Olatosimi Fadahunsi

Olatosimi Fadahunsi

 

Football legend Ronaldinho is to marry TWO women at the same time, according to reports in Brazil.

 

The 38-year-old Samba ace will reportedly tie the knot in August with his pair of "fiancees", Priscilla Coelho and Beatriz Souza.

 

The two women have been living "harmoniously" with the former Barcelona star since December at his £5million Rio de Janeiro mansion, according to reports.

 

Ronaldinho started dating Beatriz in 2016, but is said to have continued his relationship with Priscilla, which began several years earlier.

 

According to reports, both lovers receive an "allowance" of around £1,500 from the footballer to spend as they wish.

 

He also reportedly always gives the two the exact same presents, including recently buying them the same perfume during a trip abroad together.

 

Former World Player of the Year Ronaldinho asked both for their hands in marriage in January last year and gave them both engagement rings, according to Brazilian columnist Leo Dias.He will marry the two women at a private ceremony inside the Santa Monica Condominium in the upmarket Barra da Tijuca district in Rio, where he has lived since 2015, according to columnist, from Brazil's O Dia newspaper

The star's sister, Deisi, who is against her brother's polygamy, has already said she won't be attending, according to Dias.

 

Brazilian singer Jorge Vercillo, who is Ronaldinho's neighbour, has reportedly been confirmed as responsible for the wedding music and one of many celebrity friends who will be attending the nuptials.

 

Both Priscilla and Beatriz are from Belo Horizonte, the city where the footballer played with Atletico Mineiro, leading the club to its first Copa Libertadores title in 2012.

 

(Mirror)

 

 


 

McManaman believes Zidane does not get enough credits

The former Liverpool and Real Madrid winger has claimed Zinedine Zidane’s achievement was being undervalued.

 

According to McManaman, who also played together with Zidane, the Real Madrid boss “does not pat himself enough on the back.”

 

Zidane is on the verge of making an unprecedented record should his side come out victorious in their Champions League final match against Liverpool on Saturday – as he would be the first manager to win the Champions League, three times in a row.

He will also move up to join the duo of Bob Paisley and Carlo Ancelloti as the only managers to have won the Champions League on three occasions.

 

McManaman believes Zidane does not get enough credits for these feats and it would have been a different ball game had it been it was Pep Guardiola.

 

“He doesn’t get enough credit,” MC Manaman told Telegraph. “He took over a struggling, dysfunctional team.

 

“The players were not happy when he was appointed. He has gone on to win two Champions Leagues. If Pep Guardiola had done this people would be singing from rooftops.

 

“He does not pat himself on the back enough. He is similar as a manager as a player. He is not outspoken. He gives nothing away. Not extravagant in interviews, but always graceful.”

 

He explained further, “If he wins, everyone says it is down to players, but he is the one who has turned them into a happy bunch.

 

“I understand some managers don’t appear to be so proactive – I had that when I played under Vicente del Bosque. He was not a shouter or a super architect with elaborate training sessions, but he kept the camp happy and everyone knew where they stood. He did not feel the need to give chest-thumping speeches. He let the leaders in the dressing room – the Spanish players – do all that. Zizou looks like he has taken the same approach.

 

“On the pitch, it is Sergio Ramos, or Cristiano Ronaldo who are the leaders.

 

“The ability to control and mould that is a management skill as important as any when you have such a strong dressing room. You can’t tell players like Cristiano what to do. It is the same with Lionel Messi for Barcelona managers. They are too powerful. But you have to keep them happy to get the best out of them.

 

“I am not saying they have a huge ego, but they are superstars – some of the best players in football history – so you need a special character to man-manage them well. Zizou should be there forever, given what he has achieved.”

 

Madrid, on Saturday will be playing in their fourth Champions League final in five seasons.

 

They emerged winners on every occasion – defeating Atletico Madrid twice and Juventus last season.

 

 

 

 

 


Arsenal are interested in securing the services of Nice and Ivory Coast midfielder Jean Michael Seri.

With Santi Carzola announcing his departure from the club, and the future of Wilshere, whose contract is set to end at the end of June, still unclear, the North London side have identified the 26-year-old Seri as a possible target.

According to Sky Sports, Seri has an agreement to leave his club should they receive an offer worth in the region of £35m.

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Arsenal new coach Unai Emery almost signed the Ivory Coast international in January for his former side Paris Saint-Germain, but had to opt for Lassana Diarra on a free transfer instead over issues pertaining to Financial Fair Play.

Seri is an 18 capped international. He made 30 appearances in the Ligue 1 last season as Nice finished sixth.


With the Super Eagles B team putting up a solid performance in a friendly game against Europa League Champions Atletico Madrid on Tuesday, Amaju Pinnick has assured Nigerians that the country has a ready-made team for the 2022 and 2026 World Cup.

The second string team of the Super Eagles lost 3-2 to the star studded Atletico side that had Fernando Torres, Gabi, Jan Oblak, amongst others.

Pinnick said the Eagles’ performance was an indication that Nigeria has ‘a solid youth team that is capable of taking over from the squad going to the World Cup next month.’

The NFF President, who sounded fulfilled added that the performance also showcased that his administration has been able to fulfil a sustainable football culture they promised Nigerians.

 “Looking at the team that just played Atletico Madrid, it gladdens my heart to see that after Russia, we certainly have the players that will also do us proud in 2022 and even 2026,” Pinnick, as quoted by the NFF official website.

He added, “I am very happy because our big mission statement on assuming office was to build a sustainable football culture for Nigeria.

“From what we have seen today, our future at the senior national team level is secured. And given what we are doing at the youth level, with our U13 and U15 programs, it means that the supply chain is strong enough to sustain even the junior teams, from where the senior players will emerge.”

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The Super Eagles main team have opened training camp for the World Cup billed for next month. The team will be playing Congo DR in a friendly match on May 28 before locking horns with the Three Lions of England in a friendly in Wembley four days later.

The 2013 African Champions will kick start their World Cup campaign against Croatia on 16th of June before going up later against Iceland and Argentina respectively.

 


Barcelona are planning of raising €100m from the sale of Paco Alcacer, Andre Gomez, Aleix Vidal, Rafinha and Munir El Haddadi this summer, AS reported

The five players have been identified not to be part of Ernesto Valverde plans for the season, and their sales would help to fund the purchase of Atletico Madrid’s forward Antoine Griezman, who Barcelona have chosen as their prime target for next season.

Rafinha is expected to seal a €35m permanent move to Inter after he spent the second half of last season with the Nerazurri.

The duo of Alcacer and Gomez who were signed from Valencia for a sum worth around €35m and €30m respectively are expected to depart most likely for their former side this summer.

The future of the likes of Denis Suarez, Lucas Digne are also said to be unclear ahead of next season.

Meanwhile, Barcelona are said to be interested in bringing in a new right and left back, but long time target Hector Bellerin as reported by Spotkick is said to be too expensive for the club.

Also, the club are planning to send out Ousmane Dembele out on loan to gain more playing time.


Most players, it is said, would do anything to win a Champions League, but not Liverpool ace Mohamed Salah, who has confirmed he will continue to observe the Ramadan fast ahead of their clash against Real Madrid at Kiev on Saturday.

Ramadan - which began on May 16 - is a month-long period of fasting which obliges Muslims to abstain from eating, drinking and sex, amongst other things, during daylight hours.

According to Egyptian media outlet Al Masry, the 25-year-old has insisted that he will not break the fast in the lead-up to the showpiece match on Sunday and has assured fans the fast will have little impact on his on-field performance.

In addition, sources close to the player have revealed that the Premier League Player of the Season will sacrifice three calves leading up to the match to bless him.

It comes as the practices of Ramadan have come under fire with Leganes winger Nabil El Zhar claiming that fasting has often benefitted his performances as he feels 'cleaner on the inside'.

However, nutritionist Jesus Munoz has rebuked such claims, saying: "Even though they feel cleaner, they are less prepared for physical exercise."

"If he (Salah) perfectly fulfills Ramadan, his performance will be affected."

 

(Marca)

 

 


The football world has seen some crazy deals take place - but there has been one transfer in Turkey that had dominated the headlines for very different reasons.

With multi-million pound deals taking place across Europe, there has been one player who can only dream of securing the money that a number of players are experiencing this summer.

Mohammed Sumaila recently signed a one-month deal to play for Yorukalispor but the fee has taken everyone by surprise.

The Turkish regional side have paid 10 pounds (4.53 litres) of olive oil to secure his signature.

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Sumaila reveals the village side didn't have any money to pay him and were prepared to give him olive oil instead - an offer which he has taken up.

Sumaila, speaking on www.haberturk.com, said: “I am 25 years old and I have been playing football in amateur teams in Turkey for about 5 years. I have been playing football in Torbali , Tire, Soma and Gaziemir teams.

“I transferred to the Kütahya team for next season. I only moved to Yörükalispor to play in their one-month long football tournament in Mudanya.

“I came to the village team upon the invitation of Tayfun Albayrak and he said that the villagers would give me the olive oil they had obtained from the olives they produced and so, I accepted the offer."

 

Mirror

 

 

 


William Gallas has said he would have preferred Arsenal to have hired either of Thierry Henry or Patrick Viera to fill the vacant managerial post of the club.

The North London side are on the verge of announcing former PSG manager Unai Emery as the new manager of the club, after making a dying minute on hiring Mikel Arteta, who some considered a gamble for the club.

Gallas, who said he was stunned by the choice of Emery believed Henry and Viera have done a lot for the club and should have been considered for the post.

“I’m a little bit surprised Unai Emery will be the manager,” the former Arsenal captain told Sky Sports.

“I expected to see the former legends like Patrick Viera or Thierry Henry and personally I didn’t understand why they didn’t speak to them and offer them that job because they did a lot for that club.

“So I was a little bit surprised but I’m not a chairman, I’m just a former player and I give my opinion.

“I think next year we’ll see what Arsenal are going to do because they will be under pressure. If Unai goes to Arsenal he needs result and it won’t be easy.”

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According to reports in England, Arsenal are set to appoint Emery as their new manager before the end of this week.

Though Arsenal have yet to release an official statement as regards the imminent arrival of a new manager, Emery as reported by Goal, seems to have announced his imminent arrival to Arsenal on his personal website.

The site as reported by Goal had a single page with message that read: “Proud to be part of the Arsenal’s family.” With the manager’s signature below and Arsenal logo above.


Gattuso talks up the bizzare moment he ate a live snail

Pirlo in his autobiography I Think Therefore I Play revealed that the Milan coach had once eaten a live snail.

And confirming the bizzare revelation of Pirlo who they played together at AC Milan and with the Italian national team in a recent interview, Gattuso said, “I’ve done worse thing than eating a snail alive.”

The 40-year-old former Italian international said he used eating a live snail to relieve himself of tensions.

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“I’ve done worse thing than eating a snail alive,” Gattuso, as quoted by Sun Football.

“The point is, it was not about the snail anyway. I’m saying this because my point is that in that particular moment there was need to do something to break the tension.

“Given that I have no problem doing anything and we were just few hours before the Champions League semi-final against Manchester United and there was a massive pressure on us.”

Eating a live snail only solved the problem of tension for Gattuso, as that could not help him and his team from being thumped 7-2 home and away in the hands of Manchester United.


The Arsenal youngster believes the Super Eagles of Nigeria have enough quality in store to make a statement at the World Cup.

The Super Eagles of Nigeria have been drawn alongside Argentina, Croatia and Iceland of the World Cup billed to start next month.

Nwakali, who was on target for the Super Eagles B team in a friendly match with Europa League champions Atletico Madrid said if the Eagles’ players needed only to put their hearts together to make a statement at the World Cup.

Speaking after the game about Eagles’ chances in Russia, Nwakali said, “We have to go Russia and make a statement. Is a game and I believe as a team we can make it.

“We have quality players to defend Nigeria and with their minds put to it, they would do it.”

When posed to the former Golden Eaglets captain whether he had done enough to deserve a place in the Eagles’ preliminary squad to the World Cup, he said, “Well, I’m not the one to decide, the coach is the one to decide.”

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The Super Eagles B team were defeated 3-2 by Atltetico Madrid on Tuesday, in a match played at the Godswill Akpabio Stadium.

Nwakali’s wonderful strike put the Eagles in front, but Angel Correa restored parity for the Spanish giant under five minutes.

Fernando Torres, who donned the Los Rojiblancos’ jersey for the last time came up the bench in the second half to put Atletico in front, but a Solo effort from Usman Mohammed that saw the whole stadium went agog for minutes, and looked like will be taking the game to a penalty shootout was dealt a blow by an 85th minute winner from Borja Garces.


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