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Davido’s Brother Starts The New Year With A Bang, Buys A 2019 Range Rover Worth N29m

The year 2019 seems to be starting on a good note for Nigerian celebrities and singer Davido’s brother, Adewale Adeleke seems to be one of them. Singer, producer and businessman, Adewale Adeleke has joined the list of celebrities gifting themselves with expensive automobiles. hkn

The older brother to Nigerian singer, Davido, took to his Instagram page to share a video of his newly acquired 2019 Range Rover. Sharing a video of his multi-million naira car, he wrote: “Walk it like I talk it! 2019 in 2019 chairman sh*t! #RangeRover”

Adewale Adeleke is a music producer and Chairman of HKN Music, a record label that is home to Shina Rambo and B-Red. He is also an executive director of Pacific Energy.

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It would be recalled that in 2017, the producer and businessman stirred up some controversy when he took to Snapchat to show the noodles his dogs ate with the caption:

“my dogs eat better than some of you.” Nigerian fans responded angrily to the snap. Adeleke apologized and said he was “just joking”.

Adeleke was born in 1988 to Chief Deji and Grace Ajunwa in Atlanta. His father is a Nigerian businessman who owns Pacific Energy. In 2010, Adeleke completed a business administration degree from Pacific Union College.davido-brother

In 2012 he produced the album Omo Baba Olowo on his record label HKN Music.] In 2015 Adeleke was appointed Executive Director in his father’s Energy Company Pacific Energy. In 2014 HKN Music was nominated for City People Entertainment Awards’s Record Label of the Year.

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Barcelona boss speaks on Levante’s Copa appeal against his team

ernesto-valverdeBarcelona boss Ernesto Valverde insisted he is unconcerned over Levante’s official complaint regarding their selection of Chumi in the first leg of their Copa del Rey clash. While the complaint has been raised that the club fielded an ineligible player, the Barca manager insisted he was right to pick Chumi.

Young defender Chumi started last week’s 2-1 loss to Levante despite being due to serve a suspension after picking up five bookings while playing for Barcelona B in the Segunda Division B. Barca won the reverse fixture at Camp Nou 3-0 on Thursday – Ousmane Dembele scoring twice and Lionel Messi adding the third – to advance to the quarter-finals courtesy of a 4-2 aggregate success, with the draw for the last eight due to take place on Friday.

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However, speaking prior to kick-off on Thursday, Levante president Quico Catalan had stated his club’s intention to lodge a complaint to the Royal Spanish Football Federation, reportedly over Chumi’s involvement in the first encounter. Yet Valverde is confident Barcelona will not be kicked out of the competition and that Chumi was eligible to feature in the Copa del Rey.

“We have no doubt about Chumi. Not before, not after, or during. We believe that tomorrow we must be in the draw. We are sure that we did it well. We knew perfectly well that Chumi was sanctioned, he could not be used in the match against Eibar [in La Liga]. We are convinced of what we have done. We have acted in an absolutely correct way. We have won where we had to win. It is very clear,” he told reporters in his post-match news conference.

Barcelona will be looking to avoid the fate suffered by their rivals in the competition in 2015 when Real Madrid found themselves expelled for fielding an ineligible player. Madrid had played forward Denis Cheryshev in the first-leg victory over Cadiz, with the Russia international ineligible due to a suspension earned in the previous year of the competition while on loan at Villarreal. Los Blancos were forced to forfeit the second leg, and though they appealed, were bounced from the competition.

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Man Utd splashes another star player a huge new deal in order to keep him at Old Trafford

According to English Media outlet Mirror, Manchester United are ready to hand Marcus Rashford a huge new deal — with Europe’s top clubs preparing to pounce on the forward this summer.

England international Rashford has underlined his worth to the Old Trafford giants in recent weeks with six goals and three assists in nine games. United are understood to be ready to open talks with the 21-year-old over a double-your-money contract worth around £150,000 a week that would reflect his progression and importance to the club.

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Rashford’s £75k per week deal runs out in 18 months, and although United have an option to extend it by an extra year, there is a desire to tie him down with a more long-term arrangement.

Spain’s European champions Real Madrid and perennial Italian title winners Juventus are just two of Europe’s elite clubs who are known to covet Rashford, whose future looked uncertain during the turbulent reign of former boss Jose Mourinho.

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But academy kid Rashford, set to make his 150th appearance for the Reds in Saturday’s home game against Brighton, is thriving under interim boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and has taken his game to a new level since the former United striker’s return last month.

Rashford has flourished in a more central position up front, scoring a stunning winner away to Tottenham at Wembley last weekend and enjoying the best goal-run of his career since he burst onto the scene under then-boss Louis van Gaal in 2016.

If he can find the net in the Brighton game, Rashford will take his Premier League goals tally this season to eight — his best return in the top-flight, with a third of the 38-match season still remaining.

Former Liverpool and Man City star, Balotelli beats coach at the gym

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Italy international striker, Mario Balotelli, who played for Premier League top two sides, Liverpool and Manchester City, displayed his trademark power and strength by brushing aside his fitness coach during a speed and agility session at the gym.

The Nice striker was completing an exercise that involved sprinting off a trampoline and then sidestepping left and right before a short sprint. During one intensive repetition, the former Manchester City and Liverpool striker collided with his trainer and sent him sprawling to the floor.balotelli1

Balotelli, who is currently at Ligue 1 club Nice, may be on the move during January with several clubs interested in his services. Marseille are frontrunners to sign him according to Sky Italy, with interest from Premier League Newcastle having cooled.

While he managed 42 goals in 64 appearances for the club in his first two seasons in France, the enigmatic frontman has struggled for form this season and has no goals in 10 games. His side are eighth in Ligue 1 under former Arsenal midfielder Patrick Vieira, while Marseille are a place and a point behind.

 

Barcelona star, Lionel Messi plans to break Pele’s goal record

Barcelona captain, Lionel Messi has scored 575 goals in all competitions for Barcelona. He is now 68 goals behind the figure Pelé scored during his 19 seasons at Santos.

Messi's next target: equalling the 643 goals Pelé scored for Santos

As far as football records go, it’s fair to say that there are not that many left for Leo Messi to break. After reaching 400 goals in LaLiga for Barça – 575 in all official games at club level, Messi is closing in an another historic registry.lionel-messi-cropped_6khnpodnzc3g1s80dva0xuhm0313094635.jpg

First, he will be aiming at reaching the round figure of 600 for the same club – something which he could feasibly achieve this season. But without a shadow of a doubt, the historic figure is the 643 official club goals which O Rei Pelé scored for Santos. On his way, Messi has now gone past Gerd Müller (565 goals for Bayern Munich), Eusébio (473 goals for Benfica) and Cristiano Ronaldo (450 goals for Real Madrid).Ronaldo-vs-Messi-967766

Messi totals 575 goals in 659 official games for Barça. He averages a mind-boggling 0.87 goals per game and if he continues at that rate – could theoretically equal Pelé’s tally in his next 78 games. That means that Messi could match Pelé’s club goals record by the end of the 2019-20 season or the start of the 2020-21 season. Two decades ago, it was generally thought that Pelé’s record would last forever – it would never be broken.messsi-english

With his numbers and given that he is showing no signs of stopping scoring, Messi has shown that Pelé’s record is now in danger of being equalled and even surpassed. He has been averaging 1.05 goals per game in LaLiga at Camp Nou and overtook Thelmo Zarra to become the all-time maximum goal scorer in the history of the Spanish league in November 2014.pele-messi

On that occasion, there was no special celebration at Camp Nou for the feat, and it was just as routine to see Messi hit the 400 league goals mark. He has spent nine seasons at Barça, ending as the league’s top scorer five times. If he does take Pelé’s record away, he might set a new record which may never be matched.

 

Super Eagles star Gbolahan Salami joins Ahmed Musa in Saudi Arabia

Super Eagles international, Gbolahan Salami has joined Saudi Arabian side Al Qaisoma FC on a short-term deal. Salami, 27, who has been capped by the Super Eagles, previously played in Finland and Kazakhstan. His last club was Kazak club Irtysh Pavlodar, who he played for last year. Salami’s new club Al Qaisoma are just above the relegation zone in the Saudi second division.Image result for Gbolahan Salami in super eagles

They are 17th  in the 20-team championship with 22 points from 20 matches, just a point ahead of Al Ain, who are in the drop zone. They will certainly need Salami’s goals and drive to stay clear of relegation.

Meanwhile,  Super Eagles will know their first round opponents at the 2019 AFCON in Egypt when the draw is staged in April. The Eagles have already qualified for the tournament with a round of games to spare after they failed to qualify for the last two editions of the competition. A top official of the Egypt Football Association(EFA) disclosed the AFCON draw will be conducted in the first week of April.

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“The draw will be in the first week of April,” EFA official Ahmed Medjahed. “Six stadiums for the competition are already ready, while we will have all nine stadiums for the AFCON by April. The 2019 AFCON will see an expanded tournament of 24 teams and it will be played between June 15 and July 13. This will be Egypt’s fifth time of staging the African football showpiece after they hosted it in 1959, 1974, 1986 and 2006.

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They are a late replacement for Cameroon, who CAF said were not ready to host the best of African football.

Increase your bid if you really want Leandro Paredes Zenit St. Petersburg Tells Chelsea

Zenit St Petersburg are demanding Chelsea go higher if they want to sign Leandro Paredes in this January transfer window. The Daily Mail says Zenit want £36m for Chelsea target Leandro Paredes.

Talks between the clubs opened last week though Chelsea fell short with their opening offer for the Argentine midfielder who returned for training on Monday after the Russian League winter break.

Chelsea’s opening offer was £26.8million, as they look to replace Monaco signing Cesc Fabregas. Paredes has scored seven times in his 43 matches for Zenit St Petersburg.

He’s also previously played for Empoli on loan, Roma, Chievo, and Boca Juniors.

Tottenham Ready To Fight For Trophies Without Harry Kane

harry kane 1609776484..jpgTottenham manager Hugo Lloris insist Tottenham are “ready to fight” in all four competitions this season despite injury concerns over star striker Harry Kane.

Tottenham could be without Kane for a month after the England international hurt his ankle in Sunday’s Premier League defeat at home to Manchester United.

Kane had to be helped off the pitch at Wembley as Spurs sweat on the fitness of their talisman.

However, Lloris insisted Tottenham are not reliant on Kane as Spurs compete in the Premier League, Champions League last 16, EFL Cup semi-final and FA Cup.

“We all know how important Harry is in our team, but he is not all of our team,” said Lloris. “Football is about the team and every player is ready to help the team.

“In football, during the season, you have ups and downs and you have to always adapt to those and we will see about ‘H’. But I think everybody is ready and the most important thing is the mind: being ready to fight, being ready to help, being ready to compete. It is better when you have all your best players on the field, but that can happen here or it can happen at other clubs.

“Every season is different. Every player is different. With or without him, we will see how we do. The most important thing is to prepare for the games as well as we can.

“We will see for Fulham in the next game with or without Harry, with or without Son [Heung-min]. Throughout the whole team you have important players but the main thing is the collective.

“It is the only way to get trophies. It is not about one or two players, but, as you know, we all know the importance of ‘H’. We are still involved in all competitions, the main thing is to finish in the top four. We said this from the beginning and we don’t change our mind.”

Tottenham are third in the Premier League, nine points adrift of leaders Liverpool, ahead of Sunday’s trip to lowly Fulham.

Florida Man Arrested For Assaulting McDonald’s Employee Over Not Getting A Straw

img_20190103_081138_4291689040267A Florida man spent New Year’s day in a jail cell after police say he attacked a McDonald’s employee for not giving him a straw.

Yasmine James was behind the counter of the McDonald’s on 34th Street South, when 41-year-old Daniel Taylor forcefully grabbed her and pulled her up onto the counter and James defended herself by punching Taylor in the face, as he held on to her shirt’s collar.

Brenda Biandudi, another customer in the restaurant at the time, pulled her phone out as she saw the argument escalating, seconds before Taylor grabbed James.

img_20190103_081641_325566300133Biandudi says the argument started when Taylor went over to the condiment bar to grab a straw. When he noticed there were none, she says he began screaming at the employees.

The new law, which took effect January 1 in St. Petersburg says restaurants can’t have straws out. Instead, customers must request the straw. In 2020, plastic straws will no longer be allowed in restaurants at all and businesses will have to find an alternative.

She says after seeing how the man reacted, she thinks he needs help. Biandudi says after leaving, he came back into the store and yelled at the manager. In the police report, it says Taylor kicked another employee in the stomach on his way out.

 

Heung-min Son has apologised to the club’s fans over this complicated issue

sonlTottenham striker Son has said sorry to his club’s fans as he is part of the South Korea team that will participate in the upcoming Asian Cup which rules him out of some key games for his club. Son might be in the form of his career, having scored eight goals in his last nine games as Tottenham moved into second place in the league and into serious contention for the title.

He will play one more league game — against Manchester United on Jan. 13 — before leaving for international duty at the tournament in the United Arab Emirates. He could be away for up to five of Tottenham’s matches in all competitions if South Korea reach the Feb. 1 final in Abu Dhabi. Son also missed the first part of the league season while playing for South Korea at the Asian Games where he led the team to the title and secured himself an exemption from military service in the process.

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“Of course I feel very sorry because I miss already in September,” said Son, speaking after scoring his latest goal in Tottenham’s 3-0 win at Cardiff. “I feel sorry for my teammates, the fans and the coaching staff. It’s difficult. Sometimes you think it’s a bit sad, but it is also important for my country. I hope I can keep my form for the national team and when I come back here again as well.” Son is likely to miss league games against Fulham, Watford and Newcastle, as well as the second leg of Tottenham’s Carabao Cup semifinal against Chelsea.

Spurs would want Son back in time for the Feb. 10 match against Leicester in the league, but there’s a chance he’d be tired after his exertions in the UAE where South Korea heads in as the favourite. After all, he struggled on his return from the Asian Games.

skysports-heung-min-son-tottenham-hotspur_4498520“I was tired after the Asian Games because in that tournament I was playing after [every] two or three days,” Son said. “It is very important to be right mentally at the Asian Cup and to come back with a strong mind and be strong physically.

“It [November] was a turning point for me because I was tired and I didn’t travel. It was good to have this time, some days off, and hard sessions with the team. But the Asian Cup is big for us because we have not won it for 59 years.” The Asian Cup starts on Saturday. However, South Korea and Tottenham have agreed that Son only needs to link up with his international teammates in time for the start of the knockout stage.

Manchester City boss, Guardiola aims a dig at Liverpool

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The former Bayern Munich and Barcelona boss may have won the Premier League at a canter with Manchester City last season, but Pep Guardiola knows what it’s like to be in a title fight.

The nerves that get to even the world’s best players at those crucial moments. The self-doubt that creeps in when the pressure is on. Guardiola’s nine La Liga championships as a player and coach at Barcelona did not come as easily as the three Bundesliga crowns he added at Bayern Munich. He had some titanic duels, not least with Real Madrid.

pepguardiola0311678158203.jpgIt is why there was more than a hint of hope in the 47-year-old’s voice on Wednesday when he suggested that Liverpool’s title charge may well be interrupted by the odd stumble as the prize appears to be within their grasp. Jurgen Klopp’s side could crack under the pressure, Guardiola believes, and he has told his players to be ready when they do.man-city-celebrate_1k2u5kzu0dwtrzknhwv0xkr7b

When I lived in Barcelona and after Bayern Munich, I know what it means for the players. I can feel what they feel, the Liverpool players. After 29 years not winning the Premier League to be there to win it, I understand. I said to the players, that’s difficult to handle. That is why this season (we have to) maintain there for as far as possible. For me, that’s an immense and a huge motivation. Why don’t we try it, to catch them up and pressure them?’ he said.pep-klopp

No Premier League team has been able to beat Liverpool so far this season. City came closest with Riyad Mahrez’s late penalty miss in a goalless draw at Anfield in October, and on Thursday night at the Etihad, Guardiola knows they must seize the opportunity to close a seven-point gap.

‘We know how important it is,’ he added. ‘It’s almost a final for us. If we are not able to win, especially if we lose, then 10 points – goal difference (means) 11. If they continue that run it will be so difficult. I have the feeling it is a big opportunity for us to reduce the gap. Everyone is talking if we lose, but what happens if we win? I’m a manager to play this kind of games, to see what we can do on the big stage. Everybody’s going to watch us. It will be an incredible pleasure to be there.’1543081023-Man-City-Liverpool-cruise-as-Man-Utd-stumble-once-more-AP

After last season’s title procession, Guardiola knows he is in a very different race this time around. He is intrigued to discover how his players handle the pressure of chasing from behind after losing three of their last five Premier League games.

‘We cannot expect to be 12 or 13 points in front at Christmas,’ he said. ‘That’s happened once in our lifetime, last season. But it’s a new season and the opponent is so strong. If it is different pressure, we have to live it. We have to handle it. sergio-aguero-raheem-sterling-bernardo-silva-man-city-2018-19_9tmtmpl9dfp61fyso2b5w36xu

If we want to grow like a club, like an organisation and like a team, we have to face this kind of games with the pressure that means.’ So can City handle it? Honestly, I don’t know, that’s the point. What do I think? Yes, we are ready. I don’t have doubts but, honestly, I don’t know.’liverpool111877884637.jpg

Liverpool’s visit to the Etihad last season ended in a 5-0 thrashing at the hands of City, but Guardiola is refusing to use that as a guide to Thursday night’s clash any more than a 2-1 defeat to Klopp’s side when the two teams met there again in the quarter-finals of the Champions League in April.

guardiola 1363458571..jpg‘I cannot figure out what happened in the past is going to happen in the future. I have a feeling everyone can beat us, but also that we can beat everyone. Last year we beat them 5-0 here, but it doesn’t count now. It is Liverpool, with Manchester United the best team in England in terms of history. But we can beat them.

I know today nobody trusts us, nobody gives one coin for us. They are at the moment the best team in Europe. But we are going to fight as far as possible for our chance to win the Premier League,’ he said.

 

Family releases burial details of late Shehu Shagari

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The family of Nigeria’s former executive president, late Alhaji Shehu Shagari, who died Friday will be buried today (Saturday, December 29) in Sokoto.

His grandson, Nuradeen Mahe, told newsmen in Sokoto that the late President would be flown from Abuja to Sokoto for burial on Saturday, in accordance with Islamic rites.

Shagari, who was 93, died at 6: 40 P.M at the National Hospital in Abuja.

Mahe said he was flown to Abuja on Christmas Day after his health deteriorated.

Shagari was president 1979 to 1983 and won re-election before being dethroned by a coup d’etat that brought in Muhammadu Buhari as military head of state.

The former leader was born February 25, 1925 in Shagari, in Sokoto. After his early education, he worked as a teacher for a brief period before entering politics in 1951.

In 1954, he was elected to the federal House of Representatives.

He served seven times in a ministerial or cabinet post as a federal minister and federal commissioner from 1958–1975, before he was elected president in 1979. He won a disputed re-election in 1983 that accelerated a military coup three months later after he was sworn in and the economy was on a precipitous decline.

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Atiku reacts to APC’s inclusion of Dangote, Otedola in Buhari’s campaign

Atiku1Presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, has reacted to the inclusion of two billionaire businessmen, Aliko Dangote and Femi Otedola in the All Progressives Congress, APC, Presidential Campaign.

Atiku said the move was an act of desperation on the part of Buhari and the APC.

The former Vice President spoke through one of his Presidential Campaign spokesperson, Kassim Afegbua.atiku-abubakar-2-11450817086.jpg

According to Atiku, it would have served Nigerians better if the businessmen were included in Buhari’s economic management team to avail him their wealth of knowledge on how to create jobs.

Atiku said, “These people are businessmen, not politicians. These are the kind of people Nigerians expect to see in the economic management team because of what they have done for this country.atiku-abubakar-1062x5981771927070.jpg

“He (Buhari) is simply out to blackmail them because by the time they fund his campaign, he will turn around and call them corrupt businessmen.

“Nigerians can now see for themselves what we have been talking about all this while and we call on them to vote out this grossly incompetent administration, whose stock in trade is blackmail of perceived enemies.”atiku-453w1017442610.jpg

Meanwhile, the Presidency, through the Special Adviser to the President Buhari on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, has clarified Dangote’s position in the list.
According to Adesina, Dangote not being a card carrying member of the APC cannot be on its Presidential campaign council.

In a terse statement last night, Adesina said, “It has become imperative to further clarify the status of Alhaji Aliko Dangote, named under the sub-head ADVISORY MEMBERS in the All Progressives Congress, APC, Presidential Campaign Council announced on Friday, December 28, 2018.atiku1410875013.jpg
“Africa’s richest man, not being a card-carrying member of APC, cannot, and is not member of the PCC.

“He is also a member of the Peace Committee, and thus cannot be in a partisan campaign council.”

Usher files for divorce from estranged wife, Grace Miguel

Image result for Usher and miguelR&B singer, Usher Raymond has officially filed for a divorce from his estranged wife and former manager, Grace Miguel. This comes after Usher and Miguel confirmed their split in March following multiple lawsuits in which he was accused of infecting people with herpes. But the singer denied the allegations, insisting he had no intentions to cause harm.Image result for Usher and miguel

He also argued that the plaintiffs “assumed the risk” when they consented to have sex with him. According to legal documents, Usher who married Miguel in September 2015, about six years after they began dating, filed for a divorce from her on Friday in Atlanta.

Image result for Usher and miguelReports that the legal documents list Dec. 24, 2017 as Usher and Grace’s date of separation. The documents state that the former couple have reached a confidential settlement agreement awaiting court approval.

Usher is using the same attorney he retained in his a previous custody battle with ex-wife, Tameka Foster.

Ronaldo set match Messi’s incredible record against Sampdoria

messi-and-CristianoJuventus forward Cristiano Ronaldo will attempt to match Messi’s incredible record of scoring 50 calendar goals when the Old Lady take on Sampdoria in Serie A’s final match of the year. On Saturday against Sampdoria, Cristiano Ronaldo will play his last game of 2018 with a triple challenge in mind.ronaldo-juventus347045396.jpg

The first, is to contribute to another victory for his team, the second is to reach the figure of 50 goals in the calendar year for the eighth time in his career, and the third is the most difficult; match the 51 that Leo Messi has already achieved this year, for which he would need to score a poker.messi-ronaldo-32088407795.jpg

It’s a huge challenge, considering that in Italy the most he has achieved in the same match has been a brace. The Argentine has surpassed the figure of 50 goals on eight occasions between the years 2010 and 2018. He was marginally out in 2013 when he ‘only’ scored 45 goals in 47 games.Ronaldo-vs-Messi-967766

Since 2011, Ronaldo has always scored more than 50 goals in a calendar year, and his best stats came in 2013 when he managed an astonishing 69. So far in 2018, Ronaldo scored 28 with Real Madrid, six with Portugal (four of them in the World Cup) and 13 for Juventus, making a total of 47. It remains to be seen if Allegri decides to put him in the starting lineup or instead opts to give him some rest, as happened in the last League match against Atalanta.Cristiano-Ronaldo-Juventus-Real-Madrid-news-1052921

The Portuguese came on in the second half and played for 27 minutes, enough time to get the goal to secure a draw for Juventus. Against Sampdoria, the striker will be able to end 12 intense months in which many things have happened on a personal level. He won another Champions League with Real Madrid, was the Pichichi in the competition, played the World Cup in Russia, although with less success than expected, and put an end to his brilliant stage at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeuto continue his career in Turin.

Lionel Messi admits he miss arch rival Cristiano Ronaldo

Ronaldo-vs-Messi-967766Barcelona ace Lionel Messi has acknowledged longstanding rival Cristiano Ronaldo, stating that any club would miss the Portuguese talisman as he is “one of the best in the world”. When Ronaldo joined Real Madrid from Manchester United, football saw the birth of arguably the fiercest rivalry in the game.messi-and-Cristiano

Messi and Ronaldo set the rivalry that sees no end. Both have set and broken records, Both have five Ballon d’Ors, Both have set new heights in the beautiful game. At 31, Messi still continues to wreak havoc against opponents of Barcelona. The little Argentine has so far won nine La Liga trophies and four UEFA Champions League titles with the Catalan giants.messi_ronaldo_site

Ronaldo, on the other hand, won two La Liga titles and four Champions League crowns during his nine-year stint with the Los Blancos side. The Portuguese forward has moved to Serie A side Juventus in a shocking deal over the summer and looks set to win titles there as well.messi-ronaldo-32088407795.jpg

The Barcelona star has now opened up about his decade-long rivalry with Ronaldo and the departure that ended it. In an exclusive interview with Marca, Messi said of Ronaldo’s departure:ronaldo-and-messi886149806.png

“At the beginning of the season I said they are a great club, one of the best in the world and with a lot of great players, but anyone would miss Cristiano. He scores a lot of goals and gives you many other things so it doesn’t surprise me.”

messi12098949942.jpgThe five-time Ballon d’Or winner also spoke of their rivalry saying, “The rivalry with Cristiano was very healthy and very beautiful for the spectators.” Both Juventus and Barcelona top their respective league tables this season, with the Bianconeri remaining undefeated so far.Ronaldo-vs-Messi-967766

While Juventus will next face Sampdoria on Saturday, Barcelona will lock horns with Getafe CF on January 7.

Manchester United Star Falls Ill Due To Christmas Food Poisoning

manchester-united-v-everton-fc-premier-league-5bf3ff1f6ee4bfe8df000003Anthony Martial is not in the Man United squad for their Premier League fixture vs Huddersfield on Boxing Day at Old Trafford. Anthony Martial has missed Manchester United’s Boxing Day fixture with Huddersfield through illness.

The 23-year-old was not among the squad members who checked in at The Lowry Hotel on Christmas evening and it was suggested he flew into Manchester on Tuesday night from Paris.

United did not train on Christmas Eve but trained late in the afternoon on Christmas Day to prepare for Huddersfield’s visit. Martial was not present for the session and the club confirmed the Frenchman is unwell.Martiall

“He must have had a bad chef over Christmas. If it’s food poisoning or something. I don’t know, but he has fallen ill over Christmas,” Ole Gunnar Solskjaer told MUTV.

Martial scored United’s third in their 5-1 shellacking of Cardiff on Saturday and is the club’s top scorer this term with nine goals. The France international has been replaced by Juan Mata, while Diogo Dalot and Fred have come in for Ashley Young and Ander Herrera in the only other changes to the XI at Cardiff.

Solskjaer also spoke to MUTV about the other changes, explaining: “The other two changes are just changes we thought were right for this game.

“We are at home we want the crowd and the players to be excited, we want to attack this game from the start. It’s gong to be a different challenge to the Cardiff game, of course, because we are at home, expected to attack and go and create chances all of the time.anthony-martial

Huddersfield are a different kind of team because they will try and just settle down and they’re good at keeping possession in their own half and if we’re not brave enough with enough players pressing they might just play through us. So we’re going to hopefully try to press high”.

Solskjaer penned his first programme notes as caretaker coach and told supporters United’s season was still salvageable despite a turbulent first half of the campaign.
“Hello and welcome to Old Trafford.

I should start by underlining how excited I am to be back at Manchester United. I feel like I have come home. From the moment I found out that I was doing this role, today is the day that I really couldn’t wait for. To walk out at Old Trafford means so much to me and I want to thank you all for making me feel so welcome.anthony-martial-manchester-united-2017-18_wwsq2zbhh9p018qa0g17e875g

Walking into the training ground on that first day last week was quite something, to see all the staff, many of whom I knew and a few new faces too – it was something special. After today’s game against Huddersfield Town, we will be halfway through the Premier League season and I am under no illusions as to the scale of the job ahead.

We all have a lot of work to do in order to get this club back towards where it should be. Not only do we have to improve our results, we have to remind people what Manchester United is all about. We have to show everybody who we really are.

BBC African Footballer of the Year Mo Salah avoids FA sanction

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Egypt star and current African footballer of the year, Mohamed Salah, will face no action from the Football Association for the incident which saw him win a penalty in Liverpool’s 4-0 victory over Newcastle United at Anfield on Boxing Day. The Penalty was dubbed as too easy by opposing fans.salah-wij1181928114.jpg

Reds forward Salah appeared to go down easily after having his arm tugged by Paul Dummett, and Magpies boss Rafael Benitez branded the spot-kick “soft” in a post-match interview with Sky Sports.salah180619161744-25-world-cup-061918-exlarge-169-768x4311558858038.jpg

However, the FA has confirmed the second-half incident did not meet the threshold to constitute deception of a match official. The Egypt international could have faced a two-game ban had he been charged with simulation, but will now be free to take part in the crunch clashes against Arsenal and Manchester City.georginio-wijnaldum-and-mohammed-salah-656365166092115.jpg

Salah converted the penalty he won to double Liverpool’s lead following Dejan Lovren’s opener before Xherdan Shaqiri and Fabinho scored to wrap up a result that took Jurgen Klopp’s side six points clear at the top of the Premier League.salah-laughs-768x392538111160.jpg

Mo Salah has continued in his rich vein of form as he has found the net 12 times this season and is one behind the division’s leading scorer Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

Don’t Embarass Us, FG Begs NLC On December 31st Deadline For New Minimum Wage

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Nigerians will need to pray and hope for a quick resolution or agreement between the Federal Government and the Nigeria Labour Congress if the on going back and forth is any thing to go by.

The Federal Government on Friday, urged the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), to discard the December 31 ultimatum over lingering disagreement between organised labour and state governments on the proposed N30,000 national minimum wage.Nigeria-Art-Music-AFRIMA

Minister of Information, Lai Mohammed, made the appeal while speaking with State House correspondents, after a closed door meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

The organised labour had on Thursday, given the ultimatum following Buhari’s statement that a “high powered technical committee” would be set up, to device ways to ensure that implementation of new minimum wage would not lead to an increase in the level of borrowing.

However, the NLC President, Ayuba Wabba, who addressed newsmen on Thursday, expressed organized labour’s reservation over President Buhari’s position, saying that setting up a technical committee could not be a condition for passing the minimum wage report to the National Assembly.Lai-Mohammed-1

“We reject in its entirety the plan to set up another `high powered technical committee’ on the minimum wage. It is diversionary and a delay tactics,” he had stated

But Mohammed, who described the NLC as “a very patriotic union”, said he was confident the organized labour would not do anything that would embarrass the government or Nigerians.

He said: “The Nigeria Labour Congress is a very patriotic union and I am very confident that they will not do anything that will embarrass the government or do anything that is going to worsen the situation.

“Continuous engagement I think is the key, we will continue to engage them and I think they do also fully understand what the challenges are, and both parties are determined to ensure that a common ground is arrived at which will be comfortable for all.”

Cardi B And Offset Reunites As They Were Spotted Jet Skiing Together (Photos)

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It looks like the “Take Me Back Cardi” campaign paid off in the end. According to TMZ Offset and Cardi B were spotted together again in Puerto Rico earlier today. It’s unsure whether Cardi B and Offset have made amends, but they did look boo’d up earlier today while they were spotted jetskiing in Puerto Rico. Cardi and Offset were reportedly there with friends.5c1dde4d74b7b

From what it seems like, Offset’s efforts to win back his wifey has worked out. Eyewitnesses said they were laughing and playing together in the waters. However, there hasn’t been any confirmation that the two have got back together. There was also no sign of their daughter Kulture, but there’s a good chance she was there as well. Cardi B is set to perform tonight at the Electric Holiday festival in San Juan tonight.5c1dde396fe04

Cardi B initially announced their break-up at the top of the month and since then, Offset’s been doing his best to win her over. After making an emotional plea for forgiveness on Instagram, the rapper then crashed her set at Rolling Loud L.A. with cake and flowers to win her back. Cardi did not seem amused by it, but she did go on social media to come to his defense.Cardi-B-2

It looks like Offset’s wish to spend Christmas with Kulture and Cardi could become a reality. However, Cardi will be performing in Sydney for New Years Eveso maybe they won’t be ringing in the new year together.

 

Nigeria In Distress, Collapsing Secondus Mocks Buhari, APC Governors

The national chairman of Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Prince Uche Secondus has described Nigeria as a country in distress, saying that it has collapsed under the watch of the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC.

“Our country is in distress. Our economy has collapsed. Security has collapsed. Badeh was killed because there is no security; you can see where we are today.

“Buhari is not in charge. He is not worried about what Nigerians are suffering. He is passing the bulk. Atiku will not pass the bulk; he will take full responsibility of the economy and the country.

“We must weep for our country. In the last three years, we are lagging behind in virtually every sector.
“APC is dancing on the grave of farmers killed by herdsmen. Farmers no longer go to their farms. Atiku’s priority is to provide security and the next thing is to unlock the abundant potentials of the country”, Secondus assured.

Atiku promised to introduce reforms that would decongest the Lagos ports and make other ports in Calabar, Warri and Onne more functional to aid the ease of doing business in the country.

“I am giving you my words that whatever can be done to improve business in this country which is in the confinement of our laws, I’ll do it. If we really want to make Aba the hub of business in Africa, we must listen to people like you and the challenges you’ve enumerated for me are very evident.”

#Minimum wage: NLC issues December 31 deadline to Federal Government

The organised labour has given the Federal Government up to December 31 to send the tripartite committee report on N30,000 minimum wage to the National Assembly following a decision that was taken in Lagos on Thursday at a joint meeting of three labour centres—the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Trade Union Congress (TUC) and the United Labour Congress (ULC).

Labour said the ultimatum followed President Buhari’s statement that a “high powered technical committee” would be set up to device ways of ensuring that the implementation of the new wage did not lead to an increase in the level of borrowing.

NLC President, Ayuba Wabba, who addressed newsmen after the meeting, said that setting up a technical committee could not be a condition for passing the minimum wage report to the National Assembly.

According to Wabba, the organised labour cannot guarantee industrial peace and harmony in the country if the wage report was not passed for implementation on or before December 31.

“We reject in its entirety the plan to set up another `high powered technical committee’ on the minimum wage. It is diversionary and a delay tactics.

The national minimum wage committee was both technical and all-encompassing in its compositions and plan to set up a technical committee is alien to the tripartite process.

It is also alien to the International Labour Organisations’ conventions on national minimum wage setting mechanism,’’ he said.

The labour leader said that issues on payment of minimum wage was a law that was universal, citing that other African countries like, Kenya, Ghana and South Africa had increased their minimum wage this year.

Bukola Saraki Blasts APC After Buhari Was Booed At National Assembly

Senate President, Bukola Saraki, on Wednesday, fired at the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), hours after President Muhammadu Buhari was booed as he presented the 2019 Budget.

In his statement posted on his official Facebook page, Saraki noted that Nigerians have witnessed stunted growth in their respective businesses, lost their jobs during the recent recession and lost innocent citizens to insurgency in parts of the North East.

He wrote: “The last three-and-a-half years have been eventful ones at the global level and in our domestic economy. From dips in oil prices to major shifts in the economic landscape, crude oil production shut-ins and security challenges, the economy and Nigerians have been directly impacted by these events.

“Many businesses closed down and many people lost their jobs during the recent recession. In the same period, we lost innocent citizens to insurgency in parts of the North East, thousands were displaced, and many lives also lost due to clashes between farmers and herders, in addition to the general hardship unleashed by unstable economic winds.

“The recovery from the recession is still fragile. The fundamentals underlying the recovery remain weak, and if unchecked, can lead to dire consequences. The economy still runs on oil and very little progress has been made in terms of diversification.

“As a result, the expansionary budget policy in effect since 2016, which was aimed at raising spending and stimulating growth in the economy, was not matched by achievable revenue targets. The corollary is higher and rising deficit as well as a considerable debt burden, all due to an unsustainable fiscal stance.

“The under-performance of independent revenues is straining government’s ability to meet its expenditure, especially investments in critical infrastructure. This further exposes government to higher deficit levels which have been largely financed by borrowing.

“To be clear, two scenarios will play out if we do not deal decisively with challenges to revenue. These would be to: i. accommodate higher debt with higher repayment costs, which is not sustainable; ii. reduce the capital budget, which would mean a slow-down in government investment in critical infrastructure.

This, again, does not aid growth or economy development.
“It is for these reasons that the National Assembly required that the 2018 Budget proposal and future ones be accompanied by a Finance Bill, which would give credence to the financial proposals of government.

“It is one way of establishing credibility in projected revenues. It is imperative, therefore, that a 2019 Finance Bill is submitted to the National Assembly for consideration and approval.”

Police begin search of Former Chief of Defence’s killer in Nasarawa State

Police IG, Ibrahim Idris has deployed the Intelligence Response Team and the Special Tactical Squad to Nasarawa State to fish out the killers of former Chief of Defence Staff, Air Chief Marshal Alex Badeh.

Spokesman for Nasarawa State Police Command, Kennedy Idirisu , said in Lafia on Wednesday that the team, alongside senior military personnel, were led to the scene of the incident by the Commissioner of Police, Yahaya Bello , in line with the IGP directive.

Idirisu said that the late Badeh was shot dead at about 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday by gunmen at Tudu-Uku village along Gitata-Keffi road in Karu Local Government Area of the state.

He explained that the former Chief of Defence Staff was returning from his farm in the company of his friend and driver when unknown gunmen ambushed and opened fire on their moving vehicle.

“The former Chief of Defense Staff suffered gunshot injury, which resulted in his death, with the driver sustaining injuries while the friend was abducted.

The Nasarawa State Commissioner of Police is therefore calling on the public with useful information to avail the police with the view to rescuing the abducted person and arresting the perpetrators of the dastardly act,” Idirisu said.

He assured that any information from the public that would aid the investigation would be treated with utmost confidentiality.

Bale’s Hat-trick Gives Madrid Success To Reach Club World Cup Final

Gareth Bale put Real Madrid’s success ahead of his personal achievement after starring from the left wing with a hat-trick at the Club World Cup.

Defending champions Madrid booked their place in the final against Al Ain by seeing off Kashima Antlers 3-1 in the last four on Wednesday, with Bale scoring all three goals.

The Wales international has largely played on the right or in a central role during his time at Madrid, having initially broken through at Southampton and Tottenham as a left-wing-back, but he was back on the flank and linking up with Marcelo to good effect in the semi-final.

Bale insisted he would play any role asked of him by coach Santiago Solari as he looks towards clinching yet another trophy with the Spanish giants.

“Throughout my [early] career, I played from the left wing,” Bale said. “I’m comfortable playing in that position.

“But I can play on the right, on the left or in the centre. I will play wherever the coach needs me to.”

He added: “It’s great to score, but the most important thing is to help the team and reach the final.

“It’s an important victory. We knew that it would be a difficult game against a team that’s going to make it difficult for us. We just had to be professional and get the victory and get to the final.

“This is another trophy. It’s important to me because it’s important to the club to win trophies. It’s what all the players work for.”

Arsenal fan hits Dele Alli with bottle following a 2-0 defeat to Tottenham

Tottenham and England star, Dele Alli appeared to be struck by a plastic water bottle thrown by an Arsenal supporter after he scored his side’s second goal of the Carabao Cup quarter-final at the Emirates.

But with just over 20 minutes, he was struck with a water bottle on the back of the head as he attempted to collect the ball for a throw-in.

Alli immediately appealed to referee Jon Moss before clashing with Arsenal’s defender Sokratis. Alli also taunted the Arsenal fans by holding up two fingers to show the 2-0 scoreline.

Tottenham manager Pochettino wasn’t so sanguine about the missile throwing and demanded Arsenal find the “stupid person”.

“Yes I saw. When we play a derby we hate each other in a good way, but that looks in a bad way when you want to damage some people. One stupid person made a mistake.

I respect the Arsenal fans. I hope that Arsenal take some responsibility. Through the camera you can identify. It wasn’t a problem but it could be a big issue. I think they will identify the people” he said.

There also appeared to be other objects thrown by Arsenal supporters into the section occupied by Tottenham’s fans as the atmosphere turned toxic.

The shocking incidents came after a Tottenham fan was banned for four years after being found guilty of throwing a banana skin at Arsenal’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang when the teams met in an acrimonious clash earlier this month.

Diamond Platinumz Banned From Performing In Tanzania And Abroad

Tanzania’s government has banned the popular musician Diamond Platinumz from staging concerts and conducting any performances in and out of the country.

The body that regulates art in the country, Busata, said they took the decision following Diamond’s defiance of a ban on his song, Mwanza.

Mwanza, was banned by Busata, for containing lyrics that can loosely translate to ‘Hot’ and featuring dance moves that authorities considered indecent.

Despite the ban on the song, Diamond performed the Mwanza to his fans at a concert on Sunday in the port city of Mwanza.

NLC Rejects Any Renegotiation Of N30,000 Minimum Wage

The President of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Ayuba Wabba, has reacted to a proposal by President Muhammadu Buhari to set up a technical committee to review the agreed N30,000 minimum wage, saying organised labour will not be a party to such an exercise.

Buhari had revealed the plan to constitute the proposed technical review committee while making the 2019 budget presentation at the National Assembly in Abuja.

However, Wabba who spoke shortly after the budget presentation, insisted that as far as the labour movement was concerned, the issue of new minimum wage figure was settled by the tripartite committee, which concluded negotiations on the matter and submitted its report to the president.

“We cannot accept the use of any technical committee to look into the already agreed N30,000 minimum wage.

“The president promised to pass the report to lawmakers a week after it was presented to him. “Once the tripartite committee has met and agreed on an amount, no other committee can meet on the same issue,’’ Wabba said.

The NLC president said the organised labour is scheduled to meet next week to take a final decision on the issue.
On his part, the President of the United Labour Congress (ULC), Joe Ajaero, also kicked against the proposed technical committee.

He said the tripartite committee had considered the ability of the state governments to pay the N30,000 before agreeing on it.

“We (labour) have resolved to fight for the new minimum wage even after the upcoming general elections. There would be no retreat or surrender until workers receive the wage,” he said.

Sade Adu’s song makes 2019 Oscars shortlist


Nigerian-British soul singer, Sade Adu’s song has made the Oscar shortlist. ‘The Big Unknown’ by Sade Adu has been shortlisted for The Oscars 2019 awards under the category of “Best Original Song”.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reported that the song which was her second release in the year 2018 after seven years of silence from the music scene, was recorded for Steve McQueen’s ‘Widows’.

Produced by Aaron Taylor Dean, Ben Travers and Sade herself, “The Big Unknown” is a soulful song that gracefully captures the heartfelt intensity of the movie.

NAN reports that in February, Sade recorded ‘Flower of the Universe’ for Ava Dubvernay-directed live-action film, ‘A Wrinkle in Time’

A four-time Grammy Award winner, Sade has not attended an award show since 1985 although she won the Grammy for ‘Best New Artist’ in 1986.

Other Oscars shortlisted songs include Kendrick Lamar and SZA’s ‘All The Stars’ from Black Panther; Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper’s ‘Shallow’ from A Star Is Born.

Others include ‘The Place Where Lost Things Go’ and ‘Trip A Little Light Fantastic’ from the upcoming Mary Poppins Returns.

How Pep Guardiola is salting Jose Mourinho wounds

Manchester city manager Pep Guardiola is too much of a realist and a thinker to express any delight at the demise of his erstwhile arch-enemy and would-be nemesis Jose Mourinho at Manchester United.

But as Manchester City reached the semi-finals of the League Cup, Mourinho was packing his bags at the Lowry, the second leg of his clash with the Catalan ending, like the first, in defeat.

It hasn’t even been a contest, despite the bold words of one Mourinho aficionado, who claimed that the Portugeezer had “tactically and mentally bested” Guardiola in Spain.
The stats revealed that was otherwise, and the implication was that United had brought in Mourinho as the only manager capable of combating Guardiola.

But here we are, 30 months later and United are a bedraggled, battered and disunited outfit while City are ready to step up their defence of the Premier League title, are in a cup semi-final and favourites to win the Champions League.
The Blues rubbed salt into Red raw wounds by reaching the Carabao Cup semi-finals – helped by three teenagers and a heroic 20-year-old goalkeeper.

Mourinho had made capital of the fact that HE was not the “monster” who eats the kids, and was proud of his record of giving youth a chance, the implication being that Guardiola was that creature.


But the sight of Phil Foden taking David Silva’s responsibilities on his slim shoulders, of Brahim Diaz giving veteran right back Danny Simpson nightmares, and of 17-year-old Eric Garcia looking every inch like a fresh-faced Franco Baresi on his debut, even that boast was made shallow.