Cristiano Ronaldo to become highest earner in Premier League history

Cristiano Ronaldo is set to become the highest-paid player in Premier League history, following his shock return to Manchester United in the summer transfer window.Cristiano Ronaldo The 36-year-old seemed nailed on to join rivals Manchester City after announcing his intention to leave Juventus, but the Red Devils hijacked the deal at the last second to bring the former fan favourite back to Old Trafford. In doing so, Ronaldo will now become the highest earner the Premier League has ever seen, reports The Telegraph. The forward will earn in excess of former Red Devil Alexis Sanchez’s £560,000-a-week contract, when taking into account bonuses … Continue reading Cristiano Ronaldo to become highest earner in Premier League history

PSG to accept Real Madrid’s €180m bid for Kylian Mbappe

Paris Saint-Germain are prepared to accept Real Madrid’s €180m bid for wantaway forward Kylian Mbappe.Kylian Mbappe Mbappe has made it clear to those in charge at PSG that he is prepared to leave for free when his contract expires next summer, and with the transfer window closing, they are now open to the idea of selling the 22-year-old. As confirmed by 90mins, Real first failed with a €160m but quickly returned with a second offer which met the €180m asking price of PSG director Leonardo, who urged those in charge at the Parc des Princes to accept it and move on … Continue reading PSG to accept Real Madrid’s €180m bid for Kylian Mbappe

What impudence: Premier League won’t release players for red-list internationals

English Premier League clubs will not release players for international matches played in so-called “red-list” countries next month. The League announced on Tuesday a blanket for the September fixtures, amid frustration that players who travelled to red-list countries would have to follow coronavirus quarantine regulations upon their return, ruling them out of several of their club’s matches. The Egyptian Football Association had said on Monday that Liverpool would not release Mohamed Salah for the upcoming World Cup qualifiers against Angola and Gabon due to the quarantine rules. It was also reported that Liverpool would refuse to release Fabinho, Roberto Firmino … Continue reading What impudence: Premier League won’t release players for red-list internationals

Update: Four-match stand closure ordered and man arrested after Ligue 1 brawl

Authorities have ordered a four-match stand closure and arrested a man after ugly scenes caused Nice’s Ligue 1 game with Marseille to be abandoned. The Alpes-Maritimes department said the Popular South stand of Nice’s Allianz Riviera stadium would be closed after the brawl between fans and players. A 28-year-old man was taken into custody for his part in Sunday’s melee. Marseille’s Dimitri Payet was hit by a bottle and threw it back into the crowd, causing fans to storm the pitch. Nice’s players returned to the pitch after a delay, but Marseille’s did not. The game was abandoned as a result … Continue reading Update: Four-match stand closure ordered and man arrested after Ligue 1 brawl

What?: Lionel Messi’s used tissue from Barcelona farewell press conference listed for $1 million

A tissue Lionel Messi allegedly used during his farewell press conference with Barcelona is being auctioned off for a large amount of money. Lionel Messi The tissue was listed on the international e-commerce platform Meikeduo for $1 million, according to TMZ Sports. The seller claims the price is so high because the tissue contains Messi’s “genetic material,” which could be used to clone him.  Messi left Barcelona earlier this month due to financial complications at the club. Barca president Joan Laporta recently revealed the LaLiga giants are €1.35 billion in debt. He blamed the issue on former president Josep Maria Bartomeu, who stepped down last … Continue reading What?: Lionel Messi’s used tissue from Barcelona farewell press conference listed for $1 million

The long goodbye: Barca say adios to Messi, the boy who signed on a napkin

When Lionel Messi won an unprecedented sixth Ballon d’Or in December last year, the speculation had already begun over his career at Barcelona after he sought to trigger an exit clause and leave as a free agent.Lionel Messi The 34-year-old Argentine footballing genius has countless times over 17 years with the Catalan club been able to propel the side to glory. But the club has been imploding off the pitch amid a soaring debt mountain. Now there are fears for the future on the pitch after the club said Thursday that agreement on a new deal could not be reached … Continue reading The long goodbye: Barca say adios to Messi, the boy who signed on a napkin

Update: Four arrested over online racist abuse of England trio Marcus Rashford, Jadon Sancho and Bukayo Saka

Four people have so far been arrested in connection with online abuse directed at England players. The UK Football Policing Unit (UKFPU) provided an update on its investigation on Thursday, following abusive posts targeting Marcus Rashford, Jadon Sancho and Bukayo Saka in the wake of England’s defeat on penalties to Italy in the Euro 2020 final on Sunday. A statement issued to the PA news agency read: “Following England’s defeat against Italy on Sunday a torrent of racist comments aimed at some of the team’s black players appeared on platforms including Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. “A hate crime investigation is under way by the UKFPU, with a dedicated team of investigators … Continue reading Update: Four arrested over online racist abuse of England trio Marcus Rashford, Jadon Sancho and Bukayo Saka

Euro 2020: Italy crowned European champions

Italy won the European Championship for the first time since 1968 as goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma saved two England penalties en route to a 3-2 shoot-out win. Both sides had fought out a 1-1 extra-time draw at a raucous Wembley on Sunday. The giant keeper saved from Jadon Sancho and Bukayo Saka after Marcus Rashford hit the post, as Federico Bernardeschi, Leonardo Bonucci and Domenico Berardi all scored for the Italians. Luke Shaw had given England a dream start with a superb goal after two minutes but Italy, who offered almost nothing in response in the first half, gradually took command … Continue reading Euro 2020: Italy crowned European champions

History In The Making: England reaches first major final since 1966

England reached its first men’s major tournament final since winning the World Cup in 1966 after beating Denmark 2-1 at Euro 2020 in a gripping encounter on Wednesday at Wembley stadium.England’s forward Harry Kane (C) celebrates after scoring a goal during the UEFA EURO 2020 semi-final football match between England and Denmark at Wembley Stadium in London Gareth Southgate’s team had to come from behind to win and, as the match went into extra-time, a contentious penalty decided the match. Raheem Sterling went down in the box under pressure from a melee of Denmark players and, after referee Danny Makkelie awarded … Continue reading History In The Making: England reaches first major final since 1966

Griezmann and Dembele respond to racism allegations

Antoine Griezmann and Ousmane Dembele have responded to accusations of racism after a video of the pair emerged on social media and sparked widespread criticism of the two France internationals. The two Barcelona stars appear in the video, which was filmed back in 2019, and appear to be mocking Asian staff. Both Griezmann and Dembele also appear to be laughing as hotel staff try to resolve an issue in a hotel room. Griezmann has responded on twitter with a post where he refutes the accusations of racism but does offer a bit of an apology. “I have always been completely against all … Continue reading Griezmann and Dembele respond to racism allegations

Its All About 2 Years: Sergio Ramos set to sign two-year PSG contract

Sergio Ramos is set to sign a two-year deal with Ligue 1 giants Paris Saint-Germain after leaving Real Madrid earlier this summer.Sergio Ramos The Spain legend was involved in a contract standoff with Los Blancos throughout the early months of 2021 and no agreement was reached to extend his stay in Madrid, and now PSG have moved into pole position to sign him. It was reported earlier on Thursday that the two parties were closing in on a move, entering ‘advanced negotiation’, and now RMC sport’s Mohammad Bouhafsi has revealed an agreement has been reached. Ramos is expected to sign a two-year deal with … Continue reading Its All About 2 Years: Sergio Ramos set to sign two-year PSG contract

Euro 2020: Switzerland stuns world champion France on penalties

Switzerland defeated world champion France 5-4 on penalties in the last 16 of Euro 2020 on Monday as Kylian Mbappe missed the decisive spot kick in the shootout following a thrilling 3-3 draw in Bucharest. Mario Gavranovic equalised in the 90th minute as Switzerland came from two goals down before Yann Sommer saved from Mbappe in the shootout to book Switzerland a quarter-final clash against Spain. Haris Seferovic had given Vladimir Petkovic’s Switzerland a shock lead on 15 minutes but Ricardo Rodriguez’s penalty was brilliantly saved by Hugo Lloris early in the second half. Karim Benzema, recalled to the France … Continue reading Euro 2020: Switzerland stuns world champion France on penalties