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 Messi Speaks Ahead Of Inter Miami’s Clash With Ronaldo’s Club

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Former Barcelona star player, Lionel Messi, has expressed his anticipation for the upcoming Riyadh Cup, where he will face his arch-rival, Cristiano Ronaldo.

Messi’s club, Inter Miami and Ronaldo’s Saudi Arabia club, Al Nassr, will both participate in the highly-anticipated tournament, known as ‘The Last Dance’, which will be held at the state-of-the-art Kingdom Arena from Monday, January 29 to Friday, February 8.

This event could potentially mark the final encounter between Messi and Ronaldo, who have faced each other 35 times throughout their professional careers.

Out of these matches, Messi has emerged victorious 16 times, while Ronaldo has secured 10 wins, with nine draws in their encounters primarily in Spain and the Champions League.

Interestingly, both players found the back of the net in a friendly match last October when PSG, Messi’s former club, played against the Saudi All-Stars, resulting in a thrilling 5-4 victory for Messi’s team.

It is worth noting that this match took place shortly before Messi’s transfer to the United States.

However, taking to his social media page earlier, the Argentine forward, Messi wrote: “I can’t wait to be part of #RiyadhSeasonCup with my team Inter Miami CF, as we face top Saudi clubs in a historic championship.”

The game will serve as a preseason tournament for Inter Miami, with the new regular MLS season holding between February 21 and October 19, while the playoffs, October and December.

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Chelsea Are Highest Spenders On Football Agents In Premier League

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Chelsea have reportedly spent the highest amount of money on football agents in the last 12 months (between February 2023 to February 2024) in the Premier League.

Chelsea have always been known to be heavy spenders in the transfer market but since American businessman, Todd Boehly and his consortium became the owners of the club two years ago, their expenditures on new players have increased dramatically.

In the last two years, Todd Boehly and his consortium have spent over £1 billion just in recruiting new players who have not been able to give the team the expected success.

Within 12 months, the Stamford Bridge-based club have spent a whooping £75.1 million just to pay agency fees in the process of buying new players.

Chelsea accounts for over 18 percent of the total amount of agency fees (£409.5 million) Premier League clubs paid to agents in the last 12 months.

They paid about £15 million more than Manchester City who spent £60.6 million on agency fees in the same period.

Manchester United (£34 million), Liverpool (£31.5m), Arsenal (£24.7m), Aston Villa (£21.1m), Tottenham (£19.7m), and Newcastle United (£18.8m), complete the top 8 of Premier League clubs who have spent the most on agents in the last 12 months.

Luton Town (£2m) spent the least money on agents in the Premier League in the last 12 months, way less than relegated Leeds United (£13.2m), Leicester City (£8.1m) and Southampton (£7.5m).

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Former NFL Star, OJ Simpson dies aged 76 after cancer battle

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Former NFL star O.J. Simpson has passed away at age 76 after a battle with cancer, his family confirmed.

 

A statement posted on his social media accounts reads: “On April 10th, our father, Orenthal James Simpson, succumbed to his battle with cancer. He was surrounded by his children and grandchildren. During this time of transition, his family asks that you please respect their wishes for privacy and grace.”

 

He had reportedly been battling prostate cancer.

 

Simpson earned a reputation as one of the most exceptional running backs in NFL history during his ten-year tenure with the Buffalo Bills and San Francisco 49ers.

 

Following his football career, Simpson transitioned into acting, gracing both the big and small screens with his presence in numerous films and television series.

 

Timeline of OJ Simpson career

College Career: O.J. Simpson played college football for the USC Trojans from 1967 to 1968. He won the Heisman Trophy in 1968, awarded to the best college football player in the United States.

 

Professional Career: Simpson was drafted by the Buffalo Bills as the first overall pick in the 1969 NFL Draft. He played for the Buffalo Bills from 1969 to 1977 and for the San Francisco 49ers in 1978 and 1979.

 

Accomplishments: During his NFL career, Simpson achieved numerous accolades, including being a five-time Pro Bowl selection and winning the NFL MVP award in 1973. He was also the first player to rush for over 2,000 yards in a single season, accomplishing this feat in 1973.

 

Legacy: Despite his successful football career, Simpson’s legacy has been overshadowed by controversies, including his highly publicized criminal trial in 1995 for the murders of his ex-wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and her friend, Ronald Goldman, of which he was acquitted. However, he was found liable for their deaths in a subsequent civil trial.

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It’s Half Time, South Africa Coach Tells Super Falcons After Defeat In Abuja

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As South Africa defeats the Nigeria Super Falcons team, the Banyana Banyana of South Africa head coach, Desiree Ellis, has warned the Super Falcons of Nigeria that the 2024 Summer Olympics qualification tie is not over.

 

 

On Friday, April 5, the Banyana Banyana of South Africa were at the MKO Abiola stadium in Abuja to take on the Super Falcons of Nigeria in the first leg of the 2024 Olympics qualifiers third round.

 

 

 

 

A first-half goal from the penalty spot via the boots of Rasheedat Ajibade earned the Super Falcons a slim 1-0 win over the reigning African champions.

 

 

The tie will be decided in the second leg which will take place in Pretoria on Tuesday, April 9. All the Super Falcons need in the game is either a draw or a win, while the South African team must record a win to qualify for the 2024 Olympics.

 

 

 

 

After the 1-0 defeat to the Super Falcons, Desiree Ellis who led Banyana Banyana to the 2022 African women’s championship victory stressed that her team will bounce back in the return leg.

 

 

“Look, I said before the game, it was going to be a tight game. We said that the result over two legs will be what matters”, Ellis told reporters in Abuja.

 

 

“We feel we’re still in the game, we created a couple of chances. A penalty decided the match but the tie is not over. I thought in the second half we raised our game a lot, and created a few chances.

 

 

 

 

“We could have equalized and maybe won a penalty at the end. But I’m proud of the team. And we’ll take it back. To Pretoria.”

 

 

She added, “Obviously, going to have a look at the footage and see where we can exploit the Falcons in the second leg. Because I thought defensively, we were really sound. And up until that moment from the penalty, we created a couple of chances. We also had a lot of players coming back from injury.

 

 

“Not having played 90 minutes. And I thought we got a lot out of them. So they are better in their legs now and be better in the second leg. But as Tembi Kagtlana said, for us, it’s half-time. We still have another half to go.”

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