Leipzig’s gamershave fun the 1-Zero lead in the course of the UEFA Champions League soccer match between Leipzig and Tottenham,(Picture: RONNY HARTMANN/AFP by way of Getty Photos)
Spurs and Arsenal have a mountain to climb ought to they want to overturn a 3-Zerocombinationratingwithin the round-of-16 Champions League tie vs the Bundesliga membership.
Arsenal followers are revelling in Tottenham’s seemingly exit from the Champions League on thespherical of 16 stage vs RB Leipzig.
Spurs went into the second leg of the sportin opposition to the Bundesliga facet trailing 1-Zero and trying toflip the tie round and make it to the quarter last of the competitors.
Regardless of a vibrantbegin from Jose Mourinho’s workforce, the sportdid notbegin as deliberate when Marcel Sabitzer’s shot from exterior of the worlddiscovered its well beyond Hugo Lloris to double the German facet‘s benefit.
Timo Werner thought that he had doubled Leipzig’s benefitsimplya few minutes later when he tapped the ball in, solely to be denied by the assistant referee’s flag.
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However Leipzig would not be denied when Sabitzer once more beat Lloris at his close toput up with a effectively taken header.
That signifies thatought to Spurs want to make it by way of to the quarter last they mustrating three second-half targetswith out reply.
A job that can be made tougher given the absence of important talismen Harry Kane and Son Heung-min by way ofdamage. Spurs are additionallywith out January signing Steven Bergwijn by way ofdamage.
Here we run you through the tales of players who went from riches to rags
SunSport takes a look back at the high-profile stars who blew their millions on booze, bets and.. football academies.
The former Sunderland striker used to drive around in a Rolls-Royce but was recently claimed to have just £600 in his bank account whilst being unable to provide for his family.
Gyan who was reportedly earning £227,000-a-week at Shanghai SIPG, bizarrely seems to have lost all his money amid a fallout with his family.
Brazil’s legendary skillster was reported to have just £5 in his bank account last month while still owing debts of up to £1.75million.
Ronaldinho was heavily fined for illegal construction in a protected area in Brazil.
Despite remortgaging his property, the former Barcelona star was still unable to cover the debts which saw a judge order for Ronaldinho’s passport to be seized.
Despite earning an estimated £20million from his career, the former England No1 declared himself bankrupt in 2014.
As well as a lucrative career at Prem clubs like Liverpool and Man City, James had modelled for Armani and owned multiple properties.
But a costly divorce in 2005 saw debts start racking up and courts instructed James to sell off his sports memorabilia, DJ equipment and a Vauxhall Astra van.
He was named FIFA’s Player of the Century and then went bust.
Argentina icon Maradona twice broke the world record for transfers but in 2009 had to file for bankruptcy.
The Italian Tax Authority demanded he pay back £42million worth of unpaid taxes from his time playing for Napoli in the 1980s.
Gambling, booze and drugs saw the Arsenal legend blow a staggering £7million fortune.
The former midfielder has recovered and works as a regular pundit for Sky Sports, but he once considered breaking his fingers to prevent him from phoning the bookies.
Merson went broke after cashing in on his £800,000 pension to allow him to go on a betting frenzy.
JOHN ARNE RIISE
Two years after winning the Champions League with Liverpool, the defender was listed as bankrupt.
Norwegian left-back Riise was just 26 at the time and was believed to be earning £50,000-a-week at Anfield.
But an unpaid debt of around £100,000 was reportedly linked to an alleged £3m fraud investigation in Norway and Riise was declared bankrupt.
Having played alongside Cristiano Ronaldo and Ryan Giggs at Man United, Djemba-Djemba was declared bankrupt four years after moving to Aston Villa.
The Cameroonian midfielder spent time at St Mirren and in the Indian Super League to recover funds.
Djemba-Djemba is now playing in front of 88 fans in the Swiss fifth tier.
Ambitious plans to build a football academy in the United States blew up in the American’s face.
Former Tottenham and Aston Villa goalkeeper Friedel reportedly owed £5million and repossession proceedings began on his £260,000 house.
This was despite the current head coach of MLS team New England Revolution then earning £50,000-a-week at Villa Park.
Depression and a gambling addiction saw one-cap England player Hendrie go broke.
Despite earning in excess of £30,000-a-week while at Aston Villa, the former midfielder was declared bankrupt in January 2012 as he faced huge debts and repossessions.
Hendrie has revealed he tried to take his own life “five or six times” after going bankrupt and now works as an ambassador for mental health organisation Young Minds.
An addiction to gambling saw Man United product Keith Gillespie blow more than £7.2million.
After a career that saw him take Newcastle United to the Champions League and play 80 times for Northern Ireland, the midfielder was declared broke in 2010 at the age of 35.
In an interview with the Guardian, he said: “I lost an awful lot of money through gambling over the years, but I also lost money on property and got involved in a film scheme like a lot of footballers did.”
Gazza managed to avoid bankruptcy in 2016 despite facing a £42,000 bill of unpaid taxes to HMRC.
But the England hero went through a troubled patch which saw him reportedly in debts of up to £200,000.
Gascoigne has struggled with depression and substance abuse.
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Babayaro was the popular left-back at Chelsea and Newcastle United.
Marauding up and down the left wing at Stamford Bridge and St. James’ Park in the noughties, the Nigerian picked up a healthy pay packet.
But by January 2011 the defender was declared bankrupt on the public record of the London Gazette.
Odion Ighalo has had a profitablemortgage spell at Man Utd however his time on themembershipis aboutto finish shortly.
Odion Ighalo seems to be set to depart Manchester United on thefinish of his mortgage spell this week, with father or mothermembership Shanghai Shenhua eager to have the striker againforward of the beginning of the Chinese languageTremendous League season.
Ighalo has been a success at Previous Trafford since signing a mortgage deal on the ultimate day of the January switch window, scoring 4occasions for his boyhood membership.
However his mortgage spell seems to be set to finish after eight appearances, along with hispreliminary deal solely penned tillMight 31. United’s season will now prolongproperlypast that because of the coronavirus pandemic that has brought about a suspension to the marketing campaign, with United not taking part in since their 5-Zero demolition of LASK Linz on March 12.
United nonetheless have 9 Premier League video games to play and staywithin the Europa League and the FA Cup. They’reeagerto maintainIghalotillthe tip of this season and have held discussions with Shanghai Shenhua about extending the mortgage deal.
Nevertheless, the Chinese language authorities at the moment are hopeful of starting the Chinese languageTremendous League season in late June or early July, and because of this his membership are eager to have the 30-year-old striker againwithin the fold.
The preliminarymortgagegot here at a time when the CSL season was butto start and China was the epicentre of the COVID-19 pandemic, however thenation is now reporting far fewer circumstances and there may be confidence the 2020 marketing campaignmight get underway inside thesubsequent six weeks.
Ighalo has been eagerto stay at Previous Trafford. He has made no secret of his love for the membership and has relished each minute of his suddentransfer to United.
Ighalo was signed on deadline day as United’s frantic seek for a striker within the wake of Marcus Rashford’s againharmgot here to an finish. The Nigerian’s affecton themembership he supported as a boy has far exceeded expectations, with targets in all of his begins for the membership, however with Rashford now match and out thereonce more United are relaxed concerning the prospect of dropping Ighalo on thefinish of this week.
Barcelona coach, Quique Setien has hit again at Lionel Messiwhereas defending his tactical philosophy after the celebrity footballer mentionedthey can not win Champions League taking part in in his fashion.
In a latest interview with Sport, the Argentinian star mentioned: ‘It’s notpotential to win it by taking part in as we now have been taking part in. My opinion relies on the truth thatI used to befortunate to play the Champions League yearly.’
Reacting to Lionel Messi’s remark about his fashion, Setien who took over from Ernesto Valverde in January and hoping to deliever Barca’s first Champions League since 2015 mentioned: ‘Messi’s phrasesI feel have created a giant debate.’
‘We’resatisfied that we will win the Champions League. We now haveto enhance some issues, howeverindubitablywe’resatisfied that the workforce has the potential to win the Champions League.
‘We are able to win it. We’resatisfiedwe will win the Champions League, after allwe will,’ Setien informed beIN Sports activities.
Lionel Messi and his teammates suffered three consecutive quarter-final defeats earlier than Liverpool inflicted one othermain blow finaltime period. Within the semi-final first leg, Barca defeated Liverpool 3 –Zero at Nou Camp, howeverwithin the second leg at Anfield, Liverpool produced one of manybest comebacks as they hit Barca 4 – Zerowith no reply.
A member of the well-knownWorld Cupprofitable French facet made a killing off his winners medal in a web basedpublic sale.
The dearmerchandise was reportedly offered for $71,875, about N28million, barely two years after having the medal spherical his neck.
It was initially positioned in a well-likedpublic saleweb site which primarilymakes a speciality ofpromotinghelpfulmovie star memorabilia.
Nonetheless, it isn’t clear who the medal belonged to, thoughit’sactually from Didier Deschamps’ well-known 2018 World Cup profitablefacet.
The auctioneers, Julien Auctions, introduced the sale of the medal on their official Twitter deal with as additionally they made public the audacious value it went for.
“Bought for $71,875! A 2018 FIFA World Cup gold winner’s medal awarded to a participant from the champion France nationwidesoccercrew,” a tweet from Julien Auctions learn.
The World Cup is normallythought-aboutthe last word trophy in a participant‘s profession, thus making it tough to fathom how a participantmighttake into accountchanging his prized private accolade into money.
It’snonetheless not an oddincidence as one other World Cup hero additionallyoffered his winners medal in the identicalpublic saleweb site.
The participant in query is the good Pele, who offerednumerousgadgets on the location in a hyped occasion in 2016 dubbed Pele: The Assortment.
Within thementionedassortment, Pele, thought-aboutone of manybiggestgamers to ever grace the sport, offered his winners medals from 1958 and 1962 in addition to his ball dubbed Pele, which he used to attain his 1000th professionobjective.
Tremendous Eagles captain Ahmed Musa has disclosed that former staff skipper Austin Jay Jay Okocha is Nigeria’s biggestparticipant of all-time.
Musa who’s observing the lockdown againdwelling in Jos, Plateau state capital, disclosed this throughout an unique Instagram chat with Legit.ng on Thursday, Might 21, 2020.
Okocha who possesses extra-ordinary abilities had a 14-year superbprofessionwithin thecolors of Nigeria between 1993 and 2006 scoring 14 objectives in 73 appearances.
Though he by no meansgained the CAF Africa Footballer of the yr award, Okocha was one of the bestparticipanton the 2004 Africa Cup of Nations.
He was additionally tied with 4 others who scored 4objectivesevery as highest purpose scorers of that event.
The previous Fenerbahce and PSG midfielder narrowly missed out on the CAF Africa Participant of the 12 months Award in 1998 having controversially misplaced to Morocco’s El Mustapha Hadji.
As a result of his talent, the previousTremendous Eagles captain was described as being ‘so good that they named him twice’ – a line immortalised in a terrace chant whereas he performed for Bolton Wanderers.
When requested who the bestTremendous Eagles participant was, Ahmed Musa smiled to what appeared like a trickyquery.
“Ah… I’ll go for Jay Jay Okocha,” Musa advised Legit.ng.
“I by no means had the chance to play with him throughout his time within thenationwidestaff.
However I performedtowards him in the course of the Joseph Yobo testimonial in Port Harcourt.
“I actuallyloved him although he was not enjoyinglivelysoccer.
However that day, I loved watching him. I actually wished he’snonethelessenjoying.”
Anthony Joshua’scombatin opposition to Kubrat Pulev has been pushed to October on the earliest forward of his potential showdown with Tyson Fury in 2021.
The WBA, IBF and WBO heavyweight champion was on account of meet IBF obligatory challenger Pulev, on June 20 on the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, howeverbecause of the Coronavirus pandemic, the combat will now happen between October and December.
Joshua’s promoter Eddie Hearn confirmed the most recentimprovement to Sportsmail saying: ‘With the whole lotoccurring and the very fact we don’t knowbut about once wecan be allowed crowds, and what measurement crowds, it will not be the summer time.
‘I believeit is going to bewithin the window between October and December. Sooner could behigher than later as a result ofwe do notneed it to be a yr between fights (Joshua beat Andy Ruiz in December).’
There are additionallystories that Anthony Joshua will face Tyson Fury in 2021.
Super Eagles player, Moses Simon and his wife Ibukunoluwa have welcomed a baby girl
The Nantes forward who shared a photo of him carrying their daughter, said she arrived on Thursday April 30. He wrote;
Glory be to God !!On 30:4:20 God added another princess to my castle and a special thanks to my @princess_mide27 Words will never be enough to express just how thankful I am that you are my wife i will keep loving and cherish you forever
Germany’s Bundesliga will have to wait another week to find out about a possible restart date as the government has delayed a decision over resumption.
The league has been suspended since mid-March because of coronavirus.
Chancellor Angela Merkel said that any decision on if and when sports activities could resume would now be taken on Wednesday, 6 May.
“It is absolutely necessary that we remain disciplined and stick to health guidelines,” she said.
The German Football League (DFL), which runs the Bundesliga, has warned that many top-division teams will be in an “existence-threatening” financial position if play does not resume by June.
With nine games of the season remaining, Bayern Munich lead the table, four points ahead of Borussia Dortmund, but the DFL needs the season to be completed by 30 June because of deals with sponsors and broadcasters.
Players are already back in training and last week the DFL said the league would be ready to return on 9 May – but 16 or 23 May are now considered more realistic dates.
Germany has banned large events with crowds until 24 October, so games will be behind closed doors.
The DFL has developed a health safety plan which would see only about 300 people in and around the pitch during matches to minimise the risk of infection.
Players will be monitored by an appointed team health and safety official and will undergo regular testing.
Juventus striker, Cristiano Ronaldo will be isolated for another two weeks when he returns to Italy from his home country, Portugal.
Recall Corriere dello Sport reported earlier this week that Juventus has recalled their foreign players who left Italy during the Coronavirus lockdown.
Ronaldo, who traveled to Portugal will be required to stay in isolation for another 14 days once he gets back to Italy.
In addition, Ronaldo’s teammates, Douglas Costa and Alex Sandro, who both went to Brazil, are expected to return to Italy and will also be isolated.
This comes after it was claimed that Serie A clubs could return to training on May 4, but that may not include players who have returned from abroad.
Italy, the European country hardest hit by the coronavirus, has been in national lockdown since March 10. Over 200,000 cases of Coronavirus have been recorded with 27,682 deaths and 71,252 recoveries in the country.
Paris Saint-Germain are set to be named champions of France after the Ligue 1 top flight was brought to a premature end due to the Coronavirus pandemic.
This comes days after French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe announced that 2019-20 seasons would not be able to finish and that professional sport would not be returning to French life until September.
Speaking at a press conference, Philippe said: “The big sporting affairs cannot occur before September. The 2019/20 football season cannot return.”
The announcement left a question on how the Ligue 1 season was going to be resolved with most teams having played 28 of their 38 games.
But the Ligue de Football Professionnel (LFP) has made a decision to award the title for the 2019-20 campaign to PSG, as they currently lead with 12-points over Marseille with a game in hand, according to L’Equipe reporters.
Championnats pro terminés. Classements figés. PSG champion de L1. Critère/ratio de la FFF retenus.
It will be the PSG’s ninth Ligue 1 title and third in a row.
Paris Saint-Germain alongside Marseille and Rennes are set to qualify for next season’s Champions League, while Lille, Reims, and Nice will be awarded Europa League spots. It will all be decided at a later date.
Nimes, Amiens and Toulouse are currently in the bottom three with relegation to be decided at a later date.
Manchester United is set to edge Real Madrid and Juventus to the signing of Ajax midfielder Donny van de Beek at the end of the season.
Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjar is preparing for life after Paul Pogba as they aim to bring in new recruitment to fill the space that would be eventually left behind by the French midfielder.
Manager Ole Gunner Solksjaer is looking for an ideal partner for Bruno Fernandes in the midfield.
Solksjaer has identified Van de Beek as the ideal player to pair Fernandes and he is prepared to beat Real Madrid to the signature of the Dutch sensational.
Juventus is also another team monitoring the situation of things around the midfielder and the Bianconeri Old Lady is also interested in signing the midfielder.
Real Madrid needs to act fast and beat the likes of Manchester United and Juventus if they are interested in securing the services of the Dutch attacking midfielder at the end of the season.
While the world arrangements with one of a kind occasions during the coronavirus flare-up, Lacey Evans is utilizing it to further her potential benefit.
Evans is scheduled to contend in the ladies’ Money in the Bank stepping stool coordinate. Different stars affirmed for the match incorporate Nia Jax, Asuka, Shayna Baszler, and Dana Brooke.
Evans beat Sasha Banks to meet all requirements to contend in the forthcoming challenge that happens at the Money in the Bank pay-per-see occasion on Sunday, May 10, 2020.
Both stepping stool matches were taped in Stamford, CT at the WWE central command. Stars will start on the principal floor of WWE HQ and will battle through the following three stories until they end up on the rooftop where the stepping stools, ring, and folder cases will be.
Evans took to her official Twitter account where she flaunted her instructional class to assist her with getting ready for the match.
Evans inscribed the video by expressing, “Perseverance. Speedy feet. Spryness. What else would i be able to chip away at ya nasties?!!! #MITB #TrainingDay #LooorrddHelpMe.”
WWE is back with another scene of Monday Night Raw today around evening time from Orlando, Florida at the WWE Performance Center on the USA Network.
Just one match and fragment for the show has been reported so far. The conviction is that this evening’s show could air on a slight tape delay as the organization will likewise be taping the following week’s scene of Raw either today or today.
The main match that has been affirmed is a three-path between contenders from Raw that are scheduled to contend in the up and coming ladies’ Money in the Bank stepping stool coordinate.
WWE is probably going to declare more counterparts for the show in the coming hours. This is what’s on tap for the show:
Agreement marking between Seth Rollins and WWE Champion Drew McIntyre to make their title coordinate authority at the Money in the Bank pay-per-see occasion one month from now.
Triple Threat Match: Nia Jax versus Asuka versus Shayna Baszler
Samoa Joe is coming back to WWE TV however not as a functioning grappler.
On Monday, Ryan Satin of Pro Wrestling Sheet announced that Joe is coming back to the Raw editorial group. It was noted Joe is in participation at the recordings today and will join the group.
Regardless of whether it’s today around evening time’s demonstrate or the following week’s Raw is not yet clear. Additionally, there’s still no word yet on whether Joe will supplant one of the commentators in the group or on the off chance that it’ll be a four-man corner.
WWE plans to eliminate travel for its ability and staff, which is the reason they’re taping ahead of time and will do as such for the following barely any months.
As later as a week ago it was accounted for by Dave Meltzer that Joe is as yet not cleared from his most recent blackout. The Raw star endured a physical issue while recording a business for the organization back in February.
On the off chance that you review, Joe was quickly part of the declare group toward the finish of a year ago while he was uninvolved with a physical issue. During his stretch on analysis, most of fans adulated him for his work.
Scene 201 of Being The Elite has been transferred to YouTube and there is some news to share.
Towards the finish of the scene, Nick and Matt Jackson kidded that they would not have the option to top the 200th scene from a week ago. As they said that, they looked and saw some sky composing that illuminated, “FTR.”
Obviously, this is the bother for the AEW appearance of the group once in the past known as The Revival, presently known as The Revolt. The Revolt and The Revival have needed to wrestle each other for a considerable length of time and now it would seem that they will have that chance.
Additionally in this scene:
– Luchasaurus calls PJ Black for help on discovering his tail.
– Brandon Cutler begins the #KickOutChallenge as he vows to never lose again.
In the course of the most recent couple of weeks, there has been an enthusiasm for WWE’s profit and how much cash the organization is creating.
Halfway in light of the fact that the organization as of late detailed solid quarterly income for the main quarter of 2020.
Additionally in view of the mass firings of ability and staff prior this month so as to set aside cash while they make spending cuts.
In an ongoing Daily Update article posted on F4WOnline.com, it was noticed that when grapplers sign with the organization they have a decision regarding how they get paid. Grapplers can either be paid every other week dependent on a drawback assurance or fortnightly on what they would typically draw between live occasion pay, product and sovereignties.
On the off chance that the cash doesn’t arrive at their drawback ensure, WWE will compose a check to pay them the distinction.
Dave Meltzer referenced on the most recent scene of Wrestling Observer Radio that notwithstanding WWE marking a few arrangements with new ability in anticipation of the new year, they kept their finance spending on the low end. The purpose behind that is because of the diminished spotlight on holding occasions at fields.
Typically, ability in WWE gets paid an assigned sum each quarter based off the quantity of live field shows they take an interest in. Presently with the organization not holding appears before fans, grapplers are constrained to just performing TV.
Triple H is scheduled to make his arrival to WWE’s lead appear, Monday Night Raw, today around evening time.
The organization had the USA Network report the news. The WWE Hall of Famer will be proceeding to commend his 25th Anniversary on the show. The initial segment of the festival occurred on keep going Friday’s SmackDown on FOX scene.
As of this composition, there’s no word yet on what WWE has gotten ready for the fragment or who else will show up.
On Friday Night SmackDown, WWE had Shawn Michaels and Vince McMahon show up during the portion in Orlando, Florida at the WWE Performance Center.
Basketball player, Teshaun Hightower charged with murder
Tulane basketball player, Teshaun Hightower has been arrested and charged with murder in Georgia days after he declared for the NBA Draft.
According to The Times-Picayune/New Orleans Advocate, 22-year-old Teshaun Hightower was charged with murder, aggravated assault, battery, and possession of a firearm or knife during the commission of/or attempt to commit certain felonies.
The charges come from his alleged role in a murder that took place on April 8 in Stockbridge, Georgia.
No bond is listed for Hightower, but he is currently being held in the Henry Country Jail in McDonough, Georgia, according to court records.
Hightower has played one season for Tulane after transferring form Georgia. He declared for the NBA Draft on April 18, ten days after the alleged murder took place. He has since been dismissed from the program.
Super Eagles star, Wilfried Ndidi responds to Man United and Arsenal transfer speculation
Super Eagles and Leicester City star, Wilfred Ndidi has responded to speculation over a £50m move to Manchester United or Arsenal this summer.
The defensive midfielder, who’s been one of the important players at Leicester City has been linked with a move to Premier League rivals, with Manchester United favorites to land the Nigeria international.
But the 23-year-old has now committed to Leicester City, saying he is happy at the King Power Stadium and not planning to make a move to another club.
‘We are doing well and I am enjoying myself here. I still have a contract with Leicester,’ Ndidi told ESPN.
“I am learning and trying to improve myself every day and I’m doing okay here so no need to go anywhere.
“We are doing well and I’m enjoying myself here.”
Wilfred Ndidi, who joined Leicester during the 2017’s January transfer window from Genk for £15million, has since gone on to make 130 appearances for the club.
Chelsea star Christian Pulisic has promised to donate Mexican food to the workers at an American hospital every Saturday for the next month as they continue to fight coronavirus.
The American wants to show his gratitude to those on the frontline at the Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, the hospital where he was born.
Pulisic took to Instagram on Saturday to share photos of the first batch of food from Chipotle being delivered, including one box which had a handwritten note on it.
‘We are going through a really tough time at the moment but we have our own superheroes who will help get us through it, the medical professionals all over the world,’ the 21-year-old wrote alongside the images.
‘We will all be in debt forever to these amazing people who have showed bravery and strength to help us fight this virus.
‘To show my gratitude to the Superheroes in my hometown, Hershey, PA – myself and @Chipotle will be sending meals every Saturday (starting today) for the next month to all the brave men and women fighting Covid-19 at the Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, the hospital where I was born.
‘Saturdays have always been a happy day for me – it was the day I could go out and play the game I love, soccer, so hopefully this will bring some happiness to our Superheroes for Saturdays to come.
‘If you have the means to help your local hospital during this tough time, I encourage you to do the same. Everything counts, no matter how small. Stay Safe.
Jose Enrique has revealed how he was repeatedly left amazed by the fitness levels of Liverpool star James Milner at both Anfield and at Newcastle United.
The 34-year-old full-back played with Milner at both clubs during his time in the Premier League and says that despite having trained and played with hundreds of players during his 16-year career, nobody has ever run as hard and as far as Milner.
Milner is undoubtedly one of the most physically fit players in professional football at the moment, despite being one of Liverpool’s most senior stars.
But the former Leeds United star has made 33 appearances already this term and looks set to remain a key part of Jurgen Klopp’s plans until at least 2022.
“I been very lucky to play with Milner in two different clubs. at Newcastle and Liverpool,” Enrique told his Instagram followers.
“I have to tell you, in all my career as a player I never seen anyone run as much as him.
“No matter what position you play him in he does well and when the game is finished it looks like he could run home too after it and play another game at home.”
He added: “[He is a] very underrated player and he has played for top clubs and won trophies.”
Italy will move into Phase Two of the coronavirus pandemic response from May 4, so players can train individually from May 4, in groups from May 18, while the Government announced a raft of new measures.
The pandemic began in Italy with the first positive test on February 20 and 26,644 people have since died with conditions related to or made worse by COVID-19.
The death toll over the last 24 hours was ‘only’ 260, the lowest figure since March 14, having reached a peak of 919 on March 27, as the lockdown measures enacted on March 10 have taken effect.
“You have all shown strength, courage, sense of responsibility and community. Now the phase of living with the virus begins for everyone and we must be aware that during Phase Two, there is the risk we’ll see the curve climb in some areas of the country,” said Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte in a press conference.
“It’ll be even more important to maintain social distancing, at least one metre. Even when seeing family, we must still maintain this precaution, because the scientists tell us that at least one out of four infections come via family members.
“If we do not respect social distancing, the curve will climb again, so will the number of deaths, and we will have irreversible damage to our economy. If you love this country, then respect social distancing.”
Phase Two will see the lockdown eased, some travel allowed within regions and greater freedom for outdoor exercise, but still maintaining social distancing guidelines and banning travel between regions unless necessary.
When it comes to football, that will mean individual training allowed from May 4, while they will be permitted to train in groups from May 18.
Players will also be regularly tested both with swabs and blood tests to ensure that if someone does become infected, it is spotted early and he is isolated.
The Government announced it will set a price-cap for protective masks to prevent price-gouging, at circa €0.50, removing VAT and leaving only the tiniest margin of profit for manufacturers.
“From May 4 and for the next two weeks, until May 18, we will confirm the social distancing guidelines, so travel should still be reduced within a region for unavoidable work or health reasons. However, we will also allow targeted family visits, but only targeted ones with social distancing and use of protective masks. There are to be no large family gatherings from May 4.”
Parks can also be opened up, but the local Mayors will have the power to shut them again if the social distancing guidelines are not maintained.
“Sporting activity can be performed while keeping a distance of two metres, whereas when simply walking, one metre will be enough.
“To allow a gradual reprisal of sporting events, from May 4 professionals and non-professionals (albeit recognised by the CONI) will be allowed to train. However, these training sessions must maintain social distancing guidelines.”
Five former directors of La Liga club Osasuna and two ex-Real Betis footballers have been handed prison sentences after being found guilty on a series of corruption charges including match-fixing in Spanish top-flight.
The Former Betis players, Antonio Amaya and Xavi Torres were handed prison sentences of one year each for sporting corruption. The fling also said this was the first time any convictions had been made in Spain for sporting corruption.
According to prosecutors, Amaya and Torres were found to have accepted money to influence matches for Osasuna’s benefit at the end of the 2013-14 season when Osasuna were unsuccessfully battling relegation.
Osasuna’s former managing director Angel Vizcay was given the heaviest prison sentence, of eight years and eight months, for charges including misappropriation of funds, falsification of accounts and sporting corruption. He was jailed alongside four other directors.
The Two real estate agents were also convicted for falsifying documents and were given prison sentences of nine months.
The court filing said it had been proved that the Osasuna directors agreed to pay Amaya and Torres a total of €650,000 to incentivize them to help Betis beat Real Valladolid in the penultimate match of the 2013/14 season and to lose their final game of the campaign against Osasuna.
Betis Club, who had already been relegated and finished bottom of the table, beat Valladolid 4-3 while Osasuna won 2-1 against Betis but were still relegated.
The two real estate agents were convicted for falsifying documents to help Osasuna balance the books for the 2012/13 and 2013/14 seasons.
Vizcay and the other jailed Osasuna directors were also ordered to reimburse the club €2,340,000 for the misuse of funds during the 2012/13 and 2013/14 seasons.
Reacting to the sentence, Osasuna club president Luis Sabalza said he was pleased and reiterated that his club had denounced the previous administration
“We are happy. Osasuna were the ones who brought this case to the courts because when we arrived at the club we saw things which we didn’t like and I think the suspicions we had have been confirmed and the courts have done their job,” he said in a statement on the club website.
La Liga also welcomed the convictions. “This sentence strengthens La Liga’s fight against corruption and its bid to defend the integrity of football competitions against any attempts of interference be it altering the course of a season or the result of a match,” said a statement from the organisation.
Odion Ighalo has ruled out the possibility of reversing his 2019 decision to retire from the Super Eagles after he helped the Nigerian national team clinch Bronze at the 2019 African Cup of Nations (AFCON) tournament.
According to Ighalo, who now plays for Manchester United, the presence of Lille’s Victor Osimhen, who inherited his number nine jersey, and Villarreal’s Samuel Chukwueze are very good examples of why he is not needed in the team and might find it hard rescinding his retirement decision.
“For now I am done with the Super Eagles but in life you can never say never. I am in contact with the coach constantly, four days ago he sent me a message,” Ighalo said to Juliet Bawuah in a Twitter conversation.
“I still message him to wish the team good luck before they play a game.
“We have young, very good players in the team, the likes of Osimhen coming up scoring goals, Chukwueze – good exciting players.
“I just want them to keep doing the job because they are doing so well. For Super Eagles I want to concentrate on club football for now.”
He added : “The young players coming up are doing very well, I want the fans and country to believe in them, give them the mantle to take up the responsibility to do well.
“I know the coach said the same thing, he wants me to be back because I can nurture the young ones, teach them one or two things, which like I said you never can say never.
“For now they are doing well so I just want the team to keep doing well, I am watching them from afar, supporting them, then we’ll see what the future holds.”
Ighalo concluded by saying he wants to focus on his club career.
“Of course Super Eagles is my team, it’s my country and I’ve played there, I know how the setting is there.
“The coach gave me opportunity even when the whole world was against me and I came back to play for him and we’ve been talking, we have a good relationship even with the players there. We never had any problems.
“It will be a great opportunity to come back if the opportunity arises. For now I want to concentrate on my club football then we’ll see what happens in future.”