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Lionel Messi becomes highest paid footballer

Barcelona captain, Lionel Messi has ranked as the highest-paid footballer in the world, overtaken his close rival, Cristiano Ronaldo and other football stars.

The Argentine star is also the best player on the planet right now having won the coveted Ballon d’Or honour for the sixth-time record.

According to French publication L’Equipe, Messi earns €8.3 million gross per month after tax, the Juventus star is next to the Barcelona captain with an earning of €4.5m gross per month.

Next on the list is PSG star, Neymar, who earns €3m gross per month, with Antoine Griezmann and Luis Suarez both coming just below €3m gross per month.

Barcelona captain, Lionel Messi

Joint-sixth on the list are Real Madrid stars Gareth Bale and former Chelsea star Eden Hazard is seventh on the list having earned 2.5m gross per month, a worth tieing him to the same page with Bale.

World Cup-winning French sensational prodigy Kylian Mbappe is the eighth highest-earning player on the planet with a staggering worth of €1.9m gross per month.



Ighalo moves to Man Utd on loan ..

Manchester United have signed former Watford striker Odion Ighalo from Shanghai Shenhua on loan until the end of the season.

The deal to bring the 30-year-old Nigeria international to Old Trafford contains no option to buy.

Ighalo, who is still in China, scored 39 goals in 99 matches for Watford between 2014 and 2017.

Ighalo becomes the first Nigerian to play for Man United


Ronaldo, first Instagram user to gather 200M followers ..

Portuguese footballer and Serie A club Juventus forward, Cristiano Ronaldo has become the first Instagram user to gather two hundred million followers on the platform.

Former Manchester United player, announced the milestone by sharing a photo montage on Wednesday.

Sharing a thank you message, the Juventus forward wrote, “Wow 200 million!!! Thank you to each and every one of you for sharing this journey with me every day!”

The five-time Ballon d’or winner is the second person with the most followers on Instagram. The only account that comes before his is Instagram itself with 330 million followers.

Singer Ariana Grande is third with 173.1 million followers.

Footballer Lionel Messi of Barcelona ranks eighth with 141.8 million and Paris Saint-Germain striker Neymar is 10th at 132.6 million followers.

Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson is the second-highest athlete with 170.1 million, though he doesn’t currently compete and could be considered an athlete/actor hybrid.

Lionel Messi of Barcelona ranks eighth with 141.8 million and Paris Saint-Germain striker Neymar is 10th at 132.6 million.

According to Forbeds, Ronaldo is paid nearly $1 million for each post on Instagram. While Messi has the second-highest Instagram income at $23.3 million.

Ronaldo is also the most liked athlete on Facebook with around 122.3 million likes on the site and 124.4 million followers.



Neymar Jr. dedicated his second goal against Lille FC to Kobe Bryant ..

Neymar dedicated his second goal in Paris Saint-Germain’s 2-0 win at Lille on Sunday to basketball legend Kobe Bryant, whose death on Sunday in a helicopter crash shocked the world.

The Brazilian slotted home the 52nd-minute penalty that put PSG two goals up in the French Ligue 1 clash and went over to the television cameras by the side of the Stade Pierre Mauro pitch to make the number 24 with his fingers in honour of Bryant’s shirt number.

“It’s deeply saddening for the world of sport and for all of us,” said Neymar to Canal+ after the win, which put PSG 10 points clear at the top of the league.

“Not just for basketball fans, but for everything he did for the sport.”

Bryant, who had been nominated for the NBA Hall of Fame in December, was confirmed dead at 41 years old on Sunday after a helicopter crashed and burst into flames in foggy conditions in suburban Los Angeles, leaving five people dead.

Los Angeles County Sheriff’s officials said there were no survivors from the morning crash on a rugged hillside in Calabasas, west of LA.

In an email, Mayor of Calabasas Alicia Weintraub confirmed Bryant was among the victims.

“Yes, it is confirmed,” Weintraub wrote.


Jordan died at 25 after early morning assault..

Former Huddersfield football star, Jordan Sinnott, has died after being assaulted in Nottinghamshire in the early hours of Saturday January 25.

The English midfielder suffered a fractured skull in the attack in Retford, Notts.

Police said the 25-year-old, who is on loan at Matlock Town from Alfreton Town, was found unconscious at around 2am on Saturday morning in Retford, Nottinghamshire.

Sinnott received treatment at the scene and was rushed to a hospital where he was treated for his life-threatening injuries. He later died.

Police were called to the Dominie Cross pub in Retford following a report that up to eight people had been involved in a disturbance in the car park just after 11:25pm on Friday.

A 27-year-old man has been arrested and remains in police custody. Detectives are continuing their enquiries into both incidents.

Matlock and Alfreton called off their matches this weekend, citing “tragic and unforeseen consequences”.

His club, Alfreton Town FC and his on-loan side, Matlock Town FC, have now released statements saying that he has died at around 7pm.

In a statement on their website, Alfreton Town said: “We are saddened and heartbroken to report that Jordan passed away just before 7pm this evening.

“His family and friends were with him at his bedside and we send our sincere condolences to them all at this very sad time.

“Jordan was a model footballer and an exceptional talent during his time at the Impact Arena and had a close affinity with both the manager, assistant and the players he took the field with.

“The club would ask for privacy to be respected to all at the Reds and to Jordan’s family and friends during this delicate time.

“Rest easy Sinbad, we will never forget you.”

Former Huddersfield football star, Jordan Sinnott

Matlock Town FC has also confirmed the death, saying: “We are very sorry to report that Jordan Sinnott has passed away just before 7pm this evening.

“His family and friends were with him at his bedside and we send our sincere condolences to them all at this very sad time.”


Lazaro’s loan move to Newcastle, a success

Newcastle have completed the signing of Valentino Lazaro on loan from Inter, with an option to buy at the end of the season.

The 23-year-old has found opportunities hard to come by under Antonio Conte this season, making just four appearances in Serie A after moving to Milan from Hertha BSC last summer.

But it’s the north east of England where he’ll be based for the next five months, with Newcastle confirming in an announcement on their official website that a deal has been done for Lazaro to join the club on loan.

A club statement said: “Newcastle United are pleased to confirm the signing of Austria international Valentino Lazaro on loan for the remainder of the current season.”

Lazaro added: “I’m very happy to be here and can’t wait to meet all my teammates, get out on the training pitch and hopefully get a lot of victories in the future.

“I’ve only heard great things about the club. I’ve had good talks with the coach so I feel very happy to be here now. Those conversations convinced me that this is the right place for me to come.”

Head coach Steve Bruce said: “Valentino is a quality player who’ll add to us in attacking areas of the field, where we need to improve. He can play in a few positions but he is a natural winger with an excellent delivery.

“We have worked hard to get him ahead of other clubs, so I’m delighted with what we’ve done. Along with Nabil Bentaleb, he’ll give us strong options.”

The option to buy is thought to be around the €23.5m mark, with the loan costing Newcastle €1.5m.

The former Red Bull Salzburg midfielder, who primarily operates on the right hand side, will provide much needed additional cover for Steve Bruce’s Magpies, with a host of injury problems depleting his squad over the course of the season.

Valentino Lazaro

Jetro Willems and Paul Dummett are out for the remainder of the season, while Allan Saint-Maximin and Joelinton are among a number of players who have been carrying knocks over the past few weeks.

Despite that, Newcastle have performed admirably throughout the campaign, defying pre-season expectations to sit comfortably in mid-table after putting together a string of impressive results.


Former Arsenal Striker, Podolski finalize move to Turkish Super Lig Side

Former Arsenal striker and German footballer, Lukas Podolski, has completed a move to Turkish Super Lig side Antalyaspor on a free transfer.

The retired Germany star, 34, was a free agent after he ended his three-year stay in Japan with Vissel Kobe, where he bagged 17 goals in 60 appearances as well as winning the Emperors Cup with the Japanese club. He also won the World Cup with Germany in 2014.

Antalyaspor are currently in the relegation zone after 18 matches but with the addition of Podolski in the team, the club will be hoping his arrival can help them get out of relegation.

Lukas Podolski, who also played for Arsenal between 2012 and 2015 scored 31 goals in 82 games for the premiership club.


Aubameyang coming in as Suarez’s replacement

Arsenal captain, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, has emerged as Barcelona’s top choice to replace Luis Suarez, NobleSport report

Aubameyang has 18 months left on his current Emirates deal and is yet to agree terms on an extension.

The club’s bosses are now facing a dilemma over whether to cash in on the Gabon striker or risk losing him for nothing.

Barcelona are monitoring the situation and could test Arsenal’s resolve before the January transfer window closes.

Luis Suarez

The Spanish giants are eager to bring in a replacement for Luis Suarez, who is out for the rest of the season with injury.

They are also believed to be keeping tabs on RB Leipzig’s Timo Werner.


Hilarious: Turkey Goalkeeper sent off by referee after saving 2 penalties, his replacer saves the third (Video)

In Turkey, Goalkeeper Ersin Aydin surely had a day he’ll never forget as he helped his club Usakspor beat Turkish third-tier rivals Ergene Velimese.

Ersin, had a day most goalkeepers can only wish for, as he saved two penalties but was yellow carded twice for coming out of his line, so after he was sent off against Ergene Velimese, his replacement, defender Levent Aktug stopped another spot-kick in a thrilling game on Sunday evening.

The match which was still 2-0 as at stoppage time, would have had a more damaging scoreline had Ersin let the penalties be scored- but not only did Ersin keep him team in the game, his teammate came up and saved a penalty as he had no back up keeper .

Watch the thrilling video below.


Rudiger drops $101k to support free education in Sierra Leone

Chelsea defender Antonio Rudiger has donated $101,000 to help children in Sierra Leone have free education.

Rudiger, born to Sierra Leone parents but born in Berlin, Germany and now representing the German national team, made his pledge on the sidelines of the UK-Africa Investment summit in London to support Sierra Leone’s Free Quality Education initiative after meeting with Sierra Leone’s President Julius Maada Bio.

Chelsea/Germany defender Rudiger donates $101,000 to support free education in Sierra Leone

“Sierra Leone is my home. I’m not the talking type of a person, I am about action. You can count on us and do not hesitate,” Rudiger said after making his donation.

Chelsea defender Antonio Rudiger

“We are here to support your vision and agenda, especially on education. I am ready to take on my responsibility to change the narrative and image of Sierra Leone.”

President Bio, then received his signed jersey from the 26 year old footballer while Rudiger was honoured as an ambassador of Sierra Leone.


Best goal scoring streak: Ronaldo number 1 after Parma’s 2-1 clash

Cristiano Ronaldo has put his skates on and has entered the fight for the Golden Boot. The Portuguese made it 1-0 against Parma and in the 2nd half, he scored to make it 2-1.

With some luck, Cristiano Ronaldo scored the first goal of the match, while exhibiting finishing power for the second, which again put Juve in front, after Cornelius leveled for Parma.

Cristiano Ronaldo started his goal-scoring streak in the Serie A on the 1st December and hasn’t failed to score in any league match since then.

He has scored against Sassuolo, Lazio, Udinese, Sampdoria, Cagliari, Roma, and Parma.

In all competitions, the Portuguese striker has scored 12 goals in his last 9 matches. He only failed to score in the Italian Supercoppa final, also against Lazio.

Against a very stubborn Parma team on Sunday, Ronaldo made the difference shortly before the break, his shot from inside the box deflected off Darmian; in the 2nd he made the most of a Dybala pass to ensure Juventus claim three points.

Cristiano Ronaldo currently holds the best goal-scoring form in Europe and has recovered his level after a dubious start. He is now a contender for the Golden Boot.

After the game against Parma, Ronaldo took to Twitter to celebrate his performance and three points earned.


Henry, Alan’s Record: Sergio Aguero reacts to breaking

Sergio Aguero reflected with pride as he broke two more goal-scoring records to further cement his place as a Premier League legend.

The Argentine hit a hat-trick in the 6-1 demolition of Aston Villa to beat Thiery Henry to the highest-scoring overseas player in Premier League history.

Aguero also set the record for the most trebles in the competition’s history to surpass Alan Shearer’s record.

Aguero said the level of competition in England makes this latest achievement all the more pleasing.

“I’m very happy because it’s not easy to score 12 hat-tricks in the Premier League,” he said.

“I’m very proud, because it’s so difficult.”

Aguero also paid tribute to the service he receives from his team-mates and Pep Guardiola.

Watch all the best bits from City’s victory at Villa park:


Swiss pro, Roger Federer to become first tennis billionaire

Swiss professional tennis player, Roger Federer is reportedly ‘set to become tennis’ first billionaire’ in 2020, after making a fortune from a combination of prize money as well as endorsements with a range of global brands.

The world number 3 player will also be the fourth sportsperson to join the exclusive club of the richest athletes of all time after Michael Jordan, Tiger Woods and Floyd Mayweather.

According to Tennis.com, Federer has already earned £689million, with a further £153m guaranteed from agreed-upon sponsorship contracts in the months and years ahead.

ATP figures state that Federer has racked up £98m in prize money from singles and doubles tournaments. He also made money in major competitions and took part in a South American exhibition tournament during the off-season which brings in £7.6m each year.

But Businessinsider.com claimed it is his commercial success away from the tennis court that has helped him to amass his fortune with sponsorship deals with brands such as Rolex, Uniqlo, Credit Suisse, and Mercedes Benz.

Swiss professional tennis player, Roger Federer

Forbes has also reported that Federer’s annual income has reached a record high of £80m. The figure represents a sizeable increase on the £59m he was estimated to have earned in 2018.

Federer’s three-year sponsorship with Uniqlo, which he penned in 2018, is reportedly worth £23m a year and the 20-time Grand Slam winner previously had a multi-million pound deal with Nike.


Ex England striker, Emile react to iheanacho’s goal against Aston villa

Former England striker, Emile Heskey, has described Leicester City star, Kelech Iheanacho’s goal as ‘really impressive’ after the 23-year-old scored in the Foxes’ Carabao Cup 1-1 draw against Aston Villa on Wednesday night at the King Power Stadium.

Iheanacho came on as a substitute in the second-half to score the equalizer for Brendan Rodgers’men after Freddy Guilbert had put Aston Villa ahead in the first-half.

Hesky believes Iheanacho’s touch and finish against Aston Villa was great.

“It was a great finish from Kelechi Iheanacho,” Heskey told Sky Sports.

“That’s what he is capable of doing. I was surprised that they didn’t bring him on at half-time to be honest.

“He just gives them something different and you could see that they were really struggling to make chances.

“His goal was really impressive, especially the first touch which opened it up and the finish was great. He is that box player.

“If you give him that chance or half chance in and around the box, he’ll take it.”

“He has been unlucky in that he is up against Jamie Vardy who is on fire, so he hasn’t played that much,” Heskey added.

“But when he has played and come on the field, he has had a massive impact.”


CAF’19: Kanu Nwakwo meets Arsene Wenger

Legendary African footballer and former Arsenal player Kanu Nwankwo was this afternoon pictured with legendary coach and former Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger on the sidelines of the CAF Player of the Year Awards holding tonight at Hurghada, Egypt.

Kanu Nwankwo pictured with Arsene Wenger at CAF Awards

Kanu posting on his Twitter account captioned the post; “Kan U guess who i’m happy to see here ? the correct answer is no other than Legendary Arsené Wenger the boss.

Kanu Nwankwo pictured with Arsene Wenger at CAF Awards


Senegalese, Sadio Mane named ‘African Player of the Year’

Senegalese footballer, Sadio Mane has been named the 2019 African Player of the Year after winning the UEFA Champions League with his club Liverpool and leading his country, Senegal to the Africa Cup of Nations final.

Saido Mane defeated his liverpool teammate Mohamed Salah – winner in 2017 and 2018 – and Algeria attacker Riyad Mahrez to win the 2019 CAF player of the year award that held on Tuesday night in Egypt.

Sadio Mane wins CAF African Player of the Year award

Votes from head coaches/technical directors and captains of the senior national teams from CAF’s member associations saw Mane selected as the continent’s best footballer in 2019 ahead of his other two rivals who also play in the premier league .

Sadio Mane wins CAF African Player of the Year award

Mane helped guide Senegal to the final of the Africa Cup of Nations before ending the 2018-19 season by winning the Champions League and Premier League Golden Boot award.

He then scored twice in the UEFA Super Cup triumph over Chelsea, and provided the assist for Roberto Firmino’s goal that won Liverpool the FIFA Club World Cup for the very first time.


CAF’19: Asisat Oshoala wins ‘African women’s player of the year’

Super Falcons of Nigeria and FC Barcelona player Asisat Oshoala has been crowned Africa’s best female footballer for the year 2019 at the CAF Player of the year Awards in Egypt, Tuesday night.

#CAFawards: Asisat Oshoala crowned African women?s player of the year

She beat Ajara Nchout of Cameroon and Thembi Kgatlana of South Africa to win the award.

In 2019, Oshoala made headlines for Barcelona Femení and became the first African to score in the UEFA Women’s Champions League final.

She also scored a goal at the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup to help Nigeria reach the knockout stages of the tournament .


Barcelona players who could break through in 2020

Barcelona sit atop the La Liga table, progressed through the Champions League group stage unbeaten and have the best player in the world in their team.

However, things aren’t as rosy as they seem. Most of the Spanish Champions’ games this season have followed a similar and unsustainable pattern: start the match poorly and rely upon Marc-André ter Stegen to produce a wonder-save or two before shutting their eyes and praying Lionel Messi scores or sets up the winner.

While Messi may currently be the top scorer in La Liga, he is undoubtedly slowing down and La Blaugrana may have the unenviable task of replacing the Argentinian sooner than they hoped. Add this to the fact that Ter Stegen is injured and Ernesto Valverde’s side will have to find a different way to battle through matches, as fans reminisce about better days.

On 25 November 2012, after an injured Dani Alves was replaced by Martin Montoya in the 14th minute, Barcelona had 11 graduates from their much-heralded academy, La Masia, on the pitch at the same time.

More than six years have passed and no players have been able to live up to the once-in-a-generation La Masia greats such as Andrés Iniesta, Xavi and Messi himself, but 2020 could be the year that the new crop come closer than those before them.

The 17-year-old Ansu Fati has proven that Valverde is willing to entrust youth with the responsibility of wearing the first-team jersey, but there are several others who could make their breakthrough this year.

Moussa Wagué (Right-Back)

To put it bluntly, Barcelona have never been able to properly replace Dani Alves since he was picked up by Juventus on a free in 2016. Aleix Vidal was thought to be the solution in 2015 when they splashed £15m to acquire his services. Suffice to say, the 30-year-old, who now plays on the right-wing for 15th-placed Alaves, was not the answer.

Nelson Semedo was the next solution but the Portuguese full-back has oddly looked better filling in for Jordi Alba on the left rather than in his natural right-back slot. And so, the current duties fall upon the Swiss army knife that is Sergi Roberto.

Moussa Wagué, a 21-year-old Senegal international, has already made his senior debut for La Blaugrana but has been limited to 180 minutes of first-team football so far this season. The nippy full-back has only played against bottom of the league Leganes and in the dead rubber that was Barça’s last Champions League group game, yet impressed in both outings.

Securing a regular starting berth this season may be a bit ambitious, but Wagué’s potential is clear for all to see. And given the mess that has gone before the young man in the right-back slot, he may find his way into the first 11 by the end of the year.

Jean-Clair Todibo (Centre-Back)

After only 10 appearances in the French top flight with Toulouse in 2018/19, Barcelona bought the then-19-year-old and Jean-Clair Todibo has caught the eye in his limited appearances since. Gerard Piqué will be 33-years-old next month and 6’3 Todibo could serve as a ready-made replacement for the Catalan captain.

Imposing, elegant, and comfortable on the ball, Todibo has all the attributes a Barcelona centre-back needs. Couple this with his ability to fill in at defensive midfield and it’s not surprising the Spanish giants pushed forward their transfer of the player from the summer of 2019 to January that same year.

Júnior Firpo (Left-Back)

Some may argue that Júnior Firpo has already broken through, during his time with Real Betis, which got him the move to Barcelona. A fair argument to make. But the 23-year-old Dominican-born full-back is yet to break through in his new and rather more daunting surroundings.

Júnior was bought for £16m in the summer as the eventual successor to Jordi Alba, a player who will go down in Barcelona and Spanish football history as one of the best. It seems as though the pressure of Firpo’s monumental task of replacing Alba has seeped into Júnior’s performance during the first half of his debut campaign.

This was perhaps most evident during Barcelona’s 1-0 smash-and-grab away to Atlético Madrid at the start of December. When Júnior wasn’t being targeted by Atléti’s wingers, his manager was desperately urging him further up the field to support the attack.

Unfortunately, and likely due to a desire to avoid a costly mistake, Júnior cast a striking resemblance to a mime running into an invisible wall every time he fought against his attacking instincts in favour of playing it safe.

However, as the match progressed, his confidence grew and at times he leapt over the mental barrier. As the year goes on, he will be given more and more opportunities and due to the age and injury-prone nature of Alba, it seems that 2020 could prove to be the year Júnior breaks through at Barcelona.

Riqui Puig (Central Midfielder)

The 20-year-old Catalan native is the prototype Barcelona midfielder. Standing at 5’7, he would have been turned away from the academy before he’d even kicked a ball had Johan Cruyff not scrapped the height requirements Barcelona enforced prior to the Dutchman’s arrival.

Puig has been part of La Masia since he was 13-years-old and made his senior debut in the Copa del Rey last season, assisting the fourth goal in Barcelona’s 4-1 win over Cultura Leonesa. He may be yet to grace La Liga this season, but Puig is one of the most highly-touted youngsters on Barça’s books.

While it is entirely feasible that Puig follows in the footsteps of previously hotly-tipped La Masia youngsters such as; Sergi Samper, Isaac Cuenca or Sandro Ramirez, it would be unfair to condemn him, or any others on the list, to this fate just yet.


Henry Onyekuru sign contract with ‘Galatasaray’ on loan

...leaves Monaco

Nigerian striker, Henry Onyekuru has left Monaco to join Turkish side Galatasaray on loan until the end of the season.

The 22-year-old who joined AS Monaco on a permanent deal from Everton last summer, struggled to make it into Leonardo Jardim’s plans. NobleSport learnt

This will be his second loan spell in Turkey with Galatasaray after previously signing a season-long loan back in July 2018.

During his time with the Turkish club, he scored 14 goals in 35 appearances and went on to win the Turkish championship.

Announcing his second arrival at the club, Onyekuru shared photos of himself signing the loan deal then and wrote: ‘I am so happy to announce ?Gala I’m Home! Ready to give all I have to help finish the season strong.’

Nigerian striker Henry Onyekuru joins Galatasaray on loan from Monaco (Photos)


Unknown characters destroy Ibrahimovic’s statue again in Sweden

Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s statue in his hometown of Malmo was vandalised overnight Saturday, Swedish police reported.

The statue has been the target of numerous attacks since the Swedish footballer invested in Stockholm-based Hammarby, angering supporters of Malmo FF, the club where he began his professional career.

In November, a day after his investment in Hammarby, Ibrahimovic filed a “hate crime” complaint after the statue was attacked with fire and paint and the word ‘Judas’ daubed across the front door of his Stockholm home.

In the latest incident, the statue had collapsed against the barrier protecting it, its feet partially chopped off.

“A vandalism complaint has been lodged,” NobleSport learnt

There are calls from local inhabitants for the statue outside Malmo’s city stadium to be moved.

“I can understand that many people are disappointed in Zlatan’s behaviour but vandalising a statute is simply unworthy. Better to express your dissatisfaction in a democratic way,” Malmo deputy mayor Frida Trollmyr said.

A citizens’ initiative to move the sculpture will be considered in February, she added.

Ibrahimovic, 38, is set to make his debut for former club AC Milan in Serie A on Monday after signing a six-month contract with the former European champions last week. NobleSport culled


James Maddison’s transfer option by Manchester United becomes the silliest

Manchester United are willing to offer Leicester City £45m and Jesse Lingard in exchange for midfielder James Maddison, according to the reports in Sunday’s papers.

Maddison has been in electric form for the Foxes this season, firing nine goals and three assists in all competitions to keep Leicester on track for Champions League qualification.


United are thought to be keen on striking a deal for Maddison at some point in the near future, and the Mirror even claim that he is the club’s ‘top target’ for the January window.

However, they are said to have only offered £45m plus Lingard. Honestly, that’s what it says. Does that really sound like ‘top target’ money?

Lingard is somehow valued at £40m by United, meaning this whole deal would actually be worth £85m on paper, but it seems incredibly unlikely that Leicester would value Lingard at that same price.

The 27-year-old did not manage to register a single goal or an assist in the Premier League in 2019, which is definitely not the record Leicester would want from a player who could be replacing one of England’s finest attacking midfielders.

United do not feel as though Leicester will sell in January, so a summer transfer is suggested as the more likely option, but even that seems incredibly unrealistic if United are only prepared to part with £45m and Lingard.

Leicester have proven to be willing to sell their stars for the right price – just look at Harry Maguire’s move to United last summer – but this rumoured deal for Maddison does not come anywhere close to that.

If United offered the £85m in cash, they might have a chance, but trying to offload Lingard will almost certainly not get the job done.

The Foxes currently find themselves second in the Premier League, 14 points and three places above United in the table, so it is not even unreasonable to suggest that Maddison might want to stay with Leicester for the foreseeable future.


Footballer, Ighalo and wife delete themselves from IG over fight

Super Eagles footballer, Jude Ighalo and his wife Sonia, have deleted each others pictures from their Instagram pages amidst reports that their 10-year-old marriage is in crisis.

Rumors have been rife that their marriage has been in crisis since he built his massive house in Lagos and has been more in Nigeria while Sonia and their three children are based in London.

A look at their Instagram pages yesterday January 4th, showed that the football star and Sonia who used to celebrate each other on Instagram, have deleted every post they made of themselves.

They also failed to celebrate each other during their 10th wedding anniversary last year. See a photo of them at their 9th wedding anniversary dinner in 2018 below..

Footballer, Jude Ighalo and wife, Sonia, delete each other

Also in 2018, the Ighalos wowed Nigerians with their beautiful Christmas photos but in 2019, they did not share any Christmas photo

Footballer, Jude Ighalo and wife, Sonia, delete each other

A quick check also showed they are no longer following each other on Instagram.

Footballer, Jude Ighalo and wife, Sonia, delete each other

Footballer, Jude Ighalo and wife, Sonia, delete each other

Ighalo shared photos of himself alone as he wished his followers a happy end of 2019 and a Happy New Year 2020

Footballer, Jude Ighalo and wife, Sonia, delete each other

Footballer, Jude Ighalo and wife, Sonia, delete each other

See previous screenshoots of posts they both made in the past celebrating each other on IG.

Footballer, Jude Ighalo and wife, Sonia, delete each other

Footballer, Jude Ighalo and wife, Sonia, delete each other


23 years old French player, Nathael Julan died in car accident

A young French striker has died in an accident at the age of 23

Nathael Julan, who last played as a forward for the French club Guingamp, died in a car crash after a training section on Friday, January 3, 2020.

The French Ligue 2 announced the sad news on social media with a statement, which reads: “L’En Avant Guingamp is in mourning,” said the club. “The club had the immense pain to learn this afternoon of the accidental death of its player Nathael Julan.

“On this tragic day, all members of the club join together to express their sad condolences to Nathael’s family.”

The club didn’t give further details as they only revealed he died in a car crash after a training session.

Nathael Julan

French striker Nathael Julan, 23, dies in car crash in France

Nathael Julan was raised at Le Havre where he made his professional debut in Ligue 2 in 2015. He made 42 appearances for Le Havre, scoring nine goals, before joining Guingamp in January 2018 when they were in Ligue 1.

The striker was later loaned to Valenciennes in January last year and returned to Guingamp in June, before they were relegated to French Ligue 2 last season.



Chris Barker, Former Cardiff Defender Died At 39.

Former English professional footballer, Chris Barker who played as a defender for Cardiff and Southend has died at the age of 39.

World in Motion, the agency that represented Barker when he was a player, confirmed his ‘untimely and tragic passing’ on Twitter on Thursday morning.

Their statement read: ‘It is with great sadness that we learn of the untimely and tragic passing at the age of 39 of Chris Barker.

‘Chris was a client throughout his outstanding playing career of over 500 League games for clubs including Barnsley, Cardiff City, Queens Park Rangers and Plymouth Argyle. Moreover, Chris was a wonderful person, an absolute gentleman and a pleasure to work for.’

The South Wales Police confirmed in a statement that Barker was found dead at his home on New Year’s Day. But the cause is yet unknown and they said his death was not being treated as suspicious.

Cardiff Football Club have released a statement to offer their condolences to Barker’s friends and family.

‘Cardiff City Football Club has been deeply shocked and saddened at the passing of our former defender, Chris Barker.

‘Chris was an extremely popular player both on and off the field, serving the club with distinction between 2002 and 2007. He was awarded the Cardiff City FC Player of the Season award for his efforts during our 2004/05 campaign.

‘We offer our deepest condolences to Chris’ family, friends, former team-mates and colleagues. He will be greatly missed by us all.

‘Details of a Club tribute to Chris will follow in the coming days. On behalf of Chris’ family, we’d ask for them to be afforded privacy at this very difficult time.

His former team-mates are mourning his shocking death on social media.

Chris Barker


Born: March 2 1980, Sheffield

Position: Defender

Clubs: Alfreton Town, Barnsley, Cardiff, Stoke (loan), Colchester (loan), QPR, Plymouth, Southend, Aldershot, Hereford, Weston Super-Mare

Total appearances: 675

Total goals: 4

Honours: Won promotion to First Division with Cardiff in 2003