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‘The pinnacle of individual achievements’ – Ronaldo reacts to winning FIFA Special Best award
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‘The pinnacle of individual achievements’ – Ronaldo reacts to winning FIFA Special Best award

The Portugal hero was honoured by the governing body after becoming the top scorer in international football Cristiano Ronaldo says it was a "tremendous honour" to win the FIFA Special Best Award on Monday. The Portugal star was handed the trophy in recognition of him becoming the highest-scoring men's player in international football history. Ronaldo broke the record set by former Iran hero Ali Daei in September when he scored his 110th goal for his country. He has since taken his tally up to 115.    
Christian Eriksen Set for Premier League return as he gets six-month Offer from Brentford
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Christian Eriksen Set for Premier League return as he gets six-month Offer from Brentford

Brentford are reportedly in talks with Christian Eriksen over a return to football, with the Premier League club offering a six-month contract after suffering a cardiac arrest on the pitch during his country’s Euro 2020 meeting with Finland in Copenhagen last June. Eriksen, 29, left Inter Milan earlier this season by mutual consent after Serie A rules would not allow the Dane to play with an implantable cardioverter-defibrillator (ICD), which was fitted after his collapse during Denmark's game against Finland in Copenhagen. The former Tottenham star has been linked with a return to the Premier League in recent weeks and the Bees are hoping to bring him to the Brentford Community Stadium. It’s understood Brentford have offered Eriksen an initial six-month deal. That contract rema...
Afcon 2021: Guinea-Bissau ‘will give everything’ for victory over Egypt – Pele
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Afcon 2021: Guinea-Bissau ‘will give everything’ for victory over Egypt – Pele

Cande’s men are determined to beat the Pharaohs to boost their hopes of reaching the competition’s knockout phase, the AS Monaco star has declared   Judilson Mamadu Gomes ‘Pele’ says Guinea-Bissau will give "everything" to secure a win over Egypt in Saturday’s Africa Cup Nations’ fixture. The West Africans, who are making their third appearance in the biennial African football showpiece, settled for a disappointing 0-0 draw against Sudan in Garoua. Despite dominating ball possession and creating numerous scoring opportunities, the Djurtus failed to silence the Falcons of Jediane.
Cristiano Ronaldo reveals when he will retire from football
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Cristiano Ronaldo reveals when he will retire from football

Manchester United’s Cristiano Ronaldo has said he is aiming to continue playing football until the age of 42. The 36-year-old is currently United’s top scorer with 14 goals in all competitions this season. Ronaldo returned to Old Trafford last summer and signed a two-year deal with the option for one extra year. He is now looking to play for up to six more years at the top level. “Genetically I feel like I’m 30 years old. I take great care of my body and my mind. Something I’ve learned recently is that after 33, I believe the body can deliver if you need it, but the real battle is mental. “Going through many things with the focus on the end goal of staying at a high level is the hardest thing, and that’s what I’ve been doing for the last few years. I’ve been working and fo...
AFCON 2021: Drama as ref blows early for full-time twice in Tunisia vs Mali
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AFCON 2021: Drama as ref blows early for full-time twice in Tunisia vs Mali

More bizarrely, that was the second time he did it in the same game, as he earlier stopped the game at the 85th minute. A standard football match is 90 minutes made up of two 45-minute halves. In the middle of the game, there is a 15-minute break known as ‘half-time’. But this particular game was not going to get the regular time it deserved. Mali were leading the match 1-0 after Ibrahima Koné scored from the penalty spot before Tunisia were denied from 12 yards in the second half, after former Sunderland man Wahbi Khazri’s spot-kick was saved by Ibrahim Mounkoro. The game had several stoppages throughout the second half. Along with the two penalties, there were also two cooling breaks, VAR decisions and injury stoppages. Mali substitute El Bilal Touré had also been sent off...
Man Utd icon, Patrice Evra claims there are at least two gay players at every club after some opened up to him
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Man Utd icon, Patrice Evra claims there are at least two gay players at every club after some opened up to him

Patrice Evra has claimed there are at least two gay players at every team in football after some of them opened up to him during his career. In an interview with French publication Le Parisien, the Manchester United legend made some stunning revelations about some of the views he encountered about homosexuality. 'When I was in England, they brought someone to talk to the team about homosexuality,' Evra explained. 'Some of my colleagues said "it is against my religion, if there is a homosexual in this locker room, let him leave the club" and other comments. 'At that time, I said, "shut up". I played with players who were gay. Face to face, they opened up with me because they are afraid to speak otherwise. 'There are at least two players per club who are gay. But in the world o...
Marcus Rashford has given up – Sam Matterface
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Marcus Rashford has given up – Sam Matterface

English sports broadcaster and commentator, Sam Matterface has noted that Manchester United forward, Marcus Rashford is giving up on football already. Matterface suggested why the 24-year-old’s form has nosedived this season and cited his injuries, missed penalty in the Euro 2020 final, or the player’s campaign against the government as possible reasons for his declining performance. Rashford, who has consistently been one of Manchester United top performers in recent seasons, has struggled since he returned from injury and has been a shadow of his former self. The England international spent the 86 minutes on the pitch in Manchester United 1-0 win over Aston Villa in the FA Cup last night failing to make an impact for the Red Devils. “What is it? Because there’s something, h...
Liverpool prepared to sell Neco Williams
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Liverpool prepared to sell Neco Williams

Liverpool are prepared to sell Neco Williams this month. Sky Sports says Liverpool could allow Neco Williams to leave in this transfer window. As in the summer, the player is very conscious of his place in the Wales national team set up with World Cup qualifiers coming up in March. He therefore would like options considered this month to allow him to move for regular first team football.  
I’ve Lost Love for Football – Top Star Announces Sudden Retirement
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I’ve Lost Love for Football – Top Star Announces Sudden Retirement

Former Brighton midfielder Davy Propper has suddenly retired from playing football at the age of 30. The Netherlands international retired saying he does ‘not feel comfortable in the world of football’. Propper played 19 times for the Holland national team and left Brighton for PSV Eindhoven last summer. He spent four years with the Premier League side during which he made 121 appearances for the Sussex club. He says he “lost the love for the game” in the time away from his homeland and that when he returned he “hoped to rediscover the joy…but it was not to be.” In a statement on PSV’s official website on Tuesday, Propper said: “I made the final decision to call time on my playing career before Christmas and it feels like a relief. That’s why I know I’ve made the right cho...
Cameroon legend Eto’o honoured with giant mural by former club Mallorca
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Cameroon legend Eto’o honoured with giant mural by former club Mallorca

The 40-year-old was back in the Visit Mallorca Stadium on Sunday for a special recognition before their league match La Liga club Mallorca honoured African legend and president of the Cameroon Football Federation, Samuel Eto'o, with a giant mural before their game against Barcelona on Sunday. Eto'o joined the club's top officials outside the Visit Mallorca Stadium to unveil the mural that showed him with a big smile while celebrating.  
Ex-Wolves star Olofinjana reveals why he rejected NFF’s technical director role
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Ex-Wolves star Olofinjana reveals why he rejected NFF’s technical director role

The former Super Eagle opened up on why he turned down the opportunity of heading the football body's technical department Seyi Olofinjana stated he has no regrets about declining the opportunity to become the technical director of the Nigeria Football Federation while explaining his decision. After a professional career that spanned 16 years, the former Super Eagles star went into management and was named loan manager at Wolverhampton Wanderers. At the Molineux Stadium, he played a key role in ensuring that the Wanderers maintained their English elite division status.
Diego Maradona’s brother, Hugo dies of heart attack
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Diego Maradona’s brother, Hugo dies of heart attack

Hugo Maradona, the brother of Argentina legend Diego Maradona, is dead at the age of 52. Hugo died on Tuesday at his home in Naples after suffering a heart attack. His death is coming just 13 months after a cardiac arrest killed Diego. Like his brothers Diego and Raul, Hugo started playing football at a very young age and even signed for Napoli at the age of 18, although he was soon loaned out to Ascoli. Hugo ended up not having a career in the elite of football and instead focused his efforts on youth football projects. He leaves behind a wife, Paola Morra, whom he married in 2016, and three children. Reacting, Josi Della Ragione, mayor of the municipality of Bacoli where Hugo lived, paid tribute to Hugo following his death. “Bacoli clings to the pain of the Maradon...
You are just an interim manager, get back in your box – O’Hara attacks Man Utd’s Rangnick
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You are just an interim manager, get back in your box – O’Hara attacks Man Utd’s Rangnick

Former Tottenham star, Jamie O’Hara has told Manchester United manager Ralf Rangnick to ‘pipe down’ after the German outlined his drastic suggestions for English football. Just four weeks after joining the Old Trafford landlords, the German had suggested that clubs in the English top-flight should not participate in the Carabao Cup, while also asking for FA Cup replays to be scrapped. The former Schalke 04 and RB Leipzig manager also called for the reintroduction of five substitutes. Manchester United will see themselves playing three times in eight days in congested Christmas and New Year fixtures and their German tactician want the league management to put all this into consideration. But former Tottenham midfielder O’Hara was not impressed with the Man United interim manag...
Ronaldo names four best players in football history, excludes himself
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Ronaldo names four best players in football history, excludes himself

Ronaldo Nazário de Lima has named the four greatest footballers ever, excluding himself. Ronaldo named Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo alongside fellow Brazil legend, Pele and Argentina hero Diego Maradona as the greatest footballers ever. Ronaldo, now 45, who won the Ballon d’Or for two times, is widely considered as one of the best strikers football has ever produced. Goal, quoted the former Real Madrid and Barcelona star as saying, “For me, in the classification of the best in history, the four names would be Pele, Maradona, Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.” “They are the top four in the history of football.” Lionel Messi recently won his seventh Ballon d’Or, being the first player ever to have won it more than five times while Cristiano Ronaldo has also claimed t...
Army GOC commends Gov. Ugwuanyi for cordial relationship between Enugu govt, military
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Army GOC commends Gov. Ugwuanyi for cordial relationship between Enugu govt, military

The General Officer Commanding 82 Division Nigerian Army, Major General T. A. Lagbaja, on Thursday, said that Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State’s commitment to the affairs of the Division is “a manifestation of the cordial relationship existing between the state government and the military”. Maj. Gen. Lagbaja, who made the remark during the finales of the inaugural GOC and Chairperson of Nigerian Army Officers Wives Association (NAOWA) 82 Division football competitions for male and female football teams held at the Abakpa Cantonment football pitch, Enugu, appreciated Gov. Ugwuanyi for attending the sporting event. The male final match between Dragons Football Club (FC), 82 Division and Noble Great Achievers FC (Host Community) was kicked off by Gov. Ugwuanyi after other offici...
Man City boss Guardiola confirms Torres on way to Barcelona
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Man City boss Guardiola confirms Torres on way to Barcelona

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola says Ferran Torres is being allowed to leave for Barcelona. Leroy Sane chose to leave City for Bayern Munich in 2020 and now Torres is set to make a return to his homeland, with City having agreed a deal to sell the 21-year-old forward to Barcelona after he told manager Guardiola he wanted to leave in order to secure more regular first-team football. "I want happiness in my players," said Guardiola. "If you are not happy, you have to leave. "We are not a club where presidents and chief executive say 'no, you have to stay'. The players and clubs have to agree, this is business. "But if the player wants to leave, they go."  
Julian Rijkhoff: Dortmund’s Dutch wonderkid who is likened to Lewandowski
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Julian Rijkhoff: Dortmund’s Dutch wonderkid who is likened to Lewandowski

The 16-year-old has scored 17 goals in his first 20 games for the German club's U19s after controversially leaving Ajax in January 2021   When Ajax beat Borussia Dortmund home and away during the group stages of the 2021-22 Champions League, it was not only significant in terms of the European fates of two of the continent's biggest clubs. It was a battle between two sides whose reputations of late have been built on their ability to develop young players, and whom some would consider as being the teams that have the best conditions and in-built pathways for elite talents to make their way into first-team football anywhere in world football. That Ajax came out on top on both occasions was, then, a feather in the cap for the Dutch outfit, while those victories also allowe...
Belgium football team release hilarious Christmas photos
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Belgium football team release hilarious Christmas photos

The Belgium senior men's national football team known as the Red Devils have shared their hilarious and fun christmas photos. Most times when football teams do photoshoots, it usually has a masculine touch to it, but the Belgian team decided to do something different this Christmas.   The Belgian Red Devils featured football stars such as Manchester City midfielder Kevin De Bruyne, Real Madrid forward Eden Hazard, and other star players. Along with the photos was a message that said, "It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas! "Still looking for the perfect card for the holidays? Don't worry, our Red Devils are already in the Christmas spirit."   The photos went viral after they were posted on the team's official Instagram account. The Belgian Red De...
You’ve never played football – Klopp confronts ref Paul Tierney after Liverpool’s 2-2 draw with Tottenham
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You’ve never played football – Klopp confronts ref Paul Tierney after Liverpool’s 2-2 draw with Tottenham

Liverpool boss, Jurgen Klopp was furious with referee Paul Tierney during their 2-2 draw with Tottenham in the Premier League on Sunday. Tierney decided to only give Harry Kane a yellow card for his studs-up tackle on Andy Robertson in the first half. As if that was not enough, the Reds were also denied a penalty when Diogo Jota was barged inside the area by Emerson Royal. And after the game, Klopp was seen talking furiously to Tierney “you’ve never played football” and “I have no problems with other referees, only you”. Liverpool’s Robertson was later sent off for his swipe on Royal after Tierney initially gave him a yellow card before a review by VAR changed the decision to red card. And Klopp confronted the referee on the pitch after the full-time whistle and immediatel...
I’d rather Retire than Play for Manchester Utd – Alexander-Arnold
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I’d rather Retire than Play for Manchester Utd – Alexander-Arnold

Liverpool defender, Trent Alexander-Arnold, has said he would rather retire from football than play for Manchester United. The England international said this ahead of Liverpool’s away Premier League clash with Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday. Liverpool and Man United are the most successful clubs in England. The two Premier League top clubs have been fighting for bragging rights for decades and the rivalry between them runs deep. Asked whether he would retire or play for Man United, Alexander-Arnold told Sky Sports: “Right now, [I would] retire, to be honest, could not do that [join Manchester United].” Alexander-Arnold also revealed that he prefers playing against Man United than featuring in the Merseyside derby against Everton. The 23-year-old said: “I mea...
COVID-19: AFCON organisers take decision on tournament in Cameroon over fresh wave
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COVID-19: AFCON organisers take decision on tournament in Cameroon over fresh wave

Tournament organisers for the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) have insisted that the competition will go on despite the outbreak of COVID-19, according to Marca. The tournament is billed to hold in Cameroon as from January 9 to February 6, but there are conflicting reports about whether it will be called off. Earlier report by French outlet, RMC Sport had claimed that the Central African Federation could be forced to postpone the tournament. Italian top site, La Gazzetta dello Sport in Italy, on its own claim that there is no risk of calling off the competition. However, Marca is reporting that the organisers have remained adamant that the binary football event will still happen.
Aguero breaks down in tears as he confirms retirement from football
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Aguero breaks down in tears as he confirms retirement from football

Barcelona striker, Sergio Aguero, on Wednesday announced he is retiring from football.   Aguero confirmed this in an emotional press conference at the Nou Camp, in which he appeared along with club president, Joan Laporta. The 33-year-old broke down in tears before he was able to utter a word. “This conference is to communicate that I have decided to stop playing football. “I have decided to stop playing professional football. It is a very difficult moment. The decision I have made, I have taken it for my health. That is the main reason for my decision, for the problem I had a month and a half ago. “I was in good hands of the medical staff that have done their best and told me that the best thing would be to stop playing,” Aguero said. The Argentine also reveale...
Chelsea consider Leicester defender Fofana as Rudiger replacement
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Chelsea consider Leicester defender Fofana as Rudiger replacement

The Foxes are braced for transfer interest in the young centre-back as the European champions prepare for potential end-of-season departures Chelsea are interested in Leicester City centre-back Wesley Fofana as they weigh up their transfer plans amid contract disputes with Antonio Rudiger and Andreas Christensen. The 20-year-old is currently out injured after suffering a broken fibula and ankle ligament in a pre-season friendly against Villarreal. However, the France Under-21 international remains regarded among the best in his age group in world football, including by scouts behind the scenes at Stamford Bridge.  
I’m scared – Zlatan Ibrahimovic speaks on retirement
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I’m scared – Zlatan Ibrahimovic speaks on retirement

AC Milan forward, Zlatan Ibrahimovic has insisted he does not plan to retire from football soon. The former Manchester United and Paris Saint-Germain star insisted that he is scared to stop playing football. The 40-year-old stated this ahead of AC Milan’s Champions League tie with Liverpool on Tuesday night. “I want to play as long as possible. As long as I’ve that adrenaline, I will continue,” Ibrahimovic told the Italian talk show Che Tempo Che Fa. “Let’s put pressure on Milan here to give me an extension and I hope to stay in Milan for life. I still have objectives that I can achieve and I want to win another Scudetto. “I don’t know what will happen after football, so I’m a little scared to stop. We will see, but I want to continue playing so that I don’t have any regre...
Why Cristiano Ronaldo is the greatest – Darren Bent
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Why Cristiano Ronaldo is the greatest – Darren Bent

Darren Bent has provided major reasons he believes Cristiano Ronaldo is the greatest football player. He gave the reasons while slamming Captain, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang for his lack of ‘hunger and the desire’. He said these qualities are things that have made Ronaldo a great achiever in the game of football. Ronaldo scored a brace to down Arsenal on Thursday in a thrilling Premier League game at Old Trafford to clinch his 800th and 801st goals in professional football. Bent noted that Ronaldo is still firing at the ripe age of 36 and has 338 goals and 80 assists in 377 games since turning 30, a remarkable achievement. The Portugal international has continued to play at the very highest level with Real Madrid and Juventus before his return to Old Trafford. And Bent be...
Inter’s Eriksen training alone at former club Odense as January transfer window approaches
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Inter’s Eriksen training alone at former club Odense as January transfer window approaches

The Denmark international is being prevented from competing in Italian football after suffering cardiac arrest at Euro 2020 Christian Eriksen appears to have no future at Serie A giants Inter, but he is looking to prolong his playing career after suffering cardiac arrest at Euro 2020 and is currently using the training facilities at former club Odense Boldklub (OB). The Denmark international has not taken in a competitive outing since collapsing in his country's opening game of a delayed European Championship finals against Finland on June 12. He received life-saving treatment on the field in that contest, before being rushed to hospital, and has since been fitted with a cardioverter defibrillator (ICD).  
Ex-Newcastle boss McClaren: Howe needs director of football support quickly
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Ex-Newcastle boss McClaren: Howe needs director of football support quickly

Former Newcastle boss Steve McClaren says the club needs to hire a director of football as matter of priority. Michael Emenalo is reportedly the leading candidate for the job, however the Magpies' search could extend beyond January, as they look to conduct a thorough process. Speaking to talkSPORT, though, McClaren thinks that his former side must appoint someone in the near future in order to provide Howe with the adequate support in day-to-day decision making. He said: “I think Newcastle made a good appointment in Eddie Howe. “I think they next need to get a good sporting director because behind the scenes, that's a tough one. “Creating a DNA at Newcastle is going to be very, very difficult and will take quite a while. Eddie can't do it on his own, he needs the support of ...
Aston Villa boss Gerrard scoffs at press claims over Chukwuemeka contract: Let him play football!
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Aston Villa boss Gerrard scoffs at press claims over Chukwuemeka contract: Let him play football!

Aston Villa boss Steven Gerrard insists Carney Chukwuemeka's future is yet to be settled. There's been press claims of the England youth international rejecting a new contract offer. But after being trusted for a 30-minute run-out against Manchester City last night, Gerrard was quick to explain how Chukwuemeka's long-term future is at Villa Park. Gerrard told BirminghamLive: "Listen, this is a young kid. I don't think we need the noise from the background. Regarding the contract situation he's got 18 months left. He only signed a deal a year ago so he's not even halfway through that deal yet. We just need the kid to play football, let him evolve and let him grow. "We showed what we think of the kid tonight. We showed the belief and confidence in this level of game which is impo...
Is Victor Moses primed to return to Super Eagles squad?
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Is Victor Moses primed to return to Super Eagles squad?

The ex-Chelsea wideman is rumoured to be primed for a Nigeria return; are fans happy? Victor Moses is currently in fine form and is rumoured to be in Gernot Rohr's preliminary Africa Cup of Nations squad. Nigerian fans predictably have a lot to say about the news, and Kolade Daniel picks out some of the highlights. Moses played a prominent role in the Super Eagles' qualification for the 2022 Fifa World Cup in Russia, and retired from international football after Nigeria left the tournament in the group stages.  
Paolillo insists Suning right owners for Inter Milan
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Paolillo insists Suning right owners for Inter Milan

Former Inter Milan chief Ernesto Paolillo believes the club needs to go forward with Chinese owners Suning. Paolillo has questioned Suning's management given their problems. He said, “I hope that things will settle down economically in China, and that the Zhang family will be able to give the club more support on a consistent basis. “Their problems are the result to China's difficulties and not their unwillingness to move forward," he added. “They have shown that even though they are in debt they have been able to keep the club going. “I hope they will continue until things in China settle down and they can resume investing in football," Paolillo said. Of the transfer market, the former CEO said, “Small adjustments can be made, perhaps with a few small transfers that do not ...
Ballon d’ Or 2021: Dani Alves names player that should’ve won award ahead of Messi
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Ballon d’ Or 2021: Dani Alves names player that should’ve won award ahead of Messi

Barcelona icon, Dani Alves has named the player that should have won the 2021 Ballon d’ Or award ahead of Paris Saint-Germain star, Lionel Messi. DAILY POST reports that Messi received his record seventh Ballon d’Or on Monday night in Paris. Messi beat Bayern Munich’s Robert Lewandowski, Chelsea’s Jorginho, Real Madrid’s Karim Benzema, Chelsea’s N’Golo Kante, Manchester United’s Cristiano Ronaldo, among others to win the Ballon d’ Or. But Alves, a former teammate with Messi at Barcelona, believes the 2021 Ballon d’ Or should have been awarded to Inter Milan midfielder, Christian Eriksen, who collapsed during his country’s game against Finland in the 2020 European Championship earlier this year and had to be taken to the hospital after suffering a cardiac arrest. “I think that...
Michael Carrick hailed for benching Ronaldo as Rangnick takes over at Man United
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Michael Carrick hailed for benching Ronaldo as Rangnick takes over at Man United

Former Tottenham midfielder, Jamie O’Hara has hailed Michael Carrick for keeping Cristiano Ronaldo on the bench in Manchester United’s 1-1 draw with Chelsea, describing it as the right tactics. Many football lovers were shocked when the team list came out to indicate that Ronaldo was starting from the bench in United’s 1-1 draw with Chelsea on Sunday. O’Hara told talkSPORT that Ronaldo does not see anything wrong in the Portugal international sitting on the bench or not playing at all as the case may be. Manchester United had earlier on Monday announced that Ralf Rangnick will now be in charge at Old Trafford till the end of the season. He took over from Michael Carrick who was there in an acting capacity following the sack of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer a week ago. “They finishe...
Chelsea vs Man Utd: You’ve to prove – Fernandes hints at why Carrick benched Ronaldo
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Chelsea vs Man Utd: You’ve to prove – Fernandes hints at why Carrick benched Ronaldo

Manchester United midfielder, Bruno Fernandes, has hinted why caretaker manager, Michael Carrick, against Chelsea. Carrick raised eyebrows with his decision to drop Ronaldo to the bench for the Premier League clash with Chelsea, despite the Portuguese scoring a goal in Man United’s Champions League win over Villarreal a few days ago. But Fernandes has now insisted that Manchester United players must prove they deserve to start matches every day as he returned to the starting XI against Chelsea and Ronaldo was dropped. When asked by Sky Sports whether he had a point to prove on his return to Man United’s starting XI against Chelsea, Fernandes declared that all players at Old Trafford must prove they deserve to start, regardless of reputation. “We have to prove something every ...
EPL: Tuchel speaks highly of Rangnick ahead of new coach’s unveiling
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EPL: Tuchel speaks highly of Rangnick ahead of new coach’s unveiling

Chelsea boss, Thomas Tuchel has spoken on the Ralf Rangnick speculated move to Manchester United. Manchester United, according to multiple reports in England are all but set to unveil Rangnick as their interim manager. The appointment of an interim boss became imperative following the sacking of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer last Sunday. Tuchel opened up on the ‘huge influence’ Rangnick has had on his career both as a player and coach. Rangnick will become United’s interim boss in the next 48 hours, as he awaits the Home Office allocating him a work permit. “He helped me a lot because he was my coach and then he was one of the main figures to convince me to try coaching so he had a huge influence on all of us at this time,” the Chelsea manager told reporters on Friday. “He showed ...
You’ll never win Champions League with Messi, he’s a passenger – Carragher warns PSG
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You’ll never win Champions League with Messi, he’s a passenger – Carragher warns PSG

Jamie Carragher has sounded it clear that the presence of Lionel Messi in the Paris Saint-Germain team would cost them the Champions League. According to the former Liverpool star, PSG won’t win the competition as they are ‘carrying three passengers’ in Messi, Neymar and Kylian Mbappe. The French side only finished aa runners-up in Group A after suffering a 2-1 defeat in the hands of Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium on Wednesday evening. Mbappe gave the visitors the lead but City fired back through Raheem Sterling before Gabriel Jesus scored the winner with 14 minutes remaining. City delivered a dominant display against the French side with Messi and Neymar both struggling to make much of an impact. And the Liverpool legend believes the Ligue1 giants’ fo...
Cape Verde opens first embassy in Nigeria
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Cape Verde opens first embassy in Nigeria

Jose Silva, Prime Minister of Cape Verde, the only Island-country in West Africa, has pledged better cooperation and increase in trade volumes between Nigeria and his country in the coming years. Silva made the pledge in Abuja on Saturday at the official opening of the first ever Cape Verdean Embassy in Nigeria, stressing that tourism and transportation would top the areas of cooperation. Speaking to newsmen after the opening, the PM, who spoke through an interpreter, said that the setting up of the embassy was a great step toward better cooperation and regional integration. The Prime Minister, who jocularly said that Nigeria and Cape Verde could talk about football, stressed that both countries stood to gain from each other with the cooperation that was being established. “The...
Crystal Palace boss Vieira: We’re proud of Gallagher; can we keep him?
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Crystal Palace boss Vieira: We’re proud of Gallagher; can we keep him?

Crystal Palace boss Patrick Vieira is delighted for Conor Gallagher over his England debut. Vieira was asked about keeping hold of the on-loan Chelsea midfielder. "The international call came and it is good news for him and the football club. It's still too early to talk about whether we are going to sign him or not," Vieira said. "He's a Chelsea player and we have him for the year. We will keep working with him to try to improve his skills. "If we can make him an international player we will be really proud of that. Then the decision we will see at the end of the season." skills,Crystal Palace,Chelsea,midfielder,Patrick Vieira,football,Decision,International,
Chelsea boss Tuchel: I’m very, very sure Rudiger knows how we feel about him
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Chelsea boss Tuchel: I’m very, very sure Rudiger knows how we feel about him

Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel admits he's unsure of Toni Rudiger's contract plans. The Germany defender's deal expires at the end of the season. Tuchel said: "It's pretty clear what we want but it's not like 'this is football that the coach wants something or the club wants something' then the things happen. "You have to accept it them sometimes it can arrive and sometimes there is a bit of a delay and things maybe take there time. "But I'm very very sure that Toni feels also how respected and what kind of important role he plays at this club he's a big part in a big club and I'm very sure he's aware of it. "I'm calm because I feel Toni calm, I feel the situation calm here."  
Rohr has Damaged Nigerian football – Ex-NFF board member, Green
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Rohr has Damaged Nigerian football – Ex-NFF board member, Green

A former board member of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Christopher Green, has claimed head coach of the national team, Gernot Rohr, has done a lot of damage to the country’s football. Rohr remains under pressure, despite qualifying the Super Eagles for the 2022 World Cup playoffs. Nigeria played out an uninspiring 1-1 draw with Cape Verde at home to progress into the third round of qualifying. Fans and pundits have been left unimpressed by the team’s performances lately under Rohr and Green says it has given them “a lot of heartache. He told ESPN: “To most Nigerians, to continue to see the Eagles perform this way gives a lot of heartache. “Our football is suffering. Rohr has done a lot of damage to our game because the Super Eagles is Nigeria’s flags...
Ballon d’ Or: ‘It would be a Triumph for Football’ – Alvaro names player that Should Win Award
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Ballon d’ Or: ‘It would be a Triumph for Football’ – Alvaro names player that Should Win Award

Fiorentina right-back, Alvaro Odriozola has backed Real Madrid striker, Karim Benzema to win the 2021 Ballon d’ Or. Odriozola believes it would be a triumph for football if Benzema wins the Ballon d’ Or this year. Benzema was recently included in the 30-man nominees shortlisted to win the 2021 Ballon d’ Or. The 33-year-old won the UEFA Nations League with France this year. Benzema has been impressive for Real Madrid, topping the LaLiga goal chart with ten goals so far this season. “Benzema winning the Ballon d’Or would be a triumph for football,” Odriozola, who is currently on loan at Fiorentina from Real Madrid, said via Diaro AS. The winner of this year’s Ballon d’ or will be announced on November 29.
‘It is complicated’ – Neymar retirement talk puzzles Brazil team-mate Danilo
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‘It is complicated’ – Neymar retirement talk puzzles Brazil team-mate Danilo

The Paris Saint-Germain superstar has suggested that he will walk away from international football after the 2022 World Cup in Qatar Danilo admits that comments from Neymar regarding his international future with Brazil have made things “complicated”, with any revelations from the Paris Saint-Germain superstar being turned into a scandal. The 29-year-old forward told DAZN in October as he looked ahead to a showpiece even in Qatar next year: “I think it's my last World Cup. I see it as my last because I don't know if I have the strength of mind to deal with football any more.” No definitive decision has been taken there, with Danilo still clinging to the hope that Neymar can be talked around, but he feels too much is being made of a situation that many others have encountered befor...
EPL Predictions Week 12, 2021/22 – Marcus Owolabi
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EPL Predictions Week 12, 2021/22 – Marcus Owolabi

  Westham shocked Liverpool in London as they lost their first game this season. Ole's United were defeated at home by Manchester City, while Norwich gets their first win of the season away at Brentford. Below are my predictions for week 12... Leicester vs Chelsea - Both teams to score Aston Villa vs Brighton - Draw Burnley vs Crystal Palace - Away Win Newcastle vs Brentford - Both teams to score Norwich vs Southampton - Away Win Watford vs Man United - Both teams to score Wolves vs Westham - Both teams to score Liverpool vs Arsenal - Over 2.5 Man City vs Everton - Over 2.5 Tottenham vs Leeds - Over 2.5 Good Luck Follow @marcusowolabi on Instagram/ Twitter/ Facebook and Telegram
I didn’t  do my research before joining Bolton Wanderers from PSG – Jay-Jay Okocha
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I didn’t do my research before joining Bolton Wanderers from PSG – Jay-Jay Okocha

Nigeria legend, Austin Jay-Jay Okocha, has insisted that he didn’t do his research before joining Bolton Wanderers from Paris Saint-Germain in 2002. Okocha shocked many football fans when he left French Ligue 1 giants PSG for Bolton in the Premier League nineteen years ago. Though PSG was not a top club then when Okocha left, it was still a surprise to see the former Super Eagles captain leave for Bolton, who were battling relegation in the Premier League then. But Okocha has now revealed he did not know Bolton’s status in the Premier League before signing, adding that it took him a lot of time before he settled in the club. “Well, I will say that it’s obvious I didn’t do my research before signing for Bolton,” Okocha told Ally McCoist and Gabriel Agbonlahor on their Talkspor...
Unhappy Ozil sent stern message by Fenerbahce president Koc as ex-Arsenal star told to focus on football
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Unhappy Ozil sent stern message by Fenerbahce president Koc as ex-Arsenal star told to focus on football

The 33-year-old midfielder has been told to put his commercial interests to one side as he struggles for regular game time in Turkey Mesut Ozil has been told to put his commercial interests to one side and focus on his football, with Fenerbahce president Ali Koc having delivered a stern message to the midfielder. The 33-year-old has been playing in Turkey since January 2021 following his decision to leave Arsenal, but things haven't quite gone to plan for the former Real Madrid star since his exit from Emirates Stadium. Indeed, Ozil, who has seen his game time limited in Istanbul, has made headlines for expressing his dissatisfaction at his situation at Fenerbahce, although Koc believes he needs to knuckle down and prove his worth to the team.
Referees, others were scared of him, I wasn’t – Wenger on Alex Ferguson
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Referees, others were scared of him, I wasn’t – Wenger on Alex Ferguson

Former Arsenal manager, Arsene Wenger, has insisted that the referees, press and everyone in English football were scared of former Manchester United manager, Sir Alex Ferguson, during his time at Old Trafford. Wenger said this while opening up on the ‘toxic’ rivalry with Ferguson during their time in Arsenal and Man United, respectively. Ferguson had claimed that his rivalry with Wenger became ‘toxic’ during the late nineties. But Wenger is now saying that he wasn’t scared of anybody in football, adding that he was ready to fight Ferguson. “Alex Ferguson was the dominant figure in English football. Everyone was scared of him, from the press to the referees,” the Frenchman said on the Arsene Wenger: Invincible documentary, cited by The Mirror. “I thought that...
Pablo Franco: Simba SC appoint former Real Madrid assistant coach as Da Rosa’s successor
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Pablo Franco: Simba SC appoint former Real Madrid assistant coach as Da Rosa’s successor

Wekundu wa Msimbazi parted ways with the former tactician after failing to make progress in the Caf Champions League   Tanzania Premier League champions Simba SC have appointed former Real Madrid assistant manager Pablo Franco as a replacement for Didier Gomes Da Rosa. Franco, 41, takes over Wekundu wa Msimbazi, who parted ways with Da Rosa two weeks ago after they were eliminated from the Caf Champions League by Jwaneng Galaxy of Botswana. Believer in tiki-taka "Simba hope that Pablo [Franco], who is a staunch believer in the attacking football playstyle and tiki-taka, will succeed," the club announced after the appointment. Goal understands that the Spaniard was lured to the East African side by perks promised by the Dar es Salaam based club. In their offer, $14,...
I look inside myself for that fire and I can’t find it’ – Former Man. City and Man. United striker Carlos Tevez says he ‘doesn’t feel the desire’ to return to football
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I look inside myself for that fire and I can’t find it’ – Former Man. City and Man. United striker Carlos Tevez says he ‘doesn’t feel the desire’ to return to football

Former Manchester United and Manchester City striker, Carlos Tevez, has disclosed that he has no 'fire or desire' to return to the game after leaving Boca Juniors in the summer. The 37-year-old Argentine spent the last five seasons with his boyhood club before leaving. While he is yet to announce his official retirement, he admits he does not miss playing and is 'enjoying the moment' away from football. Tevez was one of the most prolific forwards in world football during the peak with successful spells with Manchester United, Manchester City and Juventus. 'I don't feel the desire to be there when the ball is rolling. On Saturday I had a wedding while Boca were playing and inside I thought that, if I were playing, I'd be missing the wedding,' the ex-Argentina international explai...
Ighalo yet to take decision on Super Eagles return
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Ighalo yet to take decision on Super Eagles return

Odion Ighalo who now plays his club football for Al Shabab has said he is yet to make up his mind about making a return to international football. The 32-year-old has been included by Super Eagles head coach, Gernot Rohr, in the provisional squad for the forthcoming Africa Cup of Nations finals in Cameroon in 2022 and the World Cup qualifiers in November. Ighalo retired from international football after the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt, where he won the Golden Boot. In the ongoing campaign, he has scored nine goals in the 10 games he has played, with the latest coming on Thursday against Al Tai in a 3-0 win. The player has now confirmed contact with Rohr and the president of the Nigeria Football Federation, Amaju Pinnick. “They have been in contact with me about the...
Liverpool to make Mohamed Salah their highest earner
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Liverpool to make Mohamed Salah their highest earner

Liverpool want to make Mohamed Salah to become their highest-paid player and will use the offer of a lucrative signing-on fee to sweeten the deal, SportsMail reports. Salah’s current contract at Anfield runs through to 2023. But Liverpool have made it a priority to get the Egyptian forward locked onto fresh terms like many of his team-mates. However, the Reds do not want to shatter their wage structure, but will instead consider using a signing-on fee. Salah already has 15 goals in all competitions this season, including last weekend’s stunning hat-trick against Manchester United. It is understood that suggestions Salah is holding out for £500,000 a week is not true, as he understands the financial parameters of owners Fenway Sports Group. Any new deal would however see...
Solskjaer’s project taking too long, no time in football – Schweinsteiger to Man Utd
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Solskjaer’s project taking too long, no time in football – Schweinsteiger to Man Utd

Former Manchester United midfielder, Bastian Schweinsteiger, has told the club that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s project at Old Trafford is taking too long in his eyes. Schweinsteiger believes Solskjaer’s project is not delivering results quickly, adding that there is no time in football. According to him, Norwegian keeps mentioning that Man United is in working progress despite having the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, Raphael Varane and Jadon Sancho in his squad. “United are still a work in progress, Solskjaer keeps mentioning that,” Schweinsteiger told BBC Radio 5 Live via Goal. “It takes too long, though, for me in my eyes. If you look at [Manchester] City or Chelsea and the impact that Tuchel had on them – it was unbelievable. They have a strategy and a DNA. They have more in the...

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