready for challenges and stay focused. Hopefully, everything will fall in place”

hope

Hope keeps the heart alive

On November 4, 2008, Senator Barack Obama defeated John McCain to become the 44th President of the United States of America. By that victory, he also became the first African elected to the White House.

Before the election, the young senator wrote the best selling book titled: “The audacity of Hope”. It was an intriguing book that showcased the American dream and the possibility of achieving these lofty dreams.

That same sentiment has always kept some individuals strong, even in the face of daunting challenges. A few days ago, I shared my sentiment concerning the tenacity of Arsenal FC fans.

I tweeted: “Sometimes you got to praise the courage and resilience of Arsenal fans. Season after season, that constant heartbreaking experience never weigh them down. I draw inspiration from them and this week I’ll be writing an article dedicated to all Arsenal fans. You deserve all the Love”

Funny enough, the football season started on a very beautiful note for the London side, as they clinched both the FA Cup and the Community shield. An ecstatic Mikel Arteta was over the moon as he savored two trophies in his new managerial career at Arsenal.

The mood among Arsenal fans was even made merrier with the litany of signings in the summer transfer window. In came the likes of Thomas Partey, Gabriel Magalhaes, Willian, Runar Alex Runarsson, Pablo Mari, Cedric Soares, and Dani Ceballos.

The hope of a good run in the new season was high. Defense, midfield, and attack had been fortified. Unai Emery had been shown the exit door and Mikel Arteta was given a warm reception.

Everything was put in motion to ensure Arsenal brings back the glory years, and the FA Cup and Community shield triumph was an appetizer to the ever-loyal Arsenal faithful.

Fast forward to week 12 of the 2020/2021 English Premier League season, and Arsenal are rooted in the 15th position in the EPL Log after an embarrassing 1-0 loss at home to Burnley. It was not the first time they were losing at home this season.

Sundays’ loss to Burnley was Arsenal’s 4th consecutive home defeat at home this season. The initial hope that came with Mikel Arteta’s coming and the new signings have fizzled out. The alarm bell has started ringing, as rumors have started going around about the possibility of looking for a new manager.

It has indeed been a turbulent time for Arsenal supporters, as they have endured years of pain. The pain of going from season to season without a major trophy can be so devastating, but the ever-resilient gunner fans have always stood behind the club and players.

The audacity of hope can be seen in the play, as they keep dreaming about some positive moment. Unfortunately, someone jokingly tweeted about Arsenal’s trophyless run after Diego Maradona died recently. “Did you know that Diego Maradona died without seeing arsenal winning the champions league, he lived for 60 years

It was a rather embarrassing fact, that highlight the long wait for Joy among the Arsenal fans. Indeed, things have not gone according to plan this season, and confidence is at an all-time low among players.

Mesut Ozil

There have been fingers pointing at the ill-treatment meted out to Mesut Özil as been responsible for Arsenals dismal display so far. Indeed, the creative midfielder has been frozen from Arsenals first team since March 2020.

He remains Arsenal’s most creative midfielder and there is already a clamor for his recall to the team. The possibility of Mesut linking up with the squad in January is high, even as pressure keeps mounting on Mikel Arteta.

Lack of goals

Alexandre Lacazette, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, and Eddie Nketiah have been used as Arsenal’s main striking options this season, but their goal return has been dismal. Aubameyang has played 12 premier league matches this season and has scored just 2 goals.

Alexandre Lacazette has played 8 matches and made 2 substitute appearances this season with 3 goals to show. Eddie Nketiah has started 1 premier league match and made 9 substitute appearances and has just 1 goal to his name. Unfortunately, goals can only come when chances are created. Sadly, creativity is absent in the middle of the pack.

The manager

Questions have been raised about the ability of Arteta to steer Arsenal from the murky water of despondency into a top 4 team that they are used to. As an assistant to Pep Guardiola, he was never faced with these sorts of challenges.

Experience at the top level may be lacking. How to rightly utilize players at his disposal is another challenge. How he handles the Mesut Ozil situation will further show his capacity as a manager. Technically, he still has few things to learn in the game, but helping Arsenal to a respectful finish seems to be the agenda for now.

The agony of hope

Watching Mikel Arteta’s post-match interview after the Burnley defeat was heart-rendering. He was pensive and almost in tears. I could imagine the pain and turmoil inside of him. He didn’t look too hopeful, just like millions of Arsenal fans who have already resigned themselves to whatever comes their way.

Arsenal’s next four games will be crucial

The next four games for Arsenal have assumed a more significant dimension considering the situation of the club. They play Southampton at home, Everton away and Manchester City in the EFL Cup Quarterfinal. They then welcome Chelsea at home on boxing day in a must-win game. If they drop points in three EPL games, they may be swimming in the murky waters of relegation.

The audacity of hope may eventually give way to the pain of resignation. It’s a lonely world out there and even in this festive season, let’s keep sending love and light to all Arsenal fans. They are the real heroes in this unique chapter of the club’s unenviable transition.

Dreams will push you beyond limits

Dreams will push you beyond limits

Dreams simplified

Dreams are the fuels that carry us through the journey of life. Sometimes, the journey may seem rough and the road looks a bit bumpy. What keeps us going is the dream that gave birth to our initial momentum in life.

The beautiful dreams of Kevin De Bruyne

Kevin De Bruyne had always had the dream of becoming a top footballer while still playing at Belgian club Genk. The relatively unknown Belgian who had this fiery personality and a tenacious spirit experienced something that later on changed his entire career in 2009 while still with Genk.

In his first year with the Belgian club. He was made to live with a family, but due to his withdrawn attitude, the family informed the club that they do not want Kevin to stay with them anymore. The young Belgian was understandably upset and heartbroken.

 “People were saying that I wasn’t going to make it because of my poor character. I told myself at that point: ‘Let’s see who has the last word.”

Dream come true for Kevin De Bruyne or so it seemed

True to his word, Chelsea came calling for his services in 2012, and he later signed with the London club in a five years deal worth £6.7 Million. He was however faced with so many challenges while with Chelsea under coach Jose Mourinho, which left him with bitter memories.

His dreams of becoming a world-class footballer were almost becoming a nightmare, and he was eventually sold to  German Club VFL Wolfsburg in 2014. It was a move that ignited the full potential of the midfielder.

Dreams rekindled

At Wolfsburg, he made a whopping 21 assist in the 2014/15 football season and break the Bundesliga assist record in the process. He ended the season with 28 assists in all competition and was voted the 2015 German footballer of the year. In August 2015, Manchester City acquired the services of the talented midfielder in a deal that surpassed the then club record (£55 million).

KDB shines brightly at Manchester City

Dreams do come true, and for Kevin De Bruyne, his dreams were already unfolding before his eyes. His amazing form in Manchester City’s colors has seen him amassing a total of 67 assists in 158 appearances.

He was recently voted UEFA Midfielder of the year, Premier League player of the season, and UEFA Men’s Player of the year award. The best is yet to come for the fiery Belgian who has also been in astounding form for the Belgian national team.

In reality, Dreams do come true, but in the process of achieving one’s dream, there would be challenges that need to be surmounted. There would be moments of doubts, days of uncertainty, dry spells, and even failure. But as long as we hold on to our dreams, we would achieve all we set our hearts to achieve.

Life

Life is a beautiful journey

Life sometimes gives us some beautiful memories and some not too pleasant memories. Like a journey, life is full of a few bumps and stops. These stops sometimes may seem difficult to bear, especially if they come so suddenly.

Some few days ago, I saw twitter a post that touched me so deeply. It was from a Manchester City fan called Andy. It wasn’t one of the most beautiful messages one would have loved to go through with a smile.

Andy had been going through some difficult health challenges and he had already been placed on some chemotherapy sessions. Unfortunately, things weren’t going according to plans. His condition wasn’t improving as he had expected.

Lots of you have asked how l am, which I’m grateful, so I feel I should give an update about my health the doctors have said my body cannot take anymore chemo it’s not strong enough so it’s time for nature to take its cause they reckon I have about 6 months, so I will enjoy it”

It took me quite a while to send him a message of encouragement. It was a tough task trying to encourage someone who had a few months to live. Not the most pleasant task I must confess, but Andy’s positive disposition made all the difference.

Iranian Conjoined twins Ladan and Laleh Bijani had always dreamed about living separate lives even when they were born as conjoined twins. They wanted freedom. They wanted to explore the beautiful things life had in store.

In 2003, they both agreed to have unprecedented surgery to separate their heads. They were 29, and the risk at that age was massive. It was a 50-50 chance of survival, but they were ready to take the risk.

A day before the surgery, Ladan said: “We’ve never been as confident as we are now. We are prepared by all means to embrace the risk and walk into the operation room”. Unfortunately, they never made it out of the Raffles Hospital in Singapore. The bleeding from the 12 hours surgery couldn’t be stopped.

Ladan died first, while Laleh died 53 hours after the procedure began. It was a sad moment for the entire nation of Iran. There was hope, that the operation would be successful. They wanted to experience the beauty of life as separate individuals, but they could barely enjoy it for fewer 48 hours.

The journey was brief, uneventful, and in the end, though they were separated. They never lived to enjoy the joy of separation. When I first read the story of Ladan and Laleh Bijani, I felt so heartbroken and it took me a while to get myself together.

Life may seem unfair to some, but when we look deeply at the privilege and beauty life brings into our heart, it makes the journey worthwhile. Some may argue about the pain of seeing their loved one die prematurely. I’ve had the painful experience of losing brothers, sisters, uncles, my Dad, and my mum.

These events may shake up the faint-hearted, but yet we must realize there the need to appreciate each moment life brings our way. Don’t let the difficulties you face defeat you. Don’t let life break your spirit.

We live each day with absolute hope that tomorrow will be better than today. We don’t wait for our future but create a beautiful future filled with all we ever desired from life. Each new day brings renewed hope and renewed strength.

Our paths in life may not be the easiest. The journey may not be the smoothest. But we must keep praying for the courage to move on and never look back in regret.

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