‘I’m tall, he’s a little shorter’: Cristiano Ronaldo doesn’t see comparison with Mohamed Salah as they prepare to meet in Champions League final

cristiano Ronaldo has rejected any comparison with Mohamed Salah as two of the major stars of European football prepare to clash in this Saturday’s Champions League final.

Both Ronaldo and Salah have been in inspirational form for their respective clubs this season, with the former scoring 43 goals for Real Madrid and the latter hitting 44 for Liverpool.

Though both he and Salah are tipped to be in the running for the 2018 Ballon d’Or, Ronaldo says there is no comparison to be made between them, pointing towards their differing stature as a prime example.

Cristiano Ronaldo says he is completely different to Mohamed Salah and every other player
Liverpool's Salah stands tall at Anfield after scoring one of his 44 goals this season

Speaking to BT Sport, Ronaldo said: ‘People want to compare me with other players, I am different to everyone. Salah is different to everyone. So we are different.

‘He plays with the left, I play with the right, I’m tall, he’s a little bit shorter. I play with my head, you know – we are completely different. But I have to say he has had a fantastic season, but Saturday, let’s see.’

While Salah will be looking to win his first major European title, Ronaldo is hoping to lift the big-eared trophy for an incredible fifth time – a feat that would put him in the history books as the competition’s most successful player.

Ronaldo can make history with a fifth Champions League win, which would be a new record

Always hungry for individual accolades, Ronaldo says it would be a ‘dream’ come true to set a new landmark for most Champions League wins by an individual player and says he is completely focused on the task in hand.

‘It is a special competition, in terms of me as an individual. I love to play in the Champions League.

‘It will be a dream if we, and I personally win my fifth Champions League. It will be unbelievable. I just want to be focused on Saturday and try to win this amazing trophy.’

Ronaldo will be looking to win his fifth Champions League trophy and fourth with Real Madrid

CHAMPIONS LEAGUE FINAL

Excitement among Liverpool fans is really starting to build ahead of the eagerly-anticipated Champions League final against Real Madrid on Saturday.

Liverpool fans, in their thousands, have made the arduous journey to sunny Kiev for what will be an occasion to cherish and they are clearly making the most of their trip at the moment.

Despite the cost and length of the journey to watch their side in a European Cup final, it hasn’t stopped Liverpool fans from having a grand time in Kiev.

Liverpool fans have started to paint the town red in Kiev ahead of the Champions League final

Liverpool supporters have started to gather in local pubs in Kiev for the day 

They have been snapped singing along to Liverpool chants, while enjoying a drink in their hand outside the local pubs.

They are making themselves known and painting Kiev red by hanging up their Liverpool flags all over the pubs and walls on the eve of the showdown at the Olympic Stadium.

Liverpool have reached their first Champions League final since 2007, where they lost 2-1 to AC Milan in Athens.

Excitement is really starting to build ahead of the Champions League final on Saturday night

Jurgen Klopp’s side remarkably progressed to the final, having seen off Porto, Manchester City and Roma in the knockout stages.

They go into the final in fine form but come up against a side that are searching for a third straight Champions League title.

Madrid, who beat Atletico Madrid and Juventus in their previous two finals, have endured a difficult but extremely successful route to Kiev.

Cristiano Ronaldo and Co have beaten French champions Paris Saint-Germain, Italian champions Juventus and German champions Bayern Munich in the knockout rounds.

Mohamed Salah and his Liverpool team-mates have been in fine form ahead of the Kiev final
Madrid are searching for their third consecutive Champions League triumph on Saturday

Moses To Join Super Eagles In London As Mikel Arrives In Uyo

Moses To Join Super Eagles In London As Mikel Arrives In Uyo

Chelsea winger Victor Moses will not join the Super Eagles in Uyo for Nigeria’s friendly against the Democratic Republic of Congo in Port Harcourt next Monday, Completesportsnigeria.com reports.

The 27-year-old will join up with the squad in London ahead of their friendly against England at the Wembley Stadium on June 2, according to a tweet from the official handle of the Super Eagles.

Moses starred for Chelsea in last Saturday’s 1-0 Emirates FA Cup final triumph over Manchester United at Wembley

Meanwhile, skipper Mikel Obi has arrived the team’s camp at the Ibom Hotels and Golf Resort, in Uyo.

“Camp update ahead #2018FIFAWorldCup. Captain @mikel_john_obi and @ogujohnugo have arrived incamp.@VictorMoses will join the team in London.#SoarSuperEagles,” the Super Eagles tweeted.

Meanwhile, members of the media will have an opportunity to meet with the Super Eagles coach Gernot Rohr and the players at 1.45pm on Friday.

“Coach Gernot Rohr and the rest of the team are inviting members of the media to a parley at the Ibom Hotels and Golf Resort, Uyo at 1.45pm on Friday, May 25, 2018,” a tweet on the official handle of the Super Eagles informed.

There are now 29 players in Uyo of the 30 inclued in the World Cup provisional squad, with Moses the only absentee.

Argentina announce Man Utd goalkeeper Sergio Romero will miss World Cup through injury

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Argentina have announced goalkeeper Sergio Romero will not be able to play in the World Cup due to a knee injury.

Romero was expected to be Argentina’s number one goalkeeper for the World Cup, but will be unable to take the gloves in Russia following his latest injury setback.

The goalkeeper was expected to start in goal for Manchester United in the FA Cup, but manager Jose Mourinho selected David de Gea due to Romero’s lack of fitness

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And the 31-year-old, who started the World Cup final as Germany edged a 1-0 win over Argentina in 2014, will now miss the chance to represent his country in Russia.
Argentina’s final 23-man squad was named on Tuesday, with Inter captain Mauro Icardi cut from the initial selection confirmed by coach Jorge Sampaoli.
As well as Romero, the other two goalkeepers in the squad are Willy Caballero of Chelsea and River Plate’s Franco Armani.
Argentina, who confirmed Romero requires surgery on his right knee, will announce a replacement for the goalkeeper in the coming days.

Arsenal confirm Emery appointment

Arsenal have confirmed the appointment of Unai Emery as their new head coach, replacing Arsene Wenger at the Emirates.
The 46-year-old Spaniard arrives at the club following a two-year spell at PSG. He led the club to a domestic treble this season, but his contract was not extended and was replaced by Thomas Tuchel.
Emery told Arsenal’s official website: “I am thrilled to be joining one of the great clubs in the game.

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“Arsenal is known and loved throughout the world for its style of play, its commitment to young players, the fantastic stadium, the way the club is run. I’m very excited to be given the responsibility to start this important new chapter in Arsenal’s history.
“I have met Stan and Josh Kroenke and it’s clear they have great ambitions for the club and are committed to bringing future success. I’m excited about what we can do together and I look forward to giving everyone who loves Arsenal some special moments and memories.”
Former Arsenal captain Mikel Arteta was believed to be a front-runner for the job, but Sky Sports News understands he withdrew from the running due to concerns over the extent of the role he would have in the club’s transfer policy.

Arsenal chief executive Ivan Gazidis said the club conducted a “rigorous” recruitment process, with Emery emerging as the unanimous choice.
“Unai has an outstanding track record of success throughout his career, has developed some of the best young talent in Europe and plays an exciting, progressive style of football that fits Arsenal perfectly”, said Gazidis.
“His hard-working and passionate approach and his sense of values on and off the pitch make him the ideal person to take us forward.
“We conducted a confidential, wide-ranging and rigorous search involving extensive background references, data and video analysis, and personal meetings with all the candidates we shortlisted.

“All were interested in the position and we were unanimous in our choice of Unai to drive the next chapter of our history.”
Arsenal’s majority shareholder Stan Kroenke described Emery as a “proven winner”, adding: “Several things stood out during his interview and the entire process; his football knowledge, energy, determination and love of the game.
“His familiarity with our club and our players, the Premier League and the game in Europe were all very impressive.
“He shares our vision to move forward, to build on the platform created by Arsene Wenger and help this club enjoy greater success. He’s a proven winner.”

Jose Mourinho deletes Instagram account after ‘Man.U fans left abusive messages’ over FA Cup final defeat to Chelsea

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Manchester United manager, Jose Mourinho, has deleted his Instagram account after he was reportedly bombarded with abusive messages by his own fans for losing FA Cup Final to Chelsea on Saturday.

Instagram users noticed over the weekend that Mourinho’s page no longer existed on the social media platform and there are speculations he took down his account following angry comments in response to the aftermath of the FA Cup final.

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Manchester United lost 1- 0 to Chelsea at the Wembley Stadium on Saturday.

But, Mourinho’s representatives in a brief statement said he deactivated his account on Thursday because he became ‘bored’ of the social media site.

LG Electronics signs international football player, Alex Iwobi as brand ambassador

LG Electronics signs international football player, Alex Iwobi as brand ambassador

At an elaborate ceremony in LG showroom Lekki Lagos, LG Electronics officially signed on Nigerian International Football player, Alex Iwobi as its official brand ambassador. It was witnessed by officials of LG Electronics, Fouani Nig. Limited, members of the press and general publics

 

As a promising football star for both club and country, Alex Iwobi has endeared himself to fans both at home and abroad due to his sterling performances. It is on record, he played a crucial role in ensuring that the Super Eagles of Nigeria qualified for the forthcoming World Cup tournament. He is skillful and full of youthful energy, an inspiration to millions of youth who one day long to play football; he indeed represents the future of football; a quality that made him the preferred choice as a brand ambassador for LG Electronics. LG on the other hand, represents the future of innovative technology. Without a doubt, he would positively influence the brand within and outside of Nigeria.

LG Electronics signs international football player, Alex Iwobi as brand ambassador

Speaking at the unveiling, Managing Director, LG Electronics West Africa Operations, Mr. Taeick Son said: “the choice of Alex Iwobi went through a thorough process and in the end we zeroed in on him, going by his antecedent in the field of play and most importantly how he is generally perceived as a player around the globe, we have no doubt whatsoever that he is the right face to represent the brand, and at the end he would do us all proud. On that note Alex, I say welcome onboard.”

 

Responding Alex Iwobi said: “For me this is a rear privilege and honour to be the brand Ambassador of a renowned electronics giant as LG Electronics, I must say I am indeed happy and I will continue to do my best in the field of play which obviously was what attracted the brand to me in the first place and secondly, as an ambassador of the brand I will continue to perform in ways that connect with the performance of the brand in millions of homes.”

LG Electronics signs international football player, Alex Iwobi as brand ambassador

Speaking in the same vein, Managing Director Fouani Nigeria limited, Mr. Mohammed Fouani, was full of praise for the player. He said “I am particularly happy this deal has been sealed today which for us brings in a unique opportunity for both Alex Iwobi as our ambassador and LG Electronics as the brand, this collaboration would obviously pay off in the long run.”

 

This clearly demonstrates LG Electronics loves the game of football, identifying with a player such as Alex Iwobi who by all standards has distinguished himself in his chosen career as a professional footballer. It is believed Alex Iwobi, who is young and full of energy would serve as an inspiration to younger and upcoming footballers in the country who are also part of LG esteemed consumers.

 

Kings of Lyon: Atletico Madrid beat Marseille in Europa League final

Atletico Madrid have won UEFA’s Europa League for the third time in eight years, comfortably beating Olympique Marseille 3-0 in Lyon.

Marseille came into the match desperate to end French football’s 25-year trophy drought on the European stage, Intertoto Cups notwithstanding. Ultimately it was the Spanish side’s experience and technical quality in such arenas that won them the cup. For the Spaniards it is a virtuous circle, for the French it is a vicious one.

Where Marseille were profligate, Atletico were ruthless. Where Marseille were naive, Atletico were streetwise. Where Marseille’s bench was light on world class, Atletico’s boasted World Cup winners.

Marseille knew they would not have too many goal-scoring chances against the best defence in La Liga. After four minutes they had already wasted a good one. Valere Germain blazed over when he should have least hit the target after Dimitri Payet put him through. For the first 15 minutes Marseille were the better side; they enjoyed more possession than their opponents and won more 50-50 challenges. Their supporters also outnumbered the Madrileños and encouraged them noisily forward. But they found no breakthrough.

On 21 minutes Marseille’s goalkeeper Steve Mandanda overhit a pass to his defender Andre-Frank Zambo Anguissa. The risk a goalkeeper takes in passing through the middle and along the ground quickly became all too apparent: Atletico captain Gabi stole the ball and played it forward to Griezmann, who had plenty of time and space to slot past Mandanda. One chance was all Atletico needed.

It quickly got much worse for OM. With just over half an hour played, Marseille’s captain and creative engine Dimitri Payet limped off injured. Psychologically it was a harder blow for Marseille than the goal had been and although Payet was replaced, by Maxime Lopez, he proved irreplaceable. From then on, it seemed like Marseille were playing with a man fewer.

They made it to half time without further damage to the scoreline but four minutes after the break Griezmann pounced again, chipping Mandanda after being played in by a surging Koke. Two chances, Two nil.

Marseille didn’t give up, but their long balls lofted into the box from wide or from deep were dealt with comfortably by Madrid goalkeeper Jan Oblak and his defence, marshalled by Diego Godin. The entrance of Kostas Mitroglou in place of Valere Germain after 74 minutes did provide Marseille with a different attacking outlet and almost a goal, had Mitroglou’s glancing header gone in off the post rather than to safety.

By then there was an air of inevitability about the outcome. Atletico were in control and put matters beyond all doubt in the 89th minute. Griezmann started the move when he played in Costa, who found Saul, who in turn gave it to captain Gabi, lurking in space on the right of the penalty area. Gabi fired it home, making the victory an emphatic one. Atletico showed La Liga still rules the Europa League. Marseille, while valiant, lacked the killer instinct and showed why Ligue Un is not quite there yet.

Super Eagles coach Gernot Rohr names 30-man provisional list ahead of 2018 World Cup in Russia

Super Eagles coach Gernot Rohr names 30-man provisional list ahead of 2018 World Cup in Russia

The head coach of Super Eagles of Nigeria, Gernot Rohr, has just released a 30-man provisional list ahead of 2018 World Cup in Russia.

The list which includes players like, Mikel John Obi, Victor Moses, Ahmed Musa, Alex Iwobi, Kelechi Iheanacho, and Odion Ighalo among others was released on the official Twitter page of Nigeria Football Federation (NFF).

Nigeria will face Argentina, Iceland and Croatia at the World Cup tournament taking place in Russia next month.

See the full list below.

Super Eagles coach Gernot Rohr names 30-man provisional list ahead of 2018 World Cup in Russia

Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah breaks English Premier League goal scoring record as he emerges Player of the Year

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Mohamed Salah has now set a new English Premier League goal record, netting his 32nd goal in a season in the first half of the match between Liverpool and Brighton and Hove Albion on Saturday.

 

The Liverpool forward has set a new record for Premier League goals in a 38-game season, beating the 31 goal record held jointly by Luis Suarez, Cristiano Ronaldo and Alan Shearer.

 

Alan Shearer made his goal haul at Blackburn in 1995-96, while Ronaldo recorded his during one of the years with Manchester United. And Luis Suarez was also a Liverpool player. For Salah, it has been a remarkable year at Anfield, winning everything that ought to be won: he is the Premier League Player of the year, the PFA Player of the Year and FWA Footballer of the Year and Liverpool’s Player of the Year.

 

He was also named in the PFA Team of the Year.  Overall, Salah had scored 44 goals this season, with 10 of them in the UEFA Champions League. He is expected to be a star to watch as Liverpool meet holders Real Madrid in the finals in Kiev on 26 May.

It’s the final day of the season

It’s the final day of the season

Here’s the fixtures for today’s final games, all kicking off at 3pm.

  • Burnley vs Bournemouth
  • Crystal Palace vs West Brom
  • Huddersfield vs Arsenal
  • Liverpool vs Brighton
  • Manchester Utd vs Watford
  • Newcastle vs Chelsea
  • Southampton vs Man City
  • Swansea vs Stoke
  • Spurs vs Leicester
  • West Ham vs Everton
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Latest transfer rumours on Neymar

United are lining up a move for Paris Saint-Germain star Neymar according to a report in the

They claim United have told the Brazilian they will rival Real Madrid to sign him if he quits PSG this summer.

But, he wouldn’t come cheap as It is expected he would cost in excess of £200million. However, United have reportedly made it clear they will pay a world record fee to land him and match his £30million a year wages to bring him to Old Trafford

Arsenal and England star, Jack Wilshere and wife Adriani welcome their first child, a baby girl Siena

Arsenal and England star, Jack Wilshere and wife Adriani welcome their first child, a baby girl Siena

Arsenal and England midfielder, Jack Wilshere and his wife Adriani Michael have welcomed their first child together.

 

The 26-year-old footballer took to his Instagram page this night to announce the birth of his newborn daughter, named Siena

Sharing an adorable photo of himself cradling his newborn daughter while posing with wife in the hospital, he wrote:  ‘Siena, my princess, you don’t even know how loved you are. Thank you @andriani_wilshere for our beautiful baby girl, we are blessed I can’t wait for you to meet your brother and sister. Unfortunately, the mrs didn’t like the name Arsena ?‍??? thank you for the nice messages ??. ‘

This is the couple’s first child together and Wilshere’s third overall. He already has two children, Archie and Delilah with his previous partner, Lauren Neil.

Chelsea charged by English FA for failing to control players during 1-1 draw with Huddersfield

Chelsea charged by English FA for failing to control players during 1-1 draw with Huddersfield

??Chelsea FC have been charged by the FA for failing to control their players during their 1-1 draw with Huddersfield Town at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday night.

 

The draw at home sealed the Terriers place in the Premier League for 2018/19, but did no favours for the Blues, who now look set to miss out on Champions League football.

 

During the clash, Chelsea players were displeased with their opponents’ perceived gamesmanship throughout the evening, but tensions boiled over after referee Lee Mason awarded a corner during stoppage time only to blowing his whistle for half-time just as the Blues were about to take it.

 

Things got out of hand as several players approached the match official to protest, joined by their manager Antonio Conte. There was even need for stewards to get between the players and the referee as Mason tried making his way off of the pitch at the interval.

 

The FA have since levelled a charge against the Blues, with a statement (via the ?Daily Mail) reading: “Chelsea have been charged with failing to ensure their players and/or officials conducted themselves in an orderly fashion. The incident occurred at half-time of yesterday’s game against Huddersfield Town. Chelsea have until 6pm on Tuesday [15 May 2018] to respond to the charge.”

 

Antonio Rudiger had to be dragged away from remonstrating with the match officials by Blues coach Carlo Cudicini, while Cesc Fabregas and Cesar Azpilicueta were also heavily involved.