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Cristiano Ronaldo Celebrates 36th Birthday With Sensational Message

Cristiano Ronaldo clocks 36 and he’s celebrating it with a sensational message to his fans worldwide.

The Juventus striker took to his Instagram to talk about his journey in the world of football, which was full of adventures and memories.

He wrote: “36 years old, unbelievable! It feels like it all started yesterday, but this journey is already full of adventures and stories to remember by. My first ball, my first team, my first goal… Time flies!

“From Madeira to Lisbon, from Lisbon to Manchester, from Manchester to Madrid, from Madrid to Turim, but above all, from the bottom of my heart to the world… I’ve given everything I could, I never held back and I’ve allways tried to deliver the best possible version of me.”

The FIFA Ballon d’Or winner expressed his admiration for his fans for their support.

In return, you gave me your love and admiration, your presence and your unconditional support. And for that, I’ll never be able to thank you enough. I couldn’t have done without you,” he said.

The Portuguese football legend pledged to fans that though, he cannot play for 20 more years but he’ll continue to give his best as long as he’s still playing.

He pledged: “As I celebrate my 36th birthday and my 20th year as a professional footballer, I’m sorry that I can’t promise you 20 more years of this. But what I can promise you, is that as long as I keep going, you’ll never receive less than 100% from me!

The goal poacher thanked all his fans and informed them that they are always dear to him.

He stated: “Thank you once again for all your support and for your kind messages and initiatives during this day. It means a lot to me and you all have a special place in my heart.

Ronaldo has won 31 major trophies in his career, including seven league titles, five UEFA Champions Leagues, one UEFA European Championship, and one UEFA Nations League title.

He holds the records for the most goals scored, 134 and assists, 41, in the history of the UEFA Champions League.

He has scored over 770 senior career goals for club and country, and become one of the few recorded players to have made over 1,000 professional career appearances.

Ronaldo is also the second male player to score 100 international goals and the first European man to achieve this milestone.

Meanwhile, congratulatory messages have poured in for Ronaldo to celebrate the day with him.

Goal @goal tweeted: “An inspiration to so many. Still breaking record after record. One of football’s true legends.
Happy 36th birthday, Cristiano Ronaldo.”

shazaelsheikhm wrote: “Happiest birthday legend 👏🐐🎂
drmiguelstanley expressed: “You’re a true living legend ! 💥👊🏻 Happy birthday.
thegoodlifeinc said: “Happy birthday campeao!!💪.”

 

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CAS Restores Ahmad Ahmad As CAF President

The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) has reinstated the Madagascan, Ahmad Ahmad, as the president of the Confederation of African Football after a ruling by the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

In November, FIFA announced the banning of Ahmad for five years from all football activities after being guilty of breaching several of its ethics codes.

Ahmad appealed the FIFA’s decision at CAS, which issued a preliminary ruling on Friday, 29th January, 2021.

With the ruling, Ahmad is still ineligible to contest in the CAF presidential elections to be held in March 2021.

CAS has made it known that the full hearing of the appeal will be on 2nd March, 2021, with a decision to be issued before the CAF presidential elections on 12th March, 2021.

 

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Amaju Pinnick Declares Interest In Patrice Motsepe For CAF Presidency

President of the Nigeria Football Federation, Mr Amaju Pinnick, has spoken his mind about Africa football.

Pinnick who spoke with BBC interviewer, Oluwashina, said that the problems affecting the image of Africa football is integrity. He continued that with integrity no one would talk about nepotism, religious bigotry, racism and ethnicity, as integrity is everything.

Integrity encapsulates everything, once you have integrity every other factor is secondary,” he said.

He added: “If you integrity, you will look at ethnicity, if you integrity, you will look at linguistic difference, if you integrity, you will look at religious bigotry. Integrity means 100%.”

On the upcoming Confederation African Football (CAF) election to be held on 12th March in Rabat in Morocco, and his advise for the contestants.

Pinnick said that the contestants should think of Africa, which means that they should be focused on the change they can bring to the continent football in terms of development and the future of African football.

CAF had already shortlisted four candidates for the post of the president, where the incumbent president of CAF, Ahmad Ahmad, was declared ineligible due to his five-year suspension by FIFA.

The candidates that will be vying for the CAF presidency are the president of the Senegalese Football Federation, Augustin Senghor, and former president of the Ivorian Football Federation, Jacques Anouma.

Others in the contest are Ahmed Yahya, president of the Mauritanian Football Federation, and South African billionaire Patrice Motsepe who is the president of the Mamelodi Sundowns club, and mining magnate whose candidacy was approved and supported by the South Africa Football Association (SAFA).

Assessing the contestants, Pinnick said: ” Let’s look at his pedigree, what has he done before in football?

Augustin Senghor is my brother and friend, he has done well for Senegalese football and he can do better, we are waiting for them to win the Nationa’s cup.

“Jacques Anouma, he’s an excellent guy. I’ve always respected him and to me he should be in the all of fame, that’s it, at this point!

Ahmed Yahya, he’s an excellent guy, he’s a guy of the future. He’s somebody I love, we’re in the same committee, he knows.”

Surprisingly, Pinnick declared his interest in Patrice Motsepe because they share similar minds as businessmen.

He said: “Patrick’s my choice and my candidate, and the reason, I believe he can change this.”

“Because I’m a businessman and I know what that does for football. [You see] when you’re a businessman, you map out your strategy, you don’t think the way ordinary people think, because for you to be successful in certain endeavour, there are so many steps you go through,” he added.

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Liverpool In Fifth Position Among The Top Five Earners

Liverpool have taken position as one of the top five clubs of the Deloitte Football Money League for the first time in 20 years

The Deloitte Football Money League rank clubs based on their financial performances in terms of revenue-generation within a season.

This year ranking is the performance of each club from the 2019-2020 season despite the disruption from Covid-19.

Barcelona top the list as the club with the highest revenue generated within the season.

La Liga holders, Real Madrid, is second on the chart, while Champions League winner, Bayern Munich, are third on the list.

Manchester United in fourth as the Premier League champions Liverpool is fifth in the chart.

Deloitte observed that the on the pitch success of Liverpool had pushed them up from seventh position in 2018-2019, to placing them in the top five for the first time since the 2001-2002 season.

Speaking to Sky Sports News, Tim Bridge, director of Deloitte Sports Business Group, said moving towards a “digital model” had helped Liverpool place fifth – on top of their Premier League success.

He added: “The on-pitch success is a massive factor. Building on winning the Champions League and then taking the Premier League crown for the first time has had a significant impact. They have moved significantly towards a more digital model, and have been doing for a number of years.

“That has benefited them in comparison to others during the pandemic, because they are able to engage with their fans in a way others probably had to pay catch-up.”

Manchester City are sixth on the list, with Tottenham,Premier League club, are ninth on the list.

Arsenal is ranked eleventh with Everton on seventeenth, ranking them among the top 20.

In summary, all the top 20 clubs saw a decline in revenue by 12 per cent compared to 2018-2019 as results of drop in broadcast and matchday revenues.

Bridge explained that the rankings may have been different if the timings of fixtures had worked out differently.

But with those placings, take a little bit of care because with the timings of the fixtures they were able to generate more revenue ahead of Manchester City.

Had timings been a little bit different, those rankings may have been different.” – said Bridge

On the revenue decline for Man Utd, Bridge stated that not playing in the Champions League has an impact on their revenue.

Bridge said: “The reason for the decrease is predominantly driven by the pandemic, as you can imagine Manchester United with a huge fan-base generate significant amounts of revenue every time they play at Old Trafford.

“They are going to be impacted in a more significant way than many other clubs. Of course, last year they didn’t have Champions League football either, so the revenue differential from competing in the Europa League compared to the Champions League had a significant impact on the numbers.

“But caution is needed. With Bayern Munich moving ahead of them, they were able to complete their domestic season in the time-frame, so the numbers for Bayern represent a full year of domestic football, whereas for United they are curtailed.

Adversely, Everton saw an increased revenue compared to other ranked clubs among the top 20, but Bridge explained that their long-term partnerships is the driving factor.

Bridge’s statement: “For anybody who has seen Everton’s plans around the new stadium, and the investment into the playing squad, they’ve got an ambitious owner who’s looking to take strides forward,”

“When a new owner comes in we talk about an investment cycle, and often it requires significant investment on the pitch in order to then drive future commercial revenues, and what Everton have been able to do is secure some long-term partnerships.

“A new shirt sponsorship with Cazoo and the deal with Hummel, but there is a significant deal within their commercial portfolio in respect of the future naming rights of their stadium with USM. That is the driving factor behind the commercial increase.”

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Chelsea Sacked Frank Lampard Over Poor Form And Tuchel To Take Over

Frank Lampard has been sacked by Chelsea following their recent poor form and it’s set to be replaced by the former Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) manager, Thomas Tuchel.

Pressure started mounting on Lampard after his side lost 2-0 to Leicester City which meant the club had won just two games of their last eight Premier League games.

Chelsea over the weekend earned a respite with a 3-1 victory over Luton Town, a Championship club, in the FA Cup fourth round at the weekend, but it wasn’t enough to save his job as Roman Abramovich and the Chelsea board decided to part way with him.

A statement from the club read: “Chelsea Football Club have today parted company with Head Coach Frank Lampard.

This has been a very difficult decision, and not one that the owner and the Board have taken lightly.

“We are grateful to Frank for what he has achieved in his time as Head Coach of the Club. However, recent results and performances have not met the Club’s expectations, leaving the Club mid-table without any clear path to sustained improvement.

“There can never be a good time to part ways with a club legend such as Frank, but after lengthy deliberation and consideration it was decided a change is needed now to give the Club time to improve performances and results this season.”

The club owner Roman Abramovich stated: “This was a very difficult decision for the Club, not least because I have an excellent personal relationship with Frank and I have the utmost respect for him’.

“He is a man of great integrity and has the highest of work ethics. However, under current circumstances we believe it is best to change managers.”

“On behalf of everyone at the Club, the Board and personally, I would like to thank Frank for his work as Head Coach and wish him every success in the future. He is an important icon of this great club and his status here remains undiminished. He will always be warmly welcomed back at Stamford Bridge,” – he added.

Rumour has it that Lampard will be replaced by the just sacked PSG manager, Thomas Tuchel.

The choice of the 47-year-old German to take over from Lampard may not be connected with the recruitment of some German players like Timo Werner and Kai Havertz so as to bring the best out of them.

The news of Lampard sack may not be accepted by some Chelsea despite their recent woes, but the Board sees it as a way to save the club.

Lampard accepted the job as a return to the club where his career in football blossomed, and where he spent 13 years winning trophies and awards.

Last season, he led Chelsea to a fourth place finish in the Premier League, and as runners-up in the FA Cup.

Tuchel, if appointed, will become Chelsea’s fourth permanent manager since 2016, and will have the tasked of turning around the Blues’ poor form before the end of the season.

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Arsenal Signs Another Goalkeeper, Mat Ryan, On Loan From Brighton & Hove Albion

Arsenal have signed another goalkeeper,Mat Ryan, on loan from Brighton & Hove Albion for the rest of the season.

The Australian goalkeeper, who has gone down the pecking order at Brighton & Hove Albion and losing his first spot to his rival, Robert Sanchez, has decided to be a back-up for a top club.

Meanwhile, Arsenal Technical director, Edu, said: “Mat is an experienced goalkeeper, a proven talent in the Premier League and has also played many internationals for Australia. Mat will further strengthen our squad with his experience and knowledge of playing at the highest level.

“Following Matt Macey’s recent move to Hibernian, Mat will provide very good competition and positive support to all our goalkeepers and we are looking forward to him integrating quickly into the set-up here at Arsenal.”

The club manager, Mikel Arteta, said: “He brings additional quality to our squad. Mat has very good Premier League experience and has played over 100 times in the league, which is something that will benefit us greatly on and off the pitch. We look forward to working with him this season.”

The new signing made his feeling known: “There’s still an aura of surrealness to it all, to be honest, I’m really proud, it’s great and it’s hard to sort of put into words the emotions and feeling that this is becoming a reality.”

“All those mornings as a young kid in Australia, getting up to watch the Champions League games. The support back in the Thierry Henry and Dennis Bergkamp days, all these sorts of things, to now be here fills me with a great sense of pride and achievement,” – he added.

Ryan talked about his future at Arsenal: “I’m just looking to do the best that I can for the club and represent the club in the best possible way and ultimately help the club to achieve more success.”

The 28-year-old Australian international joined Albion in June 2017 shortly after the club were promoted to the Premier League.

He joined Albion for a then club-record fee from Valencia on a five-year deal in 2017, having spent the previous season on loan at Genk.

He was the club’s first choice for almost three and a half seasons, before being overtaken by Rob Sanchez in mid-December.

Head coach of Albion, Graham Potter, explained, “Mat has been a great servant to the club in the Premier League, and he has played no small part for the club at this level.

“We have incredible talent and competition at this club for just one position, and understandably, as Australia’s number one, Mat wants the chance of more regular opportunities.

“Mat is a pleasure to work with, a consummate professional and someone who works incredibly hard at his game. We wish him well at Arsenal and will be watching his progress there.

Ryan has made 121 Premier League appearances for Albion, keeping 28 clean sheets along the way.

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AC Milan Signs Fikayo Tomori On Loan From Chelsea

AC Milan has announced the signing of Chelsea defender, Fikayo Tomori, on loan for the rest of the season with an option to make deal permanent

The Rossoneri disclosed on their official website where it was stated that they were delighted to announce the signing.

Milan wrote: “AC Milan is delighted to announce the signing of Oluwafikayomi Oluwadamilola Tomori on loan from Chelsea FC until the end of the season. The defender has signed a contract until June 30, 2021, but AC Milan have an option to make the deal permanent.”

Tomori, who made his Premier League debut with Chelsea in 2016, was born in Calgary, Canada, on December 19, 1997, and spent his youth career at the London-based club.

Between January 2017 and June 2019, Tomori was on loan to Brighton, where he made 10 appearances, at Hull City with 26 appearances, and at Derby County , 55 appearances with 2 goals, before returning to Chelsea.

Though, he was born in Canada, but became a British citizen through naturalization. Tomori played 3 games for the Canada Under-20 team before deciding to represent England internationally.

He was part of the England Under-20 team that won the FIFA U-20 World Cup in 2017 and made his debut for the England senior side in November 2019.

Tomori made 27 appearances for Chelsea and scored 2 goals.

Milan has revealed that Tomori will wear number 23 jersey

The defender will wear the number 23 jersey,“- Milan wrote.

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Gonzalo Higuain Is Passionate With Dirty Girls – Manuela Ferrera

Manuela Ferrera, a model, has disclosed that the former Juventus man, Gonzalo Higuain, like to get down with dirty girls.

She recently opened up about her alleged relationship with the Argentine star.

Manuela Ferrara has always worked as a model and showgirl in various television programs. Among these we remember her role (together with her twin sister Marianna) of meteorina on Tg4 (one of the girls who read the weather at the end of the news as well as her colleague Martina Hamdy.

She posed for a calendar without veils in 2019 for For Men magazine obtaining a good success that opened her doors as a commentator in the Afternoon 5 program by Barbara D’urso where she camped for some time together with Antonella Fiordelisi and Fabiana Britto.

The 36-year-old made this disclosure in her appearance on Italian football show Tiki Taka.

She said: “I was with Higuain some time ago.

“We were never officially engaged, there was a date that lasted a few months.

“It ended because he had a girlfriend.

“He had a particular passion for dirty girls.

“He preferred to go with dirty ones.”

She revealed that their relationship was when hew was in AC Milan, when asked if the relationship occurred during Higuain’s time at Napoli.

She said: “No, later.

“He was in Milan at that time.”

When asked about the story with Cristiano Ronaldo?

She said: “There has never been anything, he just wrote me a private message on social media to congratulate me. I really appreciated it“.

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DEAL DONE: Eintracht Frankfurt Signs Luka Jovic On Loan From Real Madrid

Luka Jovic has completed his move to the German club, Eintracht Frankfurt, on loan until the end of the season, from Real Madrid.

The 23-year-old Serbian professional footballer who plays as a striker for Real Madrid and the Serbia national team.

He had earlier in his career joined Eintracht Frankfurt on a two-season loan from Benfica with an option to sign him on a permanent basis.

He has not been a regular at Real Madrid as he made a total of just 5 appearances for Real Madrid in this present season.

The player is to wear the No. 9 shirt at the club.

Now returning to Eintracht Frankfurt will a dream for him.

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Skrtel’s Contract Terminated By Istanbul Basaksehir

Martin Skrtel’s contract has been terminated by the Turkish club, Istanbul Basaksehir when the two agreed to part ways by mutual consent.

The 36-year-old centre-back last played for the club was in the 2-2 draw against Kasimpasa where he ruptured his Achilles in the club’s last league match in 2020

He joined Istanbul from Serie A side Atalanta after his contract was ripped up and just three weeks in 2019.

The Slovakian had made ten appearances in the Super Lig for Istanbul this season and also featured in the Champions League five times for the club.

Skrtel was in the two-tie matches against Manchester United which made them sunk the premier league side into the Europa League following a 2-1 victory.

He was also in the list that played against PSG in a match that was completed a day later than scheduled after players walked off the field in the first time round – following an allegation of racism involving the Romanian fourth official.

He rose to fame at Liverpool where he spent eight-and-a-half years, played 319 games and scored 18 goals for the Reds.

He previously played for Trenčín and Zenit Saint Petersburg, before joining Liverpool for £6.5 million in January 2008.

Skrtel signed for Turkish Süper Lig club, Fenerbahçe, on the 14th July 2016, after his exit from Liverpool for a reported fee of £5 million.

He has won the Russian Premier League and the League Cup, and was named Slovak Footballer of the Year four times.

 

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NPFL Results For Week 4 Matches

The midweek results for matches played in the Nigerian Professional Football League Week 4 have been released

Heartland 2-0 Enyimba
Heartland were too strong for their visitor, Enyimba, as they beat them two goals to nil in the encounter. Shedrack Oghali scored the opener in the 33th minute while Emmanuel Adachie made it double in the 53th minute.

Wikki 1-0 Rivers Utd
Wikki beat Rivers Utd at home to get the maximum three points. The goal from Chinedu Udeagha in the 30th minute gave the home side the maximum point.

Wolves 3-0 Katsina Utd
Wolves proved to be too strong for their opponent, Katsina Utd, with a three nil result from the match. Goals were scored by Daniel Mark in the 58th minute, Tega Ebetomame in the 74th minute and Uche Ihuarulam in the 81st minute.

Sunshine Stars 2-2 Lobi Stars
Sunshine Stars and Lobi Stars played a two-two draw in the encounter. Fuad Ekelojuoti opened for Sunshine in the 9th minute while Samuel Mathias equalized for Lobi before the half time whitsle in the 45+1st minute. Ossy Martins put Lobi on the lead in the 77th minute while Sadeeq Yusuf’s in the 90+2nd minute ensure a draw for the home team.

Dakkada 1-1 MFM
Dakkada boys couldn’t beat MFM as they played draw in the game. Chigozie Solomon scored in the 45+3rd minute for Dakkada while Temim Adebayo leveled for MFM in the 77th minute.

Kwara Utd 1-1 Akwa Utd
Kwara Utd and Akwa Utd played out a one-one draw game. Christopher Nwanze scored from the spot-kick in the 61th minute for kwara Utd while Christopher Nwanze cancelled out the goal in the 68th minute to level on point.

Rangers 2-1 FC Ifeanyiubah
Though FC Ifeanyiubah did their best to get a point from the game but Rangers were too strong for them and FC Ifeanyiubah were beaten two goals to one in that game. Israel Abia put Rangers on the lead in the 12th minute with a penalty as Ekene Awazie leveled for FC Ifeanyiubah 51st minute but Shedrack Asiegbu gave Rangers the win with a goal in the 57th minute.

Abia Warriors 1-3 Jigawa
Home defeat encounter, Abia Warriors couldn’t put up a fight against their visitor, Jigawa Stars, as they were beaten three goals to one in their home
Utibe Arit Archibong put Abia Warrior in the 7th minute but Olasukanmi Quadiri equalized for the visitor in the 24th minute, and Stone Samuel’s goal in the 74th and 85th ensure a win for Jigawa Stars

Kano Pillars 1-0 Plateau Utd
A lone match, a penalty kick converted by Rabiu Ali from the 78th minute for the home team. One goal it ended in favour of Kano Pillars

Adamawa Utd 0-0 Nasarawa Utd
The game ended in a goalless draw as both teams proved their worth.

Summary of the Week 4 Results in NPFL:

Adamawa Utd 0-0 Nasarawa Utd
Kano Pillars 1-0 Plateau Utd
Wikki 1-0 Rivers Utd
Kwara Utd 1-1 Akwa Utd
Abia Warriors 1-3 Jigawa GS
Rangers 2-1 FC Ifeanyiubah
Dakkada 1-1 MFM
Sunshine Stars 2-2 Lobi
Wolves 3-0 Katsina Utd
Heartland 2-0 Enyimba

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The Oldest Footballer Signs Contract Extension To Play More Seasons

Kazuyoshi Miura, a 53-year-old Japanese striker, signed a contract extension with a Japanese League (J-League) club, Yokohama FC, on Monday, which will make him play into his 36th season as a professional.

He said: “I have renewed my contract with Yokohama FC for the 2021 season.

“Last season, the world was in a difficult situation because of the coronavirus pandemic, but thanks to many people, we are able to feel the joy of playing soccer. I felt that the last season wasn’t my best, but my own ambitions and passion for soccer have kept growing.

“I will play more games this season and would like to work hard every day toward contributing to my team’s victory.”

Miura will be 54 years when the new J-League season begins at the end of February.

He made his professional debut in 1986 at age of 19-year-old when he featured for the Brazilian side Santos.

He led Verdy Kawasaki, J-league club, to a back-to-back titles win in 1993 and 1994, when he returned to Japan after a successful career in Brazil.

He was on loan at Genoa, Seria A club, in 1994 – becoming the first Japanese to play in the Italian first division. Also, he had a stints in Croatia and Australia

On the International scene, Miura had a wonderful career with Japan, where he won the Asian Cup in 1992, finishing with 55 goals in 89 games before he retired from international football in 2000, and becoming the second highest goals scorer in Japanese national team history.

He signed for his current club, Yokohama FC, in 2005, which means he’s on his 17th season at the club.

He made a record of becoming the oldest player to ever scored in a professional match when he scored against Thespakusatsu Gunma in Japan’s second division at 50 years and 14 days in 2017.

He also helped Yokohama secure promotion to Japan’s top division at the end of the 2019 season.

He’s indeed a legend with his age, years in football and goals scored.

 

 

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Nigerian Teenage Striker Signs For MLS Side Montreal Impact

The Montreal Impact have announced the signing of Nigerian striker, Sunusi Ibrahim, from 36 Loin FC for undisclosed fee.

The 18-year-old Nigerian striker signed a three-year contract that will keep him at the club till 2023 with an option of extension to 2024.

The deal will be confirmed upon receipt of his international transfer certificate and completion of medical examination.

The MLS club side sporting director Olivier Renard in a news release said: “The club is very happy to have completed the transfer of this young player, who is already part of his country’s U23 squad despite his young age,”

“It’s a great addition to the squad, especially considering several European clubs were very interested in him as well. Sunusi Ibrahim is a fast and powerful striker who can also play on the wings.”

Ibrahim, who played for Nasarawa United in the Nigerian league, was the leading scorer in the Nigerian league’s first division with 10 goals in 22 matches in 2019.

Internationally, he played three qualifying matches for Nigeria’s U23 squad at the U23 Africa Cup of Nations in 2019.

Ibrahim is now the fourth African player in the club managed by the former Arsenal player, Thierry Henry.

Other African player in the squad are Kenya international Victor Wanyama, Uganda player, Mustafa Kizza and Senegales Clement Diop.

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Ozil Picks Ronaldo Ahead Of Messi

Ozil is a German professional footballer who plays as an attacking midfielder for Premier League club side, Arsenal.

Popular for his technical skills and creativity, Ozil has also received praise for his agility, finesse, and versatility as an attacking midfielder.

The 32-year-old ex-Germany international has also been deployed as a wide midfielder in his career.

Ozil has not played for Arsenal in the current season, .

On the comparison between Messi and Ronaldo tagged “The Goat”, he said: Messi has only proved his best in Barcelona, Spain but Ronaldo has proved his best in every club and country he has played.

Ozil said “Messi has proven himself to be one of the best ever in Spain, but Ronaldo was always the best in every country he’s played in!”

Ozil who once said that he will definitely continue his playing career when he leaves Arsenal,

He said: “There are two countries I want to play football in before I retire: Turkey and USA. If I went to Turkey, I could only go to Fenerbahce.

“Fenerbahce is like Real Madrid in Spain. The biggest club in the country.”

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FA Cup Fourth Round Draw Thriller: Manchester United to Face Liverpool

The FA Cup fourth-round draw has been fixed. The fixtures for the fourth round will witness a big fight among top clubs:

The fourth-round ties will be played between 23rd – 24th January, 2021.

Manchester United will the face the League champion, Liverpool, at Old Trafford in the fourth round of the FA Cup. Premier League rivals

Chorley, a non-league club, will host Premier League side, Wolverhampton Wanderers.

League Two side, Cheltenham Town, will welcome Manchester City to Whaddon Road.

Crawley Town, will travel to Championship side, Bournemouth, in the fourth round.

Tottenham will face Wycombe Wanderers at Adams Park,

Fulham will take on Burnley in an all-Premier League tie.

Arsenal will battle Southampton or Shrewsbury in the fourth round.

West Ham to face Stockport County in the fourth round

FA Cup fourth-round draw

Cheltenham Town v Manchester City

Bournemouth v Crawley Town

Swansea City v Nottingham Forest

Manchester United v Liverpool

Southampton/Shrewsbury v Arsenal

Barnsley v Norwich

Chorley v Wolves

Millwall v Bristol City

Brighton v Blackpool

Wycombe v Tottenham

Fulham v Burnley

Sheffield United v Plymouth

Chelsea v Luton

Stockport/West Ham v Doncaster

Brentford v Leicester

Everton v Sheffield Wednesday

The fifth round will be played as midweek matches from 9th -11th February.

FA Cup fifth-round draw

Fulham/Burnley v Bournemouth/Crawley Town

Manchester United/Liverpool v Stockport/West Ham or Doncaster

Sheffield United/Plymouth v Millwall/Bristol City

Chorley/Wolves v Southampton/Shrewsbury or Arsenal

Barnsley/Norwich v Chelsea/Luton Town

Everton/Sheffield Wednesday v Wycombe/Tottenham

Swansea City/Nottingham Forest v Cheltenham Town/Manchester City

Brentford/Leicester v Brighton/Blackpool

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NPFL Results For Week 3 Matches

This weekend was full of action as many matches were played and decided.

The result of matches played this weekend in the Nigerian Professional Football League matchday 3.

Plateau United 3-0 Heartland

It was an emphatic one for Plateau Utd and their first win of this season.
Muhammadu Zulkifilu scored in the 19th minute as Amos Gyang converted a spot-kick in the 55th minute and Jesse Akila made it three in the 60th minute.

Rivers United 3-0 Kwara United

It was a special day for Stanley Eguma and his men as RiversUnitedFC defeated Kwara United to make it three straight wins in three matches.
Goals from Ifeanyi Anaemena in the 32th minute and another one from Godwin Aguda 33th minutes, while Chika Godwin converted a penalty at 90th minute for Rivers United.

Nasarawa Utd 1-1 Kano Pillars

Nasarawa Utd and Kano Pillars played out one-one draw game. Nyima Nwagua in the 48th minute scored for Kano Pillars while Adamu Hassan leveled the game for Nasarawa in the 83th minute.

Enyimba 1-0 Wikki

Enyimba beat Wikki Tourist by a lone goal in this weekend encounter and the goal was scored by Nabil Yarou in the 24th minute.

FC Ifeanyiubah 0-1 Dakkada

FC Ifeanyiubah was beaten at home by Dakkada by a lone goal that was scored by Nnamdi Mejuobi in the 29th minute.

Jigawa GS 0-1 Rangers

Jigawa lost at to Rangers with a lone goal scored by Israel Abia 79th minute.

Katsina Utd 2-0 Adamawa

Katsina Utd came through agaist their Adamawa counterpart with a two nil game in favour of
Katsina. Rasheed Ahmed got a brace for his club as he scored in the 42th minute and 74th minute.

MFM 1-0 Sunshine Stars

MFM shone at home as Sunshine Stars refused to shine. A goal from Dennis Obasi in the 7th minute made it for them.

Lobi 3-0 Wolves

Lobi Stars defeated Wolves y three goals to nil in that ecounter. Early goal from Ossy Martin in the first minute of the game put host to a lead while goal by Mathias Samuel in the 64th minute made it doule and Chinonso Okonkwo in the 90th minute sealed the win for Lobi Stars.
Lobi Keeper had his share of the game as a penalty kick from Wisdom Jumbo in the 61th minute of the game.

Yesterday, Akwa United beat Abia Warriors by two goals to one.

 

Summary of the Result:

Katsina Utd 2-0 Adamawa Utd
Nasarawa Utd 1-1 Kano Pillars
Plateau Utd 3-0 Heartland
Enyimba 1-0 Wikki
Rivers Utd 3-0 Kwara Utd
Jigawa GS 0-1 Rangers
MFM 1-0 Sunshine Stars
Lobi 3-0 Wolves
FC Ifeanyiubah 0-1 Dakkada

Akwa 2 – 1 Abia warriors

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Manchester United Signs Amad Diallo From Atalanta

Amad Diallo has completed his move to Manchester United from Atalanta

Signing the teenage seasonal winger, the Manchester United manager, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, said that he has landed a future star.

Diallo has signed a four-and-a-half-year deal, which will make him Manchester United player till June 2025.

United first shown interest in Diallo in 2016, as the youngster has developed and broken through at Atalanta, playing five games for the first-team of the club, and scored goal.

Though, a deal was agreed in October but there was no work permit to see it through.

The transfer is said to be around £37million but the manager believes that United is getting a rare talent.

Solskjaer said: “As a club, we have followed Amad for a number of years and having watched him myself, I believe he is one of the most exciting young prospects in the game.

“Manchester United has such a proud history of developing young players and everything is in place to enable Amad to reach his potential here.

“It will take time for him to adapt but his speed, vision and fantastic dribbling ability will stand him in good stead to make the transition. He is a player with all of the raw attributes that are needed to be an important player for Manchester United in the years to come.”

Diallo, who was excited with the move, said: “After waiting since the summer, it is finally a dream come true to complete my move to Manchester United. I am hugely ambitious and there is so much that I want to achieve in the game; when I spoke to the manager, I knew that I had joined the perfect club.

“This is a really exciting squad with so many great players, I can promise that I will work hard every day to learn from them and give everything to develop my game. The coaches have been fantastic since I signed, we have been in touch regularly and they have already given me a lot of great advice“.

The 18-year-old winger is expected to join the rest of the team as soon as he receives his visa.

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Juventus Ends Milan Unbeaten

Juventus has ended the AC Milan unbeaten run in the league for the season’s campaign with a 3-1 win at the San Siro stadium.

Federico Chiesa put Juventus ahead from a brilliant pass from Dybala in the 18th minute of the game.

Federico Chiesa scored the second goal at the 62nd minute while Weston McKennie made it three at the 76th minute.

The win has pushed Juventus up to 4th place in the log.

Andrea Pirlo’s men played a fantastic attacking football to become the first team to beat table-leader, Milan, in the league in 28 consecutive matches without their top scorer, Alvaro Morata.

Milan responded at the 41st minute from a brilliant finish from Davide Calabria to level the goals at 1-1 at half time.

The attacking pressure from Milan made Juventus goalkeeper, Wojciech Szczesny, to be in fine form and proving his worth.

With the win, Juventus have now won three of their last four Serie A matches this season.

Chiesa was substituted due to an injury and was replaced with McKennie, who scored Juventus’ third in the 76th minute after a jinking run through Milan’s defence by fellow substitute Dejan Kulusevski.

The Bianconeri will hope this was a turning point in a challenging season while Milan will reflect on a missed opportunity to extend their lead at the top to four points after Inter lost to Sampdoria.

 

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Manchester United Out of Carabao Cup as City Qualifies for Another Final

Manchester United has been knocked out of this year EFL Carabao Cup competition with a 2-0 win by their city rival Manchester City.

Manchester City took the lead through John Stones’ goal at the fiftieth minute from a free-kick.

As United failed to respond following Stones’ goal early in the second half, City doubled their lead through Fernandinho’s fine finish seven minutes from final whistle.

John Stones has ended his long goal drought as cup-holder, Manchester City, secured a 2-0 win over rival Manchester United to set up an EFL Cup final showdown with Tottenham.

The centre-back had earlier put the ball in his own net earlier in the game but the goal was ruled out as Marcus Rashford was offside,

Similarly, Manchester City defeated Manchester United 12 months ago when they were aiming to win the competition for a fourth consecutive time.

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Ahmed Musa to Build School in Jos

Ahmed Musa, the Nigerian professional footballer, took to his social medial handle, @Ahmedmusa718, to announce the commencement of building of school in Bukuru, Jos South Local Government Area of Plateau State.

He said he’s doing this as way to give back to the society and that education is key.

His statement read: “I am not ignorant of the need to give back to my wonderful community and that is why I am excited to announce the commencement of the M & S international school project in Plateau State. Jos South local government Bukuru. Education is the key“.

Ahmed Musa is the captain of the Nigerian National Team, Super Eagle, and currently a player for Al-Nassr in Saudi Arabia.

He has a record of being the first Nigerian to score more than one goal in the 2014 FIFA world cup match against Argentina.

 

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William Saliba Joins Nice

William Saliba has joined Nice on loan for the rest of the season.

The 19 year old French defender signed for the Gunners for £27million in 2019 but spent the 2019-20 campaign on loan at Saint-Etienne.

After failing to make a single first-team appearance this season with Arsenal desperation to get him more playing time.

He has been released on loan to Nice in France.

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PSG appoints Pochettino as the new Manager

Newly appointed PSG manager

Newly appointed PSG manager

Paris Saint German (PSG) has appointed Mauricio Pochettino as their new Manager. Pochettino, who is 48 years was a former manager at Southampton and Tottenham Hotspur both in the English Premier League. Information has it that he turned offers from many European top clubs before accepting to join PSG.

Pochettino, who played for PSG between 2001 and 2003, was sacked by Spurs in November 2019 and will now succeeding Thomas Tuchel, who was sacked by the club recently. Pocttino has signed a deal till 30th June, 2022 for undisclosed fee with the option for an extra year.

PSG are currently third in Ligue 1 table and will face Barcelona in the Champions League round 16 n February and March.

The Argentine will take his first PSG training session on Sunday following the French league’s winter break.

According to Pochettino, he said he was happy and honoured to take on the role and that the club has always held a special place in his heart

He continued that he has returned to the club today with a lot of ambition and humility, and he’s eager to work with some of the world’s most talented players.

He stated that the team has fantastic potential and that he and his staff will do everything they can to get the best for Paris Saint Germain in all competitions. “We will also do our utmost to give our team the combative and attacking playing identity that Parisian fans have always loved.”

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