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Serie A: Allegri criticises Dybala, others as Sassuolo beat Juventus at home
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Serie A: Allegri criticises Dybala, others as Sassuolo beat Juventus at home

Juventus manager, Massimiliano Allegri has criticized his players, including Paulo Dybala, following their Serie A 2-1 defeat to Sassuolo at home. Allegri said his players were not solid enough defensively against Sassuolo, adding that they lost their shape after equalizing in the 76 minutes during the encounter. According to him, his players need to be scoring more goals because a goal per game is not enough. Davide Frattesi opened the scoring for the visitors just before the break before Weston McKennie equalized in the second half to make it 1-1. However, Maxime Lopez netted a late goal to give Sassuolo all three points against Juventus in Turin. The defeat to Sassuolo means Juventus are now in the seventh position on the Serie A table with 15 points from 10 games. “...
Ballon D’Or: ‘Leaked’ voting results show Lewandowski as winner ahead of Messi
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Ballon D’Or: ‘Leaked’ voting results show Lewandowski as winner ahead of Messi

Leaked Ballon D’Or voting results for this year’s award, claim that Bayern Munich’s Robert Lewandowski will win ahead of Lionel Messi. SportsMail reports the image is believed to be the final standings. Voting for the 2021 winner officially ended on Monday, October 25, the date on the document which has gone viral. According to it, Lewandowski has polled 627 points from the 176 voting nations, ahead of Lionel Messi in second place. Karim Benzema is in third place with 526 points. Lewandowski, 33, was favourite to win the Ballon D’Or last season before the ceremony was cancelled due to Covid. The Polish striker has scored 17 goals in 13 games so far this season.
Carabao Cup: Arsenal, Chelsea qualify for quarter-final
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Carabao Cup: Arsenal, Chelsea qualify for quarter-final

Arsenal and Chelsea are through to the quarter-final of this year’s Carabao Cup. The Gunners defeated Leeds United 2-0 in what was a straightforward affair at the Emirates Stadium on Tuesday night. Two second-half goals from Callum Chambers, who scored with his first touch off the bench and Eddie Nketiah, sent Mikel Arteta’s men through. Chelsea needed penalties to see off Southampton, after their tie ended 1-1 after 90 minutes. Kai Havertz opened the scoring for the Blues, but Che Adams equalized immediately after the break. Kepa Arizabalag was the hero again for the Stamford Bridge side, as they won 4-3 on penalties. Sunderland are also through, after they won a shoot-out against Queens Park Rangers.
Arsenal’s Smith Rowe is more clinical than Ronaldo – Gary Neville
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Arsenal’s Smith Rowe is more clinical than Ronaldo – Gary Neville

Former Manchester United captain, Gary Neville has claimed that Arsenal’s Emile Smith Rowe, is ‘more clinical’ than Manchester United’s Cristiano Ronaldo when the Portugal captain was at his age. Smith Rowe, who joined Arsenal’s academy at the age of 10, has scored two Premier League goals so far this season for the Gunners. The 21-year-old has established himself as a key player under Arsenal manager, Mikel Arteta. The England youngster alos inherited the No.10 shirt at Arsenal earlier this year following Mesut Ozil’s departure. “Ronaldo now for 10, 15 years and Mo Salah for five, six years, and beyond. They are absolutely deadly. They are ruthless and clinical,” Neville told Sky Sports. “Everything that Smith Rowe [wants to be], he’s a beautiful footballer Smith Rowe, an...
EL Clasico: Barcelona reacts as fans attack Koeman after 2-1 defeat to Real Madrid
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EL Clasico: Barcelona reacts as fans attack Koeman after 2-1 defeat to Real Madrid

Barcelona have condemned the ‘violent’ attack on their manager, Ronald Koeman, following their LaLiga El Clasico 2-1 defeat to Real Madrid on Sunday. A group of angry Barcelona fans surrounded Koeman’s car, as he drove away from the Nou Camp after their defeat to Real Madrid. Koeman’s men lost to Real Madrid at home following goals from David Alaba and Lucas Vazquez as Sergio Aguero’s late goal was not enough. Reacting to the development, Barcelona, in a tweet via their Twitter handle, said they would implement measures to ensure “such unfortunate events do not happen again”. Barcelona tweeted, “FC Barcelona publicly condemns the violent and disdainful acts that our manager experienced when leaving the Camp Nou. “The Club will take security and disciplinary measures so tha...
Top scorers in Premier League after match-day 9 games
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Top scorers in Premier League after match-day 9 games

Following the conclusion of the Premier League match-day nine fixtures on Sunday night where Liverpool thrashed Manchester United 5-0 at Old Trafford, below are currently the highest goal scorers in the English top-flight league. Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah is currently the top scorer in the Premier League with ten goals. The Egyptian international scored a hat-trick in Liverpool’s victory over Man United to take his tally to ten goals so far this season. Behind Salah is Leicester City’s Jamie Vardy, who has seven goals so far. Premier League top scorers after match-day nine: 10 goals: Mohamed Salah (Liverpool). 7 goals: Jamie Vardy (Leicester City). 6 goals: Michail Antonio (West Ham). 5 goals: Sadio Mane (Liverpool). 4 goals: Ismaila Sarr (Watford), Bruno Ferna...
Man Utd vs Liverpool: After 5-0 humiliation, Solskjaer is a Gunnar
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Man Utd vs Liverpool: After 5-0 humiliation, Solskjaer is a Gunnar

Nobody saw that coming. Yes, Manchester United have been pretty bad all season. But Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has stumbled on results that kept him in the job for much longer. Just last Wednesday, the Red Devils came from two goals down to defeat Atalanta 3-2. So Solskjaer named the same starting XI for the second game running. And when they went two goals down against Liverpool on Sunday in the first half, there was not really panic. But this is Liverpool. Yes, the same Liverpool team with a red-hot Mohamed Salah. And within 12 between either side of the two halves, he scored three times to take the tie beyond United. By the time Paul Pogba was sent off after barely 20 minutes on the pitch, the game had long been won and lost. In fact, Jurgen Klopp’s men chose to have mercy...
Man Utd vs Liverpool: Salah is the most selfish player I have ever seen – Souness
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Man Utd vs Liverpool: Salah is the most selfish player I have ever seen – Souness

Sky Sports pundit, Graeme Souness, has said Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah is “the most selfish player I’ve ever seen”. Salah has become one of the most prolific attackers in European football since he joined Liverpool in 2017. The Egyptian has scored 137 goals in 214 appearances for the Reds. 12 of those efforts have come in the current campaign, leading to Jurgen Klopp hailing Salah as the “best player in the world”. Souness has, however, offered his own take on his performance. “I agree with Jurgen Klopp that Mohamed Salah has been the best player in the world this season. “He is perhaps as greedy a player as I have seen. All the top names have an element of that but he is extremely selfish. “Personal targets are important to him and he shoots from every possible angle...
Klopp names Man Utd player who has created problem for Solskjaer
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Klopp names Man Utd player who has created problem for Solskjaer

Liverpool manager, Jurgen Klopp, has named Mason Greenwood as the Manchester United player who has created a nice ‘problem’ for the Red Devils head coach, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. Klopp also hailed Greenwood as an outstanding talent, adding that the forward has pushed Jadon Sancho out of position in Solskjaer’s squad. The Reds boss said this while speaking at his pre-match press conference ahead of Liverpool’s Premier League clash with Manchester United on Sunday evening. Speaking about Greenwood, Klopp said: “Wow! What a talent he is. “I think that he may have pushed Jadon [Sancho] out of position. “Mason can play in the centre, but there is no space anymore, so maybe they will share. It’s a problem that you want to have as a manager, 100 per cent.” Greenwood has starte...
King haunts Everton with treble in stunning Watford comeback
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King haunts Everton with treble in stunning Watford comeback

Josh King came back to haunt former club with a hat-trick as Everton's second-half capitulation gave Claudio Ranieri's Watford a stunning 5-2 comeback victory at Goodison Park. Just a week after conceding five against Liverpool, Ranieri's side this time hit five, including four in 14 minutes in a second-half flurry, helped by former Toffee King, scoring his first goals in 29 league appearances across three clubs having not made a single start in his 11 games at Everton last season. Tom Davies put Everton ahead early on from close range after fine work from Demarai Gray (3), but Watford levelled through King's far-post finish, awarded after a VAR intervention (13). Just under three minutes after coming on, Richarlison edged Everton ahead, stooping low to head Michael Keane's cros...
Mount hat-trick as Chelsea hit seven to hammer hapless Norwich
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Mount hat-trick as Chelsea hit seven to hammer hapless Norwich

Chelsea ensured they will stay at the top of the Premier League for another week at least as Mason Mount's hat-trick inspired Thomas Tuchel's side to a thumping 7-0 victory over bottom side Norwich at Stamford Bridge. The gulf in class between the two sides was there for all to see from the very first whistle as Chelsea raced out of the blocks to take an early advantage through Mount (8). The Blues were hardly tested at the back and the goals continued to flow at the other end as Callum Hudson-Odoi (18) and Reece James (42) sent them in at the break three goals to the good. Hapless Norwich's woes continued after the break as Ben Chilwell (57) continued his fine scoring run before Max Aarons' own goal (62) continued a torrid afternoon for Daniel Farke's side, who also had Ben G...
Arteta receives strong warning after Arsenal’s 3-1 win over Aston Villa
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Arteta receives strong warning after Arsenal’s 3-1 win over Aston Villa

Arsenal legend, Ian Wright, has warned manager, Mikel Arteta that he needs to change his tactics when the Gunners play the top teams, despite their Premier League 3-1 win over Aston Villa on Friday night. Wright feels Arteta’s side has to sit deep and adopt a counter-attacking approach, rather than attempt to press high and outplay their opponents like they did against Aston Villa. Arsenal defeated Aston Villa at Emirates Stadium, thanks to three goals from Thomas Partey, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Emile Smith Rowe. “That is the consistency and the kind of tempo that Arsenal needs to have in all games,” Wright told Premier League Productions. “They are going to come up against teams who are going to cause them problems, but this kind of energy will cause teams a lot of pro...
Champions League: Highest goalscorers after Match Day 3 [Top 19]
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Champions League: Highest goalscorers after Match Day 3 [Top 19]

Ajax striker, Sebastien Haller is currently the top scorer in the Champions League, following the completion of Match Day 3 fixtures. Haller has found the back of the net in every game he has played and has a total of six strikes to his name. He is in line to beat a record set by last season’s top scorer, Borussia Dortmund’s Erling Haaland, who had 10. But Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah is now just one behind Haller, after he netted in the 3-2 victory at Atletico Madrid. Champions League Top Scorers (2021-2022) 6 goals: Sebastien Haller (Ajax) 5 goals: Mohamed Salah (Liverpool), Robert Lewandowski (Bayern Munich) 4 goals: Christopher Nkunku (RB Leipzig) 3 goals: Leroy Sane (Bayern Munich), Hans Vanaken (Club Brugge), Riyad Mahrez (Manchester City), Lionel Messi (PSG), ...
UCL: I love Salah but he’s not – Thierry Henry names best player in the world
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UCL: I love Salah but he’s not – Thierry Henry names best player in the world

Former Arsenal striker, Thierry Henry has said that Karim Benzema and Robert Lewandowski are far ahead of Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah in terms of who is currently the best player in the world. Henry said the Egyptian should not be classed as the best player in the world despite the 29-year-old making an impressive start to the season with Liverpool scoring 12 goals in 11 appearances so far. According to the France legend, Salah should be considered as the best player in the Premier League at the moment but not in the world. When asked by CBS Sport if he considers Salah as the best player in the world, Henry said: “Not yet.
Ronaldo completes stunning Man Utd comeback
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Ronaldo completes stunning Man Utd comeback

Cristiano Ronaldo's late header saw Manchester United come from 2-0 down at half-time to produce a stunning second-half comeback to relieve the pressure on boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer with a 3-2 victory against Atalanta on a dramatic Champions League night at Old Trafford. Solskjaer's position at United was firmly in the spotlight Saturday's 4-2 defeat at Leicester and the pressure looked to be mounting on the Norwegian as goals from Mario Pasalic and Merih Demiral saw Atalanta take a 2-0 lead into the interval. The half-time whistle was greeted by boos from the home fans but whatever Solskjaer said to his side at the break worked wonders as goals from Marcus Rashford (53) and Harry Maguire (75) brought the home side level with 15 minutes to play. It was all set up for a grandst...
Atletico Madrid vs Liverpool: Why I snubbed handshake with Jurgen Klopp – Diego Simeone
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Atletico Madrid vs Liverpool: Why I snubbed handshake with Jurgen Klopp – Diego Simeone

Atletico Madrid boss, Diego Simeone has explained his reason for snubbing a full time handshake with Liverpool manager, Jurgen Klopp after their Champions League clash on Tuesday night. Simeone refused to have a handshake with Klopp following Atletico Madrid’s 3-2 defeat to Liverpool and has now claimed that “it’s not healthy for either the winner or the loser.” Atletico Madrid lost in front of their home fans at the Wanda Metropolitano, with Mohamed Salah scoring a decisive penalty in the 78th minute after Antoine Griezmann was shown a red card to reduce the Spaniards to 10 men. Before receiving a red card, Griezmann had cancelled out two early goals from Salah and Naby Keita in the opening 13 minutes. Simeone’s behaviour at the full-time whistle dominated discussion after t...
UCL: Arsene Wenger names best striker in the world
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UCL: Arsene Wenger names best striker in the world

Former Arsenal manager, Arsene Wenger has identified Egyptian forward Mohamed Salah as the finest attacking player on the planet presently. The Egyptian forward has netted 12 goals in his opening 11 appearances in all competitions this season for Liverpool. The 29-year-old is among the 30 nominees for this year’s Ballon d’Or award. Salah netted twice against Atletico Madrid in the Champions League encounter at the Wanda Metropolitano last night. “He’s top, top class and he’s certainly the best striker at the moment in the world because he scores goals that nobody else can score,” Wenger told beIN Sport. “You have to play street football to dribble past people like that in a short space. “He’s full of confidence and he’s creative. “Overall, I believe as well that he is ...
They don’t have identity – Richards, Shearer slam Man Utd after defeat to Leicester
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They don’t have identity – Richards, Shearer slam Man Utd after defeat to Leicester

Former Premier League stars, Micah Richards and Alan Shearer have slammed Manchester United following their 4-2 defeat to Leicester City on Saturday. Leicester defeated Man United at the King Power Stadium, thanks to four goals from Youri Tielemans, Caglar Soyuncu, Jamie Vardy and Patson Daka. Mason Greenwood and Marcus Rashford did score for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side against Leicester. “They don’t really have an identity,” Richards told Match of the Day. “With Man United of the past, you know they had wingers, getting strikers into the box, midfielders running into the box also. “But now, it looks like they are trying to keep everybody happy [in terms of] players. Individually, you have seen what they have got – [Cristiano] Ronaldo, [Paul] Pogba, [Bruno] Fernandes, thes...
I am presently in a good place and taking my time before getting involved in any love or relationship – BBNaija’s Liquorose speaks
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I am presently in a good place and taking my time before getting involved in any love or relationship – BBNaija’s Liquorose speaks

Big brother Naija Season 6 finalists, Liquorose and Emmanuel's romantic relationship seems to have taken another turn following their comments in recent interviews. Though the two claimed they were in love in an earlier interview with Toke Makinwa, they've ignited speculation of ending their affair which started while in the Big Brother house. In an interview with The Independent, Emmanuel stated that Liquorose is not his girlfriend and they will now be going after what pushed them into signing up for the reality show. He said; “Liquorose and I are good, there is no need to keep talking about it. We are not dating. We both came into the house for a reason and we are going after it. But she is not my girlfriend.” In another interview with The Sun, Liquorose averred though she i...
Real Madrid ready for Hazard-Salah swap with Liverpool
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Real Madrid ready for Hazard-Salah swap with Liverpool

Real Madrid are considering an audacious move for Liverpool’s Mo Salah, that will see them part with Eden Hazard and cash, ESPN reports. The LaLiga giants have long been admirers of Salah, who is still involved in a contract standoff with the Reds. Madrid could look to tempt Liverpool with a player-plus-cash swap deal involving former Chelsea forward, Eden Hazard. Hazard has struggled since moving to the Santiago Bernabeu in 2019. His first two seasons were plagued by injuries and this campaign, the Belgian has been in and out of Carlo Ancelotti’s team. He is yet to register a goal in eight appearances so far. Madrid are ready to let Hazard leave and are eyeing Salah as his replacement. It could be difficult though for Los Blancos to tempt Liverpool to sell Salah, wh...
Scholes reveals why Chelsea will not win title
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Scholes reveals why Chelsea will not win title

Manchester United legend, Paul Scholes, has said Chelsea will not win the Premier League title, because they don’t have enough goals in the team. The Blues are the current European champions, after they beat Manchester City in the Champions League final in May. Many have tipped Thomas Tuchel’s men to also give City a run for their money this campaign domestically. Chelsea currently top the table, having won five of their first seven matches of the season. But Scholes believes they will fall short. “I think Chelsea have got the manager to challenge. I’m just not sure, not convinced there’s enough goals in the team. “I think Romelu Lukaku will score goals but are there enough people around him to score goals. I’m not sure Timo Werner will. When he plays for Germany he sco...
Cavani told to leave Man Utd in January because of Ronaldo
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Cavani told to leave Man Utd in January because of Ronaldo

Former Chelsea star, Gus Poyet, has advised Edinson Cavani to leave Manchester United in January following the arrival of Cristiano Ronaldo. Ronaldo’s return to Old Trafford has seen Cavani’s game time restricted to just 115 minutes of Premier League football in the current campaign. Not only did the Portugal captain take the Uruguay striker’s place in the squad, he also took Cavani’s No. 7 shirt. Despite scoring 17 goals in 32 games for United last season, Cavani looks set to play second-fiddle this campaign. Poyet has urged his compatriot to move on, as the situation at Old Trafford is affecting his international career. “He was unlucky, because without Ronaldo coming in, he was playing as the main striker. “The decision of Juventus, Man City getting involved, incredi...
Nations League: They only care about money – Courtois blasts UEFA
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Nations League: They only care about money – Courtois blasts UEFA

Belgium goalkeeper, Thibaut Courtois, has slammed UEFA following his side’s Nations League 2-1 defeat to Italy over the weekend. Courtois said that UEFA only cares about money and not players after Italy defeated Belgium in the Nations League 3rd/4th placed play-off. Two goals from Nicolas Barella and Domenico Berardi ensured Italy defeated Belgium as Charles De Ketelaere’s late goal was not enough. Speaking to Sky Sports after the game, Courtois said, “This game is just a money game and we have to be honest about it. “We just play it because for UEFA, it’s extra money. “This just shows that we play too many games. In June again, there are four Nations League games, why?” “We will get injured and nobody cares about the players anymore.”
Mbappe was offside – Sergio Busquets criticises referee after Spain’s defeat to France
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Mbappe was offside – Sergio Busquets criticises referee after Spain’s defeat to France

Spain midfielder, Sergio Busquets, has criticised referee Anthony Taylor following his side’s UEFA Nations League final defeat against France on Sunday. Busquets slammed Taylor’s decision to allow Kylian Mbappe’s late winner in France’s 2-1 win against Spain. France defeated Spain following goals from Karim Benzema and Mbappe. Mikel Oyarzabal did score for Sapin at San Siro. Hernandez had slipped a pass in behind the defence for Mbappe, who slotted the ball under goalkeeper Unai Simon and wheeled away in celebration while Spain appealed for offside. Replays showed that Mbappe was clearly behind the last man and in an offside position, but Taylor deemed that Spanish defender Eric Garcia had got a meaningful touch on the ball which created a second phase of play. Reacting...
2022 World Cup is my last – Neymar makes explosive revelation
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2022 World Cup is my last – Neymar makes explosive revelation

Brazil forward, Neymar, has claimed that next year’s World Cup could be his last. The 29-year-old stated this in a new documentary titled “Neymar & The Line of Kings’. The Paris Saint-Germain superstar made his debut for the Selecao as an 18-year-old in 2010. He has since racked up 113 appearances for his country. Neymar has netted 69 goals and won the Confederations Cup in 2013 and the Olympic Gold in 2016. However, he could hang up his boots after next year’s tournament in Qatar. “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 anymore. “So I’ll do everything to turn up well, do everything to win with my country, to realise my greatest dream since I was little. And I hope I can do it,” N...
Ronaldo extends international record with 112th Portugal goal
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Ronaldo extends international record with 112th Portugal goal

Portugal captain, Cristiano Ronaldo, extended one record and broke another as they thrashed Qatar 3-0 on Saturday. The 36-year-old scored his 112th goal for his country and also breaking Sergio Ramos’ record for most international caps won by an European player. Ronaldo had broken Iran legend, Ali Daei’s record of 109 goals last month. And despite only playing 45 minutes of Portugal’s friendly against Qatar, Ronaldo was still able to get on the scoresheet. Ronaldo poked home from close range in the 37th minute at the Estadio Algarve to make it goal No 112 before being withdrawn at half-time. Jose Fonte and Andre Silva added more goals in the second half. Ronaldo has now earned his 181st international cap, more than any other European player in history.
Arsenal hero, Ian Wright snubs Ronaldo, Messi, names best player in Europe
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Arsenal hero, Ian Wright snubs Ronaldo, Messi, names best player in Europe

Arsenal hero, Ian Wright, has snubbed Manchester United’s Cristiano Ronaldo, Paris Saint-Germain’s Lionel Messi and named Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah as the best player in Europe on current form. Wright believes Salah is “probably” the best player in Europe on current form following his sparkling start to the new season with Liverpool. Salah has been impressive for Liverpool so far this season. The Egyptian international is currently the joint top goal scorer in the Premier League with six goals alongside Leicester City’s Jamie Vardy. The former Chelsea star was also named among the 30-man nominees for this year’s Ballon d’ Or. Asked if Salah is the best player in Europe on current form, Wright told Optus Sport: “Probably at the moment with his form you could put him up ther...
Ballon D’Or 2021: Salah tipped to win ahead of Messi, Lewandowsk
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Ballon D’Or 2021: Salah tipped to win ahead of Messi, Lewandowsk

Brazil legend, Rivaldo, has said Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah is “one of the best players in the world” and should be in contention to clinch the 2021 Ballon d’Or. Salah had made the 30-man shortlist for the prize this year. The Egyptian is among 18 other Premier League footballers up for the award. Salah, 29, has already scored six goals in seven appearances in the league for the Reds. He also grabbed a brace in the 5-1 thrashing of FC Porto in the Champions League, having netted against AC Milan in a 3-2 in the first fixture. Salah, who arrived at Anfield in 2017 from AS Roma, has also become the fastest player in the club’s history to reach 100 goals. “Liverpool’s Egyptian forward [Salah] is producing a fantastic start of the season with impressive stats and a sensati...
2022 World Cup qualifiers: Ghana boss Rajevac charges Jordan Ayew to end goal drought against Zimbabwe
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2022 World Cup qualifiers: Ghana boss Rajevac charges Jordan Ayew to end goal drought against Zimbabwe

The Black Stars boss looks ahead to Saturday’s Group G matchday three tie in Cape Coast Ghana coach Milovan Rajevac has challenged Crystal Palace striker Jordan Ayew to rise to the occasion in Saturday’s 2022 World Cup qualifier against Zimbabwe. The 30-year-old has struggled for goals for both club and country, bringing his selection under scrutiny. At Palace, he has played more than 30 matches without a goal, a situation manager Patrick Vieira believes is a result of a lack of confidence and self-belief.  
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...
UEFA Nations League: France to play Spain in final
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UEFA Nations League: France to play Spain in final

France fought back from a two-goal deficit to defeat Belgium 3-2 in a UEFA Nations League semi-final on Thursday. Roberto Martinez’s men raced into a 2-0 lead, thanks to Yannick Carrasco and Romelu Lukaku. However, after the break, Karim Benzema pulled one back with a neat turn and finish. The world champions then turned the game around through goals from Kylian Mbappe and Theo Hernandez. There was still time for Lukaku to have a late effort ruled out for offside by VAR. They will now face Spain in Sunday’s final.
Shearer, Lineker reveal how many goals Ronaldo will score for Man Utd
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Shearer, Lineker reveal how many goals Ronaldo will score for Man Utd

Former Premier League strikers, Alan Shearer and Gary Lineker, have revealed how many goals Cristiano Ronaldo will score for Manchester United this season. Ronaldo joined Man United from Juventus in the summer transfer window. The Portugal captain has netted five goals in six appearances in all competitions for Man United. But Shearer and Lineker believe the five-time Ballon d’Or winner will exceed the 20-goal mark this season. “When you look at his [ Cristiano Ronaldo] career, and particularly his career at Man United, he started there, started with very raw but unbelievable talent and you could see that from the beginning,” Shearer said on the BBC’s Match of the Day Top 10 podcast. “And where he’s got to… him and [Lionel] Messi have taken goal scoring to another level. I...
Napoli star Victor Osimhen wins Serie A Player of the Month award
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Napoli star Victor Osimhen wins Serie A Player of the Month award

Napoli and Super Eagles striker, Victor Osimhen has been named Serie A's Player of the Month for September following his amazing start to the 2021-22 season. The 22-year-old poacher beat Inter Milan midfielder Nicolo Barella, AC Milan's Brahim Diaz and Fiorentina's Giacomo Bonaventura to the award organised by the Italian Footballers' Association. Osimhen scored seven goals in six matches across all competitions for Luciano Spalletti's side in September. After he failed to hit the target in Napoli's 2-1 victory over Juventus on September 11, the former Lille striker scored at least a goal in each of the three league matches he played later. Osimhen's brillance in front of goal powered Napoli to the top of the Serie A table and they are yet to drop a point with 21 points from ...
Arteta eyes two EPL strikers to replace Lacazette
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Arteta eyes two EPL strikers to replace Lacazette

Arsenal manager, Mikel Arteta, has identified Premier League strikers Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Ollie Watkins as possible replacements for Alexandre Lacazette, according to the UK Sun. Lacazette has scored 67 goals in 174 appearances for the Gunners. However, the 30-year-old is into the final months of his current deal and is looking to leave in 2022. Lacazette is yet to start a Premier League game this season and the club has not offered him a new contract. Instead, Arsenal have identified Everton’s Calvert-Lewin and Aston Villa’s Watkins as targets to replace him. Calvert-Lewin, 24, enjoyed a breakthrough last term, scoring 21 goals in all competitions. Watkins, meanwhile, thrived in the Championship with Brentford before moving to Villa last year and netting 16 goals...
EPL: He only thinks about goals – Blind blasts Cristiano Ronaldo
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EPL: He only thinks about goals – Blind blasts Cristiano Ronaldo

Former Netherlands coach, Danny Blind, has slammed Manchester United forward, Cristiano Ronaldo. Blind said Ronaldo only thinks about goals and hopes his Man United teammates will conquer the ball during a match. He said this while launching a scathing assessment of Ronaldo’s impact on Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side. Blind believes Man United are not playing in their familiar pattern so far this season because of Ronaldo despite his goals for the Red Devils. Ronaldo, 36, returned to Old Trafford on transfer deadline day in the summer window in a £13million move from Juventus. “Ronaldo doesn’t really need to play an active role,” Blind told Sportnieuws. “Like: ‘take your time’. You also see the other players looking at you like, ‘how are we going to solve it t...
Osimhen reveals inspiration behind impressive Napoli goalscoring run
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Osimhen reveals inspiration behind impressive Napoli goalscoring run

  The Super Eagles has had a remarkable outing in September, with a contribution of at least a goal in each of his last five matches Victor Osimhen revealed that the love he gets from fans and everyone at Napoli inspires him to "fly" for the club whenever he’s called upon. The 22-year-old made up for his red card in Napoli’s opening game of the season against Venezia, by scoring seven goals in his last five matches for the team. His tally of four Serie A goals has helped Luciano Spalletti's men maintain their perfect league start which puts them atop of the table with 18 points after six matches.  
Champions League: Barcelona is in Critical Condition – Busquets
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Champions League: Barcelona is in Critical Condition – Busquets

Barcelona midfielder, Sergio Busqets, has admitted the club’s situation is “critical”. This follows a 3-0 thrashing at Benfica in the Champions League on Wednesday night. It was the second successive time the Catalan club has lost by that margin in the competition. Two goals from Darwin Nunez sandwiched a Rafa Silva strike in Lisbon, as Benfica followed Bayern Munich in putting three goals past Ronald Koeman’s struggling side. It’s the first time Barca have suffered back-to-back defeats in the group stage of the Champions League since 2000 and they are in real danger of not making the knockout rounds for the first time in 21 years. “That’s the easiest thing in the world of football, but everyone has their share in the responsibility, [including] the players. ...
UCL: This is why I’m back – Cristiano Ronaldo reacts to 2-1 win over Villarreal
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UCL: This is why I’m back – Cristiano Ronaldo reacts to 2-1 win over Villarreal

Manchester United superstar, Cristiano Ronaldo has said he returned to the club to score goals and make history again. The Portuguese also thanked fans of the club for helping the team throughout their 2-1 win over Villarreal in the Champions League. The Red Devils came back from 1-0 down to beat the Spanish club 2-1 at Old Trafford, keeping their chances of surviving the group stage alive. Alex Telles equalised for the Red Devils, before a stoppage time strike from Cristiano Ronaldo sent Old Trafford into jubilation. United lost their opening Champions League group stage match against Young Boys and were under pressure to return to winning ways against the Yellow Submarine. “Now everything is possible, everything is open and we believe we will go through,” T...
Ivory Coast striker, Sebastien Haller breaks Champions League record as first player to score five goals in first two appearances
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Ivory Coast striker, Sebastien Haller breaks Champions League record as first player to score five goals in first two appearances

Sebastien Haller is now the first player to score five goals in his first two Champions League appearances. The Cote d’Ivoire international achieved this feat following his goal in Ajax’s 2-0 triumph over Besiktas on Tuesday night, September 28 His goal on Tuesday meant that the striker is now the first player in the history of the Champions League to net five or more goals across his first two appearances in the competition. The previous best of four goals had been achieved by Marco van Basten, Diego Simeone, Didier Drogba, and Erling Haaland. Earlier this month in Lisbon, Haller had become the first player to score four goals on his Champions League debut since Marco van Basten for AC Milan against IFK Goteborg in November 1992.
Former Liverpool striker, Roger Hunt is Dead
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Former Liverpool striker, Roger Hunt is Dead

Former Liverpool and England striker, Roger Hunt is dead. Hunt died at the age of 83. Liverpool disclosed this in a statement via their website on Tuesday ahead of their Champions League clash with FC Porto. “We are mourning the passing of legendary former player Roger Hunt,” Liverpool’s statement read. “The thoughts of everybody at Liverpool Football Club are with Roger’s family and friends at this sad and difficult time.” Hunt is Liverpool’s record league scorer with 244 goals. He was part of England’s 1966 World Cup-winning side.
Champions League: Messi has to respect Mbappe at PSG – Anelka
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Champions League: Messi has to respect Mbappe at PSG – Anelka

Former Arsenal and Real Madrid striker, Nicolas Anelka, has said Paris Saint-Germain’s attack should be led by Kylian Mbappe. According to Anelka, Messi “has to serve” Mbappe. Mbappe has been a talismanic figure at PSG since he joined from Monaco in 2017. The 22-year-old boasts of 136 goals from his first 180 games for the club. However, since the arrival of Messi this summer, Mbappe is having to share the spotlight with him and Neymar. It has been suggested that Mauricio Pochettino will need to build his team around Messi in order to deliver the Ligue 1 title and Champions League, but Anelka thinks Mbappe deserves to be the main man in the PSG squad. Anelka told Le Parisien: “Mbappe has to lead the attack because he’s No.1. “Messi was at Barcelona, but now he has to...
Premier League top scorers so far [Top 16]
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Premier League top scorers so far [Top 16]

Following the conclusion of the Premier League match-day six on Monday night where Crystal Palace played a 1-1 draw with Brighton at Selhurst Park Stadium, below are currently the highest goal scorers chasing the Golden Boot in the league. West Ham’s Michail Antonio, Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah and Leicester City’s Jamie Vardy are currently the top scorers in the Premier League with five goals each. Behind Antonio, Salah and Vardy are Manchester United’s Bruno Fernandes and Watford’s Ismaila Sarr and Brighton’s Neal Maupay. Premier League top scorers: 5 goals: Michail Antonio (West Ham), Mohamed Salah (Liverpool) and Jamie Vardy (Leicester City). 4 goals: Bruno Fernandes (Manchester United), Ismaila Sarr (Watford) and Neal Maupay (Brighton). 3 goals: Dominic Calvert-Lewin...
Jesus names Chelsea Player he really Likes
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Jesus names Chelsea Player he really Likes

Manchester City striker, Gabriel Jesus, has named Romelu Lukaku as the Chelsea player he admires most. Jesus said this following City’s Premier League 1-0 win against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge over the weekend. The Brazilian international netted the only goal of the match for City against Chelsea to give Pep Guardiola’s side all three points against the Champions League holders. “They [Chelsea] were strengthened by the arrival of [Romelu] Lukaku,” Jesus told ESPN Brazil. “He is a player that I really like, a goalscorer, very strong, physically, technically. “They have strengthened themselves and come even stronger.” Lukaku re-joined Chelsea in the summer transfer window from Inter Milan. The Belgium international netted an impressive 64 goals in just 9...
Eto’o’s haul at Inter Milan equaled by Martinez
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Eto’o’s haul at Inter Milan equaled by Martinez

The 24-year-old needed 138 matches to achieve the same number of goals set by the Cameroon legend Argentine attacker Lautaro Martinez equaled Samuel Eto'o's haul with Serie A giants Inter Milan after his strike against Atalanta in a league assignment that ended 2-2 on Saturday. The 24-year-old converted a Nicolo Barella pass after just five minutes to hand the defending champions an excellent start at San Siro, in Milan. It was the goal that equalled the tally set by Cameroon legend Eto'o who scored 53 goals for Internazionale in all competitions during his stint with them. Eto'o had joined the Italian side from Spanish outfit Barcelona in 2009 and went on to play 102 matches for them. He went on to win the Serie A title, Italian Cup, Coppa Italia, and the Uefa Champions League. ...
Osimhen troubled ‘important defender’ Godin – Former Napoli player Ferrara
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Osimhen troubled ‘important defender’ Godin – Former Napoli player Ferrara

On a positive note, the Super Eagle has been in good form for his club and has managed four goals in as many matches for the club in all competitions Ex-Napoli defender Ciro Ferrara has lauded Nigeria international Victor Osimhen for his contribution in the game against Cagliari and placing defender Diego Godin in tough situations. The Super Eagle attacker opened the scoring in the 11th minute when Piotr Zielinski picked him up in the area. It was the only goal after the first half despite the numerous chances created. In the 57th minute, the striker was felled by the Uruguay international, and Napoli captain Lorenzo Insigne converted the penalty. re
Ballon D’Or 2021: Two Winners to be announced this Year
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Ballon D’Or 2021: Two Winners to be announced this Year

The Ballon D’Or award will be held in-situ this year, after it was cancelled in 2020 because of the COVID-19 outbreak. Paris Saint-Germain forward, Lionel Messi, won the last edition in 2019. This year, France Football will hand out two winners on December 5 in Paris, according to L’Equipe. It is the first time this will be happening in the award’s history. The 2019/20 season, however, was finished well after FF’s decision with Robert Lewandowski leading Bayern Munich to victories in Bundesliga, the German Cup and the Champions League with 55 goals in 47 appearances across all competitions. Apparently, it’ll be Lewandowski who gets the 2020 edition of the award. As for this year’s prize, Messi is believed to be the favourite to claim it after winning the 2...
LaLiga Highest Goal Scorers so far [Top 12]
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LaLiga Highest Goal Scorers so far [Top 12]

Ahead of the conclusion to the LaLiga match-day six fixtures on Thursday night where Barcelona will tackle Cadiz, below are currently the highest goal scorers in the Spanish-top flight league. Real Madrid striker, Karim Benzema, is presently the highest goal scorer in the LaLiga with eight goals. The France international scored a brace in Real Madrid’s 6-1 win against Mallorca on Wednesday night. Behind Benzema is Real Madrid’s Vinicius Junior, who has scored five goals so far. Below is the highest goal scorers in the LaLiga so far; 8 goals; Real Madrid’s Karim Benzema 5 goals; Real Madrid’s Vinicius Junior 4 goals; Real Sociedad’s Mikel Oyarzabal 3 goals; Valencia’s Carlos Soler, Sevilla’s Erik Lamela, Atletico Madrid’s Angel Correa, Real Madrid’s Marco A...
Zola warns Chelsea, identifies Nigerian striker as Lukaku’s successor at Stamford Bridge
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Zola warns Chelsea, identifies Nigerian striker as Lukaku’s successor at Stamford Bridge

Chelsea legend, Gianfranco Zola, has warned the club not to take anything for granted when they tackle Juventus in the Champions League on September 29 at the Allianz Stadium. Zola also identified Nigerian and Napoli striker, Victor Osimhen, as Romelu Lukaku’s heir at Chelsea. “Chelsea shouldn’t take anything for granted,” Zola told La Gazzetta dello Sport. “Tuchel is an intelligent coach and Chelsea are a top team. The game against Tottenham was impressive. There is a lot of quality there. They withstood the impact of Spurs in the first half and won the game in the second half, by scoring three goals. “However, Juventus never die, the first half against Milan was good. They can make up for lost ground in Serie A.” Zola added, “Napoli are really strong in every department....
Tottenham Must take Blame for Kane’s Struggles -Nuno
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Tottenham Must take Blame for Kane’s Struggles -Nuno

Tottenham Hotspur's English striker Harry Kane looks on during the English Tottenham manager Nuno Espirito Santo believes Harry Kane’s poor start to the season is down to a lack of cohesion in his team. Kane is yet to score a Premier League goal this term amid claims the striker is struggling due to a hangover from his failed attempt to force a transfer to Manchester City. Frustrated by Tottenham’s refusal to sell him to the Premier League champions, Kane claimed he had a “gentleman’s agreement” with the club that he could leave. The England captain returned late to pre-season training and missed the opening weekend win over City before finally conceding defeat in his bid to join Pep Guardiola’s men. Kane has looked a shadow of the player that won the Premier L...
Brazil legend Rivaldo predicts bright future for Man City wonderkid Kayky
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Brazil legend Rivaldo predicts bright future for Man City wonderkid Kayky

The young winger recently joined up with his new team-mates after moving from Fluminense Brazilian legend Rivaldo believes Manchester City wonderkid Kayky can become a star for the club within a few years. Kayky made a £9 million ($12.3m) move to Manchester from Fluminense, where he made 32 senior appearances while scoring three goals and adding two assists. The Brazilian officially joined up with the club last week, having previously been expected to move in January, and began training with his new team-mates last Friday   .

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