Paris Saint-Germain superstar, Lionel Messi, has won this year’s Ballon d’Or award.
Messi won the prize ahead of Bayern Munich’s Robert Lewandowski, who finished in second place.
The 34-year-old, who left Barcelona for Paris Saint-Germain in the summer, has 24 goals in 28 league games this calendar year and led Argentina to the Copa America in the summer.
The top five was completed by Jorginho (3rd, Chelsea), Karim Benzema (4th, Real Madrid) and N’Golo Kante (Chelsea).
Messi is now the player with the highest number of Ballon d’Or prizes, as this is his seventh.
His eternal rival, Cristiano Ronaldo, has five awards to his name.
Tyson Fury vs Dillian Whyte fight finally confirmed
The WBC heavyweight title clash between Tyson Fury and Dillian Whyte has finally been confirmed.
Fury’s UK-based promoter, Frank Warren, on Friday evening won the highest successful purse bid in boxing history, with his $41,025,000 beating out Matchroom Boxing’s $32,222,222.
For the first time, Whyte will now challenge for a world title against the undefeated Fury.
Fury emerged with two huge wins from a historic trilogy with Deontay Wilder.
It is now expected that Anthony Joshua will rematch Oleksandr Usyk for the IBF, WBA and WBO titles.
Fury posted an Instagram story shortly after the announcement hinting that the fight against Whyte will take place in the UK, the words “BIG GK IS COMING HOME, UK BABY” accompany the lyrics to the song ‘Three Lions’.
Whyte has long been the WBC’s No 1 ranked contender but was officially named as the mandatory challenger to Fury’s belt after ‘The Gypsy King’ beat Wilder for the second time.
Nigeria vs Ghana: Christian Chukwu tells NFF best coach for Super Eagles job
Former Nigerian defender, Christian Chukwu says Augustine Eguavoen is the best-suited coach to take charge of the Super Eagles.
Chukwu called on the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) to keep Eguavoen in the position ahead of the Super Eagles World Cup qualifying playoffs.
Chukwu, who is a former national team captain told NAN that Eguavoen has instilled team spirit and discipline in the Super Eagles.
“Eguavoen did great in the competition. He is still outstanding among other African coaches in the ongoing competition.
“Eguavoen has already started working with the Eagles and understands the players to a certain extent and bringing in another coach now will destabilise the team.
“The new coach will come with his own ideas, which could take the players time to understand.”
The Super Eagles crashed out of the Africa Cup of Nations to Tunisia on Sunday, ending their fine run in the tournament.
Next up for Nigeria is the World Cup qualifying playoff clash against the Black Stars of Ghana
AFCON 2021: Jay Jay Okocha blames two Super Eagles players for Nigeria’s elimination
Former Super Eagles captain, Austin Jay Jay Okocha, has blamed two players for the elimination of Nigeria from the ongoing 2021 Africa Cup of Nations, AFCON, in Cameroon by Tunisia.
Okocha said Super Eagles goalkeeper, Maduka Okoye and right-back, Ola Aina, should be held responsible for Tunisia’s match-winning goal against Augustine Eguavoen’s men.
Recall that Tunisia had last Sunday sent the Super Eagles packing from the AFCON in the Round of 16, thanks to Youssef Msakni’s second-half goal.
But Okocha believes Okoye should have saved Msakni’s long-range shot, while Aina would have fouled the Tunisia player before he took the shot.
“You expect when things go the wrong way that the goalkeeper might save the day but I thought he went a bit early to his right side and then it was difficult for him to adjust and make that save,” Okocha told SuperSport.
“It was a well taken shot there by the Tunisian and luckily for them that decided the game.”
On Aina, Okocha added: “You buy a foul, do something, stop the momentum of the game and let your players recover, but he made it easier for them.”
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