Cristiano Ronaldo has touched a significant milestone off the field as he becomes the first billion-dollar footballer, beating arch-rival Lionel Messi who remains second in the list of richest footballers.
However, Cristiano Ronaldo earned $105 million in the past year, landing him at No. 4 on the 2020 Forbes #Celeb100 list, one spot above Lionel Messi—and making him the first soccer player in history to earn $1 billion.
In his mid-thirties but Cristiano Ronaldo continues to set record both on and off the field. The Juventus and Portugal footballer has now beaten his arch-rival, Lionel Messi, in becoming the first billionaire footballer in the world.
Ronaldo finished at the No. 4 spot in 2020 Forbes Celebrity 100, with Barcelona captain Messi No. 5. Overall, Ronaldo is only the third athlete to touch the billion-dollar mark, with Tiger Woods being the first (having done so in 2009) and Floyd Mayweather the second (in 2017). The Portuguese footballer, in fact, is the first athlete to do so when it comes to a team sport.
The team bonding session was organized by fixers close to the club and Guardiola confirmed he was aware of the party and even disclosed that he encourages his players to spend time together away from training.
I knew it. When they have time, they make a lot of times dinners together, with the staff,’ Guardiola said.
‘They did it many times anyway. And I like it when they are together outside here, the do it sometimes at home, sometimes in a restaurant, as was the case. It was nice.’
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says Manchester United must “stay together” after fans sang anti-Ed Woodward and Glazer family songs in their 4-0 win over Norwich.
Solskjaer, whose side won on Saturday thanks to goals from Marcus Rashford (2), Anthony Martial and Mason Greenwood, admitted he heard the chants from the Old Trafford crowd, who have long criticised executive vice-chairman Woodward for his running of the club.Sponsored link
The Norwegian also insisted he has big backing from Woodward and the board regarding transfers, having spent around £140m in the summer, but will only buy if the player and value is right.
Asked about the chants, Solskjaer said: “I’m not sure if the players will get it but I noticed,” he said. “As a club, we’ve got to stick together, we’ve got to be united, we are a family.
“I can only say from when I’ve been here I’ve been backed by the owners, I’ve been backed by Ed and they’re supporting me, so for me, make sure they stick together.
“We are in all competitions. We are still in the Carabao Cup, the FA Cup, we’re fifth in the league, still challenging. We’ve improved the position from last season, we’ve got Europa League. They [the supporters] have just got to believe me when I say I feel we are doing loads of good things behind the scenes.”
He also told Sky Sports: “You know, I’ve really got the backing from the owners, from Ed. They know, and I know, that we have resources, if the right one becomes available, if for the right money.
“They’ve been so good with me, so for me it might happen, it might not, it depends if we find the one for the right value, but the backing is there.”
Ole delighted with attitude
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Regarding the game, Solskjaer was delighted with United’s attitude during the thumping win, and insists the work being done behind the scenes is fantastic.
“[I’m] very, very happy with everything. Attitude, work-rate. When the opposition manager can sit back and think: ‘Wow, that Manchester United side do work.’ We were still working, working and pressing, at 3-0 and 4-0. That’s what I want from my team. I want to see that attitude every game.
“We just keep carrying on, keep calm, keep improving and looking at the next game. We keep working behind the scenes, and the work being done is fantastic. The lads have a great attitude towards it.”
‘Leader Rashford is exceptional’
Solskjaer was also full of praise for Rashford, who scored twice on his 200th United appearance. The 22-year-old has scored 19 goals in all competitions this season – only Raheem Sterling (20) has more among Premier League players.
“He’s been exceptional, and to get to that stage, at the age he is now, is fantastic., He is a leader in the group. He keeps producing, scoring goals, and the way he was so calm with his penalty.”
United now host Wolves in the FA Cup third-round replay on Wednesday at 7.45pm, before going to Liverpool on Super Sunday, live on Sky Sports Premier League at 4.30pm. Norwich host Bournemouth at 3pm on Saturday in the Premier League
Foootball lovers took to social media on Thursday night, to debate who was the better footballer between former France/Real Madrid player Zinedine Zidane and former Barcelona/Spain captain, Xavi Hernandez.
A lot of fans believe Xavi with his better scoring stats and club honours with Barcelona was the better player while some beleive Zidane surpassed Xavi in every department of football mastery.
Xavi never won a Ballon D’or but won more club trophies than Zidane meanwhile Zidane won the Ballon d’or once and the FIFA Player of the year 3 times. Who do you think was the better player?
Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu has revealed Lionel Messi could still be with the Spanish giants for five more seasons despite speculations he might leave the club in the summer.
This comes after the Argentine football star revealed that he turned down the offer of a lucrative lifetime contract at Barcelona because he didn’t want to be completely tied down by the club.
While he is under contract until 2021, a clause inserted in his current deal could see him leave the Nou Camp for nothing in the summer.
Speaking on the situation, Bartomeu told fans that the 32-year-old could be with Barca for another five seasons.
‘Leo Messi will still play with us for the next two, three, four or five years. I have no doubts about that,’ Bartomeu said in the post-match press conference following Barca’s 4-1 win over Celta Vigo, in which Messi scored a hat-trick.
‘Surely it will be the wish of all parties, if he (Lionel Messi) feels strong and ambitious, to extend this contract indefinitely,’ said Bartomeu.
‘Ultimately it is he who must decide. He has earned the right to decide when he will stop playing football. But like he said a few weeks ago, he wants to finish his playing career at Barcelona.
‘Over the next two or three seasons, our leader will continue to be Leo Messi. There’s no doubt that he is still young, still strong. He is still ambitious.’
‘I have no doubt that after Messi finishes his career as a footballer, he will remain linked to this club for the rest of his life,’ Bartomeu added.
Former Manchester United manager, Alex Ferguson allegedly fixed a football match with a corrupt agent who gave him a £30,000 gold Rolex, a court heard today.
Football agent, Giuseppe ‘Pino’ Pagliara, 64, made the claims to an undercover reporter posing as a businesswoman looking to invest in football players, jurors were told.
Pagliara is on trial for bribery at Southwark Crown Court alongside assistant head coach of Barnsley Football Club Tommy Wright and fellow football agent Dax Price. All three deny the charges.
The trio were charged following allegations of corruption published by the Daily Telegraph in 2016, one of which led to Sam Allardyce resigning as England manager.
He said the legendary manager fixed a champions league game against Italian giants Juventus and alleged Ferguson pocketed money from transfer deals, Southwark Crown Court heard.
Pagliara and fellow agent Dax Price allegedly tried to “impress” Claire Newell by arranging meetings with prominent footballing figures such as Steve McLaren, Harry Redknapp, and manager Neil Warnock, prosecuter Brian O’Neill QC told Southwark Crown Court.
O’Neil said Pagliara claimed that “99 percent of the people in football if they weren’t in football, would be selling second-hand cars.”
Pagliara was said to be“furious” with Redknapp for suggesting the reporter should buy a football club instead of using a legal loophole to get around a ban on third-party ownership of players in England during a meeting in July 2016, the court heard.
Describing another meeting, Mr O’Neill said: “Towards the end of the meeting Pagliara launched into what could only be described as a diatribe of Sir Alex Ferguson, accusing him of having conspired with Pagliara to fix the result of a football match between Juventus, a club which Pagliara was associated with, and Manchester United in the Champions League for which Pagliara had thanked him with a gold 30 grand Rolex watch.
“Pagliara went on to accuse Sir Alex Ferguson of having taken money as part of transfer deals. He claimed that he had paid Ferguson before.”
He added: “To the outside world, the plan being espoused by Mr. Pagliara, it would look as though the player in question was owned by the football club in Belgium when actually the player was owned by a third party.
“And that, said Pagliara, was the plan that he wanted to end upbringing to England because that’s where the money is.
“He went to speak about placing players in Italian clubs where he had various connections before moving them to England.
“‘You have to have an offshore account somewhere and that’s where we do it. For example Antonio Conte [then head coach at Chelsea[ has winked at us and said, “yeah, I want that player, is there a little coffee for me Pino?”’
“A little coffee, she said. ‘Yeah, that’s what he’ll say: yeah of course there is and now I’m negotiating a coffee as well and we are not talking about a double espresso.’
“He went on to say he would disguise it as a consultancy agreement by another trusted individual.
“‘Claire, I’ve opened so many Swiss bank accounts for managers that you would not believe’.”
Tommy Wright, 53, then assistant head coach of Championship club Barnsley, accepted a cash bribe to get players to sign up with the agents, the court was told.
Undercover reporter Claire Newell and her team set up a fake company and told Pagliara and Price that she wanted to invest in football players, jurors heard.
The court was told that they arranged for a £5,000 bribe to be handed in an envelope to Scots-born Wright, who played top-flight football for Leeds, Leicester City, Oldham, and Middlesbrough.
Wright, of Barnsley, South Yorkshire, denies two counts of accepting a bribe, while Pagliara, 64, of Bury, Greater Manchester, and Price, 48, of Sittingbourne, Kent, deny two counts of paying and facilitating a bribe.
The prosecutor said of Mr Price: “He went on to say this: ‘There are certain people like Harry Redknapp; he needs looking after. There are certain people like Neil Warnock.’
“It’s no part of this prosecution to malign those individuals about whom they spoke.
“These people were not present when these things were being said about them and were in no position therefore to challenge, deny or rebut those allegations.
“However, it’s significant evidence in the case of the defendant who said the words and any other defendant who was present and did not disassociate themselves from those words.
“And that’s because it’s evidence of that defendant’s knowledge or belief of corruption within football in this country and elsewhere and his willingness in just to condone such practices, but also to embrace and exploit them and that’s why this evidence is relevant and admissible.”
Liverpool and England right-back, Trent Alexander-Arnold has bagged a spot in the Guinness World Records 2020 with his outstanding assist.
The 21-year-old defender racked up 12 assists during the 2018/19 season, to achieve the record for the most English Premier League assists by a defender in a single season.
Alexander-Arnold actually achieved 16 assists in all competitions, with 12 of these coming in Premier League matches.
“It’s an honour. I’ve always wanted to go forward and help the team to create as many chances as possible. It’s obviously down to the lads to put the ball into the back of the net, because football is a team game and without them this record wouldn’t be possible.
“It’s an unbelievably proud moment for me and my family, and something I hope will stand for a few years,” Trent Alexander-Arnold
The 2019 FIFA Men’s Best player of the year, Lionel Messi, in a wide ranging interview has revealed he wished his rival, Cristiano Ronaldo didn’t leave Real Madrid, as his presence at the club added more spice to the El Classico derby and La Liga.
Messi, who has been at Barcelona since the age of 12 has seen his rivalry with Cristiano Ronaldo very well pronounced in the last decade, but Ronaldo in the summer of 2018, left Real Madrid to join Juventus after winning the UEFA Champions League four times with the Spanish club.
But Messi insists Real Madrid will still remain a big club even though they miss Ronaldo.
“I wanted him to continue with Real Madrid,” Messi told RAC 1″.
“He gave a plus to the rivalry in the Clasico and La Liga.
“Real Madrid will continue to challenge because they have very good players, but I already said that the team was going to feel his loss for what he meant and that the squad would notice. But they have plenty of players to allow them to fight for every title and they have a lot of history.”
Barcelona exited the champions league at the semifinal stage last season after failing to beat Liverpool in the second leg, losing 4-0 in Anfield and Messi says he regrets that match, while also revealing he isn’t too concerned about winning a record 6th Ballon D’or award.
“The Liverpool thing was our fault,” he said, . “It came after the Roma incident. We got a mental block as the Rome defeat came to mind.”
“We got worse and worse and it wasn’t because of the coach.
“It wouldn’t be a disappointment not to win it (ballon d’or),” he said. “These awards are nice recognition, but for me they were never a priority, I would be more disappointed to spend another year without winning the Champions League – it’s been five years since we’ve done it.”