Tuesday, 21 November 2017
Wednesday, 16 August 2017
Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has approached Chelsea for a possible signing of Chelsea super star, as the coach is keen to land a top quality forward to bolster his squad in order to be able to compete both domestically and in Europe.
The former Bayern Munich coach is keen to sign Eden Hazard as he set to bring the forward to Etihad this summer.
Manchester City beat Brighton 2-0 on the south coast in their Premier League opener on Saturday.
Guardiola is not satisfied with Sergio Aguero and Gabriel Jesus leading his front-line for Manchester City,
Guardiola wants more attacking options he is also monitoring the situation of Arsenal forward Alexis Sanchez and Monaco Kylian Mbappe but it seems they are far from his reach.
Arsenal's Alexis Sanchez and Monaco's Kylian Mbappe have both been targeted but to no avail.
As a result, one potential option that has emerged as a topic of discussion at the Manchester club is Hazard.
According to Spanish outlet Don Balon, Guardiola himself has already spoken to the Chelsea man's entourage.
Having made the approach, the City boss apparently believes signing Hazard would be a huge statement in the Premier League.
Guardiola has made his intention known to City's hierarchy he would like to target a move for Hazard, who is currently recovering from injury.
Hazard championed Chelsea to the Premier title last season, scoring 15 goals in the process. He has also attracted the interest of Real Madrid and Barcelona this summer.
Don Balon add it is now up to City to fulfil their orders to snatch the Belgium international from the champions.
Manchester City could get their target as the club continues to back Guardiola in the transfer market.
Friday, 4 August 2017
Anthony Joshua is eager to do it all again as he revealed the date of his next training camp, thus giving Wladimir Klitschko a tight deadline to agree to a rematch.
The initial bout on April 29 saw Joshua stun the former heavyweight king in front of 90,000 fans at Wembley in what was dubbed one of the most exciting heavyweight fights since the glory days of 1990s.
The Independent revealed last month that Joshua’s promoter Eddie Hearn flew out to Las Vegas with his manager Freddie Cunningham to discuss staging the money-spinning rematch on the famous Sin City strip.
Vegas’ T-Mobile Arena, which will host the circus of Floyd Mayweather vs Conor McGregor later this month, is likely to be the destination should Klitschko accept the rematch, ahead of Cardiff’s Principality Stadium or a possible fight in Nigeria, the birthplace of Joshua’s mother.
If the 41-year-old Ukrainian does decide to retire instead of one final shot at regaining the WBA and IBF titles he lost to Tyson Fury two years ago, Joshua will be left to fight his mandatory challenger for the straps, Bulgarian Kubrat Pulev.
“I hope we can put a seal on it before the end of the month,” Joshua said. “If we fought November 11, starting August 22 is a three-month camp, so towards the end of the month, one way or the other (I’m expecting to know), because I’ve got to crack on.
“It was just fun, it was just entertaining. I’d do it again, definitely. And going to Vegas opens the door for the (WBC champion Deontay) Wilder fight.”
“(Klitschko’s) not going to top what he’s already done but for 10 years people said he was boring because he was so dominant, but he got a lot of respect in defeat, so that should give him a real motivation (for a rematch).
“He’s got another chance to do it. I’d do it if I was him.”
Klitschko sent Joshua to the canvas for the first time in his career in their original fight and, immediately following the defeat, suggested he has himself to blame for a second consecutive loss by not keeping the pressure on the 27-year-old.
Joshua called those claims about his drop in the sixth round as “nonsense”, though, and instead repeated the admission of Klitschko’s late trainer Manny Steward, that the heavyweight lacks “killer instinct”.
“There’s a lot more to it than ‘I let him off the hook; that’s the only reason he beat me, I took my foot off the gas’,” Joshua added. “That’s nonsense. He’s been champion for 10 years, he knows better than that, so that’s not a good enough excuse.
“You have to have a killer instinct. No matter what people tell you, sometimes you’ve got to do it your way. Maybe Wladimir came up short for those reasons.
“Maybe it’s protecting his reputation. I can believe he said to himself ‘Cool, I’ve got him hurt, I’m going to get him out in three rounds but I need to gain my energy back because I’m too tired’.
“(But) he was cautious: he knows that if he comes steaming in he’s going to get knocked out himself, he was jittery, he was tired as well. There’s a lot more to it. It’s not that he let me off the hook: I don’t think I gave him an opportunity to finish me.”
Source: (Punch Newspaper)
Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho said Wednesday he does not believe the record-shattering 222 million euro ($260 million) transfer fee Paris St Germain are willing to pay for Neymar is expensive.
But the Reds boss, speaking after his side beat Sampdoria 2-1 in Dublin in a pre-season friendly, is concerned how the staggering figure will affect future transfers.
Mourinho shelled out 105.2 million euros ($111 million) last summer to re-sign their former midfielder Paul Pogba from Juventus, but the French outfit are poised to double that record to tempt the Brazilian from Barcelona.
“When we signed Paul Pogba, I said he was not expensive,” Mourinho said.
“Expensive are the ones that get to a certain level without a certain quality. I don’t think £200 million for Neymar is expensive.
“Expensive is the fact there will now be more players at £100m, more players at £50m, more players at £60m — that’s the problem.
“Neymar is one of the best players in the world, so commercially that is very strong but the problem is not Neymar — the problem is the consequences.”
Mourinho was speaking after a late Juan Mata goal gave his United team victory in their final pre-season game, after a Dennis Praet strike had cancelled out Henrikh Mkhitaryan’s first half goal.
The win puts United in a confident mood ahead of next Tuesday’s UEFA Super Cup clash with Real Madrid in Macedonia.
Mourinho revealed the club are likely to appeal the two-game European ban handed to Phil Jones after verbally abusing anti-doping officials after the Europa League final win in May.
“Put yourself in his position. He wins a European cup and wants to celebrate with his team,” Mourinho said.
“He wants to get the cup, the medal and be in the pictures but one doctor wants to close him in a small room because of the doping control.
“It’s very hard to control a player in this situation and UEFA should consider this. It’s not a normal match — it’s a cup, a medal, a celebration. It’s everything.
“There was no wrongdoing in his behaviour, just a human desire to celebrate. I feel really sorry for him and I don’t think it’s fair.
“I would (appeal) if I was him. If you do that you have the risk of even more punishment but it’s a decision I will leave with him.”
Tuesday, 1 August 2017
Barcelona have blocked payment of a 26-million-euro ($31-million) bonus for star attacker Neymar as speculation mounts that he will move to Paris Saint-Germain, a source at the club said Tuesday.
The Brazilian football star, who is supposed to come back for training on Wednesday morning, is at the middle of an apparent tug of war between the two European giants in what would be the most expensive transfer fee in football history.
Speculations are mounting that the 25-year-old could quit Barcelona for PSG for a world-record 222 million euros.
"These 26 million euros have been placed with a notary pending to see if the player continues," the source, who refused to be named, told AFP.
The renewal bonus was agreed on a year ago when Neymar extended his contract with Barcelona until 2021, and was supposed to be paid to the player after he completed a year.
But the club has decided to put it on hold pending to see how the situation evolves.
The contract Neymar signed also increased an early termination clause from 200 to 222 million euros, which PSG is reportedly willing to pay.
Neymar's future is the talk of Spanish football, and particularly Barcelona fans.
After a successful pre-season tour in the United States that saw Barcelona win against Juventus, Manchester United and Real Madrid, the footballer travelled to China for a promotion trip.
But he studiously avoided commenting on the situation.
On Wednesday, Barcelona players resume training after their summer break, with a double session in the morning and in the afternoon.
Neymar has been called to the training, the club source said, although Spanish sports media doubt if he will show up.
The English Football League (EFL) will introduce the new ABBA format for penalty shoot-outs in its competitions during the 2017/2018 season.
UEFA is already using the system, which is based on the format used in tennis tie-breaks, with the team taking the first kick in each pair of kicks alternating, so AB BA AB and so on instead of AB AB etc.
The EFL’s trial of the format will apply to this season’s League Cup, EFL Trophy and the playoffs.
“We welcome innovation at the EFL and I am pleased to see that the EFL is able to play its part in an important development for football".
“IFAB have identified a theory that the current arrangements for penalty kicks potentially provide an unfair advantage to the team taking the first kick so we are keen to see if the new system has an impact on one of the most discussed issues in football".
“We all want football matches to be decided in a fair and consistent manner and I am sure the new system will add an interesting dynamic to the conclusion of matches in our competitions if required,” EFL chief executive, Shaun Harvey, said in a statement.
Sunday, 30 July 2017
When John Mikel Obi was unveiled by
Manchester United in a hastily arranged press conference in 2005, it was a long-awaited moment for football lovers in Nigeria.
The Premier League at that time had been hugely followed in Nigeria for a number of years with almost half of the league enthusiasts being fans of Manchester United.
Mikel Obi’s signing was to be a very significant one for Manchester United in Nigeria as the first Nigerian to ever play for the club.
Considering how most from the Arsenal fan base in Nigeria started supporting the Gunners because of Kanu Nwankwo, the signing of the next-big thing from Nigeria was supposed to make Manchester United more popular in Nigeria.
But that was not to be and what followed was the now infamous story of how Chelsea came in and snagged Mikel.
It’s been more than 10 years and no Nigerian player has still been close to playing for Manchester United.
In Tosin Kehinde however, Nigeria have a new ray of hope of having one of their own donning the famous shirt of the Red Devils.
Kehinde is currently in the youth team of Manchester United and while they have been other Nigerians in the Manchester United reserves. The 19-year-old has shown promise that has made Nigerians to start dreaming.
Born in Lagos and raised in England, Kehinde first started in London with
Tottenham before he was signed by Manchester United.
It’s still a long road for him before he can get the opportunity to play for Manchester United senior team but the midfielder has set his sights on it.
He made nine starts for the Reserves in 2016/17, with a further 12 substitute appearances, and scored once - in the 5-3 defeat to Derby County in February.
"For me, this season, it's just about really securing a place in the starting line-up as often as possible and trying to do my best to progress as a player,” Kehinde told Manchester United official website.
"It was a bit up and down," Kehinde said of last season. " I didn't start all the games but I was involved a lot. I was involved in the majority of the games so I was happy with that.
"We did finish on quite a good run of results last year and we're trying to take it into this season. I expect us to do better than last year, especially with the group of players who have come up now from the Under-18s. It gives us a more rounded squad that is better balanced as we were quite short last year.
"Everyone will push each other and raise each other's games during the season and I think it will pay off for us. I'm looking forward to it."
KING DAVID MEDIA have learnt that the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) know about Kehinde and is closely monitoring his situation at Manchester United.
Two types of football fans in Nigeria are also closely monitoring Kehinde also- the football fans who are looking for the next big thing and the Manchester United supporters who are looking for a Nigerian identity with their beloved club.
Tuesday, 25 July 2017
Barcelona officials have arrived in England to push for a deal to sign Liverpool playmaker Philippe Coutinho.
The Camp Nou giants have been linked with a swoop for the Brazilian international for a while now and a move to seal the deal has been made by the Barcelona Chiefs.
Liverpool considered one of their most priced asset non-transferable according to Sport, but Barcelona is set to test them with a €100m bid.
It’s added that negotiations are moving forward as the Catalan giants switch their focus from Marco Verratti to the Liverpool ace as their marquee signing this summer.
Coutinho is keen on the move but he doesn’t want to force a move out of Liverpool, he wants to do it in the right way with the Anfield giants which has prompted Barcelona to send delegates to England.
Liverpool and Barcelona have not even agreed on the transfer fee officially and they are yet to agree on personal terms with the player.
Wages are also an issue as it’s noted that there is no agreement on personal terms yet with Coutinho’s hefty demands, and so there certainly seems to be a long way to go before any deal is reached.
What is clear is that the former Inter playmaker is a key part of Jurgen Klopp’s side, and he’ll be desperate to see him stay at Liverpool, especially as they prepare for their return to the Champions League this season.
Coutinho had an impressive campaign last year, scoring 14 goals while providing nine assists in 36 appearances in all competitions as he was an influential creative hub for the Reds despite sustaining an injury last season.
Ending weeks of speculation about his future, Cristiano Ronaldo has told a Spanish newspaper he is staying put at Real Madrid to plunder more silverware.
“To win important trophies with my club and the personal honours last season was brilliant, to do it again would be nice,” Ronaldo told the sports daily Marca on Tuesday in an interview from Shanghai.
Ronaldo’s declaration of intent to remain at the Bernabeu for the upcoming season comes despite rumours of his departure which surfaced last month in Portuguese newspaper O Globo.
Those reports were founded on his apparent feeling of abandonment by his club over his run-in with the Spanish tax authorities.
Ronaldo, 32, has been summoned to appear before a judge near Madrid on July 31 to answer four counts of evading 14.7 million euros ($16.8 million) in taxes.
The four-time Ballon d’Or winner has protested his innocence with O Globo saying he had threatened to leave Real over the investigation.
Since extending his contract last November until 2021, Ronaldo is the highest paid sports star in the world with $93 million (83m euro) in 2016-2017, according to Forbes magazine.
On Saturday Real manager Zinedine Zidane assured Real supporters that the superstar striker “was on holiday and would be back with us on (August) 5”.
Ronaldo has been given leave to miss the club’s pre-season US tour and Zidane, speaking in Los Angeles, insisted that he would be back at the club “on the fifth (of August) and I think he’ll stay for the next two or three years he’s got left with us.”
In Tuesday’s Marca interview Ronaldo also looked ahead to the 2018 World Cup with European champions Portugal.
“We still have to qualify but I’m hoping that Portugal can win an incredible title.”
Real Madrid have agreed a world record fee of €180m with Monaco for the transfer of highly-rated striker Kylian Mbappe, reports emanating from Spain indicate.
According to Marca, the French champions will receive €160m up front with a further €20m in add-ons in a deal which dwarfs the fee Manchester United paid for Paul Pogba last year.
It is understood that the French striker is set to sign a six-year contract worth a reported €135k per week.
Mbappe scored 26 goals across all competitions last season – his first full season as a regular in the top flight of French football.
He has been chased by a lot of clubs aside Real Madrid but the European champions are looking good to snap up the striker.
Manchester United have confirmed the signing of young goalkeeper Theo Richardson from Championship side Leeds United.
The 18-year-old impressed on trial at Red Devil towards the end of last season and has done enough to earn himself a permanent deal at the Old Trafford.
The youngster impressed on his debut in the mini Manchester derby at the Etihad in March, making a series of stunning saves to help the Red Devils secure a 2-2 draw, and is likely to be included in the Red Devils’ UEFA youth league squad.
He was one of four goalkeepers who traveled to Austria for a joint training camp with the U18s and U23s along with Kieran O'Hara, Max Johnstone, and Ilias Moutha-Sebtaoui.
Manchester United have made a renewed effort in the last 18 months to bolster their Academy and recently signed the likes of PSG ace Aliou Badara Traore.
Richardson, who joins United having previously been with Leeds, will compete with the likes of Kieran O’Hara and Dean Henderson for a starting berth.
Jose Mourinho’s made two additions to his first team squad so far this summer with Victor Lindelof and Romelu Lukaku joining for a combined £105m.
Michael Phelps, the greatest Olympian of modern times, has finally met his match in a swim-off against the greatest predator in the oceans, the great white shark. But many viewers of the Discovery Channel’s much-publicized race between man and beast found the result to be a little fishy. Touted as “Phelps vs. Shark: Great Gold vs. Great White,” the face-off in the chilly, shark-rich waters off South Africa was the launchpad for the channel’s annual Shark Week series of shows.
Phelps, who has won 28 Olympic medals including 23 golds, noted before the event that his safety was the number one priority going into the race, and said before the broadcast that he did not actually enter the water with the shark he was racing. Instead, the film crew shot footage of a shark speeding along the same stretch of water as Phelps, who swam the course at a different time under the supervision of marine experts and divers. The filmmakers used special effects to splice the two together, so it looked as though the American swimmer was racing alongside the huge predator. Despite being fitted with a special monofin to help propel him through the water, Phelps lost by two seconds to the shark, which put on a final spurt as it closed in on a seal. After his narrow defeat, Phelps demanded a rematch. “Next time… warmer water,” the 32-year-old champion wrote on Twitter. Many viewers of the show also took to social media to express their disappointment, having apparently believed Phelps would actually be racing a shark in real time. “Call me crazy but I thought they were gonna put Phelps up against a real shark not a simulation. I feel robbed,” said a Twitter user who goes by Meg Conley. Another scornful Twitter user posted footage of a cartoon shark dancing with the caption “Live footage of Shark getting ready to wipe the floor with Michael Phelps.”
Others, however, expressed surprise that anyone would have believed a real one-on-one between man and shark would have been possible.
Monday, 17 July 2017
...Qualifies for World Championship in London.
A 400 level student of the Department of Human Kinetics and Health Education, Tai Solarin University of Education, Ijagun, Ogun State, Nathaniel Onome recently did Nigeria proud as she won a silver medal in 400m hurdles during the 4th Islamic Games held in Azerbaijan.
With her performance at the sporting fiesta, she has qualified for the world athletics championship which is to be held in London later in the year.
Onome had competed in many youth, junior and senior categories of athletic events and had represented Ogun State and Nigeria respectively in national and international outings at different times.
Thursday, 6 July 2017
The next African Junior Athletics Championships will take place in Algeria come June 29. When you consider that
Joy Udo-Gabriel will be representing Nigeria in the 100 metres and 200 metres categories at the event, then it’s safe to say we’re in good hands –because the 18-year-old athlete has constantly proven she has what it takes to fly the Nigerian flag.
Udo-Gabriel qualified for the event last Saturday at a track and field event organized by the Athletics Federation of Nigeria (AFN) in partnership with Dynamic Sporting Solutions in Abuja. The young athlete who was born on June 2, 1999, gave herself the best birthday gift any athlete would ever ask for: she improved on her 100 metres and 200 metres personal bests, and, at the same time, she qualified for the African Junior Athletics Championships.
Pulling off impressive performances in track and field is not new to Udo-Gabriel. In fact, she came to limelight in 2016 when she won double titles at the Top Sprinter competition in Lagos. Before then, she had won several medals at both state and national levels as a secondary school athlete.
In 2015, she officially became the fastest school girl in Lagos State after finishing a race in 12 minutes and 91 seconds at the Lagos State Secondary School Festival.
Before now, Udo-Gabriel went to competitions with little training because she was facing the same problem that stops talented athletes on their way to success, which is the lack of sponsorship. But all that changed when she was given a student-athlete scholarship by sports media and management company, Making of Champions Limited. The company is currently grooming her to become a world-class female athlete like Jamaican, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce.
(Photos: Making of Champs)
Category: Sport News.
Saturday, 1 July 2017
According to The Daily Express, Alvaro Morata has told friends that his mind is made up to join
Manchester United as the deal 'has been done' with Real Madrid.
The 24-year-old has been Jose Mourinho’s top transfer target this summer following the departure of Zlatan Ibrahimovic after the Red Devils failed to renew his deal at the club for fear that he will not recover properly from a horrible knee injury at 36.
The report claims that Morata spoke directly with Real Madrid president Florentino Perez in a bid to break the stalemate in the move and it helped to speed up negotiations.
Manchester United's £60m deal fell short of the Los Blancos £70million valuation of the player but they have now reached an undisclosed compromise on the deal.
Morata has since agreed personal terms to move to Old Trafford as he believes it will stand him in good stead for the 2018 FIFA World Cup where his main competition for the number nine role in Julen Lopetegui’s squad is Chelsea’s Diego Costa who is currently unsettled at Stamford Bridge.
Alvaro Morata wants Manchester United move and it looks like he has gotten his wish.
Morata is a local Madrid lad and came through the youth ranks at the club and was given his debut with the first team by Mourinho in December 2010 and the pair have remained on good terms since. The Portuguese have even told him that he will be very important at Manchester United.
After four seasons on the periphery at the Bernabeu, Morata left for Juventus in 2014 to win back-to-back Serie A titles in Turin, as well as two Coppa Italias and a Supercoppa Italiana, before Real Madrid exercised their right to buy back the forward for £23m last summer.
Category: Sport News.
Wednesday, 21 June 2017
FIFA have cleared Manchester United but opened disciplinary proceedings against Juventus over Paul Pogba’s world record transfer, football’s governing body announced on Wednesday.
The France midfielder returned to United in a deal worth more than $111 million, 105.2 million euros) in August 2016 from the Italian giants.
In May FIFA began an inquiry into the move, requesting information about the headline transfer from United.
But in a statement FIFA confirmed that while United were in the clear of any wrongdoing, they were taking action against Juventus.
“We can confirm that disciplinary proceedings have been opened against Juventus FC.
“We can also confirm that no disciplinary proceedings have been opened against Manchester United,” the statement said.
It added: “As proceedings are ongoing please understand we cannot comment further at this stage.”
Pogba’s move came under particular scrutiny amid reports the player’s agent Mino Raiola would earn some 49 million euros from the deal.
Raiola is suspected of a conflict of interest, as he was at the time agent for Pogba, Juventus and Manchester United.
In May, French website Mediapart, quoting the Football Leaks documents, claimed: “Pogba in reality cost 127 million euros to Manchester United with 49 millions going into Raiola’s pockets and only 78 millions into Juve’s bank account.”
According to the investigative site, Raiola “didn’t appear to let Manchester United know that he was also working for Juventus,” an arrangement that is outlawed under English rules.
Pogba, 24, started his career with United but made just three appearances in the Premier League before heading to Italy, after an apparent falling out with then manager Alex Ferguson.
He flourished in Serie A, winning four league titles with Juventus between 2012 and 2016.
Pogba appeared in the 2015 Champions League final, which Juventus lost 3-1 to Barcelona.
At the same time, the powerful midfielder made himself a mainstay of the French national team.
He made his debut in March 2013, just a week after his 20th birthday, in a World Cup qualifier against Georgia.
He also featured as part of the 2014 French World Cup squad and was named the tournament’s best young player.
Pogba’s performances at the 2016 European Championship helped attract the attention of his former club Manchester United, under new manager Jose Mourinho.
Last season he helped propel United to a first ever Europa League title, scoring in his team’s 2-0 victory over Ajax in Stockholm on May 25.
Category: Sport News.
Argentinian footballing legend Diego Maradona, has described Brazilian star, Dani Alves as an “idiot” for criticizing his passing ability.
Maradona said this while reacting to Alves’s comparison between him and Lionel Messi.
Alves had told Brazilian TV channel “Canais Esporte Interativo” that there could be no comparison between Messi and Maradona because of the latter’s infamous “Hand of God” goal in the 1986 World Cup quarterfinal against England.
The former Barcelona player who now plies his trade with Italian giant, Juventus had said, “You want to compare Messi to Maradona? You can’t compare them.
“I would not be proud to say that I won a World Cup with a ‘Hand of God.
“I wouldn’t be able to tell my son that I won a World Cup like this with the whole world talking about it.
“The ‘Hand of God’ tricked us, you have to take this firm position. A sportsman like this can’t be an example for youngsters.”
Responding, Maradona slammed the Juventus star saying, “Dani Alves is an idiot. He makes 28 passes and only gets four right. As a ‘4’ (right-back), Cafu and Maicon were good. Dani Alves? Poor thing.
“He speaks because he plays in a position on the pitch where football is not played.
“They [right-backs] touch the ball three times and make eight fouls per game.”
Category: Sport News.
Tuesday, 20 June 2017
Argentina legend Diego Armando Maradona has hit out at his fellow compatriot Lionel Messi by saying that the Barcelona forward cannot win the world cup on his own and further show admiration for Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo and admits he wishes he is an Argentine.
Maradona, earned 91 caps for Argentina and he scored a total of 34 goals for the national team, he won a World Cup during his playing days and the former Napoli star admits he is a huge fan of Real Madrid and Portuguese star, who helped guide his country to glory at Euro 2016 last summer.
However, the former Argentine attacking midfielder still prefers Messi to Ronaldo, but he admits that Barcelona Forward does not have what it takes to win the world Cup for his country on his own that he wishes he partner the Real Madrid forward to deliver the world cup to the South American nation.
Messi has endured plenty of frustration on the international stage, losing the 2014 World Cup final with Argentina, as well as three Copa America finals in 2007, 2015 and 2016.
Maradona believes Messi would still be remembered even without a major international trophy, but couldn’t hide his love for Ronaldo as he admitted he wished he were Argentinian.
‘Cristiano is an animal,’ Maradona told TyC Sports. ‘I wish he was Argentine.
‘But I still prefer Messi. He is enjoying playing football and goes by opponents with ease.
‘Leo cannot deliver the World Cup on his own. “Alone, he will not be able to win the World Cup. You need a solid team for that. Football history will remember Messi,”Even if he does not win a World Cup, we will still remember him.’
“He makes me think of Gabriel Batistuta,” the Argentina striker who starred at three World Cup finals. “As soon as he touched the ball, it was a goal.”
The Real Madrid forward is currently in Russia for the Confederation Cup, he won the man of the match award in their last game against Mexico.
Category: Sport News.
Real Madrid president Florentino Perez says he has not spoken to Cristiano Ronaldo about his future, but will do so after the Confederations Cup.
Ronaldo, 32, is said to want to leave Spain after being accused of tax fraud.
The forward, with the Portugal squad in Russia, signed a new five-year contract in November 2016, but has been linked with a return to Manchester United.
“The only thing I can say is Cristiano Ronaldo is a Real Madrid player,” said Perez, who was re-elected on Monday.
Spanish prosecutors have accused Ronaldo of defrauding the authorities of millions of euros in tax, which he has denied.
“Obviously something has happened, something has affected him, his credibility,” Perez told Spanish radio station Onda Cero.
“I’m sure he will tell us and we will see.
“t’s no coincidence that he’s in a very important tournament, the Confederations Cup. It hasn’t finished yet and I don’t want to disturb the Portuguese team.”
Perez And Ronaldo
In 2009, Perez – then in his second spell at the club – signed Ronaldo for Real for a then world record fee of £80m.
The forward had helped Manchester United win three Premier League titles and the Champions League in his six years at the club, and had also won the Ballon d’Or.
He was presented at the Bernabeu in front of 80,000 fans, as Perez attempted to bring together a second group of ‘Galacticos’.
Eight years on, Ronaldo has scored a club-record 406 goals in 394 appearances.
Only two weeks ago, he helped Real win their 12th European Cup, scoring twice in a 4-1 victory over Juventus in the Champions League final in Cardiff.
Victory meant Real became the first team to win back-to-back Champions League titles, with Ronaldo the competition’s record goalscorer with 105.
A two-time La Liga winner, his 285 goals in 265 league appearances mean he is second only to Barcelona’s Lionel Messi in that competition.
He won the Ballon d’Or award for a fourth time in December and signed a new deal with Real in November, saying he could continue playing for another 10 years.
Category: Sport News.
Thursday, 15 June 2017
The Ice Man finally cometh.
Manchester United have confirmed the signing of Victor Lindelöf from Benfica. The 22-year-old Swedish defender has signed a a four-year contract from 1 July 2017, with an option for a further year. We don't know exactly how much the fee is, but everybody's guessing at around £30m, and we'll just go along with that.
Sometimes transfers just come out of nowhere, don't they? Yes? Well, this isn't one of them. This move has been bubbling along for well over six months now, and there are even suggestions that he might have joined in January, but for some mysterious hold-up involving his former club Västerås SK. We've mostly mentioned that because that little circle thing above the 'a' there looks cool.
Anyway, United have a player who is, by all accounts, a versatile, classy, and promising defender. Though he's able to play at right-back, we're guessing that he'll feature centrally for the most part, in partnership with Eric Bailly or in a three with Bailly and Marcos Rojo. Most importantly, everybody seems to agree that he can pass out from the back. That'll be nice.
Most excitingly, United now have a player nicknamed "The Ice Man". It's an upgrade from "Youngy", and no mistake.
United’s new defender said, “I'm thrilled to join United. I'm keen to get started and contribute to the team's efforts to win more trophies.”
Category: Sport News.