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Hargreaves’ Story All Too Familiar For United often caught on the wrong side of the moral spectrum, Manchester City will relish this opportunity to make their rivals look just as base.

Known for his charitable work, and reportedly willing to play for free, United threw Hargreaves to the wayside, presumably believing that injuries had finally overwhelmed the once great player. A two time Champions League winner, Hargreaves is about as cosmopolitan as an Englishman can be – fluent in German and an expert penalty taker. During his time at Bayern Munich, he gained legitimate respect from more broadly versed European football observers, his talents appreciated as being many varied and translatable to more than just the parochial atmosphere of English football.

At the 2006 World Cup, a series of dynamic performances – culminating in a penalty conversion against Portugal – earned Hargreaves the attention of Sir Alex Ferguson and, eventually, a move to Manchester United in the summer of 2007.

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Today’s Women’s World Cup Farce, And Two Other Handballs That Rocked The World

Immortalized in legos..

1. Bruna vs AustraliaLet me paint the picture for you. It’s one-nil Australia at the Women’s World Cup, both the Australians and opponents Equatorial Guinea are badly in need of a win to salvage their chances of qualifying from Group D. A cross from the left is steered onto the post by an Australian attacker, from there it rebounds into the arms of Bruna, a defender for Equatorial Guinea. Without batting an eyelid, the number two catches the ball, takes a step and drops it again, before casually jogging away amidst mass protests within the Australian ranks.

I don’t know which is more bizarre, Bruna deciding to catch the ball, or the referee somehow not noticing. Either way, this latest farce will do nothing to silence skeptics who refuse to appreciate the women’s game, though on the other hand, it might attract a few NBA fans looking for entertainment during the lockout.

2. Henry vs Republic of Ireland- Perhaps the most blatant example of cheating since Maradona in 1986, Henry’s handball sent the footballing World into meltdown. Call for punishment was immediate, the more civil minded Irish asking for a ban, the less so, castration.

In the end, Henry emerged out of the incident with his reputation slightly sullied, but without any major punishment from the footballing bodies. Karma would soon do its job though…

3. Maradona vs EnglandFootball’s original sin, Maradona’s hand of god goal at the 1986 World Cup remains the most famous instance of cheating in all of sporting history. Jumping up, Maradona managed to punch the ball beyond English goalkeeper Peter Shilton, to score a goal that would eventually consign England to a World Cup exit.

Famously, Maradona refused to accept blame initially, calling the goal “the hand of God.” However, unlike Henry, karma never came into play, not only did Maradona go on to score the goal widely regarded as the greatest of all time in that very game, but Argentina went on to win the World Cup.