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Dani Alves Becomes Most Successful Player In Football History With 36th Trophy After PSG Victory 

Dani Alves has become the most successful footballer in history following Paris Saint-Germain’s Coupe de la Ligue triumph over Monaco.The Brazilian, 35, now has 36 trophies, overtaking compatriot Maxwell, who he had gone level with after winning the French Super Cup in August.Alves started his career in 2001 with local side Bahia, winning the Copa do Nordeste in his second season.A move to La Liga with Sevilla soon followed – but he didn’t win anything for the first three years. However, in 2006, they won their first Uefa Cup, which they retained a year later, having won the Uefa Super Cup in between.In 2007, they added the Copa del Rey before beating Real Madrid to win the Spanish Super Cup.Things got even better for Alves that summer as he won his first international trophy. The right-back even netted in the final as Brazil beat Argentina to win the Copa America.In 2008, he joined Barcelona and would significantly add to his trophy haul over the subsequent eight years.He won the Tre…

Ronaldinho Gaucho retires from football

Former Brazil and Barcelona forward Ronaldinho has retired from professional football, according to his agent.Roberto Assis, who is also the player's brother, officially confirmed the forward has called time on his playing career at the age of 37.Ronaldinho has not been with a professional club since leaving Brazilian side Fluminense in 2015.Assis says Ronaldinho's retirement will be marked with an event following the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

He's quit football, it's over," Assis told O Globo. "Let's now do something nice [his farewell], big as it should be, after the Russia World Cup, maybe in August."We'll do some events now around Brazil, Europe and Asia. Of course, we're also arranging something with the Brazil national team as well."

Ronaldinho's career highlights include winning the World Cup in 2002, the Champions League in 2006 and claiming the Ballon d'Or in 2005.

Luis Suarez Reveals How He Reacted When Barcelona Still Wanted Him After 2014 World Cup Bite

Barcelona superstar Luis Suarez has spoken of the moment that he was reduced to tears upon discovering that the Catalan giants still wanted to sign him even after he was kicked out of the 2014 World Cup and later given a worldwide ban for biting Italy's Giorgio Chiellini.

Having been no stranger to controversy following a deliberate handball at the previous World Cup in 2010, biting Otman Bakkal and Branislav Ivanovic, and racially abusing Patrice Evra, Suarez admitted to current team-mate Gerard Pique in a chat for The Players' Tribunethat he his dream move would be dead after what happened in that moment of madness in Brazil.
"After I did it I realized immediately [what I had done]," the Uruguayan explained.
"We scored our goal a few minutes after and I didn't celebrate it as much as I usually would - the way everyone else celebrated it - because I was already thinking about the aftermath [of the bite]."
Despite interest, Suarez said he hadn't actuall…

Philippe Coutinho reveals Neymar congratulated him on move to Barcelona - but says he's not there to replace him

Philippe Coutinho dismissed comparisons with Neymar following his £142m move from Liverpool to Barcelona , but has revealed that his fellow Brazilian congratulated him on the switch.Barca's newest recruit was paraded in front of 7,500 fans at the Nou Camp on Monday, after putting pen to paper on a long-term deal. He has become the second most expensive player in the world following the move - behind only his Brazil teammate Neymar following his £199m switch from Barca to Paris Saint-Germain in the summer.
“Paulinho and Luis (Suarez, a former.  
Liverpool teammate) already told me that and I hope that I can be very happy here.”Coutinho was also questioned on if he hoped his presence at the club would now lead to fans forgetting about Neymar, but he dismissed such a notion.“I play with Neymar for Brazil and we’ve been friends for years," he continued.“We’re different players. He is obviously a great player but we have different qualities.”

Luis Suárez and Coutinho reunited at FC Barcelona

In August 2016, Suárez and Coutinho played a pre-season match at Wembley |MIGUEL RUIZ - FCB Philippe Coutinho is FC Barcelona’s latest signing and with his arrival he can now link up once again with his former Liverpool team mate Luis Suárez.

 Both players were at Anfield for a period of 18 months and together they almost led the ‘Reds’ to a first league title in over 20 years in the 2013/14 season.

That campaign Suárez scored no less than 31 goals in the Premier League, a total that netted him his first ever Golden Shoe award. 

The Brazilian and the Uruguayan played together in 36 matches that year; 33 in the league and 3 in the FA Cup.

 The two South Americans combined to help Liverpool to one of their best ever league campaigns in recent years with the Merseyside club only pipped to the title by Manuel Pellegrini’s Manchester City in the last few weeks of the season.

In total the two featured in 45 matches for the Anfield club side by side and now LuisSuárez and Coutinho will have the ch…

Philippe Coutinho to Barcelona timeline

As coutinho's deal to Barcelona closer than ever which may still see him remain at Liverpool till the end of the season, we take a look at his timeline through. 

201330 Jan: Philippe Coutinho joins Liverpool from Inter Milan in an £8.5m deal.2016Summer: Barcelona first emerge as a serious suitor for Coutinho, although Paris Saint-Germain appear most likely to register their interest.20176 Jan: Jurgen Klopp issues statement telling Barcelona to forget about signing Coutinho.“We never had any ideas or plans or any talks about him leaving,” Klopp said.25 Jan: Coutinho signs a new five-year contract at Liverpool. The deal is meant to end Barcelona’s interest in the Brazilian, who will earn £8m a season.April: Liverpool insist Coutinho is not for sale at ANY price.
1 July: Summer transfer window opens. Bookies install Barcelona as favourites to land Coutinho.4 Aug: Barcelona reluctantly sell Neymar to PSG in a £200m hostile transfer.9 Aug: Liverpool reject Barcelona’s first bid of £90m f…

Liverpool owners give Jurgen Klopp final say on Philippe Coutinho transfer

And now The Times report that Liverpool’s owners, Fenway Sports Group, are willing to accept an offer in the region of £133 million, though Klopp would still be allowed to veto it. Such a massive fee would smash the Premier League transfer record for a sale, but the Reds are under no pressure to sell and they will back Klopp if he decides to block the move. Coutinho is currently sidelined with a thigh injury and underwent a scan on Tuesday that has confirmed he will miss Friday’s FA Cup derby clash against Everton. Reports in Spain have suggested that Coutinho is unwilling to play again for Liverpool and fears picking up an injury that could scupper the transfer.
Coutinho is believed to have been told by Liverpool that he would be allowed to leave next summer after his dream move fell through, and never allowed his performances to dip. In his 13 Premier League appearances this season, Coutinho has scored seven goals and laid on another six assists, while he has also netted five times i…

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see photos : L.messi's statue destroyed again

someone is not happy somewhere in buenos Aires

The bronze statue was chopped off just above the ankles, with the main "body" left lying on the pavement.

It is the second time the statue, which was unveiled in June 2016, has been targeted by vandals. Police said the motive was unclear.

Messi recently saved Argentina's 2018 World Cup place when he scored a hat-trick against Ecuador in October.

Zidane unruffled as Madrid crumble in Catalonia

Real Madrid can still retain their La Liga title insisted coach Zinedine Zidane despite slumping to a shock 2-1 defeat at Girona on Sunday on their much-anticipated return to Catalonia.
The European champions hadn’t set foot in the deeply divided region over Catalan independence since a violence-marred referendum on October 1 sparked a political crisis across Spain.
Just days after the central Spanish government imposed home rule on Catalonia to nullify the local separatist leaders’ attempts to declare independence, Madrid were expected to enter the eye of the storm in the pro-independence hotbed of Girona, just over 100 kilometres northeast of Barcelona.
However, there were only a smattering of chants in favour of independence amid a largely party atmosphere with Spanish flags also waved by the Madrid support.
The locals’ celebrations were sparked by events on the field as Girona beat Zidane’s all-conquering superstars in the first ever meeting between the sides.
“We said before the…

Ronaldo set to retain world award

Cristiano Ronaldo is in line to retain his crown as FIFA men’s player of the year in London on Monday night, Daily Mail reports.

The Real Madrid and Portugal superstar is up against rival Barcelona forward Lionel Messi and Paris St Germain’s Neymar for the award he won last year.

The ceremony, which takes place at the London Palladium, is the second since the FIFA award once again split from the Ballon d’Or prize.
Ronaldo has scored 44 goals for club and country so far in 2017 and scored twice in the Champions League final in June as Real retained the trophy and became European champions for a record-extending 12th time
Messi has hit 50 goals for Barca and Argentina while Neymar, the world’s most expensive player after he left Barcelona for PSG in the summer, has 25 goals to his name for Barca, PSG and Brazil.
Chelsea manager Antonio Conte is up for the top men’s coach award along with Ronaldo’s Real boss …


Gerard Pique has vowed not to retire from Spanish duty in an impassioned press conference.
The defender, who tearfully offered his resignation from the Spain team at the weekend amid violence following the Catalan independence referendum, was booed at Spain training.
An image of Pique outside Barca's Camp Nou stadium has been the subject of vandalism, with the large poster, that also features Lionel Messi, Sergio Busquets, Andres Iniesta and Luis Suarez, had graffiti drawn onto it following the uproar over the referendum.The Barcelona defender has insisted it is "impossible" to doubt his commitment to a "family" that he has been a part of since he was a youth player.
Speaking at a press conference ahead of Spain's next World Cup Qualifier against Albania, Pique said: "Since the beginning of the situation, to have fans that usually cheer you whistle and insult you, has been very difficult. Pique, though, has now hit back at his critics, insisting that he ha…


The crisis in spain is causing a lot of rancour as football lovers would not want the prestigious EL- Classico match-up to become a thing of the past

pele supports neymar move


Brazil legend Pele has backed Neymar’s decision to leave Barcelona to join PSG.
The French capital club broke the world transfer record last month when they completed an astonishing move to land Neymar from Barcelona.
Pele has endorsed his compatriot’s decision, stating that the forward needed to move away from the Nou Camp to show what he can really do.
He told Marca: "At the moment the best player in Brazil is Neymar and I think the move for him was very good because there was huge competition with [Lionel] Messi at Barcelona.
"I think it's a good opportunity for him and he needed to move because now he can really play and show what he's capable of. But it's also very dangerous when you get given that responsibility."

Arsenal stalwart reveals biggest regret of his career

Alexander Hleb spent three eventful seasons at Arsenal before moving to La Liga giants Barcelona in 2008.

Real Madrid cult hero Guti savagely trolls Barcelona fans after defeat [Tweet]

On Sunday afternoon, Barcelona fans were in a joyous mood as Real Madrid stuttered to their fourth straight draw in all competitions.

Barcelona's Lionel Messi is the best in the world at any position - Luis Enrique

Luis Enrique believes Lionel Messi would be the best player in the world wherever he plays on the pitch after watching the Argentine score the 40th hat-trick of his career in Barcelona's 7-0 win against Celtic.


Barcelona star Lionel Messi made a shocking revelation earlier this week that his son Thiago is not a lover of football.
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