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Vladimir Putin Gives Trump World Cup Ball ... In Hacky Metaphor

7/16/2018 9:22 AM PDT
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Vladimir Putin presented Donald Trump with a soccer ball from the World Cup in Russia ... and then dropped the following eye-rolling metaphor ... 

"Mr. President, I'll give this ball to you ... and now the ball is in your court."


It all went down at a massive media event in Helsinki, where the two world leaders had a private meeting for several hours where they discussed everything from election interference to NATO. 

Trump was fired up about the meeting -- and the soccer ball, throwing it to Melania (who was sitting in the front row) and announcing that he would be giving it to his son, Barron.

POTUS also praised Putin for the way his country hosted the 2018 World Cup and said the US will strive to do "as good a job" when it comes to the States in 2026. 

Cristiano Ronaldo The $117 Mil Medical Exam ... For Juventus Deal

7/16/2018 6:02 AM PDT
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Here's Cristiano Ronaldo looking like Ivan Drago in "Rocky IV" -- hooked up to all sorts of machines as he takes his official medical exam for that massive Juventus deal. 

CR7 arrived to the Juventus medical facility near Turin, Italy on Monday ... ready to work. 

Sporting a mesh shirt and massive diamond earrings, the soccer superstar hit the treadmill as part of the exam ... which will ensure that Ronaldo is in the world-class shape Juve expects him to be. 

Cristiano didn't seem worried -- cracking a smirk as he began to exercise.

It's a big day for Juventus -- which paid a $117 million transfer fee to get Ronaldo from Real Madrid. Plus, the team is reportedly paying him around $35 MIL per year. 

Good luck ... 

Conor McGregor Catches World Cup Final With Vladimir Putin

7/15/2018 12:32 PM PDT

Conor McGregor got to sit in on the World Cup final in person this weekend, showing up as a guest of none other than Vladimir Putin.

The UFC star posted a photo of himself Sunday alongside Russia's president, posing like a tough guy with someone he calls "one of the greatest leaders of our time." 

Conor's caption read ... "Today I was invited to the World Cup final as a guest of Russian President Vladimir Putin. This man is one of the greatest leaders of our time and I was honored to attend such a landmark event alongside him. Today was an honor for me Mr. Putin. Thank you and congratulations on an amazing World Cup."

He ended with "Go Russia" ... written in Russian. Hopefully they're both aware Russia got knocked out in the quarter finals, but that's beside the point. What's important (and weird) is that Conor is super chummy with Putin ... who's known as kind of a bad dude, depending on who you talk to. 

All we can say ... it's an interesting way to ring in the big baby news from this weekend. Word to your Mother, Russia ...we guess. 

France Vs. Croatia Smokin' Hot WAGS ... Of The World Cup Final

7/15/2018 12:10 AM PDT
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Make like some of the world's best soccer players and dive into these photos of some of the hottest wives and girlfriends of the World Cup Final!

France and Croatia will square off for soccer's highest honor ... and there will be plenty of "keepers" to look at on both sidelines.

In France's corner ... Pamela Anderson headlines the group of WAGS -- but, you gotta see who Samuel Umtiti and Paul Pogba are scoring with off the pitch.

For Croatia ... Mateo Kovačić and Ivan Rakitić have netted some serious talent too.

Sooo ... while an entire country might hate these guys if they blow it on the biggest stage -- just know they're still winnin' when they get home!!

Tekashi69 Giving Mood After Jail Release ... Have Some Cash, Kids!!!

7/14/2018 4:24 PM PDT
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Tekashi69's feeling so good about being out of the slammer, he says he's starting up a soccer league for the community ... and it looks like he's paying the players!

The rapper just shared a vid on Instagram -- he's all smiles as he claims he started a league right after being released from jail ... and hands out $20 bills to about a dozen youngsters, and even some parents.

At one point someone yells out "Bail money!" ... which might be true.

We broke the story ... 6ix9ine got sprung from his Rikers Island cell Friday after his lawyers scored him a deal, with the catch being he MUST surrender Monday in Harris County, TX to pay $5,000 bail there.

Tekashi was arrested in NYC earlier this week for an outstanding warrant out of Harris County, where he allegedly choked a 16-year-old back in January.

Looks like now he's trying to show he's got nothing but love -- and money -- for kids.

2018 FIFA World Cup Hot Fans From Around The World!

7/14/2018 12:01 AM PDT

It's likely your team didn't advance to the final match of the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Moscow ... but it's not a total loss (unless you were rooting for USA, then you totally lost).There were plenty of winners from around the world in the crowds of the soccer stadiums to help you feel like your country still scored!

Give our gallery of hot World Cup fans a try, and see the sexiest soccer supporters who traveled the globe to get in on the epic spectator sport! 

Four more years, four more years!

French Midfielder Zinedine Zidane 'Memba Him?!

7/10/2018 12:01 AM PDT

Zinedine Zidane is best known as the French midfielder who notoriously received a red card for headbutting the Italian defender, Marco Materazzi, 12 years ago during the 2006 World Cup Finals in Germany. Guess what he looks like now!

Cristiano Ronaldo Tanning In Greece ... Amid Juventus Rumors

7/9/2018 8:53 AM PDT

While the international soccer world freaks out over rumors Cristiano Ronaldo will leave Real Madrid for Juventus ... CR7 couldn't be more relaxed -- chillin' on a beach in Greece. 

TMZ Sports has photos of Ronaldo on Monday afternoon outside a 5-star resort in Messinia, Greece ... where he caught some rays with his girlfriend (maybe fiancee?), Georgina Rodriguez

Witnesses tell us Ronaldo and his crew had their own private area -- complete with a massive, private security team. 

We're told it appears Cristiano is with 15 to 20 people ... including several family members and his kids. 

One source says CR7 is staying at a massive private villa on the beach -- and, when he's not tanning on the sand, he's being chauffeured around in golf carts (like a boss!). 

According to reports, Ronaldo's move to Juventus could be announced any day now -- ending his 9-season run with Real Madrid. 

The move is estimated to cost Juventus around $450 MILLION to sign Ronaldo through 2022 -- but, experts say it could be worth it because Ronaldo is the most bankable athlete in the world.  

Meanwhile, don't forget the SPF ... 

Colombia Soccer Team Hero's Welcome In Bogota ... After World Cup Loss

7/6/2018 9:25 AM PDT
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The Colombia national soccer team got one helluva homecoming on Thursday -- with thousands of fans lining up in Bogota to show support -- just days after they were eliminated from the World Cup.

Star players like Falcao and Juan Cuadrado got giant ovations alongside teammates Abel Aguilar, David Ospina and Yerry Mina

Colombia made it to the Round of 16 -- but, they were ultimately eliminated by England on Tuesday after the match went to penalty kicks. 

Disappointing end for Colombia -- but, the team showed heart and resilience and the fans clearly appreciated it. 

Nice to see ... considering back in 1994, Colombia player Andres Escobar was murdered after accidentally scoring an own goal during the World Cup. 

Trevor Noah's Brilliant Defense Of Neymar's Ridiculous Flopping

7/6/2018 12:30 AM PDT

Ya can't REALLY blame soccer stars like Neymar for flopping worse than Vlade Divac in the '90s ... because there's a really smart reason behind the fake pain -- so says Trevor Noah

The 34-year-old 'Daily Show' host is a massive soccer fan -- and has thought long and hard about the flopping epidemic that's taken over the World Cup ... particularly in regards to the Brazilian superstar. 

You gotta watch Noah break it down outside of Mastro's Steakhouse in Beverly Hills ... and how he ultimately explains why guys like Neymar will flop to prevent themselves from suffering a major injury.  

"Some people overdo it," Noah admits ... "Don't get me wrong. But, I understand where it came from."

Noah's argument totally makes sense ... but c'mon -- STOP THE FLOP!! 

Cristiano Ronaldo In Talks for Reality Show ... The Next Kardashian?

7/5/2018 1:33 PM PDT
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Cristiano Ronaldo could give Kim Kardashian a run for her money ... because the soccer star is reportedly in talks with Facebook for a new reality show. 

CR7 is shopping the show to Facebook Watch and could score a $10 MILLION paycheck for 13 episodes ... according to Variety

And, there's a Tom Brady connection -- the show would be produced by Religion of Sports, the media company that did "Tom vs. Time" for Facebook Watch. 

Ronaldo definitely has an interesting life -- he's got 4 kids including newborn twins that were reportedly birthed by a mystery surrogate in the United States. 

He's also rumored to be engaged to Georgina Rodriguez -- the mother of his daughter, Alana, who was born just over 7 months ago. 

Ronaldo's son, Cristiano Jr., is 8 years old and a soccer prodigy -- could be interesting to see how CR7 is training him to become the next big thing. 

The show would be the latest in a strong of Hollywood projects for Ronaldo -- who's launching a superhero series, "Striker Force 7," based on himself, along with a scripted soccer TV drama series. 

One thing the reality show would NOT feature -- Portugal winning the World Cup. 

Jerome Boateng Ponders Soccer Future ... In Hollywood

7/3/2018 11:06 AM PDT

Now that Germany's out of the World Cup, star defender Jerome Boateng has touched down in Los Angeles to enjoy some time off ... where he's contemplating his professional future. 

There are rumblings that the 29-year-old Bayern Munich star could retire from the German national team to make space for younger guys to represent his country in the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. 

Outside Catch restaurant in West Hollywood ... Boateng told TMZ Sports he hasn't made up his mind yet -- good thing he's got 4 years to figure it out. 

As for the 2018 World Cup, we asked Boateng if he has a favorite to win the whole thing -- "I don't know. We'll see ... France, maybe."

Not exactly a dark horse, France and Brazil are the odds on favorites to win out. 

Their next game is Friday against Uruguay. 

Liziane Gutierrez Scores Fantasstic Beach Getaway To Celebrate Brazil's Win

7/3/2018 7:50 AM PDT

Liziane Gutierrez has World Cup fever ... not that she needs an excuse to rock a bikini.

The Brazilian model celebrated the Samba Kings' 2-0 win over Mexico with a trip to Barra Da Tijuca ... a beach neighborhood near Rio de Janeiro. We're told Liziane was there with a friend ... doing what girlfriends do when they turn up together -- lather each other's asses with sunscreen and say thanks ... with a kiss.

Brazil's on to the quarterfinals and, even if you're not rooting for them ... we all win, now.

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