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  1. Last week, Lionel Messi had strengthened his claim to this year's Ballon d'Or after a brilliant match-winning effort against Liverpool in the first leg of the UEFA Champions League semifinals. The Barcelona talisman found the back of the net on two occasions including a spectacular free-kick from outside the box. As Barcelona romped their way to a 3-0 first leg win, many had claimed that he looks destined to, not only power the Catalans into the final, but might just win them the title.' Despite Liverpool's might and sensational form this season, Barcelona, with their first leg win, had to play really bad to throw away their lead and crash of the tournament. And, sadly for the visiting fans, that's exactly what happened at the Anfield on 8th May. © Reuters In what is now being touted as one of the most sensational comebacks in the tournament's history, Jurgen Klopp's men, despite the absence of Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino, produced a spirited performance to overcome the 0-3 deficit and romp their way into the Champions League final with a 4-3 (on aggregate) win over lacklustre Barcelona. Divock Origi and Georginio Wijnaldum both scored a brace as Barcelona failed miserably to contain the Reds in front of a packed and noisy home crowd. From Messi's minimal presence to major defending errors, Ernesto Valverde's side proved no match to clinical Liverpool and, for better of the game, looked like a bunch of school kids struggling to keep pace with a professional team. © Reuters If Barcelona bottling a 3-0 lead for the second successive season in the Champions League wasn't enough to irk their fans, the fact that their team bus left their talisman Messi behind at Anfield after their horror show, further made them the butt of all jokes on social media. Messi was forced to undergo a procedural doping test and the process took longer than usual. Owing to fatigue and mostly embarrassment from the defeat, the Barcelona team bus left the Argentine at Anfield and departed for the airport. While it wasn't intentional, but quite understandable why Messi was left behind, the football fans just couldn't pass up the opportunity to troll the Catalans on social media. Was Messi at Anfield tho? — Andrew Jason (@AndrewJason89) May 8, 2019 Negotiating with Jurgen for a place on the Liverpool Bench next season. — 4Paul (@1974paul) May 8, 2019 That's a lie messi didn't went to Anfield — Deva Guss Nation FPL ð¯ð² (@deva_guss) May 8, 2019 He's still trying to score an away goal. Bless him. — inthezone (@inthezoneuk) May 8, 2019 He was still in KFC — Racing Thoughts (@racingmusings) May 8, 2019 He's playing on Sunday v Wolves — Tommy Parle (@kmathiesond) May 8, 2019
  2. Two of the greatest athletes of our generation were playing to qualify for the UEFA Champions League semi-finals last night. While the general notion heading into the respective games were already made in favour of both of them, the outcome turned out to be extremely devastating for one. Heading to the second leg of the contest against Manchester United, Barcelona FC were already ahead of the Red Devils by a goal on aggregate when they visited Old Trafford on 10th April 2019. As expected, with the home-ground advantage, Lionel Messi and Co dominated the game from the first minute itself. Being better in literally every stat category there is, the confident squad rolled over Ole Gunnar Solskjær's boys in a 3-0 win. The Argentine legend seemed healthy as a horse, with his nose looking good as new and playing the kind of football he is known for all over the world. Scoring two quick goals in the 16th and 20th minutes, Messi gave his side an early and comfortable lead, thereby setting the tone for the rest of the game. Eventually, a third goal at the hands of Philippe Coutinho also came in the second half. ðª KING Leo ð #Messi ðµð´ #ForçaBarça pic.twitter.com/pjF9FDUTtp — FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) April 17, 2019 However, things didn't turn out to be so sunny for the Italian giants, Juventus, who were taken by surprise by the visiting Ajax FC at the Juventus Stadium. After settling for a 1-1 tie in the first leg during which Cristiano Ronaldo had to work hard to get his solitary goal to keep his side afloat, they looked exhausted and overwhelmed by the brilliant Dutch squad who have been on a tear this Champions League season. While Ajax did manage to knock out Real Madrid, who won the trophy in four of the last five seasons, not a lot were expecting them to force Ronaldo's Juventus out of the league, but thanks to Donny van de Beek and Matthijs de Ligt's brilliant showing, Ajax reigned supreme nonetheless. FULL-TIME Finisce qui. La Juve non accede alle semifinali di #UCL. Complimenti all' @AFCAjax ð#JuveAjax pic.twitter.com/iPeVvWpheM — JuventusFC (@juventusfc) April 16, 2019 After learning about his rival crashing out of the tournament, Messi said: “That tells you everything, any team is complicated, be it, Liverpool or Porto, there are those who deserve the best, and everything is going to be complicated.” Messi's thoughts were echoed by football fans all over the world who showed their appreciation for Ajax: It was a spicy game, mate! ð¶#UCL #juvaja pic.twitter.com/Chc0sayFCK — AFC Ajax (@AFCAjax) April 17, 2019 Massimiliano Allegri, Juventus coach: “Ronaldo gave us a lot during the season and especially in the UEFA Champions League. Ajax are a great team, I cannot say much to my players tonight.” pic.twitter.com/4hRAmkmj5R — Enock Kobina Essel (@kobinaessel39) April 17, 2019 Today's front page â½ï¸ #Ajax pic.twitter.com/OJfSBeHuXf — Sport360° (@Sport360) April 17, 2019 Ajax: - Average age of 24 - Knocked out Real Madrid and Juventus - Nineteen Goals Scored - #ChampionsLeague Semi-Finalists pic.twitter.com/VE29La4ghv — Sean Graham (@SPGBETTING) April 17, 2019
  3. Arguably two of the greatest footballers of all time, Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi share a rivalry like no other in international football. The sport has seen many superstars over the ages, but the decade-long reign of Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi is arguably something that's going to last in our memories for a really long time. The two footballing greats have made the sport their own playing arena and the fact that they have won a record five Ballon d'Ors, goes on to show how dominant they have been in the last decade. The duel for football's top individual award began in 2008 when Ronaldo pipped Messi to bag his first Ballon d'Or. However, Messi staged a spectacular comeback a year later and went on to bag the coveted award for four successive years. Then, Ronaldo bounced back to clinch the prestigious award in 2013 and 2014 before Messi took his tally to a record five Ballon d'Or wins in 2015. While many ruled the Portuguese out of the race, Ronaldo stunned everyone by bagging the award in 2016 and 2017, once again proving he's second to none. © Reuters While Luka Modric ended their dominance after winning the Ballon d'Or last year, the Ronaldo vs Messi debate continues to capture the imagination of football pundits and fans alike. The latest individual to give his verdict on who's the best amongst the two superstars was none other than Indian football team talisman Sunil Chhetri. Giving his opinion on the subject while picking one as his favourite player and the other as his role model, Chhetri, during a live interaction on Instagram, said: “Who is better? I think both Messi and Ronaldo are amazing but if you ask who is my favourite, it will be Messi for me. But if you need a role model, I would say Cristiano Ronaldo would be a better pick". There was no surprise to see Chhetri admiring Messi's talent, but it was Ronaldo's work ethics that made him select the Portuguese over the Argentine as a better role model. "Messi is more like a god gift. Some of the things he (Messi) does, it is so difficult to learn. He does them so effortlessly. With Cristiano, there's so much of hard work and if you see his graph every year, there's so much to learn," the Indian football team captain said. © Reuters “For example, when he (Ronaldo) was younger, you would see him on the left doing those step-overs but now he takes less touches at the ball, he would pass the ball on the wing and then run into the box. And his running is so good, it's so tough to mark him. His header, his finishing from both left and right – it's just brilliant. He takes less time on ball now but he is as good as ever and so devastating,” Chhetri added further in the video. Apart from Ronaldo and Messi, Chhetri also weighed in on another battle - Mohamed Salah vs Neymar - that continues to throng the social media. "Salah or Neymar? Salah's form has been so good for the past two-three years. But, if I have to pick, I'll pick Neymar, yes," Chhetri claimed. Barring Neymar, who wasn't part of the Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) squad which was eliminated in the Round of 16 tie at the hands of Manchester United, the likes of Messi, Ronaldo and Salah are all active in the ongoing edition of the UEFA Champions League. While Messi and Salah went goalless in the first leg of their respective quarterfinals, Ronaldo's goal saved Juventus the blushes during the 1-1 draw against a spirited Ajax side.
  4. So, bird racing is a sport… right? And a really popular one at that, especially in China where the idea of birds competing in long-distance races makes people drop whatever they are doing and watch the Aves go head to head. That's alright, we aren't judging. It is a free world and people have the right to love and feel passionate about whatever it is that makes their blood rush. What we are concerned about is how far can that passion take a man. PIPA, an online portal that sells racing pigeons, hosted an auction that ran for two straight weeks, during which they put up Armando, the Belgian city dove, known for his accurate sense of direction and strong wings, on the auctioning booth and the world went mental. In the five years of his existence, Armando, under the care of his trainer Joël Verschoot, 63, has gotten a reputation of being called the 'Lewis Hamilton of pigeons' and finds tricky weather conditions to be a “piece of cake” according to Verschoot's brochure. According to his former master, Armando has been ranked number 1 in bird races for two back to back years (2017 and 2018) and was the best pigeon to have travelled across Europe for competition in 2018. © PIPA His glory was surely known to the world, more specifically in China which saw nearly half a dozen enthusiasts bidding for the champion. With hourly bids rising by €100,000 the final bid worth €1,252,000 (Rs 10 Crores, approx.) came in a couple of minutes before the closing to the auction at midnight last Sunday, according to The Guardian. “The two Chinese had told me in advance that they absolutely wanted Armando,” Verschoot said after the auction. “But I didn't see this coming. This is a crowning glory of all those years in the pigeon sport. The icing on the cake.” As reported by the Press Association, Nikolaas Gyselbrecht, the founder and chief executive of Pipa, said: “This pigeon has a race record that has never been matched by any other pigeon… In football terms you have Messi and Ronaldo — it's that level.” Armando, who is nearing his retirement, will be made to breed with a “high quality hen” that is already waiting in China after being purchased for a huge amount of money. Twitter was unable to get its mind to accept the fortune of Joël Verschoot, the bird-keeper, who is literally a 'crorepati' now. The reason aliens haven't invaded yet #Armando#pigeon — Aaron Gonsalves (@AaronFIFA123) March 19, 2019 Lionel Messi of the pigeon world sells for £1,000,000 https://t.co/3MFdiA2yWX — E.Pagnotta (@OmniAlphaOmega) March 20, 2019 Armando, a racing pigeon in Belgium compared to Messi and Ronaldo, has sold for a world-record £1 million at auction. GOAT talk. pic.twitter.com/mRoLdpMsmr — B/R Football (@brfootball) March 19, 2019 Armando is a pigeon Armando is from Belgium Armando has been branded the Lewis Hamilton of pigeons Armando had been sold for £1,000,000 — Jonsta (@Jonsta1990) March 19, 2019 Someone bought a pigeon for $1.4 million. His name is Armando. The pigeon, not the buyer. Congrats Armando! https://t.co/nxnaaEbZWv pic.twitter.com/068eM05p4D — Kim Bhasin (@KimBhasin) March 19, 2019
  5. With less than 24 hours before Lionel Messi's exceptional performance against Lyon at Camp Nou that propelled his Barcelona FC to the quarter-finals of UEFA Champions League for a record twelfth time, it was the world's most famous athlete, Cristiano Ronaldo who put Juventus on his shoulders and brought home a 3-0 (3-2 on aggregate) victory to enter the quarter-finals as well. Ronaldo's solid hat-trick, which included two magnificent headers in the first half and a well-placed penalty in the bottom right corner of the net in the final minutes of the game, was more of a reminder that the Portuguese exudes excellence no matter which side he plays for. It's all over! A @Cristiano hat-trick against Atlético Madrid sends Juventus through to the #UCL quarterfinals. https://t.co/h8fnqHE1ZG — Twitter Moments (@TwitterMoments) March 12, 2019 With the former Champions League winners and Ronaldo's previous team, Real Madrid being knocked out of the contest by Ajax in the Round of 16, the narrative of the five-time Ballon d'Or holder and his legacy only get more convincing. On the other hand, it was Ronaldo's arch-nemesis and greatest individual competition, Lionel Messi who stole the spotlight in a 5-1 win against Lyon last night. His two goals consisted of a skilful panenka penalty in the 17th minute and a bottom right strike to the net following a fancy dribbling run in the 78th. Man of the match.â¡ï¸ Leo Messi lights up the ultimate stage once again. #NEMEZIZ #DareToCreate pic.twitter.com/3Fmj75xPY6 — Team Messi (@TeamMessi) March 13, 2019 With the match far away from the hands of Bruno Génésio's team, the Argentine assisted teammates Gerard Pique and Ousmane Dembele for one goal each, making it Messi's very first Champions League game with two goals and two assists. The back to back performances from the two titans make it very interesting for the true fans of the game to sit back and ponder whether Messi and Ronaldo truly inspire each other to become the better versions of themselves, push their limits and aspire harder to become the best footballer in the world. After the win against Lyon, Messi shared his thoughts about Ronaldo's performance from the previous night. "Cristiano and Juventus were awesome... It was a big surprise because I thought Atletico would be stronger. But Juventus overcame them and Cristiano had a magical night with three goals," the Argentine told Movistar+. Tuesday: Hat-trick from Ronaldo Wednesday: Two goals and two assists from Messi Back-to-back ðperformances (via @brfootball) pic.twitter.com/5LWzVLZv1T — Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) March 13, 2019 According to Andy West (BBC Sports), Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers has shown support to this theory. When West asked Rodgers about this notion whilst interviewing him for a book he wrote on Messi, Rodgers said: “Maybe subconsciously in some way they've driven each other on, but I think both those players inherently have that hunger to be the best players they can be. With the very elite performers, that drive comes from within. The two megastars, no doubt, are completely different as players. While Ronaldo looks to quench his thirst for goals every second of the game, Messi looks to make the team around him better as a whole and surely, the methods followed by two are ways apart, the ultimate goal (pun intended) is to be the best in the world. The two wizards of the sport therefore not only get inspired by each other's magic, but they also continue to work on their spells to outdo their respective competitions and as football fans, we couldn't ask for more.
  6. Back in 2013, when Neymar joined Barcelona, the world of football was busy contemplating the attacking threat he'd pose alongside Lionel Messi for the Catalan giants. A year later, the arrival of Luis Suarez at Camp Nou allowed Barcelona to boast of one of the deadliest attacking trios in club football. What was soon labelled as 'MSN', the partnership between Messi, Neymar and Suarez allowed Barcelona to scale new heights as the Spanish giants went past one opponent after another, adding more silverware to their trophy cabinet. But, the iconic partnership came to an end in 2017 when Neymar decided to join Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) for a record 222-million-euro fee. © Reuters Since then, there has been a lot of speculation about Neymar's departure from the La Liga club. While some suggested that he was unhappy with the wages, others claimed that Neymar was tired of playing under the shadows of Barca talisman Messi. In fact, a few days ago, Neymar's father had to clarify that Messi had nothing to do with his son's exit from Barcelona. Following in the footsteps of his father, Neymar, too, has come out praising Messi's influence during his stint at Barcelona. In an emotional interview with publication Globo Esporte, the Brazilian revealed how welcoming the Argentine was when he was finding his footing at Camp Nou. © Reuters "It's a story I tell everyone. At the time when I needed the most support, the man on the team, the best in the world, came and gave me love. Leo was a very special guy for me at Barcelona. He talked to me and said: '[When you] come here, you must be yourself, you must be happy and the same as in Santos. Do not be shy, do not be afraid of me or anyone in this club. We are here to help you'," Neymar revealed. Following his departure from Barcelona, Neymar has gone on to form another deadly partnership with Kylian Mbappe and Edinson Cavani at PSG. While he is currently nursing his injury, Neymar has proved to be a vital cog in the PSG set-up, scoring 48 goals in 53 appearances. The 27-year-old is expected to make a comeback for PSG in the vital second-leg clash against Manchester United in the Round Of 16 tie of the ongoing Champions League on 7th March.
  7. Back in January 2016, a photo of young Murtaza Ahmadi took the social media by storm. The seven-year-old's love for football icon Lionel Messi was in full display in the picture where he was seen donning a makeshift football jersey - made from blue-and-white-striped plastic bag - of the Argentine. The young Afghan boy even had Messi's name and number etched in pen on the back. Such was the impact of Ahmadi's picture that it allowed him to realise his dream 11 months later when he finally managed to meet the Barcelona talisman during a club game in Qatar. It was a fairytale story that made headlines around the world, providing young Ahmadi global fame. For any youngster, meeting their respective idols generally transcends into the feelings of joy and sheer jubilation. And, while global fame is hard to handle for any seven-year-old, in Afghanistan, it can also be life-threatening. © Reuters In what was supposed to be the beginning of his salvation, tragically turned out to be the beginning of Ahmadi's nightmare. The youngster's troubles began after his meeting with Messi. His weren't the troubles caused by the constant spotlight or paparazzi that blight footballers' lives. It was the Taliban who embarked on the ghastly chase of the youngster. While his fairytale struck chord with global citizens, it, sadly, also made him a target for the Taliban who invaded his family's district of Jaghori in Ghazni province last year. Taking note of his stardom, the notorious group also demanded money from his family. Fearing for their lives, Ahmadi's family was forced to flee their home and leave for Kabul where they had to rent a small room with no heating to aid them in cold. "The Taliban were killing our relatives and they were searching houses. They would stop cars and kill their passengers, searching houses and killing people. We were not allowed to play football by the Taliban or even go out of the house," he said. "We used to hear the sound of heavy machine guns, and Kalashnikovs, and rockets at home. We also heard people screaming," Ahmadi told CNN. © Reuters Citing his fame, Ahmadi's mother claimed that her young son has now become a target for threats. "From the day Murtaza became famous, life became difficult for our family. Not only the Taliban, but some other groups also started thinking that Messi might have given him a lot of money. We stopped sending him to school, and we were being threatened all the time," Ahmadi's mother, Shafiqa, revealed. Realising the ever-growing threat to their lives, Ahmadi's father helped his son and wife escape to the nearby city of Bamyan. "Last time I saw my father was on the first day we came here. Then he went back, and I haven't seen him since then. I miss him very much. When he calls my mother I also talk to him," Ahmadi said. From Bamyan, Ahmadi and his mother traveled to Kabul where they now hide out among the many refugees who fear for their lives. But, still, his mother doesn't feel safe. Moreover, she rues the day her son met the millionaire footballer and gained global fame. For her, Ahmadi's popularity came at the cost of their lives. © Reuters "It would have been better if Murtaza hadn't gained fame. Now our lives are at risk both in our hometown and here in Kabul. He spends all of his time here inside the house," she said. To make matters worse, Ahmadi's family belongs to the Hazara minority which fears that a possible peace deal with the United States and the Taliban could further empower the notorious group and take the US troops out of the country. Last month, in a bid to end America's longest war, the US officials began unprecedented talks after meeting the leaders of Taliban who are responsible for engaging in cultural genocide, destroying numerous monuments and tarnishing the lives of millions of Aghans. They imposed bans on the use of internet, playing cards, computer disks, movies, satellite TV, musical instruments and chessboards, after declaring they were against Islamic law. © Reuters A study conducted by BBC in 2018 revealed that the notorious group now control or threaten much more territory than when foreign combat troops left in 2014. The Taliban fighters are now openly active in 70 per cent of Afghanistan. They are now in full control of 14 districts (that's 4 per cent of the country) and have an active and open physical presence in a further 263 (66 per cent), significantly higher than previous estimates of Taliban strength. To put things in perspective, about 15 million people - half the population - are living in areas that are either controlled by the Taliban or where the Taliban fighters are openly present and regularly mount attacks. And, that's what made Ahmadi's mother feel that her son will never be safe in Aghanistan. © Reuters In a heartfelt appeal to Messi, Ahmadi mother said: "I would like Messi to help Murtaza, help us to get out of Afghanistan so that Murtaza can have a better future". In the digital age, while the world continues to progress further, making use of technological advancements - amongst other means - to improve the standards of living, Afghanistan and its citizens continue to be pushed backwards into the old age by the notorious Taliban. Thus, for Ahmadi to realise his next dream: "to pursue football and play alongside Messi", the youngster needs to stay alive - something that currently seems very difficult in Taliban-ridden Afghanistan.
  8. Ever since its inception, Football as a sport has come a long way and continues to grow. There was a time when scoring 30-40 goals in a single season was considered a Herculean task. But, today, in the ever-competitive era of the sport, footballers are amassing way more goals than their predecessors could've ever imagined. It is true that “a bag of money cannot score a goal”, but you definitely need one to keep the goal-scoring machines (read footballers) who do. Thus, there is no surprise to see football clubs around the globe breaking the bank to secure the services of such phenomenal players and, then, splurging a bit more to keep them happy. With many footballers raking in a lot of cash for their football skills, it's quite difficult to ascertain who earns more and stands supreme in wages. And, that's where the latest list of French publication L'Equipe comes to the rescue. Taking their monthly wages into consideration, the French outlet compiled the list of the top 10 highest-paid footballers in the world and the results are quite astounding. Take a look. 5) Luis Suarez (£2.5million) © Reuters The former Liverpool hitman is probably one of the most natural goal-scorers to have ever graced the game. Luis Suarez certainly reaches that 'third best player in the world' bracket (if there is one) with his natural goal-scoring instincts. Currently plying his trade with Barcelona, the Uruguayan has propelled the Spanish giants to a Champions League title, three La Liga honours and three Copa Del Reys. For a man who has become a vital cog in Barcelona's setup, Suarez bites off (pun intended) £2.5million (almost Rs 23.15 crore) from the Blaugrana's monthly-wage bill. 4) Neymar (£2.7million) © Reuters The Brazilian golden boy, in his early years, was one of the most sought-after talents in the world. It was his early rise that promoted Barcelona to shell out 16-million pounds (approx.) for his services. After a successful spell at Camp Nou, Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) came calling and paid a transfer fee of a staggering 195-million pounds, making him the most expensive player in the world with a salary of 2.7-million pounds per month (around Rs 25 crore). 3) Antoine Griezmann (£2.9million) © Reuters Antoine Griezmann was probably one of the unluckiest footballers in 2018 when it came to winning individual honours. Despite winning the World Cup with France and Europa League with Atletico Madrid, the Los Rojiblancos icon was overlooked for the 'Player of the Tournament' in Russia and Ballon d'Or, eventually losing out to midfield genius Luka Modric. The Frenchman might've missed out on the top honours last year, but when it comes to earning big bucks, the Atletico forward is doing alright. After signing a new deal with Atletico recently, Griezmann has occupied the No. 3 spot on the latest list of highest-paid footballers in the world, earning 2.9-million pounds (Rs 27 crore approx.) every month. 2) Cristiano Ronaldo (£4.1million) © Reuters Cristiano Ronaldo is a true icon of the beautiful game. Thus, there is no surprise to see the Portuguese phenom on the second spot (a place he hates the most) when it comes to earning big bucks. The talismanic forward, along with Lionel Messi, has been the most consistent player over the past decade. He scored an unbelievable 311 goals in 292 appearances, winning four Champions League titles during his time with Los Blancos in the Spanish capital. The Italian side, Juventus, came in calling (earlier this year) to secure the services of 34-year-old which surely added to his ever-increasing salary. According to the latest list, he is the second-best paid footballer in the world at a monthly salary of 4.1-million pounds (Rs 38 crore approx.). 1) Lionel Messi (£7.3million) © Reuters Just like the majority of the goal-scoring records, Lionel Messi also tops the list of highest-paid footballers in the world, earning a whopping 7.3-million pounds (Rs 65.5 crore approx.). It's quite surprising to notice that the Argentine bags almost the double of what his arch-nemesis Cristiano earns in a month. The five-time Ballon d'Or winner has been the force behind the amazing rise of Barcelona since 2004. Messi has powered the Blaugrana to the Champions League title on four occasions. And, in that span, he has gone on to score an unbelievable 404 goals in just 438 appearances. For a man who has continued to shatter one record after another and achieved almost everything there is in the sport over the decade, Messi's monthly wage, irrespective of the fact how ridiculous it already seems, appears a bit low. Considering how hard these men have worked in order to reach where they are today, it doesn't seem fair to calculate their talent in terms of the money they earn. But, that is what they do for a living. For these footballing demi-gods, the saying: "if you're good at something, never do it for free," fits perfectly.
  9. Lionel Messi has achieved everything there is to achieve on a club-football level. The Barcelona FC star has not only brought his club to the fore on innumerable occasions but also has made a name for himself, in doing so, as arguably the best player in the game in our generation. His greatness at Camp Nou is rock solid and unquestionable. However, the only stain, and a big one at that, on Messi's illustrious career is that of the lack of success on the international level for his country of Argentina. After losing in the Copa America final for four years, the last being in 2016 which also led to him officially retire from the international scenario out of the sheer exasperation, the Argentinian faced his latest disappointment during the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia in which his side was eliminated by France, who went on to win the tournament, in the Round of 16. © Reuters The World Cup loss last year left a real scar on Messi who went AWOL on the team and has been on sabbatical ever since. What irks the supporters of Messi's national team is the fact that he showed no interest in returning until the current President of the Argentine Football Association, Claudio Tapia dropped an easter egg of sorts, on the legend's return in the blue and white. While the star himself has not officially made a statement on playing the 2019 Copa America in June but Team Argentina's interim coach, Lionel Scaloni believes that Messi will come out of this self-inflicted banishment in as early as March. "We will speak with Leo in the days before the March list. When the time is right we will speak," Scaloni told the local reporters as reported by The Times Of India. "I hope he can be here but more than that, we want him to be happy. I have a good feeling." Lionel Messi will be touching 32 years of age by the time Copa America commences. That's a lot of miles put on Leo's legs. With age catching up on him like it does to every other athlete, Messi realises that he needs to take care of his body and choose his games carefully.
  10. A prolific footballer with a knack for scoring outrageous goals, Zlatan Ibrahimovic has enthralled football fans over the years. But, apart from his impeccable football skills, the Swede has also established his reputation as one of the greatest entertainers to have blessed the popular game. From calling himself the greatest ever to targeting other footballers, Ibrahimovic's wit and humor continues to strike a chord with football fans across the globe. While he might be currently plying his trade in the Major League Soccer (MLS), the 37-year-old keeps close tabs on the footballing world. Thus, when Cristiano Ronaldo asked his arch-rival Lionel Messi to move away from Barcelona and join a Serie A club in a bid to challenge himself and prove his mettle, the LA Galaxy frontman couldn't stop himself from expressing his views. Earlier in December when asked if he misses his clash with Messi, Ronaldo replied, “No, maybe it's him who misses me. I've played in England, Spain, Italy, Portugal and for my national team, while he's still in Spain. Maybe he needs me more. For me, life is a challenge. I like it and I like to make people happy.” A month later, Messi, in response to Ronaldo's statement, said: “Accepting Ronaldo's challenge to join Italian football? I don't need any change. I'm at the best team in the world. My challenges are renewed year after year. I do not need to change teams or leagues to set new goals. I am at home and I do not need to change.” © Reuters While everyone had their own opinion on both Ronaldo and Messi's comments, Zlatan has now reignited the debate by labelling the former's move to Juventus as “bullshit”. “Ronaldo's move to Juve? It's bullshit, this isn't a challenge for him. Ronaldo talks about challenges but he decided to go to a club who have been winning the Serie A title with their eyes closed. Why did he not choose a club from a second division a few years ago? Try to become a champion with such a second-division (club) and lead them to the highest level. Moving to Juventus is not a challenge at all,” Ibrahimovic said. This isn't the first time when the Swede has taken a dig at the Portuguese, earlier he had also called him “not a natural talent'” and didn't include him in his dream team that he shared with his fans last month. And, now, commenting on a thing which doesn't concern him anywhere is something uncalled for. But, then again, that's Zlatan Ibrahimovic for you. © Reuters The irony, of course, is that Ibra himself, like Ronaldo, has played for many clubs including Juventus. And, while there has been no official response from Ronaldo on the Swede's comments, we wouldn't be surprised if the Portuguese fires one back at Ibrahimovic to take the argument forward.
  11. Ever since trading his Tottenham Hotspur's whites for Manchester City's blue jersey, Kyle Walker has become a vital cog in Pep Guardiola's world class outfit. Proving his mettle in the flexible right-back position, the England footballer has improved as a player and already boasts of a Premier League title, won through City's historic run last season. Continuing his fine form, the 28-year-old was among the scorers who recently annihilated Burton Albion in City's merciless 9-0 thrashing in the Carabao Cup. While City's rampant scoreline, in itself, garnered a lot of attention, Walker, too, grabbed the spotlight for his antics after the game. © Reuters Elated with his goal and performance of his teammates, the England international produced a tongue-in-cheek moment with a hilarious, but useless, post on Instagram. Sharing a picture of his goal against Burton, Walker claimed that he was better than Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi on the basis of some light-hearted stats. The City star captioned the picture, "Goals in 2019: Walker - 1, Ronaldo - 0, Goals in Carabao Cup: Walker - 1, Messi - O, end of discussion?". In what seems to be nothing more than a joke, Walker claimed that since he has scored more goals than Ronaldo (nine days into 2019) and more goals than Messi in the Carabao Cup (a competition that the Argentine can't play in), he has reached a conclusion on who is the best player in the world. View this post on Instagram Goals in 2019: Walker: 1 Ronaldo: 0 Goals in Carabao Cup: Walker: 1 Messi: 0 End of discussion? A post shared by Kyle Walker (@kylewalker2) on Jan 9, 2019 at 2:09pm PST Walker was trying to capitalise on the long-running argument among football fans who've been divided over the years on 'who is the best player in the world - Messi or Ronaldo?'. Both the mega stars have won the Ballon d'Or a record five times. But, their dominance at the prestigious honour was finally broken by Real Madrid's Luka Modric who became the first player, other than Ronaldo and Messi, since 2007 to win the Ballon d'Or. Following his far-fetched comments, Walker will now be hoping to walk the talk when City return to Premier League action when they host resilient Wolves - a side that has held the defending champions to a 1-1 draw earlier this season. In terms of the title race, after losing some ground with back-to-back defeats, City produced a prolific performance to beat arch-rivals Liverpool that allowed them close the gap at the top to four points now.
  12. Arguably two of the greatest footballers of all time, Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi share a rivalry like no other in international football. The sport has seen many superstars over the ages, but the decade-long reign of Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi is arguably something that's going to last in our memories for a really long time. The two footballing greats have made the sport their own playing arena and the fact that they have won a record five Ballon d'Ors, goes on to show how dominant they have been in the last decade. The duel for football's top individual award began in 2008 when Ronaldo pipped Messi to bag his first Ballon d'Or. However, Messi staged a spectacular comeback a year later and went on to bag the coveted award for four successive years. Then, Ronaldo bounced back to clinch the prestigious award in 2013 and 2014 before Messi took his tally to a record five Ballon d'Or wins in 2015. While many ruled the Portuguese out of the race, Ronaldo stunned everyone by bagging the award in 2016 and 2017, once again proving he's second to none. © Reuters But, a lot has changed since Ronaldo won the award last year. His domination at the Ballon d'Or with Messi has come to an end with Luka Modric winning this year's award. Ronaldo has swapped Real Madrid for Juventus and La Liga for Serie A. And, the rare sight of Ronaldo and Messi featuring as rivals on the pitch is now restricted to UEFA Champions League (in club football). Ronaldo's move to Italy also means that Messi is now the sole king of the Spanish league, plying his trade with Barcelona. But, the football fans, who've cherished their rivalry over the years, surely got excited when the Portugal international urged his long-time rival to challenge himself by playing in Italy. Talking to the Italian press, Ronaldo said: "I'd like him to come to Italy one day. I hope he accepts the challenge like me, but if he's happy there then I respect that". Asked if he missed the 31-year-old Argentine, who has spent his entire senior career at Barcelona, Ronaldo replied: "No, maybe it's him who misses me" © Reuters "I've played in England, Spain, Italy, Portugal and for my national team, while he's still in Spain. Maybe he needs me more. For me, life is a challenge, I like it and I like to make people happy. He's a fantastic player and a good guy, but I don't miss anything here. This is my new life and I'm happy. I left my comfort zone and took on this challenge here in Turin, everything has gone well, I've proven I'm still an incredible player," Ronaldo said. Following Real Madrid's Champions League title in the 2017/18 season, the 33-year-old Portuguese stunned everyone by claiming that he is ready to move away from Santiago Bernabeu. Later, he joined Juventus for a staggering $114 million. Since then, Ronaldo has scored 10 goals in 15 league games to help the Turin giants get off to a record start in the 2018/19 Serie A season.
  13. We all know how great a player Cristiano Ronaldo is. I mean, I constantly keep hearing about his achievements, even though I don't know anything about football. And, to prove it even more, he's now the first player in the history of football to achieve a hundred Champions League wins! A few months ago he made headlines after becoming a part of Juventus and he's made a new club record by securing a last 16 spot in the UEFA Champions League for the fifth year in a row. The star player obviously helped in scoring the important match-winning goal. But, it wasn't just a club record; the night also marked Ronaldo's 100th Champions League win, beating none other than Lionel Messi to the record. Speaking of the Ronaldo effect on the team, Allegri told Sky Sport Italia, “Cristiano Ronaldo? He gives us a lot of confidence and he helps us achieve the results that we want. We have been doing much better and we have been improving all year long.” Everyone's obviously excited about this achievement and expressed it on Twitter. 1ï¸â£st player to claim ð¯ @ChampionsLeague victories! Well done @Cristianoðµð¹ðª pic.twitter.com/oMIGa6yuW8 — FIFA.com (@FIFAcom) November 27, 2018 The first! For those of you who don't seem to understand the language of ð Ronaldo becomes the FIRST player to win 100 champions league games ðð´ https://t.co/HsgbIMsHaI — ð¦ (@AdriannaFidanza) November 27, 2018 Most wins ever? Most wins ð Most all-time goals â½ï¸ Most goals in a single campaign â½ï¸ Ronaldo's #UCL stats continue to impress ð¤©https://t.co/tOSUdtzBQZ — Goal (@goal) November 28, 2018 The best. 40 Champions League assists. 100 Champions League wins. "Ronaldo is just a goal scorer."#Ronaldo pic.twitter.com/2EGpPyVe0D — Ahmed Affan (@affan_ahmed11) November 27, 2018 So many achievements. First ever player to have 100 wins in the history of Champions League. Player with most goals and most assists in the history of Champions League. MR Champions League for a reason.♥ï¸ð#Ronaldo #JuveVCF pic.twitter.com/lekpziHxzs — Ahmed Affan (@affan_ahmed11) November 27, 2018 What a player! Cristiano Ronaldo Champions League Record: The first player to win 100 Champions League games ð³ð 5 Trophies won ððððð 121 goals ð³ absolutely stunning from a 33 year old,Juventus are lucky to have him,what an exceptional player! — Pye Waw (@pyewaw) November 27, 2018 Totally. Man Ronaldo having 100 champions league wins is incredible.. what a MAN !!!!! — MORELLO.CENTRICð (@ojong_julius) November 28, 2018 The ultimate GOAT. Ronaldo the only player to have 100 Champions league wins !! What a legend, what a goat #ronaldo #ForzaJuve — Comeback Caris (@JeancarloSifu) November 27, 2018 So much. Cristiano Ronaldo vs Valencia (HOME) Assists - 1 Passing accuracy - 83% Chances Created - 3 (most) Clearances - 1 Successful tackles - 1 Key passes - 2 The first player in history to win 100 CL games. Mr. Champions League. ð pic.twitter.com/3MoLmo8HqR — milly (@RamosesqueSZN) November 27, 2018 The most energetic. 90+ fucking min and a 33 year old Ronaldo is the only one sprinting his ass off. I never wanna hear anyone else ever mention how our mids, or any other player, are tired ever again. They can learn a thing or two from Cristiano. — PjaniÄAttack (@Nihooo1897) November 27, 2018
  14. Irrespective of the sport, every sportsperson has their own signature style, move and technique that is more than capable of either making, or breaking their respective careers. In the world of football, we've seen the dribbling skills of Lionel Messi and the aerial threat of Cristiano Ronaldo. But, apart from their respective playing styles, the footballing icons also have different ways of taking penalty kicks. From their run-up to preferred corners of the goal post, each footballer takes penalty in their own unique manner - something that is often replicated by the fans in their respective football matches. While there are a lot of videos where fans have been seen taking the spot kick just like their footballing heroes, a latest video that shows a young girl recreating the penalties of Ronaldo, Messi, Paul Pogba and Neymar is undoubtedly the one that stands out. In what has turned into a viral video, a young girl can be seen sporting the club jerseys of the four prominent footballers before successfully copying their penalty kicks. She carefully begins taking the signature Ronaldo run-up and thumping the ball into the net before unveiling the Portuguese iconic goal celebration. How Messi, Ronaldo, Pogba, Neymar hit penalty kicks.. pic.twitter.com/ZUIP0PSoGi — Harsh Goenka (@hvgoenka) November 25, 2018 The next one in line was Messi who would have surely been proud to see the girl curling the ball from her left foot into the inside corner of the post. Pogba's snail speed in the build up to his spot kick was also perfectly replicated by the girl before breaking into a dance move to celebrate the goal. Last, but not the least, Neymar's theatrics from FIFA World Cup in Russia once again came to the fore - thanks to this hilarious video. After successfully converting the penalty in Neymar's style, the girl was seen going down to the floor, imitating the Brazilian's antics from the World Cup earlier this year. The icing on the cake was definitely the last few seconds of the video, where the girl was literally seen rolling on the ground, bringing the old Neymar rolling memes back to our memories. While we reckon that the girl in this video deserves an Oscar for imitating the four footballers in such hilarious manner, she has already set the social media on fire with her footballing and acting skills. Thought it was another plain boring football fan's video till I saw Neymar one ð — rejaul karim (@reja9020) November 25, 2018 Neymar is the best! Lol ððððððð — Sohaib Boat (@sohaibboat) November 25, 2018 Top finishing ðð»ðð»ðð» — Lec (@Leccie03) November 25, 2018 Made my moodððð — Kamal Dattaðð (@kamal_datt) November 25, 2018 Neymar's kick was hilarious ðð — sandeep singh (@sandeepgogreen) November 25, 2018 Chicks Got the kicks ð — rajiv sharma (@jollywell) November 25, 2018 Hilarious.. this really cracked me up 𤣠— Hameed Pasha (@whitecrescent) November 25, 2018 I wasn't Ready for Neymar's celebration ð — Mr.Elz (@ElyoThePrym) November 26, 2018 No one can match the #Rolling comedy level of Neymar ð¤£ð¤£ð — Akshay Alne (@akshay_alne) November 26, 2018
  15. The world of football has seen many superstars over the ages, but the ongoing reign of Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi is arguably something that's going to last in our memories for a really long time. The two footballing greats have made the sport their own playing arena and the fact that they have won a record five Ballon d'Ors, goes on to show how dominant they have been in the last decade. The duel for football's top individual award began in 2008 when Ronaldo pipped Messi to bag his first Ballon d'Or. But, the Argentine was not to be underestimated as he went on to bag the coveted award for four successive years. While many had ruled Ronaldo out of ever coming close to his nemesis, the Portuguese didn't lose hope and went on to clinch the Ballon d'Or in 2013 and 2014. The next year saw Messi staging a comeback, taking his tally to a record five Ballon d'Or wins in 2015. But, Ronaldo shut all the naysayers after bagging the prestigious award in 2016 and 2017 to equal Messi's record of most Ballon d'Or triumphs. With both the Phenoms tied at five wins apiece, this year's Ballon d'Or is being anxiously awaited by football pundits and fans to see who'll come out on top and take the lead in most Ballon d'Or wins. © Reuters However, contrary to popular perception, it has emerged that we might have to wait a little longer to see the showdown between Ronaldo and Messi. If the recent reports are to be believed, neither Ronaldo, nor Messi will win the Ballon d'Or this year. In fact, there will be a new star who'll bring an end to the Ronaldo-Messi era that has dominated the Ballon d'Or since Kaka won it in 2007. As per Eric Macruth, a French journalist who works for French radio station RFI, it's Real Madrid midfielder Luka Modric who will clinch the 2018 Ballon d'Or. “Exclusive #BallondOr: After counting half the votes, the head trio is as follows: 1) Modric 2) @raphaelvarane 3 @KMbappe. @xbarretfoot @RFIRadioFoot Info @RFIsports,” he tweeted. Earlier this year, Modric had also bagged the European Player of the Year and FIFA's Best Player awards, beating both Ronaldo and Messi. The Croat helped Real Madrid win the UEFA Champions League back in May for the third year on the trot. And then, the veteran played a pivotal role in guiding Croatia to the FIFA World Cup final in Russia. © Reuters Raphael Varane claiming the second spot on the list would not surprise many, owing to his exploits on the football pitch this year. Just like his club mate Modric, the French international won this year's UEFA Champions League with Real Madrid. And then, the star defender celebrated one of the biggest moments of his career as part of the French side that recently lifted the FIFA World Cup. The third name on the list, Kylian Mbappe, was touted to pip the likes of Ronaldo and Messi to claim the Ballon d'Or this year. The 19-year-old propelled Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) to another Ligue 1 title earlier this year, starring alongside Neymar and Edinson Cavani in attack. He also got his name on the scoresheet in the final as France won the FIFA World Cup for the first time since 1998. While we aren't sure whether the recent reports or the tweet that allegedly leaked the top 3 can be trusted, but the news will surely not go down for Ronaldo who was really keen on bagging the award this year. “I already know, in my heart, that I am one of the best players in history. Of course, I want to win this sixth Ballon d'Or!”, Raonaldo had said earlier this year.
  16. Arguably one of the greatest players of all time, Lionel Messi has probably won everything there is in the world of football. From smashing goal-scoring records to winning coveted trophies, the Argentine has become one of the highly sought after players in club football. And, the fact that he has won the prestigious Ballon d'Or on a record-tying five occasions goes on to show how good he has been in the past decade. But, despite shattering one record after another in club football, Messi's prolific career is often marred with his inability to win a prominent trophy with Argentina. The Barcelona talisman has often come close to bagging a trophy for his country, but somehow he has always found himself on the losing side - something that continues to dent his reputation as the GOAT. The latest criticism for Messi came from his fellow countryman and footballing great Diego Maradona. The former Argentina footballer, who has shared a good rapport with Messi, hit out at the Barca forward while claiming that he is not a leader on the pitch and should not be considered a footballing God. © Reuters Highlighting Messi's contrasting fortunes with Barcelona and Argentina, Maradona claimed: "We shouldn't deify Messi any longer," Maradona said in an interview with Fox Sports. "He's Messi when he plays for Barcelona. Messi is Messi when he wears that shirt and he's another Messi with Argentina. He's a great player but he's not a leader. It's useless trying to make a leader out of a man who goes to the toilet 20 times before a game, he added." Maradona said in an interview with Fox Sports. Messi has spent his entire professional career with Barcelona, where he has won 33 trophies, including nine La Liga titles, four UEFA Champions League titles, and six Copa del Reys. A prolific goalscorer and a creative playmaker, the 31-year-old holds the records for most official goals scored in La Liga (388), a La Liga season (50), a club football season in Europe (73), a calendar year (91), El Clasico (26), as well as those for most assists in La Liga (151) and the Copa América (11). © Reuters But, when compared with his stint with Argentina, Messi has struggled to replicate his club success with his national team. He has been on the losing side in all four of his finals with Argentina - three in Copa America and at the 2014 World Cup. To make matters worse, he has not scored in four World Cup knockout stages, while his outing with Argentina in the recently-concluded World Cup once again left his fans disappointed. Argentina, with a new-look side, have enjoyed a three-match unbeaten run since their early exit in Russia. They recently defeated Iraq 4-0 in an international friendly, but Lionel Scaloni's men will face a sterner test when they take on Brazil sans Messi on 16th October.
  17. Awards are a wonderful way of validating the love and recognition that an individual earns in a particular field. The FIFA Player of The Year award is obviously a big deal when it comes to watching your favourite football player take the coveted trophy home and talking of top contenders, Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo obviously top the list. © Twitter The awards are decided on the basis of the votes by the captains of international teams, managers and designated media officials of the industry, and this year, the prestigious award was won by Luka Modric, Real Madrid's Croatian midfielder. © Twitter Post the ceremony, FIFA announced the votes of Ronaldo and Messi respectively and people on social media can't stop gushing over Messi, after it was revealed that he had nominated Ronaldo for the award. Difference b/w Messi and Others:- Ronaldo Hates Messi So He Voted Varane Modric Griezmann Kane's England lost the Semi vs Croatia so he ignored Modric & voted Ronaldo Messi KDB Despite losing vs Croatia & Fra Messi voted for Luka Modric Mbappe Ronaldo #FIFAFootballAwards — S H O à I B ðµð° (@MisterShebi) September 25, 2018 Interesting to see who voted for who in the FIFA best awards. Lionel Messi gave Cristiano Ronaldo a 3rd place vote. Cristiano Ronaldo did not have Messi in his list...https://t.co/WnEooiMt9v — Will Gavin (@WillGav) September 24, 2018 However, Ronaldo didn't vote for Messi, as his list of nominees included Raphael Varane in the first position, with Modric as the second and Antoine Griezmann as the third. So Messi voted for Ronaldo but Ronaldo didn't even vote for Messi...wow speaks volumes — Nana Sefah (@RydersrideNana) September 24, 2018 Messi voted for Ronaldo. Very significant. Means Messi no longer views Ronaldo as a threat to the throne. It's Messi vs Mbappé now. — Un Prophète (@mediocentroEN) September 24, 2018 For the first time in my life I must admit my admiration for Lionel Messi in the FIFA Awards. Messi wasn't part of the Top Three Nominees but he voted for Cristiano Ronaldo in the Top Three ranks. Cristiano... https://t.co/uAWiwOF6ba — El Akyereko Jefazoð (@AkwasiAkyereko) September 25, 2018 While Messi and Ronaldo's fans are busy shooting their opinions across the internet over the award, neither of the star players attended the event this year.
  18. The 2018 FIFA World Cup is over, but I am sure most of us are still reeling from the shock that this football tournament left us with. In the beginning, the battles of the fans were clear and our biases were more or less figured out - Ronaldo vs Messi. But, after the unexpected exit of Portugal and Argentina in the round of 16, all our hopes and cheers got divided between the remaining teams. © Instagram Post the World Cup exit, Cristiano Ronaldo moved to Juventus and Lionel Messi is currently busy spending some quality time practicing football with Hulk, his giant Dogue de Bordeaux. People say a dog is a man's best friend, but if you have one of the greatest footballers in the world by your side, chances are that the dog will be better in the sport than most of us. And this 30-second video, right here, is proof of the same. © Insatgram While you feel proud and enroll yourself for the post of President of the 'Dogs' BFF' society when your dog fetches the ball; Messi isn't your regular dog owner, so clearly, Hulk has to go through this kind of training. ð¦â½ï¸ A post shared by AntoRoccuzzo88 (@antoroccuzzo88) on Jul 30, 2018 at 4:29am PDT In fact, Hulk even found a fan in one of Messi's kids (Mateo and Thiago). While one was heard saying, "He (Hulk) is very good at playing football"; the other one said, "Yeah, but dad is better." This video was shared by Messi's wife, Antonella Roccuzzo, on her Instagram.
  19. Being the most-watched sport across the globe, football undoubtedly translates into several benefits for the clubs and players. More viewership means more revenues from TV rights, sponsorships, and endorsements. With so much of money flowing in, clubs are able to match up to some crazy wages demanded by some of football's greatest superstars. Here's a look at the weekly wages of football superstars: 1. Graziano Pelle (290,000 Pounds A Week) © Reuters Move over Middle East! China has become the top destination for players looking to make a fortune. Following the footsteps of Hulk, Oscar, and Anelka, former Southampton striker Pelle joined Shandong Luneng. His desire to switch can definitely be attributed to the wages as opposed to improving his game or seeking bigger challenges. He reportedly earns about 15 million pounds every year. 2. Paul Pogba (300,000 Pounds A Week) © Reuters Manchester United had to literally empty every last bit of their pocket when they brought Paul Pogba from Juventus. His transfer figures of 89 million pounds created a furore across social media, with pundits and fans having the unrealistic expectation of him scoring in almost every game. Pogba's presence led United to a Europa League, and an EFL Cup. He reportedly draws 15.5 million pounds annually. 3. Kylian Mbappe (305,000 Pounds A Week) © Reuters Paul Pogba's compatriot earns slightly more than him. After all, PSG is becoming the economic powerhouse of football, and can match up to the crazy wages of superstars like Cavani, Neymar, and Mbappe. The 19-year-old striker has already drawn comparisons with Thierry Henry and if that's true, then his wages are fully justified. He earns 16 million pounds a year. 4. Hulk (325,000 Pounds A Week) © Reuters Hulk, true to his name, has created a pretty Herculean dent in the Chinese Football League. He joined Shanghai SIPG from Zenit St. Petersburg in Russia and has since then banged 34 goals in just 52 games. He's drawing wages of 17 million pounds a year but is now reportedly looking for bigger challenges, possibly in the English Premier League. 5. Cristiano Ronaldo (355,000 Pounds A Week) © Reuters Many would have expected either Ronaldo or Messi to top the list of the highest wage earners, but Ronaldo is not even in the top 3. If sources are to be believed, this goal machine's contract at Real Madrid gives him 18.5 million pounds a year. Ronaldo moved to Juventus earlier this week and has apparently taken a wage cut. 6. Ezequiel Lavezzi (385,000 Pounds A Week) © Reuters Argentine attacker Lavezzi plied his trade for big spenders PSG between 2012-16 before moving on to join Hebei China Fortune in the Chinese League. He failed to bag even a single goal during the 10 appearances that he made in the first season. However, Lavezzi redeemed himself with an astonishing 20 goals in 27 games in the very next season! For his services, Hebei China Fortune are paying him 20 million pounds. 7. Oscar (405,000 Pounds A Week) © Reuters Oscar created quite a storm when he left Premier League champions, Chelsea, to join Shanghai SIPG. He was at the peak of his career at 24 and given his performances for Chelsea and Brazil back then, he could have easily gone on to play for any big European club. His move cost him both his fans, as well as a place in the Brazilian national team. He was conspicuous by his absence at the 2018 World Cup. If we could assign a price to this, it is 21.5 million pounds! 8. Alexis Sanchez (450,000 Pounds A Week) © Reuters Alexis joined Manchester United from fellow league rivals Arsenal in the January transfer window in exchange for Armenian winger Mkhitaryan. He's a proven talent in the Premier League, scoring and assisting in double digits during the 2 seasons before this one. He earns about 450,000 pounds per week, which is about 23.5 million pounds a year. 9. Neymar (600,000 Pounds A Week) © Reuters Believe it or not, PSG are reported paying weekly wages of 600,000 pounds for Neymar's goals. And it seems like their monetary incentive is paying off. Neymar has scored 24 goals and provided 14 assists in just 23 games. He may not earn the Ballon d'Or this year but is earning 31.7-million-pounds a year. 10. Lionel Messi (770,000 Pounds A Week) © Reuters Arguably the greatest player on Earth, Lionel Messi earns 770,000 pounds per week. While his wage figures have often been criticized, one can never put a price to the invaluable dribbles, through balls, and moments of magic that he produces. The Barcelona talisman makes about £40.5 million annually.
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