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Details of Messi’s PSG contract leaked

 

Lionel Messi is earning €30 million per season after taxes at Paris Saint-Germain, according to L’Equipe.

 

The report also claims Messi is also being paid €1million in cryptocurrency.

 

The 34-year-old will earn around €110m over the course of his three-year contract with the Ligue 1 giants.

 

Messi joined PSG this summer after Barcelona were unable to register his new deal with LaLiga.

 

The Argentinan had agreed to a 50% with Barca, but it was still not enough to beat the Spanish league’s limit.

 

Meanwhile, Neymar is also earning €30m net per year in the French capital while France hero Kylian Mbappe is far behind on €12m (£10m/$14m) after taxes.

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Iwobi reveals his best position for Everton, Super Eagles

Alex Iwobi has said his best position at Everton is as a winger while he prefers to be either a number 10 or number 8 for Nigeria.

The 25-year-old has been deployed into different positions since he left Arsenal in 2019 for Goodison Park.

During his early days, Iwobi was compared with his legendary uncle, Austin ‘Jay Jay’ Okocha, who was a playmaker in his active days.

But Iwobi has told Everton’s official website: “I think playing different roles has helped me to understand the game a bit more, especially those defensive roles. I’m not going to complain – playing right wing-back, right midfield, left midfield, I’ll play anywhere and I’ll always give my best.

“My aim is to get more goals and assists but if I’m asked to do it at right wing-back, then I’ll do it and try my best!

“I think, for Everton, my best position for the team is probably out wide. For my national team, it’s completely different and I do like playing in the midfield as a number 8 or number 10.

“I feel like I can play in any position. For each manager and each team, it’s going to be different.”

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Mikel Obi almost made me quit refereeing – Ex-EPL referee, Mark Clattenburg

Former Premier League referee, Mark Clattenburg, has revealed that allegations made by f ormer Chelsea midfielder, John Mikel Obi, almost made him quit.

In 2012, Clattenburg was accused of racially abusing the Nigerian player.

This followed a 3-2 defeat to Manchester United at Stamford Bridge.

Clattenburg had sent off two Chelsea players Branislav Ivanovic and Fernando Torres and the officials missed an offside for United’s winning goal.

In his new autobiography, Whistle-Blower, he wrote: “Chelsea made a formal complaint to the FA three days after the game. They were saying I had racially abused Mikel and for the first time, I was made aware of the specifics of their accusation, which was also leaked to the press.

“According to Chelsea, I had said to Mikel, ‘Shut up, you monkey.’ The language disgusted me, it was damaging and fictitious.

“Twenty-five days after the game, the FA dismissed the case. I was not guilty, something I had known all along.”

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EPL: Tuchel names three strongest teams aside Chelsea, ignores Arsenal

Chelsea manager, Thomas Tuchel, has named the teams he feels are the strongest in the Premier League.

The German tactician ignored Arsenal as he listed the strongest teams. He named Manchester United, Manchester City and Liverpool.

Tuchel revealed this while speaking about Harry Kane’s failed move to City this summer.

“We are not afraid of nobody. We accept any team — Manchester City, Manchester United, Liverpool. They are the teams strong like no others in this league.

“They have strong, strong squads. These other guys with whom you want to compete, it is normal they fight for the best players,” Tuchel said.

Chelsea travels to Tottenham Hotspur in the league this Sunday, aiming to keep their top spot on the table.

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EPL: Ed Woodward rates Man Utd’s chances of winning silverware after new signings

Manchester United executive vice-chairman, Ed Woodward, has expressed confidence that the club is ‘more confident than ever of securing silverware after strengthening the squad with major signings in the summer transfer window.

Man United spent in excess of £130 million on Cristiano Ronaldo, Jadon Sancho and Raphael Varane before the transfer deadline.

The Red Devils last won silverware [Europa League title] in May 2017 under Jose Mourinho.

Speaking after the release of Man United’s annual earnings call ahead of their Premier League clash with West Ham on Sunday, Woodward revealed his ‘great optimism’ for the season ahead.

“It has been an exciting start to the season at Old Trafford, with capacity crowds in attendance for the first time in almost 18 months,” Woodward said.

“We were delighted to welcome back Cristiano Ronaldo to the club, along with Raphael Varane, Jadon Sancho and Tom Heaton, to further reinforce the progress that our first team has been making under Ole.

“These signings have demonstrated our continued ability to attract some of the world’s best footballers to Old Trafford, and our firm commitment to helping Ole deliver success on the pitch. Furthermore, we recently sold Dan James to Leeds for a fee of £25 million, plus add-ons.

“This was made possible by the strength of our operating model, with sustained investment in the team underpinned by robust commercial revenues.

“Everyone associated with Manchester United can be proud of the resilience we have shown through the challenges created by the pandemic and we look forward to the rest of the season and beyond with great optimism.”

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EPL: Man United post £36.9 million loss

Manchester United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward said Friday he had “great optimism” for the future as the club published financial results revealing the ongoing impact of the coronavirus pandemic.

Annual financial figures showed total revenue for the year to June 30 — related to a full season played during the global health crisis — was down 2.9 percent to £494.1 million ($680 million), with matchday revenue plummeting more than 90 percent.

In their previous annual results, United’s revenue dropped sharply from £627.1 million to £509 million — figures that incorporated the early months of the pandemic.

Coronavirus restrictions have badly disrupted the domestic and global football calendar, forcing matches behind closed doors and hurting matchday income.

Broadcasting revenues helped soften the financial hit for United, with the club making £254.8 million, up more than 80 percent, but matchday revenues were down 92 percent to just £7.1 million.

The club reported a net loss of £92.2 million for the period — up from £23.2 million in 2020, significantly inflated by a £66.6 million tax charge.

Woodward, who is stepping down from his post at the end of 2021, said in a call with investors that the past year had been “among the most challenging in the history of Manchester United” but he sounded an upbeat note.

“While the financial impact from the pandemic is visible, our continued underlying strength is also clear to see and everyone associated with the club can be proud of the resilience we have shown through these most testing of times,” he said.

Woodward said global demand for live football was a strong as ever, pointing to “robust” domestic and international broadcasting deals and the potential for growth in North American markets through streaming services.

But he warned that football faced significant financial challenges.

“While we are confident in our relative strength, it remains clear that football as a whole faces major financial challenges caused by years of material inflation in wages and transfer fees, exacerbated by the impact of the pandemic.

“We are committed to working within the Premier League, the ECA (European Club Association) and (European governing body) UEFA to promote greater financial sustainability at all levels of the game.”

Woodward also said he was “more confident than ever” that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men were on the “right track” after United signed Cristiano Ronaldo, Jadon Sancho and Raphael Varane in the recent transfer window.

“These signings have demonstrated our continued ability to attract some of the world’s best footballers to Old Trafford, and our firm commitment to helping Ole deliver success on the pitch,” he said. 

United are currently top of the Premier League after three wins in their first four matches.

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EPL: Tuchel ‘disappointed’ as Chelsea plan to sell key player

Chelsea manager, Thomas Tuchel is disappointed by the club’s decision to sell Antonio Rudiger, Daily Express reports.

The Blues’ director Marina Granovskaia is ready to sell Rudiger, who has emerged as one of Tuchel’s most trusted stars in January

The German centre-back – along with Cesar Azpilicueta and Andreas Christensen – have become the pillar of Chelsea’s defence.

All three players are, however, out of contract next summer. But while Azpilicueta and Christensen will soon commit to new deals, there is less certainty over Rudiger.

Rudiger is attracting interest from Real Madrid, Bayern Munich and Juventus.

If the 28-year-old does not sign a new deal by June 2022, he will leave the club as a free agent, a situation Chelsea do not want.

There is also a feeling at Stamford Bridge that Rudiger is unwilling to extend his contract.

And if there is no resolution by January 1, Granovskaia will put Rudiger up for sale.

As a result, Chelsea will look to rekindle their efforts to bring in Jules Kounde from Sevilla.

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EPL: Solskjaer reveals Man Utd’s decision on Lingard’s future

Manchester United manager, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, has said the club is determined to keep Jesse Lingard.

Lingard’s contract expires at the end of the season. This means the 28-year-old will be free to talk to clubs abroad as early as January.

The United academy product impressed on loan at West Ham last season and returns to the London Stadium with United on Sunday.

However, he has fallen down Solskjaer’s pecking order and was at fault for the late goal the Red Devils conceded in their 2-1 defeat to Young Boys in the Champions League on Tuesday.

But Solskjaer said: “He’s got this season left of his contract and the club is talking to him and his dad, and we see him as a United player in the future as well.

“We really want to see the best of Jesse this season and we hope to see him. We support him, and we hope to keep him here with us. He’s a Red through and through.”

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Buhari receives FIFA, CAF presidents, gets No. 10 jersey

 

FIFA President Mr Gianni Infantino and his African counterpart, Dr Patrice Motsepe, paid a courtesy visit to the President,  Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday.

 

During the visit to the State House, the Nigerian president was presented with a number 10 jersey and a football.

 

The No. 10 jersey is iconic in football and usually worn by skillful players who have a great impact on a team.

 

Among the famous footballers who wore Number 10 jerseys are Pele, Diego Maradona, Zinedine Zidane, Ronaldinho, and Lionel Messi, who currently plays for PSG in Ligue 1, France.

 

Also in attendance were the Sports Minister, Sunday Dare, and the President of Nigeria Football Federation, Amaju Pinnick.

 

The FIFA and CAF chiefs earlier attended the start of the Aisha Buhari Cup on Wednesday in Lagos State.

 

According to a statement by CAF, Motsepe will also be meeting with different stakeholders in Nigeria to discuss the advancement of football in Africa, in particular women’s football development.

 

Also in attendance is Ghana FA President Kurt Okraku and Mali FA President Mamoutou Toure.

 

The competition features women’s national teams from Nigeria, Mali, Cameroon, Ghana, Morocco, and South Africa featuring some of Africa’s top women footballers.

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Solskjaer gets sack warning after Man Utd’s Champions League defeat to Young Boys

 

Manchester United legend, Paul Scholes, has warned manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer over being sacked if he does not win a trophy for the club this season.

 

Scholes gave the warning following Man United’s Champions League 2-1 defeat to Young Boys on Tuesday night.

 

The former midfield maestro believes Man United must land a trophy this season after re-signing Cristiano Ronaldo this summer from Juventus, adding ‘Solskjaer has to win something’ this term.

 

Recall that Man United suffered an embarrassing defeat to Young Boys in their Champions League opener despite the likes of Ronaldo, Bruno Fernandes, Paul Pogba and Jadon Sancho all starting against Young Boys.

 

“That’s what you expect from Man United [to sign the best players], it’s been a quiet time over the last few years,” Scholes told BT Sport.

 

“Ole has now built a squad that is capable of winning the big prizes and that’s what he has been brought to do.

 

“The only difference is the quality of the managers, Man City, Chelsea, Liverpool have proven winners.

 

“You’ve got Ole, who has done a fantastic job building this squad, now is the time with that squad of players. He has to win something.”