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Why African players are not respected- Samuel Eto’o

Image result for samuel eto’oAfrican players still do not get the recognition they deserve, Cameroon legend Samuel Eto’o told AFP in an exclusive interview, as he hopes that this will finally be the year another player from the continent wins the Ballon d’Or.

George Weah, the former Paris Saint-Germain and AC Milan striker who is now the president of Liberia, won the Ballon d’Or in 1995 but remains the only African player ever to have claimed the award.

“Western media dominate our media in Africa, so they definitely have an influence. People prefer to see a Lionel Messi goal,” Eto’o, 38, told AFP during a visit to Paris last month.

The former Barcelona star, once a teammate of Messi, believes that “African players are not respected” and are “not always properly appreciated.”

He recently hung up his boots after a glorious career in which he won the UEFA Champions League three times and the Africa Cup of Nations twice.

He never won the prize for the world’s best player, although he insists he has no regrets.

“No, because I won so many trophies, I made so many dreams and for me that is the equivalent of winning the Ballon d’Or. However, I do feel for my younger brothers who came along after my generation.”

Trending: How Lionel Messi won best men’s player of the year

Messi graphicImage result for lionel messiBarcelona’s Lionel Messi won the best men’s player at the Best Fifa Football Awards in Milan as Juventus’ Cristiano Ronaldo and Liverpool’s Virgil van Dijk missed out on the top prize.

It is the sixth time Messi has been voted the world’s best, after wins in 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2015.

The 32-year-old Argentine helped Barcelona win La Liga and reach the semi-finals of the Champions League.

United States forward Megan Rapinoe won the best women’s player award.

Football: Messi gets one-match ban, fined $1,500 for red card, comments at Copa America

Messi Gets One-Match Ban, Fined $1,500 For Red Card, Comments At Copa AmericaArgentina captain Lionel Messi has been suspended for one match and fined $1,500 by the South American football governing body, CONMEBOL for his red and comments during La Albiceste’s 2-1 win against Chile in the Third-Place match of 2019 Copa America in Brazil earlier this month.

The Barcelona superstar will now observe the one game suspension in Argentina’s first 2022 World Cup qualifying match.

Messi and Chile’s Gary Medel had altercation during the Copa America 2019 Third-Place match and the referee dismissed both players. But Messi incurred more wrath of CONMEBOL after accusing the body and the referee of ‘favouritism and lack of respect’.

Messi may still get more sanctions if CONMEBOL later finds him guilty in some pending cases involving him over dissent and comments at the Copa America.

In a statement on Tuesday, CONMEBOL confirmed the Barcelona star had been fined
$1,500, with no appeal possible.

The single judge of the disciplinary tribunal confirmed “the automatic suspension imposed on the player Lionel Andres Messi, not agreeing on any additional suspension”
while imposing the $1,500 fine.

Watch how Liverpool record historic win over Barcelona 4-3

It was celebration night for Belgian striker, Divock Origi.

He was the unlikely hero as Liverpool pulled off the greatest semi-final comeback in Champions League history with a 4-0 second-leg victory to complete a stunning 4-3 aggregate triumph against Barcelona.

Before the game, the odds were stacked heavily against Liverpool after both Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino were ruled out with injury following a 3-0 first-leg defeat last week in Spain.

Divock Origi however gave Liverpool hope with a seventh-minute goal at Anfield before Georginio Wijnaldum scored two quick second-half goals to level the tie, setting the stage for the Belgian to strike the decisive goal 11 minutes from time.

Despite the despondency of losing Salah and Firmino, Jurgen Klopp’s men never lost faith and were accompanied by a typically raucous Anfield atmosphere on a European night.

 

Football: Why Messi is out of best three FIFA Men’s

Image may contain: 3 people, people smiling, text… Mohamed Salah, Cristiano Ronaldo and Luka Modric nominated for Best FIFA Men’s Player

There have been questions spreading about the exclusion of great footballer, Lionel Messi among the three best men footballers in the world which FIFA finally announced.

Though, Lionel Messi didnt perform excellently well at the FIFA World Cup help at Russia in the summer, but he won Laliga.

It was gathered that the great Argentine player didnt perform well at the UEFA champions league in which the three finalist did well.

A football pundit added that at the just concluded Russia World, Argentina was knocked out at the second round which things very worst for the Barcelona player.

However, two Premier League players are nominated for the Best FIFA Goalkeeper award including Tottenham’s Hugo Lloris and Leicester’s Kasper Schmeichel.

Former Chelsea ‘keeper Thibaut Courtois, who signed for Real Madrid in the summer, is also nominated.

This year’s Best FIFA Women’s Player nominees are Lyon pair Ada Hegerberg and Dzsenifer Maroszan as well as Brazil’s Marta.

The FIFA Puskas award – given for the best goal of the year – is made up of 10 nominees including Gareth Bale’s overhead kick in the Champions League final and Benjamin Pavard’s exquisite strike in France’s 4-3 win over Argentina in the World Cup last 16.

Other nominated goals include Salah v Everton, Ronaldo v Juventus, Riley McGree for Newcastle Jets, Lazaros Christodoulopoulos for AEK Athens and Giorgian de Arrascaeta for Brazilian club Cruzeiro.

Two World Cup moments are nominated for the FIFA Fan Award including Japan fans cleaning up the Mordovia Arena after their team’s 2-1 win over Colombia and Peru’s impressive away following.

The Best FIFA Women’s Coach shortlist consists of Lyon’s Reynald Pedros, Japan’s Asako Takakura and Sarina Wiegman of the Netherlands.Image result for messi

Football: Barca eyes on Pogba

Image result for paul pogbaIt has been reported that Barcelona president Josep  Bartomeu has left the door open on a potential move for Manchester United’s Paul Pogba, after saying the club could still do business before the Spanish transfer window closes, Sky sports reports.

Despite being handed the captain’s armband for the opening 2-1 win against Leicester City, Pogba’s comments after the game hinted at tensions at Old Trafford.

Asked about Pogba after Barcelona’s 2-1 Super Cup win against Sevilla, Bartomeu said: “I won’t speak of any names, we have respect for all clubs and there are 20 days left.

“We’ll see which players come out. We’re focused on the league, so it’s best to ask (Eric) Abidal,(Ramon) Planes or Pep Segura about players.

“There’s still time to do business.”

Andres Iniesta, Paulinho and Andre Gomes have left Barcelona this summer and the Catalan club may have to wait if they are to further strengthen their midfield following the arrivals of Arturo Vidal and Arthur, with Manchester United unlikely to want to part with Pogba during this window.

“We are never going to find another Andres Iniesta, that’s impossible because there is only one and he is in Japan,” said Barcelona manager Ernesto Valverde.

Musa quits Leicester City for Saudi Arabia’s Al-Nassr on a four-year deal

Image result for ahmed musaIf the reports reaching Fujiipop is anything to go by, Super Eagles forward, Ahmed Musa, 25, has joined Saudi Arabia’s Al-Nassr on a four-year deal from Leicester City.

Al-Nassr announced this morning that he had signed a four-year contract but did not disclose the transfer fee.

According to unconfirmed reports, Leicester City received a fee of £14.8m with several add-ons, which will see the deal rise to as high as £25m. The deal is expected to make him the highest-paid Nigerian footballer when the transfer fee is revealed.

 

The Super Eagles forward was the Foxes’ record signing when he moved to the King Power for £16.6million in 2016, but struggled for playing time and was loaned back to his old club CSKA Moscow for part of last season.

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