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Sport Trivia / Luis Figo forgives Ronaldo over controversial comment about his wife
« Last post by Yomi on April 10, 2020, 08:43:55 AM »
Former Real Madrid midfielder, Luis Figo, has disclosed that he has forgiven former teammate, Ronaldo for a controversial comment about his wife, Helene Svendin.

Ronaldo had once told Real Madrid president, Florentino Perez that he would always stay at home if he had a wife like Helene.

“Florentino told me that I should stay at home more and not go out so much,” Ronaldo said.

“He said I should look at Figo as an example to follow, and I said, with all due respect, that if I had a wife like Figo, I would also stay at home more.

“I have spent more nights with Roberto Carlos than all the women I have been married to put together.”

Reacting to Ronaldo’s comment, Figo, who was a special guest along with his wife, Helene on Spanish TV show, El Hormiguero, laughed off the Brazilian’s comments and confirmed they are still friends.

Figo said: “I had already known about [the comment] because he had said it in the dressing room,” Figo said.

“But I forgive Roni because he is always joking.

“What he doesn’t know is that I would leave the house when my wife would fall asleep!”

Figo made over 150 appearances for Real Madrid between 2000 and 2005.
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Manchester United Fans / Man Utd told players to sign this summer
« Last post by Yomi on April 10, 2020, 08:43:04 AM »
Former Manchester United defender, Wes Brown, has urged the club to make a transfer move for Dortmund’s Jadon Sancho, Leicester City’s James Maddison, and Aston Villa’s Jack Grealish this summer.

Brown believes the three players would all do great things for the Old Trafford club.

Sancho, Maddison, and Grealish had all been linked with a move to Man United in the past.

“I’d have all three players! Anyone of them would be great for United,” Brown told MUTV.

“Jadon Sancho would probably be number one.

“James Maddison looks fit, ready, and determined. He would also be a great asset to United.

“Jack Grealish is an individual that gets things done. He takes control of the game and has his own style of play. each one would be perfect, I think.”

Meanwhile, Manchester United manager, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, on Wednesday acknowledged that the club would seek to exploit clubs when the transfer window starts this summer as Coronavirus continues to disrupt sporting activities across the world.

“Football is going to get back to normality, and United have to be ready,” Solskjaer said on Sky Sports.

“Indeed, we discuss players, we discuss plans, and we evaluate what we need.

“There might be a situation that Man United can exploit because we are the biggest club, and we are well off.

“I’m sure we are capable of doing the business that we want too.”

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Juventus Fans / Ronaldo sets for shock return to Real Madrid
« Last post by Yomi on April 10, 2020, 08:42:27 AM »
Portugal and Lille defender, Jose Fonte, has claimed that Juventus forward, Cristiano Ronaldo, has “left the door open” to return to Real Madrid.

Ronaldo left Real Madrid as their all-time highest goal scorer to join the Serie A champions in 2018.

The 35-year-old won four Champions League trophies and two La Liga titles during his time at the Los Blancos.

But Fonte, who won Euro 2016 alongside Ronaldo for Portugal, believes a return to Madrid could be on the cards for the former Manchester United star.

“I know he loves Real Madrid, that is for sure,” Fonte told talkSPORT.

“It is clear that he loves the club itself, it’ one of the biggest clubs in the world, if not the biggest.

“He’s left many, many friends there and he’s always left the door open. So I would not be surprised if he goes back to Real Madrid.”
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Arsenal Fans / Coronavirus: Arteta reveals Arsenal’s transfer plans
« Last post by Yomi on April 10, 2020, 08:40:58 AM »
Arsenal head coach, Mikel Arteta, says he is “planning two or three different scenarios” in the transfer market.

Arteta replaced Unai Emery in December, after spending three years as Pep Guardiola’s understudy at Manchester City.

The 38-year-old struggled to inspire a turnaround in the fortunes of Arsenal initially but was able to raise the quality of football at the Emirates, with results to boot.

On Wednesday, FIFA announced that the summer transfer window will be moved amid the ongoing battle against COVID-19, while also proposing that all player contracts be extended until the season can resume.

Arteta is already mulling over different options as he aims to bolster his squad.

“I’m planning two or three different scenarios that we can face. Depending on one of those three, we will be able to do more, less or nothing,” he told Sky Sports.

“We have to react daily. We don’t know what the financial situation is
going to be, we don’t know the rules, the timing, the window. There are so many things we cannot control at the moment.”

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The FA Council has ratified a decision to end the 2019/20 season for non-League divisions below the National League and National Leagues North and South, women’s and grassroots football, due to COVID-19.

Last month, it was announced that the unfinished campaigns for divisions beneath the National League’s three tiers, as well as steps three to seven of the women’s game, would be expunged.

This was met with resistance, as clubs, administrators and MPs called on the FA to think again.

However, the decision has been rubberstamped, with the FA Council voting “overwhelming in favour” of it.

“The FA Council has today ratified the decision to conclude the 2019/20 season across Steps 3-7 of the National League System, Tiers 3 to 7 of the women’s football pyramid and the wider grassroots game.

“Since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, The FA has been working collaboratively with the leagues within the National League System, the Women’s Football Board, the Women’s Football Conference, and the wider grassroots game to identify the most appropriate way to conclude the 2019/20 season at each level.

“The request to end the 2019/20 season was taken to The FA Council by the representatives of the relevant committees having been fully supported by The FA Board.

“The FA Council’s vote today was overwhelmingly in favour of ratifying the decision,” a statement from the game’s governing body read.
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International Football / FIFA Ranking: Nigeria remains static
« Last post by Yomi on April 10, 2020, 08:36:42 AM »
Nigeria remains unchanged in the latest FIFA rankings released on the world football governing body’s official website on Thursday, as Coronavirus continues to hinder sporting activities worldwide.

The Super Eagles still occupy the 31st position in the world and are third in Africa, same as the previous edition.

The solitary change sees South Sudan move into a joint-168th position with Bermuda after the latter dropped a ranking point thanks to a 2-0 defeat in Jamaica (48th, unchanged) on 11 March.

Senegal remains the best team in Africa and 20th in the world, while Tunisia occupies the 27th position.

Algeria (35th) and Morocco (43rd) complete the top five in Africa.

Globally, Belgium remains the highest-ranked country in the world.

France is in the second spot, while Brazil, England, and Uruguay make up the top five.

The next FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking will be published on 11 June, 2020.

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Chelsea Fans / Dilemma as Pedro receives £2.7million-a-year offer
« Last post by Yomi on April 10, 2020, 08:35:24 AM »
Chelsea forward, Pedro Rodriguez, has reportedly been offered a one-year contract by Italian Serie A side, AS Roma, Mirror UK reports.

The deal will see Pedro, whose current contract at Chelsea will expire this summer, earn around £2.7million-a-year.

The Spaniard has spent five years at Chelsea after he joined the West London club from Barcelona in 2015.

The 32-year-old has won the Premier League, the FA Cup, and Europa League during his time with the Blues.

He has failed to establish himself as a regular starter under Chelsea manager Frank Lampard’s squad.

Pedro had featured just nine times in the Premier League so far this season, scoring once and providing one assist before the English top-flight league was suspended indefinitely due to the spread of coronavirus across the globe.

It, however, remains to be seen if Pedro will be tempted by Roma’s bid to switch to Italy.

Meanwhile, Pedro recently admitted that he is going to end his contract with Chelsea amid the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) across the world.

“I am terminating my contract, but right now, it is not the most important thing, nor have I stopped to think about it,” Pedro said.

“From there on, what has to do with my future will come, but right now, it is not the most important thing when you don’t even know when you’re going to train again [due to the COVID-19 situation].

“The quarantine is a little difficult and hard on everything.

“I have not been able to travel either to see my children. I had a chance to be with them, and I could not travel.

“It’s a situation that is sometimes uncontrollable because there are no means, no resources,” he added.
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FIFA has announced its decision to delay the transfer window and extending contracts of players whose deals are expiring until the end of the current season.

A number of players are due to become free agents on June 30, officially the last day of the 2019/2020 season.

But with the campaign not likely to resume until June at the earliest, FIFA has now called for the contract end dates to be pushed back.

The world football governing body has also suggested the summer transfer window should fall between the revised end dates for the current season and the start of the 2020/2021 campaign.

“With the current suspension of play in most countries, it is now obvious that the current season will not end when people thought it would,” FIFA said in a statement on Tuesday.

“Therefore, it is proposed that contracts be extended until such time that the season does actually end.

“A similar principle applies to contracts due to begin when the new season starts, meaning the entry into force of such contracts is delayed until the next season actually does start.”

Addressing the issue of player transfers, the statement added: “With regard to transfer windows, again, it is necessary to adjust the normal regulatory position to the new factual circumstances.

“Accordingly, FIFA will be flexible and will allow the relevant transfer windows to be moved so they fall between the end of the old season and the start of the new season.”
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Other Teams / LaLiga President reacts to talk of Messi joining Ronaldo in Serie A
« Last post by Yomi on April 08, 2020, 04:02:13 PM »
LaLiga President, Javier Tebas has mocked Serie A’s finances following talk Lionel Messi could leave Barcelona for Inter Milan.

Ex-Inter president, Massimo Moratti, said he felt Serie A club signing Messi was no longer a “forbidden dream.”

However, Tebas feels the Italian outfit could not afford to sign the Argentine superstar.

“I don’t believe the arrival of Messi would solve Serie A’s problems, which are tied to high debts and insufficient incomings.

“I would like Messi to stay here [in La Liga], but if he did leave, it wouldn’t be the end of the world: it was said that, without Cristiano Ronaldo, LaLiga would have lost money, but in fact we made [money] – even in Portugal,” Tebas told a news conference.

Both LaLiga and Serie A are currently suspended because of the coronavirus outbreak.
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Tottenham Fans / Coronavirus: Tottenham issue strong warning
« Last post by Yomi on April 08, 2020, 04:01:31 PM »
Tottenham have reminded its players of their responsibilities during the coronavirus lockdown, after manager Jose Mourinho was seen working in a public park with midfielder Tanguy Ndombele, Sky Sports reports.

The Premier League has been suspended since mid-March due to the pandemic.

Also, government-enforced measures, means people can only go outside for food, health reasons or work if you cannot do it from home.

But pictures and videos of Spurs players ignoring the rules have emerged on social media .

Mourinho was pictured doing a session with midfielder Ndombele on Hadley Common, while Davinson Sanchez and Ryan Sessegnon were caught running side by side around the same park in Barnet, north London.

“All of our players have been reminded to respect social distancing when exercising outdoors.

“We shall continue to reinforce this message,” a spokesperson for Tottenham said.
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