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EPL: Ronaldo would rather retire than be ‘benchwarmer’ under Rangnick – Agbonlahor

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Former Aston Villa striker, Gabby Agbonlahor, has insisted that Manchester United superstar, Cristiano Ronaldo, would rather retire sooner than be a ‘benchwarmer’ under manager, Ralf Rangnick.

Agbonlahor believes Rangnick will have a “problem” if he keeps Ronaldo on the Man United bench for upcoming games.

Rangnick has been appointed Man United interim manager until the end of the season.

The 63-year-old German will then take up a two-year consultancy role at the club.

Rangnick is famed for a ‘gegenpressing’ style, an approach many feel will not be suited to Ronaldo, who was left out of Man United’s starting XI against Chelsea last weekend.

Ronaldo was dropped to the bench for Man United’s 1-1 draw with Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Sunday.

The Portugal captain seemed visibly frustrated at the end of the game as he marched straight down the tunnel after being introduced as a substitute.

But Agbonlahor suggested it could get even worse if the five-time Ballon d’Or winner is not a regular starter under Rangnick.

“If Rangnick has to drop Ronaldo, how will that affect the rest of the squad?” Agbonlahor said to Football Insider correspondent, Connor Whitley.

“Ronaldo will be a big voice in that changing room and he won’t want to be on the bench. Rangnick will have a problem if he chooses to leave the talisman on the bench.

“Ronaldo will not accept that, no way. He won’t mind being rested over Christmas when there are two games, three games in a week. That’s different, we all know you’ve to have rest.

“To not play regularly, though, Ronaldo is not that guy. I am sure Ronaldo would rather retire than be a benchwarmer.

“He is not that guy, he wants to play every game. It will be interesting to see what happens. He could end up retiring.”

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Tyson Fury vs Dillian Whyte fight finally confirmed

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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.

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Nigeria vs Ghana: Christian Chukwu tells NFF best coach for Super Eagles job

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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

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AFCON 2021: Jay Jay Okocha blames two Super Eagles players for Nigeria’s elimination

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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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