Shall we end the week with a question?
Ramble of the Day
I’ll get to the chase: Of active footballers, who is your favorite player that’s never played for one of your teams? Favorite can mean a bunch of things — doesn’t necessarily have to be the best player, just one you like a lot.
I’ll go with Marta, and all I will do is embed a video of highlights.
Honorable mentions: N’Golo Kanté, Kylian Mbappé
tl;dr: I haven’t hit 100 words yet, you don’t need this.
Links of the Day
A man has been banned for five years from European sporting events after abusing Brescia’s Mario Balotelli during a match against Hellas Verona in November.
American Sergiño Dest left Ajax’s midseason camp in Qatar early, feeling uncomfortable in the region while tensions between the United States and Iran continue.
The International Olympic Committee has warned athletes not to participate in political protest during the Summer Games in Tokyo.
Today’s longer read: Brian Phillips’s guide to England’s golden generation of footballers doing a “circle-of-life thing” and beginning their coaching careers for The Ringer