Leke Oluwole: Le Spice Boy, Golden Balls, Becks, DB7 or simply David Beckham, it seems like everywhere he goes the media follows and swoons over him in legions.
As a footballer whose impact off the pitch seems to overwhelm his impact on it, it was very obvious once he announced his decision not to extend his contract at LA Galaxy that football clubs would fall head over heels in an attempt to sign the superstar.
Bruce Hughes: Do you consider yourself a bit of a sportsperson. You achieved a fair few accolades at school and your friends convinced you that within the next couple of years you could be battling Djokovic, Messi, Armstrong (and his armada of drugs), or whoever else it is at the top of your sport.
You left school with hope in your heart and lofty ambitions of podiums and champagne. Now you’re four weeks into varsity, or maybe it’s a year and four weeks, and you seemed to have regressed in every aspect of your game.
Rob Byrne: I was waiting for that moment, something to change the ebb and flow of the tie.It was almost inconceivable to me that Jose Mourinho would lose out to Manchester United. After all he is a winner, a modern day Napoleon, who has conquered all before him in Portugal, England and Italy.
Spain, however, has proven to be a somewhat trickier proposition for the ‘Special One’, and despite league and cup titles under his belt, he has already surrendered the league title to Barcelona this season.
MELINA MELETAKOS: “Somebody tweeted the other day that they’re glad to see we’re out of our hiatus. It’s like, what f**king hiatus are you talking about? I don’t know where you’ve been, but we’ve been playing,” vents Ashtray Electric guitarist Rudi Cronje, clearly irked.
Not only have they been playing, but Ashtray Electric have recently released new material too and, true to their moniker as indie rock mavericks, they opted for an unorthodox approach to the whole process.
Stephanie Venter: When Oscar shot Reeva, the dreams of a nation died. When Lance admitted to doping, faith in sport quaked. When Tiger slept around, the core idea of a family man was shattered. And when Hansie accepted a bribe, the world ended.
What did these men have in common? Gender. Great talent. Great success. Life in the public eye. And of course, sports. These scandals have been called the death of the sports star, the fall of the heroic role model, and the consequence of modern, branded heroism. It hasn’t helped that three of them were sponsored by Nike.