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    La Liga to resume on June 8

La Liga to resume on June 8

Pedro Sanchez, Spain's prime minister, has given the La Liga go ahead to resume the league on June 8, after three months of shutdown due to the coronavirus pandemic. The 2019-20 Spanish league season has been suspended since March 12 when a state of emergency was declared in the country. But on Saturday, Sanchez gave the green light for football to return in [...]

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    Troost-Ekong: I’ve played against great players but Messi is special

Troost-Ekong: I’ve played against great players but Messi is special

As the debate on who is the better player between Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi continues, William Troost-Ekong, Super Eagles defender, says the Argentine star player is "special". In an Instagram live chat with Super Eagles official handle, Troost-Ekong, while airing his opinion, said having played against both players, Messi stood out for him. "Messi. He is special," the Eagles vice-captain said. "I have [...]

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    Ronaldo missing as Messi wins record 6th Ballon d’Or

Ronaldo missing as Messi wins record 6th Ballon d’Or

Lionel Messi has been awarded the 2019 Ballon d’Or as Cristiano Ronaldo snubbed this year's edition of the awards. The Barcelona star won the award for a record sixth occasion, after previously lifting the prestigious individual trophy in 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2015. He saw off strong competition from the likes of Liverpool’s Virgil Van Dijk and the Juventus star, who was one of the [...]

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    Chukwueze, Dele-Ashiru nominated for 2019 Golden Boy award

Chukwueze, Dele-Ashiru nominated for 2019 Golden Boy award

Samuel Chukwueze, Super Eagles winger, and Tom Dele-Ashiru, Flying Eagles midfielder, have been named in the 40-man list of nominees for the 2019 Golden Boy award. The annual award organised by Tuttosport, an Italian newspaper, recognises the most outstanding player in Europe under the age of 21. One of the criteria for nomination is that the players nominated must be playing in top [...]

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    Messi beats Ronaldo, Van Dijk to win 6th FIFA Best Men’s player award

Messi beats Ronaldo, Van Dijk to win 6th FIFA Best Men’s player award

Lionel Messi, Barcelonian forward, has set a record of winning the FIFA best male footballer of the year six times. The 32-year-old was announced the winner at a ceremony on Monday; beating his arch-rival Cristiano Ronaldo and Virgil van Dijk, who was recently named UEFA player of the year. Having missed the cut last season, Messi scored 36 league goals to clinch [...]

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    Ronaldo: I deserve to win more Ballon d’Or awards than Messi

Ronaldo: I deserve to win more Ballon d’Or awards than Messi

Cristiano Ronaldo, a Portuguese professional football player who also plays for Juventus, says he has to win more Ballon d'Or awards before he retires. This, he said, would ensure he retires as the greatest player of all time; ahead of Lionel Messi, an Argentine footballer who also plays for Barcelona. The Ballon d'Or is an annual football award presented by France Football, [...]

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    Van Dijk beats Messi, Ronaldo to win UEFA Player of the Season award

Van Dijk beats Messi, Ronaldo to win UEFA Player of the Season award

Virgil van Dijk beat Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo to claim the men’s UEFA Player of the Year award. The winner was announced on Thursday night during the Champions League draw ceremony in Monaco. The talismanic centre-back helped guide the Reds to European Cup glory, keeping a clean sheet as Jurgen Klopp’s men defeated Tottenham 2-0 in Madrid. Messi, the top scorer in [...]

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    Messi sets new records, wins 10th La Liga title with Barcelona

Messi sets new records, wins 10th La Liga title with Barcelona

Lionel Messi came off the bench to hand Barcelona its fourth La Liga title in five years in a 1-0 defeat of Levante. Messi broke Andre Iniesta's record as the player with the most La Liga titles with Barcelona, setting a new record at 10 titles, one title ahead of the Spanish midfielder. Messi broke the deadlock in the 61st minute when he picked up [...]

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    Majestic Messi bags hat-trick as Liverpool, Juventus remain unbeaten

Majestic Messi bags hat-trick as Liverpool, Juventus remain unbeaten

Liverpool retained first spot on the EPL log with a dominant 3-1 win over Manchester United at Anfield, thanks to goals from Saido Mane and Xerdan Shaqiri. Jurgen Klopp's boys pinned Jose Mourinho's timid side from the start and got a reward through Mane's volley after the Senegalese controlled Fabinho's pinpoint pass with his chest. A mistake from Liverpool keeper, [...]

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    Again, Modric breaks Messi-Ronaldo duopoly, wins 2018 Ballon d’Or

Again, Modric breaks Messi-Ronaldo duopoly, wins 2018 Ballon d’Or

Croatia and Real Madrid’s Luka Modric broke the Lionel Messi-Cristiano Ronaldo ten-year supremacy once again as he clinched the 2018 Ballon d'Or on Monday. Messi and Ronaldo were the two who had won football's top individual prize for the last decade but Modric changed it all this year. He helped Croatia get to their first ever World Cup final in Russia during [...]

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    UCL: Salah hits brace in dominant Liverpool win as Barca soar without Messi

UCL: Salah hits brace in dominant Liverpool win as Barca soar without Messi

Liverpool returned to the top of their Uefa Champions League group with a 4-0 thrashing of Red Star Belgrade at Anfield, with the goals scored by their fearsome attacking trident of Roberto Firmino, Saido Mane and Mohammed Salah. The Reds dominated from start and went ahead on 20 minutes through Firmino. The Brazilian striker controlled Andrew Robertson's cross before dispatching for [...]

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    Neymar hits treble for PSG as Barcelona humble Spurs

Neymar hits treble for PSG as Barcelona humble Spurs

Neymar and Lionel Messi were the stars on Wednesday as Paris Saint-Germain and Barcelona earned commanding wins. Atletico Madrid and Borussia Dortmund also emerged winners but Liverpool lost at Napoli. PSG 6-1 Red Star Belgrade Brazilian maestro, Neymar, was at the heart of an imperial performance as PSG steamrolled Red Star Belgrade to earn their first points of the UCL season. The [...]

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    UCL: Messi opens with hat trick, late Firmino winner for Liverpool

UCL: Messi opens with hat trick, late Firmino winner for Liverpool

Barcelona started their UCL season with a 4-0 win over PSV Eindhoven at the Camp Nou stadium, thanks to a Lionel Messi hat trick and a brilliant individual strike by Ousmanne Dembele. The first goal was a brilliant free kick just outside the penalty area while the 30-year old's second and third were first-time shots from the six-yard box off two [...]

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    Mourinho handed one-year prison sentence for £2.9m tax fraud

Mourinho handed one-year prison sentence for £2.9m tax fraud

Manchester United manager, Jose Mourinho, has accepted a one-year suspended prison sentence to settle a £2.9million tax evasion fraud case in Spain. According to Spanish newspaper El Mundo, Mourinho was handed a six-month sentence for each of the two financial crimes he was accused of. Spanish law states that a sentence of under two years for a first time offender can be [...]

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    No mercy for Messi as UEFA announces player of the year nominees

No mercy for Messi as UEFA announces player of the year nominees

Lionel Messi, a favourite among Barcelona fans, will not be a contender for the 2018 edition of UEFA men's player award. The Barcelona forward, who is a three-time winner of the award, was however shortlisted for the forward of the season award. Cristiano Ronaldo, newly-signed Juventus player, Mo Salah, Liverpool forward, and Luka Modric, Real Madrid midfielder, are the three finalists. The trio [...]

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    The Best FIFA Men’s Award: Ronaldo hat-trick or new winner?

The Best FIFA Men’s Award: Ronaldo hat-trick or new winner?

World football governing body, FIFA, rolled out the names of nominees for its best men's player of the year award yesterday, a list compiled by its panel of legends which included Nigeria's Emmanuel Amunike. Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi again feature, but it was bad news for Brazil with the absence of Neymar Jr. from the list. Mohamed Salah secured a spot [...]

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