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Respect Ronaldo, the Spillanes and the rest of the week’s best sportswriting

Outside? Are you mad? Stay in with the best sportswriting the internet had to offer this week.

1.In those endless, cyclical discussions about the best players of recent years, his name is almost never mentioned.

Soccer - Copa America - Final - Brazil v Uruguay Source: EMPICS Sport

The late 1990s and early 2000s, it is widely accepted, were the Zinedine Zidane eras; they were followed by a brief lacuna (the Ronaldinho and Kaka period) before 2007, say, when the dominion between Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo began. Ronaldo Fenomeno is conspicuous by his absence.”

For ESPN, Rory Smith makes a case for ‘the real’ Ronaldo.

2.Where is the light at the end of the tunnel? I don’t know.” Taking stock of his 14 major championships and 79 PGA Tour wins, he added, “I think pretty much everything beyond this will be gravy.” The tone of resignation sent a shudder through the golf world…”

Alan Shipmuck asks ‘what happened to Tiger Woods’ for Golf.com

3.Pat, Mick, and Tom Spillane hold the honour of the most All-Ireland Senior Football titles won by a set of brothers – 19 in total. Pat won eight, Mick won seven, and youngest sibling Tom won four…”

John Harrington traces some of the GAA‘s greatest genes on the association’s website.

4.

Behind the scenes, a club built on togetherness and shared principles has been undermined by the kind of infighting that could never have seemed imaginable. The general manager, Andy Walsh, announced last week he will stand down at the end of the season but that is only part of a story featuring legal action, resignations, protests, gagging orders and the overall feeling that FC are locked in an identity crisis.

The Guardian’s Daniel Taylor brings us up to speed on 2005’s hottest new club, FC United of Manchester.

5.  “It was a routine. The early mornings at the office were a way for Reid to get some work done, but then get home to spend some quality time with his family before their day got started, even though his had already been going for four hours.”

BJ Kissel portrays the tireless Kansas City Chiefs coach Andy Reid.

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