Manchester manager Louis van Gaal made one of the most famous blunders in his career at Old Trafford when he called Chris Smalling ‘Mike’ Smalling, but he has now revealed a new, even more bizarre nickname for the English defender. While his team may sometimes make their fans want to cry when they play boring, goalless football, Louis van Gaal sure knows how to make the fans laugh with the funny things he says and does at press conferences. His latest exploit in this field is when he revealed that he has a new nickname for centre-back Chris Smalling, who he mistakenly referred to as Mike in a famous incident. Pele at Manchester United “Michael is an easy name for me! I said to “Mike” Smalling that I call him Pele now because he did a fantastic move, so it’s easier to call him Pele now!”, the Dutchman joked after being asked about the mistake, according to The Metro. The […]

He may be retired from the pitch, but Brazilian legend Pele is always in the news because of his statements off it. Pele, who is often referred to as the greatest ever footballers to grace the beautiful game, seems to agree with that hypothesis himself. Over the course of a sensational career, he scored more than 1,000 goals and has often been asked if there is a ‘Next Pele’ whenever there’s a Brazilian forward who is doing well. The latest player to be mentioned in that category is Barcelona forward Neymar. A host of stars including the great Ronaldo and Romario have been touted as the ‘Next Peles’ themselves, but have never been able to get close to Pele’s tally of 77 goals for the national team. Romario, however, believes that Neymar would break Pele’s record by the end of his career. Nevertheless, the legend himself feels that there will never be a player who will come close to breaking […]