WAGS of Saudi Pro League football stars steal the show as Al-Hilal FC wins top title

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The partners of Al-Hilal midfield Nicolás Milesi and forward Ezequiel Cerutti arrive at the King Fahd Stadium in Riyadh during the Al-Hilal and Al-Fateh match.
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The partner of Ezequiel Cerutti.
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Nicolas Milesi's wife and child.
Updated 15 April 2018
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WAGS of Saudi Pro League football stars steal the show as Al-Hilal FC wins top title

  • Saudi government in January enabled women to attend football matches

RIYADH: The wives and girlfriends of the Al-Hilal players added some glamor to the occasion when the Riyadh giants won the Saudi Pro League title.

The fiancèe of star midfield Nicolás Milesi and the wife of big-money forward Ezequiel Cerutti were among the crowd of 23,000 at the King Fahd Stadium in Riyadh as Al-Hilal beat Al-Fateh 4-1.  

Dressed conservatively, they were benefiting from the ruling issued by the Saudi government in January that enabled women to attend football matches for the first time.

Milesi, the 25-year-old Uruguayan, has been at Al-Hilal since 2016 while Cerutti, his countryman, joined the club in January in a £4 million move from San Lorenzo.  

The South American pair were both part of the side who clinched the Saudi Pro League title for the club for the 15th time on a night of big celebrations in the capital city.

Omar Khribin, was the hero for Al-Hilal, scoring a hat-trick. 


Celine Dion returns to Canada to kick off world tour

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Celine Dion returns to Canada to kick off world tour

  • The Grammy winner also recently announced the release of a new album titled “Courage”
  • She said in April that she felt motivated to create new music and hit the road after the 2016 death of her husband and manager

QUEBEC CITY: After living and crooning for years in Las Vegas, French-Canadian superstar Celine Dion returned home to Quebec to kick off her first world tour in a decade on Wednesday.
At 51, the Grammy winner also recently announced the release of a new album titled “Courage,” which will be her 12th in English and is due out on November 15.
The first single “Flying On My Own,” featuring her powerful vocals backed by techno beats, has already hit the airwaves, while three more dropped Wednesday: “Courage,” “Lying Down” and “Imperfections.”
Known for her blockbuster ballads, Dion said in April that she felt motivated to create new music and hit the road after the 2016 death of her husband and manager Rene Angelil.
“When I lost Rene, he wanted me back on stage. He wanted to make sure I was still practicing my passion,” she said. “I wanted to prove to him that I’m fine, we’re fine, we’re going to be OK. I’ve got this.”
So, after more than 1,140 concerts for 4.5 million fans over 16 years in Sin City, she bid adieu to the Colosseum at Caesars Palace with a final two-hour show.
“Courage is exactly the way I feel,” she told public broadcaster CBC at the time, talking up the upcoming tour of the same name.
“In the past three years, it has been difficult for me to talk to my children, to raise them, to lose my husband, wondering am I going to sing again... so much has happened, but at the same time I feel that I’m in control of my life.”
Some 60 dates in North American have been confirmed so far, her label said, with two arena shows in Quebec City on Wednesday and Saturday kicking off the tour, which will run through April 2020, and will be her first world tour since 2008-2009.
Her show was almost two hours of mastery, as she performed some of her greatest hits — from “I’m Alive” to “My Heart Will Go On” — as well as new material to an ecstatic crowd of roughly 20,000.
“It was really impossible to miss Celine at home,” Nicolas Delivre, a French university exchange student in Montreal, told AFP.
Donald Berard, from Quebec City, said he had grown up listening to Dion. “We love her like a member of our family.”
“Courage” marks the first album and tour in Dion’s long career without Angelil, who steered her success beginning in 1981 when he mortgaged his house to finance the young teen’s debut album.
The pair began a personal relationship in 1988 when she was only 19 years old, and married in a lavish ceremony in 1994. Angelil died of throat cancer at age 73.
In an interview with NBC’s Today show, Dion revealed that she longs for the hugs and laughs that come with a relationship, but added, “I’m not ready to date.”
The youngest of a family of 14 children raised in the suburbs of Montreal, Dion has sold 250 million copies of 23 studio albums in English and French, including collaborations with French singer-songwriter Jean-Jacques Goldman, Barbra Streisand and Stevie Wonder.
Back in Canada, she told the Montreal Gazette that the tour schedule was “a little crazy,” but that she had found time in advance to take in life’s small pleasures.
At a press junket last Friday, Dion told Radio-Canada: “There are good wines that age well, and there are good wines that age badly. I hope to be a good bottle of wine.”
“I’m not a new Celine,” Dion added. “I’m a continuity of myself.”