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My rivalry with Messi over, says Ronaldo



Messi vs Ronaldo

Portuguese forward, Cristiano Ronaldo, has declared an end to the rivalry between him and Argentine forward, Lionel Messi.

Addressing a press conference on Wednesday before training with the national side at Oeiras, on the outskirts of Lisbon, ahead of upcoming European Championship qualifiers, the Al Nassr forward said the “rivalry is over”.

Both Messi and Ronaldo stayed at the top of the football chain for 15 years, dating back to when Ronaldo won his first Ballon d’Or in 2008 and Messi his first in 2009.

Besides the Portuguese and Argentine, there have been only two others to lift the most coveted individual trophy in football since then – Luka Modric in 2018 and Karim Benzema in 2022

He said, “I don’t see things like that; the rivalry is over. It was a healthy rivalry, and the spectators liked it a lot.

“Whoever likes Cristiano Ronaldo doesn’t have to hate Messi and vice versa, because they are both very good. We’ve done well; we have changed the history of football, and we’ll keep on doing it. We are respected all over the world; that’s the most important thing.

“He makes his way; I make mine, even if we’re playing outside Europe. From what I’ve seen, he has done well, and so have I. It’s about continuing; the legacy continues.


JUST IN: Osimhen arrives team hotel, snubs teammates



Victor Osimhen

A video has emerged showing Nigerian striker Victor Osimhen shaking hands with team manager Santoro, while snubbing teammates, Piotr Zieliński and Diego Demme as he arrived at Napoli’s team hotel ahead of the Udinese game.

The video posted by sports journalist Fabrizio Romano on Wednesday afternoon has the caption, “Victor Osimhen arriving @ Napoli’s team hotel ahead of Udinese game after the public statement considering legal action against the club. Not greeting Demme and Zielinski but shaking hands with team manager Santoro.”

This development comes after Osimhen in the early hours of Wednesday morning deleted Napoli-related posts on his Instagram page after a contentious ‘mockery’ video was posted by Napoli’s verified TikTok handle on Tuesday.

As observed by Sleeknews on Wednesday morning, Osimhen’s Instagram page was left with one post in which he wore a Napoli jersey, while other posts have been deleted.

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My son’s criticisms have gone ‘beyond football’ – Maguire’s mother




Harry Maguire‘s mother, Zoe Maguire, has come in the defence of England and Manchester United defender after he was criticized for his performance in a friendly match between England and Scotland.

The Three Lions defeated Scotland in Glasgow, by 3-1 on Tuesday night, courtesy of goals from Phil Foden, Jude Bellingham, and Harry Kane. 

The 30-year-old defender, who came off the bench as a substitute after the first half, put the ball in the back of his team’s net in the 67th minute.

An 81st-minute winner was struck by Kane after a brilliant effort by Real Madrid’s midfielder, Bellingham.

Following the own goal, the under-fire defender was on the receiving end of a number of criticisms, from both fans in the stadium.

In a post on her Instagram story, Zoe Maguire fired back at ‘negative and abusive comments’ aimed at her son.

She wrote, “As a mum seeing the level of negative and abusive comments which my son is receiving from some fans, pundits, and the media is disgraceful and totally unacceptable to any walk of life never mind someone who works his socks off for club and country.

“I was there in the stand as usual, it’s not acceptable what’s been created, over nothing. I understand that in the football world, there are ups and downs, positives and negatives but what Harry receives has gone far beyond ‘football.’

“For me seeing him go through what he’s going through is not ok. I would hate to have to see any other parents or players go through this in the future, especially the young boys and girls breaking through the ranks today.

‘Harry has a massive heart and it’s a good job he’s mentally strong and can handle it as others may not be able to. I wish this sort of abuse on nobody!”

Maguire has been faced with lots of criticism and backlash following his poor outings for both club and country.

England manager, Gareth Southgate, has spoken out against the abusive comments.

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Former Spanish FA President Rubiales to appear in court on Friday over Jenni kiss



Luis Rubiales

Former Spanish FA President Luis Rubiales will appear in a Madrid court on Friday over his kiss of Spain forward Jenni Hermoso.

Hermoso filed a legal complaint last week over Rubiales kissing her on the lips following her country’s Women’s World Cup final win on 20 August.
Rubiales has been summoned by a high court judge to respond to accusations of
sexual assault and coercion.
He will appear before a magistrate at 12:00 local time (11:00 BST).
Hermoso, 33, said the kiss was not consensual, while Rubiales has claimed it was “mutual” and “consensual”and again defended his actions in an interview with Piers Morgan, which was aired on Tuesday on Talk TV.

Rubiales quit as Spanish FA president on Sunday as a result of the controversy, and has also resigned from his position as vice-president of Uefa’s executive committee.
Hermoso’s complaint was one of sexual assault but last week prosecutor Marta
Durantez Gil added an allegation of coercion after the forward revealed that some of her relatives had been pressured by Rubiales and his
“professional entourage” to say she “justified and approved what happened”.
On Monday, Judge Francisco de Jorge of the National Court accepted the complaint and assigned a magistrate to
investigate the case.

After completing an investigation, the magistrate will then either make a recommendation for the case to go trial or dismissed

Jorge also requested video footage of the incident from Spain’s public broadcaster RTVE, plus videos of
the team’ s celebrations published online by Spanish newspapers El Pais, AS and La Vanguardia, be submitted as
The fallout from the kiss has engulfed Spanish football in recent weeks and overshadowed Spain’s World Cup win,
with Rubiales ignoring repeated calls to resign before eventually quitting on Sunday.

The charge of sexual assault can carry a punishment ranging from a fine to
four years in prison under Spanish law.
“I have faith in the truth and I will do everything in my power so that it prevails,”Rubiales wrote in an open letter on Sunday.
Pachuca player Hermoso released a long statement on social media on 25
August saying the kiss was not
“I feel the need to report this incident because I believe no person, in any work, sports or social setting should be a
victim of these types of nonconsensual behaviours. I felt vulnerable and a victim of an impulsive-driven, sexist, out of-place act, without any consent on my part,” she continue.

Quite simply, I was not respected.” Rubiales defends himself in Morgan
interview .
Some 81 Spain players, including all 23 World Cup winners, said they would not
play for the national team again while Rubiales was in his position.
World Cup-winning manager Jorge Vilda
considered a close ally of Rubiales – was sacked on 5 September, with Montse
Tome named as his successor.

Rubiales has previously apologised for the kiss but said there was “no harm, no
sexual content, no aggression, nothing like that”.

However, he refused to directly apologise to Hermoso when asked if he would do so by Morgan.
“What happened is bad for everyone,”
said Rubiales
“We had Jenni lifting me. We had the fleeting kiss, two tenths of a second, but
what was created from that is
“So what’s left for me is to defend my dignity. So it’s not about that [the apology] Piers, it’s about humility.”
Asked again if he wished to apologise, Rubiales continued: “So what we had is a spontaneous act, a mutual act, an act that both consented to, which was driven by the emotion of the moment, the
happiness, so I maintain that
that is the truth of what happened.

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