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Ronaldo breaks men’s all-time international record

Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo has scored his 110th international goal to overtake Iran’s Ali Daei as the men’s all-time international goal scorer. The newly minted Manchester United man’s record mark arrived in the 89th minute of Portugal’s World Cup qualifier against the Republic of Ireland. Goncalo Guedes swung in a cross from the right wing, with Ronaldo rising to meet the service and head home the record-breaking equaliser. He added his 111th international goal in the sixth minute of stoppage time, leading his side to a 2-1 comeback win. Ronaldo equalised Daei’s mark of 109 earlier this year at Euro 2020 with
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Ex-Juventus boss: Signing Cristiano Ronaldo was a mistake

Former Juventus chairman Giovanni Cobolli Gigli has called on the club to rectify the “mistake” of signing Cristiano Ronaldo by selling him as soon as possible. Juve paid a club-record £99million to prise Ronaldo from Real Madrid in the summer of 2018, UK Mirror reports. The Portuguese superstar joined on a four-year contract and plundered 101 goals in his first three seasons, winning every domestic honour available to him. But the start of the current campaign has not gone to plan, with Ronaldo said to be pushing for a move to Manchester City after he reportedly requested to be on
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Barcelona Make a deal of €16 million with RB Leipzig for Ilaix Moriba

RB Leipzig have agreed on a deal to sign Barcelona midfielder Ilaix Moriba. The deal for the 18-year-old is worth an initial €16 million (£13m/$19m), but could rise to €22m (£19m/$26m) with bonuses. The teenager has been given permission to travel to Germany to have a medical and put pen to paper on a four-year deal, with the option of an extra year. Ilaix is regarded as one of the most talented youngsters to graduate from the La Masia academy in recent years, having made 18 senior appearances during a breakout campaign last time out. Therefore, to lose him so
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Chelsea boss blames referee for draw vs Liverpool

Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel has blamed referee Anthony Taylor and VAR for their 1-1 draw with Liverpool on Saturday. According to Tuchel, Chelsea were in a good position to win the match but for the decision to send off Reece James in the final minutes of the first half. Tuchel’s side took an early lead through Kai Havertz and looked very dangerous going forward. But just before the break, the game flipped on its head when the young England international was adjudged to have handled the ball on the line. The referee initially missed the incident but came over to
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Atletico Madrid fear late Chelsea, Manchester United raids

Atletico Madrid fear a late attempt from the Premier League for two of their players. Kieran Trippier and Saul Niguez have both been the subject of interest of Prem clubs for much of this summer. Marca says Manchester United remain keen on fullback Trippier, while Chelsea have been in contact about taking Saul on-loan. Atletico are reluctant to lose both players so late into the transfer window. Saul’s agents have been in talks with Chelsea this past week, while United are convinced an offer of €40m will convince Atletico to sell Trippier.
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FIFA welcomes court decision against La Liga

World football governing body, FIFA, has welcomed the ruling by the Court of Arbitration for Sport which rejected the Spanish La Liga’s request to set aside its decision to extend the international window for the World Cup qualifiers in South America by two days. In a statement issued on its website on Sunday, FIFA said it had extended the international window by two days after consulting all relevant stakeholders. It said it also took into account all relevant circumstances, in particular, the challenges created by the Covid pandemic and especially health considerations for players. “Today’s CAS decision confirms the legality
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Borussia Dortmund working on last minute deal to sign Chelsea winger

Chelsea and Dortmund could be involved in a last-minute transfer deal just two days before the deadline closes. Unless this has already been in advanced stages, it is hard to see that they can pull this one off before Tuesday night, but anything can happen in a transfer window as we well know. The report is according to Sky Germany, who claim that contact between the clubs ‘should be established soon’. Dortmund are yet to make an offer for Hudson-Odoi and it ‘won’t be easy to convince’ Chelsea into a deal. They do claim the interest is real, but whether
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Afrobasket: D’Ivoire Cote was fight by D’Tigers for quarterfinals ticket

Nigeria D’Tigers will play their first real test at the ongoing Afrobasket championship in Kigali when they play Cote d’ Ivoire today. The winner of the tie will not only top Group C but also pick the sole quarterfinal ticket. Due to the increase in the number of teams at the Afrobasket to 16 only group winners qualifies automatically for the quarterfinal. With D’Tigers and the Ivorians unbeaten after two games against Kenya and Mali, Coach Mike Brown knows that winning the game puts his team in a better position to achieve what they have set out to do in
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Ronald Koeman: Barcelona Will not be compete with PSG, Manchester United

Barcelona coach Ronald Koeman has said it is frustrating the club are unable to compete with Manchester United, Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain in the transfer market. PSG signed Lionel Messi from Barca on a free transfer earlier this summer because the Catalan club could not afford to register his contract with LaLiga. The French side have also brought in Gianluigi Donnarumma, Sergio Ramos, Achraf Hakimi and Georginio Wijnaldum. City, meanwhile, spent £100 million on Jack Grealish, while Manchester United are set to follow up the signings of Jadon Sancho and Raphael Varane by bringing Cristiano Ronaldo back to the
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Ronaldo drops, Messi, Neymar top list of highest paid footballers

Cristiano Ronaldo is now the fifth highest paid footballer after his return to Manchester United. Messi, six-time Ballon d’Or winner who joined PSG as a free agent, tops the list as he will be going home with a whopping €35m annually. Messi’s teammate Neymar is second on the list grossing €30m while former Barcelona legend who now plies his trade in the J-League is third with Vissel Kobe with a yearly income of €25m. Ex-Chelsea midfielder Oscar who now plays for Chinese Super League side Shanghai Port earns €24m annual salary. Manchester United announced on Friday they have reached a
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Zouma, Chelsea player as be sign by West Ham

West Ham on Saturday completed the signing of French defender Kurt Zouma from Premier League rivals Chelsea in a deal worth a reported £25 million (29.1 million euros). The 26-year-old has agreed a four-year contract after leaving Stamford Bridge where he won two Premier League titles and a Champions League winners’ medal. “I’m very happy and very proud,” Zouma told West Ham TV. “My conversation with the manager went very fast. I just felt like he really wanted me to come and join the team, especially a good team that’s started the season very, very well.” West Ham lead the
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Six killed in fresh attack on Katsina community

Bandits, early Friday morning attacked Dan-Kumeji community, Faskari Local Government Area of Katsina state , killing no fewer than six people and injuring six others. Residents said the bandits stormed the community a few minutes to midnight and operated for no fewer than two hours. The bandits were also said to have laid ambush for some of the residents who attempted to escape the attack, killing and injuring some, in the process. The residents put the number of those killed by the bandits at eleven. Read Also Police confirm killing of Kaduna farmers in fresh attack A resident who pleaded
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Bauchi police arrest 352 suspected kidnappers, others, recover 25 AK-47 rifles

The Bauchi State Police Command said its operatives recovered 25 AK-47 rifles and 6,460 ammunition in the last six months. Also, 352 suspects in connection to 221 cases of various crimes committed within and outside the state were arrested within the same period. The Command’s Public Relations Officer, Ahmed Wakil, who disclosed this in a statement made available to journalists in the state on Friday, said the arrests were made from March till date. He said that Bauchi State, as one of the north-eastern states in the country, “is confronted with numerous security challenges such as kidnapping, armed banditry, cattle
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BBNaija S6: Why I ‘jump’ from one man to another – Maria

Big Brother Naija Shine Ya Eye housemate, Maria, has revealed why she ‘jumps’ from one man to another in the house. She disclosed this while discussing with Peace and Nini in the Executive lounge on Friday, day 34 of the show. Maria mentioned that she moves from one man to another because she doesn’t want to have issues with her boyfriend outside the house. Making reference to Saga’s closeness with Nini, Maria questioned Nini about her relationship with Saga, considering the fact that she had a boyfriend outside the house. Nini, however, confirmed that she was giving Saga attention because she was
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Tokyo: Four Nigerians crash out of para-table tennis

Team Nigeria’s losses in the para-table tennis competition of the 2020 Paralympics in Tokyo seem not to be abating as the four players who were in action on Friday all lost their games. The quartet of Ahmed Koleosho, Tajudeen Agunbiade, Alabi Olufemi and Faith Obazuaye ended up on the losing side, thereby failing to progress for podium finish. The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Koleosho began the chain of losses when he fell 1-3 to China’s Zhao Ping on table 8 at the Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium. The 35-year-old, who had qualified from his men’s singles Class 3 Group D after one
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AfroBasket: D’Tigers win again, beat Kenya 71-55

D’Tigers beat Kenya’s senior men’s basketball team 71-55 on Friday in Kigali to set the stage for their final group game on Sunday at the 2021 FIBA AfroBasket in Rwanda. Nigerian senior men’s basketball team won the first quarter 20-8, only to lose 14-18 in the second quarter. They however resurged in the game’s second half, winning 15-13 and 22-16 in the third and fourth quarters respectively. The Nigerian side, after having won their opening game, 81-73 against Mali on Wednesday, therefore lead Group C ahead of the group’s other match of the day. Cote d’Ivoire, who beat Kenya 88-70
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Welcome to Old Trafford’, Man United celebrate Ronaldo’s return

Manchester United confirmed on Friday that the club has reached an agreement with Juventus for the transfer of football legend Cristiano Ronaldo. Announcing his signing via their Twitter handle, the club said, “welcome home”. “Manchester United is delighted to confirm that the club has reached agreement with Juventus for the transfer of Cristiano Ronaldo, subject to agreement of personal terms, visa and medical. Read Also Juventus now part of my history, says RonaldoBREAKING: Ronaldo to undergo Man United medical soonBREAKING: Man United, Juventus reach deal on Ronaldo “Cristiano, a five-time Ballon d’Or winner, has so far won over 30 major
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Juventus now part of my history, says Ronaldo

Cristiano Ronaldo has confirmed his exit from Juventus, saying the Italian side is “now part of my history.” The 36-year-old took to his verified Instagram on Friday with a post appreciating his time with the club. He, however, regretted that he and Juventus could not achieve all that they had wanted. The former Real Madrid man wrote, “Today I depart from an amazing club, the biggest in Italy and surely one of the biggest in all of Europe. “I gave my heart and soul for Juventus and I’ll always love the city of Turin until my final days. Read Also BREAKING: 'Welcome
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I can leave Man City anytime, says Guardiola

Pep Guardiola denied on Friday that he will definitely leave Manchester City when his current contract expires in 2023. The City manager was quoted after speaking at a Brazilian business forum held over Zoom that he would leave the club after seven years at the helm. However, Guardiola clarified that his intention is to take a break from the game when he eventually does leave City, whether that be in two years’ time or further in the future. “I am not thinking to leave after two years. I can leave in two months if the results aren’t good or the
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Mali ex-interim president, PM freed from house arrest

Former Malian interim president Bah Ndaw and his prime minister Moctar Ouane have been freed from house arrest, the West African bloc ECOWAS said on Friday. In a statement, the Economic Community of West African States said it “welcomes” the move by Mali to lift “all restrictive measures” on the former leaders. Both men were appointed as interim civilian leaders after the military coup in August 2020, charged with steering Mali back towards civilian rule. But after a sensitive government reshuffle in May, Mali’s strongman Colonel Assimi Goita deposed Ndaw and Ouane in a second coup. Goita was later declared
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