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Video: Cristiano Ronaldo suffers face injury

Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo suffered a horrible face injury during the team’s La Liga match against Deportivo.

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Football: World’s biggest transfers

World’s biggest transfers after Philippe Coutinho completed a 160 million euro ($192 million) move from Liverpool to Barcelona on Saturday: — Neymar, Barcelona to Paris Saint-Germain, 2017, ¬£200.6 million; 222 million euros — Kylian Mbappe, Monaco to PSG, ¬£160m; 180 million euros (Note: to be completed in June, after current loan spell ends) — Philippe…

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City’s spending power too much for United – Mourinho

Jose Mourinho says he is happy with the financial backing of the Manchester United board but fears it will be difficult for his club to challenge rivals Manchester City given their massive spending power. The United manager was expanding on comments he made following the 2-2 draw with Burnley on Tuesday, a result which allowed…

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‘Room for more’ as Ronaldo wins another Globe award

Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo was Thursday named Globe Soccer’s Best Player for the second year in a row and the fourth time overall although he wasn’t present in person to receive his trophy. The Portuguese international also won the prize, organised by the EFAA (European Association of Football Agents) and ECA (European Clubs Association)…

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Football: World’s top 10 transfers

Liverpool signed Southampton defender Virgil van Dijk for a reported ¬£75 million ($100 million, 84 million euros) on Wednesday. It is a world record fee for a defender and puts the Dutchman in the top 10 of the world’s most expensive transfers: 1. Neymar, Barcelona to Paris Saint-Germain, 2017, ¬£200.6 million 2. Ousmane Dembele, Borussia…

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More than Messi — record-breaker Kane eyes getting better

Harry Kane insists he still has room for improvement after the Tottenham striker’s treble set a Premier League record and took him above Lionel Messi to finish as Europe’s leading scorer. Kane’s 22nd-minute header in Tuesday’s 5-2 win over Southampton at Wembley was his 37th goal of the year, moving him past Alan Shearer’s previous…

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Chelsea still have plenty to achieve, says Conte

  Antonio Conte insists the battle for a top four finish is providing Chelsea with all the motivation they need, even if Premier League leaders Manchester City out of reach. Conte’s side recovered from the disappointment of a pre-Christmas draw at Everton by beating Brighton 2-0 on Tuesday to move within a point of second-placed…

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Football: Leading English Premier League scorers

Leading English Premier League scorers after Monday’s match: 14 goals: Salah (Liverpool) 12 goals: Kane (Tottenham), Sterling (Man City) 10 goals: Aguero (Man City), Lukaku (Man Utd), Rooney (Everton) 9 goals: Morata (Chelsea) 8 goals: Gabriel Jesus (Man City), Lacazette (Arsenal) 7 goals: De Bruyne (Man City), Vardy (Leicester) 6 goals: Doucoure (Watford), Martial (Man…

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Antoine Griezmann accused of racism after posting blackface picture on Twitter

NEWS DESK: Atletico Madrid star Antoine Griezmann has caused outrage on social media after posting a photograph of himself blackface as part of a fancy dress costume, reported The Independent. The Manchester United target, who came close to joining the Old Trafford club in the summer before having a change of heart, posted the photo…

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Chelsea cruise to 3-1 victory at Huddersfield

LONDON: Third-placed Chelsea put in a determined performance as they returned to winning ways with a comfortable 3-1 win at Huddersfield Town in the Premier League on Tuesday. Goals from Tiemoue Bakayoko, Willian and Pedro put Chelsea 3-0 ahead after 50 minutes before Huddersfield got a late consolation through substitute Laurent Depoitre. The win put…

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English quintet await UEFA Champions League last-16 draw

PARIS: A record five English clubs will feature in the draw for the last 16 of the Champions League on Monday, amid talk that the Premier League is ready to dominate Europe once again. Manchester City, Manchester United, Liverpool, Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea all progressed from the group stage, making England the first country to…

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Ronaldo wins fifth Ballon d’Or award

PARIS: Portuguese star Cristiano Ronaldo won a record-equalling fifth Ballon d’Or award for the year’s best player on Thursday. The Real Madrid forward’s second successive win drew him level alongside Barcelona rival Lionel Messi on five Ballons d’Or, after the Argentinian took second in the vote, with Brazilian Neymar third. The 32-year-old was the top-scorer…

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Manchester United secure Champions League passage as Bayern Munich down PSG

PARIS: Manchester United and Juventus were among the sides to clinch a place in the last 16 of the Champions League on Tuesday, while Bayern Munich gained a measure of revenge over Paris Saint-Germain. United, Juventus, Roma and Basel all went through with victories in their final group games, but Atletico Madrid, beaten finalists in…

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Atletico crash out, Chelsea sink to second place

LONDON: Atletico Madrid were eliminated from the Champions League after a 1-1 draw at Chelsea that denied the English side top spot in Group C. It was a depressing evening for both clubs at Stamford Bridge on Tuesday as neither got what they wanted from their final group fixture. Atletico had to win to have…

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FA Cup hots up with Liverpool-Everton derby draw

LONDON: Liverpool will host city rivals Everton for the second time inside a month when they face-off in the third round of the FA Cup in early January after the draw was made on Monday. Liverpool — who beat Everton in the 2012 semi-final, their last FA Cup meeting — also host their struggling neighbours…

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Man Utd stun Arsenal as Spurs slip up again

LONDON: Manchester United ended Arsenal’s 12-match home winning run in a breathless encounter to close the gap on Manchester City on Saturday but Tottenham slipped further off the pace with a costly draw at Watford. With Pep Guardiola’s pacesetters not in action until Sunday, United’s 3-1 victory took them to within five points of the…

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Football: Barca slip in Celta thriller offers Real, Atletico hope

Madrid, Spain: Celta Vigo breathed life into La Liga’s title race becoming the first team this season to take points off Barcelona at the Nou Camp in a thrilling 2-2 draw on Saturday. Iago Aspas gave Celta an early lead, but an inspired display from Lionel Messi appeared to have earned Barca another three points…

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Eden Hazard inspires Chelsea comeback against Newcastle

London: Eden Hazard gave England followers a glimpse of what to expect at next summer√ʬĬôs World Cup with a glorious display as Chelsea beat Newcastle United 3-1 at Stamford Bridge. Less than 24 hours after the World Cup draw put Belgium and England in the same group, Belgian Hazard was in imperious form, scoring twice…

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World Cup draw throws up Spain, Portugal showdown

MOSCOW: Cristiano Ronaldo’s Portugal will come up against Spain in the standout fixture of the 2018 World Cup group stage, while England were handed an encounter with a dangerous Belgium side in Friday’s draw. Spain, the 2010 World Cup winners, have been revitalised under Julen Lopetegui after under performing in recent years and were seen…

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Premier League: Manchester pair in the clear as main rivals all draw

LONDON: Manchester United saw off a determined Brighton & Hove Albion 1-0 on Saturday to reduce Manchester City‚Äôs lead at the top of the Premier League to five points, while the three teams below them all dropped points. Liverpool and Chelsea drew 1-1 at Anfield while Tottenham Hotspur‚Äôs pursuit stalled with a home draw against…

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Brazil striker Robinho given nine-year term in Italy for rape

MILAN: Former AC Milan and Real Madrid striker¬†Robinho¬†has been sentenced to nine years in prison in Italy after he was convicted of gang rape, according to local media reports¬†Thursday. The alleged incident occurred in January 2013, when the Brazilian was playing for Milan in Serie A. He was found guilty in absentia by an Italian…

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