Messi unwilling to renew Barca contract

FC Barcelona captain Lionel Messi has called off negotiations over renewing his contract with the club, Spanish media report says. FC Barcelona captain Lionel Messi has called off negotiations over renewing his contract with the club, according to a report by Spanish radio station Cadena Ser on Friday.The report added that the Argentina captain was[...]

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Djokovic, wife recover from COVID-19

Novak Djokovic and his wife Jelena, who last week both tested positive for coronavirus following his exhibition tournament in the Balkans, have now tested negative, his press service said Thursday.Neither the 33-year-old player nor his partner felt any symptoms, the statement said.The couple had been self-isolating since returning to Belgrade from Zadar in Croatia, the[...]

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Sam: I regret snubbing Nigeria for Germany

Former German international Sidney Sam says he regrets picking Germany over Nigeria when the Super Eagles were keen on having him. According to Brila, the ex-Bayer Leverkusen midfielder, who missed the 2014 World Cup won by Germany, said he might have played at the World Cup if he accepted Nigeria’s offer.“Looking back, I can say[...]

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David Luiz agrees Arsenal contract extension

Veteran defender David Luiz has signed a new one-year deal with Arsenal, the Premier League club announced on Wednesday. The 33-year-old Brazil international joined the Gunners last year from Chelsea on an initial 12-month deal.He was heavily criticised after being sent off in last week’s 3-0 loss to Manchester City — when the Premier League[...]

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Iraqi football legend Radhi dies from COVID-19

Iraqi football legend Ahmed Radhi died Sunday from complications linked to COVID-19, the health ministry said, just hours before he was to be flown for treatment in Jordan.Radhi, 56, scored what remains Iraq’s only World Cup finals goal in 1986 against Belgium.He had been hospitalised last week in Baghdad after testing positive for coronavirus but[...]

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Bundesliga: Bayern’s Lewandowski breaks Aubameyang’s record

Robert Lewandowski claimed the record for the most goals scored by a foreigner in the Bundesliga as champions Bayern Munich swept past Freiburg 3-1 on Saturday, while Werder Bremen look set to be relegated after losing at Mainz.After Joshua Kimmich gave Bayern an early lead at a spectator-free Allianz Arena, Lewandowski scored twice in the[...]

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Court orders Neymar to pay Barcelona €6.79m

Neymar must pay 6.7 million euros ($7.53m) to Barcelona, a court-ordered Friday after the player’s case against his former employer was dismissed.After his world-record transfer to Paris Saint-Germain in 2017 the Brazilian forward sued Barca for 43 million euros he claimed he was due for various bonuses.(AFP)

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Champions League ‘Final Eight’ set to be held in Lisbon

UEFA are set to complete the Champions League with a ‘Final Eight’ tournament held over 10 days in Lisbon, according to a plan which will be presented to their executive committee for ratification on Wednesday.According to Reuters, the proposal is expected to be agreed upon after a consensus was reached on Monday.Under the plan, the[...]

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Bayern’s Thiago ruled out for rest of season after groin surgery

Bayern Munich midfielder Thiago Alcantara has undergone groin surgery and is expected to miss the rest of the Bundesliga season. The Spain international has been troubled by injury recently and his contribution has been limited as Bayern have closed in on what would be an eighth successive league title.Now the club have confirmed Thiago faces[...]

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It took FIFA 100 years to let South Africa host 2010 World Cup – Organisers

Danny Jordaan, the man who spearheaded the 2010 World Cup, believes the tournament put an end to “Afro-pessimism” and helped transform the African continent from “hopeless to hopeful”. Ten years after the event, Jordaan told AFP the World Cup put sceptics firmly in their place and sparked a boom for Africa.In 2004, when then-FIFA president[...]

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Balotelli to be released by club for missing training sessions

Mario Balotelli’s ill-fated stint at hometown club Brescia appears to be coming to an end, with local media reporting Saturday his contract will be terminated after repeated absences from training. A letter notifying Balotelli of his release was sent to the Italy international by the club’s lawyers on Friday, according to Sky Sport, Gazzetta dello[...]

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Neymar ‘mistakenly’ approved for $120 COVID-19 palliative

Neymar, the world’s most expensive footballer, was approved to receive a $120 welfare payment meant for low-paid Brazilian workers affected by the coronavirus pandemic, in an apparent case of identity theft, a report said Thursday.The Paris Saint-Germain star’s name, date of birth and Brazilian ID number were used to register for the 600-real stimulus payment[...]

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Victor Osimhen voted Lille’s Player of The Year

Nigerian superstar, Victor Osimhen has been voted as Lille’s Player of the Year, following an outstanding debut season at the Ligue 1 club, where he has netted 18 goals across all competitions.The Great Danes striker, was signed from Belgian Jupiler side Sporting Charleroi after his eye-catching performances for the Belgian side, where he banged in[...]

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LAUTARO: You cant keep a wantaway player – Moratti

Former Inter president Massimo Moratti said “you cannot hold someone who has the idea of being somewhere else” as Lautaro Martinez continues to be linked with Barcelona.Martinez has been tipped to swap Serie A’s Inter for LaLiga champions Barca, who are determined to sign a long-term replacement for veteran forward Luis Suarez.Despite Barca’s reported interest[...]

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I’ll make Nigeria African champions again – Rohr

Coach Gernot Rohr said he made sacrifices in his new contract with Nigeria in order to guide the country to a fourth Africa Cup of Nations triumph.Rohr, 66, has extended his stay in Nigeria till 2022 after he agreed to a pay cut in the local currency and reside in the country.Officials said the German-born[...]

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Mayweather offers to pay for George Floyd’s funeral

Floyd Mayweather has offered to cover the funeral expenses for George Floyd, the African-American man whose death while in police custody in Minneapolis prompted protests across the United States.The former five-division world champion’s promotional company, Mayweather Promotions, confirmed on Twitter he had made the offer, and several local media reports have said the family have[...]

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Ighalo to remain at Man Utd until January 2021

Former Super Eagles of Nigeria striker, Odion Ighalo will remain at Premier League side, Manchester United the club announced on Monday. Ighalo’s stay was initially due to end on 31 May but he will now remain with the Reds until 31 January 2021, enabling him to build on an impressive start to life with the[...]

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Man City Star Mahrez losses 500k worth of possessions to burglars

Manchester City winger Riyad Mahrez has been revealed the latest Premier League star to fall victim to a terrifying home invasion, with burglars stealing £500,000 worth of valuables during a raid back in April.Tottenham Hotspur’s Dele Alli suffered minor facial injuries as he was held at knifepoint earlier this month, when armed robbers broke into[...]

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Man United to extend Ighalo’s loan until January 2021

Manchester United are close to agreeing to a loan extension for former Nigerian striker, Odion Ighalo, until January 2021Giving an update on the loan extension Sunday morning, Skysports reports that “the proposed loan extension will run until the end of January, when Ighalo will return to Shanghai. “If agreed, Ighalo will miss the majority of[...]

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