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West Ham midfielder Declan Rice winks at Man Utd
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West Ham midfielder Declan Rice winks at Man Utd

West Ham midfielder Declan Rice has offered a wink to Manchester United.   Rice has given Manchester United a transfer boost after describing Old Trafford as 'one of my favourite places to play.' Rice, who has also been linked with Chelsea, told Sky Sports after the Hammers' loss to United: “I was loving it. “Every time I come to Old Trafford, I've always said it's one of my favourite places to play. “It's an amazing stadium"
Former Super Falcons’ goalkeeper, Ayegba, turns bus driver in UK
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Former Super Falcons’ goalkeeper, Ayegba, turns bus driver in UK

A former goalkeeper of the Nigerian women’s national football team, Rachael Aladi Ayegba, has turned into a bus driver in the United Kingdom. Ayegba played in the 2007 Women’s World Cup, the 2006 and 2008 African Women’s Championships and had an 11-year stint as a pro in Finland, winning the league title in 2013 with PK-35 Vantaa. According to reports, she now drives the number 185 between Lewisham and Victoria. 35-year-old Ayegba told the Standard UK that “When you are trying to save the ball, you need safe hands. But there are ten others on your side. “When you drive a bus, you are on your own.” Ayegba, whose favourite player is Cristiano Ronaldo, says she doesn’t play football anymore, though she has coaching licenses. “I am old. You have to know when to stop,” she a...
Champions League: Rio Ferdinand names three teams to win trophy
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Champions League: Rio Ferdinand names three teams to win trophy

Manchester United legend, Rio Ferdinand, has named three favourite clubs to win the UEFA Champions League this season. Ferdinand was asked to name the main Champions League contenders for this season after Liverpool became the first Premier League side to win all six of their Champions League group games on Tuesday night. Recall that Liverpool defeated AC Milan 2-1 at San Siro last night, thanks to Mohamed Salah and Divock Origi’s goals. But Ferdinand believes Liverpool, Chelsea and Manchester City are the three favourites to win this season’s Champions League. “I don’t see past the three English teams, Bayern might stake a claim, but they [Chelsea, Man City and Liverpool] are so powerful and have who I think are the three best managers,” Ferdinand told BT Sport. “When you...
Ballon d’Or 2021: Messi, Lewandowski – Winner of award revealed
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Ballon d’Or 2021: Messi, Lewandowski – Winner of award revealed

The best player in the world will be unveiled today. The Ballon d’Or event makes a return following an enforced COVID-19 break last year. Bayern Munich striker, Robert Lewandowski would have easily walked away with the prize last year after a sensational season. The Poland international is expected to be on the podium when the winners are announced on Monday. But we all know who walks away with the prize, don’t we? Lionel Messi. The 34-year-old who now plays his football with Paris Saint-Germain is the hot favourite to clinch it. If he is indeed confirmed as winner, the Argentina captain would have won it for a record-extending seventh time. Who could be the surprise winner? Lewandowski. A ‘leaked’ image of the apparent final standings went viral ...
You can do more with Man Utd than PSG – Michael tells Pochettino
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You can do more with Man Utd than PSG – Michael tells Pochettino

Former Manchester United striker, Michael Owen has claimed that Paris Saint-Germain manager, Mauricio Pochettino can do more with the Red Devils squad than his current team. Owen said this while speaking on reports linking Pochettino with a move to Manchester United. Pochettino has been heavily linked with a move to coach Man United since the sacking of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer last weekend. The Argentine is said to be a strong favourite to succeed Solskjaer as permanent manager, but his contract with PSG will expire in June 2023. Speaking on BT Sport, Owen said: “I think Poch [Mauricio Pochettino] can probably do more with the Manchester United team than he can the PSG team. “The PSG team picked themselves, but can you mould them into a winning team? I’m not sur...
Ex-Arsenal star to replace Steven Gerrard at Rangers
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Ex-Arsenal star to replace Steven Gerrard at Rangers

Former Arsenal star, Giovanni van Bronckhorst, will be taking over at Scottish Premier League champions, Glasgow Rangers, Sky Sports reports. Gerrard left Rangers a few days ago to take up a new role as Aston Villa manager. Van Bronckhorst is said to be the favourite to land the job after holding ‘positive’ talks with Rangers in London. Van Bronckhorst spent three years at Ibrox between 1998 and 2001, winning five pieces of silverware. The 46-year-old jetted into London on Monday and his representatives told Sky Sports News that ‘positive’ talks were held with the club. The Dutchman is keen on a return to management after leaving Chinese Super League club, Guangzhou City. He made his name in management at Feyenoord, where he led the club to KNVB Cup success in his fir...
Man United Coach to Replace Steven Gerrard at Rangers
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Man United Coach to Replace Steven Gerrard at Rangers

Manchester United first-team coach, Michael Carrick will be taking over at Scottish Premier League champions, Glasgow Rangers, according to former midfielder, Charlie Adam. Steven Gerrard left Glasgow last week to take up a new role as Aston Villa manager. Giovanni van Bronckhorst is said to be the favourite to land the job with the likes of John Terry and Frank Lampard, both Chelsea legends, also in the frame. But former Rangers midfielder, Adam, believes Carrick is the right man to occupy the vacant position and a ready-made replacement for Gerrard. “I’ll throw a name in the hat: Michael Carrick,” Adam told the BBC’s Sportsound podcast. “He has been at Manchester United, a big club, good coach. It was a gamble with Steven. “Will they go down that same ro...
Solskjaer under severe pressure at Man Utd – Harry Redknapp
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Solskjaer under severe pressure at Man Utd – Harry Redknapp

Former Tottenham Hotspur manager, Harry Redknapp, has insisted that Manchester United head coach, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, is under severe pressure at Old Trafford. Redknapp argued that if Aston Villa can sack fan favourite Dean Smith for collecting just seven points fewer than Man United on the Premier League table, then Solskjaer cannot be safe at the Red Devils. Man United have lost six of their last 12 matches in all competitions. Solskjaer’s men currently sit in 6th position on the Premier League table with 17 points from 11 games. Speaking about Solskjaer, Redknapp told talkSPORT, “He’s got to be under severe pressure. “They have spent big, they have brought players in and he’s had the backing of the board. “Listen, if Dean Smith and people like that can lose their...
Serie A: Genoa sack Ballardini, ex-Milan striker Shevchenko set to step in
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Serie A: Genoa sack Ballardini, ex-Milan striker Shevchenko set to step in

Struggling Serie A side Genoa sacked coach Davide Ballardini on Saturday with reports identifying former AC Milan striker Andriy Shevchenko as his likely successor. Genoa, languishing 17th after one win in a dozen games, gave credence to suggestions they were pursuing Shevchenko by officially axing Ballardini. The 57-year-old Ballardini returned to the Italian club for his fourth stint as their manager in December last year. Despite keeping Genoa in the top flight last season, Ballardini has been unable to win over the side’s new American backers, 777 Partners, who took over Genoa in September. They are keen to usher in a new era at the club and domestic media have named Shevchenko as the favourite to take over the Genoa hot seat. Shevchenko, 45 and the winner of the...
Rio Ferdinand reveals his two favourite Arsenal players
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Rio Ferdinand reveals his two favourite Arsenal players

Manchester United legend, Rio Ferdinand has named Bukayo Saka and Emile Smith Rowe as his favourite Arsenal players at Emirates. Ferdinand said this while reacting to Arsenal’s Premier League 2-0 win against Leicester City over the weekend. Recall that Arsenal defeated Leicester at the King Power Stadium on Saturday, following goals from Gabriel Magalhaes and Smith Rowe. “Mikel Arteta has been under a lot of pressure and a lot of people have been calling his name and [saying] he should be given the sack but he is slowly building something there,” Ferdinand said on his Vibe with Five YouTube channel. “Leicester, to be fair to them, on another day get back into that game. “Ramsdale, phenomenal. He pulled off a number of saves in that game but it is not all rosy for Arsenal...
Paul Scholes overlooks Chelsea, names favourites for title
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Paul Scholes overlooks Chelsea, names favourites for title

Manchester United legend, Paul Scholes, has snubbed Chelsea and named Liverpool and Manchester City as the two favourite teams to win the Premier League title this season. Chelsea are currently on top of the Premier League table with 22 points from nine games. Thomas Tuchel’s side are one point ahead of second-place Liverpool and two points ahead of third-place Manchester City. “Seeing Liverpool go to Old Trafford and win so convincingly, I think it will make City worry,” Scholes was quoted by Metro UK as saying. “Chelsea… I’m not sure, they have been great and I think they are better than I actually give them credit for, but I think [the Premier League title] it’s between Liverpool and Manchester City. “I think City watching that today, in the Champions League or the Prem...
Ballon D’Or 2021: Winner for this year’s award decided
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Ballon D’Or 2021: Winner for this year’s award decided

The winner for the Ballon D’Or 2021 has now been decided on Monday, October 25, according to GFFN. This means voting for all the 30 shortlisted nominees has been closed. However, the winner will be unveiled at a ceremony in Paris on November 29. GFFN tweeted today: “Ballon D’Or voting for 2021 is now closed – the winner has been decided – we find out on 29th November.” A selection of international journalists, national team coaches and captains vote to decide the winner. They will choose their top five from the 30 footballers left in the running. The players will be ordered from first to fifth based on: individual and collective performances during the year, player class and an overall view of the player’s career. The total points for each player from every journa...
Ballon D’Or 2021: I’m sick of Messi winning it – Evra roots for two Chelsea players
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Ballon D’Or 2021: I’m sick of Messi winning it – Evra roots for two Chelsea players

Former France and Manchester United defender, Patrice Evra, has said he is sick of Lionel Messi winning the Ballon D’Or award. Messi is again hot favourite to win the prize this year, when the event holds November 29 in Paris. The 34-year-old is looking to claim the Ballon D’Or for a record-extending seventh time in his career. His rival, Cristiano Ronaldo, is the closest to him with five awards. However, Evra feels this year’s Ballon D’Or should go to any of Chelsea midfielders N’Golo Kante or Jorginho. “In my opinion, this Ballon d’Or is for [N’Golo] Kante or Jorginho, he deserves it! I do not understand why people say ‘He’s just a midfielder’, he won everything! Participating a lot in these triumphs. “In my opinion, it’s an injustice [if Jorginho does not win it]. I’...
Ballon D’Or 2021: Mason Mount reacts to making 30-man shortlist
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Ballon D’Or 2021: Mason Mount reacts to making 30-man shortlist

Chelsea midfielder, Mason Mount, has said it was special to be included in the 30-man shortlist for the Ballon d’Or. In the last six months, Mount helped the Blues win the Champions League. The 22-year-old also featured as England reached their first major tournament final since the 1966 World Cup. Mount has now been recognized as one of the best players in the year under review. “It was special. To see that and to be alongside those names is obviously a dream. “For all the years you work hard, dedicate and see something like that, it shows everything pays off. It is just the start, it doesn’t stop now,” Mount told reporters ahead of England’s World Cup qualifier against Hungary on Tuesday. Mount is not banking on winning the award, though, with Lionel Messi the favouri...
Lionel Messi says he would vote for his PSG team-mates Kylian Mbappe and Neymar for this year’s Ballon d’Or
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Lionel Messi says he would vote for his PSG team-mates Kylian Mbappe and Neymar for this year’s Ballon d’Or

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

Paris Saint-Germain forward, Lionel Messi, has identified three things that made him join the club from Barcelona. According to Messi, he joined Mauricio Pochettino’s side because of the club’s project, the players it has and the quality of the PSG squad. The Argentine captain also said that he is very happy at PSG, professing he has no regrets over choosing the Ligue 1 giants as his new home. Recall that Messi, who is one of the favourites to win the Ballon d’ Or this year, left Barcelona in the summer transfer window for PSG. “Barca issued the statement saying that I was not going to continue and from that point on I started to wonder how I was going to bounce back,” Messi told France Football. “I had to find a new club to continue my career. I was lucky to be contacted by...
2021 Ballon D’Or: Messi, Jorginho, Lewandowski make 30-man nominees [Full list]
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2021 Ballon D’Or: Messi, Jorginho, Lewandowski make 30-man nominees [Full list]

The official 30-man shortlist for this year’s Men Ballon D’Or award has been released by the organizers, France Football, on Friday. It is dominated by the Premier League, with 14 of the players plying their trade in England’s topflight. There are five players from Italy’s Serie A and Spain’s LaLiga, while France has four players. Lionel Messi remains the favourite to win the prize on November 29. The 34-year-old scored 38 goals in 47 games last season, helping guide Barcelona to the Copa del Rey before winning the Copa America with his country this summer. FULL LIST: Premier League: Cesar Azpilicueta, Kevin de Bruyne, Cristiano Ronaldo, Ruben Dias, Bruno Fernandes, Phil Foden, Jorginho, Harry Kane, N’Golo Kanté, Romelu Lukaku, Riyad Mahrez, Mason Mount, Mohamed Salah...
BBNaija: ‘Predictable’ – Nigerians react as Whitemoney wins with 47% votes
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BBNaija: ‘Predictable’ – Nigerians react as Whitemoney wins with 47% votes

A cross section of Nigerians has reacted to the emergence of Whitemoney as the winner of Big Brother Naija, BBNaija season 6 ‘Shine Ya Eye’ edition. Whitemoney, who has been one of the fans’ favourites since the first week, emerged winner of the grand prize worth N90m on Sunday. He won with 47% votes ahead of the first runner up, Liquorose who had 22.99% votes. Although his win this year was not surprising, some were disappointed that Liquorose fans could not pull through for her. Here are some reactions gathered form DAILY POST: @Enamtugbefia “See gap oh! The streets with the silent votes. Indeed, the money has always been white! Congratulations to you Mazi.” @Momoh “Nothing special on this season’s BBN, too predictable.” @DrayaMatthew “That gap is insane, Liquorose’s...
Instagram comedian, Isbae U confirms he is Dating Colleague Kemz Mama ‘Mummy Wa’ in Birthday post
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Instagram comedian, Isbae U confirms he is Dating Colleague Kemz Mama ‘Mummy Wa’ in Birthday post

Popular Instagram comedian, Isbae U has confirmed that he is dating his colleague Kemz Mama a.k.a Mummy Wa after months of speculation. In a birthday message to Kemz Mama, Isbae U described her as his favourite person on earth, best friend, love and also added that he feels lucky and blessed. He also told her not to serve him "breakfast" (heartbreak) while thanking her for helping him become better and also do better. He wrote;   To My Favorite person on earth @kemz_mama Happy birthday Love , Thank you for always helping me do better and be better ,…. I feel so lucky and blessed , Today will continue the blessings of God on you , Your prayers shall be answered Thank you Kemi , Thank you My best friend, Thank you my love  Happy birthday (please don’t ever think of s...
EPL: Rio Ferdinand Overlooks Man Utd, Names Best two Teams
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EPL: Rio Ferdinand Overlooks Man Utd, Names Best two Teams

Former Manchester United defender, Rio Ferdinand, has overlooked the Red Devils and named Manchester City and Chelsea as the two best teams in the English top-flight league. Ferdinand said this while giving his verdict on Man City’s Premier League 1-0 victory over Chelsea at the weekend. Man City are currently in the second position on the Premier League table with 13 points from 6 games, while Chelsea are in the third position with 13 points from the same number of games. Speaking on his Vibe with FIVE YouTube show, the former England international said: “The way City played at the weekend, that is the way champions go to a rival and say, “Listen, you think you are at our level? You guys better start working more”. “And I think Chelsea looked a little bit [over...
Ronaldo makes fresh demand from Man Utd
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Ronaldo makes fresh demand from Man Utd

Manchester United forward, Cristiano Ronaldo, has told the chefs at the club to include his favourite foods in the training ground menu at the canteen. The 36-year-old insists on a strict, specific diet that allows him to eat up to six times a day. Among the foods Ronaldo has demanded include a traditional Portuguese stew called Bacalhau, which is prepared with salt cod and eggs. It is understood the dish has gone down well with his United teammates. However, a number of other dishes were not so popular. A source told the UK Sun: “He also loves octopus, but most of the lads won’t go there – even if it clearly works for Ronny! “Cristiano is very much into his proteins, stuff like slices of ham, eggs and avocados, and the chefs are trying to help him with a little taste o...
Happy Daughters’ Day 2021: Best images, wishes, quotes, messages to share with your daughter
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Happy Daughters’ Day 2021: Best images, wishes, quotes, messages to share with your daughter

Daughters' Day 2021: Here are the best wishes, quotes, messages and images for Facebook and WhatsApp status, and to share with your daughters. Happy Daughters' Day: International Daughters' Day is celebrated globally on the fourth Sunday of September every year. This year the day is being marked on September 26. On this day, parents celebrate and appreciate their daughters by making special gestures to cherish their children. The day was conceptualised to fight against the stigma around having a girl child and honouring daughters. However, people also celebrate it by sharing wishes and presents with their girls. Happy Daughters' Day You can make this day extra special for your child by ensuring that you treat them with respect and love, not just today but throughout th...
Salah makes Liverpool history with 100th Premier League goal
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Salah makes Liverpool history with 100th Premier League goal

The striker put his side 2-1 ahead in the second half to overtake Roger Hunt as the quickest Red to make his century Mohamed Salah became the fastest Liverpool player ever to reach 100 league goals on Saturday as he temporarily put his side ahead against Brentford in an eventual 3-3 draw. The Egypt international has become a firm favourite at Anfield since arriving at the club from Roma in 2017, and he came through once more to help his side out of a tight situation, with a spot at the top of the Premier League on the line. However, newly promoted Brentford spoiled the landmark finish with an 82-minute goal from Yoane Wissa to level the score.
BBNaija: Why I think Nini is fake housemate – Whitemoney
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BBNaija: Why I think Nini is fake housemate – Whitemoney

Big Brother Naija, BBNaija season 6 housemate, Whitemoney, has said he thinks Nini is a fake housemate. Whitemoney said this after Biggie instructed housemates to pack Nini’s belongings in the house. According to Whitemoney, he believes that Nini is the fake housemate because of how she has been saved during eviction nights by Ebuka Obi-Uchendu. He told housemates: “I think she’s a fake housemate because of all the things that have happened involving her in the house. “Take a look at how Ebuka usually tells Nini to sit down during eviction shows whenever she’s up. He does not say “Nini you’re saved” in an anxious way he says it casually. “I know that every season there is always a twist, something must happen. Even the questions Ebuka asked about Nini on Sunday about being t...
No Nigerian music award has given me one award” Black Face talks being blacklisted by the music industry/media, beef with Tuface, and his failed marriage
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No Nigerian music award has given me one award” Black Face talks being blacklisted by the music industry/media, beef with Tuface, and his failed marriage

Black Face has granted an interview to talk about the lack of support he has received from the media and the music industry. He revealed during an interview with Chude Jidonwo that he has never received one single award from any Nigerian music award organiser. He also addressed the claim that he's jealous of Tuface Idibia, his former Plantashun Boiz group member. Black Face said that right from when they were growing up, Tuface was everyone's favourite. He added that people are bound to have issues with each other but having issues with someone doesn't mean you are jealous of them. He also spoke about his relationship status. He revealed he was married and the union produced two kids but they are now separated and the kids are with their mother. He disclosed that he has ...
Ronaldo handed No. 7 at Manchester United
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Ronaldo handed No. 7 at Manchester United

The former Juventus and Real Madrid has received his favourite number, with Edinson Cavani moving to No. 21 to accommodate him Manchester United have revealed that Cristiano Ronaldo will don his favourite No. 7 shirt for the 2021-22 Premier League season. Ronaldo's blockbuster return to Old Trafford from Juventus was one of the biggest stories of the summer transfer window. And the club have now unveiled his new shirt, inherited from Edinson Cavani, who switches to 21, as he awaits a second 'debut' with the Red Devils.    
Ronaldo departure from Juventus makes Inter favourites to retain Serie A title, says Vieri
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Ronaldo departure from Juventus makes Inter favourites to retain Serie A title, says Vieri

The former Nerazzurri star thinks Simeone Inzaghi can make sure the Scudetto returns to San Siro in 2021-22 now an arch rival has been weakened Christian Vieri thinks Inter are favourites for the Serie A title following Cristiano Ronaldo's departure from Juventus. Ronaldo brought his three-year stay at Juve to an end by re-signing for Manchester United in a £20 million ($28m) deal on deadline day. The Bianconeri slumped to a fourth-place finish in Serie A in the Portuguese's final year in Turin, but he fired them to the Scudetto in both of his previous seasons and Vieri thinks his absence will give Inter an advantage as they bid to retain the trophy in 2021-22.
2022 World Cup qualifiers: Why Kenya have the advantage over Uganda – Sredojevic
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2022 World Cup qualifiers: Why Kenya have the advantage over Uganda – Sredojevic

The Serbian tactician explains why he feels Harambee Stars will start as favourites when they take on the Cranes on Thursday Uganda coach Milutin ‘Micho’ Sredojevic believes Kenya will start as favourites when the neighbours kick off their campaign to Qatar in the 2022 World Cup qualifiers with a fixture at Nyayo Stadium on Thursday. The East African rivals are pooled together in Group E of the qualifiers alongside West African giants Mali and Rwanda with the top team set to qualify for the third qualifying round. The Serbian tactician, who returned to handle the Cranes on July 27, after parting ways with Zambia, believes Harambee Stars have the advantage owing to the fact they had played their FKF Premier League campaign to a conclusion unlike in Uganda where their league was c...
Fernandes will give up penalties but not free-kicks’ – Ronaldo will have to share Man Utd set-pieces, says Ferdinand
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Fernandes will give up penalties but not free-kicks’ – Ronaldo will have to share Man Utd set-pieces, says Ferdinand

The former Old Trafford favourite thinks the Portuguese midfielder will be willing to compromise with his fellow countryman on dead ball duties Cristiano Ronaldo will have to share Manchester United set-pieces with Bruno Fernandes according to Rio Ferdinand, who says the latter will give up penalties but not free-kicks. United reached an agreement to bring Ronaldo back to Old Trafford from Juventus on Friday, with the reported €23 million (£20m/$27m) transfer set to be finalised before the summer window slams shut at midnight on Tuesday. The 36-year-old was a talismanic figure in his first spell at the club between 2003 and 2009 and will likely be the focal point in Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's attack for the rest of the season, but Ferdinand doesn't think Fernandes will be pushed t...
Gary Neville names most favoured Premier League clubs after Ronaldo’s return to United
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Gary Neville names most favoured Premier League clubs after Ronaldo’s return to United

Gary Neville has said that the signing of Cristiano Ronaldo has put Manchester United among the favourite clubs to win Premier League title this summer. He, however, feels Manchester City and Chelsea are the most favourites to claim Premier League glory this season. Ronaldo left Juventus to return to Old Trafford on Friday subject to the 36-year-old agreeing personal terms and completing a medical. Neville said that although the former Real Madrid star ‘guarantees goals’ and will raise standards at Old Trafford, his impact may not be so great to propel them to the title. “I made the prediction that it would be Manchester City, Chelsea and Manchester United [in that order] and I’m not going to change that because of the signing of Ronaldo,” Neville told Sky Sports after Chelse...
Ex-Super Eagles defender tips Jorginho over Kante for Uefa Player of the Year
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Ex-Super Eagles defender tips Jorginho over Kante for Uefa Player of the Year

The Chelsea stars are up for the prestigious award, and Kingsley Obiekwu reveals why the Italy international is a massive favourite for the prize Jorginho stands a better chance than his Chelsea teammate N'Golo Kante of winning the Uefa Player of the Year award, according to ex-Nigeria international Kingsley Obiekwu. The Blues stars – who played crucial roles in the Stamford Bridge giants’ Champions League triumph – made the final cut alongside Belgium international and Manchester City maestro Kevin De Bruyne, who inspired Pep Guardiola’s Citizens to the Premier League crown. Interestingly, this is the first time in the prize’s 11-year history that the final three shortlists will be midfielders, with the winner set to be announced at the 2021-22 Champions League group-stage draw cer...
‘Let’s kick him and see what he’s made of!’ – How Grealish was moulded into a £100m star by Hutton and Co at Aston Villa
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‘Let’s kick him and see what he’s made of!’ – How Grealish was moulded into a £100m star by Hutton and Co at Aston Villa

A former team-mate of the England international playmaker has lifted the lid on how first steps to superstardom were taken Jack Grealish is, for the time being at least, the most expensive player in British football history, with a £100 million ($137m) move taking him away from Aston Villa to Premier League champions Manchester City. Few could have predicted such a meteoric rise during a three-season stint in the Championship between 2016 and 2019, with questions still being asked back then of the enigmatic playmaker's attitude and ability. Fast forward to the present and Grealish has become a fans' favourite in the senior England set-up and a man Pep Guardiola was prepared to shell out a nine-figure transfer fee for - but how did such a transformation come about, and when were the ...
Son targets 10 years at Tottenham: I don’t want to move anywhere else
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Son targets 10 years at Tottenham: I don’t want to move anywhere else

The 29-year-old attacker says he wants to remain at the Premier League club for the rest of his career Son Heung-min has admitted that he did not expect to be presented with a contract extension with Tottenham this summer but is pleased to have the opportunity to spend a decade at the club. Son arrived at Spurs from Bayer Leverkusen in 2015 and has gone on to score 71 Premier League goals for the club in nearly 200 appearances, including the opening goal of their 2021-22 campaign against Manchester City. The 29-year-old has struck up a particularly successful understanding with Harry Kane during his time in England and has grown to be a firm favourite of the supporters.
Salah contract extension to 2026 predicted by Barnes as Liverpool legend tips ‘long-term’ stay
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Salah contract extension to 2026 predicted by Barnes as Liverpool legend tips ‘long-term’ stay

The former favourite at Anfield believes a star of the present will follow Alisson and Virgil van Dijk in agreeing fresh terms Liverpool legend John Barnes has predicted Mohamed Salah will sign a new long-term contract at Liverpool that takes him through to at least 2026. A flurry of new deals have been thrashed out at Anfield this summer, with Virgil van Dijk following Alisson, Fabinho and Trent Alexander-Arnold in penning fresh terms. Egyptian talisman Salah is among the next in line for discussions after four goal-laden seasons on Merseyside, and Barnes believes the 29-year-old will commit to the Reds.
Mazatlan could sign Messi and Ronaldo, claims president
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Mazatlan could sign Messi and Ronaldo, claims president

The club chief posted a survey on Twitter asking if they should target the Argentina star Mazatlan president Ricardo Salinas Pliego says Liga MX side could sign both Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo. Teams are on alert as Messi has become available after Barcelona confirmed he will not sign a new deal and although Paris Saint-Germain have emerged as the favourites to land him, the Mexican side's chief is optimistic. The president posted a poll on Twitter asking fans if his side should go after Messi or former player-turned-politician Cuauhtemoc Blanco this summer.
Sancho and Varane deals are ‘exciting’ but Manchester United must sort ‘goalkeeping situation’, warns Neville
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Sancho and Varane deals are ‘exciting’ but Manchester United must sort ‘goalkeeping situation’, warns Neville

The former Old Trafford favourite wants Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to make a firm decision on who his goalkeeper will be for the 2021-22 season Jadon Sancho and Raphael Varane deals are "exciting" but Manchester United must now sort out their "goalkeeping situation", Gary Neville has warned. Sancho completed his £73 million ($104m) switch to Old Trafford from Borussia Dortmund last month, bringing Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's well-documented pursuit of the winger to an end. United have also moved to bolster their options at the back with a deal now in place for Real Madrid star Raphael Varane, but Neville believes there is a more pressing issue in the squad that has yet to be addressed.
Frank Lampard’s possible next club revealed
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Frank Lampard’s possible next club revealed

  Former Chelsea manager, Frank Lampard, is set to become the manager of English club, Swansea. According to talkSPORT, Lampard has emerged among the favourites to become Swansea next new manager. The Chelsea legend tops the list for the Swansea job alongside Eddie Howe. Others have also been linked for the Swansea job such as John Terry, Neil Lennon, Alex Neil, Paul Warne, Gareth Ainsworth and Tony Pulis. Swansea are currently on the hunt for a new manager after the departure of Steve Cooper, 41. Cooper guided Swansea to the Championship play-off final in May this year. But Swansea, however, missed out on promotion to the Premier League to Brentford. Cooper was linked with a host of jobs earlier this summer
2021 Ballon d’Or prize between Messi, Jorginho – Zola
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2021 Ballon d’Or prize between Messi, Jorginho – Zola

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

Barcelona manager, Ronald Koeman, has said Lionel Messi is the favourite to win the Ballon d’Or award this year. Messi has already won the prize six times in the past – the most by any player in history. Earlier this month, the 34-year-old led Argentina to Copa America triumph in Brazil. With that victory, Messi has finally added an international title, which was the only silverware missing from his stunning CV. Koeman believes his captain deserves recognition for his individual brilliance for both club and country over the past 12 months. “He has shown time and again he is the best in the world. I know how much he wanted to win the Copa América and he has done it at last. “Messi is the prime candidate for the Ballon d’Or after a great season and, for me, he is the fa...
Italy vs Spain: Mourinho Picks Country to reach Euro 2020 Final
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Italy vs Spain: Mourinho Picks Country to reach Euro 2020 Final

  Roma manager, Jose Mourinho, has picked the favourite country between Italy and Spain that will reach the Euro 2020 final. Mourinho believes Italy is favourite to reach the Euro 2020 final because they have a stronger team than Spain. Italy will on Tuesday tackle Spain in the Euro 2020 semi-final at the Wembley Stadium. Roberto Mancini’s side defeated Belgium in the quarter-final to reach the last-4, while Spain eliminated Switzerland from the European Championship. Speaking to TalkSport, Mourinho said, “They [Italy] lost Spinazzola, which is awful for them and imagined for me!. “I will lose him for six months. Emerson is a good player, but Spinazzola was playing incredibly well. “That back four was playing so well. There is so much talent there. “I spoke...
Arsenal Set to Sign Super Eagles striker, Paul Onuachu
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Arsenal Set to Sign Super Eagles striker, Paul Onuachu

  Arsenal have jumped ahead on the queue of clubs who are trying to sign Nigerian striker, Paul Onuachu, from KRC Genk, according to The Athletic. Another Premier League side, West Ham United, were believed to be leading the race for Onuachu. This came from the player’s agent flew into London for negotiations. Newly promoted Watford have also been linked with Onuachu. Arsenal are however in the driving seat and will have no problem paying the 30 million euros transfer fee that Genk have slapped on the 27-year-old. It is also a well-known fact that Arsenal are Onuachu’s favourite club in England. And with the Gunners likely to offload Academy graduate Eddie Nketiah this summer, Onuachu, who netted 35 goals in Belgium this past season, could be the perfect repla...
Euro 2020: Mourinho names England player who is not Southgate’s favourite
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Euro 2020: Mourinho names England player who is not Southgate’s favourite

  Roma manager, Jose Mourinho, has said Jack Grealish is not Gareth Southgate’s favourite. Mourinho was reacting to the Three Lions’ 4-0 win over Ukraine in their quarter-final of Euro 2020. Southgate started Raheem Sterling, Jadon Sancho and Mason Mount in attack behind Harry Kane. Despite the clamour among fans for Grealish to get more minutes on the pitch, Mourinho believes the Aston Villa man is not someone Southgate is ready to make a regular starter. “Raheem Sterling and Kane are clear and there are two places in my opinion that are open. Gareth has to make the best decision. “Jadon Sancho played well, Phil Foden started the tournament, the same with Mason Mount. Jack Grealish – it looks like he’s not the favourite player of Gareth but every minute he’s on ...
Spain beat 10-man Swiss on pens to reach Euros semis
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Spain beat 10-man Swiss on pens to reach Euros semis

Mikel Oyarzabal was Spain's penalty shootout hero, as his winning spot-kick finally dumped out brave 10-man Switzerland in St Petersburg and sent his side into the Euro 2020 semi-finals, where they'll meet either Belgium or Italy next Tuesday. Switzerland had beaten tournament favourites France in a shootout in the last round but there were misses galore as they were undone 3-1 on spot-kicks this time, after holding Spain to a 1-1 draw through extra-time, following Remo Freuler's harsh red card on 77 minutes. Spain had got off to a flying start to the match when a big deflection off Denis Zakaria took Jordi Alba's shot past Yann Sommer but, despite losing key man Breel Embolo early on, Switzerland battled back and capitalised on another defensive howler from Luis Enrique's side w...
‘Hi Leo, are you there?’ – Newell’s Old Boys urge Messi ‘risk’ as Barcelona superstar hits free agency
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‘Hi Leo, are you there?’ – Newell’s Old Boys urge Messi ‘risk’ as Barcelona superstar hits free agency

An Argentine icon has stated in the past that he would like to return to his roots at some stage and is no longer under contract at Camp Nou Newell's Old Boys have wasted little time in making their play for Lionel Messi, with a favourite son of the Argentine outfit hitting free agency in Barcelona. A six-time Ballon d'Or winner has seen his contract expire at Camp Nou, meaning that he could enter into discussions regarding a move away from Catalunya. Fresh terms are still expected to be agreed at some stage, but Newell's have made it clear that doors would be swung open in Rosario if a familiar face wanted to take a "risk" and return to his roots.
Euro 2020: Roberto Mancini snubs Italy, names country to win tournament
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Euro 2020: Roberto Mancini snubs Italy, names country to win tournament

  Italy coach, Roberto Mancini has snubbed his team and named France, Portugal and Belgium as the favourite countries to win this year’s Euro 2020. Mancini believes France, Portugal and Belgium are clear favourites to win the Euro 2020 ahead of Italy because of their quality, experience and track record. The former Manchester City manager stated this after Italy landed a place in the knockout stages by recording their second consecutive 3-0 win against Switzerland on Wednesday evening. The Euro 2020 kicked off on June 11 and will end on July 11, 2021. Speaking on favourite country to win the Euro 2020, Mancini said at his post-match press conference, “In the European Championship there’s France, Portugal and Belgium – one of those are world champions, another are Eu...
Ritson Suffers Stoppage Loss to Ponce
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Ritson Suffers Stoppage Loss to Ponce

Jeremias Ponce floored Lewis Ritson three times in the 10th round to earn a stoppage win but should the fight have continued after Ritson's corner had thrown the towel in? Lewis Ritson's world title hopes were wrecked by a punishing 10th-round stoppage loss to Jeremias Ponce in Newcastle. Ritson was floored on three occasions by the relentless Argentine, who became the IBF mandatory challenger for Scotland's undisputed world super-lightweight champion Josh Taylor. The hometown fighter endured a torrid evening as he was badly hurt in the opening round, nearly wilting by the ropes after Ponce had dug in brutal body shots. Ritson had to withstand more stinging punches around his ribs in the second round, while he was briefly buzzed by an uppercut in the third. S...
Euro 2020: Wenger Names Favourite for Best Player award
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Euro 2020: Wenger Names Favourite for Best Player award

  Former Arsenal manager, Arsene Wenger, has identified Chelsea’s Timo Werner as the favourite player to win the Euro 2020 player of the tournament. Wenger also said that he likes the quality of the Germany international’s movement on the pitch. Werner endured a mixed first season at Chelsea, scoring 12 goals in 52 appearances in all competitions for the west London club. “I like the quality of his runs,” Wenger told beIN SPORTS. “I like his movement, but he’s not… we see his conversion rate with the number of chances he has. “He’s not good enough to say, but he will be absolutely the favourite to be the player of the tournament [Euro 2020].” The Euro 2020 will kick off on June 11 – 11 July 2021. Germany is in Group F alongside France, Hungary and Portugal....
Neymar’s best years are behind him
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Neymar’s best years are behind him

The former Parc des Princes favourite has suggested that the world's most expensive player is now past his prime Neymar's "best years are behind him" according to David Ginola, who says the Brazilian's new deal will be meaningless unless Paris Saint-Germain can also tie Kylian Mbappe down to fresh terms. Neymar put an end to speculation over his future at Parc des Princes by signing a new four-season contract last week, which includes the option of an extra year. Ginola was pleased to see the 29-year-old commit to a long-term stay but thinks it's far more important for PSG to sort out an extension for Mbappe, who he believes still has a lot more potential to unlock.
Arteta Expected to be Sacked after Europa League Flop, Allegri, Rodgers Linked to Arsenal
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Arteta Expected to be Sacked after Europa League Flop, Allegri, Rodgers Linked to Arsenal

  Mikel Arteta’s odds of being sacked as Arsenal manager have been slashed, after they were dumped out of the Europa League by Villarreal on Thursday night. The Gunners played out a goalless draw at the Emirates, after losing 2-1 in the semi-final first leg. Arteta had been priced at 14/1 to be the next Premier League manager to leave, but his odds have tumbled to 15/2. Bookmakers are now pricing up potential replacement for Arteta. Former Juventus manager, Massimiliano Allegri, is favourite to take over, with Betfred offering odds of 13/5 for the Italian. Leicester City boss, Brendan Rodgers, is priced at 3/1. Arsenal legends Patrick Vieira and Thierry Henry are 10/1 and 22/1 respectively.

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