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Solskjaer not right manager to take Man Utd forward – Berbatov
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Solskjaer not right manager to take Man Utd forward – Berbatov

Former Manchester United striker, Dimitar Berbatov, has insisted that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is not the right manager to take the club forward, judging on the Red Devils’ 5-0 defeat to Liverpool. Berbatov also said that Solskjaer is going to be in trouble if Man United don’t win their next match against Tottenham Hotspur this weekend. Recall that Liverpool thrashed Man United 5-0 last weekend at Old Trafford, thanks to Mohamed Salah’s hat-trick and two goals each from Naby Keita and Diogo Jota. “Judging on the Liverpool match, Solskjaer isn’t the right man to take the club forward,” he told Betfair. “For some fans, that’s the most important game of the season and we want to beat Liverpool maybe more than we want to beat City. “That being said, we have to look at the bigger p...
Man Utd vs Liverpool: Solskjaer speaks on resigning as manager after 5-0 defeat
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Man Utd vs Liverpool: Solskjaer speaks on resigning as manager after 5-0 defeat

Manchester United manager, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, has insisted he will not resign following a 5-0 defeat to Liverpool on Sunday. Mohamed Salah scored a hat-trick at Old Trafford, as the Reds outclassed their hosts in the Premier League encounter. Diogo Jota and Naby Keita also scored for Liverpool, as they inflicted a huge defeat on Solskjaer’s men. The game saw United fans walk out of the stadium as early as the 50th minute, amid calls for the Norwegian to resign or be sacked. The 46-year-old has however made it clear he will be sticking around. “I have come too far, we have come too far as a group. We are too close to give up now. “It is going to be a difficult one. The players will be low but there’s loads of characters there. “We know we are rock bottom, we can’t ...
Arsenal legend Thiery Henry picks Taribo West as toughest opponent of his career
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Arsenal legend Thiery Henry picks Taribo West as toughest opponent of his career

Arsenal legend, Thiery Henry has named ex-Super Eagles defender, Taribo West as the toughest opponent he faced in his career. Henry is the Gunners’ all-time goal scorer and was renowned for wreaking havoc on defences for club and country during his professional career which spanned over two decades but he claims that the former Super Eagles star gave him his most difficult test. When asked the hardest opponent he has faced, the current Belgium national team assistant coach said on CBSS Sports Golazo: “Toughest as indirect opponent? Or just a guy you don’t like to play against? “For direct opponent, I would go back in the days - Taribo West. “Because [at Auxerre], they did man-marking. He followed you everywhere, even in the dressing room.” During his spell at AS Monaco,...
UCL: Owen predicts Atletico Madrid vs Liverpool, Club Brugge vs Man City games
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UCL: Owen predicts Atletico Madrid vs Liverpool, Club Brugge vs Man City games

Former Manchester United and Real Madrid striker, Michael Owen, has predicted today’s UEFA Champions League, UCL, fixtures between Atletico Madrid and Liverpool. Owen also predicted Manchester City’s away Champions League clash with Club Brugge. Providing his predictions, Owen told BetVictor, “This won’t be an easy one for Liverpool, that’s for sure. “Simeone’s side remained as difficult to beat as ever and knocked Liverpool out two seasons ago. The Reds are playing well though, and in Mo Salah, they have got maybe the best player in the world right now. “I don’t think Liverpool will win this, but I can’t see them losing either. I’m going for a 1-1 draw.” Commenting on the Club Brugge vs Manchester City match, Owen said, “This is a big game for City after losing in Paris i...
Norwich ‘keeper Barden diagnosed with testicular cancer
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Norwich ‘keeper Barden diagnosed with testicular cancer

Norwich City goalkeeper Dan Barden has been diagnosed with testicular cancer. The 20-year-old is on loan with Scottish Premiership side Livingston but he will now spend some time away from football. Norwich said: "After the initial diagnosis, Barden has since undergone follow up tests and will continue with a closely monitored treatment programme over the coming period." Barden said: "It has been a very difficult and challenging period, but the support of my family, friends and colleagues has helped get me through the last few weeks. "I can't thank the medical departments at both Norwich and Livingston enough, as well as everyone at the Royal Marsden Hospital. The 20-year old will take a break from football following the diagnosis "The speed at which everything has move...
I used to borrow money to buy food – Ex-Chelsea striker, Demba Ba
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I used to borrow money to buy food – Ex-Chelsea striker, Demba Ba

Former Chelsea striker, Demba Ba, has revealed how he used to borrow money to buy food as a young footballer. Ba, who started his career in France, had a difficult start to life as a professional footballer while growing up. The Senegalese, who earned himself a contract worth £900-a-month at fourth-tier club Rouen in France, said he had to borrow money just to feed himself in the first month. “My first contract at Rouen [in the French fourth division] had been for €1,063 net, per month, and I had to borrow €300 in the first month for food,” Ba told The Athletic. Ba also had trials at the likes of Watford, Swansea, Gillingham and Barnsley as a youngster but never ended up getting offered a deal. “Ninety percent of the time, the feedback I got was, ‘We have the same quality ...
EPL: Mark Lawrenson predicts scorelines for Arsenal vs Crystal Palace, Chelsea, Man Utd, Liverpool games
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EPL: Mark Lawrenson predicts scorelines for Arsenal vs Crystal Palace, Chelsea, Man Utd, Liverpool games

Mark Lawrenson, a former Liverpool player, has predicted the scorelines of some of the Premier League games that will be played this weekend. Leicester City will host Manchester United on Saturday evening at King Power Stadium, while Chelsea will face Brentford in an away Premier League tie. Arsenal will host Crystal Palace at Emirates Stadium on Monday night, Liverpool will tackle Watford on Saturday afternoon, and Manchester City will face Burnley at Etihad Stadium. Providing his predictions, Lawrenson told BBC Sport, “This game is mainly going to be about whether Liverpool can break Watford down, anyhow. I think Ranieri will try to make them very difficult to beat, rather than to think too much about how to start with a win. “Ranieri has promised to take the Watford player...
Bournemouth and Wales star, David Brooks diagnosed with cancer
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Bournemouth and Wales star, David Brooks diagnosed with cancer

Bournemouth midfielder, David Brooks has been diagnosed with Stage II Hodgkin Lymphoma. The 24-year-old Wales international left international duty last week for medical examination. it has now been confirmed that he has Stage II Hodgkin Lymphoma, an uncommon form of cancer. Brooks, who has registered 21 caps for his country since his debut in 2017, will undergo treatment next week after an initial positive prognosis. He said in a message on the club's website: 'This is a very difficult message for me to write. 'I have been diagnosed with Stage II Hodgkin Lymphoma and will begin a course of treatment next week. 'Although this has come as a shock to myself and my family, the prognosis is a positive one and I am confident that I will make a full recovery and be back playing ...
This is why Nigerians need prayers’- Sonia Ighalo replies Nigerians criticizing her for saying men whose wives can’t pray are endangered species
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This is why Nigerians need prayers’- Sonia Ighalo replies Nigerians criticizing her for saying men whose wives can’t pray are endangered species

Sonia Ighalo, the estranged wife of footballer, Jude Ighalo, has responded to people criticizing her post directed at married men. In a post she shared this morning, the mum of three stated that men whose wives can't pray or read the word of God are endangered species. She received serious backlash from women who believed that she should have asked the men to also pray for their wives. They argued that women shouldn't be the only ones made to pray in a marriage. Some argued that women do not have the ''direct line'' to call God on. Sonia has now responded to her critics. See her post below
Tyson Fury must be forced to fight me – Dillian Whyte
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Tyson Fury must be forced to fight me – Dillian Whyte

Dillian Whyte has asked the WBC to force Tyson Fury to fight him next. According to him, the WBC should give Fury “no choice” but to accept a mandatory title fight. Whyte has endured a lengthy wait for a shot at the belt. Last weekend, Fury knocked down Deontay Wilder in the 11th round of their trilogy fight. The victory extended his own undefeated record and reign as WBC heavyweight champion. Whyte’s status as mandatory challenger could lead to his first chance at the belt if he beats Otto Wallin later this month. “Fury has the belt. Wilder had the chance to fight me for three years but didn’t,” Whyte told Sky Sports News. “Hopefully now the WBC forces my position and Fury has no choice. “It’s a massive British fight, a major fight for Britain. “Fury is an unp...
Solskjaer blatantly lying to Van de Beek – Paul Ince
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Solskjaer blatantly lying to Van de Beek – Paul Ince

Former Manchester United star, Paul Ince, has insisted that manager, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, is ‘blatantly lying’ to midfielder, Donny van de Beek, about his role at Old Trafford. Ince believes that Solskjaer is not telling Van de Beek the truth that he is not in his plans at Man United. Van de Beek has endured a difficult spell at Man United, falling out of Solskjaer’s team. The Netherlands star is yet to start a league game for Man United so far this season. He joined Man United in the summer of 2020 but played just 511 minutes in the Premier League last season. Speaking on Van de Beek’s situation at Man United, Ince told The Kelly and Wrighty Show: “If I am going to buy a player, a top player from Ajax, the first thing I’m going to say is, “Am I going to play? Where do yo...
“I’m finding this part of my life’s journey very difficult” – Nigerian man mourns his fiancé who died 5 weeks to their wedding
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“I’m finding this part of my life’s journey very difficult” – Nigerian man mourns his fiancé who died 5 weeks to their wedding

Nigerian man, Kadama Birgamus has opened up for the first time since his fiancé, Alice Lyman Blawol's death. LIB had reported that Alice, 29, died on September 26, five weeks to their wedding slated for October 30th in Yola South Local Government Area of Adamawa state.   The deceased said to be a nurse, was laid to rest at Damare Cemetary, Yola Town after funeral service at St. James Lutheran Church on Tuesday, September 28. Taking to Facebook on Sunday, October 3, Birgamus said that he is finding this part of his life's journey very difficult. "APPRECIATION. Words cannot convey our appreciation for the support and love that you have shown us at the moment of loss. I appreciate your thoughts, your caring attitude and your support. As you can imagine, I’m finding...
Anti-open Grazing law: FG Backs Herdsmen Planned Suit against South Governors
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Anti-open Grazing law: FG Backs Herdsmen Planned Suit against South Governors

Moves by herdsmen to sue southern governors over the anti-open grazing bill they recently signed into law, has gotten a support from the federal government. Special Assistant (Media) to the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Dr Umar Gwandu in an interview with Punch, said Nigerians whose rights had been violated could go to court to seek protection. Most southern states, including Lagos, Ondo, Oyo, Osun, Ekiti, Abia, Bayelsa, Rivers, Akwa Ibom, Enugu, and just recently, Delta and Ogun states, signed the anti-open grazing bill into law. It was also gathered that police commands differed on the enforcement of the law. While Ebonyi and Osun state police commands said they would enforce the law. A source in the Lagos State Police Command told the publicati...
EPL: Tuchel gives Reasons for Chelsea’s Struggles this Season
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EPL: Tuchel gives Reasons for Chelsea’s Struggles this Season

Chelsea manager, Thomas Tuchel, has admitted his players are struggling to cope with the pressure of fighting for major honours this season. The Blues head into today’s Premier League home fixture against Southampton having suffered back-to-back 1-0 defeats. First, they lost to Manchester City last weekend in the league and then in the Champions League at Juventus on Wednesday. Chelsea are considered among the favourites for the title this season, having signed Romelu Lukaku for €115 million from Inter Milan. However, the European champions find themselves looking to bounce back after a difficult week. “It is important that I feel the whole team is a little bit stuck in expectations. “I don’t know why. Maybe of our success, maybe of the expectations that c...
You are not Improving Lukaku – Conte hits Out at Tuchel
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You are not Improving Lukaku – Conte hits Out at Tuchel

Former Inter Milan manager, Antonio Conte, has accused Chelsea coach, Thomas Tuchel, of not playing to Romelu Lukaku’s strengths. Conte was speaking ahead of the Blues’ 1-0 defeat to Juventus in the Champions League on Wednesday night. The Italian bragged about the work he did to improve Lukaku when they worked together at Inter for two seasons. “A coach is good if he can improve players. I think we did great work with Romelu over two years. “He is a very specific striker. Bringing Lukaku into the box is dangerous. However, when he starts from midfield, he is incredibly quick. It’s very difficult to find a player who is both a target man, but can also run from midfield. “These are also characteristics I can see in Erling Haaland. I had been tracking Lukaku fo...
Manny Pacquiao officially retires from boxing to chase Philippine presidential bid
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Manny Pacquiao officially retires from boxing to chase Philippine presidential bid

Boxing legend,  Manny Pacquiao has announced his retirement to focus on his plans  to run for president of the Philippines in the 2022 elections. Pacquiao, a Philippines senator who has been dividing his time between politics and fighting, made the announcement in a 14-minute video posted on his official Facebook page. "As I hang up my boxing gloves, I would like to thank the whole world, especially the Filipino people for supporting Manny Pacquiao. Goodbye boxing. "It is difficult for me to accept that my time as a boxer is over. Today I am announcing my retirement." "Thank you for changing my life, when my family was desperate, you gave us hope, you gave me the chance to fight my way out of poverty. "Because of you, I was able to inspire people all over the world. Becaus...
BBNaija: ‘I didn’t cross boundaries with Nini’ – Saga
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BBNaija: ‘I didn’t cross boundaries with Nini’ – Saga

Evicted Big Brother Naija, BBNaija housemate, Saga has clarified moments shared with Nini in the house. Saga and Nini were really close in the house which had viewers questioning their ‘friendship’. They spent time together under the duvet and slept on the same bed all day before their eviction. There were suspicions that things were happening more than the camera showed the viewers. However, Saga speaking with Ebuka during his interview on African Magic, said nothing more than what viewers saw happened. According to him, there were boundaries because Nini had a boyfriend and he didn’t cross it. “I’ll admit it was difficult at first to accept that she has a boyfriend and there’s no way I stand a chance but later I got used to it. “I wondered what her boyfriend was ...
How Anthony Joshua can defeat Usyk -Hunter
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How Anthony Joshua can defeat Usyk -Hunter

Anthony Joshua could soon find out that former cruiserweight Oleksandr Usyk has “enough power to absorb and withstand punches”, says Michael Hunter. Joshua’s IBF, WBA and WBO heavyweight titles will be at stake when he is challenged by Usyk at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium next Saturday. Usyk, an Olympic gold medallist like Joshua, inflicted Hunter’s only defeat on points before becoming the undisputed cruiserweight champion. “He is fleet-footed and defensive-minded,” Hunter told Sky Sports about Usyk. “It will be very difficult to actually get a win over Usyk in a certain fashion. “Joshua will have to have a concrete game-plan and follow it. It will be a very hard task. “If he pulls it off? Give the man credit. “Because this style of fighting, for him, is the ...
Champions League: Cech warns Tuchel about Chelsea’s title defence
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Champions League: Cech warns Tuchel about Chelsea’s title defence

Former Chelsea goalkeeper, Petr Cech has warned Thomas Tuchel that it will be “really difficult” to retain the Champions League trophy. The Blues won the competition for the second time ever in May. Tuchel’s men beat Manchester City 1-0 in the final. Chelsea also began their title defence with a narrow 1-0 win over Zenit on Tuesday night.
Berbatov names Man Utd player that is “probably unhappy” with Ronaldo’s arrival
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Berbatov names Man Utd player that is “probably unhappy” with Ronaldo’s arrival

Former Manchester United striker, Dimitar Berbatov, has claimed Edinson Cavani is “probably unhappy” about Cristiano Ronaldo’s arrival at the club. Ronaldo has netted three times in two games for United since he returned from Juventus this summer. Although Berbatov is delighted to see the 36-year-old wearing the red shirt again, he fears some members of the squad will be “unhappy” about his arrival. Berbatov is particularly worried about Cavani’s prospects this season, with the Uruguayan legend naturally slipping down the pecking order and handing over the No. 7 shirt to Ronaldo. “It will be interesting to see how Ole keeps the other players happy. He will have to decide how he uses the likes of Edinson Cavani and Anthony Martial. “This is when managing a talented squad be...
Gabrielle Union says she was ‘shattered’ when she learned Dwyane Wade fathered a child with another woman
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Gabrielle Union says she was ‘shattered’ when she learned Dwyane Wade fathered a child with another woman

Gabrielle Union has disclosed that her soul was 'shattered' when she learned her husband Dwyane Wade got another woman pregnant while she was going through IVF treatments to try to conceive. The American actress, 48, made the disclosure in her new book You Got Something Stronger, where she wrote about her infertility struggles. “The experience of Dwayne having a baby so easily, while I was unable to, left my soul not just broken into pieces but shattered into fine dust scattering in the wind.” She continued: “To say I was devastated is to pick a word on a low shelf for convenience. There are people – strangers that I will never meet, who have been upset that I have not previously talked about that trauma. I have not had words, and even after untol amounts of therapy I am not s...
I need to fight Tyson Fury, we Need it for Boxing’ – Anthony Joshua
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I need to fight Tyson Fury, we Need it for Boxing’ – Anthony Joshua

Anthony Joshua has vowed to fight Tyson Fury before he retires because it's a clash every boxing fan wants to see. The WBO, WBA (Super), and IBF champion takes on Oleksandr Usyk later this month at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium and is hopeful he would fight Fury next. "Do I need Tyson Fury on my record? I need it," Joshua tells Steve Bunce on the 5 Live Boxing podcast. "Fight good fighters and they bring out the best of you." Talks over an undisputed between the British pair collapsed during the summer, but Joshua says a showdown with Fury is hugely important to him. "We need it for boxing," he adds. "Training camp is hard. To get better is very difficult in boxing. To fight Tyson Fury is a big challenge. "I'm going to put that pressure on myself to actually get better. B...
Former Liverpool and Man, City attacker, Craig Bellamy quits role as Vincent Kompany’s assistant manager at Anderlecht to deal with depression
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Former Liverpool and Man, City attacker, Craig Bellamy quits role as Vincent Kompany’s assistant manager at Anderlecht to deal with depression

Craig Bellamy has quit his role as assistant manager at Anderlecht to deal with depression. The former Wales, Liverpool and Manchester City striker revealed last year that he had been diagnosed with the condition, which affected him during his playing days, too. Bellamy was made Vincent Kompany's assistant at the Belgian club two years ago. The club posted a statement on their website last night revealing that Bellamy’s depression had resurfaced. Anderlecht said he had taken ‘a very difficult, but very necessary decision concerning his health. Bellamy said goodbye to the players in the dressing room on Sunday afternoon after the 7-2 victory against KV Mechelen.’ Sporting director Peter Verbeke added: ‘The enormous energy Craig has given us all is priceless. ‘It is therefor...
Gary Neville snubs Man Utd, Man City, names team that will be difficult to stop
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Gary Neville snubs Man Utd, Man City, names team that will be difficult to stop

Former Manchester United captain, Gary Neville, has named Chelsea as the team that will be difficult to stop in the Premier League this season. Neville was left very impressed following the Blues’ 3-0 win over Aston Villa on Saturday. Thomas Tuchel only made one permanent signing this summer, bringing in Romelu Lukaku from Inter Milan. Saul Niguez also arrived on loan from Atletico Madrid. But, despite a slightly quieter summer than their rivals, Neville still feels Chelsea could be the team to beat this season. He said on his Gary Neville Podcast: “It was interesting because I’d expect Manchester United to beat Newcastle the way in which they did – with or without Ronaldo. “But then I went home from Salford to watch the Chelsea-Villa game and Villa played well, and Villa ...
Wenger rates Arsenal’s squad under Arteta
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Wenger rates Arsenal’s squad under Arteta

Legendary Arsenal manager, Arsene Wenger, has said the club’s current boss, Mikel Arteta, has a “quality” squad. Wenger, however, expressed sympathy over the Gunners’ difficult start to the new season. Arsenal faced both the reigning European and Premier League champions in two of their first three fixtures. Before Saturday’s narrow 1-0 win against Norwich City at the Emirates Stadium, Arteta’s side endured the club’s lowest point. The north London club went into the international break with a record of three games played, with zero points, zero goals scored and nine goals conceded. However, the victory over the Canaries lifted the Gunners off of the foot of the table and into 16th. Wenger told beIN Sport: “First of all, I like to usually say what I think – I believe in...
It wasn’t what I Expected – Saul Niguez Reflects on Poor Chelsea debut
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It wasn’t what I Expected – Saul Niguez Reflects on Poor Chelsea debut

Saul Niguez has admitted his Chelsea debut did not go according to plan, after he endured a difficult 45 minutes on Saturday. The midfielder, on loan from Atletico Madrid, was included in the Blues’ starting XI for the visit of Aston Villa. But Saul had a poor debut, which led to Thomas Tuchel taking him off at half time and bringing on Jorginho. The 26-year-old was guilty of giving the ball away too many times, failing to press and dallying in possession and being caught out. Several times, Edouard Mendy and Thiago Silva had to bail him out. “Wasn’t the expected debut,” Saul wrote on social media, along with a picture of him with his new teammates. “Really happy with my first game and victory with the team. Incredible to see Stamford Bridge full of Blues....
US Open 2021: Emma Raducanu beats Leylah Fernandez in final
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US Open 2021: Emma Raducanu beats Leylah Fernandez in final

Emma Raducanu has won the 2021 US Open, after she saw off fellow teenage player, Leylah Fernandez 6-4 6-3. With this achievement, she becomes the first British female Grand Slam champion since 1977. Raducanu also is the first qualifier, male or female, to win a Grand Slam title. The 18-year-old’s sensational run saw her lift the trophy without dropping a set in 10 matches and losing only 34 games. She will now rise 127 places in the world rankings which will be published on Monday, becoming the British No 1 and ranked world No 23. After the match, Raducanu said: “I want to congratulate Leylah and her team on an incredible fortnight, she’s beaten some of the best players in the world and it was a difficult match with a high level. “I hope we can play each other in many m...
Winning Copa America with Argentina was ‘Most Difficult’ Trophy of my Career – Lionel Messi
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Winning Copa America with Argentina was ‘Most Difficult’ Trophy of my Career – Lionel Messi

Six time Ballon d'Or winner, Lionel Messi has called the international silverware he won with Argentina, his most difficult trophy of his career so far. According to Messi, who now plays for PSG after two decades with Barca, Copa America glory with Argentina gave him "peace of mind" at international level. Messi suffered final heartache at the 2014 World Cup and back-to-back Copa losses in 2015 and 2016 with Argentina. At a point he feared that he wouldn't win anything with Argentina but he captained Lionel Scaloni's side to a memorable victory, and says he has had a truly successful career. Messi speaking to ESPN said: "Everything I won was important and beautiful, but this was the most difficult because I went through many things. It was knock after knock. "I finally had...
‘The Johnsons’ star, Seun Osigbesan asks married women to submit to their husbands as she shares photos with her husband
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‘The Johnsons’ star, Seun Osigbesan asks married women to submit to their husbands as she shares photos with her husband

'The Johnsons' star, Seun Osigbesan has asked married women to submit to their husbands in a post in which she shared beautiful photos with her husband. Seun noted that marriage is not a curse and also listed things she claims makes marriages work. The actress asked husbands to love their wives, and asked wives to submit to their husbands. She also stated that couples must have trust and be ready to forgive for their marriage to work. Maintaining that a marriage becomes difficult and unbearable when couples do not abide by its rules, Seun concluded that only a husband and his wife can put an assunder in their marriage. She wrote; Marriage! A BLESSING not a curse. Husband, love your wife. Wife, submit to your husband. Trust ( be open, no secrets, be faithful) Forgiveness ...
Ronaldo warned about challenges he will face at Man Utd
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Ronaldo warned about challenges he will face at Man Utd

Former Manchester United defender, Mikael Silvestre, has warned Cristiano Ronaldo he must learn a “difficult” lesson on his return to the club. It has been at least 12 years since Ronaldo last played for the Red Devils. During that time he has played with Real Madrid and Juventus and gone on to become one of the best players in history. However, at 36, Silvestre has urged Ronaldo not to overwork his body. “The difficulty is for Cristiano to accept that he will have to get some rest, he’s still playing for Portugal. Yes, he wants play all the time but he needs to know when to take his foot off the gas which is difficult. “I’ve been there myself and you still think you can train as hard as a 20-year-old and you can’t and the reality is you have to rest so you can peak during...
Barcelona did not need Griezmann, he does not fit our system – Laporta
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Barcelona did not need Griezmann, he does not fit our system – Laporta

Barcelona president, Joan Laporta, has said Antoine Griezmann was not the player they needed. According to him, Griezmann did not fit into their system, which has led to Griezmann being sent back to Atletico Madrid on loan. The France forward arrived at the Camp Nou in 2019 for a fee around £108million. However, he failed to recapture his best form for Barca, although he managed 35 goals in 102 matches. This summer, the club became eager to cut his £300,000 a week salary off their wage bill and sent him back to his former club. Laporta told Onze: “We know what kind of player he was and is, he’s a great player. I think he didn’t fit in our system, but I think he showed a very good attitude. I sent him a message wishing him well, because he’s always had the correct attitude....
Lampard made life difficult, Tuchel believes in me – Christensen
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Lampard made life difficult, Tuchel believes in me – Christensen

Chelsea defender, Andreas Christensen, has said life was difficult for him during the reign of Frank Lampard as the club’s manager. The Denmark International said the current manager, Thomas Tuchel believes in him and has given him the opportunity to play for the club he loves. He disclosed this while dropping a hint that he is set to sign a new deal at Stamford Bridge after putting the ‘difficult period’ he endured under Lampard behind him. Christensen, 25, who is a product of Chelsea academy, found himself on the periphery of the squad last season but has since established himself as a key player at the heart of Tuchel’s defence. “I know a lot is being said right now. I can not say too much, but I think it looks good,” Christensen told Danish publication Ekstra Bladet. “...
Girls Aloud singer, Sarah Harding dies aged 39 following breast cancer battle
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Girls Aloud singer, Sarah Harding dies aged 39 following breast cancer battle

Girls Aloud singer, Sarah Harding has died following a battle with breast cancer, aged 39. Sarah's mum, Marie Hardman, confirmed the heartbreaking news on Sarah's Instagram page. She shared a picture of Sarah and wrote: "A message from Sarah's mum. "It’s with deep heartbreak that today I’m sharing the news that my beautiful daughter Sarah has sadly passed away. Many of you will know of Sarah’s battle with cancer and that she fought so strongly from her diagnosis until her last day. She slipped away peacefully this morning. I’d like to thank everyone for their kind support over the past year. "It meant the world to Sarah and it gave her great strength and comfort to know she was loved. I know she won’t want to be remembered for her fight against this terrible disease – she w...
Marriage is not a bed of roses. People like me couldn’t survive it – Actress Georgia Onuoha calls for prayers for troubled marriages
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Marriage is not a bed of roses. People like me couldn’t survive it – Actress Georgia Onuoha calls for prayers for troubled marriages

Actress Georgina Onuoha has called for prayers for couples whose marriages are facing turbulent times. In a post shared on her Instagram page, Georgina said people are facing difficult times in their marriages and the only thing people should do is pray for them. She mentioned that people like her couldn't survive marriage as it isn't a bed of roses. See her post below...
Cape Verde vs Nigeria: Rohr confirms departure of some Super Eagles from camp
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Cape Verde vs Nigeria: Rohr confirms departure of some Super Eagles from camp

Head coach of the Super Eagles, Gernot Rohr, has confirmed that members of his squad who play in the UK have left for their clubs. This is because of the UK government’s strict regulations on Red List countries, with Nigeria travelling to Cape Verde for their next World Cup qualifier. Rohr’s men began their campaign with a 2-0 victory over Liberia on Friday, at the Teslim Balogun Stadium in Lagos. The German is now expecting a more difficult encounter in four days time. “We knew some of our players have to leave after the match and they had to do well before leaving because they cannot go to Cape Verde. “We scored our two goals in the first half and we were calm and played our football. “But under difficult conditions, because after the rain, the pitch was not easy to p...
NeNe Leakes’ Husband, Gregg Leakes dies at 66 after battle with Cancer
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NeNe Leakes’ Husband, Gregg Leakes dies at 66 after battle with Cancer

Former The Real Housewives of Atlanta star, NeNe Leakes' husband, Gregg Leakes, has died from colon cancer at the age of 66. "Yesterday  the Leakes family is in deep pain with a broken heart. After a long battle with cancer, Gregg Leakes has passed away peacefully in his home surrounded by all of his children, very close loved ones and wife Nene Leakes." "We ask that you pray for peace and strength over their family & allow them to mourn in private during this very very difficult time." publicist and family friend Ernest Dukes said in a statement on Wednesday. The sad news comes days after NeNe revealed that Gregg was losing his battle with cancer while speaking at The Linnethia, her lounge in Atlanta, Georgia. "My husband is transitioning to the other side," she said ...
Dancer killed in Suspected murder-suicide by boyfriend ‘spoke about ending their relationship’
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Dancer killed in Suspected murder-suicide by boyfriend ‘spoke about ending their relationship’

A dancer who was killed in a suspected murder-suicide by her boyfriend had discussed about ending their relationship, family friends revealed. Maddie Durdant-Hollamby, 22, was found dead alongside Ben Green, 41, at a property in Kettering, Northamptonshire, at around 1pm on Friday. Police believe the marketing director and dad-of-three Green killed Maddie and then himself in a shocking murder-suicide. Friends of her devastated parents Steve Durdant-Hollamby, 48, and Rachel, 47, revealed that they were not happy about their daughter's relationship with Green, who worked as a marketing director. A friend told MailOnline: "Steve told us that Maddie wasn’t that happy with Ben and had spoken about ending the relationship. "He was almost as old as Steve and Rachel and ha...
Transfer deadline day: Chelsea sign Atletico Madrid’s Saul Niguez
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Transfer deadline day: Chelsea sign Atletico Madrid’s Saul Niguez

Chelsea have finally agreed a loan move with Atletico Madrid for Saul Niguez before the close of the transfer window. Chelsea have been chasing the 26-year-old Spain international with Atletico Madrid making the deal difficult for the Champions League holders. But with just a few hours left of the summer transfer window, an agreement has been reached and the player is set to move to Stamford Bridge on loan with an option to buy next year. Transfer expert, Fabrizio Romano said that a fee of €5m (£4.3m) has been agreed for the season-long loan. Niguez’s contract at Atletico Madrid expires in the summer of 2026 but has fallen slightly out of favour under Diego Simeone. The midfielder still started the first two La Liga games of the season for Atletico, but only ...
City thrash 10-Man Arsenal to heap Pressure on Arteta
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City thrash 10-Man Arsenal to heap Pressure on Arteta

Arsenal's difficult start to the season continued as they lost 5-0 at Manchester City on Saturday, with Granit Xhaka's first-half red card only compounding the pressure on under-fire manager Mikel Arteta. The Gunners, who arrived at the Etihad having lost their previous eight Premier League fixtures against City, made a terrible start after falling behind to Ilkay Gundogan's seventh-minute header. City doubled their lead just five minutes later through Ferran Torres's close-range finish after yet more woeful Arsenal defending, then Xhaka saw red for a two-footed lunge on Joao Cancelo ten minutes before half-time. Gabriel Jesus added a third two minutes before the interval after fine approach play from Jack Grealish to end the game as a contest, with Torres head...
EPL Could block Ronaldo from wearing number 7 shirt after Man Utd return
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EPL Could block Ronaldo from wearing number 7 shirt after Man Utd return

Former Manchester United defender, Rio Ferdinand, has suggested that Premier League rules could stop Cristiano Ronaldo from taking the number 7 shirt at the club. Ferdinand admits that Edinson Cavani who currently wears the shirt is ready to give it up, if the league approves. However, it could be difficult, if United have already registered their squad numbers. The Red Devils officially confirmed that Ronaldo would be returning to Old Trafford 12 years after he left. The 36-year-old famously wore the No.7 shirt during his first spell and continued to wear it at Real Madrid and Juventus. Ferdinand said on FIVE YouTube Show: “Just to think Cavani could be the back-up for Ronaldo, it’s unbelievable. Cavani, I have to say, what a man! He saw who was coming to town and gave...
He’ll make life harder for us – Thomas Tuchel laments Ronaldo’s move to Man United
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He’ll make life harder for us – Thomas Tuchel laments Ronaldo’s move to Man United

Chelsea boss, Thomas Tuchel, has said that he would not want to Cristiano Ronaldo return to the Premier League. According to the German tactician, the Portugal interest would make life difficult for Chelsea if he joins either Manchester United or Manchester City. The Portugal legend Ronaldo is widely considered one of the best players of all time, and Tuchel lamented his return to the Premier League. The five-time Ballon d’Or winner has told Juventus he wants to leave the club and is in advanced talks with former club Manchester United after negotiations with Manchester City broke down. “I don’t think it’s good if he plays for any of our rivals!” Tuchel told the press on Friday. If he ends up in the Premier League, it’s good for the Premier League and shows how competitive...
UEFA told to intervene in Cristiano Ronaldo’s transfer
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UEFA told to intervene in Cristiano Ronaldo’s transfer

Former Bayern Munich CEO, Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has pleaded with the European football governing body, UEFA, to intervene if Cristiano Ronaldo completes a stunning move to Manchester City or any other club in that matter. Ronaldo have been linked with a departure from Juventus and while reports suggest he could be on his way to Manchester City this time, many still believe the Portuguese will join either Manchester United or Paris Saint-Germain. The 36-year-old’s future at Juventus is gradually coming to an end with the former Real Madrid superstar said to have asked to leave Turin. The speculation has been rife all summer long, but it has intensified going into the final week of the transfer window. And ex-Bayern chief Rummenigge insisted that UEFA needs to ste...
Emile Heskey names club to win title, list teams to finish top four this season
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Emile Heskey names club to win title, list teams to finish top four this season

Former Premier League star, Emile Heskey has predicted the possible winner of this season’s Premier League. The former striker is expecting Chelsea and Liverpool to push Manchester City all the way for the title and suspects Leicester and Manchester United will fight it out for the fourth place. Heskey, a former Liverpool and Leicester attacker, said Pep Guardiola’s side will defend their title despite a rocky start to the season. It was a difficult opening week for Man City as they suffered a 1-0 defeat to Tottenham. Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool defeated Norwich 3-0 while Thomas Tuchel Blues defeated Crystal Palace by the same scoreline. Manchester United defeated Leeds United 5-1 and Heskey expects those four teams to finish to four this season. ...
Battling insecurity in one corner of the country doesn’t make Nigeria failed state – Lai Mohammed
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Battling insecurity in one corner of the country doesn’t make Nigeria failed state – Lai Mohammed

Minister of information and culture, Lai Mohammed has said that Nigeria cannot be called a failed state because it is battling insecurity “in one corner of the country”. The Minister said this during an interview on ‘Focus on Africa’, a programme on BBC. Mohammed who maintained that  the current administration has "pinned” Boko Haram to a “very small area”, added that Nigerians should appreciate their effort given that Taliban fighters took over power in Afghanistan in a few weeks. He said;   “In the north-east, we are facing the challenge of the Boko Haram, which is purely an ideologically driven terrorist group. What is happening in Afghanistan presently is a good pointer. It shows that a movement driven by ideology is very difficult to overcome. The US, having spent 20 ...
Comedian Sean Lock dies from Cancer aged 58
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Comedian Sean Lock dies from Cancer aged 58

English comedian and actor Sean Lock has died at the age of 58. The former 8 Out of 10 Cats and standup comedian, who was a regular panelist on TV shows including Have I Got News For You, Would I Lie To You? and QI, had been suffering from cancer. He was best known for being the team captain on Channel 4 series 8 Out of 10 Cats, presented by Jimmy Carr, for 10 years from 2005. He was replaced by Rob Beckett in 2016. Comedian Lee Mack, who was a close friend of Lock’s, shared a statement in tribute to his fellow comic, hailing him as “a true original both in comedy and life”. He described the news as “heartbreaking”, adding: “I will miss him so much.” A statement from Lock’s agent, Off The Kerb Productions, said: “It is with great sadness that we have to announce the deat...
Real coup – Mourinho reacts to AS Roma signing of Chelsea’s Tammy Abraham
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Real coup – Mourinho reacts to AS Roma signing of Chelsea’s Tammy Abraham

AS Roma manager, Jose Mourinho has reacted to the signing of Tammy Abraham from English Premier League giants (EPL) Chelsea. Mourinho, a former Chelsea manager, described Abraham’s signing as a ‘real coup’. Abraham was officially unveiled as a Roma player on Tuesday following the departure of Edin Dzeko to Inter Milan. Reacting, Mourinho told Roma TV, “I have to say the general manager and owners have been brilliant. “The reality is that we started pre-season thinking we had Dzeko and what happened was a bit of a surprise for all of us. “In an incredibly difficult market and in a financial situation that is difficult for every, or more precisely, almost every club, having the willingness, the ambition, the respect for the fans’ emotions and reacting in this w...
Maki Kaji, ‘godfather of sudoku’, Dies aged 69
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Maki Kaji, ‘godfather of sudoku’, Dies aged 69

Maki Kaji, a Japanese publisher dubbed the "father of Sudoku" for his role in popularising the numbers puzzle Sudoku, has died of cancer at 69, his Japanese publisher has announced. In a notice posted Monday, August 16, Nikoli said Maki Kaji died at home on August 10 after battling cancer, and a memorial service would be held at a later date. "Mr Kaji was known as the father of Sudoku and was loved by puzzle fans all around the world," the publisher said in a statement on its website. Kaji was a university dropout who worked in a printing company before founding Japan’s first puzzle magazine. He took hints from an existing number puzzle to create what he later named "sudoku". Sudoku, a sort of numerical crossword, was invented by Swiss mathematician Leonhard Euler in th...
Chelsea’s Lukaku will be difficult to handle for Arsenal’s defenders – Paul Merson
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Chelsea’s Lukaku will be difficult to handle for Arsenal’s defenders – Paul Merson

Arsenal hero, Paul Merson, has claimed that Chelsea new signing, Romelu Lukaku, is ‘the last person’ the Gunners will want to come up against given the defensive frailties they showed in their Premier League defeat to Brentford last Friday. Arsenal will host Chelsea on August 22 at Emirates Stadium following their 2-0 defeat to Brentford. Lukaku, who joined Chelsea from Inter Milan, is expected to feature against Arsenal. The Belgium international missed Chelsea’s 3-0 victory against Crystal Palace at the weekend. “You think when Lukaku plays against them[Arsenal]? My God,” Merson told Sky Sports. “You know what I mean. He is the last person you want to play against if you are Arsenal, the last person.” Lukaku scored 64 goals in 95 games for Inter Milan during his tim...
23-year-old Nigerian national arrested for Duping Trader of over N28m in India
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23-year-old Nigerian national arrested for Duping Trader of over N28m in India

A 23-year-old Nigerian national has been arrested by the Ahmedabad police in India, for duping a trader out of N28m. The accused identified as 'Essis Esmel Octave', was arrested from Delhi on Tuesday, August 10. According to the police, a Nigeria-based company offered $200 for 10ml of ‘Urazi Herbal Oil’, citing its medicinal properties. The callers told the Odhav-based trader that it is difficult to get the oil, and if he could source it from India, they would pay him handsomely. There was only one catch, the trader would have to get the oil checked for quality. The money would be paid only if it matched the required standard. “It was a con from the start, with buyers and inspectors from the same gang. The trader got lured by the astronomical amount offered for 500 litre...
Lonel Messi Breaks down in tears during Farewell Speech to Barcelona
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Lonel Messi Breaks down in tears during Farewell Speech to Barcelona

  Barcelona had announced on Thursday that Messi would leave the club on a free transfer this summer. The Catalan club announced that Messi would not be signing a new contract due to LaLiga regulations. However, during his farewell speech to Barcelona at a press conference today, Messi tried and failed to prevent himself from crying before delivering his speech, clearly affected by this week’s news that he would not be staying at the Camp Nou. “These recent days I have been thinking, giving a lot of thought to what I can say,” Messi began, following days of silence on his part. “And the truth is that I can’t think of anything, this is really difficult for me after so many years. “I’ve been here my entire life, I’m not ready for this. And last year with all the no...

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