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‘Has he got the time to sit there and wait?’ – Rio Ferdinand hints Lionel Messi could consider Barcelona exit after 8-2 Bayern humiliation

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Manchester United legend Rio Ferdinand, has suggested Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi may consider leaving the club following their 8-2 humiliation at the hands of Bayern Munich on Friday night in the UEFA Champions League.

Messi’s contract expires next year and he has yet to sign a renewal, leaving many including Ferdinand to think the curtains may be closing on the superstar’s time at the club.

According to Ferdinand, he wonders if Messi has the patience to stay at Camp Nou and watch the club start from scratch.

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“The question is what is Messi thinking? What is he thinking going home tonight?” Ferdinand said on BT Sport.

“The level of performances that club has given and how the squad is looking at the moment in comparison to other teams around Europe. That’s the big question he will be thinking about.

“Has he got the time to sit there and wait? Football comes and goes very quickly in your life so these next two years, where he is going to have power to influence games the way he does.

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“Is he going to want to do that not competing for the big titles? I don’t know.”

Owen Hargreaves, a former Manchester city and Manchester United star added that Barca do not have the talent around Messi like they did during the times of Pep Guardiola when Xavi and Iniesta were pulling the strings from midfield and Puyol holding the defence.

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“[Luis] Suarez and Messi are looking round thinking ‘I miss Iniesta, Xavi, I miss [Carles] Puyol’ because those guys aren’t there any more,” Hargreaves said.

“Ansu Fati came on and he looked great, but he’s a 17-year-old kid.

“The gap between Messi and who’s going to be next, you can’t [see them being successful].”

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Greek-based Nigerian NBA star, Giannis Antetokounmpo wins Most Valuable Player Award for second straight season

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Greek-Based Nigerian NBA star, Giannis Antetokounmpo who plays for Milwaukee Bucks basketball team in the US, has been named the Most Valuable Player Award for second straight season.

 

The 25-year-old star becomes the third player in league history to win MVP and Defensive Player of the Year in the same season, joining only Hall of Famers Michael Jordan and Hakeem Olajuwon. He is also the 12th player in history to win the NBA’s MVP award twice in a row.

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Greek-based Nigerian NBA star, Giannis Antetokounmpo wins Most Valuable Player Award for second straight season

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Antetokounmpo beat out James Harden of the Houston Rockets and LeBron James of the Los Angeles Lakers to win the award.

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Antetokounmpo earned 962 total points from a global panel of 100 sportswriters and broadcasters as well as the Kia NBA Most Valuable Player Award fan vote. Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James finished in second place with 753 points, while Houston Rockets guard James Harden finished in third place with 367 points.

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Giannis Antetokounmpo was born in Greece to Nigerian parents, Charles and Veronica Antetokounmpo.

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Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo fail to make UEFA’s Champions League positional awards shortlist for the first time

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Arch-rivals, Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo have failed to make the final shortlist for UEFA’s positional awards next month.

 

The awards will recognise the top performers in each at the 2019-20 Champions League campaign, and both Messi and Ronaldo missed out on the final shortlist due to their devastating Champions League campaign.

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It is the first time the Barcelona and Juventus superstars failed to make the final shortlist for their position.

 

Champions League champions, Bayern Munich dominated the 12-man list with seven players nominated across the four categories.

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Bayern’s star, Manuel Neuer is up for the best goalkeeper award, against PSG’s Keylor Navas and Atletico Madrid’s Jan Oblak.

 

David Alaba, Alphonso Davies, and Joshua Kimmich dominated the defender list while Thomas Muller and Liverpool-bound Thiago Alcantara are up against Manchester City star, Kevin De Bruyne for best midfielder.

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Robert Lewandowski is the favourite to win the UEFA’s best forward award will battle it out with PSG duo Kylian Mbappe and Neymar.

 

 

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Neymar and four other players banned over PSG brawl as LFP investigates racism allegations

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The LFP Disciplinary Committee in France has revealed punishment for the players involved in the mass brawl that overshadowed Paris Saint-Germain’s clash with Marseille last weekend.

 

Neymar was one of five players sent off after a fight broke out between Argentine pair Dario Benedetto and Leandro Paredes and then extended to other players at the end of PSG’s shock 1-0 defeat to Marseille last Sunday.

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On Wednesday, September, 16, the French football governing announced PSG full-back, Layvin Kurzawa, has been slapped with a six-game ban for his role after he kicked Jordan Amavi.

 

Neymar and four other players banned over PSG brawl as LFP investigates racism allegations

 

Amavi was slapped with a three-match ban with Marseille team-mate Dario Benedetto receiving a one-match ban.

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Brazilian striker, Neymar, who was caught by VAR hitting Marseille defender Alvaro Gonzalez during the clash, received a two-match ban with a suspended sentence with Leandro Paredes handed the same punishment.

 

Neymar and four other players banned over PSG brawl as LFP investigates racism allegations

 

Neymar accused Gonzalez of racially abusing him during the clash. He claimed Alvaro called him a ‘monkey son of a b****’, but Gonzalez has since denied the claims.

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The LFP will investigate those allegations against the Spanish defender, and also look into claims filed by Marseille that PSG star Angel Di Maria spat at Gonzalez.

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