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Gospel singer, Muyiwa Olarewaju receives an OBE medal from Prince William
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Gospel singer, Muyiwa Olarewaju receives an OBE medal from Prince William

British- Nigerian gospel singer,  Muyiwa Olarewaju has received the Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) Award. The award-winning singer, 52, was presented the Officer of the Order of the British Empire medal by the Duke of Cambridge, Prince William, at an investiture ceremony held at Windsor Castle on Wednesday, January 12. The BBC One talent show judge and radio host was awarded an OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List 2020 for his services to music. The 52-year-old singer took to his Instagram page on Friday to share pictures of the investiture ceremony and wrote:  “For Services to music. Thank you to everyone that has relentlessly invested in this ‘young man’. You made it possible. A lecturer of mine told me no one is paying attention to you doing gosp...
Genk striker Onuachu becomes first Nigerian to win Belgian Golden Shoe
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Genk striker Onuachu becomes first Nigerian to win Belgian Golden Shoe

The 27-year-old has been rewarded for his outstanding goalscoring record in the Belgian top-flight last season   Genk striker Paul Onuachu has become the first Nigerian player to win the Belgian Golden Shoe. Onuachu was crowned at a ceremony on Wednesday night as he beat off Club Brugge duo Noa Lang and Charles Des Ketelaere to the award. The 2021 award recognises the Super Eagles star's performances for the 2020-21 season where he finished as the First Division A top scorer with 33 goals in 38 matches.
“Nobody holy pass” – BBNaija’s Ka3na addresses those slut shaming her
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“Nobody holy pass” – BBNaija’s Ka3na addresses those slut shaming her

Big Brother Naija star, Ka3na has addressed people who are always slut shaming her and accusing her of chasing clout. "Nobody holy pass. Easy with the name calling that I 'm not getting recognition for. Year don dey end still no award for clout of the year. Y'all called me a slut  I accepted. Still no recognition. Y'all stop giving me names without benefits" she wrote.
How my football career ended after winning Ballon d’Or – Michael Owen
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How my football career ended after winning Ballon d’Or – Michael Owen

Former England striker, Michael Owen, has narrated how his football career ended after he won the Ballon d’Or at the age of 21. Twenty years ago, Owen, then 21, won the most prestigious individual award beating off competition from Raul Gonzalez and Oliver Kahn in the voting. He won the award after helping Liverpool to a UEFA Cup, FA Cup and League Cup treble. Owen, who is the last Englishman to have won the Ballon d’Or, spoke to Daily Mail on the 20th anniversary of him winning the award. The former England international said he was unaware of the injury issues that lay ahead and did not think it would be the only time he would win the Ballon d’Or. “At 21? Oh, I definitely thought I could win another Ballon d’Or,” Owen told the Daily Mail. “I still didn’t know injuries...
Horan and Rodman win U.S. Soccer Female Player of the Year awards
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Horan and Rodman win U.S. Soccer Female Player of the Year awards

The USWNT and Washington Spirit stars were honored for their standout years Lindsey Horan has been voted the 2021 U.S. Soccer Female Player of the Year, while Trinity Rodman took home U.S. Soccer's 2021 Young Female Player of the Year award. Horan, who won the award for the first time, led the USWNT in minutes in 2021, starting 18 of her 22 games while tallying six goals and five assists. Rodman, meanwhile, was named the NWSL Rookie of the Year after a breakout campaign in which she helped the Washington Spirit win the league championship.  
Tyson Fury included on BBC SPOTY shortlist despite legal threat
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Tyson Fury included on BBC SPOTY shortlist despite legal threat

Tyson Fury has been named on the shortlist for the BBC's Sports Personality of the Year award despite threatening to sue the broadcaster if they nominate him for the award. The broadcaster has ignored his warning, however, as they announced their shortlist on Monday. Tennis star and US Open winner Emma Raducanu is the odds-on favourite to lift the trophy. Tom Daley, Adam Peaty, Raheem Sterling and Dame Sarah Storey are also on the shortlist. Fury has had a long-running battle with the broadcaster which began in 2015 following his first world title victory over Wladimir Klitschko. He caused controversy that year following a string of homophobic and sexist comments with a petition demanding his removal from the SPOTY shortlist attracting more than 140,000 signatures. Fury, u...
Ligue 1: PSG change kits over Messi’s 7th Ballon d’Or victory
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Ligue 1: PSG change kits over Messi’s 7th Ballon d’Or victory

Paris Saint-Germain on Sunday wore a special edition of their home kit to commemorate their main-man, Lionel Messi’s record-breaking seventh Ballon d’Or. Messi controversially won the individual award last month, beating Bayern Munich talisman, Robert Lewandowski in the process. PSG, as a way of celebrating their star man’s success, the squad all donned a limited edition version of their usual home strip that featured gold lettering and numbers on the back. Messi seemingly agrees that Bayern Munich’s Robert Lewandowski deserved the award when he said during his acceptance speech, “I’d like to mention Robert, it’s been a real honour to compete with him. “I think France Football should award you your 2020 Ballon d’Or, you deserved it.” Since joining the French side in the su...
Gary Neville names ‘man of the match’ as Man United defeat Norwich
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Gary Neville names ‘man of the match’ as Man United defeat Norwich

Former Manchester United captain, Gary Neville, has named goalkeeper David De Gea as his man of the match as the Red Devils defeated Norwich City 1-0 in a Premier League tie on Saturday night. Neville believes De Gea deserved the man of the match award for the couple of saves he made during the encounter against Norwich. Cristiano Ronaldo’s second-half penalty gave Ralf Rangnick’s men all three points against Norwich at Carrow Road. “They [Man United] have been well below their best here,” Neville said during commentary on Sky Sports. “Norwich have been very unlucky.” He added, “I am going to give it [the man of the match award] to David De Gea for a couple of saves he’s made that maintained that Man United clean sheet.” The win against Norwich left Man Unite...
Ballon d’Or 2021: Be sincere to yourself, not empty words – Lewandowski slams Lionel Messi
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Ballon d’Or 2021: Be sincere to yourself, not empty words – Lewandowski slams Lionel Messi

Bayern Munich striker, Lewandowski has told Paris Saint-Germain superstar, Lionel Messi to be sincere to himself and not speak empty words concerning the 2021 Ballon d’Or awards. Lewandowski came second in the race for the award with Messi winning it for a record seventh time to extend his lead over Cristiano Ronaldo with two. Lewandowski has now admitted that he was sad when the individual most popular award was handed to Messi in Peris. The Polish striker scored an incredible 48 goals and provided nine assists in 40 matches in all competitions for the German giants as they won the Bundesliga, DFL-Supercup, UEFA Super Cup and FIFA Club World Cup. Lewandowski has already scored 16 goals in 14 games this season. “I felt sadness,” Lewandowski told Polish outlet Kanale Sporto...
BBC reveals its African Sports Personality of the Year 2021 award nominees
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BBC reveals its African Sports Personality of the Year 2021 award nominees

The shortlist for the BBC African Sports Personality of the Year 2021 award has been announced. The six contenders for the accolade were chosen by a panel of sports journalists from Africa and the United Kingdom. The panel selected a shortlist based on the best African sporting achievements on the international stage in 2021 (between January and September). The BBC disclosed that the impact of the person's achievement beyond their particular sport was also taken into account. The nominees are: Eliud Kipchoge (athletics) Faith Kipyegon (athletics) Ntando Mahlangu (para-athletics) Christine Mboma (athletics) Edouard Mendy (football) Tatjana Schoenmaker (swimming) Voting closes at 23:59 GMT on Sunday, 19 December and t...
Watford’s Dennis battles Jota, Cancelo for Premier League Player of the Month award
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Watford’s Dennis battles Jota, Cancelo for Premier League Player of the Month award

The 24-year-old made a remarkable impact in the month under review, even though the Hornets managed just a win out of three matches Watford striker Emmanuel Dennis has been nominated for the Premier League Player of the Month award after his impressive performances in November. The Nigeria star enjoyed a fine run in front of the goal with a contribution of two goals and two assists in three league appearances. After a 1-0 loss to Arsenal on November 7, Dennis' goal and a brace of assists helped Claudio Ranieri's side to secure a 4-1 victory at Old Trafford.
Super Eagles star Emmanuel Dennis nominated for Premier League Player of The Month For November
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Super Eagles star Emmanuel Dennis nominated for Premier League Player of The Month For November

Super Eagles and Watford striker, Emmanuel Dennis has been nominated for the November Premier League Player of the Month award. On Friday, December 3, 2021, the Premier League announced six nominees for the award for the month of November. Since joining the Hornets this season, Dennis has found the back of the net six times in thirteen league appearances and provided five assists for Watford. He found the back of the net two times out of the four games his side played in the month of November, scoring the two goals consecutively against Manchester United and Leicester City. He also scored in their narrow 1-2 loss to Chelsea on Wednesday. Emmanuel Dennis will compete for the award with Trent Alexander-Arnold (Liverpool), Joao Cancelo (Manchester Cit...
Ballon d’ Or 2021: We’ve to give credit to result, Messi won – Ancelotti
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Ballon d’ Or 2021: We’ve to give credit to result, Messi won – Ancelotti

Real Madrid boss, Carlo Ancelotti, has insisted that the 2021 Ballon d’ Or result deserves credit as Paris Saint-Germain’s Lionel Messi wins this year’s top individual award. Ancelotti spoke to the press on Tuesday ahead of Real Madrid’s LaLiga clash with Athletic Club on Wednesday. DAILY POST reports that France Football, organizers of the Ballon d’Or, named Messi as the winner of this year’s award on Monday night in Paris ahead of Bayern Munich’s Robert Lewandowski and Chelsea’s Jorginho. Messi’s victory sparked a rife debate but Ancelotti feels that the result must be given respect. The Italian also wished for a Real Madrid winner in next year’s edition. “You have to give credit to the result [of Ballon d’Or 2021]. Messi has won and is still a great player. And there’s ...
Ballon d’Or 2021: Barcelona star Pedri wins Kopa Trophy as best U-21 player
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Ballon d’Or 2021: Barcelona star Pedri wins Kopa Trophy as best U-21 player

Barcelona midfielder Pedri has been named the winner of the Kopa Trophy as best U-21 player at the ongoing Ballon d’Or award ceremony. He defeated nine other nominees to win the award. Other nominees were Mason Greenwood (Manchester United/England); Bukayo Saka (Arsenal/England); Jeremy Doku (Rennes/Belgium); Ryan Gravenberch (Ajax/Netherlands); Jamal Musiala (Bayern Munich/Germany); Florian Wirtz (Bayer Leverkusen/Germany); Jude Bellingham (Borussia Dortmund/England); Giovanni Reyna (Borussia Dortmund/USA); and Nuno Mendes (Paris Saint-Germain/Portugal). Pedri joined Barca as a 17-year-old from Las Palmas in the summer of 2020 but quickly established himself as a key fixture in the Catalan club’s midfield. He made 52 appearances in his first season at Camp Nou, winning th...
Ballon d’Or 2021: Lewandowski wins Striker of the Year award
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Ballon d’Or 2021: Lewandowski wins Striker of the Year award

FC Bayern striker Robert Lewandowski has won the ‘Striker of the year’ award at the ongoing Ballon d’Or ceremony in France. The Polish striker won the inaugural trophy at the award ceremony in Paris. The Bayern Munich and Poland striker pilfered a Bundesliga record 41 goals in just 29 games last season to eclipse the long-standing mark set by the late Gerd Mueller. Lewandowski, 33, scooped FIFA’s prize for best male player of 2020. While receiving the award, the player said, “I’m very proud of this trophy, I know what it means to be ready to score the goal. Everything I do I have to thank my teammates, coach, and staff. Without them, it’s difficult to be at the front.”
Ballon d’ Or 2021: Cristiano Ronaldo to miss award ceremony
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Ballon d’ Or 2021: Cristiano Ronaldo to miss award ceremony

Manchester United forward, Cristiano Ronaldo, will not be in Paris on Monday night for the 2021 Ballon d’ Or ceremony. This claim was made by a respected Portuguese journalist, Pedro Sepulveda. Sepulveda disclosed this in a tweet via his handle on Monday afternoon. He tweeted: “Cristiano Ronaldo will not be in Paris today for the Ballon D’or ceremony.” France Football will announce the winner of this year’s Ballon d’Or later tonight. Ronaldo is among the 30-man nominees shortlisted for the award recently. The Portugal captain, who was benched in Man United’s 1-1 draw with Chelsea on Sunday, will rival Paris Saint-Germain’s Lionel Messi, who has been tipped to win his seventh Ballon d’Or by many, Bayern Munich’s Robert Lewandowski and Chelsea’s Jorginho....
Musical Theater Legend, Stephen Sondheim dies at 91
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Musical Theater Legend, Stephen Sondheim dies at 91

Stephen Sondheim, the legendary songwriter who reshaped the American musical theater in the 20th century with his lyrics, has died. He was 91. His death was announced by his Texas-based attorney, Rick Pappas, who told The New York Times the composer died on Friday at his home in Roxbury, Connecticut. Sondheim was born March 22, 1930, into a wealthy family, the only son of dress manufacturer Herbert Sondheim and Helen Fox Sondheim. Sondheim influenced several generations of theater songwriters, particularly with such landmark musicals as “Company,” “Follies” and “Sweeney Todd,” which are considered among his best work. His most famous ballad, “Send in the Clowns,” has been recorded hundreds of times, including by Frank Sinatra and Judy Collins. “The theater has lost one of its...
Rapper JAY-Z wins Cologne lawsuit to avoid $67M in damages
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Rapper JAY-Z wins Cologne lawsuit to avoid $67M in damages

A Manhattan jury has cleared Jay-Z in a lawsuit that claimed he breached an endorsement deal for a “Gold Jay-Z” cologne brand by failing to properly promote it, allowing the superstar to avoid $67 million in requested damages. At the end of a three-week trial over the soured product deal with Parlux Fragrances LLC, the jury heard arguments from Jay-Z's attorney that asked “why on earth” the star would have put his name on a product that he wanted to fail. Wednesday's verdict awarded nothing to Parlux but also declined to award any money to Jay-Z, who had sought roughly $6 million in royalties he said he was still owed under the deal. "You failed to prove your case, they failed to prove their case," Justice Andrew Borrok said to an attorney for Parlux after the verdict was read...
Chelsea star Mendy ‘motivated’ by surprise Ballon d’Or snub
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Chelsea star Mendy ‘motivated’ by surprise Ballon d’Or snub

The goalkeeper was a notable absence from the award's 30-man shortlist Chelsea goalkeeper Edouard Mendy admits he was puzzled to see his name left off the Ballon d'Or shortlist, but the omission has only inspired him to achieve greater things in the future. Mendy enjoyed a dream debut season at Stamford Bridge last term, leading the Blues to Champions League glory for the second time in the club's history. But the ex-Rennes man was a conspicuous absentee when the final candidates for the traditional end-of-year award were released.  
Ballon d’Or 2021: Give it to Lewandowski – Luis Suarez tells organisers
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Ballon d’Or 2021: Give it to Lewandowski – Luis Suarez tells organisers

Barcelona and Uruguay legend, Luis Suarez has made a U-turn on his choice of who wins the 2021 Ballon d’Or. Suarez, who had back in October tipped former Barcelona teammate, Lionel Messi for the award, saying, “Because in the Ballon d’Or you should not only look at what one has done in the year, but also you have to see what he is like as a player, seeing what he does year after year. I think he has no rival,” now claims he will give Bayern Munich’s Robert Lewandowski his own Ballon d’Or trophy should the Polish striker not win this year’s prize. Lewandowski appears among the favourites to win the ballon d’Or later this month following another stunning 12 months of action for both club and country. The Polish netted 55 times in 47 appearances for Bayern Munich during the 2019-20...
Ballon d’Or 2021: Stars, managers, ex-footballers pick their favourites to win award
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Ballon d’Or 2021: Stars, managers, ex-footballers pick their favourites to win award

The 2021 ballon d’Or ceremony comes up in less than 20 days and stakeholders have been picking their favourites to win the most prestigious individual gong. The 2021 award is more highly anticipated than usual majorly because the COVID-19 pandemic stopped the ceremony from happening in 2020. Organizers of the award, France Football has already made available the list of 30 stars contending for the award this year. While Lionel Messi, former Barcelona icon and now Paris Saint-Germain forward is hoping to grab a seventh award, Ronaldo is looking to make it sixth while others like Robert Lewandowski, Jorginho, N’Golo Kante, Kevin De Bruyne, Karim Benzema, among others are all contenders. At this stage, coaches, players and ex-players become like regular fans, backing their favou...
Ballon d’Or 2021: Organizers clear air on Messi winning ahead of Lewandowski, Jorginho
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Ballon d’Or 2021: Organizers clear air on Messi winning ahead of Lewandowski, Jorginho

Ballon d’Or organizers, France Football, have rubbished speculations that Lionel Messi of Paris Saint-Germain has already been informed he has won the 2021 award. There was no winner last year, as the event was cancelled because of the outbreak of COVID-19. However, on November 29, this year’s winner will be crowned in Paris, France. Messi is considered to be a frontrunner, with some suggesting that he already has his hands on a seventh individual gong in a remarkable career. But those behind the voting insist no victor has been determined as yet. France Football editor, Pascal Ferre, has told Bild of the Messi speculation: “That’s a lot of bullsh*t we’ve seen in the past 10 days. A big bluff.” Messi faces stiff competition from Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski,...
Ballon d’Or: ‘His numbers are insane’ – De Jong names player that should win award
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Ballon d’Or: ‘His numbers are insane’ – De Jong names player that should win award

Former Manchester City midfielder, Nigel de Jong, has backed Bayern Munich’s Robert Lewandowski to win the Ballon d’Or this year. De Jong believes the Polish striker deserves the award this year because his numbers [goals] are insane. Lewandowski was the favourite to win the Ballon d’ Or in 2020, having scored 55 goals in all competitions for Bayern Munich, but the prestigious prize was not handed out because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The 33-year-old was recently nominated among a 30-man shortlist for this year’s Ballon d’ Or. Lewandowski will rival the likes of Paris Saint-Germain’s Lionel Messi, Chelsea’s Jorginho, Real Madrid’s Karim Benzema, Man United’s Cristiano Ronaldo, among others for the Ballon d’ Or. “Give the Ballon d’Or to Lewandowski already. His numbers are ...
Premier League top scorers 2021-22: Salah, Ronaldo & the race for the Golden Boot
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Premier League top scorers 2021-22: Salah, Ronaldo & the race for the Golden Boot

Goal brings you all this season's top goalscorers from England's top division - who will come out on top? Harry Kane clinched the Premier League Golden Boot award last season with 23 goals, narrowly beating Mohamed Salah to the prestigious award. The race is on once more as the 2021-22 campaign heats up and there are a few more contenders in the mix for the top scorers accolade this time round. Cristiano Ronaldo has returned to Manchester United, while Chelsea have been boosted by another returnee in Romelu Lukaku, and both will be keen to etch their names into history.  
Why I didn’t give Reece James penalty to complete his hat-trick – Jorginho
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Why I didn’t give Reece James penalty to complete his hat-trick – Jorginho

Chelsea midfielder, Jorginho, has claimed his team mate Reece James did not ask to take a late penalty, as they beat Newcastle 3-0 on Saturday. James put the Blues two goals up with a pair of sublime goals in the second half. With nine minutes left at St James’ Park, Kai Havertz was fouled in the area and a penalty was awarded. Before Jorginho took the kick, he asked James if he wanted to take it, but the defender turned down the chance even though he was on a hat-trick. “If he had asked, we would have had a conversation but he didn’t. “He came over to support me,” Jorginho told ESPN Brasil after the game. Speaking about James’ opening goal, Jorginho told Chelsea’s website: “He’s amazing with both feet, so he opened the game for us and it was great, it was a beautiful g...
Ballon d’Or: Pochettino reveals how choosing Messi caused problems with Neymar, Mbappe
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Ballon d’Or: Pochettino reveals how choosing Messi caused problems with Neymar, Mbappe

Paris Saint-Germain manager, Mauricio Pochettino, has admitted that his comment on Lionel Messi deserving to win this year’s Ballon d’Or, has caused a “problem” inside the dressing room. Pochettino backed Messi to win a record-extending seventh award earlier this month. Messi is joined on the 30-man shortlist by PSG teammates Gianluigi Donnarumma, Kylian Mbappe and Neymar. However, after Pochettino chose the 34-year-old as his preferred winner, there was a reaction among the squad. Mbappe and Neymar both have eyes on the individual prize too, which neither have ever won. Pochettino told Diario Sport: “I had a problem saying that Messi should win the Ballon d’Or. “Neymar and Mbappé told me why not them. “In any case, it would be great for any player from Paris to win ...
Nicki Minaj scores legal win as court denies $20 Million default judgment in harassment case
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Nicki Minaj scores legal win as court denies $20 Million default judgment in harassment case

Nicki Minaj has reportedly scored a minor victory in the ongoing legal battle between the rapper, her husband Kenneth Petty and his accuser in the 1994 sexual assault conviction, Jennifer Hough. According to Rolling Stone, a federal clerk for the Eastern District of New York determined that Minaj did not fail to respond to Hough’s lawsuit against her for harassment, thereby denying Hough’s request to fine the couple in default and award a $20 million judgement. In the court docket, the clerk found Minaj hired a lawyer last week to defend her in the ongoing case but that Petty had “not filed an answer or otherwise moved with respect to the complaint.” In an official sworn statement filed by the Queen rapper, Minaj claimed that she thought she hired a lawyer back in September when in...
Cristiano Ronaldo deserves Ballon d’Or now more than ever – Super agent, Jorge Mendes
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Cristiano Ronaldo deserves Ballon d’Or now more than ever – Super agent, Jorge Mendes

Cristiano Ronaldo deserves to win the Ballon d'Or this year more than ever before, according to his agent, Jorge Mendes. Ronaldo has been nominated along the likes of Lionel Messi, Robert Lewandowski and Jorginho to win the prestigious award. If he wins it, it will be the sixth time in his career and Mendes (who manages Jose Mourinho, Di Maria, Moutinho, Falcao and a host of top stars) feels he has done more than enough to win it despite winning only the Coppa Italia last season. Mendes said to France Football : "The figures and statistics linked to the name of Cristiano Ronaldo speak for him and should be enough in my opinion for him to win another Ballon d'Or. The absolutely remarkable total of 115 goals for the Portuguese national team makes him the record holder in the histo...
Ronaldo deserves Ballon d’Or now more than ever – Mendes
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Ronaldo deserves Ballon d’Or now more than ever – Mendes

The Manchester United star faces tough competition for the prize this year but his agent is convinced he deserves to win it Cristiano Ronaldo deserves to win the Ballon d'Or this year more than ever before, his agent, Jorge Mendes, claims. The Manchester United star is among the top candidates to claim the award for his performances in 2021, but has the likes of Lionel Messi, Robert Lewandowski and Jorginho to contend with. Ronaldo is looking to claim the accolade for the sixth time in his career and Mendes feels he has done more than enough to win it despite ending last season with just one trophy - the Coppa Italia - to his name.
Ballon D’Or 2021: I’m not interested in five Chelsea players nominated – Tuchel
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Ballon D’Or 2021: I’m not interested in five Chelsea players nominated – Tuchel

Chelsea manager, Thomas Tuchel, has brutally dismissed five members of his squad nominated for this year’s Ballon D’Or. Captain Cesar Azpilicueta, N’Golo Kante, Jorginho, Mason Mount and Romelu Lukaku all made the 30-man shortlist. Although Tuchel said he is “super happy” for them, he made it clear he does not care for individual awards. Ahead of their Premier League at Brentford on Saturday, Tuchel was asked about his players receiving a nomination for this year’s Ballon d’Or. “Do you believe me if I tell you that I don’t even know who it is on the list? “I’m not into these single, individual awards. I believe this is a team effort. I believe what we did last season, for these players on the list, was a team effort. “We were more than just single players, we were a tea...
UEFA Nations League: France, Spain stars emerge top scorer, player of the tournament
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UEFA Nations League: France, Spain stars emerge top scorer, player of the tournament

Following the conclusion of this year’s UEFA Nations League tournament on Sunday, where France defeated Spain 2-1 in the final at San Siro, below is the top scorer and player of the tournament. France forward, Kylian Mbappe, won the top scorer for this year’s UEFA Nations League. The Paris Saint-Germain star registered two goals and two assists during the tournament. He defeated Spain’s Ferran Torres and France’s Karim Benzema to win the top scorer award. Meanwhile, Spain midfielder, Sergio Busquets, won the player of the tournament following his impressive display for Spain against France in the final. The Barcelona star played 180 minutes during the tournament, had nine ball recoveries, 94% passing accuracy and one assist.
Lionel Messi says he would vote for his PSG team-mates Kylian Mbappe and Neymar for this year’s Ballon d’Or
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Lionel Messi says he would vote for his PSG team-mates Kylian Mbappe and Neymar for this year’s Ballon d’Or

Lionel Messi has revealed that he would vote for his Paris Saint-Germain team-mates Neymar or Kylian Mbappe for the Ballon d'Or, despite being one of the favourite to win the award for a seventh time. The trio alongside fellow teammate goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma are among the 30-players shortlisted for the men's award. The prestigious prize, given to the best footballer of the year returns this year having been cancelled last year due to the coronavirus pandemic. Messi, 34, is the favourite to scoop the top prize ahead of the likes of Robert Lewandowski and Jorginho in the bookmakers' odds. But the Argentine has admitted that he would vote for his new team-mates Mbappe and Neymar. 'Obviously I have two players in my team that I would vote for, Ney and Kylian,' Messi told...
EPL: Cristiano Ronaldo reacts to winning award ahead of Salah
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EPL: Cristiano Ronaldo reacts to winning award ahead of Salah

Manchester United forward, Cristiano Ronaldo, has reacted to winning the Premier League’s Player of the Month for September ahead of Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah. The Portugal captain won the prize ahead of Salah, Everton’s Andros Townsend and Newcastle United’s Allan Saint-Maximin. The 36-year-old scored twice against Newcastle United on his second Man United debut as they won 4-1 at Old Trafford. The former Real Madrid star also found the back of the net against West Ham in a 2-1 victory. However, Ronaldo was unable to stop Man United from losing 1-0 at the end of September against Aston Villa. Reacting, Ronaldo, in a tweet via his Twitter handle on Friday, said he was proud to win the award. The Man United number 7 also thanked his teammates, adding that he couldn’t have ...
Cristiano Ronaldo named Premier League’s Player of the Month for September, but Gary Lineker believes Mo Salah should have won it instead
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Cristiano Ronaldo named Premier League’s Player of the Month for September, but Gary Lineker believes Mo Salah should have won it instead

Cristiano Ronaldo has been named the Premier League's Player of the Month for September for his performances for Manchester United but Gary Lineker, felt he was fortunate to win the award ahead of Mo Salah. Salah was the obvious top contender for the award after his impressive display for Liverpool. He scored in Liverpool's three Premier League matches last month, equalling Ronaldo's tally of three, and arguably contributed more to the Reds around the pitch. Lineker tweeted: 'He’s been terrific, but Mo Salah should’ve won this…. comfortably.' One fan wrote: 'That's absolutely farcical, Ronaldo was useless in most matches he played but scored a few tap ins, Salah was far better than him this month.' While another posted: 'Ronaldo winning POTM in the month Salah confirmed him...
Napoli star Victor Osimhen wins Serie A Player of the Month award
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Napoli star Victor Osimhen wins Serie A Player of the Month award

Napoli and Super Eagles striker, Victor Osimhen has been named Serie A's Player of the Month for September following his amazing start to the 2021-22 season. The 22-year-old poacher beat Inter Milan midfielder Nicolo Barella, AC Milan's Brahim Diaz and Fiorentina's Giacomo Bonaventura to the award organised by the Italian Footballers' Association. Osimhen scored seven goals in six matches across all competitions for Luciano Spalletti's side in September. After he failed to hit the target in Napoli's 2-1 victory over Juventus on September 11, the former Lille striker scored at least a goal in each of the three league matches he played later. Osimhen's brillance in front of goal powered Napoli to the top of the Serie A table and they are yet to drop a point with 21 points from ...
President Buhari honors Rivers state man, Joe Blackson, who died after rescuing 13 people from a river and drowned while attempting to rescue the last person
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President Buhari honors Rivers state man, Joe Blackson, who died after rescuing 13 people from a river and drowned while attempting to rescue the last person

President Buhari has presented a posthumous award to a Nigerian man, Joe Blankson, who died on July 28, 2018, after rescuing thirteen persons and was about to rescue the 14th person when he drowned in Rivers state. Joe was widely celebrated after the tragic incident for his heroic gesture. On Thursday, September 30, President Buhari presented a posthumous award to his wife and two children. Posting photos from the award ceremony on social media, President Buhari wrote; ''On Thursday night at the State House, we honored the memory of Joseph Blankson, a true Nigerian hero, who lost his life while saving others following a boat accident on the Abonnema-Bakana waterway in Rivers State, on July 28, 2018. Blankson successfully rescued 13 persons, and tragically drowned w...
Ronaldo, Salah fight for Premier League prize
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Ronaldo, Salah fight for Premier League prize

Manchester United forward, Cristiano Ronaldo, has been nominated for the Premier League Player of the Month award for September. The 36-year-old has been in fine form since he returned to Old Trafford this summer. Ronaldo scored twice on his debut as United beat Newcastle 4-1, before netting the equalizer in a 2-1 victory at West Ham. He however faces competition for the prize from Liverpool’s Mohammed Salah. Salah found the back of the net in all the fixtures he featured in against Leeds United, Crystal Palace and Brentford. The Egyptian also became the fastest Liverpool player ever to reach 100 league goals. Ronaldo and Salah are nominated along Watford winger Ismaila Sarr; Manchester City’s Joao Cancelo; Chelsea defender Antonio Rudiger and Newcastle United’s Allan...
Victor Osimhen has potential to win next African Footballer Of The Year Award – Kanu Nwank
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Victor Osimhen has potential to win next African Footballer Of The Year Award – Kanu Nwank

Former Super Eagles of Nigeria and Arsenal striker, Nwankwo Kanu has expressed his optimism that Napoli striker Victor Osimhen could become the next Nigerian to be crowned African Footballer of The Year .. Osimhen is the highest goalscorer in Europe at the moment and his club Napoli lead in the Serie A and Kanu, who was the last Nigerian to win the African Player of The Year award in 1999 after winning it earlier in 1996 says that the performance of Osimhen in the Italian Seria A is a clear indication that he can win the coveted award soon. Speaking after the World Heart Day walk in Abuja on Wednesday, September 29, Nwankwo Kanu said; “Osimhen, if you ask me, is the best player in Italy and if any of the current crop of Nigerian players is going to win the African Player o...
Ballon D’Or 2021: I hope Jorginho wins ahead of Messi – Chiellini
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Ballon D’Or 2021: I hope Jorginho wins ahead of Messi – Chiellini

Juventus defender, Giorgio Chiellini, has backed his national team-mate Jorginho to win the Ballon d’Or. Chiellini is set to face Jorginho’s Chelsea in the Champions League on Wednesday. Ahead of the match, the Italian centre back praised Jorginho, who lifted both the Champions League and Euro 2020 trophies this year. The midfielder is one of the favourites to win the Ballon D’Or along with Lionel Messi. But Chiellini told a press conference: “I hope he will be able to win, he is a good friend of mine. It’s an award that would feel like it was mine. “He was involved in a win and emotions that will always be in our hearts. “I’ve always thought he was a good player but after the first few training sessions, I realised how good he is, what a top player he is.”...
Benzema tipped to win Ballon d’Or
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Benzema tipped to win Ballon d’Or

Real Madrid manager, Carlo Ancelotti, has tipped Karim Benzema to win the Ballon d’Or. According to him, Benzema is like fine wine that gets better with age. The award has been won by Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo in recent years, but the 33-year-old’s form has led to calls from the local media for him to be given the prize. Benzema has scored eight times and provided seven assists already this season, with Madrid sitting on top of LaLiga. “For what he’s doing and for what he’s done, he has to be in the list of possible winners. “Saying that, Karim’s got time to win it. I somehow doubt this is his final season – he’s like a fine wine; the older he gets the better he is,” Ancelotti said of Benzema.
Lewandowski reacts after winning European Golden Shoe ahead of Messi, Ronaldo
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Lewandowski reacts after winning European Golden Shoe ahead of Messi, Ronaldo

Bayern Munich striker, Robert Lewandowski, has insisted he does not have to prove himself in another league, after picking up the award for winning the 2020/2021 European Golden Shoe. The last campaign proved to be Lewandowski’s best in terms of his overall contribution in the final third. The Poland international scored 41 goals in 29 league matches for Bayern, despite missing a whole month of action due to injury. The 33-year-old also surpassed Gerd Muller’s record for the most goals scored in a single Bundesliga season and won the European Golden Shoe for the first time in his career, finishing 11 ahead of ex-Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi. Lewandowski was finally presented with the award on Tuesday and said: “I don’t have to prove myself in another league. “I can com...
Piers Morgan credits Meghan Markle as he wins TV Presenter of the Year award; says she has been ‘great for his career’
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Piers Morgan credits Meghan Markle as he wins TV Presenter of the Year award; says she has been ‘great for his career’

Piers Morgan has said that Meghan Markle has been "great" for his career. The 56-year-old broadcaster appeared at the TRIC Awards on Wednesday, September 15, where he picked up the award for TV Presenter of the Year. Piers departed from Good Morning Britain in March following his refusal to apologise for statements in which he expressed disbelief over Meghan Markle's claims that palace aides didn't help her after informing them she was feeling suicidal. Piers' controversial comments sparked a record 58,000 complaints to Ofcom. However, in a ruling earlier this month, the TV regulator cleared ITV of any wrongdoing in broadcasting the comments in context with the views expressed by other presenters. Speaking to Daily Star after winning TV Presenter of the year, Piers boasted a...
Ishaku tasks contractors to speed up ongoing projects before 2023
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Ishaku tasks contractors to speed up ongoing projects before 2023

Governor Darius Dickson Ishaku of Taraba has issued directives to contractors manning various state government projects across the state to speed up work. The directive which came through his Commissioner of Works, Irmiya Hammanjulde, is to ensure that the projects are ready and commissioned before the expiration of the governor’s tenure in 2023. The commissioner who stated this during an interactive session with journalists in Jalingo said the governor had vowed to complete and commission all ongoing projects before 2023, He said the governor plans to award more rural road contracts across the state, to allow for effective access to local agricultural commodities to boost the economy of the state. He said, “I have taken a tour across all ongoing road projects, the contractors ...
BREAKING: Bayern Munich legend, Muller is dead
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BREAKING: Bayern Munich legend, Muller is dead

Bayern Munich legend, Gerd Muller, is dead. Muller passed away at the age of 75 on Sunday morning. Bayern Munich disclosed this in a statement via their website. “Today the world of FC Bayern stands still. The German record champions and its entire fan base mourn Gerd Müller, who died early Sunday morning at the age of 75,” the statement read in part. Müller made history with Bayern Munich and the German national team during his playing days. The former striker scored an unbelievable 566 goals in 607 competitive games for Bayern and set the unprecedented record of 365 goals in the Bundesliga. Muller also secured the top scorer award seven times. For the DFB selection, he scored 68 times in 62 appearances.
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Champions League: UEFA announces winner of Goal of the Season

Porto star Mehdi Taremi’s spectacular strike against Chelsea in the Champions League was voted as UEFA’s Goal of the Season for 2020/21. The voting for the best goal of the 2020/21 season took place on Thursday via UEFA’s website in the various competitions organized by the governing body of European football. Taremi got nearly 30% of the votes to win UEFA’s Goal of the Season for his stunning overhead kick against Chelsea in the quarter-final second leg tie. He defeated the likes of Lorenzo Insigne and Kemar Roofe to win the award. See UEFA’s Goal of the Season top three below; 1st Mehdi Taremi (Chelsea 0-1 PORTO) UEFA Champions League quarter-final second leg, 13/04/2021 2nd Lorenzo Insigne (Belgium 1-2 ITALY) UEFA EURO 2020 quarter-final, 02/07/2021 3rd Kema...
Ronaldo, Messi to clash as Juventus confirm Barca friendly
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Ronaldo, Messi to clash as Juventus confirm Barca friendly

  Cristiano Ronaldo and eternal rival, Lionel Messi, will come head to head when Juventus and Barcelona play each other in a preseason friendly on August 8. The men and women teams of both clubs will meet in the Gamper Trophy, the Bianconeri have confirmed. “Juventus’ summer has just gotten a whole lot more exciting with a fascinating challenge. On August 8, the Bianconeri will challenge Barcelona at the Camp Nou for the Gamper Trophy. “There is a splendid novelty: it will be a double challenge. The Women’s teams will first face off against each other, before then seeing the two men’s sides take to the pitch,” Juventus’ official statement reads. Messi is one of the favourites to win this year’s Ballon d’Or this year – his seventh title. It will put him two ahead ...
Uche Eke: Meet Nigeria’s First Olympics Gymnast
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Uche Eke: Meet Nigeria’s First Olympics Gymnast

According to The PUNCH, with 24-year-old Uche Eke, Nigeria will present a gymnast at the Tokyo Olympics, a thing that has never happened since 1952 when the country started participating in Olympics. Eke, who is Nigeria’s first gymnast at the Olympics, is expected to fly the Nigeria colours on Saturday, July 24. The Nigerian is a master balance. Like in sports, Eke is outstanding intellectually – scooping up a Margaret Mann award for demonstrating exceptional academic ability and professional promise. He graduated from the University of Michigan School of Information’s Master of Science in Information program with a 4.0 GPA. By qualifying for Tokyo Olympics, the 24-year-old Olympic medal hopeful said he has reached his ultimate athletic training goal. “I dream about raising ...
Jeff Bezos donates $100 million each to CNN reporter Van Jones and chef Jose Andres for trying to ‘unify a divisive world’
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Jeff Bezos donates $100 million each to CNN reporter Van Jones and chef Jose Andres for trying to ‘unify a divisive world’

The world's wealthiest man, Jeff Bezos, and owner of Amazon has donated the stunning sum of $200m to CNN contributor Van Jones and chef José Andrés.  He made the announcement on Tuesday, July 21, after flying to the edge of space that he planned to award $100 million each to both men. Bezos said that Jones and Andres were free to do "what they want" with the money. "They can give it all to their own charity," Bezos said at a press conference after his trip to space. "Or they can share the wealth. It is up to them." The money, Bezos said, was tied to a "surprise" philanthropic initiative he wanted to announce called the Courage and Civility Award. The award aims to honor those who have "demonstrated courage" and ...
2021 Ballon d’Or prize between Messi, Jorginho – Zola
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2021 Ballon d’Or prize between Messi, Jorginho – Zola

Former Italy midfielder, Gianfranco Zola, has said this year’s Ballon d’Or prize is between Barcelona captain, Lionel Messi and Chelsea’s Jorginho. Zola believes Jorginho would be a deserving winner of the award, despite Messi’s claims. Jorginho finished the 2020/2021 season as Chelsea’s top scorer in the Premier League with seven goals, albeit they all came from the penalty spot. He carried that form into Euro 2020, playing every game for Italy as they ultimately won the trophy. Messi named favourite to win Ballon d’Or Messi, who has won the Ballon d’Or six times already, finished as LaLiga’s top scorer with 38 goals and 12 assists across all competitions, before leading Argentina to glory in the Copa America. “Now we are talking about a fantastic player like [Lionel...
Saka, Adeyemi, Pedri, others make 80-man shortlist for 2021 Golden Boy Award [Full list]
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Saka, Adeyemi, Pedri, others make 80-man shortlist for 2021 Golden Boy Award [Full list]

  Arsenal’s Bukayo Saka, Red Bull Salzburg’s Karim-David Adeyemi, are some of the names on the 80-man list of nominations for the 2021 Golden Boy award on Friday. The Golden Boy prize is an annual award established by Italian newspaper Tuttosport which is handed to the best player in European football under the age of 21 over the preceding calendar year. Last year, Erling Haaland was named the 2020 Golden Boy, by an international panel after beating off Barcelona’s Ansu Fati. This year, he will be challenged by Arsenal’s Saka, and Red Bull Salzburg’s Adeyemi and Barcelona’s Pedri. Golden Boy final 80 nominees: Karim-David Adeyemi, Red Bull Salzburg. Lucien Jefferson Agoumé, Inter. Rayan Aït-nouri, Wolves. Adil Aouchiche, Saint-Étienne. Benoît Mukinayi B...

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