Who was your hero as a boy?

When I was younger I looked at the Portuguese players like Figo and Rui Costa, and saw how they were performing on the biggest stage – and I knew I wanted to reach that level.

How did your parents help you get started on a career in football?

They let me leave Madeira at age 12 to join Sporting Lisbon. I remember crying, but only now I have my son do I understand how hard it must have been for them to let me go. They did the right thing for my career, but it would not have been easy for them.

Who has been your biggest supporter through your career?

My mother, she always has been and is a constant support to me.

Was there anyone who made a special effort to help you at the start of your career?

Aurelio Pereira [chief scout at Sporting Lisbon – the man who discovered him] has always been a very important man in my life from a young age. He believed in me, and he is a very special man.

What do you feel you learned about yourself from the Euro 2016 final?

I knew that I couldn’t influence the game on the field [after going off injured in the 25th minute], but I could play a big role. I gave a speech at half-time and was giving all the directions and encouragement I could from the side. It taught me about the importance of being one. Football is not about 11 on the field, it is so much more than that.

What’s the most important lesson football taught you?

To use negative people and experiences to motivate you. I actually need my haters – they have helped me achieve all I have achieved.

Which manager/coach has had the greatest effect on you as a player?

I do see Sir Alex Ferguson as a father figure. All my coaches have been important, but when I arrived at Real Madrid I was a man, when I arrived at Manchester United I was a boy. All of a sudden you are at one of the biggest clubs in the world, and at that time I needed somebody like Sir Alex.

What manager or player has been the best in raising the spirits of a despondent dressing room?

Zinedine Zidane was a perfect example of that last season. We had not started well, but then he arrived and was the catalyst for one of my best-ever seasons. We went on a great run in La Liga, won the Champions League, and then I won the European Championships with Portugal. It was a great season for me and Real Madrid, and the right coach can be that inspiration.

Who is the toughest opponent you ever faced?

Over the years I had some great battles with Ashley Cole – he doesn’t give you a second to breathe. He was such a tenacious player, quick, tough in the tackle – when he was at his peak. You knew it would never be an easy game.

Which opposing player do you most admire?

There is a big mutual respect between myself and Lionel Messi. The media like to make out like we have this big rivalry, but we don’t. It is not like we are good friends, but there is a mutual respect on both sides.

Who has been the most generous team-mate, in terms of helping others or being generous with his time and money?

Where I have played both the clubs and players have taken their charitable works seriously. We do have a responsibility to help, we know how fortunate we are, it’s something we need to be doing and continue to do.

Which team-mate would you want next to you in a war?

Pepe – not only is he a fantastic defender, he leaves nothing on the field. He gives everything.

Which of your colleagues or former managers is the deepest thinker about football?

I have played for so many great coaches, but José Mourinho was a big thinker analytically, he went into everything in great detail.

Who was the biggest influence on your career?

I was.

Which team-mate, either at club or international level, has been the biggest inspiration?

My biggest inspiration has always been myself; nobody puts bigger demands on me than me. I said I admired Figo and Rui Costa, but I never wanted to emulate anybody – I have just always focused on being the best me I can.


Took the dogs out for a hike yesterday. Haven’t hiked since… July? And it was much needed. It wasn’t much; about 3 flat miles on the trail closest to my house, but it was enough. It’s so easy for me to yearn to hike but my schedule keeps me so busy and my anxiety keeps me feeling guilty if I am doing anything other than working.
So needless to say it was extremely therapeutic. I needed it so much. My stress washed away and the world became simple and clear. The dogs were happy and carefree. It was a beautiful warm day for late October.

Many people say Colorado is ugly this time of the year, all brown and yellow. I feel sad for those who think green is the only beautiful color. I thought the views were just as beautiful as ever.

Sorry for the phone photos, I didn’t bring my camera along this time!

anonymous asked:

Rhaegar Targaryen abducted Lyanna Stark to have a third dragon, a Visenya in order to fullfill a ancient prochecy. If he had won the war, what will his reaction be if he found out that lyanna gave birth to a boy?

I honestly don’t believe that theory to be true. It’s not a quick and easy way to prove this theory false like A + J = C + J, but it relies on too many unbacked assumptions, and has a few snags in it (why name the eldest Rhaenys instead of Visenya, just to start) that stand in the way that leads me to believe that Rhaegar was trying to repeat the Conquest Trio. You only need three heads; the gender doesn’t matter, Maester Aemon proves it:

What fools we were, who thought ourselves so wise! The error crept in from the translation. Dragons are neither male nor female, Barth saw the truth of that, but now one and now the other, as changeable as flame. The language misled us all for a thousand years 

Thanks for the question, Anon.

SomethingLikeALawyer, Hand of the King

Rest In Jesus

Jesus essentially says to us: “I call you only to do those things you were created to do, and you will find therefore that my yoke is easy. I put on you the burden of following me, but I have already paid the price, so that when you fail you will be forgiven. I’ve taken off you the burdens that other people have. I’ve removed the burden of earning your own salvation through your striving and effort. I’ve removed the burden of guilt or shame for past failures. I’ve taken off the burden of having to prove yourself worthy of love. I am therefore the only Lord and master who, if you find me, will satisfy you, and, if you fail me, will forgive you.”

The claim is that Jesus is the only master, the only thing to live for that will not exploit you.  See Matthew 11:28-30

anonymous asked:

When I was a child, I didn't believe I was a real person and thought I was a book character who's actions were constantly being recorded by an unknown author. Is this simply a childhood fantasy, or an early symptom? Now I have fears of being recorded and a hard time with the concept of reality....

It’s not always easy to tell if occurrences in childhood were early symptoms or indeed just child fantasy, and between you and I only you have the personal knowledge to truly speculate. However, since there’s a pattern established, it’s possible you were experiencing delusions already as a child.
- Mod Alex

i’d like to explain a few things about why people reblog their own posts

  • making gifs and edits is hard, okay. it might seem easy to you, but try doing it yourself and you’ll have much more respect for people making stuff on tumblr
  • when you put a lot of effort in creating something, it’s only natural that you want it to be acknowledged by people
  • t i m e z o n e s. we’re all from different timezones and when you post something, it might not get any notes because most people were asleep at the moment
“I quit my job because my boss was homophobic” by @natvanlis

“Like many “starving artist” types, I’ve worked a lot of side jobs. But no matter what I’m doing, I always try to find the positive in it. With bartending, it was easy. I enjoyed listening to the woes of strangers, and the science and creativity that goes into a well-crafted cocktail. I had fun making my own playlists to work to, and the sense of community I found in my regular customers made the scent of stale beer on my jeans oddly comforting. But something happened during my last gig that challenged my ability to see the good in everything….”

(Read the full article on afterellen)


Starships were meant to fly
Hands up and touch the sky
*I wanna line the pieces up, yours and mine*
Let’s do this one last time.

This costume is proof that it’s completely dangerous when two of my unrelated interests collide.

It also proves that I have no idea how to do casual cosplay lmao. When I first decided to scrape together a costume based off of the flawless memes of Nicki’s Met Gala dress, I envisioned a project that would take me maaaaaybe a week, and be something fun/not serious to wear at this past Otakon.

A month, 15+ yards of belting, endless amounts of Velcro, and 24 distinct buckles later, Keyblade Master Nicki Minaj had kicked my ass, but she was finally done.

getting to cosplay Nicki again was worth all that pain ;A;

Lucky lucky for me, ChezPhoto @chezphoto was willing to take some shots of this joke-I-swear-oh-gOD-why-this-is-too-much-i-have-so-many-regrets cosplay.

It was wonderful as always to work with her, I never get tired of how sweet and considerate she is, and ofc she was able to turn my completely embarrassing memelord project into something stunning and magical. That’s Talent, people. Skill and Talent.

more of my cosplay HERE

they took the hair on our legs and decided it was a shameful, disgusting thing

they said nothing about their own leg hair

they took our genitals and decided it was an ugly, disgusting and shameful thing, only good enough for them to use for their pleasure

they praised their own genitals and drew them on every corner of this planet

they took our bodies and decided they have to be fragile, small and easy to objectify, or we aren’t worth as human beings anymore

they keep their human value no matter what they look like

they took our periods, neglecting they were all born from them, and decided they were gross and shameful thing, not even to be mentioned in their presence

all pain they have to go through is over-dramatized and talked about constantly

they took our clothes and made it uncomfortable, see through, impractical, revealing, objectifying

then they accused us of distracting them when we wear it, accused us of asking for unwanted touch and abuse when they feel entitled to our bodies

they set us up in a trap then laughed at us for suffering inside of it

they never intended to acknowledge our pain

what’s been done to us is “life”, according to them

what they do to each other is “our fault”, according to them

we’ve been used as scapegoats for their own faults

we’ve been used as toys for their pleasure and satisfaction

we’ve been used as trophies for them to show off their importance

it was enough

I had enough.

Tuesday Twitter Roundup: 11-24 October

Those Wacky Millennials

When I was just a babygay, I passionately identified as both queer and bookish, but I had not yet considered the intersection between the two. It was one conversation with my mom that set me on a lifelong path of queer women reading, it went like this:

“Danika, have you read Rubyfruit Jungle by Rita Mae Brown?”
“No, what’s that?”
“And you call yourself a lesbian.”

That back-and-forth opened the door to a whole world of stories in which women could love women. At first, I thought there were dozens of these books. When I couldn’t find many, I started a book blog with the “humble” goal of reading “everything lesbian.” Six years later, that idea is laughable. There are way more lesbian and bi women books out there than I could possibly read in my lifetime, and although I want there to be even more, I am profoundly grateful for the many, many we do have. It’s easy to think that only a handful of LGBTQ books exist: the ones that are recommended over and over by mainstream book media as their token Pride examples. Happily, that’s not true. There are queer books in every genre, for every reader.

A 100 book list can’t possibly contain the multitudes of queer women books worth reading out there! I tried to make this an example of the diversity of lesbian and bi women books out there, but it does come with my own bias. For example, I don’t read much romance (yet), so there aren’t many romance titles on this list. I included some of the classics, but also titles that are my personal favourites, but are lesser-known and might be new to you.


It’s actually easy to move on. It’s just hard to forgive; to forgive how stupid you were, to forgive how you thought you were right all along, to forgive how it was. Because honestly, you wish it didn’t even happen in the first place. You would’ve stayed as the strong person you once were, not having to pick up the broken pieces only to find yourself desperately trying to align the crooked parts back together. Maybe that’s why people mistake it for the difficulty of moving on. It’s just tough to get back to how you were before you jumped into the unknown thinking it would be wonderful. Yes, it might have been great on some notes. But, the truth is, that’s not the memories you hold on to. You end up remembering what was bitter than what was sweet. That’s when you find it hard to forgive yourself for not realising that every single thing, right from the beginning was a huge mistake you never thought you made.