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Football admin November 1, 2021

Messi keen on Barcelona return after hanging up his boots

Lionel Messi scores his second goal on way to leading Barcelona to a 7-0 dismantling of Celtic in their Champions League Group C match at Camp Nou. File Photo: Reuters Lionel Messi said he will return to live in Barcelona with his family when his time at Paris St Germain is over and would like to help the LaLiga club in the role of a technical director. Messi ended a two-decade stay at the cash-strapped Spanish club, where he is their record scorer with 672 goals, in the off-season and joined PSG on a free transfer on a two-year deal.

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Football admin November 1, 2021

Ibrahimovic tells Mbappe to ‘taste blood, walk on fire’

AC Milan's Zlatan Ibrahimovic before the match against AS Roma on October 31. Photo: Reuters Zlatan Ibrahimovic used the platform of Halloween to tell French superstar striker Kylian Mbappe that he needs to "taste blood" if he is truly to become a football legend. Mbappe is already a World Cup winner and plays alongside Lionel Messi and Neymar at Paris Saint-Germain. However, Ibrahimovic, still playing at 40 with AC Milan, accused 22-year-old Mbappe of being in a "comfort zone" at the French club. "I love Mbappe, but what he is doing is not enough. He is too comfortable, he is

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Football admin November 1, 2021

Argentines celebrate Maradona’s 61st birthday

Members of the "Maradonian Church" in Argentina came together Saturday in worshipful celebration of the memory of beloved football idol Diego Maradona on what would have been his 61st birthday, just weeks before the first anniversary of his death. Chanting "Ma-ra-do...Ma-ra-do...," these devoted fans of player No. 10 convened in the city of Rosario, the home of a distinctly unusual fan club which, since the 1990s, has venerated the World Cup champion as a god. Members of the "Maradonian Church" in Argentina came together Saturday in worshipful celebration of the memory of beloved football idol Diego Maradona on what would

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Football admin November 1, 2021

Valiant Brighton fight back to draw at Liverpool

Brighton & Hove Albion's Leandro Trossard celebrates scoring their second goal with Adam Lallana. Photo: Reuters Brighton & Hove Albion fought back from two goals down to earn a surprise 2-2 Premier League draw at Liverpool on Saturday, as Enock Mwepu and Leandro Trossard spoiled what would have been a perfect week for the Merseyside club. The result ended Liverpool's four-game winning run in all competitions and left them second in the standings on 22 points from 10 games, three behind leaders Chelsea. Brighton provisionally stayed sixth on 16 points. Following a 5-0 drubbing of Manchester United on Sunday and

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Football admin November 1, 2021

Gutsy Palace earn stunning 2-0 win over Man City

Crystal Palace's Conor Gallagher celebrates scoring their second goal. Photo: Reuters Crystal Palace's Wilfried Zaha and Conor Gallagher scored a goal each to stun champions Manchester City with a 2-0 win in their Premier League clash at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday. Palace took the lead in the sixth minute when Zaha's scuffed left-footed shot found its way past Ederson after Aymeric Laporte had been caught in possession by Gallagher. The visitors pressed furiously in the opening exchanges as City's midfield were allowed little time on the ball, leading to a number of stray passes and few clear chances in

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Football admin November 1, 2021

Vinicius double gives Madrid victory over 10-man Elche

Vinicius Junior's sensational start to the season continued on Saturday as he scored twice in Real Madrid's 2-1 victory over Elche to ensure the rested Karim Benzema was not missed. Vinicius had already given Madrid the lead when Elche's Raul Guti was sent off in the 63rd minute and he added a second soon after with a superb chipped finish into the corner. Vinicius had already given Madrid the lead when Elche's Raul Guti was sent off in the 63rd minute and he added a second soon after with a superb chipped finish into the corner. Vinicius had already given

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Football admin October 31, 2021

Fashion Sakala stretched to finish for Rangers’ fifth goal and his hat-trick

Fashion Sakala scored a hat-trick as Rangers powered past 10-man Motherwell to stretch their Scottish Premiership lead to four points. Bevis Mugabi squeezed the hosts in front but Rangers captain James Tavernier stroked in a superb volley and then crossed for Sakala to turn the game around on half-time. Sakala added further strikes either side of Glen Kamara's fine goal in the second half with Motherwell captain Stephen O'Donnell sent off at 3-1. Kemar Roofe rounded off a thumping win.The victory means Steven Gerrard's side are four points clear of second-place Celtic, with Hearts and Dundee United also dropping points

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