Three Football Stars That Might Change Clubs in the Summer

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Jadon Sancho and Mo Salah Football Stars

Football might be on pause in Europe right now, but the speculations about the future transfers haven’t stopped. It seems that many players might be switching clubs in the summer, including some of the biggest stars of the sport. I’m not usually a big fan of going through rumours, but there’s hardly much else to do right now, so let’s take a look at five stars that might be on their way out. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Arsenal The Arsenal skipper Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has stated on multiple occasions that he is proud…

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Napoli vs. Barcelona Betting Preview and Prediction

Napoli Barcelona Betting Preview

Barcelona might have been happy with the Champions League draw initially, but Napoli’s resurgence after the arrival of Gennaro Gattuso is a concern. The Italian side has been much better recently and I think this could be a cracking tie. Napoli will have the home advantage in the first leg and a good result here would be instrumental for the team’s ambitions to progress. In this betting preview, I evaluate the chances of both sides and share my prediction of what’s going to happen on Tuesday night. Napoli The first…

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Who Will Win Copa del Rey after Barcelona and Real Madrid Are Out?

Quique Setién and Zinedine Zidane Copa Del Rey Logo

Both Barcelona and Real Madrid had tricky quarterfinal games in Copa del Rey, but I don’t think anyone expected to see both giants knocked out. And yet, Barcelona lost right at the death after a dramatic Sergio Busquests own goal, while Real Madrid conceded four times for the first under Zidane against Real Sociedad at home and is out too. On top of that, the audacious Mirandes eliminated a third La Liga opponent in a row to reach the last 4 of the tournament. The team will face Real Sociedad…

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Will Leo Messi Leave Barcelona in the Summer?

Lionel Messi Barcelona

Leo Messi has been in Barcelona for so long that we all thought the Argentinian maestro won’t play for another club ever. That’s how it looked for most of his career, at least. Sure, Messi had some issues with Zlatan Ibrahimovic and he followed Chelsea on Instagram during some turbulent time back in 2015, which brought panic attacks to many Barcelona fans. And yet, it never seemed like Messi will actually leave, at least until now. The surprising move to fire Ernesto Valverde raised the tension around the club and…

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Why Did Barcelona Fire Ernesto Valverde?

Ernesto Valverde and Barcelona Logo

At the beginning of this week, Ernesto Valverde was fired by Barcelona and became the only head coach released by the club in the middle of the season since Louis Van Gaal in 1993. He will be replaced by the experienced Quique Setien. The formal reason is Barcelona’s shaky form in the past several games. That includes three draws in the last four La Liga matches and a dramatic exit from the Spanish Super Cup after losing a late lead against Atletico Madrid. And yet, one could say that wasn’t…

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Barcelona – Atletico Madrid Betting Preview and Predictions

Barcelona and Atletico Madrid Logos for the RFEF Supercopa De Espana

The second semifinal of the Spanish Super Cup will feature the teams of Barcelona and Atletico Madrid. The two giants will be looking to book a place in the final on Sunday where the winner will face Real Madrid for the trophy. This betting preview will focus on both sides and their chances, as well as the odds of the leading bookmakers on the market. It must be mentioned that the match will be played in Saudi Arabia, so none of the sides will have the home advantage. And yet,…

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Barcelona and Real Madrid Fire Blanks in El Clasico

Barcelona vs Real Madrid, El Clasico

The Spanish La Liga leaders Barcelona and Real Madrid faced each other in a highly-anticipated El Clasico yesterday. The derby was tenacious but failed to deliver any goals for the first time since 2002. That leaves the teams with the same number of points on the top of the league. Barcelona has the better goal difference which is enough for the first spot. The Catalans could feel lucky that they keep their position because Real Madrid was the better side for large periods of the game. The woodwork save Barcelona…

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Four clubs that could sign Neymar this summer

The football world is buzzing with the news that Neymar could be allowed to leave his summer. According to Bilel Ghazi of L’Equipe, the Parisian club are open to sell their €222 signing this summer if they receive a suitable offer. Coming up with a suitable offer for a player who has already been sold for €222m is a huge risk for any club, but it is not everyday that a player of Neymar’s quality becomes available in the market. Hence, we look at four clubs who could possibly sign…

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Valverde set to remain Barcelona boss, claims the latest report

It has been quite an unsettling end to the season for Barcelona boss Ernesto Valverde. Ever since his side’s defeat to Liverpool in Champions League, there have been question marks hanging over Valverde’s future at the Catalan club. Earlier this week, multiple media reports suggested that he could get the sack as soon as this week. However, according to the latest from Spanish radio Cadena Ser, reports of the imminent sacking are false, and the Spaniard is set to stay in his job for the next season. Valverde has led…

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Antonine Griezmann set to dominate transfer headlines this window

Antoine Griezmann

Undoubtedly, France international Antoine Griezmann is one of the biggest talents in football. And when a player of such calibre becomes available in the market, it is surely going to make a lot of noise. Since moving to Atletico Madrid in 2014, Griezmann has been linked with an exit for the club almost every window. However, the 28-year-old is finally set to make his exit from Atletico this summer. Griezmann has publicly announced that he would be leaving Atletico in the summer, and that has already put a lot of…

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Barcelona sign Valencia defender Jeison Murillo on initial loan deal

Barcelona have announced the signing of Valencia defender Jeison Murillo on loan for the rest of the season, with the option to make it permanent for £22.6m. The 26-year-old Colombia international joined Valencia on a permanent deal in the summer following a season-long loan spell from Inter Milan. However he has only played three times all season for Marcelino’s side – with his sole La Liga game in September. He has previously played for Granada, Cadiz and Las Palmas in Spain. Murillo will be officially presented as a Barca player…

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Lionel Messi wins record fifth European Golden Shoe award

Barcelona forward Lionel Messi says he “never imagined having so much success” after being presented with a record fifth European Golden Shoe award. The Argentine scored 34 goals in 36 La Liga appearances in 2017-18, making him the highest goalscorer in Europe ahead of Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah (32). Messi’s latest Golden Shoe award moves him one ahead of Cristiano Ronaldo, who has won four in total. “The truth is I had no idea this would happen when I started,” said Messi. “I dreamt of playing professional football and enjoying success,…

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Barcelona’s Rafinha ordered to wear Adidas boots or pay fine

Barcelona midfielder Rafinha has been ordered to wear Adidas boots again – or face a fine of up to 1m euros. The 25-year-old thought his sponsorship deal ended in the summer and switched to wearing blacked-out Mizuno boots, but has been sued by the German sportswear giants. Rafinha said Adidas had not supported him through two earlier serious injuries and buried the five-year extension in his contract. “Although he is no legal expert, he knows how sponsor deals work,” the judge said. The player is actually out for the season after tearing…

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Manchester United draw PSG in Champions League, Liverpool to face Bayern Munich

Manchester United have drawn Paris Saint-Germain in the last 16 of the Champions League, while Liverpool will face Bayern Munich and Tottenham will take on Borussia Dortmund. Manchester City were drawn against Bundesliga side Schalke, meaning three of the four English teams will face German opposition. Cristiano Ronaldo will return to the city of Madrid, with Juventus drawn against Atletico. Holders Real Madrid must overcome Dutch side Ajax, while Barcelona will take on Lyon and Roma will face FC Porto. The first legs of the last-16 ties will be split…

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Yaya Toure leaves Olympiakos three months after rejoining Greek club

Former Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure has left Olympiakos, just three months after rejoining the Greek club. The 35-year-old’s contract has been terminated by “mutual agreement”. Toure, who was a free agent in the summer after leaving City, chose to join Olympiakos in September, where he spent the 2005-06 season. The former Ivory Coast international, who also played for Barcelona, made just two starts and two substitute appearances while in Athens. “Olympiakos and Yaya Toure would like to announce to the fans that they have mutually agreed to end their cooperation,”…

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Ronaldo challenges Messi to leave Barcelona and La Liga

Juventus superstar Cristiano Ronaldo has suggested that Lionel Messi “maybe needs more” after so long at Barcelona and has invited his eternal rival to join him in Serie A. Two talismanic performers who have cemented standings among the all-time greats spent nine years battling for supremacy in Spain prior to a stunning summer transfer window. Ronaldo’s decision to leave Real Madrid for Turin in a £90m deal has left Messi as the standalone five-time Ballon d’Or winner in LaLiga. Ronaldo has called on his great rival to join him in Serie…

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Luka Modric wins Ballon d’or to end Ronaldo and Messi dominance

Real Madrid and Croatia midfielder Luka Modric won the 2018 Ballon d’Or, becoming the first player other than Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo to claim the award in more than a decade. Modric, 33, won his third successive Champions League in May before helping Croatia to a first World Cup final. Former Brazil and AC Milan forward Kaka, in 2007, was the last player other than Messi or Ronaldo to win it. Ronaldo, who joined Juventus from Real Madrid in the summer, came second. Barcelona forward Messi finished fifth, with…

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Luis Suarez urges Ousmane Dembele to be ‘more responsible’

Luis Suarez has said Barcelona teammate Ousmane Dembele should be “more responsible” after he reportedly missed training following a marathon nocturnal video gaming session. Dembele was dropped by the Spanish champions for last week’s shock 4-3 home defeat to Real Betis following what coach Ernesto Valverde called a “sporting assessment”. But sports daily AS reports that the Catalans are worried not only that he might be addicted to gaming, but also that it might ruin his career at the club. And Suarez, no stranger to disciplinary issues himself, says that…

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Barcelona confirm Ivan Rakitic hamstring injury

Barcelona have confirmed Ivan Rakitic has been diagnosed with a hamstring injury. Rakitic was substituted midway through the second half of Croatia’s 3-2 Nations League win against Spain, in which Tin Jedvaj scored a late winner. Coach Zlatko Dalic subsequently confirmed Rakitic would not travel with Croatia to London for Sunday’s decisive clash with England. And Barcelona announced on Saturday scans have found Rakitic has a hamstring injury in his right leg, with no timescale given for his recovery. ❗ [INJURY NEWS] @ivanrakitic has a hamstring strain in his right leg. His return…

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Griezmann reveals reason behind Barcelona snub

Antoine Griezmann

Antoine Griezmann has revealed playing second fiddle to Lionel Messi at Barcelona was a factor in his decision to stay at Atletico Madrid. Griezmann was heavily linked with a switch to Camp Nou before the World Cup as many Barca fans became excited at the prospect of seeing the France international playing alongside Messi. The striker seemed set for the move before doing a U-turn and pledging his future to Atleti in a Twitter video, Griezmann ultimately signing a contract extension until 2023 in June. Speaking about the transfer saga to Canal Plus on Sunday, Griezmann admitted…

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Lionel Messi ruled out of clasico with fractured arm in Barcelona win

Lionel Messi will miss next week’s clasico against Real Madrid with a fracture in his right arm, Barcelona have announced. Messi was injured when he fell awkwardly in the first half of Saturday’s 4-2 win over Sevilla, and the Argentinian now faces three weeks out. Barcelona said on Twitter: “Tests carried out on the first team player Leo Messi have confirmed that he has a fracture of the radial bone in his right arm. He will be out for approximately three weeks. FuerzaLeo.” ❗ [INJURY NEWS] Tests carried out on…

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Barcelona’s Thomas Vermaelen ruled out for six weeks with hamstring injury

Barcelona defender Thomas Vermaelen is set to miss six weeks of action with a hamstring injury he suffered while on international duty with Belgium, the club has confirmed. The centre-back was forced off during Belgium’s 2-1 win over Switzerland on Friday and now faces yet another spell on the sidelines. The news comes as a blow to Barcelona with Samuel Umtiti also sidelined curently with a knee problem. There have been different reports over the severity of the French defender’s injury, and it’s still unclear when he will return to…

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Maradona urges Lionel Messi to quit Argentina and ‘send them to hell’

Diego Maradona has advised Lionel Messi to walk away from the Argentina national team and send everyone “to hell.” Messi has been omitted from the last two Argentina squads in the wake of a fraught World Cup campaign and doubt surrounds the Barcelona star’s international future. Argentina icon and former coach Maradona was asked what advice he would give Messi. “What would I tell Messi? To not come back any more. To retire,” Maradona told Clarin. “The Under-15s lose and it is Messi’s fault, the fixture list in Argentina puts…

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Modric breaks Ronaldo-Messi dominance to win top FIFA award

Luka Modric ended Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi’s decade-long domination of football’s individual awards by being crowned FIFA’s best player of the year on Monday. The Real Madrid and Croatia midfielder starred for both club and country as Madrid won a third straight Champions League, and he inspired Croatia to reach the World Cup final for the first time. He beat Ronaldo and Liverpool’s Egyptian forward Mohamed Salah to the prize. Modric’s success means Ronaldo remains tied with Messi having won FIFA’s award in different guises five times each. At 33, Croatia’s run to the final was…

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Ernesto Valverde noncommittal over Barcelona future

Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde has admitted he is not sure if he will still be manager of the club next season. Valverde’s contract expires at the end of the current campaign and he confirmed on Saturday he has an option to extend the deal by another year. “I have a contract and I have a possibility to extend it a year more,” Valerde said. “The contract is there but we know what can happen in a season and the season is long. You have to see how the team does.…

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