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Messi welcomed back with guard of honour upon PSG return

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Messi welcomed back with guard of honour upon PSG return

Argentinian football star Lionel Messi as received a guard of honour from his Paris Saint-Germain teammates as he returned from his victory at the Qatar 2022 World Cup. 

The 35-year-old was a crucial player in Argentina’s victory last winter, with Messi himself scoring a total of seven goals throughout the tournament. 

The player also became the first player to win the World Cup Player of the Tournament twice, continuing to set records on multiple fronts. 

 

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The star was given a 10-day beak by PSG following his victorious efforts in Qatar. Returning to the club’s training facilities on Wednesday morning, he is expected to feature in Friday’s Coupe de France clash against Chateauroux. 

He was also handed a gold-plated award from an official at PSG to mark his win, with PSG manager Christophe Galtier saying that the player will be greeted very warmly by fans at the stadium. 

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Rolling Stone’s 200 Greatest Singers of all time turns heads

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Rolling Stone’s 200 Greatest Singers of all time turns heads

The publication of Rolling Stone’s ‘200 Greatest Singers of All Time’ list started back in 2008, honouring the very best in pop music.

However, for their newly released 2023 edition, massive powerhouses Celine Dion, Pink, Justin Bieber, Janet Jackson, Madonna and Jennifer Hudson were excluded. 

“This new list was compiled our staff and key contributors, and it encompasses 100 years of pop music as an ongoing global conversation,” Rolling Stone writes, adding criteria was based on “originality, influence, the depth of an artist’s catalog, and the breadth of their musical legacy.”

However, social media users took some issue with the release, critiquing them for placing figures like Michael Jackson way down at 86 and completely excluding the likes of Dion, John Legend and Rita Moreno. 

Here are the Top 10:

  1. Aretha Franklin
  2. Whitney Houston 
  3. Sam Cooke
  4. Billie Holiday
  5. Mariah Carey
  6. Ray Charles
  7. Stevie Wonder
  8. Beyonce
  9. Otis Redding 
  10. Al Green

Check out the full list here.

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Emily in Paris’ Lucien Laviscount could play James Bond

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Emily in Paris’ Lucien Laviscount could play James Bond

30-year-old ‘Emily in Paris’ Lucien Laviscount might just be up for consideration to become the very next James Bond. 

After the most recent mantle holder Daniel Craig’s stepping away from the role, Laviscount is being considered by producer Barbara Broccoli.

The Daily Mail was informed by an undisclosed source that ‘Lucien ticks all of the boxes. He is a super talented actor, is extremely handsome and in the past 18 months has won lots of new fans since he joined Emily in Paris. 

Bond bosses are reportedly ‘already saying how you can see him in the 007 tuxedo, how dapper and fitting to the role he will look.’ 

Lucien himself first appeared on TV screens in Grange Hill back in 2007, before landing roles in Coronation Street and Waterloo Road. Prior to ‘Emily in Paris’, he took part in Celebrity Big Brother. 

He is now mostly known as Alfie, Emily’s love interest in the hit Netflix series. A number of other actors are also being considered for the secret spy role, including Tom Hardy and Idris Elba. 

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Dry January: Starting the year sober

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Dry January: Starting the year sober

Following a whole month of events and get-togethers, usually featuring more than one drink here and there, many have decided to take on the concept of Dry January to stave off the alcohol.

Known as ‘sample sobriety’, the alcohol free month marathon, the trend helps people with a mild to weak relationship to alcohol see what it is like to live without the liquor.

Considering the fact that alcohol use saw a spike during the COVID-19 pandemic, women especially have been found to consume much more alcohol than men. 

More than a third of US adults took part in Dry January in 2022, according to food and drink market research company CGA. 74% of the 35% who took part said that they succeeded. 

Many have reported immense benefits ranging from sleeping better to being less anxious or irritable. Dry January itself began in 2012 as an initiative by Alcohol Change UK, a British charity, to ‘ditch the hangover, reduce the waistline and save some serious money by giving up alcohol for 31 days.’ 

Of course, such trends are designed to help people whose relationship to alcohol is not severe. In such cases, professional assistance is always recommended. 

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