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Ramble of the Day
I’ve been doing this a while, so I know most, if not all of you, are going to be in the comments chatting about yesterday’s match. I can’t stop you, nor do I care to; it’s probably the most reasonable thing for all of you to discuss. Regardless, I have to fill this space somehow, though, so I’ll do a video dump of sorts.
Did you know that there are two different footballer-related music videos I’ve been sitting on? Let’s start with the good one.
Back in May, Argentine singer Tini released her latest single, “22,” with Colombian singer Greeicy. Tini’s popularity has grown around the world and in her native Argentina, with “22” being the first of Tini’s songs to hit the top 10 of the Billboard Argentina Hot 100. A good way to mark that rising popularity was by having Manchester City’s Sergio Agüero star in her music video.
Sporting a bad hairstyle and a shirt that’s maybe just a bit too large for him, Agüero arrives early on to a club. He enjoys the performance and does a little dance before becoming the romantic interest of the video, but only briefly. He does his best with another dance before they give him a football, but it’s a catchy song and a fun cameo from Agüero.
Now, for the bad one.
Lyon’s Memphis has added another song to his growing musical career, the latest one being the July release “Fall Back.” Like his previous single “No Love” (which I rambled about in January), “Fall Back” hits familiar themes of women liking money (“She will fall in love when you put diamonds in her face,” he sings), remembering where he came from (“I’m in my old hood kicking it with my dogs”), it’s mostly about him enjoying his own rich life.
Private jets are not just available to sing in front of, but Memphis provides a brief history to anyone who doesn’t watch Vanderpump Rules: “that’s a PJ / It’s a private jet, I mean.” The player also wears bold clothing that’s obviously expensive and evidently horrible to demonstrate the wealth he’s earned. It feels from the same “No Love” came from, because it’s telling a version of the same story. Instead of Memphis telling a story of heartbreak, he’s telling his version of a triumph.
It of course isn’t very good, but it doesn’t have to be. Memphis is just enjoying his life, which is the point of “Fall Back.”
tl;dr: Sergio Agüero was in a music video, and Memphis made a music video. The first one’s good, and the second one isn’t, but they’re both entertaining!
Links of the Day
Former Netherlands international Fernando Ricksen has died aged 43 after a battle with motor neuron disease.
Deaf footballer Will Palmer says he was abused by an opponent in an FA Youth Cup match between his Stamford and Lincoln City.
A new Amnesty International report revealed that migrants continue to be exploited despite Qatar’s claims to improve working conditions as it prepares for the 2022 World Cup.
Today’s longer read: Marina Hyde on Sahar Khodaryi, the Iranian woman who lit herself on fire after facing a prison sentence for entering a stadium, and FIFA’s lack of action on the country’s discriminatory ban on women in stadiums for The Guardian