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PSG: Messi’s behaviour in dressing room surprises teammate
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PSG: Messi’s behaviour in dressing room surprises teammate

Paris Saint-Germain right-back Achraf Hakimi has said that he was left surprised by the behaviour of Lionel Messi in the dressing room. Messi joined PSG this summer following Barcelona’s inability to extend his 21-year career in La Liga due to financial constraints. Although Messi is yet to score a goal for the French side, he has been the subject of praise from Hakimi. “For Messi to leave Barça, like everyone else, I didn’t expect it. A dream for me! I played with many great players and the only one I missed was Messi! I am proud to evolve with such a good footballer,” he told French outlet L’Equipe “To progress, I will pay attention to how he trains, how he plays. It will grow the team and each of the players that make it up. We speak the same language, in add...
Cristiano Ronaldo overtakes Lionel Messi as Forbes’ 2021 highest-earning footballer
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Cristiano Ronaldo overtakes Lionel Messi as Forbes’ 2021 highest-earning footballer

Cristiano Ronaldo's transfer to Manchester United has helped him overtake Lionel Messi to become Forbes' highest-earning footballer for 2021. Ronaldo is will earn $125 million (£91.5m) before taxes during the 2021-22 season, with $70m (£51.25m) of that from his salary and bonuses for his return to Manchester United. With $55m (£40m) of his earnings coming from commercial deals, Ronaldo is one of the highest-paid athletes in the world when it comes to sponsorship earnings. Messi, meanwhile will earn $110m (£80.5m) this season while his new Paris Saint-Germain team-mates Neymar and Kylian Mbappe come third and fourth in the Forbes list respectively.   Only three other active athletes make more money commercially than Ronaldo: Roger Federer ($90m/£66m), LeBron James ($65m/...
‘I’ve told Bellingham I just love him 25 times already’ – Hummels enthuses over Borussia Dortmund’s teen sensation
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‘I’ve told Bellingham I just love him 25 times already’ – Hummels enthuses over Borussia Dortmund’s teen sensation

The experienced defender has heaped praise upon his young team-mate, describing the England international as a "great footballer" and a "great guy" Mats Hummels has enthused over Borussia Dortmund colleague Jude Bellingham, admitting that he has told the teen sensation "I just love him 25 times already". Bellingham has enjoyed a rapid rise to prominence since joining Dortmund from Birmingham City for £25 million ($34m) in July 2020, firmly establishing himself as one of the most exciting young midfielders of his generation. The 18-year-old has hit the ground running in 2021-22 after a hugely encouraging debut season in Germany, and Hummels is thoroughly enjoying playing with a youngster that he believes has all the attributes to go right to the top of the game.
”We are all dripping in God’s glory”- Sonia Ighalo responds to IG user who asked if she and her footballer husband are back
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”We are all dripping in God’s glory”- Sonia Ighalo responds to IG user who asked if she and her footballer husband are back

Sonia Ighalo, wife of footballer, Jude Ighalo, had a question and answer session with her followers on IG. One of her followers inquired if she is back with her husband following their marital crisis since last year. The IG user asked ''How is everything going with you and kids and are you back together with your hubby?'' Responding, the mum of three wrote We all dripping in God's glory sist''
Jesse will be ready to go on Sunday-Maguire
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Jesse will be ready to go on Sunday-Maguire

Man Utd captain Harry Maguire says Lingard will learn from his mistake and believes there is plenty of time for United to get their Champions League campaign back on track. He said: "In terms of Jesse, no footballer likes making mistakes, but it's part and parcel of the game. We're humans, every footballer makes mistakes. We'll learn from it, he'll learn from it and he'll pick himself up and be ready to go on Sunday because that's part of football. "Discipline is a huge part of tournament football. For example, if this was a knockout game and we go out of the competition because we go down to 10 men, I'm sure everyone would be kicking themselves. We're fortunate that it's the first game of the group and we have loads of time to bounce back from it, but discipline is a huge part o...
Dani Alves ‘leaves Sao Paulo two years after joining the club; claims he is owed £2.6 million
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Dani Alves ‘leaves Sao Paulo two years after joining the club; claims he is owed £2.6 million

Dani Alves has left Sao Paulo after two years at the club amid a pay dispute with the Brazilian side. The 38-year-old joined his boyhood club on a free transfer in August 2019 and became the best-paid footballer in South America after leaving Ligue 1 giants Paris Saint-Germain. But MARCA reports the Brazil international has now left the Brasileirao outfit because he has not been paid in full for either of his two seasons, and that the club still owes him £2.6million (€3m). The club then stated via The Mirror: 'We were informed by his representatives that Daniel Alves will not return to Sao Paulo until there is an adjustment of the financial debt that Sao Paulo has with the player.' Alves' deal was due to run until December next year, but the Brazilian is now a free agent once a...
Update: Manchester City star Benjamin Mendy to remain in custody until next year over four rape and one sex assault charges
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Update: Manchester City star Benjamin Mendy to remain in custody until next year over four rape and one sex assault charges

Manchester City footballer, Benjamin Mendy will remain in custody until early next year before his trial over four rape and one sex assault charges against three women. Mendy who spoke only to confirm his name during the 45-minute hearing at Chester Crown Court, where a date of January 24 2022 was set for his trial, is being accused of four counts of rape and one of sexual assault. The 27-year-old listened to proceedings translated to him via a French interpreter that sat behind him in the dock. The charges were not put to him and no pleas were entered during the hearing, which dealt largely with administrative matters ahead of the trial. A further hearing will be held on November 15 and Eleanor Laws QC, defending Mendy, said there would be an application to dismiss the charg...
Footballer Jerome Boateng is fined £1.5m after being convicted of biting and punching the mother of his twin daughters
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Footballer Jerome Boateng is fined £1.5m after being convicted of biting and punching the mother of his twin daughters

Former Manchester City and Bayern Munich defender,  footballer Jerome Boateng has been fined £1.5 million by a court in Munich after being found guilty of biting and punching his ex-girlfriend. The German  football star, 33, was convicted of assaulting his ex-fiancée Sherin Senler during a Caribbean holiday three years ago but avoided a potential five-year jail term. Ms Senler, who is the mother of his twin daughters, told the court on Thursday September 9, that Boateng bit her and spat blood in her face, and punched her in the kidney so hard she could not breathe. Boateng had earlier denied all the allegations made against him as he testified for almost two hours on Thursday. The footballer claimed that he was the one who was attacked, telling th...
‘I’m doing well’, says Pele after Surgery
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‘I’m doing well’, says Pele after Surgery

Brazilian football legend Pele said Wednesday he is doing well after undergoing surgery for a suspected colon tumor. “I am recovering well,” Pele, 80, said in a message posted on social media. The surgery was carried out Saturday in Sao Paulo. The hospital treating him said Monday the former footballer was recovering in an intensive care unit. In an update Wednesday the hospital did not say if he was still in that unit. The tumor was detected during routine tests, according to the Albert Einstein Hospital, where Pele has undergone treatment since August 31. Pele, whose real name is Edson Arantes do Nascimento, has been in poor health in recent years, and has had various spells in hospital, most recently in April 2019, in Paris, because of a severe urinary tract infectio...
Man Utd vs Newcastle: Protocols can’t Change because of Ronaldo – Jordan speaks on TV blackout
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Man Utd vs Newcastle: Protocols can’t Change because of Ronaldo – Jordan speaks on TV blackout

Former Crystal Palace owner, Simon Jordan has said that even though the 3pm football blackout is outdated it should not be changed now simply because of Cristiano Ronaldo’s return to the Premier League. Ronaldo, who returned to Old Trafford from Juventus this summer could make his second Manchester United debut on Saturday when the Red Devils face Newcastle. However, the match being played at 3pm means it will not be shown on live TV by broadcasters in the United Kingdom. Countries around the world will watch Ronaldo’s second debut, if he plays, but in the UK it will not be shown on live TV. This policy, established since 1960s, was due to the believe that attendances would diminish in the Stadia with live football being put on TV and taking away from 3pm kick-o...
Gerard Pique Reveals his Relationship with Pep Guardiola changed when he Started Dating Shakira
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Gerard Pique Reveals his Relationship with Pep Guardiola changed when he Started Dating Shakira

Barcelona captain, Gerard Pique has opened up on the pressure of playing under Pep Guardiola at the club and how he changed towards him when he started dating superstar singer, Shakira. Pique and Guardiola enjoyed a successful time at the LaLiga giants between 2008 and 2012, winning three LaLiga titles, two Champions League trophies together at a time when Barcelona and Real Madrid were at the top of their games. Speaking about how strenuous working under Guardiola can be, he claimed the coach's rivalry with then-Real Madrid boss Jose Mourinho was tiring for the players - to the point that he started targeting him when he started dating pop star, Shakira, at the start of 2011. Pique also claimed that Guardiola tried to 'control everything' and nearly forced him out of the Ca...
Manchester United star, Aaron Wan-Bissaka pleads guilty to driving his £160k Lamborghini Urus while facing ban
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Manchester United star, Aaron Wan-Bissaka pleads guilty to driving his £160k Lamborghini Urus while facing ban

Manchester United footballer Aaron Wan-Bissaka has pleaded guilty to driving while disqualified, without a licence and without insurance. The 23-year-old right-back on Wednesday stood in the dock at Manchester magistrates court and spoke only to confirm his name and address and enter his guilty pleas during the brief hearing. District Judge Bernard Begley agreed that sentencing should be adjourned until a later date. Wan-Bissaka’s earlier conviction for speeding, leading to his ban and disqualification, is subject to a further hearing where the conviction may be set aside. He was stopped while behind the wheel of his £160,000 Lamborghini Urus on 23 June this year, where roadside police checks revealed he was banned from driving. Sentencing for the latest offences will depend...
Manchester City goalkeeper Ederson signs contract extension through to 2026
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Manchester City goalkeeper Ederson signs contract extension through to 2026

Manchester City have extended the contract of goalkeeper Ederson in a new deal that will see him remain at the Etihad Stadium through to 2026. Ederson joined City from Benfica in the summer of 2017, and is one of the most consistent keepers in the Premier League. Ederson expressed his delight after the announcement on Wednesday, September 1, telling City's official website: “This was an easy decision for me. There is nowhere else I’d want to be “To be part of one of the best squads in world football and to compete for trophies year in year out is what every footballer wants, and that is the opportunity you’re given at City. “We have an outstanding manager. Working with him has been one of the great experiences of my career and I am a better player for it. “We hav...
Manchester City star, Benjamin Mendy refused bail over rape charges
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Manchester City star, Benjamin Mendy refused bail over rape charges

Manchester City footballer Benjamin Mendy has been refused bail ahead of a potential trial on rape charges amid reports he had a 'meltdown'  in prison because he mistakenly thought he would be housed in a 'VIP wing'. The 27-year-old, who is charged with four counts of rape and one sexual assault, was told by guards at HMP Altcourse in Merseyside after he arrived there last Friday that he would be placed in the VP wing for vulnerable prisoners. However the footballer mistakenly assumed he would be housed in a VIP wing for celebrity figures at the Category B jail and was left experiencing a 'rude awakening' when he discovered. A source told The Sun: 'When Mendy arrived staff explained he was going to be kept on the VP wing for his own safety' He had a rude awakening when he saw t...
British-Nigerian Footballer Samuel Oji Passes away at 35
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British-Nigerian Footballer Samuel Oji Passes away at 35

British-Nigerian footballer, Samuel Oji has died at the age of 35. The former Arsenal youth player and League of Ireland footballer is said to have been battling 'illness.' Oji kicked off his career at the Gunners as a teenager in 2000, but failed to make the grade and joined Birmingham in 2004. The defender,  the cousin of English singer,  Lemar - also turned out for Doncaster Rovers, Leyton Orient, Bristol Rovers, and Hereford United during his career. Oji was most recently working as assistant manager at non-league outfit Highgate United which play in the Midland League Premier Division - the ninth tier of English football. Tributes have been pouring in for the centre-back since the shock news of his passing. In a statement, Highgate United revealed: "All it is wit...
My Arsenal wife was envious when I celebrated Chelsea UCL win – Basorge
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My Arsenal wife was envious when I celebrated Chelsea UCL win – Basorge

Popular Nigerian comedian, Basorge Tariah Jnr, talks about his love for Chelsea, how Arsenal gave his wife heartaches and more in this interview with ‘’TOSIN OLUWALOWO Are you an active sportsperson? I am actively and passively involved in sports. I did triple jump when I was in school, but I follow football very passionately. Why didn’t you take sports as a career? I didn’t because I saw different sides of life, different talents. I was a triple jumper at the Nigeria University Games, I was a footballer for the University of Port Harcourt team. I was also a long jumper and represented my school and a dancer but I think the urge for the creative industry took the better toll of me and that’s why I opted for creativity. Was your reason for snubbing sports due to lack of encou...
Manchester City star, Benjamin Mendy Charged with rape
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Manchester City star, Benjamin Mendy Charged with rape

Manchester City, footballer Benjamin Mendy was today charged with four counts of rape and one of sexual assault against three people. The 27-year-old  left-back has immediately been suspended by the club pending an investigation. Mendy, who also plays for the French national team, has been remanded in police custody and is due to appear at Chester Magistrates' Court tomorrow. The five charges against the star relate to three people aged over 16 and are alleged to have taken place between October last year and this month. Mendy, who was born in Longjumeau in the Paris suburbs, has played for Manchester City since 2017 when he joined from Monaco for a reported £52million. A Cheshire Constabulary spokesman said: 'The Crown Prosecution Service has authorised Cheshire Constab...
What happened to Barcelona’s ‘Korean Messi’ Lee Seung-woo?
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What happened to Barcelona’s ‘Korean Messi’ Lee Seung-woo?

The forward broke records during his early years at La Masia, but the 23-year-old now finds himself playing in Belgium after a tumultuous last decade When Lee Seung-woo was named to the inaugural NXGN list of the 50 best teenage footballers on the planet back in 2016, he seemingly had the world at his feet. Dubbed 'The Korean Messi' during his early years at Barcelona, the then-18-year-old appeared destined for superstardom both in Europe and back home in Asia. Five years on, though, and he finds himself down the pecking order at mid-table Belgian side Sint-Truiden, and facing up to a career that may never reach the heights it once threatened.  
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Former Premier League footballer, Jamie Barnwell-Edinboro goes missing after leaving emotional note that says he “can’t take this life anymore”

Former Premier League footballer, Jamie Barnwell-Edinboro, has disappeared after leaving a troubling note and his wife has posted an emotional plea. Jamie Barnwell-Edinboro spent two years at Coventry City in the Nineties while also playing for Swansea, Wigan and Cambridge United. The 45-year-old, who now lives in Hull, was reported missing on Monday, August 23, after he left home to go to the gym. His wife Annaliese shared an emotional public appeal on Facebook, writing: "Really didn’t want to have to do this but if anyone sees Jamie can you please let me know ASAP. "He left home at lunch time saying he was going to the gym - but he was acting really strange and out of character - he’s emptied his car boot - (which I assumed was for the cases for holiday at weekend) and he...
“This past month has really been heavy”- Footballer John Ogu hints at going through troubling times
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“This past month has really been heavy”- Footballer John Ogu hints at going through troubling times

Footballer, John Ogu, has shared a post suggesting he has been battling with some issues privately. In the post which was shared on his Instastories, the footballer who is signed to Saudi Arabian club, Al-Adalah FC, said that the past months has really been heavy. He mentioned that God never makes mistakes but that everyone gets to ask him ''why'' sometimes. John, however, did not give details of the issues he is battling with. See his post below
Police Uncover 3 human Heads in fridge of Footballer and Sports Commentator
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Police Uncover 3 human Heads in fridge of Footballer and Sports Commentator

The Ghanaian police has arrested popular footballer and sports commentator in the Sunyani Municipality, Richard Gyamfi a.k.a Fire Man after three human heads were found in his fridge. Confirming the news to Sunyani based Sky FM, the father of one of the deceased victims, Mr Thomas Agyei explained that the footballer reportedly lured his son, 13-year-old Louis Agyemang Junior from a football park at Sunyani Abesim into his room and killed him. The boy who is a twin had left for the park for football training. In the evening, efforts to trace the young boy proved futile. One of his friends called Tweneboa informed the parents that they saw him in the company of the sports commentator and footballer “Fire Man”. Gyamfi became a suspect after...
FIFA working with FIFPro to help evacuate Afghan Players
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FIFA working with FIFPro to help evacuate Afghan Players

FIFA and the player’s union FIFPro are cooperating to evacuate male and female footballers who wish to leave Afghanistan, the global body’s secretary general Fatma Samoura told AFP on Sunday. Last week, hardline Islamist militants the Taliban took control in Kabul with tens of thousands of people trying to leave in what has been dubbed one of the most difficult airlifts in history. “We’re in the process of working with FIFPro,” Samoura said. She added the body had “already done it in the past, we should be able to do it again.” On Friday, FIFPro said on Twitter it had “been liaising with governments to establish an evacuation plan for athletes at risk”. “Central to this rescue effort, is the ambition to bring as many people to safety as possible,” it added. On Thu...
Coutinho Has Been Offered Lionel Messi’s Iconic No.10 Shirt At Barcelona
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Coutinho Has Been Offered Lionel Messi’s Iconic No.10 Shirt At Barcelona

  Philippe Coutinho has been offered the No.10 shirt at Barcelona following Lionel Messi's sensational exit this summer. With the club unable to register his new contract despite Messi agreeing to a 50 percent pay cut, Barca's greatest ever player has ended a 21-year association with the Blaugrana and signed a two-year deal with Paris Saint-Germain. It's nigh on impossible for Barca to replace their all-time top scorer and so many were calling for his No.10 shirt, now vacant, to be retired. However, in a shocking turn of events, former Liverpool star Coutinho could end up wearing the No.10 on his back this season. Despite Coutinho's career at the Nou Camp being underwhelming following his £142 million switch in January 2018, Mundo Deportivo says Ronald Koeman is still c...
Footballer, John Ogu’s ex-wife, Veronica Akaolisa, gets Engaged
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Footballer, John Ogu’s ex-wife, Veronica Akaolisa, gets Engaged

Footballer, John Ogu's ex-wife, Veronica Akaolisa, has gotten engaged. Veronica got engaged to her man, Ediri Egere, in London yesterday August 14 in the presence of her family and loved ones. Veronica and her ex, John, were married for two years before they went their separate ways. They share a beautiful daughter named Ivana, who is 5. Congrts to her! See more photos and video from her engagement below
Dani Alves Wins his 44th Title at the Olympics, Extends his Advantage as Most the Decorated Footballer of all Time.
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Dani Alves Wins his 44th Title at the Olympics, Extends his Advantage as Most the Decorated Footballer of all Time.

Former Barcelona defender, Dani Alves helped Brazil secure Olympic gold and lifted his 44th title in an illustrious career, extending his advantage as the most decorated footballer of all time. With the 2-1 win after extra-time over Spain in the Olympics, the 38-year-old Sao Paulo defender has bettered his already incredible record. The Brazilian, whose career includes stints with Bahia, Sevilla, Paris Saint-Germain, and Barcelona, has now picked up his 44th title. See Alves’ 44 titles below:   Barcelona: 23 – La Liga (6), Copa del Rey (4), Spanish Super Cup (4), Champions League (3), UEFA Super Cup (3), FIFA Club World Cup (3) Paris Saint-Germain: 6 – Ligue 1 (2), Coupe de France (1), Coupe de la Ligue (1), Trophees des Champions (1) Sevilla: 5 – Copa del Rey...
Football must consider stopping headers, says dementia expert
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Football must consider stopping headers, says dementia expert

A new study is claimed to have found the "missing link" between football and dementia A leading researcher into the link between dementia and sport has called for football to consider abandoning headers after a new study highlighted the risk of players developing neurodegenerative diseases due to repeated heading. Dr Willie Stewart of the University of Glasgow has said the sport should now come with a warning regarding the dangers of heading in the sport over the course of a player's career. Previous studies had shown that footballers are more at risk of dying with dementia or other neurodegenerative diseases than the general population and Stewart says a new study published in the journal JAMA Neurology provides the "missing link".
Fans Trolls Neymar’s Physique Whilst On Holiday
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Fans Trolls Neymar’s Physique Whilst On Holiday

  Neymar spent his summer back in Brazil, helping the national team reach the final of the Copa America, losing to former teammate Lionel Messi and Argentina. The forward is yet to return to PSG training, as he was allowed an extended break, whilst those who have already returned took part in Sunday's Trophee des Champions. Whilst Neymar's teammates were losing 1-0 to Ligue 1 holders Lille in Tel Aviv, Israel, the former Barcelona star was busy sunning himself. Fans aren't impressed by what they consider to not be the ideal physique for an elite level footballer, even if he's still on holiday. It's similar criticism to the kind of thing that Eden Hazard used to be hit with, even when he was at Chelsea, and others as well. Usually what happens is players stop being on...
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Footballer, Jude Ighalo’s wife Sonia throws “mighty shade” at a certain celebrity who Said People are Sending DMs to her ex

Sonia Ighalo, the wife of footballer, Jude Ighalo, took to her Instastories this afternoon to throw shade at a certain female celebrity who claims people are sending DMs to her ex. She insinuated that the celebrity sleeps with a married footballer while being friendly with his wife on social media, leaving friendly comments on the wife's page. Sonia asked the certain celebrity to keep quiet otherwise she will expose her. See what she wrote below
They didn’t treat me as a footballer’ – Barcelona blasted by Matheus Fernandes over shock contract call
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They didn’t treat me as a footballer’ – Barcelona blasted by Matheus Fernandes over shock contract call

The Brazilian midfielder was released by La Liga giants in June after seeing just 17 minutes of competitive game time for the club Matheus Fernandes has slammed Barcelona for ripping up his contract without warning, with the Brazilian midfielder claiming that La Liga giants "didn't treat me as a footballer". The 23-year-old, who was snapped up by the Blaugrana in January 2020, was informed of his release at Camp Nou back in June after taking in just 17 minutes of competitive game time. He had been firmly frozen out by Ronald Koeman, much to his surprise, but claims no warning was given that his deal would be ended during a cost-cutting summer in Catalunya.
Harry Kane to Become EPL’s highest-paid Player with Man City Deal [Top 10]
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Harry Kane to Become EPL’s highest-paid Player with Man City Deal [Top 10]

  Tottenham striker, Harry Kane, would become the Premier League’s highest paid footballer if he seals his move to Manchester City. Spurs have reportedly made a U-turn on their hardline stance and are now willing to sell their prized asset. City are set to submit a staggering £160million bid. Kane is open to a move to the Etihad, with the Premier League champions ready to double his current wages. The England captain would earn £400,000-a-week if the deal goes through, which would make him the most paid player in England’s top flight. The 27-year-old would overtake Kevin De Bruyne who currently occupies top spot on £385,000-a-week at City after penning a contract extension to 2025 back in May. Premier League top earners if Harry Kane joins Manchester City: ...
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Giovana Queiroz: Barcelona’s teen Olympian who opted for Brazil over the USWNT

Described as 'the future' of the Brazil women's national team, the 18-year-old is the second-youngest female footballer at the Games in Japan For many aspiring female footballers, Marta is their idol. For Giovana Queiroz, though, she has also become a team-mate and, upon receiving her first senior international call-up, a roommate. “On this list we have Marta and Giovana Queiroz. We have a famous and experienced player, and on the other side probably the future of the team,” Pia Sundhage, Brazil’s head coach, said in October, having called up teenager Gio for the first time.
Marcus Rashford defends his charity partnerships over claims he ‘benefited commercially’
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Marcus Rashford defends his charity partnerships over claims he ‘benefited commercially’

Marcus Rashford has defended his off-field partnerships following claims that he profited from his campaigning. The Manchester United and England star earned an MBE for his charitable efforts helping feed children in need throughout the last year-and-a-half. Rashford called out the government on a number of occasions during the pandemic to ensure schoolchildren were given access to meals, which resulted in U-turns and a shift in policy, and he did a huge amount to raise funds for charity. The forward, who was racially abused after missing a penalty in the final of Euro 2020, tweeted on Tuesday night that he had heard political magazine The Spectator was planning to run a story suggesting he has ‘benefitted commercially’ from his charity work and decided to speak against it. ...
Serie A club Spezia handed transfer ban for signing underage Nigeria footballers
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Serie A club Spezia handed transfer ban for signing underage Nigeria footballers

The Eagles were punished on Friday after a thorough investigation by football's world governing body The Fifa disciplinary commission has banned Serie A club Spezia from signing new players after they were found guilty of bringing several underage players from Nigeria to Italy. They have been banned from signing new players for four transfer windows, starting from January 2022 till the summer of 2023. In addition to the suspension, Spezia will also pay a fine of 500,000 Swiss francs.
England vs Italy: Mancini warns Italy players about Sterling
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England vs Italy: Mancini warns Italy players about Sterling

  Italy coach, Roberto Mancini, has warned his players to be wary of the threat of England winger, Raheem Sterling, when both teams clash in Sunday’s Euro 2020 final at Wembley Stadium. Manchester City star, Sterling has been outstanding for England so far at the competition, scoring three goals so far. He is one goal ahead of captain Harry Kane. But Mancini has now warned his team to be careful of Sterling because of his pace. “England are a good side because they have a lot of good players on the bench, but if we have made it this far, it also means we are a good team,” Mancini said at this pre-match press conference. “Sterling is a footballer that’s come on leaps and bounds and he’s very pacey indeed, so we need to be careful of him. “Besides him, I’m not sure...
Messi ‘best in history’ with or without Argentina trophy, says Scaloni
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Messi ‘best in history’ with or without Argentina trophy, says Scaloni

A man hoping to help the six-time Ballon d'Or end his international barren run at the Copa America says a lofty standing is already secured Lionel Messi will go down as "the best footballer in history", with or without senior international honours, says Argentina boss Lionel Scaloni. One of the most decorated players of all-time boasts an enviable collection of accolades from his time at Barcelona, but an Olympic gold medal and U20 World Cup glory are all he has to show for many years of loyal service with his country. That could be about to change at this summer's Copa America, with a final date booked against old adversaries and defending champions Brazil, but Scaloni says Messi's standing at the very top of the game is already secure.
Police officer jailed for eight years for killing former footballer Dalian Atkinson
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Police officer jailed for eight years for killing former footballer Dalian Atkinson

PC Benjamin Monk (L) and Dalian Atkinson. A UK police officer has been handed eight years jail term for the manslaughter of former footballer Dalian Atkinson. PC Benjamin Monk was sentenced after being convicted by a jury at Birmingham Crown Court last week.   Monk, of West Mercia Police, tasered Mr. Atkinson for 33 seconds, more than six times longer than the normal cycle, before kicking him at least twice in the head during a confrontation in August 2016. Monk's conviction is believed to be the first time in modern British criminal justice history that a UK police officer has been found guilty of the manslaughter of a black man, according to Inquest, which supports the bereaved following state-related deaths. He is also believed to be the first police officer...
Super Eagles captain, Ahmed Musa and his wife Juliet celebrate their 4th Wedding anniversary 
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Super Eagles captain, Ahmed Musa and his wife Juliet celebrate their 4th Wedding anniversary 

Super Eagles captain, Ahmed Musa and his wife Juliet are celebrating their fourth wedding anniversary today, July 1. The footballer took to his Instagram page to share these photos with his wife and penned a lovely message to her. He wrote: "Days have turned to months, and months into years and if I had to choose again, it will be you. On this special day, our anniversary, I want to thank you for choosing to be on this journey with me. A great mum and a loving wife. Cheers to many more years. Happy anniversary Wifey."
Toni Kroos ‘to retire from German national team’ at 31 after Euro 2020 exit
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Toni Kroos ‘to retire from German national team’ at 31 after Euro 2020 exit

Toni Kroos has reportedly played his last game for Germany and is set to announce his international retirement.   The 31-year-old Real Madrid midfielder previously said he does plan to sstretch out his playing career late into his thirties. It now appears Kroos will keep to his word with German outlet Bild reporting that the footballer is ready to step away from the national team after Euro 2020.   Kroos played every minute at this tournament for Germany but could do little to stop Joachim Low's team from their 2 - 0 defeat to England in the round of 16.   'It was an even game until England's opener,' he said afterwards.   'Both teams cancelled each other out. We got out of a tough group, but it hurts a lot to go home now.'   The Real ...
Police officer found guilty of the manslaughter of ex-footballer Dalian Atkinson
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Police officer found guilty of the manslaughter of ex-footballer Dalian Atkinson

A police officer has been found guilty of the manslaughter of ex-footballer Dalian Atkinson. The former Aston Villa striker died after a stand-off with West Mercia police officers outside his father's home in Telford, Shropshire in 2016. PC Benjamin Monk, 43, was cleared by jurors of an alternative charge of murder. A trial at Birmingham Crown Court heard Monk tasered Mr Atkinson for 33 seconds and kicked him twice in the head. He denied any wrongdoing and said he believed there was a danger to life for him and his colleague. Mr Atkinson began his career at Ipswich Town before moving to Sheffield Wednesday, Real Sociedad and Aston Villa. Following a three-week-trial, jurors took 18 hours and 48 minutes to reach unanimous verdicts on Monk. They are still deliberatin...
Alexandra Burke Confirms Romance with West Ham Goalkeeper Darren Randolph eight months after Split from Footballer Angus MacDonald
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Alexandra Burke Confirms Romance with West Ham Goalkeeper Darren Randolph eight months after Split from Footballer Angus MacDonald

British singer and actress, Alexandra Burke has confirmed her new romance with West Ham goalkeeper Darren Randolph, 34 eight months after her split from footballer Angus MacDonald following 15-months of dating. The 32-year-old singer confirmed her new romance with West Ham goalie by taking to Instagram to share a loved-up selfie of them together during a date night, on Sunday. The X Factor star and the Irish sportsman enjoyed dinner at high-end Japanese restaurant Roka, in London and shared photos from the date. Darren posted the photograph, with the caption: 'London date night' and proudly tagged his girlfriend. She also commented with a heart-eyes emoji and a love heart. A source told The Sun at the time: 'It's early days and Alexandra has deliberately taken thing...
”You can’t bring a good man down”- footballer, Jude Ighalo, writes after wife, Sonia, called him out on IG
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”You can’t bring a good man down”- footballer, Jude Ighalo, writes after wife, Sonia, called him out on IG

Footballer, Jude Ighalo, appears to have reacted after his wife, Sonia, called him out on IG last night. Sonia called him out for welcoming two babies from two different women and allegedly refusing to pay child support. In an apparent reaction, Ighalo via his IG page this morning, said no one can bring a good man down ''You can never bring a good man down, who God has blessed no one can curse #itstoolatetofail''hewrote
“If I decide to take everything today, nothing de happen”- Jude Ighalo’s wife, Sonia, replies trolls who say she is pained for calling him out
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“If I decide to take everything today, nothing de happen”- Jude Ighalo’s wife, Sonia, replies trolls who say she is pained for calling him out

Footballer, Jude Ighalo's wife, Sonia, has replied to trolls who say she called him out on IG because she is pained. The footballer and Sonia have been having marital crises for a while. He has since been alleged to have dated some women including actress Lilian Esoro. This evening, Sonia via her Instastories congratulated him on the birth of his new baby from another woman. Read here. Shortly after her post was shared, some persons claimed she called him out because she was pained. Responding, Sonia pointed out that she is the legally married wife and that if she wants to collect everything from him, she can. The mum of three alleged that Jude welcomed a baby with another woman since February and has refused to pay child support despite court orders. See her response as she ...
FG Gives Mikel Obi new Appointment
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FG Gives Mikel Obi new Appointment

  The federal government has appointed former Super Eagles captain, John Mikel Obi, as Youth Ambassador. This was confirmed on Friday, at an event held at the National Stadium, Lagos, which was attended by the Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Sunday Dare. According to the Special Adviser to Dare on Media, John Joshua-Akanji, Mikel Obi was described by the Minister as a “role model whose lasting legacies in football development has continued to have a positive impact on youths in the country.” Mikel Obi was assured of Federal Government support whenever he chooses to invest in the country. “Time will not permit me to say much about Mikel’s success as a footballer. He is our legend and a role model who has continued to impact the lives of youth positively. ...
Euro 2020: Like Ronaldo, Italy’s Locatelli pushes away Coca-Cola bottles
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Euro 2020: Like Ronaldo, Italy’s Locatelli pushes away Coca-Cola bottles

  Italy midfielder, Manuel Locatelli, has become the latest footballer to remove Coca-Cola bottles from his press conference table at Euro 2020. Locatelli even copied Portugal captain Cristiano Ronaldo’s ‘Agua!’ shout. Ronaldo, 36, had caused a stir with a gesture involving two bottles of Coca-Cola, which caused the share price of the beverage company to fall by $4billion. There was a similar scene on Tuesday night when France midfielder, Paul Pogba, removed a bottle of Heineken beer from the table during his post-match press conference. However, Locatelli has now become the third player to take offence with Euro 2020’s sponsors, removing two bottles of Coca-Cola from the front and centre of the table and putting his own bottle of water directly in front of him inst...
Footballer Jude Ighalo’s wife, Adesuwa Sonia reacts to rumour of him being in a romantic relationship with actress Lilian Esoro
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Footballer Jude Ighalo’s wife, Adesuwa Sonia reacts to rumour of him being in a romantic relationship with actress Lilian Esoro

Actress Lilian Esoro and Footballer Jude Ighalo have ignited rumor of being in a romantic relationship.   The rumour stemmed from the posts they shared on Instagram and the caption it came with.   Lilian Esoro had shared a photo in which she talked about her boo. She wrote;   Candid moments are the best! The boo gets me always!     Jude Ighalo who arrived the country few days ago after a successful season at his football club in United Arab Emirate, also shared a photo on Instagram which had a table that matched that in the photo Lilian shared.   The footballer's post came with the caption;   When God says it’s your time, no one can stop it     The post was also liked by Lilian Esoro who finalized...
De Gea doesn’t need Man United exit to prove he’s among the best, says his former driver
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De Gea doesn’t need Man United exit to prove he’s among the best, says his former driver

Ex-Ghana youth star Baba Sule, who formerly worked as the chauffeur to Spain goalkeeper David De Gea, believes the Manchester United keeper doesn’t need to move to prove he’s at the top of his game. Following a difficult season at Old Trafford in which he lost his undisputed starting berth to Dean Henderson, De Gea has been linked with a potential United exit this summer. There have been rumours in the British press that he may be offered to Atletico Madrid in a part-swap deal for Jan Oblak, but De Gea’s former driver doesn’t believe it’s the right time for him to return to Spain. “He’s still one of the best players,” Baba Sule told Goal. “Footballers [have] bad patches, where you can have a very good year then the next year you cannot progress or continue the good year you had. ...
Former AC Milan Youth star, Seid Visin, 20, Kills Himself after Suffering years of Constant Racist abuse
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Former AC Milan Youth star, Seid Visin, 20, Kills Himself after Suffering years of Constant Racist abuse

Former AC Milan youth player, Seid Visin, has committed suicide after suffering years of racist abuse. Visin, who played for the youth academies of both Milan and Benevento, was recently found dead at his home in Campania, Italy at the age of 20. Visin was born in Ethiopia and later moved to Italy as a child. He was adopted by parents Walter and Maddalena in Nocera Inferiore, where he went on to pursue his dream of being a footballer. However, in 2016, Visin decided to retire from football and focus on his studies. He only kept playing five-a-side football with Atletico Vitalica. Atletico Vitalica  announced his tragic death, with reports in Italy suggesting he took his own life at his family home in Nocera after suffering constant racist abuse over the years. According ...

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