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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
Breaking News

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.

Brazilian Soccer Star Ronaldinho Gaucho 'Memba Him?!

7/3/2018 12:01 AM PDT

Brazilian forward Ronaldinho Gaucho gained fame for fronting Euro teams Paris Saint-Germain, Barcelona and Milan ... but is most notably a member of the Brazilian dream team who won the 2002 FIFA World Cup against Germany. Guess what he looks like now!

Tekashi69 Ronaldo Can't Score on Me ... Deadass!!

7/2/2018 12:50 AM PDT

Is Tekashi69 the best soccer goalie to ever live??

Well, Tekashi69 sure as hell thinks he is ... telling TMZ Sports NOBODY -- including Cristiano Ronaldo -- can score a goal on him.

And, he's being 100% serious.

We spoke with the "Gotti" rapper about his goalkeeping skills after he put on a display in a workout video earlier this week ... and Tekashi says Brazil's lucky he won't be between the posts in their World Cup match with Mexico on Monday.

In case you need a refresher, Tekashi showed he's actually a pretty solid keeper, given the fact it's a small goal and he's going up against a bunch of kids (but the footwork probably needs some help). He did, however, do decently against Italian soccer star Mario Balotelli.

6ix9ine even sends a message to Neymar ... you're not gonna want to miss it.

Tekashi69 I'm a Legit Goalie ... Blocks Shots Against Mario Balotelli!

7/1/2018 2:26 PM PDT

Tekashi69 just upped the ante in his would-be bid to play goalie for Mexico ... 'cause the dude's proving his skills against none other than Italian soccer stud Mario Balotelli.

Tekashi posted a video Sunday showing him playing keeper against the Italian super star striker on a practice field in what we imagine is somewhere in Europe. The rapper's on tour over there right now.

As for his actual goalie skills -- which were somewhat questionable last week -- Tekashi actually gets some blocks off ... against MARIO FRIGGIN' BALOTELLI!!

Then again ... the guy's not in cleats or athletic gear, and doesn't seem to be going too hard either. We're also not sure how or why he's hanging with Tekashi.

Whatever though, Mario's got time on his hands ... Italy didn't make the World Cup.

Wayne Rooney Makes It Official With D.C. United ... 'Let's Get To Work'

6/28/2018 8:03 AM PDT
Breaking News

Wayne Rooney -- one of the most famous soccer players in the world -- has made it official ... he's joining D.C. United ... and his first game in the MLS is in TWO WEEKS!!

The team announced Rooney's arrival with a dope hype video ... titling it, "#NoWayneNoGain."

The ex-Everton star is a British legend on the pitch ... and his arrival has plenty of people gassed up for American soccer -- including Rooney himself, who says, "All right D.C. Let's get to work."

But, not everyone's as charged up about the move ... with Alexi Lalas telling TMZ Sports just a month ago that there's no way Rooney's arrival will "move the needle" when it comes to MLS interest.

Rooney's first tilt is July 14 against Vancouver ... guess we'll see who's right then.

Tekashi69 Begs Mexico For World Cup Spot 'I'm Deadass Good'

6/28/2018 8:30 AM PDT
Breaking News

Tekashi69 claims to be "so deadass" good at soccer -- he thinks Mexico should put him on the roster to face Brazil in the World Cup. 

And, yes ... it's all on video!

The rapper put his rainbow hair in a bun and hit the pitch to show off his skills -- from a terrible penalty shot to flopping ... to that prayer thing players do when they take the field. 

It's mostly bad ... until he plays goalie. 

6ix9ine says he was dope as a kid -- and doesn't look completely unathletic when he's blocking shots in this workout. 

Of course, he's working on a small goal and the shooters are mostly little kids ... and the video is super edited ... but still, it coulda been worse. 

Colombian Soccer Star Carlos Valderrama 'Memba Him?!

6/27/2018 12:01 AM PDT

Carlos Valderrama, aka 'El Pibe' (The Kid), shot to stardom in the '90s as Colombia's staple soccer player with eleven goals and 110 international appearances, and was on the field for the 1990, 1994 and 1998 FIFA World Cups ... all while rocking his iconic blonde 'fro. Guess what he looks like now!

Diego Maradona Treated By Paramedics ... At World Cup

6/26/2018 3:42 PM PDT
Breaking News

Argentina's do-or-die game against Nigeria was almost do-or-die for Diego Maradona -- the dude suffered a medical scare at the end of the World Cup game and was reportedly hospitalized in Russia. 

Throughout the game, the 57-year-old legend was wildin' out in his seats at St. Petersburg Stadium -- shouting, praying and flipping people off. 

But, when Argentina's Marcos Rojo scored the go-ahead goal in the 87th minute, Maradona's body couldn't handle the excitement ... and paramedics raced to treat him. 

Don't worry, he's alive ... but according to ESPN's Diego Cora, he was eventually taken to a nearby hospital to be checked out. 

Maradona has a history of health problems, including breathing and heart issues ... as well as a much-publicized cocaine addiction.

Argentina's next game is against France on Saturday ... hopefully, he'll be rested up and ready to go by then. 

Dikembe Mutombo Sorry, Africa ... VIVA BRAZIL!

6/26/2018 10:00 AM PDT

He's a living legend in Africa -- he was born there, he does a ton of charity work there ... but when it comes to the World Cup, Dikembe Mutombo says his #1 team is from ANOTHER continent. 

"My #1 team is still Brazil," Mutombo told TMZ Sports on his way out of Catch in West Hollywood. 

"If I have to pick a #2, I think I would go with Senegal & Nigeria. I got to cheer for my homeboys."

Mutombo was born in the Congo -- and has been a huge force in bringing his sport to Africa with "Basketball without Borders" and even built a hospital in Kinshasa through his foundation. 

But, despite all that, he likes Brazil -- and says he's rooting for the boys in green and yellow to take home the trophy. 

Everyone loves Neymar

Rod Stewart Clowns Argetina ... For Pathetic World Cup

6/25/2018 6:34 AM PDT

Wanna see Rod Stewart mock Argentina for sucking in the World Cup and then defend Sweden? 

Great, you're gonna love this clip! 

The singer -- who's a MASSIVE soccer fan -- hit up Delilah for dinner over the weekend, when he stopped to talk World Cup. 

His big beef ... he thinks Sweden got screwed out of a penalty kick during the match with Germany on Saturday when Marcus Berg had a breakaway shot. 

Germany's Jerome Boateng raced in and manhandled Berg -- right in the penalty box -- but somehow, no penalty was called, which really pissed off Fox Sports analyst Stuart Holden. 

Clearly, Rod Stewart agrees -- saying, "I think Sweden were robbed of a penalty."

Germany ultimately got the victory -- and now Stewart thinks they've got a real shot. 

But the best part of the clip ... we asked Rod what he thought of Argentina and he screamed out, "USELESS!!!!"

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