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Saturday, November 15, 2008

Rafa Benitez and Frank Lampard scoop awards

Liverpool boss Rafa Benitez has won the Premier League's manager of the month award for October, while Chelsea's Frank Lampard is player of the month.

The Reds won all four of their league matches, in the process ending Chelsea's 86-game unbeaten home record, scoring eight goals and conceding six.

Lampard scored two goals in four league games, including a superb angled chip in his side's 3-0 win over Hull City.

It is the first time in three years the midfielder has won the monthly award.

Lampard is the second Chelsea player to win the award this season, after Deco won August's prize.

The 30-year-old Lampard has now won the award three times, one behind the record for the most monthly player accolades.

Six players have won the award on four occasions, including Lampard's England colleagues Steven Gerrard and Wayne Rooney.

Benitez picks up his award having guided Liverpool to victories over Manchester City, Wigan Athletic, Chelsea and Portsmouth.

The Reds twice came from behind, against City and Wigan, then inflicted Chelsea's first home defeat in four years.

Liverpool ended the month with another win, as a late Steven Gerrard penalty proved enough to see off Portsmouth at Anfield.

Benitez has been named manager of the month four times, but has a long way to go to catch all-time record holder Sir Alex Ferguson, who has won the award 21 times in his career

Maldini Donate Half Of His Wages To Charity

Milan legend Paolo Maldini signed on to play another year in order to give half of his wages to charity, according to Tuttosport.
The Italian left-back has been an example and role model to every player in the game, from grass roots learners to some of the world's greats.

He was close to hanging up his boots in the summer but he decided to beat the pain barrier and play on for another season.

Why? To help those who have much less than he has.

Tuttosport claims Il Capitano is giving away 50 percent of his wages to the charity of his choice, and this was the major reason as to why he decided to play another year.

Milan had offered Maldini €1.5 million for the season but the stopper pushed for €3m.

The Rossoneri gave him what he wanted and half of that amount will go towards helping those who need it most.

Over the years the player has donated plenty to good causes and his latest gesture shows just why he has become one of the most admired figures in the game, not just for his football on the pitch, but as a person too.