Why Suarez rates Messi as the best?

Lionel Messi proves he is the best player in the world day after day at Barcelona and “everyone knows” it to be true, says Luis Suarez.

Uruguayan striker Suarez last month celebrated the fifth anniversary of his debut for the Camp Nou giants, and since his switch from Liverpool to La Liga he has forged a devastating partnership with Messi.

This season is proving no different, with the duo contributing 14 La Liga goals between them despite Messi having missed early games of the season with injury.

 

The debate as to who is the greatest player in the world between Messi and former Real Madrid rival Cristiano Ronaldo, now at Juventus, has rumbled on for over a decade.

But for Suarez, there is simply nobody better than Argentinian Messi.

“Messi has helped me a lot in my personal growth,” he said. “We had an affinity from the beginning. From coexistence came friendship, and the moments I spent with him also helped on the pitch,” Suarez told Barcelona’s official website.

“Everyone knows that he is the best in the world. He has proven it and continues to prove it day after day.

“He has shown me his companionship a thousand times. He helped me when I was fighting for the Golden Boot. The other day, at Eibar, he gave me a goal.”

Despite heading into the international break at the top of La Liga, Barca coach Ernesto Valverde has found himself under pressure having seen his side drop 11 points from 12 matches this term.

Barca have a tricky period over the coming month, with Champions League fixtures against Borussia Dortmund and Inter, a trip to Atletico Madrid and the rescheduled Clasico with Madrid on December 18.

Suarez, though, is relishing what is to come.

He said:

 

“A very nice month is ahead. We like those, both as footballers and also people. There will be a Clasico too.

“You have to be mentally and physically prepared. Maybe we won’t win every game or have it easy, but we hope to do our best with the support of the fans.

“We have not had a simple league start. We gave away points that in other years we hadn’t lost, but we know that other teams are also competing well.”

 

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How Arsene Wenger picked FIFA appointment.

Former Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has been appointed as FIFA’s new chief of global football development, the world governing body announced on Wednesday.

The 70-year-old, who left the Gunners after 22 years in charge in the summer of 2018, will be chiefly responsible for “overseeing and driving the growth and development of the sport for both men and women around the world”.

FIFA said Wenger will also be the “leading authority on technical matters”.

Wenger, who had been linked with a return to coaching at Bayern Munich, is relishing the opportunity ahead.

 

“I very much look forward to taking on this extremely important challenge, not only because I have always been interested in analysing football from a broader perspective but also because FIFA’s mission as world football’s governing body is truly global,” the Frenchman said in a statement.

“I believe that the new FIFA we have seen emerging in recent years has the sport itself at the very heart of its objectives and is determined to develop the game in its many different components.

“I know I can contribute to this objective and will put all my energy into this.”

 

FIFA president Gianni Infantino welcomed Wenger’s appointment.

He said:

“Arsene Wenger’s profound knowledge and passion for the different aspects of our game sets him apart as one of the most respected personalities in football.

“I am delighted to welcome him to the team. Since I arrived at FIFA, we have placed football at the centre of our mission, striving to learn from those who know the sport inside out: Arsene is someone who, with his strategic vision, competence and hard work, has dedicated his life to football.

“His arrival is just another example of how we keep strengthening our purpose to bring FIFA back to football and football back to FIFA.”

FIFA revealed Wenger’s role would see him become a member of the football and technical advisory panels involved in the regular reviews by the International Football Association Board (IFAB), which sets out potential changes to the laws of the game.

Wenger will also take on chairmanship of the governing body’s Technical Study Group, which has conducted the technical analysis of FIFA tournaments since 1966.

The French coach has been linked with several jobs since leaving Arsenal but said he had turned down offers to work in England because of his long association with the Gunners, where he won three Premier League titles and seven FA Cups.

It is not clear whether Wenger’s role within FIFA would prevent him from taking up another managerial role.

Speaking at a recent event in London, where he was named a Nordoff Robbins ‘Legend of Football’, Wenger said: “They (FIFA) look for people who have big experience and knowledge of the game who have learned a lot.

“I just want to share what I’ve learned and give it back to the game in a different way.

“I’m not sure that I would stop coaching as well, because the devil is still in there. But I have to see, do I like it, and can I be efficient?”

 

 

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How Samuel Kalu scored the winning goal for Nigeria in the 62nd minute in AFCON Qualifiers.

– Nigeria vs Benin’s 2021 AFCON qualifying match ended 2-1 in favor of the Super Eagles

– Gernot Rohr’s men came back from a goal down to beat the Squirrels in Uyo

– Stephane Sessegnon scored for Benin, while Victor Osimhen and Samuel Kalu netted for Nigeria.

 

Super Eagles of Nigeria who are three-time African champions on Wednesday, November 13, came back from a goal down to beat visiting Benin Republic 2-1 in 2021 AFCON qualifiers.

The Squirrels came to Uyo with big determination of beating Super Eagles of Nigeria having lost their last five encounters against Gernot Rohr’s men.

Benin Republic started the match impressively with nice attacking football, and it took them only five minutes to score their goal at the Godswill Akpabio stadium.

 

Stephane Sessegnon scored the goal for Benin Republic as he benefited from a sloppy defending from Super Eagles allowing him to beat helpless Daniel Akpeyi.

Nigeria labored to restore parity after conceding in front of their fans, and they had to wait till the 45th minute before equalizing through Victor Osimhen who netted a penalty after Ola Aina was brought down.

Samuel Chukwueze also had a chance to increase the scoreline for Nigeria before the half time break, but he was denied by Benin goalkeeper.

The visitors came out with another pattern in the second half looking for another goal, but Ekong and Jamilu Collins were impressive for the Super Eagles at the defense.

Samuel Kalu scored the winning goal for Nigeria in the 62nd minute as Nigeria recorded maximum three points against Benin Republic.

Earlier, Legit.ng had reported how Super Eagles coach Gernot Rohr explained three rationales that could make him quit his current position when his contract with Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) expires in 2020.

Rohr who has been Super Eagles manager since 2016 is reported to be puzzled with the ways he has been treated by the NFF.

 

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Vincent Enyeama plans retirement.

Former Nigeria internationaVincent Enyeama has confirmed plans to retire from football at the end of the 2019-20 season.

Although he is yet to find a new club since he left Lille in August 2018, the former Super Eagles captain who retired from international football in October 2015, is hopeful of playing again when the winter transfer market opens in January.

Since he kicked off his professional career at Ibom Stars in 1999, Enyeama enjoyed tremendous success on the international scene and at the club level with Nigeria clubs Enyimba and Heartland, Isreali Premier League sides Bnei Yehuda and Hapoel Tel Aviv and in the French Ligue 1 with Lille.

 

Aside from his laudable role in Nigeria’s triumph at the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations, the shot-stopper was named the Caf Champions League Player of the Year twice (2003 and 2004), the Footballer of the Year in Isreal in 2009 and he was also honoured as the best African player in the Ligue 1 in 2014.

“If I find a good project or a good team that wants to give me the opportunity, why not? I still want to play, I still love the sport but then, at a point, you need to know when to say stop,” Enyeama told Get French Football News.

“For now, that point has not arrived for me so I will find something. This is the last year of my professional career. Yes, by June that will be it. I’m waiting for the January window to come now.”

The 37-year-old had a brief training with Dijon during the summer and he has stated why he did not seal a deal with the Stade Gaston Gerard outfit.

 

“I think it was misinformation from their end and a mistake reporting it as a trial because I was not there for a trial,” he revealed.

“They told me Vincent come let’s see you play, let’s assess your fitness level because they have not seen me play for a while.

“I told them they know my qualities already so why the trial, they said they just want to see if the surgery I had will let me play well again.

“I was there and everything went well and for some reasons the deal did not happen, I did not know why and they did not tell me.

“It is probably the details were not clear enough and they wanted a goalkeeper that will start on the bench, a second choice.”

 

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How Messi produced a master class with a brace against Real Villadolid.

Barcelona head coach Ernesto Valverde said he has ‘run out of words’ to describe Lionel Messi after the captain inspired a 5-1 rout of Real Valladolid.

Messi produced a masterclass with a brace and two assists as defending champions Barca moved top of the La Liga table on Tuesday.

Barca captain Messi set up Arturo Vidal with an exquisite pass before scoring a stunning free-kick – the 50th of his career for club and Argentina – prior to half-time at Camp Nou.

 

Messi netted his second of the match after the interval and the five-time Ballon d’Or winner teed up team-mate Luis Suarez as Barca climbed above Granada and Atletico Madrid atop the summit.

“What else can be said about him? I’ve run out of words,” Valverde told reporters. “We always know that he will appear, whatever the match.

“His talent isn’t comparable to anything; the reality is that every time he touches the ball, something special happens. I just don’t know what to say.”

Valverde added:

 

“He is getting closer to his best form [after injury], when Leo gets it something bad will happen to the rival.

“He has that talent that nobody has, he escapes anyone and it is not only that he can make an individual play but he does things that nobody sees.

“It happens to me sometimes, he does things that are not seen even from the crowd, every day is better.”

Although Clement Lenglet’s second-minute opener was fortuitously cancelled out by Valladolid’s Kiko Olivas 13 minutes later, Messi was able to inspire Barca against the visitors.

Barca are two points clear of Granada and Atletico Madrid – the latter of whom have played an extra match due to the postponement of El Clasico last weekend – after 10 games.

“We value very much what we do,” Valverde added. “We have in memory what we have done but we want to look forward and win this league.

“It is not easy to take the games forward, Valladolid tied against Atletico and Real Madrid and it is not easy to beat them.”

The Catalans‘ next match comes in the league at Levante on Saturday.

 

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Why Pep showered encomium on Messi?

Pep Guardiola knew Barcelona “would win everything” after seeing Lionel Messi play for the first time.

The five-time Ballon d’Or winner developed into a superstar forward during Guardiola’s four years in charge at Camp Nou after being crafted into a false-nine.

In an interview with Catalunya Radio, Guardiola explained how Messi made an instant impression by scoring freely during a pre-season tour of Scotland.

“I had already been told by someone from the squad that there was a very good player in the squad,” he said. “They told me that he was very young but scored many goals and he was very good.

“I did not know him and one day I saw him and his father at a Nike store. I saw him, he looked small and shy and I thought: ‘Is this one as good as they say?’

“We started pre-season in Scotland, we won 6-1, 5-0 and he would score three goals a game for you. I thought that, with him, we would win everything.”

 

Barcelona won 14 trophies with Guardiola as coach, including three LaLiga titles and two Champions League crowns.

The Catalan coach left Camp Nou in 2012 and took over at Bayern Munich the following year.

Opening up on his special bond with the players he managed at Barcelona, Guardiola said: “I enjoyed the process of building the team; seeing that the changes we made worked and everything was flowing; how they were brought together, the chemistry, the respect.

“They were a group of friends who went out to dinner often; a group that knew how to move forward in moments of difficulty.

“All this was very good, but the importance of leading such a big club as Barca means that you do not have much time to enjoy it.

“The relationship that we have with those who formed part of that group is insurmountable. There are no championships or world titles that can compensate.

“We gave each other a lot. But there is a moment, due to the natural process of time, that things end.”

 

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How Messi scored his 50th free kick goals in La Liga.

Lionel Messi bent in a trademark breathtaking free kick in the first half of Barcelona’s La Liga game with Real Valladolid and set a personal milestone in the process.

Messi has now scored 50 goals direct from free kicks in his career.

The Argentina international’s strike was the Blaugrana’s third goal of the first half, following strikes by Clement Lenglet and Arturo Vidal.

Kiko Olivas had pulled Valladolid level after Lenglet’s opener, before Messi took over.

He provided a magical assist for Chile international Vidal’s second goal before putting the ball in the top right-hand corner of the goal from 30 yards.

 

He went on to score another, from open play, in the second half before another assist, this time to Luis Suarez, saw Barca get five.

The 32-year-old’s goals were his 100th and 101st for head coach Ernesto Valverde.

Messi’s now has four goals in his last three games, after an injury-hit start to the season saw him miss four of Barcelona’s first six matches.

The limited availability of their talisman saw Valverde’s men get off to a rocky start, worryingly losing twice in their opening five fixtures.

The win over Valladolid sees them leapfrog one of the teams they lost to, surprise package Granada, and ascend to the top of the Primera Division table.

A total of 44 of Messi’s free kick goals have come in the famous blue and red stripes of the Catalan icons, with the remainder coming for his country.

 

Messi is some way short of overhauling the leading free kick scorers of all time.

Former Lyon star Juninho Pernambucano banged home 77 in his career and fellow Brazilian Pele is in second place having scored 70, with another member of the Selecao, Ronaldinho tied with Victor Legrottaglie on 66.

Behind the South Americans sits David Beckham, who netted 65 goals from dead-ball situations in a career that took in spells at Manchester United, Real Madrid, LA Galaxy and England.

One player Messi may overhaul sooner than later is the man in tenth place on the list, another Brazilian, Rogerio Ceni, who scored 59 in his career.

Ceni might claim his feat is more impressive than the others on the list as he made his living as a goalkeeper for Sao Paolo.

 

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Neymar out of Brazilian squad due to injury.

RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) – Brazil left Neymar out of their squad for the November friendlies against Argentina and South Korea on Friday, but coach Tite called up uncapped Douglas Luiz of Aston Villa and Rodrygo of Real Madrid.

Neymar injured a hamstring in Brazil’s 1-1 draw with Nigeria on Oct. 13 and is expected to be out for four weeks.

Roma goalkeeper Daniel Fuzato and 20-year old Real Betis defender Emerson were also included in the Brazil squad for the first time.

 

Tite did not call up any home-based players to avoid conflicts with teams playing the final rounds of the Brazilian league.

Brazil face Argentina in Saudia Arabia on Nov. 15 and then head to Abu Dhabi to play South Korea four days later.

 

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Nigeria dropped a place in Fifa’s world rankings for October.

Nigeria have a dropped a place in Fifa’s world rankings for October despite forcing Brazil to a 1-1draw in Singapore.

The 2013 African champions gathered 1481 points to rank no. 35 in the world and third in Africa behind Senegal [20th in the world], and Tunisia [29th].

African champions Algeria remain unmoved to stay fourth in Africa and 38th in the world with 1469 points.

 

However, Super Eagles’ opponents in November’s 2021 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers Benin Republic and Lesotho suffered contrasting fortunes.

The Squirrels moved a place up to claim the 82nd spot in the world [18th in Africa], while the Crocodiles ranked 138th [39th in Africa] moved a place southward.

 

Belgium, France, Brazil, and England occupy the first four places in the world with 2018 Fifa World Cup hosts, Russia in 37th place

The next Fifa/Coca-Cola World Ranking will be published on 28 November 2019.

 

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Messi is a player who can decide any game. Every day we see him he’s even better,” Valverde said.

Lionel Messi gets better with each passing day as head coach Ernesto Valverde heaped praise on Barcelona’s record-breaking superstar following Wednesday’s Champions League victory.

Messi set a new Champions League record with his goal-scoring display in Barca’s unconvincing 2-1 victory away to Slavia Prague in Group F midweek.

The Barca captain’s third-minute goal saw him become the first player to score in the Champions League for 15 consecutive seasons, while he also matched Cristiano Ronaldo and Real Madrid great Raul in having netted against 33 different opponents in Europe’s premier club competition.

Valverde revealed post-match that Messi is somehow getting even better and has made breaking records look far too easy.

 

“He’s the player who can decide any game. Every day we see him he’s even better,” Valverde said.

“One more record for the incredible Leo. They are easy to say, it seems natural, but it is very difficult to achieve.”

Sergio Busquets was also waxing lyrical about Messi post-match and is thankful to see him firing again after recent injuries.

“He’s had a tough start to the season because of injuries. He’s fundamental to the way we play and a lot goes through him,” he said.

“He’s getting his rhythm back but it won’t take him long because he’s the best in the world.” 

After Messi’s opener, Slavia managed to restore parity via Jan Boril five minutes into the second half but a huge slice of luck benefited Barca, who saw Peter Olayinka deflected in Luis Suarez’s effort.

The win saw Barca improve to seven points from three games, three points ahead of Inter and Borussia Dortmund with Valverde under no illusions that there win on Wednesday was far from perfect.

“These games, you have to know how to play them,” he said. “We have lacked peace of mind in the opposite field. I think we had clearer chances than they did. 

“You always want to rule the matches from minute one to 90. Today we had to suffer, from time to time we must suffer. There are times when you will have to go down to the mud and defend certain situations.”

 

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How Patrick Day sustained brain injury and died.

American boxer Patrick Day died Wednesday after suffering a serious brain injury during his knockout defeat to Charles Conwell last weekend, promoter Lou DiBella said in a statement.

The 27-year-old super welterweight had undergone emergency surgery after being knocked out by Conwell on Saturday at Chicago’s Wintrust Arena.

“On behalf of Patrick’s family, team, and those closest to him, we are grateful for the prayers, expressions of support and outpouring of love for Pat that have been so obvious since his injury,” DiBella said.

 

Day, who had been in a coma following surgery at Northwestern Memorial hospital, died surrounded by family and friends.

The American fighter had been carried unconscious from the ring on a stretcher on Saturday following his 10th round knockout.

Conwell, a 2016 American Olympian, dropped Day in the fourth and eighth rounds and then landed a right hand in the 10th which caused Day to stumble.

Seconds later Conwell rocked Day with a massive left hook that resulted in Day falling backwards and his head bouncing off the canvas. Referee Celestino Ruiz called off the fight at one minute, 46 seconds of the round.

Day lay on the canvas for several minutes receiving medical treatment before being removed from the ring.

 

 

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Day is at least the third boxer to die from injuries sustained in the ring this year.

 

Argentine boxer Hugo Santillan died in July following a bout in San Nicolas, just north of Buenos Aires.

Santillan’s death came just two days after Russian fighter Maxim Dadashev died from brain injuries suffered in a fight in Maryland.

In his statement on Wednesday, DiBella said he hoped Day’s death would prompt US authorities to adopt tougher safety standards.

“It becomes very difficult to explain away or justify the dangers of boxing at a time like this,” DiBella said.

“This is not a time where edicts or pronouncements are appropriate, or the answers are readily available. It is, however, a time for a call to action.

“While we don’t have the answers, we certainly know many of the questions, have the means to answer them, and have the opportunity to respond responsibly and accordingly and make boxing safer for all who participate.”

 

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How tragedy stuck the Nigerian football family.

American professional football team Austin Bold have announced the tragic and untimely death of former Nigeria international Isaac Promise.

According to the USL Championship club, the 31-year-old former Super Eagles star died on Wednesday night, October 2, after a reported case of heart failure.

After spending 12 seasons in the Turkish Super Lig, Isaac Promise joined American side Austin Bold in August 2018 becoming the club’s seventh signing in history.

 

Until his death, Promise Isaac played professional football for 14 seasons where he played for clubs like Trabzonspor, Manisaspor, Antalyaspor, Al Ahli among others.

Isaac Promise also captained the Nigerian team that won the silver medal at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing.

 

He first appeared for the Super Eagles in 2009 and Isaac Promise earned three caps and scored one goal.

 

Earlier, Legit.ng had reported how Nigerian football fraternity were thrown into deep mourning following the untimely and tragic death of two Police Machine players Saturday Glory and Ani Ekong.

These two players died on Tuesday evening, October 1, which was the day Nigerians were celebrating their 59th Independence.

Saturday Glory and Ani Ekong were said to have been killed by a hit and run driver in Uyo, Akwa Ibom state after their evening training.

 

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Nigeria striker Oghiabekhva brace sends Minsk into Champions League Round of 16

Emuidzhi Oghiabekhva scored a brace in Minsk’s 3-1 stunning victory over Zurich in Thursday’s Uefa Women’s Champions League Round of 32, second leg encounter.

The 29-year-old forward has continued to impress in the competition after inspiring Minsk’s 1-0 first-leg win against Ivan Dal Santo’s side, she scored in each half to help her side advance.

With a first-half advantage, It took just 10 minutes into the match for Oghiabekhva to fire the visitors in front at Letzigrund Stadium.

 

However, Fabienne Humm scored in additional time to bring the hosts back on level terms before half time in Zurich.

After the restart, the Nigeria forward finally got her second goal of the match in the 76th minute to recover the visitors lead before Yuliya Duben struck two minutes later to wrap up their advancement.

The 3-1 win means the Belarusian champions have progressed to the Round of 16 stage of the competition, and also signified the elimination of Zurich.

 

With her brace, Oghiabekhva has scored 10 goals in seven outings in this year’s Champions League to maintain her topscorer chase.

Minsk will find out their Champions League Round of 16 opponents when the draw will be held on September 30.

 

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Why Salah votes were not counted by FIFA?

FIFA has explained why some votes for Mohamed Salah to win The Best FIFA Men’s Player award was not counted.

Liverpool star Salah did not finish in the top three of the ballot, with his nominations from Egypt’s captain and coach not included.

Salah appeared to be upset when FIFA’s full list of voting was released without his country’s selections.

 

He reportedly removed a reference to Egypt from his Twitter bio and posted a cryptic message that read: “Whatever they do to try to change my love for Egypt, they will not succeed.”

FIFA moved to clarify why those particular votes for Salah were not counted in a statement released to Omnisport on Thursday.

The governing body said:

 

“During the monitoring of the votes submitted by the Egyptian Football Association (EFA) on August 15, it was remarked that the signatures on the voting forms were in capital letters and thus seemed not valid (not authentic). The voting forms were also not signed by the general secretary which is mandatory.”

FIFA added the President’s Office of the EFA, which has undergone recent structural changes, was contacted about the issue, with no response received in time for the votes to count.

Further questions have been asked of FIFA about the voting process for The Best awards.

Nicaragua captain Juan Barrera claimed on Twitter he did not vote although his name is listed on FIFA’s official document, which says he chose Lionel Messi, Sadio Mane and Cristiano Ronaldo as his top three.

“We have checked the voting documents submitted by the Nicaraguan FA and all documents are signed and confirmed with the official stamp of the Nicaraguan FA,” FIFA said.

“Having compared with the vote sheets submitted by the federation and the ones we have published on FIFA.com… we confirm that we have the right votes signed by the player.

“We are asking the Nicaraguan Football Federations to inquire on this matter.”

Messi was named as the men’s winner, ahead of the likes of Salah, Liverpool team-mate Virgil van Dijk, and long-term rival Cristiano Ronaldo.

USWNT star Megan Rapinoe won the women’s award, while Salah’s Reds boss Jurgen Klopp and Rapinoe’s international coach Jill Ellis took the trophies for best coach.

 

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“People perhaps think the rivalry goes beyond football, but it doesn’t.—Lionel Messi.

Lionel Messi says his rivalry with Cristiano Ronaldo is only on the pitch.

Messi and Ronaldo were seen chatting at August’s UEFA awards ceremony as Virgil van Dijk claimed the Men’s Player of the Year award.

The same trio were nominated for the Best FIFA Men’s Player award with Messi pipping Van Dijk into second and Ronaldo in third at Monday’s Milan prizegiving.

Messi and Ronaldo have each won five Ballons d’Or having spent their careers vying for individual honours, as well as for team trophies with Barcelona and Real Madrid respectively.

 

Released results for the Best FIFA Men’s Player award showed Messi put Ronaldo second in his vote while the Portugal superstar did not include the Barcelona captain in his selection.

Asked why people are surprised to see him getting along with Ronaldo, Messi told FIFA’s official website: “Because of the big sporting rivalry that’s developed between us over the last few years. Because one us played for Barcelona and the other for Madrid, and because we won individual awards.

“People perhaps think the rivalry goes beyond football, but it doesn’t. We both want what’s best for our teams and neither of us like losing. It’s something we don’t accept.

“That’s why there’s that competitiveness between us. The important thing is that it stays there, out on the pitch.”

 

Messi is now helping to develop Barcelona’s 16-year-old forward Ansu Fati, who has exploded on to the scene in LaLiga this season.

“I really like him and I try to help and support him,” the Argentina attacker added. “He’s an amazing player and he’s got what it takes to succeed.

“But if I look at it through my eyes, I’d like them to bring him on gradually, like they did with me when I started, taking things nice and easy and without putting pressure on him.

“You have to remember that he’s only 16. I hope he keeps on enjoying it and that all the fuss around him doesn’t have a negative impact on him because he has the quality to become one of the best.”

 

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Why Cristiano Ronaldo will not feature for Juventus against Brescia on Tuesday?

Cristiano Ronaldo will not feature for Juventus against Brescia on Tuesday after the forward was left out of a 20-man squad for the Serie A fixture.

The Portugal international will miss the midweek trip to Stadio Mario Rigamonti due to ‘slight fatigue in the adductor’, according to the club, having played three times in the space of a week.

Ronaldo was on the field for every minute of the league games against Fiorentina and Hellas Verona, with a 2-2 Champions League draw away at Atletico Madrid sandwiched in between.

While Giorgio Chiellini, Mattia De Sciglio and Douglas Costa all remain sidelined, Gonzalo Higuain is included in the squad list.

The striker suffered a facial injury following his second-half introduction during the 2-1 triumph over Verona on Saturday, though he did not break any bones in his nose and could feature in the clash with Brescia.

 

Juventus have posted three wins and a draw in four Serie A outings so far this season, leaving them two points behind leaders Inter in the table.

Inter – who along with Juve and Roma are yet to lose in the league this season – host Lazio on Wednesday, with third-placed Napoli playing Cagliari at Stadio San Paolo.

“I want to see the current conditions. Ronaldo yesterday (Sunday) had a little muscle fatigue but it is quite normal after three games in seven days,” Sarri told a press conference on Monday.

“We’ll see if it is necessary or not for someone to rest. It’s important that we have continuity in this moment, but there are also other factors to consider.

“We’ll have to make some evaluations.”

The Portuguese forward has contributed two goals and one assist in five appearances for his club this season, but missed out on The Best FIFA Men’s Player award to Barcelona’s Lionel Messi on Monday.

Ronaldo had won the award in 2016 and 2017, having guided Real Madrid to successive Champions League crowns, before Luka Modric then took home the trophy in 2018 following yet another Champions League triumph for the club.

 

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How Neymar helped PSG to beat Olympique Lyonnais.

PARIS (Reuters) – Neymar struck late again as Paris St Germain beat one of their main title rivals Olympique Lyonnais 1-0 to strengthen their Ligue 1 lead on Sunday.

The Brazil forward, who scored the only goal against Racing Strasbourg last weekend, found the back of the net three minutes from time to put PSG on 15 points from six games, leaving Lyon in ninth place seven points behind.

Second-placed Angers, who earlier demolished St Etienne 4-1, are three points off the pace.

PSG dominated the match at the Groupama stadium but had to wait until their 21st attempt to seal a deserved win.

Neymar beat four defenders with a simple turn before shooting past keeper Anthony Lopes for his second crucial goal in his second game since his season debut after being left out of the squad during his failed attempt to join Barcelona.

It was Neymar’s 53rd goal in 60 appearances for PSG, to which he has added 27 assists.

 

 

Neymar was suspended on Wednesday when PSG crushed Real Madrid 3-0 in the Champions League, but he was needed against Lyon as Thomas Tuchel’s team lacked energy.

They were still without injured strikers Kylian Mbappe and Edinson Cavani, who have not yet made a full recovery, while Argentine forward Mauro Icardi also missed out with a groin problem.

Neymar and Eric Choupo-Moting had the best chances in the first half as Lyon stayed compact, but their defence cracked in the finale as Angel Di Maria’s killer through ball set up the Brazilian for his brilliant finish.

“We had chances and we had to convert them, our lucky charm saved us with this goal in the end,” said PSG midfielder Marquinhos.

“It’s good to beat a direct rival for the title.”

“It’s not easy but they dominated the whole game,” said OL defender Jason Denayer.

PSG’s closest rivals are Angers, who came from behind to beat visiting St Etienne as Chad striker Casimir Ninga bagged a hat-trick in 12 minutes.

The 21-year-old came on in the 69th minute when the score was 1-1 and netted in the 78th, 84th and 89th minutes.

Stade Rennes drew 1-1 at home to Lille and are fourth on 11 points, one ahead of their sixth-placed opponents.

 

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Ronaldo’s emotional message to fans after missing out on FIFA Best Player award — Yen.com.gh

Cristiano Ronaldo posted a cryptic message on social media hours after missing out on the Best FIFA Men’s Player of the Year award. The Portuguese superstar came in third-place behind Liverpool’s Virgil van Dijk and Barcelona’s Li

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Lionel Messi won his sixth FIFA player of the year award.

MILAN (AP) — Lionel Messi won his sixth FIFA player of the year award, while Megan Rapinoe won her first at a lavish ceremony at Milan’s iconic Teatro all Scala on Monday.

Rapinoe was rewarded at the FIFA Best awards for leading the United States to the women’s World Cup title in July, as was Jill Ellis who won the women’s coach award.

 

Rapinoe scored six goals in the tournament, earning her the Golden Boot for the tournament’s top scorer and the Golden Ball as the top player.

The outspoken star often uses her success as a platform to speak out about issues and the 34-year-old did so again in Milan, pleading for her male and female colleagues to join the likes of Manchester City winger Raheem Sterling in speaking out on racism and other inequalities.

 

“If we really want to have meaningful change what I think is most inspiring would be if everybody other than Raheem Sterling and (Kalidou) Koulibaly, if they were as outraged about racism as they were, if everybody was as outraged about homophobia as the LGBTQ players, if everybody was as outraged about the lack of equal pay and investment in the women’s game other than just women, that would be the most inspiring thing to me,” Rapinoe said.

“That’s my ask of everybody. As professional footballers … we have so much success, we have incredible platforms, I ask everybody here to lend your platform, to lift people up, to use this beautiful game to change the world for better.”

Rapinoe said after the ceremony that being able to speak out about issues is more important to her than the actual award.

“I’ve been very lucky to have this incredibly platform that seems to be growing by the day and I plan to use it to the best of my ability,” she told reporters. “The award’s amazing of course but I don’t do this for individual awards, certainly not.

 

“Even the team awards, the World Cup’s obviously incredible to win but when we sort of all look back on it, it will be the way we’ve changed the game and moved the game forward and really been a part of changing the world, this incredible movement that’s happening right now, that we’ll all be most proud of.”

Messi’s award moved the Barcelona and Argentina forward one ahead of Cristiano Ronaldo. The Juventus forward did not attend the ceremony despite being among the three finalists.

The duo has dominated the award since 2008, with their string of victories only interrupted by Luka Modric last year.

Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk was the other finalist.

His club manager Jürgen Klopp was named coach of the year after steering Liverpool to the Champions League title in June, while teammate Alisson won the best men’s goalkeeper award.

“I have to thank my team because as coach you can only be as good as your team is,” Klopp said.

Ellis also thanked her players.

“I owe so much to them,” she said.

Ellis resigned in July, shortly after the U.S. beat the Netherlands 2-0 to win its second successive World Cup.

The 53-year-old Ellis was named coach of the U.S. team in 2014 and led it to eight overall tournament titles, including back-to-back World Cup successes. Over the course of her tenure, the United States lost just seven matches.

Her players made up nearly half of the women’s team of the year, with Kelley O’Hara, Julie Ertz, Rose Lavelle and Alex Morgan included in the 11 as well as Rapinoe.

“I think I walked out with Messi and no one noticed me,” Ellis said jokingly to reporters, before adding: “It was such an honor, it really was. Fantastic night … happy for my players to do so well as well on that stage so it was great.”

The award for the best women’s goalkeeper went to van Veenendaal of Atletico Madrid and the Netherlands.

The 29-year-old Van Veenendaal captained the Netherlands to the final of the women’s World Cup.

 

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“It’s all part of it. It’s no big deal. It’s about how you come back,”–Anthony Joshua.

Anthony Joshua believes that his loss to Andy Ruiz Jnr three months ago will be the making of him.

“The Muhammad Alis faced it, the Mike Tysons faced it and now I’m facing it,” Joshua said of losing his three heavyweight world title belts to Ruiz on June 1 in Manhattan, in one of heavyweight boxing’s most unexpected defeats.​

 

“It’s all part of it. It’s no big deal. It’s about how you come back,” said a noticeably slimmer Joshua. “I have a different challenge in my head. When you’ve walked the road once, you can do it again.”​

 

Wise words but the issue for Joshua, who carried the world-weary air of a man who had travelled three continents in three days – on a whirlwind media tour of the Middle East, New York and London – may not be heart and desire, but how he can change the pattern of the fight second time around after being floored four times and stopped inside seven rounds.

 

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The pair meet again in a purpose-built stadium for 16,000 in Diriyah on the outskirts of Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, on Dec 7 for the International Boxing Federation, World Boxing Association and World Boxing Organisation titles.​

Mexican-American Ruiz, bedecked in a sombrero given to him by an adoring fan in New York on Thursday, reiterated his intention to not be a short-lived champion.​

The 29-year-old became the first Mexican heavyweight champion of the world after his triumph at Madison Square Garden, and denied that he was enjoying the good life and the spoils of victory.​

The determination to keep hold of the belts, he insisted, had not left him for one day. “Of course I still have that hunger. I just got these belts. You think I want to lose them straight away? Hell, no. I am excited, there’s no fear. It’s just crazy how I made my dreams come true.​

“It’s going to mean everything to defend the titles. December 7 the belts will be in the air, it’s either me or him. The mindset is that I think Anthony Joshua is trying to take food from my kids. My motivation is my kids and family and if anyone wants to take it away from them I’m willing to die to protect them.”​

Joshua said:

“The man did what he had to do. He was the best option when we looked at it. It was a bump, a loss, but nothing has changed in the way I view him.”​

There appears to be little animosity between the pair. The Briton has refused to indulge in any underhand comments or sleights at his foe. ​

Joshua is expected to earn close to £60 million for the contest, the most ever offered a heavyweight challenger in history without a belt.​

“It’s more myself I have to change,” explained Joshua. “I am looking at myself in the mirror and saying I know I’m better than that. Andy is still the same person. He will come game and I’ve got to change some of my bits and bobs. ​

“I was 50 per cent of the way towards getting a win, just got caught. That’s why I said it was a punch from the gods [which knocked him down in the third round]. ​

“I know how to fight. If I had to change everything now, it would be too risky. I haven’t got time to do that and make it new.”​

Victory, believes Joshua, can form part of his legacy.

 

“Now it’s about how to come back and hopefully the next generation will look at how I came back, how I rebuilt. But many champions like Ali and Tyson have come back from defeats. If I win, no problem. If I lose this fight and stay down, then I’ve got a problem.” 

 

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How Ex-Barca coach lost her daughter.

The young daughter of ex-Barcelona manager Luis Enrique has died after a battle with cancer.
Nine-year-old Xana had been fighting osteosarcoma (bone cancer) for “five intense months,” Enrique said as he announced her death.
In a tribute on social media on Thursday, the former football manager said his daughter will be remembered “every day of our lives.”
Enrique, who also managed the Spanish national team, wrote:

“We will miss you lots but we will remember you every day of our lives, with the hope that in the future we’ll meet each other again. You’ll be the star that guides our family.
“Rest dear Xana.”

Enrique thanked those who sent well wishes over recent months for their “discretion and understanding”.

 

He also thanked the medical team who treated his daughter “for their dedication and treatment”.

 

Among those to pay tribute to Xana was Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez, who wrote on Twitter:

“There are no words that that can go along with this pain.

“My heartfelt wishes to Luis Enrique and all his family, after the loss of his little Xana.”

Enrique’s former club Barcelona wrote:

“Our condolences and all our sympathy for @luisenrique21 and his family at this very difficult time. RIP Xana.”

Enrique, who played for Barcelona and Real Madrid during his player career, stepped down as Spain’s manager in June.
The Spanish Football Federation said he had left the role due to a “personal matter”.

 

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How Tobi Amusan set a new record at the All African Games in Rabat.

Nigerian hurdler, Tobi Amusan, has broken a 20-year-old record previously held by another Nigerian, Gloria Alozie, in the 100m women’s hurdles event at the African Games in Rabat.

Amusan set the new record in a time of 12.68secs. In the 1999 edition of the Games, Alozie clocked 12.74secs to set the now broken record.

While addressing journalists, Amusan described the contest as rough.

 

“I am happy I won the race which is the most important thing, but it was a kind of rough race for me,” she said.

Amusan, who would not be part of the relay race, said she will now face the Diamond League, although she has a couple of meets before that.

Also, Nigeria won gold in 4x100m women’s relay with Joy Udoh-Gabriel, Mercy Ntia-Obong, Bukola Adekunle and Rosemary Chukwuma clocking 44.16secs. South Africa emerged second in 44.61secs; Kenya, third in 45.44secs.

Despite fielding Africa’s fastest athlete in 100m, Raymond Ekevwo, Nigeria lost to Ghana in the men’s 4x100m.

 

While the Ghanaians ran a season’s best of 38.30secs to win gold, Nigeria’s Ekevwo, Divine Oduduru, Emmanuel Arowolo and Usheoritse Itsekiri, finished line in 38.59secs to win silver.

South Africa won the bronze with a time of 38.80secs.

Also, Kelechi Nwanaga threw a distance of 55.88m to win gold in the women’s javelin event.

Favor Ofili set a new 51.68secs SB to win the 400m silver medal and qualify for the World Championships in Doha.

 

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PMB condoles with the family of Ex- Nigeria football star.

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari has commiserated with the family, friends and fans of former Super Falcons striker Ifeanyi Chiejine who died recently.
The death of the 36-year-old former Confluence Queens of Lokoja star came as a huge shock to all Nigerian football lovers considering her age and achievements.
She was the youngest female player to play at the FIFA Women’s World Cup when she made her debut in 1999 at the age of 16.

 

In a statement issued by the Special Adviser on Media and Publicity Femi Adeshina, President Buhari prayed that God should give the family of Ifeanyi the fortitude to bear the loss.
President Buhari also commended Ifeanyi’s patriotism in playing for the country at three World Cup tournaments and two Olympic finals.

 

Earlier, Legit.ng had reported how Nigerian Football Federation (NFF) announced the shocking demise of former Super Falcons forward Ifeanyi Chiejine who died after a brief illness.
According to the statement by the Nigeria’s Football governing body, the former striker died on Wednesday, August 21.
But the details of her untimely death was not revealed by the Nigeria’s Football body.

 

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Super Falcons forward Ifeanyi Chiejine died after a brief illness.

The Nigerian Football Federation (NFF) have announced the shocking demise of former Super Falcons forward Ifeanyi Chiejine who died after a brief illness.
According to the statement by the Nigeria’s Football governing body, the former Confluence Queens of Lokoja striker died on Wednesday, August 21.
But the details of her untimely death was not revealed by the Nigeria’s Football body.

 

During Chiejine’s active playing days, she captained the first set of the U19 National Women’s team to the first U19 (Now U20) FIFA World Cup in 2002.
She was also the youngest female player to play at the FIFA Women’s World Cup when she made her debut in 1999 at the age of 16.
Before her tragic death, Chiejine was playing for SSVSM-Kairat Almaty in the Kazakhstani Championship.

 

Previously, Legit.ng had reported how ex-Nigerian star and Goodland Rangers FC head coach Ajuma Ottache was reported dead.
Before her death, she was the only woman managing a man’s club in the Nigerian Nationwide League before passing on Saturday, November 10, 2018.
She was said to have been battling a rare muscular disease which resurfaced while on national assignment during Flamingos last qualifying matches in Benin city.

 

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Junior Agogo died at 40.

Former Ghana and Nottingham Forest forward Junior Agogo has passed away in a London hospital at the age of 40.
Although the cause of his death is yet to be known, Agogo suffered from a stroke in 2015 and had to battle public stigma during his recovery.
The ex-Ghana international had several stints across England, USA, Egypt and his last competitive outing was at Hibernian back in 2012.

 

He was a standout player for Ghana at the 2008 Africa Cup of Nations on home soil where he scored three goals in six outings as the Black Stars settled for third-place.
His notable contribution during the continental competition was his late match-winning effort that gave Ghana a 2-1 win over arch-rivals Nigeria.
Agogo made his international debut for the West African country in 2006 and he went on to score 12 goals in 27 international appearances.
Prior to his death, the former Sheffield Wednesday and Bristol Rovers attacker went into the fitness training business in England.

 

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Why Taribo West confessed?

Former Super Eagles hard-as-nails defender Taribo West has sensationally revealed how he and his national teammates sneaked women – both local and foreign – into camp during national assignments.
The former AC Milan centre-back turned pastor on retirement from football said it was rampant during his era as a footballer but added he could only talk about it because he was now a born-again Christian.

“Sometimes we (the players) will import ladies from other countries and keep them in different hotels. As the competition progressed, more ladies would keep coming and going. It’s something we all did but my teammates won’t talk about it. I can talk about it now because I’ve given my life to Christ,” Taribo told Sports Extra.

 

“We normally kept the girls in different locations, but once everyone was asleep, around 2am, we would bring them into our hotel rooms. It happened in every tournament we competed in, from the Africa Cup of Nations to the World Cup.
“We had a teammate who the other players waited for to bring in his girl first, because he always had fine women. Once we saw the shape and height of his girl, we would call our own boys to go out and negotiate for girls more beautiful than this player’s own. It was more like a competition for women amongst us then.

 

“We had crazy guys in the team but there was discipline, that’s why we had to sneak the ladies into camp.”

Globally-acclaimed for his various unusual and colourful hairstyles during his playing days, Taribo featured for French side Auxerre before going on to play for both Milan clubs, Inter and AC.

 

He also appeared in the top leagues of England (Derby County) and Germany (Kaiserslautern).
Internationally, Taribo won gold at the 1996 Olympic Games with the U-23 side. At senior level, he had 42 caps for Nigeria between 1994 and 2005, played at the 1998 and 2002 World Cups and the 2000 and 2002 Africa Cup of Nations.

 

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Jay-Z is going to have a “significant ownership interest” in an NFL team

Jay-Z is about to have more skin in the NFL game than originally anticipated — he’s reportedly about to become part owner of an NFL team.

Earlier this week it was announced that Jay-Z’s company Roc Nation had partnered with the NFL for live entertainment programming. However, TMZ Sports is reporting that the rapper will have a much bigger role with the league.

Jay is going to have a “significant ownership interest” in an NFL team, TMZ reported on Friday, although it’s not known what team that will be.

 

“It is going to happen in the near future,” a source told the website. “He’s a huge fan, already has a sports business and wants to continue to be a change agent for the NFL.”

 

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Why MAN U Players were banned from signing autograph?

Manchester United have barred players from stopping to sign autographs at one of the entrances to the club’s training ground amid safety fears.

A large sign has been erected near the rear entrance to their Carrington base telling supporters that players are no longer permitted to stop in their cars due to “danger on the road”.

Large crowds of autograph hunters regularly congregate near what is a blind bend at the junction of Sinderland Lane and Birch Road, from where the training base can be accessed, and United are increasingly concerned about the threat that poses to those fans’ safety.

 

It is not uncommon for groups of as many as 50 supporters to gather in the summer holidays especially and the club have taken the decision that the situation poses too great a safety risk to be allowed to continue.
The large crowds also present issues for the local farm and residents that United are mindful of.

The newly erected sign reads:

 

“Players are not permitted to stop and sign autographs due to danger on the road. No congregating.”

 

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, the United manager, and forward Daniel James were pictured leaning out of their cars to stop to sign autographs on Wednesday.

Fans will still be able to gather for autographs at the other entry point to Carrington on Isherwood Road but United feel they have been left with no other choice but to enforce the ban on the Birch Road side.

Solskjaer is hoping United will finally be able to call upon a settled defence this season as they bid to atone for last season’s struggles.

United have frequently been forced to chop and change at the back due to injuries and poor form in recent years but, with the arrival of right back Aaron Wan-Bissaka and centre-half Harry Maguire during the summer, Solskjaer is looking forward to having a more familiar line-up in defence.

United face Wolverhampton Wanderers at Molineux on Monday after an impressive 4-0 win at home to Chelsea in their opening Premier League match.

“Any successful team will have to build from the back and have a foundation to play from,” Solskjaer said. “We always say ‘you have to earn the right to win a game of football’. You earn it by defending well, you have a foundation and hopefully a settled team.

“Hopefully, we won’t have to make too many changes. Over the last few years, I’ve always had the feeling there’s been so many players with bad luck concerning injuries. Both Jose [Mourinho] and Louis [van Gaal], maybe even David [Moyes], had to chop and change the back four, especially the centre-backs. Hopefully we can get a settled line-up.”

Meanwhile, Hans-Joachim Watzke has admitted he knocked back an approach for Jadon Sancho in spring but has left the door open for the England winger to potentially leave Borussia Dortmund next summer. United are thought to have been deterred from moving for Sancho this summer by Dortmund’s insistence that it would take a bid of well over £100 million for them to consider parting company with the player.

“A chief of one of the super clubs asked me back in spring if there was a chance [to sign Sancho] but I told him straight away he should forget about it and he never contacted me again,” Watzke said. “He knew I meant what I said. There aren’t many 19-year-olds with such a potential.

“He is also not a player from the region or one who would have any connection to it. When you have a player like Jadon Sancho, you must reassess the situation every single year. Everything else would not be honest. If a foreign player is not convinced that the club is right for him at the exact time, it just does not make any sense.”

 

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Nigeria’s first ever Commonwealth Games medalist passed on at the age of 95.

Nigeria’s first ever Commonwealth Games medalist Alhaji Karim Ayinla Babalola Olowu has passed on at the age of 95.

KAB Olowu as he was fondly referred to died on Wednesday, August 14 and has been buried the following day according to Muslim rites.

The former athletes was part of the country’s contingent to the 1950 British Empire Games (now the Commonwealth Games).

 

He also represented Nigeria at the 1952 Olympics Games in Helsinki, Finland where the delegation failed to appear on the medals table.

AllAfrica.com reports that the deceased daughter Mrs Mosunmola Oridota confirmed the news admitting her father died during the week.

“With total submission to the will of the Almighty God, I wish to announce the transition to glory of my father, Alhaji Karim Ayinla Babalola Olowu, OON,” read the statement.

 

During his active days, KAB Olowu represented Nigeria in the sprint and long jump events and won two silver medals in the process.
He was runners up in the long jump and the 4×110 yards relay race at the 1954 British Empire and Commonwealth Games held in Canada to become the first ever Nigerian athlete to win two medals at the Commonwealth Games.

 

The late athlete also became the first official from the country to officiate at the 1966 Commonwealth Games in Kingston, Jamaica.

KAB Olowu also became the first Nigerian Olympic torch-bearer at the 1992 Barcelona Olympics in Spain.

Before his death, he was one of the key members of the Athletics Federation of Nigeria (AFN) for many years.

He was also instrumental to setting up the sports complex at the Nigerian Prison in Kirikiri, Lagos where he worked for some years and set up the then Prisons Athletics Club which produced so many athletes for Nigeria.

Meanwhile, former Lagos state governor Bola Ahmed Tinubu has described the former athlete as one of the foremost Nigerian stars according to Daily Post.

“Nigerian sprinter and long jumper who was part of Nigeria’s first delegation to the 1950 British Empire Games in Auckland, New Zealand (now Commonwealth Games).”

“Many of us in the family grew up under his watch and mentoring for which we remain eternally grateful. I particularly drank from his fountain of knowledge and wisdom,” Tinubu said.

Legit.ng earlier reported that former Argentina international Jose Luis Brown has been reported dead in La Plata in his home country at the age of 62.

The ex-defender was said to have battled Alzheimer disease before finally passing away earlier this week.

Meanwhile, his family was said to have recently admitted that the sickness took a toll on the former footballer before his eventual death on Monday.

 

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Why Neymar transfer bid was cancelled?

Barcelona and Real Madrid have both had bids rejected for Paris Saint-Germain star Neymar, according to reports.

Neymar joined the French giants for a world record fee of £200m in 2017 but is looking to leave Thomas Tuchel’s side before the European transfer window shuts on September 2.

Barcelona , the Brazilian’s former club, are interested in a reunion with the 27-year-old, who has also been heavily linked with a switch to Spanish rivals Real Madrid since completing his move to France.

 

And Spanish football expert Guillem Balague claims that both La Liga clubs have made unsuccessful bids for the forward.
According to Balague (via BBC Sport ), Barcelona are believed to offered £92.4million (€100m) and Philippe Coutinho in an attempt to bring the Brazil international back to the Camp Nou.

 

It is claimed that the Spanish champions also raised the possibility of including Croatian midfielder Ivan Rakitic in a potential deal – only to see their attempts rebuffed.

Real Madrid are also understood to have had a player-plus-cash offer rejected which would have seen Bernabeu outcasts Gareth Bale and James Rodriguez head to the Parc des Princes.

Although PSG would reportedly rather sell Neymar to Los Blancos, Balague reports that the French giants want different players from Zinedine Zidane’s squad and have requested that Vinicius Junior be included in the deal.

Since making the move to French capital two years ago, Neymar has scored 51 times in all competitions and has helped the club to back-to-back Ligue 1 titles.

 

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However, the Brazilian’s relationship with the club has soured in recent times as he continues to push for a return to Spain.

He missed PSG’s opening game of the season against Nimes on Sunday, which saw a number of fans hold up a banner telling the striker to “go home”.

The champions’ 3-0 win came just a day after sporting director Leonardo confirmed that discussions over the Brazilian’s exit are “more advanced than before.”

 

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What killed Walter Martinez?

Walter Martinez, 37, has died of heart attack – nine years after representing Honduras at the 2010 World Cup.

The UK Sun report claims Martinez, who also represented American side San Jose Earthquakes his active days, suffered a heart attack after a night out with a mate.

The Honduran FA confirmed his passing on courtesy of a tweet on its official Twitter account.

 

“With sadness that overwhelms the family of Honduran football, we regret the death of Walter Julian Martinez.

“Solidarity and a balm of divine peace for your family and friends. RIP.”

At the last count, Martinez played a key-role in helping Honduras to qualify for their second World Cup appearance at South Africa 2010 , ended his football career after representing El Salvador side FAS.

 

Martinez netted six times in 20 appearances before bowing out of the game in 2015.

Martinez, who reportedly joined Chinese Super League side Beijing Gouan last year, saw supporters lay flowers in his honour in front of the club’s stadium after hearing of his demise.

Martinez is reported to have suffered the heart attack while at the home of a teammate Jose Chepo Fernandez in New York.

Fernandez was quoted as saying to a Honduran newspaper that they took time out at an El Copaneco club in the Bronx area of the city where they stayed until the wee hours.

But surprisingly after a few hours he found Martinez on the floor of his bedroom.

“I was inside my room and when I left I found him on the floor. I tried to revive him but I couldn’t.

“Immediately I called the ambulance and minutes later they were there but nothing could be done,” Fernandez said.

Martinez scored 12 goals in 49 caps for Honduras.

His club career saw his ply his trade with nine different clubs that includes three stints with Beijing Guoan.

Martinez also starred for Spanish club Alaves and San Jose.

Legit.ng reported earlier that on Monday, August 12, 2019, 30 years ago, the entire Nigerian football fraternity mourned the untimely death of Samuel Okwaraji, former Super Eagles star.

On that faithful day Samuel Okwaraji died, he was playing for the Nigerian national senior team after 10 minutes from the end of a 1990 World Cup qualifier between Nigeria and Angola in Lagos.

 

SOURCE:

 

http://www.msn.com/en-xl/sport/football/37-year-old-footballer-dies-of-heart-attack/ar-AAFKXNy?li=BBQbcGp&ocid=spartandhp

JOSHUA VS. RUIZ JR WEIGHTS & RUNNING ORDER — FightPost: MMA & Boxing News

JOSHUA VS. RUIZ JR WEIGHTS & RUNNING ORDER Heavyweight sensation makes US debut at Madison Square Garden DOORS 16:30 BOXING STARTS 16:45 8 x 3 mins Super-Welterweight contest SOULEYMANE CISSOKHO 156.8 lbs v WLADIMIR HERNANDEZ 162 lbs (Bagnolet, France) (Denver, Colorado) 17:00 EASTERN: LIVE ON SKY SPORTS BOX OFFICE 17:30 EASTERN: LIVE ON DAZN 12 […]

via JOSHUA VS. RUIZ JR WEIGHTS & RUNNING ORDER — FightPost: MMA & Boxing News

Anthony Joshua against Andy Ruiz Jr. rematch on Dec.7

Anthony Joshua will be heading to the Middle East on December 7 as the deposed heavyweight boxing champion attempts to wrest back three of the four principal world title belts on neutral territory from nemesis Andy Ruiz Jr, The Telegraph can reveal.

It is understood by Telegraph Sport that it will be announced officially today that the Londoner will face the Californian for the IBF, WBA and WBO titles in Riyadh with Saudi Arabian sports entities – with DAZN in the USA and Sky Box Office in the UK airing the championship fight – having put up close to 100 million US dollars for the contest to take place there, according to sources.

There were other options. An offer was tabled by the Dubai authorities while Cardiff’s Principality Stadium was also in the running for the much-anticipated rematch after Ruiz stopped Joshua at Madison Square Garden in New York on June 1, in one of the most seismic upsets ever witnessed in the history of heavyweight boxing.

On a dramatic night, having been dropped to the canvas himself by Joshua in the third round, Ruiz then responded by felling the Briton twice that round, before referee Mike Griffin waved the fight off in the seventh round with Joshua having been felled twice more, and in his view, not fit to continue.

 

Ruiz had taken the fight on five and a half weeks notice, after Joshua’s original opponent Jarrell Miller had tested positive for three banned substances in random tests leading up to the June 1 contest.

In the last eleven months, Saudi Arabia has hosted two major bouts involving high profile British boxers. In September last year the World Boxing Super Series super-middleweight tournament final between Callum Smith and George Groves took place in Jeddah, won by Smith, along with Amir Khan’s last contest last month against the Australian Billy Dib.

It is also expected that British heavyweight Tyson Fury’s next contest will be announced imminently for September 14 in Las Vegas against Sweden’s Otto Wallin.

 

SOURCE:

 

http://www.msn.com/en-xl/sport/other-sports/exclusive-anthony-joshua-to-face-andy-ruiz-jr-in-saudi-arabia-on-december-7-in-70-million-pound-contest/ar-AAFyJhq?li=BBQbcGp&ocid=spartandhp

 

Why two people will be jailed over Sala image?

Two people have been warned they face jail after admitting accessing CCTV footage of Emiliano Sala’s post-mortem examination.

The 28-year-old footballer had just signed for Cardiff City when the private plane he was travelling in crashed into the English Channel north of Guernsey on 21 January.

His body was recovered from the wreckage of the plane on 6 February and a post-mortem examination was carried out the following day at Bournemouth Mortuary.

 

A police investigation was launched after an image purporting to show Sala’s body was widely circulated on social media.

It was understood to show his torso, with a distinctive tattoo on his arm, mid-examination.

Sherry Bray, 49, and Christopher Ashford, 62, appeared at Swindon Crown Court on Friday where they admitted accessing CCTV footage of Sala’s post-mortem examination.

Ashford, of Calne, admitted three counts of securing unauthorised access to computer material between 9 and 11 February this year.

Bray, of Corsham, admitted three counts of securing unauthorised access to computer material between April last year and February this year.

Two of these related to her using using the CCTV equipment at Bournemouth Mortuary to access the post-mortem examination of Sala in February, while the third related to the autopsy of another person Andrew Latcham.

 

 

 

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Bray also admitted perverting the course of public justice by instructing Ashford to “delete your pics” on 12 February, and the next day deleting the post-mortem cameras from the live feed camera facility and deleting the post-mortem image of Sala from her mobile phone.

Judge Peter Crabtree warned the pair both faced jail.

“The starting point is custody undoubtably in this case, it’s extremely serious,” he said.

Bray and Ashford were both released on bail to appear at the same court on 20 September.

Speaking about their crimes, Detective Inspector Gemma Vinton of Wiltshire Police said: “They have been very distressing for the families involved at what is already a traumatic time when people are grieving for their relatives.”

 

SOURCE:

https://www.msn.com/en-xl/sport/football/pair-face-prison-over-emiliano-sala-death-images/ar-AAFzNet?ocid=newswrap

 

 

Why Forbe”s list of highest paid athlete goes to Serena Williams?

Serena Williams tops Forbes’ list of highest-paid female athletes for the fourth year in a row.

The 23-time grand slam singles champion earned 29.2 million US dollars (approximately £24million) ($AU 43.41 million) for the 12 months to June 1, only 4.2million dollars of which was in prize money.

 

Naomi Osaka became just the fourth woman to earn more than 20million US dollars in a year after Williams, Maria Sharapova and Li Na.

The young Japanese star’s earnings leapt to 24.3million dollars (approximately £20million) on the back of her first two grand slam titles at the US Open and the Australian Open.

Osaka, who is of Japanese and Haitian heritage but has lived in the United States for most of her life, is seen as one of the most commercially attractive sports stars.

Tennis players once again dominated the list, with last year’s Wimbledon champion Angelique Kerber in third ahead of this year’s SW19 winner Simona Halep.

The highest-placed athlete from another sport was United States footballer Alex Morgan in 12th, who earned 5.8million US dollars (approximately £4.75million), nearly all of it in endorsements.

Indian badminton star PV Sindhu and Thai golfer Ariya Jutanugarn were the other non-tennis players in the top 15.

Full list

  1. Serena Williams – $29.2 million (Tennis)

  2. Naomi Osaka – $24.3 million (Tennis)

  3. Angelique Kerber – $11.8 million (Tennis)

  4. Simona Halep – $10.2 million (Tennis)

  5. Sloane Stephens – $9.6 million (Tennis)

  6. Caroline Wozniacki – $7.5 million (Tennis)

  7. Maria Sharapova – $7 million (Tennis)

  8. Karolina Pliskova – $6.3 million (Tennis)

  9. Elina Svitolina – $6.1 million (Tennis)

10 (equal). Venus Williams – $5.9 million (Tennis)

10 (equal). Garbine Muguruza – $5.9 million (Tennis)

  1. Alex Morgan – $5.8 million (Football)

13 (equal). P.V. Sindhu – $5.5 million (Badminton)

13 (equal). Madison Keys – $5.5 million (Tennis)

  1. Ariya Jutanugarn – $5.3 million (Golf)

 

SOURCE:

https://www.msn.com/en-au/sport/tennis/serena-williams-revealed-as-highest-paid-female-athlete-for-fourth-year-in-a-row/ar-AAFsEHk?li=AAgg0Zv

 

How Messi was suspended for making accusation of corruption.

ASUNCION, Paraguay (AP) Soccer body CONMEBOL suspended Lionel Messi from international matches with Argentina for three months because of accusations of corruption he made at the latest Copa America.
The South American body also said Friday that it fined the superstar in $50,000 for his comments after Argentina’s 2-1 win against Chile in the third-place playoff of the tournament in July.

 

Messi and Argentina can still appeal the decision, which stops the striker from playing in four friendlies this year.

The 32-year-old will not play for Argentina matches in September against Chile and Mexico, plus another two in October versus Germany and another adversary to be picked.

Neither Messi nor Argentina’s soccer association have made comments about CONMEBOL’s decision.

Messi is already suspended from the first match of the South American World Cup qualifiers next March because of the apparently undeserved red card he received against Chile.

The Argentine was sent off for only the second time in his career after a shoving match with Chile midfielder Gary Medel, who also was ejected.

Messi avoided the medal ceremony in protest and later said Argentina ”shouldn’t take part in this corruption.”

 

The Argentinian also said the tournament was set for hosts Brazil to win.

Messi had already complained against Copa America refereeing after Argentina’s 2-0 loss to Brazil in the semifinals.

 

When asked if he feared being suspended for his comments, he said ”the truth needed to be told.” Messi later sent an apology to CONMEBOL for his remarks.

 

SOURCE:

 

http://www.msn.com/en-xl/sport/football/messi-suspended-from-argentina-for-3-months-for-comments/ar-AAFgUBu?li=BBQbcGp&ocid=spartandhp

 

 

 

How Nigeria moved from 45th to 33rd position in FIFA World Rankings.

Nigeria have moved up to 33rd place in the Fifa World Rankings released on Thursday for the month of July.

On the back of their bronze-winning feat in the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations, the Super Eagles climbed 12 places from their 45th position in June, accruing 1481 points.

After finishing second in the group stage, Gernot Rohr’s men edged out five-time African champions Cameroon in the Round of 16 and went on to defeat 1996 champions South Africa in the quarter-final.

The three-time African champions, after losing to Algeria in the semi-final, clinch a narrow 1-0 victory over Tunisia in the third/fourth-place playoff to claim their eighth bronze medal in the tournament.

The Super Eagles, however, remain third in Africa behind Senegal (20th), who won the silver medal in the continental tournament in Egypt and Tunisia (29th), who finished fourth in the competition.

Reigning African Champions Algeria moved up 28 places to 40th position and fourth in Africa while Morocco (41st) are placed fifth.

Belgium remain the top-ranked team in the world while reigning South American champions, Brazil are second and France third.

 

 

SOURCE:

 

https://sports.yahoo.com/nigeria-climb-33rd-latest-fifa-113325835.html

Super Eagles star buys new G wagon for his wife as birthday gift — www.Mlst.blog

Super Eagles midfielder Wilfred Ndidi has exemplified one of the qualities of being an husband after buying a new G wagon for his wife Fortune as gift for birthday. Ndidi and Fortune dated for many years before they recently married in a big traditional and church wedding held in Abuja. The wedding was attended by […]

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See Nigeria Player who missed AFCON 2019. — www.Mlst.blog

LAGOS, June 10 (Reuters) – Nigeria have cut Leicester City striker Kelechi Iheanacho from their final 23-man squad for the Africa Cup of Nations, which starts in Egypt next week. Iheanacho was the only major omission by coach Gernot Rohr, who retained 15 players from the squad that went to the World Cup in Russia […]

via See Nigeria Player who missed AFCON 2019. — www.Mlst.blog

How Iheanacho’s 10-month old goal drought stopped.

Super Eagles striker Kelechi Iheanacho scored his first pre-season goal for Leicester City in Tuesday’s 3-0 win over

 
The goal ended Iheanacho’s 10-month old goal drought, which dates back to September 2018 when he last found the back of the net for Leicester City.
The Nigeria international was a substitute in the Foxes pre-season 3-0 thumping of Cambridge United and he hit the net in the 83rd minute, courtesy of a header, for his side’s second goal on Tuesday night.

Before the goal, the 23-year-old had missed a sitter but he went on to redeem himself by netting a second for Leicester minutes later.
Elsewhere, Semi Ajayi made his first start for West Bromwich Albion in Tuesday’s 1-1 draw with his former club, Rotherham United, just three days after joining the club.
Ajayi gave away a penalty two minutes into the game, when he tripped Freddie Ladapo. Ladapo roofed the resultant spot-kick before Dara O’Shea salvaged a draw for the Baggies.

 

SOURCE:

http://www.msn.com/en-xl/sports/soccer/iheanacho-scores-after-10-months/ar-AAEMim8?li=BBQbcGp&ocid=spartanntp

 

“This man’s entire legacy and career has been built off its association with my name,”–Floyd Mayweather.

Floyd Mayweather Jr. criticized Manny Pacquiao after he impressively defeated a previously unbeaten Keith Thurman by split decision to claim the WBA welterweight title last weekend. Then Pacquiao fired back as the two traded trash talk.

As boxing fans called for a rematch of a blockbuster 2015 Mayweather-Pacquiao bout, Mayweather went on social media to take credit for Pacquiao’s popularity.

“This man’s entire legacy and career has been built off its association with my name,” Mayweather wrote Tuesday, in part. “Let that man’s name hold weight of its own.”

Pacquiao found it as an opportune time to jab at his old rival and call for a rematch; Mayweather won by unanimous decision in ’15, when Pacquiao said a shoulder injury kept him from being 100%.

“You come to my fight and then use my name in a post but I’m the one that is trying to stay relevant?” the 40-year-old boxer wrote in response later Tuesday. “If you want to be relevant again…#MayPac2.”

.@FloydMayweather You come to my fight and then use my name in a post but I’m the one that is trying to stay relevant? 🤔 if you want to be relevant again… #MayPac2
— Manny Pacquiao (@MannyPacquiao) July 24, 2019

Pacquiao’s rebuttal didn’t sit well with Mayweather, who went on an Instagram rant early Wednesday. The 42-year-old claimed that because Bob Arum is no longer Pacquiao’s promoter, Mayweather Promotions and PBC events fall under his umbrella and made him the “head (person) in charge” of Pacquiao’s fight.

“Bottom line, I make more money than you; I beat you, then I signed you! I was only at your fight supervising you, my employee, as any real BOSS would do,” Mayweather wrote.

Mayweather added:

 

“You made $10 million for 12 rounds, when I just made $9 million in under 3 minutes playing around in an exhibition with a pizza delivery guy! I beat you mentally, physically, and financially!”

But the back-and-forth didn’t end there. Pacquiao took to Twitter on Wednesday,

 

“Excuse me Floyd, your name has not been on any of my PBC contracts. But if you would like to be on the next one, I will have one drawn up and sent to you. #CounterfeitMoney”

 

SOURCE:

https://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/boxing/2019/07/24/floyd-mayweather-manny-pacquiao-spar-social-media-fueling-hype/1812604001/