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Bayern Munich Confident of Signing Haaland Ahead of Man City, Chelsea
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Bayern Munich Confident of Signing Haaland Ahead of Man City, Chelsea

  Bayern Munich are confident they will sign Borussia Dortmund striker, Erling Haaland, next summer if he stays at their rivals for one more season, according to SportsMail. Haaland is wanted by all Europe’s major clubs including Chelsea, Manchester City, Real Madrid and Barcelona. Although Dortmund insist they won’t sell the 20-year-old, it is unlikely to keep away admirers and offers in excess of £100m are expected this summer. Next summer, however, Haaland will be available for about £65million due to a clause in his contract. Bayern believe they can win the race for him under those circumstances, as they seek the long-term replacement for Robert Lewandowski, who turns 33 in August. The prospect of losing another key player to their great rivals would be painful ...
Liverpool vs Real Madrid: Zidane Announces Squad for Champions League tie at Anfield
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Liverpool vs Real Madrid: Zidane Announces Squad for Champions League tie at Anfield

  Real Madrid manager, Zinedine Zidane, has named a 21-man squad to tackle Liverpool in the Champions League quarter-final second-leg tie at Anfield on Wednesday night. Zidane announced the squad in a post on Real Madrid’s official website on Tuesday. Zidane’s men had won Liverpool 3-1 in the first-leg in Spain last week. Real Madrid head to the game after beating Barcelona 2-1 in the LaLiga El Clasico clash last weekend. Below is Real Madrid’s squad against Liverpool: Goalkeepers: Courtois, Lunin and Altube. Defenders: E. Militão, Nacho, Marcelo, Odriozola, F. Mendy and Chust. Midfielders: Kroos, Modrić, Casemiro, Valverde, Isco, Marvin and Arribas. Forwards: Benzema, Asensio, Vini Jr., Mariano and Rodrygo. The kick-off time for Real Madrid vs Liverpool is...
Barcelona topple Real Madrid as world’s richest club, Man Utd drop
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Barcelona topple Real Madrid as world’s richest club, Man Utd drop

  Barcelona have climbed above Real Madrid to take the number one spot in Forbes’ Football Rich List. Real topped the rankings two years ago, which was the last time the list was published. However, Barca now have a valuation of $4.76 billion (£3.46bn) to take first place. Manchester United (£3.05billion) have dropped out of the top three, while Liverpool have climbed three places. Premier League champions Liverpool (£2.98billion) are in fifth, with Manchester City,Chelsea and Arsenal ranked sixth, seventh and eighth respectively. Here’s the full list below, according to Forbes: 1. Barcelona – $4.76billion (£3.46bn) 2. Real Madrid – $4.75billion (£3.46bn) 3. Bayern Munich – $4.22billion (£3.07bn) 4. Manchester United – $4.2billion (£3.06bn) 5. Live...
‘Mourinho Made us Believe We Weren’t Underdogs’- Granero Reveals How Real Madrid Dethroned Barca
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‘Mourinho Made us Believe We Weren’t Underdogs’- Granero Reveals How Real Madrid Dethroned Barca

In a Goal exclusive, Esteban Granero reveals how the best manager he's ever had played a pivotal role in los Blancos' 2011-12 title triumph When Real Madrid face Barcelona, the football world stops to watch. It will be no different on Saturday, although both teams have fallen well short of their own astronomically high standards in recent times. Compared to a decade ago, El Clasico has lost some of its lustre. With Jose Mourinho and Pep Guardiola in opposing dugouts, these games were about more than two fierce rivals battling for supremacy on the pitch. They were little short of ideological warfare between clubs and managers with conflicting philosophies. Both believed they were the best, not just in Spain, but anywhere. The sense of excitement and anticipation was almost t...
Transfer: PSG to Replace Mbappe With Salah
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Transfer: PSG to Replace Mbappe With Salah

  Paris Saint-Germain are looking at Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah as a replacement for Kylian Mbappe, according to Telefoot. Mbappe’s future with the Ligue 1 giants remains uncertain. The France forward is yet to make any decision on his future, but has one year left on his current PSG deal. Although PSG manager, Mauricio Pochettino, has reportedly called Harry Kane personally over a potential reunion, the French giants are also interested in a move for Salah. It is believed they have already established contact with the Egyptian star’s representatives last month. Salah has remained coy over his own future, but would prefer to join Real Madrid or Barcelona.
Harry Kane Gives Condition to Leave Mourinho’s Men
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Harry Kane Gives Condition to Leave Mourinho’s Men

Tottenham Hotspur striker, Harry Kane, will only leave Jose Mourinho’s men this summer if they fail to secure Champions League football next season, according to The Athletic. Kane, who came through the academy at Tottenham, has become, ‘frustrated’ with the club’s lack of progress and is beginning to see his future elsewhere. The 27-year-old is desperate to start winning major trophies, and Tottenham could be persuaded to let him go if they receive a massive nine-figure offer. This is coming ahead of Tottenham’s Premier League tie with Manchester United on Sunday evening. Kane has drawn the interest of Manchester United, Manchester City, Chelsea, Real Madrid, Barcelona and PSG in the past. The England international has scored 19 goals and provided 13 assists in 28 Premi...
Real Madrid vs Barcelona: Zidane names Madrid squad for El Clásico tie on Saturday 
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Real Madrid vs Barcelona: Zidane names Madrid squad for El Clásico tie on Saturday 

Real Madrid coach, Zinedine Zidane has named his squad for the LaLiga El Clásico clash with Barcelona on Saturday night, April 10. The French manager released a list of 19 players to face Barcelona at the Alfredo Di Stéfano Stadium in a post via the club’s website on Friday. Real Madrid will be without their captain Sergio Ramos, Raphaël Varane, Marcelo, and Daniel Carvajal. The Los Blancos are currently in the third position on the LaLiga table with 63 points from 29 games, while Ronald Koeman’s side are in the second position with 65 points from the same number of games played. See the squad list below.  Goalkeepers: Courtois, Lunin and Altube. Defenders: E. Militão, Nacho, Marcelo, Odriozola and F. Mendy. Midfielders: Kroos, Modri?, Casemiro, Valverde and Isco. ...
LaLiga: Messi Made Sure Real Madrid Did not win More titles – Sergio Ramos
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LaLiga: Messi Made Sure Real Madrid Did not win More titles – Sergio Ramos

  Real Madrid captain, Sergio Ramos, has said they would have won more titles if Lionel Messi was not playing for Barcelona. The Spanish defender claims Messi made Los Blancos suffer over the years. Ramos has won four Champions League crowns and five league titles during his time at the Santiago Bernabeu. Messi has helped Barca to 10 title triumphs and made a habit of dashing the dreams of their little rivals down the years. Ramos told his documentary series, ‘The Legend of Sergio Ramos’: “We’ve suffered against Messi during these years. “Perhaps if Barcelona didn’t have him, we would have won more titles. “There was a time when we faced the best Barcelona in history. We had a great coach like [Jose] Mourinho, but it was hard for us to beat them. “We didn’t...
Usain Bolt Chooses Better Player Between Ronaldo, Messi
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Usain Bolt Chooses Better Player Between Ronaldo, Messi

  Former sprint king, Usain Bolt, has said he prefers Cristiano Ronaldo to Lionel Messi. Bolt stated this in an interview with La Gazzetta dello Sport. Ronaldo’s rivalry with Messi became intense during his time at Real Madrid, when he came up against the Barcelona captain. Between both superstars, they have won the Ballon d’Or 11 times. “It is hard to choose for me because I support Argentina. But I’m also a big Cristiano Ronaldo fan. “I have admired Ronaldo since he played at Manchester United, as I support the Red Devils. I think he has something more than Messi. He has proved himself in so many leagues. “However, there are many interesting young players out there. Mbappé, for example. I am looking forward to knowing what the future has in store for these y...
El Clasico: Real Madrid vs Barcelona…Predict and win #20,000
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El Clasico: Real Madrid vs Barcelona…Predict and win #20,000

  Real Madrid are playing at home against Barcelona in the El Clasico on the 10th of April. Predict the exact scoreline and stand a chance to be among the lucky winners. The first 4 people to get the correct scoreline will win #5000 each. Drop your prediction on the comment segment of the blog. One prediction per individual. Entry closes by kick-off time.
Asisat Oshoala Undergoes Surgery In Barcelona
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Asisat Oshoala Undergoes Surgery In Barcelona

Barcelona on Tuesday announced forward Asisat Oshola has undergone surgery on her right foot. “As reported by the Club’s Medical Services, the player Asisat Oshoala has undergone surgery on her right foot this Tuesday,” reads a statement on the club’s official website. “The player had been experiencing discomfort for a few weeks and had already been made to miss a game, such as the one at the Santa Teresa field. “The intervention was carried out by Dr. Dalmau, under the supervision of the FC Barcelona Medical Services. “The evolution of the player will mark her return to the pitch.” The 26-year-old has scored 15 goals in 20 league appearances for Barcelona this season.
Juventus Midfielder set to Join Chelsea
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Juventus Midfielder set to Join Chelsea

  Juventus midfielder, Adrien Rabiot, is set to join Chelsea after he emerged as a possible transfer target for the Blues. Rabiot has featured 72 times for Juventus since leaving Paris Saint-Germain for the Serie A champions on a free transfer in 2019. The 25-year-old has been linked with a move away from Juventus in recent times as Andrea Pirlo’s side needs to reduce their wages. According to Tuttomercato, Chelsea is interested in signing Rabiot this summer and is willing to exploit the circumstance by launching a bid for the France international. The report added that Chelsea manager, Thomas Tuchel, is keen to bolster his midfield options ahead of next season. Chelsea will have to battle Barcelona, Everton and Manchester United for Rabiot’s signature.
LaLiga table: Barcelona now one Point Behind leaders Atletico
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LaLiga table: Barcelona now one Point Behind leaders Atletico

  Barcelona are now only one point behind LaLiga leaders, Atletico Madrid. This is following their 1-0 victory over Real Valladolid on Monday, thanks to Ousmane Dembele’s late winner. The Catalans struggled to create many chances in the first half, but were denied before the interval, when Valladolid keeper Jordi Masip steered a well-hit Pedri shot off the post. The game changed complexion, when Valladolid’s Oscar Plano was shown a straight red with 10 minutes left. With a few minutes left, Dembele volleyed past Plano. Barcelona now have 65 points from 29 games, one behind Atleti with nine games left to play in the season. Real Madrid, who are in third place in La Liga on 63 points, host Barcelona in another edition of the Clasico on April 10 in a crunch match...
Pep Guardiola Chooses Between Messi, Haaland
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Pep Guardiola Chooses Between Messi, Haaland

  Manchester City have abandoned their quest to land Lionel Messi from Barcelona. Pep Guardiola now favours a move for Borussia Dortmund’s Erling Haaland, according to the UK Mirror. Messi had long been linked with a reunion with his former manager since last year, when he tried to engineer a move away from Spain. City were one of Messi’s two feasible destinations alongside Paris Saint-Germain. Now however, with talk that Messi may yet remain at Camp Nou, City have moved to make Haaland their first choice. Haaland’s representatives are expected to fly into England to hold talks with up to four clubs, as Haaland looks set to depart Borussia Dortmund imminently.
Solskjaer Reacts as Barcelona Open Talks to Sign Haaland
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Solskjaer Reacts as Barcelona Open Talks to Sign Haaland

  Manchester United boss, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has reacted to speculations linking the club to Borussia Dortmund’s Erling Haaland after Barcelona opened talks to sign the striker. Top European sides such as Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester City, Real Madrid, Manchester United and Barcelona are said to have shown strong interests in the 20-year-old. But Barcelona now appear to be at the front of the queue to secure the player’s services after his father and his agent were spotted at the club yesterday. Addressing a press conference on Friday, Solskjaer was asked about the La Liga giants pursuit of the striker and whether the Norwegian youngster is a player United can afford to miss out on. The Manchester United gaffer said, “I’m focussing on the next two months. “Th...
Thomas Tuchel Responds to Rumours of Haaland, Aguero Joining Chelsea
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Thomas Tuchel Responds to Rumours of Haaland, Aguero Joining Chelsea

  Chelsea boss, Thomas Tuchel has reacted to the rumour that the west London side is targeting Borussia Dortmund’s Erling Haaland and departing Manchester City’s Sergio Aguero. Chelsea is in the market in search of a new point man with Haaland top on their list, though they face competition from Barcelona, Manchester United, Manchester City, Real Madrid, Liverpool and other top European clubs. Haaland’s father and agent Mino Raiola were spotted in Barcelona on Thursday to discuss a potential deal for the 20-year-old and later flew to Madrid to meet with Real Madrid. The entourage will fly to England to meet with Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester United and City. However, Tuchel refused to confirm if the Blues have a date with Raiola already lined up. Speaking to the...
Guardiola Opens up on Replacing Aguero with Haaland
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Guardiola Opens up on Replacing Aguero with Haaland

  Manchester City manager, Pep Guardiola, has admitted they cannot land Borussia Dortmund striker, Erling Haaland, to replace Sergio Aguero this summer. Haaland has emerged as the hottest player in world football and is widely expected to leave the Bundesliga side. Dortmund is prepared to allow the 20-year-old leave for €180 million this summer. Real Madrid and Barcelona have spoken to Haaland’s agent and father in Spain on Thursday, with the Norway international also a target for Manchester United and Chelsea. But Guardiola has claimed City won’t be able to afford the player if he becomes available this summer. “With these prices, we are not going to buy any striker. It is impossible, we cannot afford it. “All the clubs struggle financially and we are not an ...
Details of the first official meeting between Barcelona and Haaland’s representatives
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Details of the first official meeting between Barcelona and Haaland’s representatives

Breaking reports from ESPN claim that Barcelona has officially made the first move towards initiating the transfer of young starlet Erling Haaland to the Catalan club. While rumours of the transfer have been afloat for a long time, increasingly reliable reports are now claiming that a physical meeting has taken place. Club president Joan Laporta has met with Haaland’s father, Alf-Inge, and his agent Mino Raiola in Barcelona. The meeting was not centred around any concrete agreements but rather to discuss the possibility of a transfer. According to Albert Roge, talks between Laporta, Barca’s new sporting director, Mateu Alemany, and Raiola went positively. The club reaffirmed their intention of signing Haaland, convinced that his salary would not be an issue. Laporta views Haal...
Haaland’s Father, Agent to Meet Four Premier League Clubs for Transfer Talks
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Haaland’s Father, Agent to Meet Four Premier League Clubs for Transfer Talks

Erling Haaland’s father Alf-Inge and agent Mino Raiola will fly to England, to hold talks with at least four Premier League clubs over a potential summer transfer. According to Mundo Deportivo, Alf-Inge and Raiola will meet with Liverpool, Chelsea, Manchester United and City in London. The two were pictured in Spain on Thursday and are believed to have held discussions with Barcelona and Real Madrid. But they will explore a number of possibilities for Haaland, before making a final decision. Haaland himself is known to be very keen on the Premier League, with the 20-year-old having been born in Yorkshire and his dad having played for Nottingham Forest, Leeds and Manchester City. It certainly seems the English sides would be more likely to be able to afford Haaland, with ...
Chelsea Favorites To Land Sergio Aguero
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Chelsea Favorites To Land Sergio Aguero

Chelsea lead the race to sign Sergio Aguero as Manchester City's record scorer wants to STAY in England with Blues primed to land this summer's hottest free transfer Sergio Aguero is determined to continue his career in the Premier League and Chelsea are in prime position to land this summer’s hottest free transfer. The greatest goalscorer in Manchester City’s history will leave the Etihad Stadium at the end of the season, bringing an end to a decade of outstanding service. City announced on Monday that they will mark Aguero’s contribution to the club by building him a statue. But leaving City does not necessarily mean he is leaving the English game. Aguero will have offers from all around the world, including Barcelona, Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain, but his preference would b...
Real Madrid vs Liverpool: Casemiro Predicts Champions League Clash
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Real Madrid vs Liverpool: Casemiro Predicts Champions League Clash

Real Madrid midfielder, Casemiro, has predicted that any team that makes fewer mistakes between Zinedine Zidane’s side and Liverpool will win on April 6. Real Madrid will host Liverpool in the Champions League last-8 first leg tie on Tuesday night at the Estadio Alfredo Di Stefano. The LaLiga champions knocked Atalanta out from Champions League last-16 last month, while Liverpool eliminated RB Leipzig from the competition. “It will be a very beautiful match [Real Madrid vs Liverpool], and it will be decided on details,” Casemiro told TVE. “Whoever makes fewer mistakes will win. Liverpool have great players, and this match could be a Champions League final. “These are very nice games that all the players want to play. We have to give everything in all the games, not only ...
What Messi Worriedly’ told Guardiola About Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s Presence at Barcelona
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What Messi Worriedly’ told Guardiola About Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s Presence at Barcelona

  It has been revealed that Barcelona superstar, Lionel Messi was so worried about losing his spot when Zlatan Ibrahimovic joined the club in 2008/09. Messi, according to the report, had to message manager Pep Guardiola about his position. Guardiola, then Barca manager, signed Ibrahimovic from Inter, with Cameroon legend, Samuel Eto’o moving in the opposite direction. However, Ibrahimovic lasted just one season in Catalunya before moving back to Italy to join AC Milan. The Swede’s arrival at Camp Nou worried Messi, who complained to the manager that his spot for Barca was no longer secure. A book, ‘The Messi Mystery’ written by Sebastian Fest and Alex Juillard, explains that the arrival of Ibrahimovic forced Messi into messaging manager Guardiola. According to...
Arteta Speaks on Bringing Aguero to Arsenal
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Arteta Speaks on Bringing Aguero to Arsenal

  Arsenal manager, Mikel Arteta is uncertain about Sergio Aguero’s future with the club. Arteta who did not directly respond to questions about Aguero’s future said the player has the talent to seek out opportunities. “we will see what happens with him in the future”, Arteta said when asked about Sergio Aguero. Aguero is set to leave Manchester City this summer when his contract expires. The 32-year-old is believed to be considering a move to Barcelona, where he could link up with compatriot Lionel Messi. But he has also been linked with Manchester United, Chelsea and PSG. Arsenal could also be a potential destination for Aguero, with Arteta, who coached the forward at City, adamant he is still an elite striker. When asked if he believes Aguero can still pe...
Erling Haaland’s Agent, Mino Raiola & Father Arrive In Barcelona For Talks
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Erling Haaland’s Agent, Mino Raiola & Father Arrive In Barcelona For Talks

Borussia Dortmund Star Erling Haaland's father Alfie Haaland, and agent Mino Raiola have arrived in Spain for Barcelona talks. Haaland is expected to become a player in demand by many clubs at the end of the season. He has now scored 49 goals for Borussia Dortmund since he arrived from RB Salzburg. Clubs like Chelsea, PSG, Manchester United, Real Madrid, and Manchester City are all interested in signing the 20-year-old. However, Barcelona's new president Joan Laporta has now taken the first step by meeting Haaland’s representatives in Spain today. Haaland's agent and father arrived in Barcelona in the early hours of today and were picked up by Barcelona staffs from the airport. Mino Raiola, Alfie Haaland, and Joan Laporta held a two hours meeting to discuss the plans ...
Oshoala Nets as Barcelona Qualify for Champions League Semi-final
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Oshoala Nets as Barcelona Qualify for Champions League Semi-final

  Super Falcons striker, Asisat Oshoala, netted the only goal for Barcelona, as they lost 2-1 to Manchester City in the second leg of their Women’s Champions League quarter-final tie on Wednesday. The Spanish qualified for the semi-final however, as they had won 3-0 in the first leg. Oshoala was making her seventh appearance in the European competition. She started the encounter along with Caroline Graham Hansen and Mariona Caldentey in the attack for Lluis Cortes’ team. City opened scoring through Janine Beckie in the 20th minute. After the restart, Caldentey brilliantly set up Oshoala, who made no mistake to fire past Lucy Bronze and Robuck in the 59th minute. Samantha Mewis converted from the penalty spot for secure victory for City on the day.
Sergio Aguero’s Preferred Club Revealed as he Leaves Man City
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Sergio Aguero’s Preferred Club Revealed as he Leaves Man City

Departing Manchester City striker, Sergio Aguero, will join Barcelona this summer as other top European sides, Chelsea, Manchester United, Inter and Paris Saint-Germain, also show huge interest, according to Marca. Manchester City at the weekend announced that the record goalscorer will leave the Etihad Stadium at the end of the season when his contract expires. The Argentine, who remains one of the dreaded strikers in the English top-flight, arguably one of the Premier League’s best-ever strikers, will not be short of offers ahead of the summer. The football site reports that the Argentina international has already chosen Barcelona as his next destination and the La Liga club’s board is keen on the free transfer. According to the report, Aguero wants to link up with fellow...
Lukaku to Accept Interest From Chelsea, Barcelona, Others on one Condition
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Lukaku to Accept Interest From Chelsea, Barcelona, Others on one Condition

  Inter Milan striker, Romelu Lukaku will only accept interest from Chelsea, Barcelona, Manchester City and Real Madrid if the club’s manager, Antonio Conte, departs the Nerazzurri, according to the Daily Mail. Inter Milan have rejected all interest in Lukaku, who is understood to be keen to stay at the San Siro, providing Conte remains in charge of Serie A leaders with the pair sharing a strong relationship. Lukaku has enjoyed the best football of his career under the guidance of Conte and has formed a fine partnership with Lautaro Martinez  for Inter. The former Chelsea and Manchester United star has been impressive since signing for Inter from Manchester United in 2019 in a £73m deal. The Belgium international has become the fastest player in Inter’s history to r...
Dembele Scores His First Goal For France In A Competitive Game
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Dembele Scores His First Goal For France In A Competitive Game

Ousmane Dembele opened the scoring for France away to Kazakhstan with a powerful right footed shot. That was his third goal for the French side. Dembele has a smile back on his face and he is performing on the pitch. The Frenchman has been putting in very good performances for Barcelona and Didier Deschamps called him up for the international break in March. Against Kazakhstan, Dembele took 20 minutes to score after a good finish from inside the box after getting a pass from Martial. Dembele controlled the ball and then fired home with a right foot shot which went into Mokin‘s far corner. He was unable to get a hand to the shot which went across him. It was an important goal for Dembele because it is only the third he has got in France appearances. The goal was his first...
World Best: ‘He’s an Animal, Machine’ – Ben Foster Chooses Ronaldo Over Messi
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World Best: ‘He’s an Animal, Machine’ – Ben Foster Chooses Ronaldo Over Messi

  Former Manchester United goalkeeper, Ben Foster, has chosen Juventus superstar, Cristiano Ronaldo over Lionel Messi of Barcelona in the debate on who is the world’s best football player. Appearing on the Happy Hour Podcast, Foster opened up on Ronaldo’s work ethics, describing him as the greatest of all time. Ben Foster spent time at United the same time Ronaldo was breaking records at Old Trafford “Animal! What a guy, seriously, and a lovely bloke as well. I’m not even joking. For example, he was the first one in every single day and he would be the last one out on the training pitch, and the last one to leave the building every day. “And when I was at United, it was the days before Instagram and Twitter, and ‘doing it for the ‘gram’, but he was doing it for hims...
Luis Suarez in Shock Return to Liverpool
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Luis Suarez in Shock Return to Liverpool

  Atletico Madrid striker, Luis Suarez, could be set for a shock return to Liverpool if Mohammed Salah leaves this summer, Fichajes reports. Suarez was a cult hero at Anfield until he left to join Barcelona in 2014. The Uruguayan was however ditched by the Nou Camp club at the end of last season and moved to the Wanda Metropolitano. But the 34-year-old may not stay with Atletico, especially if Salah leaves Liverpool in a big-money move. Despite the fact that Suarez is approaching the end of his career, he has been in scintillating form this season. He has scored 19 goals in 25 games with Atletico leading the LaLiga title race. Suarez was talismanic at Liverpool after joining from Ajax in 2011, netting 82 times in 133 appearances.
Oshoala Scores As Barcelona Beat Manchester City 3-0
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Oshoala Scores As Barcelona Beat Manchester City 3-0

Asisat Oshoala scored for the 4th game in a row to help Barcelona to a 3-0 victory over Manchester City in a first leg match of the UEFA Women's Champions League quarter final. The match was played in Monza, Italy, rather than in Barcelona due to COVID-19 restrictions. Barcelona dominated the match from the beginning and Manchester City's keeper, Ellie Roebuck, became the star of the first few minutes as she made save after save from Oshoala, Hansen, Aitana and Alexia. It wasn't until the 35th minute that the breakthrough came as Oshoala fired the ball into the net, scoring Barcelona's 100th goal in the Champions League. The Nigerian striker is also the only Barcelona Femeni player to score in the Champions League final and she has scored in Barca's last 2 league games as well as...
‘I have to be Pedri’ – Barcelona starlet plays down Iniesta comparisons
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‘I have to be Pedri’ – Barcelona starlet plays down Iniesta comparisons

The talented teenager is determined to focus on his own game as he celebrates his first senior international call-up Barcelona wonderkid Pedri is delighted to be involved in the Spain national team set-up, but played down comparisons with club legend Andres Iniesta. Pedri, 18, received his maiden call-up in March for the start of the 2022 World Cup qualifying campaign. Having represented Spain at every level from Under-17 to U21, he now has a chance of making his senior bow in the coming days.
Florentino Perez Gives one Condition for Ramos to Leave Real Madrid
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Florentino Perez Gives one Condition for Ramos to Leave Real Madrid

  Real Madrid president, Florentino Pérez, is willing to let captain, Sergio Ramos, leave Santiago Bernabeu in the summer transfer window if the club can sign Bayern Munich’s David Alaba as his replacement, according to Marca. Perez is weighing up his options when it comes to Ramos and could be more willing to let the veteran centre-back go if he manages to sign Alaba. Alaba has since confirmed he will leave Bayern on a free transfer this summer, although his reported wage demands of £400,000 a week could be a problem. Real Madrid, Chelsea, Barcelona and Liverpool have also been credited with an interest in the Austrian international. Meanwhile, Ramos appears increasingly likely to end his 16-year spell at the club and leave on a free transfer at the end of the seas...
Arsenal Receive Coutinho Transfer Boost
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Arsenal Receive Coutinho Transfer Boost

Arsenal’s hopes of finally signing Barcelona star Philippe Coutinho have received a boost. The Gunners were in hot pursuit of Coutinho but Ronald Koeman’s appointment at Barcelona put the brakes on a potential deal. Arsenal signed Coutinho’s Brazilian compatriot Willian instead before later bringing in Martin Odegaard on loan from Real Madrid. The duo have gone some way to fixing Arsenal’s creativity problem, but Mikel Arteta could still use someone like Coutinho, and he may now have a chance of getting his man. Coutinho has not featured for Barcelona in recent months due to an injury and is yet to kick a ball for the Catalan giants in 2021. The midfielder is no longer a first-team regular in Spain, but crucially, is just 10 fixtures away from triggering a clause that will f...
Messi Overtakes Xavi To Break Barcelona Record And Top All-time Appearance List
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Messi Overtakes Xavi To Break Barcelona Record And Top All-time Appearance List

The Argentine moved clear of his fellow Blaugrana legend in the history books after notching up his 768th game for the club against Real Sociedad Lionel Messi has written himself into the history books once more after moving clear at the top of the list of Barcelona's all-time appearance makers. Just under a week after drawing level with fellow Blaugrana legend Xavi against Huesca, the Argentine has now taken the outright record for the Catalans with his start against Real Sociedad marking his 768th for the club. If Messi does not sign a new deal in the summer, his Barcelona career will come a close - but he would depart with a series of records that may never be challenged. Messi’s haul of records The 33-year-old Argentine surpassed Xavi earlier in the season on Barca’s...
Messi will play with Neymar again – Football agent
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Messi will play with Neymar again – Football agent

  Neymar’s former agent has hinted that the Paris Saint-Germain forward will play with Lionel Messi at Barcelona again. There are rumours about Messi moving over to PSG having refused to sign a new contract with Ronald Koeman’s side but Andre Cury believes Neymar will return to Barcelona instead. Cury, Neymar’s former agent, is backing Joan Laporta to arrange a reunion for the pair at Camp Nou. Cury thinks there is a far greater chance of the Brazilian star returning to the Catalan outfit than Messi leaving for PSG. “Neymar has an open door at Barcelona, their fans know he made a mistake and even he recognised it some time later,” Cury told Argentine publication El Litoral. “Two years ago, Neymar formally asked me to return to Barcelona,” adding that re-elected p...
Koeman addresses Haaland to Barcelona transfer rumours
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Koeman addresses Haaland to Barcelona transfer rumours

The Dutch head coach responded to the Blaugrana's links with the Borussia Dortmund star ahead of a meeting with Real Sociedad Ronald Koeman has addressed the ongoing rumours of a potential transfer to Barcelona for Erling Haaland. Barca are one of several top European clubs being linked with a summer swoop for Haaland, who has been in prolific form for Borussia Dortmund this season. Koeman was asked to weigh in on the speculation ahead of his side's Liga clash with Real Sociedad this weekend, but gave nothing away with regards to the possibility of the Norwegian moving to Camp Nou in the near future.
LaLiga Opens up on Threatening to Relegate Barcelona
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LaLiga Opens up on Threatening to Relegate Barcelona

  LaLiga has denied threatening to relegate Barcelona if the club elects a new president before depositing a mandatory €125m bank guarantee. Barcelona presidential candidate, Toni Freixa, claimed on Thursday that he and the other candidates, Joan Laporta and Victor Font, were informed by then acting president Carles Tusquets about the demand. The bank guarantee, which has to be ratified by LaLiga, is a way of protecting the club against being run irresponsibly. Freixa, who is a lawyer, also claimed he met with LaLiga president Javier Tebas in October, to discuss removing the rule of having the bank guarantee. LaLiga has however denied there was any contact between Tebas and Tusquets. It also explained that if the president-elect had not deposited the guarantee, t...
Ndombele returns to France squad for World Cup qualifiers
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Ndombele returns to France squad for World Cup qualifiers

The midfielder is back in the international fold for the first time since his big-money move to Tottenham two years ago Tottenham midfielder Tanguy Ndombele has been rewarded for his upturn in form with a recall to the France squad for their upcoming World Cup qualifiers. The 24-year-old hasn’t featured for Les Bleus since the summer of 2019 but now has the chance to add to his six international caps in matches against Ukraine, Kazakhstan and Bosnia-Herzegovina. Other notable returnees include Atletico Madrid’s Thomas Lemar, who hasn’t featured since November 2019, while Barcelona forward Ousmane Dembele, a member of their 2018 World Cup-winning squad, is back for the first time in two-and-a-half years.
Champions League quarter-final: Tuchel Names Club he Doesn’t want Chelsea to Face
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Champions League quarter-final: Tuchel Names Club he Doesn’t want Chelsea to Face

  Chelsea manager, Thomas Tuchel, has admitted he does not want to face his former club Paris Saint-Germain, in the quarter-final of the Champions League. The Blues booked their place in the last eight, thanks to a 2-0 win over Atletico Madrid on Wednesday night. Hakim Ziyech and Emerson Palmeri got the goals on the night, as Chelsea progressed on a 3-0 aggregate. Tuchel’s men now go straight into Friday’s draws, where they could face PSG, Bayern Munich, Manchester City or Liverpool. “The draw? I am not sure that I want to come across PSG because they are strong,” Tuchel told RMC. PSG eliminated Barcelona in the round of 16.
‘You Know you Can’t Leave’ – Laporta to Messi
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‘You Know you Can’t Leave’ – Laporta to Messi

New Barcelona president, Joan Laporta has made a direct plea to Lionel Messi to stay at the club, barely hours after he was sworn into office on Wednesday, March 17. He won club elections last week and has returned to the helm of the club 11 years after leaving the post in 2010. With Lionel Messi nearing the end of his contract and rumors of him leaving the club due to his unhappiness at the club, Laporta has now appealed to the Barca star in a speech he made to members. Prior to his speech, Laporta and Messi, were pictured embracing prior to the new president's speech. Speaking to the six-time Ballon d'Or winner, Laporta said. "In our first spell we had the best players in Barca history, but if we were successful it was because we had stability," Laporta explained. "...
‘PSG and Mourinho wanted me’ – Rudiger confirms outside offers but insists he wants Chelsea stay
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‘PSG and Mourinho wanted me’ – Rudiger confirms outside offers but insists he wants Chelsea stay

The defender could have departed Stamford Bridge in the fall but opted to stay and has regained his place as a vital squad member Chelsea defender Antonio Rudiger said he had offers from PSG and Tottenham in the fall, but insisted that now he is fighting to earn a new contract under Thomas Tuchel. Frank Lampard dropped the Germany international down to fifth in the centre-back pecking order, which led to offers from Jose Mourinho's Tottenham and Tuchel's former club PSG. There was further interest from Barcelona, Roma and AC Milan but ultimately, the Blues opted to keep their 28-year-old central defender. He rose up to third in the pecking order but only became a regular starter after Frank Lampard was sacked in January and replaced by Tuchel.
Thierry Henry Compares Haaland to Ex-Man United striker, Van Nistelrooy
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Thierry Henry Compares Haaland to Ex-Man United striker, Van Nistelrooy

Arsenal legend, Thierry Henry, has compared Borussia Dortmund’s Erling Haaland to former Manchester United and Real Madrid striker, Ruud van Nistelrooy. Henry believes Haaland is similar to Van Nistelrooy, adding that the 20-year-old has a killer’s instinct when it comes to scoring goals. Haaland has scored 33 goals in 30 games in all competitions for Dortmund so far this season. The Norwegian has drawn the interest of many top European clubs including Manchester United, Chelsea, Manchester City, Liverpool, Real Madrid, Barcelona, Bayern Munich and Juventus. When Jamie Carragher asked Henry on Sky Sports whether he felt Haaland was comparable to Van Nistelrooy, Henry replied: “Yes. Yes, him, Van Nistelrooy was a great goalscorer. “Not so much in our day but Pele, the des...
Mbappe Breaks Messi’s Champions League Young Goal scorer Record
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Mbappe Breaks Messi’s Champions League Young Goal scorer Record

Kylian Mbappe has become the youngest player in Champions League history to reach 25 goals in the competition, breaking Lionel Messi's record. Mbappe opened the scoring for PSG against Barcelona on Wednesday, netting from the penalty spot in the 31st minute of their last-16 second leg clash. At 22 years and 80 days, Mbappe broke a record Messi set aged 22 years and 286 days. Mbappe continues to haunt Barca Mbappe gave PSG a huge lead going into the second leg by scoring a hat-trick in the first leg at Camp Nou – a 4-1 win for the Ligue 1 giants. With his goal at home on Wednesday, Mbappe set yet another record in a game that ended in a 1-1 draw, with PSG advancing to the last eight through a 5-2 aggregate win. The striker has four goals against Barca in this year's Cham...
Mbappe Snubs Swapping Shirts With Messi after 1-1 Draw
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Mbappe Snubs Swapping Shirts With Messi after 1-1 Draw

  Paris Saint-Germain forward, Kylian Mbappe, opted not to swap shirts with Barcelona captain, Lionel Messi, following their 1-1 draw in the Champions League on Wednesday night. Mbappe had opened scoring from the penalty spot, before Messi fired in a stunning equalizer from long range. However, the result was not enough for Barca, who had lost the first leg 4-1 at the Camp Nou. After the game, Mbappe asked Barcelona youngster Pedri for his jersey. Pedri had played 78 minutes before he was replaced by Miralem Pjanic. But he made his way back onto the field after the game and was approached by Mbappe, who had already removed his PSG jersey. The duo hugged and spoke to each other for a few seconds before Mbappe asked the 18-year-old for his shirt. Pedri respon...
Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo miss out on the quarterfinals of the Champions league for first time in 16 years
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Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo miss out on the quarterfinals of the Champions league for first time in 16 years

Football legends, Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, for the first time since the 2004-05 season, have bowed out of the UEFA Champions League before the quarter-final stage, signaling a possible era change for the dynamic duo who have lit up our football screens for the last two decades. Juventus crash out on Tuesday March 9following a poor performance against Porto home and away while FC Barcelona crashed out against a superb Paris Saint Germain (PSG) on Wednesday night, March 10,  despite Barca trying their best on the night . Neither Messi’s nor Ronaldo’s clubs will feature in the quarter-final stage of the Champions League season. FC porto's Sergio Oliveira's extra-time free-kick confirmed Ronaldo's third straight knockout round exit with Juventus. Then on Wednesday ni...
What I told PSG players at half-time during 1-1 draw with Barcelona – Pochettino
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What I told PSG players at half-time during 1-1 draw with Barcelona – Pochettino

  Mauricio Pochettino has revealed what he told his players at half-time during their hard fought 1-1 with Barcelona in Paris on Wednesday. Having won the first leg 4-1 in Spain, the French club needed to stop Lionel Messi-led Barcelona from a dramatic comeback as they did in 2017. And Pochettino said he warned his players against letting that happen after Kylian Mbappe had cancelled out Messi’s opener and with the Argentine missing from the spot at the stroke of half time “We suffered a lot in the first half,” Pochettino told RMC Sport. “We struggled with the first pass. “I asked them to play. Of course I was not happy, I told the players that, but sometimes it happens and we were more combative in the second half. The important thing is that we are through. We ...
Koeman Reacts as Barcelona Crash Out to PSG
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Koeman Reacts as Barcelona Crash Out to PSG

Barcelona boss, Ronald Koeman, has reacted to his side’s exit from the Champions League on Wednesday. The Catalans crashed out to PSG in the last 16. The game between PSG and Lionel Messi-led Barcelona ended 5-2 on aggregate in favour of the Ligue 1 side. The first leg ended 4-1 in Camp Nou with the second leg tie ending in 1-1 in Paris, Kylian Mbappe cancelling out Messi’s opener. Addressing the press after the game Koeman said: “Okay, we are out, which is what counts in this sport. “But we leave with good sensations. We had opportunities to make things very complicated for our rival. “We were the superior team in the first half, taking big risks at the back with man-to-man marking. “Really, we deserved more for that effort. It should at least have been 2-1 to us ...
PSG Confirm Bad news on Neymar Ahead of Barcelona Clash
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PSG Confirm Bad news on Neymar Ahead of Barcelona Clash

Paris Saint-Germain forward, Neymar, has been ruled out of their Champions League tie against Barcelona, after failing to recover from a thigh problem. The 29-year-old has been sidelined since picking up the injury against Caen on February 10. Neymar returned to light training, but PSG confirmed on Tuesday that this week’s second leg against Barca in the round-of-16 comes too soon. “He’s very sad. He was really looking forward to going to Barcelona. He loves Barcelona. “He’s a player who loves to play these games, he’s made for them,” PSG coach Mauricio Pochettino said. Neymar, who joined PSG from Barca for a world record €222million fee in 2017, also missed the first leg at Camp Nou, which the French champions won 4-1.
PSG vs Barcelona: Pochettino Announces Squad for Champions League Clash
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PSG vs Barcelona: Pochettino Announces Squad for Champions League Clash

Paris Saint-Germain’s squad to face Barcelona on Wednesday night in the UEFA Champions League round of 16 second-leg tie has been released. PSG manager, Mauricio Pochettino called up 25 players to tackle Ronald Koeman’s men in France. Pochettino’s side defeated Barcelona 4-1 in the first-leg last month at Camp Nou. PSG head to the game after defeating Brest 3-0 in the French Cup last Saturday, while Barcelona won Osasuna 2-0 in the LaLiga. PSG’s squad against Barcelona: Bakker Mitchel, Dagba Colin, Di Maria Angel, Diallo Abdou, Draxler Julian, Florenzi Alessandro, Gueye Idrissa, Herrera Ander, Icardi Mauro, Kehrer Thilo, Kimpembe Presnel, Kurzawa Layvin, Letellier Alexandre, Marquinhos, Mbappé Kylian, Michut Edouard, Navas Keylor, Paredes Leandro, Pembele Timothée, Pereira ...

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