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Lionel Messi at Man United or Man City would win him another Ballon d’Or – Wayne Rooney

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Former Manchester United and England striker , Wayne Rooney has revealed he would love to see Lionel Messi in the Premier League, admitting the Barcelona legend will win another Ballon d’or award if he joined Manchester City or Manchester United.

 

Messi, this week told his club he wants to leave the club and has been linked with Manchester United and City, as well as Paris Saint-Germain and Juventus.

 

Lionel Messi at Man United or Man City would win him another Ballon d?Or - Wayne Rooney

 

Manchester United legend, Rooney, has now revealed he would not mind Messi joining Manchester City, Manchester United’s rivals, if it meant him coming to England.

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“I know he’s getting older but he’s a player who no one has seen before,” Rooney told talkSPORT.

“Messi has everything – he can create goals, score goals, dictate the game and is the best player of all time.

“He’s one of the only players I’ve sat there and watched and been in awe.”

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Messi and Ronaldo have a professional rivalry for the tag of the game’s greatest ever player but Rooney who played with Cristiano Ronaldo at Man United for six years still believes Messi is better.

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“Him and Cristiano Ronaldo have set a standard which I don’t think we will ever see again but, for me, Messi is just different level.”

 

Rooney also believes Messi should not be looking at MLS or the Chinese Super League for his next club.

“The United States shouldn’t be in his mind because he’s too good,” he added.

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“He could come to the Premier League and be a Player of the Year. One million per cent.

“If he surrounds himself with Bruno Fernandes or Kevin De Bruyne he could win a seventh Ballon d’Or, which would be incredible.”

 

Messi has scored 634 goals for Barcelona, the only club he has played for in his professional career, having been there since he was 13.

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West Ham fan who called Mohamed Salah ‘F****** Muslim c***’ is banned from attending football matches

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A West Ham United supporter has been banned from attending matches for three years after he pleaded guilty to racially abusing Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah.

Bradley Thumwood, 48, was handed the ban after appearing at Thames Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday following an incident during West Ham’s 2-0 defeat by Liverpool at the London Stadium on January 29.

In a video that was captured during the Premier League encounter, a male voice can be heard shouting: “Salah you f****** Muslim. F****** Muslim c***. F*** off.”

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Thumwood pleaded guilty to a racially aggravated Section 5 public order, and he was also fined £400 on top of the football stadium ban. He was also told to pay a victim surcharge and costs of £215.

‘Thumwood was issued with a three-year Football Banning Order and fined £400. He was also ordered to pay a victim surcharge and costs amounting to £125,’ the Metropolitan Police said in a statement.

West Ham vowed to take a ‘zero-tolerance approach’ to any future incidents of a similar nature but also said they will look to educate Thumwood to reform his views.

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‘The club works closely with Kick It Out and our fan group BAME Hammers,’ a club spokesperson said.

‘In conjunction with those parties, the club will offer educational sessions to the individual in question in an effort to reform their views, whilst reserving the right to uphold their indefinite bans, should those efforts prove unsuccessful.’

Dedicated Football officer PC Andy Sheldon urged other football fans to report any future instances of discrimination when supporters are allowed back into the stadium.

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“We do not, and will not tolerate hate crime of any kind at football matches and will take action against those who are found to have committed these kinds of crimes during games,” PC Sheldon said.

“We are committed to working closely with football clubs to identify anyone behaving inappropriately and breaking the law. We are grateful for the support of West Ham United Football Club and for their commitment to eradicating this type of behaviour.

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Neymar surpasses Ronaldo in Brazil’s all-time goalscoring charts after scoring hat-trick against Peru

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Paris Saint-Germain striker, Neymar has surpassed Ronaldo and moved into second place behind Pele on Brazil’s all-time goalscoring list after scoring a hat-trick in a 4-2 World Cup qualifying victory againt Peru.

 

The 28-year old achieved the record with two penalties and an injury-time goal on his 103rd appearance for Brazil at Lima’s National Stadium last night.

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He celebrated the third goal by holding up the No 9 with his hands in what appeared to be a tribute to Ronaldo, the former Barcelona, Real Madrid, and Corinthians legend.

 

Neymar surpasses Ronaldo in Brazil

 

He now has 64 goals, two more than Ronaldo and 13 behind Pele, who heads the list with 77, according to the count by the world governing body FIFA.

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Brazil coach, Tite said after the game: ‘What I can say is Neymar has this unpredictability. He is the bow and the arrow, he’s a player who both makes and takes chances. And he gets better and better, and more mature.’

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See Brazil’s all-time goalscoring charts below. 

 

1 – Pele – 77 goals, 92 games

2 – Neymar – 64 goals, 103 games

3 – Ronaldo – 62 goals, 98 games

4 – Romario – 55 goals, 70 games

5 – Zico – 48 goals, 71 games

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Fight between Anthony Joshua and Kubrat Pulev to take place on December 12 in London 

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Bulgaria’s IBF mandatory challenger, Kubrat Pulev has confirmed his fight with heavyweight world champion Anthony Joshua will take place in London on December 12.

 

The 39-year-old had been scheduled to meet Joshua on June 20 but the fight was postponed due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

 

‘No turning back, no procrastination! Kubrat Pulev vs Anthony Joshua! The date is December 12th and the place is London!,’ the Bulgarian, known as ‘The Cobra’, said on his facebook page.

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He added on his website that ‘the date and place of the event are now final and not subject to change, and both parties have signed the official contract.’

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Joshua, 30, defeated Mexican-American Andy Ruiz Jr in a rematch in Saudi Arabia last December to win back his IBF, WBA, WBO, and IBO titles.

 

The Briton was initially due to fight Pulev at Cardiff’s Principality Stadium in October 2017 but the Bulgarian withdrew after suffering a shoulder injury in sparring.

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After the December fight, Anthony Joshua will prepare for an all-British heavyweight unification fight with WBC champion Tyson Fury after his trilogy bout Deontay Wilder was called off few days ago. 

 

 

 

 

 

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