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Cristiano Ronaldo publicly backs claims Lionel Messi ‘STOLE’ the Ballon d’Or from him and Robert Lewandowski
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Cristiano Ronaldo publicly backs claims Lionel Messi ‘STOLE’ the Ballon d’Or from him and Robert Lewandowski

Cristiano Ronaldo has publicly backed claims that Lionel Messi stole the Ballon d'Or from him and Robert Lewandowski. PSG star Messi won his seventh Ballon d'Or on Monday night November 29, beating Bayern Munich striker Lewandowski to the prize by 33 votes. Ronaldo,  a five-time winner, finished sixth and 435 votes with the Manchester United forward commenting 'facts' underneath a fan post detailing why the Portugal captain deserved the gong over Messi. The post, on the page of a fan account called 'Cristiano Ronaldo - The Legendary' which Ronaldo himself follows, details Ronaldo's 2021 achievements before branding Messi's accolade as 'Theft. Dirt. Shame. Simply regrettable. The post read; ''Who saw, saw. Anyone who is smart enough knows who the real deserving ones are. ...
Messi falls ill with stomach bug after winning Ballon d’Or and is a doubt for PSG’s clash with Nice
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Messi falls ill with stomach bug after winning Ballon d’Or and is a doubt for PSG’s clash with Nice

The Argentine superstar collected another Golden Ball at a glitzy awards show on Monday, but is now struggling to make midweek action Lionel Messi claimed the seventh Ballon d’Or of his remarkable career on Monday, but the Paris Saint-Germain superstar is now struggling with a stomach bug and may be forced to sit out midweek Ligue 1 duty with his club. The iconic Argentine appeared to be in good health when extending his record-setting achievements at the top of the world game, with a star-studded ceremony in the French capital seeing him take first prize once again. He is, however, feeling under the weather after landing another Golden Ball and could sit out a clash with Nice on Wednesday as a result.    
BREAKING: Ballon d’Or 2021: Messi wins record-extending seventh award
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BREAKING: Ballon d’Or 2021: Messi wins record-extending seventh award

Paris Saint-Germain superstar, Lionel Messi, has won this year’s Ballon d’Or award. Messi won the prize ahead of Bayern Munich’s Robert Lewandowski, who finished in second place. The 34-year-old, who left Barcelona for Paris Saint-Germain in the summer, has 24 goals in 28 league games this calendar year and led Argentina to the Copa America in the summer. The top five was completed by Jorginho (3rd, Chelsea), Karim Benzema (4th, Real Madrid) and N’Golo Kante (Chelsea). Messi is now the player with the highest number of Ballon d’Or prizes, as this is his seventh. His eternal rival, Cristiano Ronaldo, has five awards to his name.
Ramos backs Messi for Ballon d’Or triumph after first PSG start together
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Ramos backs Messi for Ballon d’Or triumph after first PSG start together

The defender backed his new team-mate to claim the individual prize after many years as rivals Sergio Ramos says that he wishes Lionel Messi "all the luck in the world" ahead of this week's Ballon d'Or ceremony, and hopes that his new Paris Saint-Germain team-mate can bring home the honour once more. The former rivals-turned-clubmates at the Ligue 1 giants helped inspire a comeback win against Saint-Etienne this weekend on the Spaniard's full debut for the club, with the Argentine notching up a hat-trick of assists in a 3-1 win. Any previously shielded mutual respect looks to have broken free of its confines between the two players now however after their link-up in the French capital - and as Messi goes for a record seventh victory in the contest to be crowned the world's great...
Ballon d’Or 2021: Messi, Lewandowski – Winner of award revealed
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Ballon d’Or 2021: Messi, Lewandowski – Winner of award revealed

The best player in the world will be unveiled today. The Ballon d’Or event makes a return following an enforced COVID-19 break last year. Bayern Munich striker, Robert Lewandowski would have easily walked away with the prize last year after a sensational season. The Poland international is expected to be on the podium when the winners are announced on Monday. But we all know who walks away with the prize, don’t we? Lionel Messi. The 34-year-old who now plays his football with Paris Saint-Germain is the hot favourite to clinch it. If he is indeed confirmed as winner, the Argentina captain would have won it for a record-extending seventh time. Who could be the surprise winner? Lewandowski. A ‘leaked’ image of the apparent final standings went viral ...
Ballon d’Or 2021: Patrice Evra confirms winner of award this year
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Ballon d’Or 2021: Patrice Evra confirms winner of award this year

Former Manchester United defender, Patrice Evra has confirmed that Paris Saint-Germain’s Lionel Messi is all set to win his seventh Ballon d’Or at the gala on Monday. Evra disclosed this in a post via his Instagram account on Sunday. According to him, Messi is set to get his hands on the 2021 Ballon d’ Or ahead of the likes of Bayern Munich’s Robert Lewandowski, Chelsea’s Jorginho, Manchester United’s Cristiano Ronaldo, Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah and others. He wrote, “Congratulations to @leomessi for winning another ballon d’or. Also the people who do not understand me when I speak that sucks my djudju.” The 2021 Ballon d’Or ceremony is set to take place on the 29th of November. The former Barcelona captain led Argentina to a historic Copa America 2021 triumph. Messi is...
Ballon d’ Or: Bruno Fernandes makes honest admission about winning award
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Ballon d’ Or: Bruno Fernandes makes honest admission about winning award

Manchester United midfielder, Bruno Fernandes, has admitted that he wouldn’t win the 2021 Ballon d’ Or despite being nominated for the prestigious individual prize. Fernandes was nominated among 30-man nominees for this year’s Ballon d’ Or last month. The Portugal international will rival the likes of Paris Saint-Germain’s Lionel Messi, Chelsea’s Jorginho, Bayern Munich’s Robert Lewandowski, Real Madrid’s Karim Benzema, Man United’s Cristiano Ronaldo, and among others for the Ballon d’ Or. Asked how proud he’s to be nominated for the 2021 Ballon d’Or, Fernandes was quoted by Man United’s official website as saying, “Of course, as a kid, you dream to be in the middle of the best. “For me, being nominated for the Ballon d’Or, even if I know I will not win it, makes me feel real...
What is your obsession with me Mr Short Fuse?” Precious Chikwendu alleges her fundamental human rights is being violated and her kids kept away from her
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What is your obsession with me Mr Short Fuse?” Precious Chikwendu alleges her fundamental human rights is being violated and her kids kept away from her

Precious Chikwendu has complained that she is being persecuted and her rights violated because she's asking to see her children. The mother-or-four, who is involved in a legal battle with her ex-husband,  Femi Fani-Kayode, poured out her mind in a post shared to Instagram, though she didn't name her ex-husband. She claimed that whenever she shares a post where she looks at peace, he sends the police to come and harrass her. She added that he is using his influence to fight her, keeps summoning her in court and pushing baseless cases against her. She also said that she is ashamed of our justice system because they are being "ordered around by someone who feels these institutions can be bought with a prize." In the open letter posted to Instagram and addressed "to whom it ...
Ballon d’Or: Pochettino reveals how choosing Messi caused problems with Neymar, Mbappe
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Ballon d’Or: Pochettino reveals how choosing Messi caused problems with Neymar, Mbappe

Paris Saint-Germain manager, Mauricio Pochettino, has admitted that his comment on Lionel Messi deserving to win this year’s Ballon d’Or, has caused a “problem” inside the dressing room. Pochettino backed Messi to win a record-extending seventh award earlier this month. Messi is joined on the 30-man shortlist by PSG teammates Gianluigi Donnarumma, Kylian Mbappe and Neymar. However, after Pochettino chose the 34-year-old as his preferred winner, there was a reaction among the squad. Mbappe and Neymar both have eyes on the individual prize too, which neither have ever won. Pochettino told Diario Sport: “I had a problem saying that Messi should win the Ballon d’Or. “Neymar and Mbappé told me why not them. “In any case, it would be great for any player from Paris to win ...
Ballon d’Or 2021: Modric names player that deserves to win award
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Ballon d’Or 2021: Modric names player that deserves to win award

Real Madrid midfielder, Luka Modric, has said Karim Benzema deserves to win the Ballon d’Or this year. Benzema made the 30-man shortlist for the award, along with favourites Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo, Jorginho, Robert Lewandowski and N’Golo Kante. The France striker had the best scoring season of his career last year, netting 22 times in LaLiga. He followed it up by winning the Nations League with Les Bleus last week. Modric is now the latest footballer to advocate for Benzema winning the prize. “We will see. There are various candidates that could win it. For me, Karim is one of them. “I hope that he wins it because he deserves it for how he has played this year and his trajectory. “Above all, these recent years. He has always been at the top level. And he h...
Pavard responds to Pogba on-pitch rant and admits he’s ‘less sexy’ than Alexander-Arnold and Hakimi
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Pavard responds to Pogba on-pitch rant and admits he’s ‘less sexy’ than Alexander-Arnold and Hakimi

The Bayern Munich defender incurred the wrath of a fellow France international during the Nations League final, but has been talking up his ability Benjamin Pavard claims to have no issue with Paul Pogba following an on-field rant from the Manchester United star during France’s victory in the UEFA Nations League final, with the pair now friends again after seeing tempers flare in the heat of battle. A World Cup-winning midfielder lost his cool with an international colleague during a 2-1 win over Spain, with Pogba demanding more from Pavard after being forced to leave his central role to provide cover at right-back. The issue quickly blew over, as Les Bleus went on to claim the ultimate prize, and apologies were offered afterwards by a 28-year-old who expects nothing but the best ...
Ronaldo deserves Ballon d’Or now more than ever – Mendes
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Ronaldo deserves Ballon d’Or now more than ever – Mendes

The Manchester United star faces tough competition for the prize this year but his agent is convinced he deserves to win it Cristiano Ronaldo deserves to win the Ballon d'Or this year more than ever before, his agent, Jorge Mendes, claims. The Manchester United star is among the top candidates to claim the award for his performances in 2021, but has the likes of Lionel Messi, Robert Lewandowski and Jorginho to contend with. Ronaldo is looking to claim the accolade for the sixth time in his career and Mendes feels he has done more than enough to win it despite ending last season with just one trophy - the Coppa Italia - to his name.
Ballon D’Or 2021: All the 15 players nominated for first time
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Ballon D’Or 2021: All the 15 players nominated for first time

At least, 15 players have earned a Ballon D’Or nomination for the first time in their careers. Last week, the organizers released a 30-man shortlist ahead of this year’s event. Half of those who made the cut have never been nominated for one of the football’s most coveted personal accolades. They are: Cesar Azpilicueta (Spain/Chelsea) Nicolo Barella (Italy/Inter Milan) Giorgio Chiellini (Italy/Juventus) Ruben Dias (Portugal/Manchester City) Gianluigi Donnarumma (Italy/Paris Saint-Germain) Bruno Fernandes (Portugal/Manchester United) Phil Foden (England/Manchester City) Erling Haaland (Norway/Borussia Dortmund) Jorginho (Italy/Chelsea) Simon Kjaer (Denmark/AC Milan) Romelu Lukaku (Belgium/Chelsea) Lautaro Martinez (Argentina/Inter Milan) Gerard Moreno (Spain/Villarrea...
Kirby, White nominated for Women’s Ballon d’Or
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Kirby, White nominated for Women’s Ballon d’Or

England stars Fran Kirby and Ellen White, plus a host of Women's Super League players, are on the list of nominations for the Ballon d'Or. A total of 20 players have been nominated, including four members of the Barcelona team which secured victory in the Women's Champions League last season and another - Irene Paredes - who has since joined the all-conquering Catalan side. But there was no place on the list for the reigning champion, USA superstar Megan Rapinoe, who took the prize when it was last handed out in 2019. Losing Champions League finalists Chelsea also have five players on the list - Magdalena Eriksson, Sam Kerr, Pernille Harder, Jessie Fleming and Kirby. As well as Man City striker White, one of the stars for Team GB at the Tokyo Olympics, there was also a nomina...
EPL: Cristiano Ronaldo reacts to winning award ahead of Salah
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EPL: Cristiano Ronaldo reacts to winning award ahead of Salah

Manchester United forward, Cristiano Ronaldo, has reacted to winning the Premier League’s Player of the Month for September ahead of Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah. The Portugal captain won the prize ahead of Salah, Everton’s Andros Townsend and Newcastle United’s Allan Saint-Maximin. The 36-year-old scored twice against Newcastle United on his second Man United debut as they won 4-1 at Old Trafford. The former Real Madrid star also found the back of the net against West Ham in a 2-1 victory. However, Ronaldo was unable to stop Man United from losing 1-0 at the end of September against Aston Villa. Reacting, Ronaldo, in a tweet via his Twitter handle on Friday, said he was proud to win the award. The Man United number 7 also thanked his teammates, adding that he couldn’t have ...
Abdulrazak Gurnah wins the 2021 Nobel prize in literature
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Abdulrazak Gurnah wins the 2021 Nobel prize in literature

Novelist Abdulrazak Gurnah has won the Nobel prize in literature. He was given the award for his "uncompromising and compassionate penetration of the effects of colonialism and the fate of the refugee in the gulf between cultures and continents". Gurnah, who grew up on one of the islands of Zanzibar and arrived in England as a refugee in the 1960s, has published 10 novels as well as a number of short stories. Anders Olsson, chair of the Nobel committee, said that the Tanzanian writer’s novels, from his debut Memory of Departure, about a failed uprising, to his most recent, the "magnificent", Afterlives, "recoil from stereotypical descriptions and open our gaze to a culturally diversified East Africa unfamiliar to many in other parts of the world". No black African writer has ...
Ballon d’Or 2021: Messi to be Announced Winner, Clinch record-extending Seventh award
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Ballon d’Or 2021: Messi to be Announced Winner, Clinch record-extending Seventh award

Lionel Messi now wears the colours of Paris Saint-Germain. The 34-year-old left Barcelona as a free agent this summer after over two decades at the club. In another month, Messi is expected to win his record-extending seventh Ballon d’Or. The Argentina captain is the only player to have won the award six times. His eternal rival Cristiano Ronaldo has five gongs to his name. After scoring 33 goals and providing 13 assists in all competitions for Barca last season, Messi is widely expected to win the prize. Messi boosted his chances by winning the Copa America with his country, after a 1-0 win over Brazil in the final. With his move to PSG, you can expect that he will continue to win trophies and be in the conversations for next year’s award at this least. ...
BBNaija: How viewers voted for Whitemoney, Cross, Liquorose
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BBNaija: How viewers voted for Whitemoney, Cross, Liquorose

Organisers of the Big Brother Naija, BBNaika reality show have released a graph showing how Nigerians voted for the winner of the show. Whitemoney on Sunday emerged winner of the reality show, beating 26 other housemates to take home the grand prize. Whitemoney walked away with 90 million Naira worth of prizes at the grand finale on Sunday. He won 47% of the votes with Liquorose behind with 22.99%. There were 26 housemates battling for the prize two months ago. Here is how viewers voted for the winner of the show. Whitemoney: 47.00% Liquorose: 22.99% Pere: 14.77 Cross: 5.44% Angel: 5.37% Emmanuel: 3.43%
BBNaija: Cross evicted from reality show
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BBNaija: Cross evicted from reality show

Big Brother Naija, BBNaija season 6 finalist, Cross has been evicted from the reality show. His eviction is coming after Angel and Emmanuel’s exit from the show. Her eviction leaves three housemates, Pere, Liquorose and Withemoney to contend for the all-inclusive grand prize of N90m. It is uncertain who will emerge winner this year. The winner tonight leaves with ₦30m cash prize, and other gifts.
BBNaija: Emmanuel evicted from Big Brother house
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BBNaija: Emmanuel evicted from Big Brother house

Big Brother Naija, BBNaija season 6 finalist, Emmanuel has been evicted from the show. Emmanuel is the first housemate from the six finalists to be evicted from the Big Brother “Shine Ya Eye edition” show. His eviction leaves five housemates to contest for the all inclusive grand prize of N90m. The atmosphere is charged as viewers are uncertain about who will emerge winner of the grand prize. The winner goes home with a ₦30m cash prize, cash in an Abeg digital wallet and bitcoins courtesy of Patricia. The winner also gets a two-bedroom apartment courtesy of RevolutionPlus Property, a top of the range SUV from Innoson Motors, and a sponsored trip for two.
BBNaija: I’ll support my mother’s ministry, document my travels with N90m prize – Cross
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BBNaija: I’ll support my mother’s ministry, document my travels with N90m prize – Cross

Big Brother Naija, BBNAija season 6 housemate has revealed two things he will use grand prize worth N90m. Cross during his diary session with Biggie on Friday revealed that most part of the money will be used for his mother and her ministry. He disclosed that any money left after assisting his mother would be channelled to his YouTube page where he’ll be documenting about travelling and other things. Cross said: “N90m is a lot of cash, I’m a big fan of my mother and her ministry. “If I win this I’ll support my mother’s ministry because I’ve seen her help a lot of people. “I know she has more to offer by listening to her dreams so I’ll like to help her with her church in Anambra and Canada because I don’t like the condition of them. It will mean a lot especially for how she’s...
BBNaija: I feel like a widow – Saskay reacts to JayPaul’s eviction
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BBNaija: I feel like a widow – Saskay reacts to JayPaul’s eviction

Saskay, Big Brother Naija, BBNaija season 6 housemate, has reacted to JayPaul’s eviction from the reality show. JayPaul was evicted during the live show on Sunday after scoring the lowest votes. JayPaul and Saskay were a couple while in the reality show. Reacting to his eviction, Saskay speaking to Angel said: “Just when I started getting used to him, he’s evicted. “I feel like a widow right now,” Saskay said. JayPaul and Jackie B were evicted during live show leaving 11 housemates to battle for the grand prize worth N90m. JayPaul was the fourteenth housemate to be evicted from the reality show.
BBNaija: Why I want to be evicted on Sunday – Jackie B
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BBNaija: Why I want to be evicted on Sunday – Jackie B

Jackie B, Big Brother Naija housemate, has said she would like to be evicted on Sunday. The mother of one who is up for possible eviction alongside Saga, Queen, Liquorose, WhiteMoney and Jaypaul made this known during a conversation with the housemates. She said she would like to be evicted this week if she doesn’t stand a chance to win the N90 million grand prize. “I feel good about tomorrow’s eviction. I don’t know why but I’m not tensed. “I think I am ready to go home if I stand no chance of winning the prize. I will like to remain in the house only if I stand a good chance of winning the show. “We are all winners regardless,” she added. Meanwhile, there are 13 housemates battling for the grand prize. Two housemates may be evicted during the live show on Sunday....
BBNaija housemate, Angel goes Spiritual, says Prayer is her Coping Mechanism
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BBNaija housemate, Angel goes Spiritual, says Prayer is her Coping Mechanism

Big Brother Naija, BBNaija season 6 housemate, Angel has said prayer is her coping mechanism in the house. Angel said this during her diary session with Biggie when asked of how she has been coping with nominations and twists in the house. The 21-year-old BBNaija housemate said: “My coping mechanism in the house is prayer. “ I told WhitemMoney on Sunday that people might not like me and that’s why I genuinely felt I was going to be evicted on Sunday. I feel I don’t appeal to people.” Angel went ahead to share why she nominated Emmanuel and Saga for eviction. According to her, Saga and Emmanuel are the least housemates she connects with. She said: “I nominated Saga and Emmanuel because they are the least out of the housemates that I’m connected to in the ho...
BBNaija: Michael, Peace, Liquorose win N2.5m, N1.5m, N1million each
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BBNaija: Michael, Peace, Liquorose win N2.5m, N1.5m, N1million each

Big Brother Naija, BBNaija season 6 housemate, Michael has won the sum N2.5 million and an all-expense paid trip to the One Africa Music Fest in Dubai Michael won the prize during the Pepsi ‘who sang it challenged. He got a total of 35 points while Peace and Liquorose came second and third respectively. Peace with 30 points won N1.5 million while Liquorose won N1million. For the task, Biggie played songs by Nigerian musicians and directed housemates to guess the artist. Michael also won a one-year supply of Pepsi drinks Meanwhile, Liquorose and her team members won an all-expense paid trip to Dubai. Her teammates were Saskay, Cross and Angel. They also won a sum of N500,000 each and one year of supply of Pepsi during their Pepsi task.
Benrahma challenges Greenwood and Alonso for Premier League award
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Benrahma challenges Greenwood and Alonso for Premier League award

The Algeria international has been shortlisted for the English top-flight’s monthly prize alongside Manchester United and Chelsea stars West Ham United's Said Benrahma has been nominated for the Premier League Player of the Month award for August. The Algeria international will compete with teammate Michail Antonio, Manchester United’s Mason Greenwood, Tottenham Hotspur’s Eric Dier, Everton’s Demarai Gray, and Chelsea’s Marcos Alonso. “Michail Antonio and Saïd Benrahma have both been shortlisted for the EA Sports Premier League Player of the Month for August,” a statement from West Ham United website read.  
BBNaija: What I’ll do for Boma, Liquorose if I win N90m grand prize – Whitemoney
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BBNaija: What I’ll do for Boma, Liquorose if I win N90m grand prize – Whitemoney

Big Brother Naija, BBNaija, Season 6 housemate, WhiteMoney has said he will compensate Liquorose and Boma if he emerges winner of the N90 million grand prize. WhiteMoney made this known when Biggie asked who he would evict if given the permission. He said he considers Boma and Liquorose as threats and strong contenders for the prize and he will compensate them if he evicts them. “if I had the power to evict two Housemates. I will evict Boma and Liquorose because they are a serious threat. “If I win, I will compensate both of them,” he said. He added that he saw Maria as strong competition and was shocked that she was evicted on Sunday.
Jorginho ‘to Win UEFA Player of the Year Award’
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Jorginho ‘to Win UEFA Player of the Year Award’

Chelsea midfielder, Jorginho, will win the UEFA Player of the Year award ahead of teammate N’Golo Kante and Manchester City’s Kevin De Bruyne, according to leaks in the Italian media. Jorginho, Kante and De Bruyne are the final three on UEFA’s shortlist for the prize. The Italian is now expected to claim the award. Tuttomercatoweb claims sources close have told them Jorginho will be named the winner during Thursday’s Champions League draw in Istanbul. The 29-year-old enjoyed a brilliant campaign in Europe last season, playing an instrumental role as Chelsea won the Champions League. Jorginho’s year got even better, as he won the European Championships with Italy after playing in every match. He is now set to be rewarded for his sublime performances over th...
Ronaldinho predicts club that will win Champions League as Messi joins PSG
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Ronaldinho predicts club that will win Champions League as Messi joins PSG

Brazil football legend, Ronaldinho, has tipped Paris Saint-Germain to finally win the Champions League. This comes as Lionel Messi was officially unveiled by the Ligue 1 club on Tuesday. The 34-year-old joins as a free agent from Barcelona, where he played together with Ronaldinho. Messi’s transfer completes an incredible summer for PSG, in which they have also signed Sergio Ramos, Gianluigi Donnarumma and Georginio Wijnaldum on free transfers. Ronaldinho, who also played for PSG, has backed the French side to lift the Champions League, a prize they have long sought. He tweeted: “It’s a great joy to have played in these two clubs and now see my friend wearing this shirt, may there be many moments of joy Leo!!! “I’m also very happy with my partner @SergioRamos on the t...
Ballon d’ Or: Jones names player that will take over from Messi, Ronaldo
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Ballon d’ Or: Jones names player that will take over from Messi, Ronaldo

  Football expert, Dean Jones, has tipped Chelsea’s Kai Havertz to take over from Barcelona captain, Lionel Messi, and Juventus forward, Cristiano Ronaldo, in the near future. Jones believes Havertz can become the next Ballon d’ Or winner after Messi and Ronaldo are finished battling for the Europe top individual prize. Messi and Ronaldo have won eleven Ballon d’ Or awards between themselves. Havertz joined Chelsea from Bayer Leverkusen last year. “[Kai] Havertz is a totally, totally different footballer to [Romelu] Lukaku and he is a great option, and I think that the Werner-Havertz combination is something brilliant for Chelsea,” Jones told The Football Terrace. “I personally think [Kai] Havertz will come into the conversation for a Ballon d’Or once Messi and R...
2021 Ballon d’Or prize between Messi, Jorginho – Zola
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2021 Ballon d’Or prize between Messi, Jorginho – Zola

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

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

  Italy goalkeeper, Gianluigi Donnarumma, has been crowned Euro 2020’s Most Outstanding Player. Donnarumma, who is set to join Paris Saint-Germain this summer, was instrumental as the Azzurri won the trophy at Wembley Stadium. He officially becomes the first goalkeeper to win the prize. The former AC Milan stopper made two saves in the penalty shootout as Italy beat England in the final. In total, Donnarumma conceded only four goals throughout the entire tournament. He never let in more than one goal in any game, as Italy found redemption just four years after World Cup qualification heartbreak.
Why Mulee gave Tusker FC players condoms in 2008 Cecafa Cup
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Why Mulee gave Tusker FC players condoms in 2008 Cecafa Cup

The tactician explains why he opted to share the prize money with his players which contributed to his exit Harambee Stars coach Jacob 'Ghost' Mulee has revealed he had to give his 2008 Tusker FC Cecafa Cup-winning squad players condoms for protection. The team had struggled to prepare for the competition as the former chairman Patrick Naggi did not facilitate what was needed. The current Kenya coach explains how he motivated the players to ensure they perform despite the difficulties faced. "It was not easy for us to prepare for the Cecafa competition in Dar es Salaam. First of all, our training camp was to be held at Nanyuki but I was told there was no money. I did not get full support and I felt it was sabotage," Mulee explained at Arocho Live.
Nigerian Idol: Comfort exit stirs reactions, as Akunna, Emmanuel, Kingdom emerge top 3
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Nigerian Idol: Comfort exit stirs reactions, as Akunna, Emmanuel, Kingdom emerge top 3

Comfort Alalade, 18-year-old singer has been evicted from the Nigerian Idol season 6 show. Comfort, who was among the top four Nigerian Idol finalists had to leave the show after she secured the lowest number of votes, leaving 3 other constants to battle for the prize. Her exit has left three contestants, Emmanuel, Akunna and Kingdom to fight for the prize. Comfort was expected to have exited the competition during the theatre week stage following series of errors but she improved her vocals with time. However, her exit didn’t come as a surprise to some fans who said her votes till this week were based on pity party. Here are some reactions by Nigerians to Comfort’s exit; @fragilecoeur “ Comfort is out, What God cannot do does not exist.” @JoeyAkan “ Comfort rode for s...
Premier League Unveils 2020/2021 Player of the Season, Manager of the Year
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Premier League Unveils 2020/2021 Player of the Season, Manager of the Year

  Manchester City defender, Ruben Dias, has been awarded the Premier League Player of the Season. Dias beat his team-mate Kevin De Bruyne and Tottenham Hotspur’s Harry Kane to the prize, following a sparkling debut in England. It completes a double for Dias, who was named the Football Writers’ Association Player of the Year last month. The 24-year-old’s solid defensive displays helped Pep Guardiola’s team to storm clear at the top of the table during the second half of the season. City kept 15 clean sheets in the 32 matches, conceding just 32 league goals all season – the fewest in the top-flight. Guardiola himself was named Manager of the Year. The Spaniard landed the title for the third time in four years, only losing out to Liverpool last term.
Champions League final: Prize Money for Chelsea, Man City Revealed
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Champions League final: Prize Money for Chelsea, Man City Revealed

  UEFA will pay Chelsea £16.4million for winning this year’s Champions League ahead of Manchester City. The European top football governing body will also pay Man City £12.9million for losing the Champions League final to Chelsea, Express UK reports. Chelsea defeated Man City 1-0 in the Champions League final on Saturday night in Porto. Kai Havertz scored the only goal of the match for Thomas Tuchel’s side. Below is the full prize money’s breakdown for the 2020/21 Champions League Winner: £16.4m Runner-up: £12.9m Semi-finals: £10.3m Quarter-finals: £9m Last 16: £8.2m Group stage wins: £2.3m Group stage draws: £770,000 Group stage: £13.2m. Bayern Munich won the Champions League trophy last year after beating PSG 1-0 in the final....
Super Eagles striker, Paul Onuachu wins Belgian League Footballer Of The Year and Golden Shoe Awards
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Super Eagles striker, Paul Onuachu wins Belgian League Footballer Of The Year and Golden Shoe Awards

Super Eagles striker, Paul Onuachu, has won the Best Player and Golden Bull (highest scorer) awards in the Belgian Jupiler Pro League, after scoring 33 goals and providing three assists for KRC Genk who finished second on the log. He won the prize on Monday night at the Belgian Pro League Awards traditional gala held at the JAM hotel in Brussels following a stunning 2020/2021 campaign in which the 26-year-old scored the goals in 38 league matches and play-offs. “Paul Onuachu can call himself the Professional Footballer of the Jupiler Pro League for a year,” the league wrote on its website. “The KRC Genk striker was voted as the best player of the past season by his colleagues. Onuachu scored 33 times last season, making it the player with the most goals b...
Hideki Matsuyama becomes first Masters champion from Japan
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Hideki Matsuyama becomes first Masters champion from Japan

Hideki Matsuyama delivered golf-mad Japan the grandest and greenest prize of all. Ten years after Matsuyama made a sterling debut as the best amateur at Augusta National, he claimed the ultimate trophy Sunday with a victory in the Masters to become the first Japanese winner of the green jacket. Matsuyama closed with a 1-over 73 and a one-shot victory that was only close at the end, and never seriously in doubt after Xander Schauffele’s late charge ended with a triple bogey on the par-3 16th. Moments before Dustin Johnson helped him into the green jacket, Matsuyama needed no interpreter in Butler Cabin when he said in English, “I’m really happy.” So masterful was this performance that Matsuyama stretched his lead to six shots on the back nine until a few moments of drama. Wi...
Haaland’s Father, Agent to Meet Four Premier League Clubs for Transfer Talks
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Haaland’s Father, Agent to Meet Four Premier League Clubs for Transfer Talks

Erling Haaland’s father Alf-Inge and agent Mino Raiola will fly to England, to hold talks with at least four Premier League clubs over a potential summer transfer. According to Mundo Deportivo, Alf-Inge and Raiola will meet with Liverpool, Chelsea, Manchester United and City in London. The two were pictured in Spain on Thursday and are believed to have held discussions with Barcelona and Real Madrid. But they will explore a number of possibilities for Haaland, before making a final decision. Haaland himself is known to be very keen on the Premier League, with the 20-year-old having been born in Yorkshire and his dad having played for Nottingham Forest, Leeds and Manchester City. It certainly seems the English sides would be more likely to be able to afford Haaland, with ...
Anthony Fauci wins $1 million prize for his work on Covid-19 and other infectious diseases
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Anthony Fauci wins $1 million prize for his work on Covid-19 and other infectious diseases

US top infectious disease expert, Dr. Anthony Fauci has been honored with a $1m check for his work combating Covid-19 and other infectious diseases. Fauci, who infamously clashed with former US president Donald Trump on his covid-19 policies much to the displeasure of Trump, is one of the seven recipients of the 2021 Dan David Prize, a $1 million award endowed by the Dan David Foundation and headquartered at Tel Aviv University in Israel. The annual prize is divided into three categories -- past, present, and future. Fauci won the prize for the present section, and is this year's only individual winner. The foundation says Fauci was chosen because of his exceptional work with infectious diseases over his life, including HIV, Ebola, Zika, and most recently, Covid-19.   ...
Erica Threatened By Chidi Mike Cars As She Rejects His N2M Prize & Car Gift
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Erica Threatened By Chidi Mike Cars As She Rejects His N2M Prize & Car Gift

Erica has rejected the cash gift of two Million Naira that was promised to her by the CEO of CMC motors. From The Information Obtained By MCI, Recall that CMC motors boss said he was impressed by Erica’s attitude and he will he will do his best to see that she gets endorsement if she is not disqualified. Now there is trouble in paradise as CMC has vowed to fumble Erica’s bags. Watch the Video https://youtu.be/Yn0wLWWvQ9E
‘AFCON means Liverpool need more firepower’ – Salah and Mane cover required, says Murphy
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‘AFCON means Liverpool need more firepower’ – Salah and Mane cover required, says Murphy

The former Reds midfielder expects Jurgen Klopp to dip into the market for attacking talent despite having already passed on Timo Werner Liverpool will need to dip into the transfer market for “additional firepower” when the transfer window re-opens, says Danny Murphy, with the Africa Cup of Nations set to see them lose Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane for a long period in 2020-21. The 2021 AFCON in Cameroon was initially due to be held in the summer of 2021, but it has been rescheduled and will now run from January 9 to February 6. Egypt and Senegal – the respective nations of Salah and Mane – will be among those setting their sights on the ultimate prize if qualification is secured.
Liverpool’s Salah picked me as role model – ex-Ghana forward Bekoe
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Liverpool’s Salah picked me as role model – ex-Ghana forward Bekoe

The former Black Stars forward claimed the Reds superstar looked up to him during his time at Egyptian side Petrojet Former Ghana striker Eric Bekoe revealed that Liverpool star Mohamed Salah looked up to him as a role model before heading for Europe. After helping Asante Kotoko win the Ghanaian top-flight title in the 2007-08 season, where won the top scorer’s prize with 17 goals in 23 matches, Petrojet beat Zamalek to Bekoe’s signature. There, he became an instant hit owing to his efficiency in front of goal. He also helped the team finish in the third position of the 2008–09 Egyptian Premier League season.
‘After long years of sacrifices he deserves that prize’- Odion Ighalo’s agent reveals reasons behind his Manchester United success
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‘After long years of sacrifices he deserves that prize’- Odion Ighalo’s agent reveals reasons behind his Manchester United success

Following Odion Ighalo's heroics since joining Manchester United in January, his agent Patrick Bastianelli has come out to reveal why the Ajegunle born striker was meant to succeed in his career and crown it with playing for Manchester United. Former Watford striker, Ighalo, 30, has been a hit at United after joining from Chinese club Shanghai Shenhua, scoring four goals already and helping United to fifth place in the Premier League before football in England was suspended due to the coronavirus pandemic. Ighalo's agent, Patrick Bastianelli believes the 30-year-old's hardwork over the years and positive mentality is the reason why he has succeeded at Manchester United, a club he supported since childhood. Ighalo debuted in Europe in 2007 after joining Norwegian club Lyn Oslo, h...
Trent Alexander-Arnold wins Premier League POTM prize for December
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Trent Alexander-Arnold wins Premier League POTM prize for December

Trent Alexander-Arnold has today been named the Premier League Player of the Month for December. The full-back’s outstanding form during the final month of 2019 was rewarded with the accolade at Melwood on Friday. A productive December saw Alexander-Arnold chalk up one goal and three assists, as well as helping Liverpool keep four clean sheets as they won each of their five fixtures in the division to maintain a 13-point lead at the summit. Our No.66 saw off competition from Emiliano Buendia (Norwich City), Dominic Calvert-Lewin (Everton), Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City), Ben Foster (Watford), Danny Ings (Southampton), Adama Traore (Wolverhampton Wanderers) and Jamie Vardy (Leicester City) to win the prize. It ensured the trophy remained at Melwood after Sadio Mane won Nove...
Diouf Names Player that will Win  CAF Footballer of the Year Award
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Diouf Names Player that will Win CAF Footballer of the Year Award

Former Senegal striker, El Hadji Diouf, has backed his compatriot, Sadio Mane, to win the 2019 African Player of the Year award. The winner of the award will be named in Hurghada, Egypt on Tuesday. Mane is up for the prize, along with his Liverpool teammate, Mohamed Salah and Algeria captain Riyad Mahrez. Salah has been named Africa’s best footballer in the past two years with Mane coming second on both occasions, but Diouf, expects Mane to finish first this time around. “I am a thousand per cent convinced of the coronation of Sadio [Mane],” Diouf told Senegal Press Agency. “Sadio Mane has had a successful season to claim the title of best African footballer [award]. I am very proud of what he did and if it was up to me, a Senegalese will win the title....
Nigerians react as best graduating student in OAU gets ₦100,000 award prize
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Nigerians react as best graduating student in OAU gets ₦100,000 award prize

Nigerians on social media have criticized the ₦100,000 prize awarded Lawal Oluwafemi, the Best Graduating Student of the Obafemi Awolowo University for the 2017/2018 session. Lawal was presented with his prize at the convocation of the university. He shared the news on Twitter on Saturday and users of the platform have been congratulating him. Besides congratulating Lawal, Twitter users have also pointed out that the prize money was too small. Critics of the prize money weighed Lawal’s prize against the N30 million that the winner of the last Big Brother Naija reality TV show went home with. Nigerians on social media have criticized the ₦100,000 prize awarded Lawal Oluwafemi, the Best Graduating Student of the Obafemi Awolowo University for the 2017/2018 session. Lawal was...
#BBNaija: The N60 Million Prize For Winner, A Breakdown
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#BBNaija: The N60 Million Prize For Winner, A Breakdown

Big Brother Naija 2019 grand finale is here few hours and the winner is certainly going home with N60million worth of prizes. MultiChoice Nigeria has also raised the stake this year, for the winner of the Big Brother Nigeria (BBNaija) pepper dem series. It might interest you to know that, the prize worth N60 million includes; N30million cash prize; an SUV from Innoson Motors; a trip to Dubai for two, packaged by TravelBeta; a home make-over courtesy Scanfrost; a year’s supply of Pepsi and One Africa Fest VVIP experience; a year’s supply of Indomie Noodles and Munch It; and a brand new Oppo mobile smartphone. There’s also a bonus prize of two VIP Tickets to watch a European Football final game live, courtesy BET9ja. This season’s grand prize is an increase from the previous ...
BBNaija: Sir Dee’s Gorgeous Girlfriend Writes An Open Letter To Him
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BBNaija: Sir Dee’s Gorgeous Girlfriend Writes An Open Letter To Him

Bbnaija housemate, Sir Dee seems to be in a loving and serious relationship with his girlfriend outside the big brother Naija house. Sir Dee has made it clear to the other housemates especially the females, that he is only in the show for the prize money and not a new lover. His girlfriend, who is a twin has gone a step further to write an open letter to her man on social media. Read her letter below; OPEN LETTER TO SIR DEE You my Love, will show the world the TRUE meaning of pure God’s GRACE! To my King @sirdee_da Thanks for all the support so far guys! Continue to show him love and support❤❤❤��� #bbnaija #pepperthem #sirdee #deenation

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