October 2018 ~ The Best Football Player

Royal Bank of Scotland lifts profits, cautious on outlook

RBS reported stronger third quarter earnsing but said the outlook was more uncertain as Brexit early next year looms on the horizon

London (AFP) - Royal Bank of Scotland on Friday announced a 14-percent rise in quarterly net profit but warned of a “more uncertain outlook” as Britain’s struggles to strike a Brexit deal.

Profit after tax rose to £448 million ($574 million, 505 million euros) in the third quarter to September compared to the same period in 2017, RBS said as it continues to recover after a record government bailout a decade ago at the height of the financial crisis.

RBS announced also that bad loans had increased by £100 million, “reflecting the more uncertain economic outlook”.

Chief executive Ross McEwan warned earlier this month that a no-deal Brexit risks sending the British economy into recession in 2019.

In the face of Brexit uncertainty, RBS lending was becoming more cautious while companies were delaying investment decisions, McEwan said.

The bank has said that it is planning for the worst amid increasing worries that Britain will exit the European Union in March without a deal in place with Brussels.

RBS is meanwhile looking to set up a European subsidiary in Amsterdam to serve customers on the continent.

The lender remains majority-owned by the British government after it was saved with £45.5 billion of taxpayers’ cash at the height of the global financial crisis in 2008.

Britain in June resumed privatisation of the Royal Bank of Scotland and the Conservative government led by Prime Minister Theresa May is seeking to sell two-thirds of its stake for roughly £15 billion over a five-year period.

RBS was fined $4.9 billion by the US Justice Department over its role in the subprime housing crisis which sparked the 2008 meltdown... read more ultrasurfing

Loftus-Cheek treble fuels Chelsea as Arsenal streak hits 11

Ruben Loftus-Cheek gave manager Maurizio Sarri a reminder of his ability with a hat-trick against BATE

Paris (AFP) - Ruben Loftus-Cheek capitalised on a rare start for Chelsea by scoring a hat-trick in Thursday’s 3-1 Europa League victory over BATE of Belarus, while Arsenal extended their winning run to 11 games away to Sporting Lisbon.

Loftus-Cheek, part of England’s World Cup squad in Russia, started for just the second time this season under Maurizio Sarri and struck twice inside the opening eight minutes as Chelsea dominated at Stamford Bridge.

The 22-year-old midfielder drilled in a low Davide Zappacosta cross as the Blues led after two minutes, and Loftus-Cheek doubled his tally when he hooked in from a corner.

He completed his hat-trick with a side-footed effort from the edge of the area on 54 minutes, although BATE left with a consolation goal after an unmarked Aleksei Rios turned in from a late free-kick.

“It feels really good,” Loftus Cheek told BT Sport after he became the first Chelsea player to score a hat-trick in Europe since Didier Drogba 12 years ago.

“It’s up there, it’s my first hat-trick in a while, even since playing for the youth team. It feels nice.

“Any player will tell you it’s nice to score a hat-trick and it feels good, I’ll get the ball signed and put in a glass box. Hopefully there are many more to come.”

Three wins from three in Group L have Chelsea poised to reach the last 32 of the competition, with Unai Emery’s Arsenal set to join them following a 1-0 victory in Portugal.

Danny Welbeck celebrates netting the winner for Arsenal in Lisbon

Danny Welbeck pounced on a defensive lapse by former Liverpool defender Sebastian Coates on 78 minutes to keep Arsenal on maximum points in Group E and prolong the club’s best run since 2007.

- AC Milan, Marseille lose -

Seven-time European champions AC Milan crashed to a 2-1 home defeat by Real Betis as Gennaro Gattuso’s team dropped their first points in Group F.

Goals from Antonio Sanabria and Giovani Lo Celso, on loan from Paris Saint-Germain, earned group leaders Betis a memorable win at the San Siro.

Patrick Cutrone grabbed a consolation for Milan who finished the game with 10 men after Samuel Castillejo saw red for the hosts in injury time.

Olympiakos beat Dudelange of Luxembourg 2-0 in the group’s other fixture, while there was more misery for Brendan Rodgers and Scottish champions Celtic in Germany.

Brazilian striker Matheus Cunha and Portugal winger Bruma, who scored against Scotland in a friendly this month, were both on target in the first half as RB Leipzig won 2-0.

Salzburg picked up a third successive victory to stay top of Group B as Munas Dabbur netted twice in a 3-0 defeat of bottom side Rosenborg.

Steven Gerrard’s Rangers remain unbeaten in Group G but were left frustrated after a 0-0 draw against an understrength Spartak Moscow, who left a number of first-choice players behind in Russia.

“We are making huge strides from where we were,” said Gerrard.

“We came close but it wasn’t to be. It could be a valuable point at the end of the day.

“It shows just how far we’ve come when we are disappointed to take a point off a Champions League team.”

Rangers are level on five points with Villarreal at the top after the Spaniards hammered Rapid Vienna 5-0.

Last season’s runners-up Marseille are in danger of an early exit after losing 3-1 at home to Lazio, while five-time champions Sevilla thrashed Turkish club Akhisar 6-0.

Henry hoping for a break in Champions League bow with Monaco

Bruges (Belgium) (AFP) - One newspaper headline described Thierry Henry as “cursed” in the wake of his managerial bow with Monaco, and the France great will be desperate to put that behind him in Wednesday’s Champions League encounter with Club Brugge.

Thierry Henry has plenty to ponder as he leads Monaco into Wednesday's Champions League clash with Club Brugge

Henry’s long-awaited first game as a coach in his own right ended in a 2-1 defeat at Strasbourg on Saturday, with Monaco’s night marred by goalkeeping errors, a sending-off and injuries.

The headline in question appeared in the following day’s edition of sports daily L’Equipe, and that game certainly made it clear to the 41-year-old that he has a massive job on his hands.

Monaco, the club where Henry began his playing career before going on to star for Arsenal, are in a critical condition, having lost their last five games and gone 11 matches without a win.

They are enduring their worst start to a season in 65 years and their longest run without a league win for a decade.

Monaco may often be mocked for their paltry attendances, but they have a passionate fan base who will be worried for their team, less than 18 months after they won the Ligue 1 title in style.

“I was aware that it would be hard to put something in place after just two days of work,” said Henry at the weekend, having had limited time on the training ground since taking over.

- Back in Belgium already -

Better will be required, however, if Monaco are to register their first points in Champions League Group A when they go to Belgium.

For Henry, it is an early return to the country after he ended a two-year stint as assistant to Belgium boss Roberto Martinez in order to strike out on his own.

Defeats against Atletico Madrid and Borussia Dortmund mean Monaco remain pointless in Europe, and Wednesday’s match against the Belgian champions offers both sides a last chance to keep their hopes alive in the group.

Henry has not yet had much time on the training ground to make his mark at Monaco

More realistically, these teams are now fighting it out for third place and a berth in the Europa League knockout rounds. They meet again at the Stade Louis II on November 6.

“We need to take the positives. The team is starting from zero,” insisted Belgian midfielder Youri Tielemans, but there were not a lot of positives from Henry’s debut.

He took a risk by starting Radamel Falcao on his return from international duty, and the Colombian duly came off injured before half-time.

With two experienced goalkeepers sidelined in Danijel Subasic and Diego Benaglio, the 22-year-old Seydou Sy started and his mistake gifted the hosts their opener.

In the second half, Henry sent on Samuel Grandsir only for the talented youngster to be sent off within three minutes of his introduction.

It was a terrible start for France’s all-time leading goal-scorer, but now he is hoping to lead Monaco to a first win in 11 Champions League outings.

The circumstances are daunting, but Henry – who won the Champions League as a player with Barcelona – knew what he was signing up for at Monaco, having turned down the Bordeaux job at the start of this season.

“It is different because now he is the one making all the decisions, but he has a philosophy that I think can help us start winning matches,” said Nacer Chadli, who has worked with Henry in the Belgium set-up.

Whether that will be the case on Wednesday remains to be seen, with last season’s star player Rony Lopes still absent and Falcao a doubt.

Meanwhile, with Sy not in Monaco’s Champions League squad, it looks like the 20-year-old Loic Badiashile, who usually plays in the French fourth tier for Monaco’s reserves, will start in goal at the Jan Breydelstadion.

The Best Soccer Players of the '90s

Ronaldo Fenômeno

Who are the best soccer players of the ‘90s? Soccer is an beloved world sport with international stars such as Ronaldo, Zinedine Zidane, and Paolo Maldini. Even if you don’t follow the sport, you may have heard of these top soccer players of the ‘90s. But who do you think is the best soccer player between the years of 1990 to 2000?

If you enjoy watching soccer, then you definitely need to check out highlight reels and replays of some of these top players. Even though some of them may be off the field now, the players on this list represent the best of that era. In fact, some of them could probably still beat active roster players on the field right now.

Who do you think is the best soccer player from that era? Vote up the ones you think deserve that top distinction or add player you think should be in contention for being amongst the best soccer players of the ‘90s.

Some List of The Best Soccer Player:

Paolo Maldini
Marco van Basten
Diego Maradona
Franco Baresi
Ruud Gullit
Andriy Shevchenko
George Weah
Frank Rijkaard
Roberto Donadoni
Roberto Baggio
Zinedine Zidane
Ryan Giggs
Thierry Henry
Roberto Carlos
Luís Figo
David Beckham
Edgar Davids
Fernando Torres
Alan Shearer
Michael Owen
Roy Keane

Alabama Football: Post-game report

Alabama Football: Post-game report

Alabama football- The Alabama Crimson Tide wrapped up homecoming week with an in-conference win over Missouri. The Tide offense started off fast once again with an 81-yard touchdown strike from Tua Tagovailoa to Jerry Juedy on the second play of the game. Tua finished the night 12/22 passing for 265 yards and three touchdowns. Alabama had two different wideouts with over 100 yards receiving in Jerry Juedy and Devonta Smith, with each having a touchdown reception. OJ Smith also added a touchdown catch for the Tide. Damien Harris led the way for the Crimson Tide’s running backs. Jalen Hurts went 7/8 for 115 yards passing, and rushed three times for 15 yards. With all the positives we saw with the Tide offense, there were a couple negatives as well. Tua Tagovailoa seemingly further injured his knee. Devonta Smith and Henry Ruggs III also left the game with injuries. Ruggs was able to return to action. We will provide updates on all these injuries as soon as they are made available.

Defensively the Tide looked much better against the Tigers starting things off with an interception by Savion Smith. Smith finished the game with two interceptions. Bama’s defense also forced a fumble and added a safety when Quinnen Williams dropped Drew Locke in the Tigers’ end zone. Quinnen Williams, Raekwon Davis, and Isaiah Buggs were all solid in a strong performance by the Alabama defensive line. Mack Wilson led the team in tackles with 11. The Bama defense accounted for four sacks in total.

The Alabama special teams units looked good as well as Joseph Bulovas went 3/4 on field goals, missing only from 52 yards out. Joshua Jacobs was incredibly effective as the Tide’s primary kick returner with a long of 50 yards. Skyler DeLong continued his punting woes with one punt of 12 yards. Keep it right here with TDAlabamaMag.com after the game for more in-depth analysis and stories from today’s game.

Final Score: Alabama 39, Missouri 10.

Source: Tdalabamamag

Alabama QB Tua Tagovailoa leaves vs. Missouri after aggravating knee

Alabama QB Tua Tagovailoa leaves vs. Missouri after aggravating knee

Tagovailoa wore a protective brace on his right knee against Missouri, throwing for 265 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions before aggravating the injury while sliding on a run.

Trainers tended to Tagovailoa on the field, and he was able to jog off under his own power. He immediately went into a sideline tent to receive medical attention. He missed Alabama's next offensive series and was replaced by Jalen Hurts.

Tagovailoa spent nearly 10 minutes in the tent, with his parents coming down from the stands to visit him.

"Tua is OK. He got the same injury as he had before," coach Nick Saban told ESPN after the game. "We just didn't put him back in the game."

Saban added in his postgame news conference that Tagovailoa could have gone back into the game and wanted to get back in, but Saban decided against it.

Tagovailoa, a Heisman Trophy front-runner, injured the knee a week earlier during a win over Arkansas. Saban labeled the injury a sprain on Thursday and noted that Tagovailoa hadn't missed any reps in practice.

Hurts, who started 28 straight games with a record of 26-2 prior to becoming a backup this season, came on for the injured Tagovailoa. The junior and former SEC Offensive Player of the Year has appeared in every game this season, completing 30 of 42 passes for 453 yards, five touchdowns and one interception.

Tagovailoa has started every game this season. The sophomore from Hawaii entered the weekend having thrown for 1,495 yards, 18 touchdowns and no interceptions.

WWE Talent Is Uncomfortable With Saudi Arabia Show—And They Should Be

WWE Talent Is Uncomfortable With Saudi Arabia Show—And They Should Be
WWE Talent Is Uncomfortable With Saudi Arabia Show—And They Should Be

WWE Talent Is Uncomfortable With Saudi Arabia Show—And They Should Be WWE needs transparency in its relationship with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. If an exorbitant amount of money makes the deal worthwhile, then WWE should state the obvious and say so. But keeping the deal with the General Sports Authority of Saudi Arabia is problematic for a number of reasons. With female talent not allowed to perform in the country, the Saudi deal hurts WWE’s efforts to champion their women’s revolution.

That was evident from the moment the partnership was announced. The new issue is the recent human rights violation that occurred in Turkey—where the Saudi government allegedly ordered and carried out the murder of a prominent Saudi journalist,

Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi, who had been critical of the regime. The right decision for WWE should be simple: Indefinitely suspend all shows in Saudi Arabia. Speaking on the condition of anonymity, multiple members of the WWE talent roster have expressed discomfort with the idea of performing in Saudi Arabia, especially given the nation’s poor record with human rights.

In WWE’s defense, Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman sold them on a vision of a progressive nation. He appeared earnest in his pursuit of Western entertainment, and sold potential business partners on a vision of a progressive Saudi Arabia, while taking modest steps—such as allowing women the right to drive—to give them reason to believe he was sincere.

WWE is far from alone in its business endeavors with Saudi Arabia. Virgin Group founder Richard Branson was another significant partner with a space tourism venture, but he halted his $1 billion investment project with Saudi Arabia following the news of Khashoggi’s disappearance.

Numerous top business executives, including Dara Khosrowshahi of Uber, Jamie Dimon of J.P. Morgan Chase and Bill Ford of Ford Motor, have also announced they would no longer be attending the Future Investment Initiative conference later this month in Saudi Arabia.


#10 Neymar

#10 Neymar

Neymar da Silva Santos Júnior, commonly known as Neymar Jr. or simply Neymar, is a Brazilian professional footballer who plays as a forward for French club Paris Saint-Germain and the Brazil national team. He is considered to be one of the best players in the world.

Date of Birth: Feb 5, 1992
Place of Birth: Mogi das Cruzes  Brazil
Age:                    26
Height:                1,75 m
Nationality: Brazil  Brazil
Position:              Forward - Left Winger
Foot:                   both
Player Agent: Mjf Publicidade e Promoções
Current club: Paris Saint-Germain Paris Saint-Germain
Joined:               Aug 3, 2017
Contract until: 30.06.2022
Outfitter:            Nike Nike Mercurial Vapor 360 Nike
Shoe model: Nike Mercurial Vapor 360 since Mar 28, 2018

Tony Brown activated to Packers 53-man roster

Tony Brown activated to Packers 53-man roster

The Green Bay Packers have elevated former Alabama cornerback Tony Brown to their 53-man roster. Brown went undrafted in the 2018 NFL Draft but signed with the Los Angeles Chargers and was released after the preseason. The Packers signed Brown to their Practice squad on September 3. 

Green Bay elevated Brown after defensive lineman Muhammad Wilkerson was placed on injured reserve. Their secondary has struggled with injuries as well, making the move convenient.  

Brown played four seasons at Alabama, winning national titles in 2015 and 2017. He finished his career with 89 tackles and 3 interceptions. He will have the opportunity to see the field alongside pro bowl safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, another former Alabama defensive back.

Source: TDA

Raekwon Davis apologizes for throwing punches on Saturday

Raekwon Davis apologizes for throwing punches on Saturday

Raekwon Davis apologizes for throwing punches on Saturday Alabama defensive tackle, Raekwon Davis, got into a bit of a scuffle with Missouri’s Kevin Pendleton on Saturday night during the Tide’s 39-10 win.

Davis threw several punches Pendleton’s way while both of them were on the ground. Davis took to Twitter to apologize for his actions. “I would like to apologize to Kevin Pendleton, the Missouri Tigers, their fans, Alabama Fans, and my teammates and coaches for my actions during tonight’s game,” Davis said via Twitter. “I allowed my emotions to get the best of me and that’s unacceptable. Again I’m sorry and it will never happen again.”

Source: Tdalabamamag

Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo era is phenomenal, says Man City boss Pep Guardiola


Manchester City coach Pep Guardiola believes football is witnessing an era of “two phenomena” with the class of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.

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Cristiano Ronaldo Top 5 Most Memorable Performances 2018

Ronaldo and Messi have milked the limelight for over a decade and they continue to go strong despite entering their thirties.

The duo have won every Ballon d’Or award since Kaka back in 2007 and are now tied on five each.

Guardiola knows what Messi is like first hand from his time at Barcelona and believes he and Ronaldo are a level above every other player in world football.

“Leo is a competitive, fierce animal,” he told reporters at Festival dello Sport.

“That helps others to be competitive. He hates to lose and plays like when he was a kid. In big matches, if the team helps him, he makes the difference.

“Together with Cristiano [Ronaldo] we have lived and are living an era of two phenomena.

Barcelona's Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo of Juventus
Barcelona's Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo of Juventus
“They have spent 10 years scoring 50 goals a season. It’s incredible. It’s not one year, it’s year after year, more and more.”

Luka Modric is the frontrunner to win the Ballon d’Or this year as the Croatian captain recently picked up the FIFA award for Best Men’s player.

Bale withdraws from Wales squad to rest groin injury

Real Madrid forward Gareth Bale will miss Wales' clash against the Republic of Ireland

London (AFP) - Gareth Bale will miss Wales’ Nations League clash against the Republic of Ireland after the Real Madrid star returned to Spain to continue his recovery from a groin injury.
Bale was sidelined for Wales’ 4-1 friendly defeat against Spain in Cardiff on Thursday after aggravating the groin injury while playing for Real against Alaves a week ago.

The 29-year-old had hoped to recover for his country’s trip to Dublin on Tuesday, but Wales manager Ryan Giggs had already admitted he didn’t expect the forward to be back in time.

A post on the national team’s Twitter account read: “Gareth Bale has returned to his club this afternoon and will not travel to Dublin with the rest of the squad.”

Bale scored four goals in his first nine appearances for Real this season, but he has been bothered by the injury for several weeks.

It is a frustrating spell for the former Tottenham star after his goals helped Real win the Champions League final against Liverpool last season.

Against Spain, Giggs’ side struggled badly without Bale, crashing to their heaviest defeat since a 6-1 thrashing against Serbia in 2012.

Bale was presented with a golden boot prior to kick-off against Spain in honour of his record tally of 30 goals for Wales.

Ipswich winger Gwion Edwards was drafted into the senior squad for the first time on Friday as cover for Bale.

Wales have three points from their two Nations League games so far, beating the Republic 4-1 and losing 2-0 to Denmark.

Cristiano Ronaldo Top 5 Most Memorable Performances 2018

Cristiano Ronaldo Top 5 Most Memorable Performances 2018

On top of the football world stands a massive giant. A deadly goalscoring machine, a human missile and a complete athlete with plenty of skills and immense talent. A hero in Portugal and a legend at Real Madrid, Cristiano Ronaldo is one of the greatest footballers the world has seen. 

His name drives football fans crazy, makes goalkeepers dizzy and terrifies opposition defenders. Five Ballon d'Or awards, 4 European Golden Shoes, 3 Pichichi, 4 Champions League trophies and still counting, the Portuguese has arguably been the most dominant player in the universe for the past 10 years. Even Juventus fans could not hide their feelings as they stood up to applaud the incredible winger after he scored one of his greatest goals recently at the Allianz Stadium. 

Cristiano Ronaldo - The Machine

Tearing opposition defenses apart, scoring unimaginable goals and driving his club towards another consecutive Champions League triumph, Ronaldo has made 2018 his own with a lot of fantastic displays. 

He has been highly influential, with a lot of impressive performances, especially in the biggest games. In fact, he was the difference for the Los Blancos as they edged past the likes of PSG, Juventus and Bayern Munich to reach another consecutive Champions League final. With no words to perfectly describe his incredible brilliance, let us just enjoy ourselves as we take a look at the top 5 performances of the Portuguese this season:


Vince McMahon : Net Worth: $1.22 Billion

Net Worth: $1.22 Billion

Vince McMahon : Net Worth: $1.22 Billion

Vince McMahon is an American former professional wrestler. He is currently the majority owner, chairman and CEO of WWE. McMahon took control of the company from his father in the 1980’s.

Vince’s net worth is an incredible $1.22 billion, and although the majority of that net worth came from his success with the WWE company, that doesn’t take away from his professional wrestling success.

“I’m not afraid of failing. I don’t like to fail. I hate to fail. But I’m not afraid of it.” – Vince McMahon


Thierry Henry: Monaco appoint former Arsenal striker as head coach

Henry had been assistant manager of Belgium since 2016

Former Arsenal striker Thierry Henry has been appointed as head coach of Monaco until June 2021.

The 41-year-old Frenchman, who had been Belgium's assistant manager, began his professional career at Monaco and helped them win Ligue 1 in 1997.

The club are third from bottom in Ligue 1 and sacked manager Leonardo Jardim on Thursday.

"It seems like fate that I will begin my managerial career here," said Henry, who is Arsenal's record goalscorer.

The former Juventus, Barcelona and New York Red Bulls player was linked with Aston Villa in recent weeks and said he received some "very attractive offers" over the last few months.

"Monaco will always be close to my heart," he added. "I'm incredibly excited to be given this opportunity but now the hard work must begin."

Monaco have won just once all season in all competitions. In Ligue 1 they have six points from nine games with five defeats and they have lost both games in the Champions League.

Henry's first game in charge will be against Strasbourg in the league on 20 October, before a Champions League tie with Club Brugge four days later.

Portuguese boss Jardim was appointed in 2014 and led the club to the French title in 2017, their first since 2000.

The 44-year-old also guided Monaco to the Champions League semi-finals in 2016-17 and helped develop players such as Paris St-Germain forward Kylian Mbappe, Atletico Madrid's Thomas Lemar, and Manchester City pair Bernardo Silva and Benjamin Mendy.

Monaco announced Henry's arrival with a retro football sticker
Monaco announced Henry's arrival with a retro football sticker

Soure: BBC Sport

Cristiano Ronaldo Net Worth: $450 Million

Net Worth: $450 Million

Read : How many red cards has Ronaldo received

Cristiano Ronaldo
Cristiano Ronaldo Net Worth: $450 Million
Cristiano Ronaldo is a Portuguese professional footballer, currently playing for Real Madrid FC, and the Portuguese National team.

Ronaldo has been regarded as the best footballer in the world, and constantly fights with Lionel Messi for this title. In fact, for the last several years, these two players are the only two to receive the “Player of the Year” award.

Cristiano Ronaldo’s net worth is $450 million.

“Many people look at me and think they know me but they don’t at all. This is the real me. I am a humble person, a feeling person. A person who cares about others, who wants to help others.”Cristiano Ronaldo

Ion Tiriac Net Worth: $1.28 Billion

Net Worth: $1.28 Billion

Ion Tiriac Net Worth
Ion Tiriac Net Worth: $1.28 Billion
Ion Tiriac is a Romanian former professional tennis and ice hockey player.

That’s right, two sports. After retiring from playing sports professionally, Tiriac is now the owner of the Mutua Madrid Open Tennis Tournament. He also manages Lucas Pouille, a French professional tennis player.

Ion Tiriac is on of the richest athletes in the world with an estimated net worth of $1.28 billion.

“I have every single Ferrari that came out. I have all the Mercedes they came out with, all the Jaguars they came out with, all the Porsches they came out with.”Ion Tiriac

Michael Jordan Net Worth: $1.6 Billion

Net Worth: $1.6 Billion

Michael Jordan
Michael Jordan Net Worth: $1.6 Billion
Michael Jordan is an American retired professional basketball player. Jordan played a total of 15 seasons in the NBA, with his career split between two teams. Those teams were the Chicago Bulls and Washington Wizards.

Jordan has been acclaimed to be the best basketball player of all time, and since retiring has now become the principal owner of the Charlotte Hornets.

Michael Jordan’s net worth is estimated to be $1.6 billion in 2018, making him the richest athlete in the world.

“I can accept failure, everyone fails at something. But I can’t accept not trying.”Michael Jordan

MMA: Khabib Nurmagomedov defeats Conor McGregor but UFC 229 ends in chaos as camps clash after fight

Khabib Nurmagomedov defeats Conor McGregor
Conor Mcgregor (centre) being escorted out of the octagon after his defeat at the UFC lightweight championship bout, on Oct 6, 2018.PHOTO: AFP

LAS VEGAS (REUTERS, BLOOMBERG) - An incredible victory by Khabib Nurmagomedov over mixed martial arts superstar Conor McGregor was marred by chaotic scenes after the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) lightweight contest on Saturday (Oct 6) night.

The Russian retained his belt at UFC 229 after he forced the controversial Irishman to tap out in the fourth round, but the drama that ensued - with both camps clashing in and out of the Octagon - is set to dominate headlines for days to come.

Khabib Nurmagomedov defeats Conor McGregor
Conor Mcgregor (centre) being escorted out of the octagon after his defeat at the UFC lightweight championship bout, on Oct 6, 2018.PHOTO: AFP
The mass brawl saw a red-shirted fan landing several blows on McGregor before security intervened.

Nurmagomedov jumped out of the cage before leaping feet first at McGregor's teammate and cornerman Dillon Danis, and three of the Russian's team were arrested and later released on a black night for a sport that has struggled to win mainstream acceptance for 25 years.

"I saw one of Conor's guys yelling at Khabib, Khabib ran and jumped over the octagon, went after him. Two of Khabib's guys got into the octagon, one guy hit Conor with some shots form behind, and that's it," UFC boss Dana White told a media conference.

Khabib Nurmagomedov defeats Conor McGregor
Conor Mcgregor (centre) being escorted out of the octagon after his defeat at the UFC lightweight championship bout, on Oct 6, 2018.PHOTO: AFP
"The Nevada State Athletic Commission pulled the footage from us, there's an investigation going on. They are withholding Khabib's purse, they are not withholding Conor's.

"The way that works is Conor is one of the guys who was attacked. Conor refused to press charges. There were three guys from Khabib's team arrested, and they were released because Conor didn't want to press charges."

After a lengthy delay, Nurmagomedov eventually addressed a media conference at the T-Mobile Arena. "First of all I want to say sorry to athletic commission Nevada, to Vegas, I know this is not my best side. This is not my best side," he said.

He went on to complain bitterly about McGregor's behaviour in the lead-up to the fight that exacerbated the bad blood between the two teams.
"He talk about my religion, he talk about my country, he talk about my father, he come to Brooklyn and he broke bus, he almost killed a couple people - what about this?" he asked reporters.

The 30-year-old from Dagestan - a Russian republic in the North Caucasus - had dominated the fight, taking McGregor down early and smothering the Irishman with his wrestling skills. Behind on the judge's scorecards, the Irishman was left with no choice but to throw a succession of punches in the third round... read more Straitstimes


How many red cards has Ronaldo received in his career?

How many red cards has Ronaldo received in his career?

Cristiano Ronaldo was sent off against Valencia
Cristiano Ronaldo was sent off against Valencia (Image: GETTY)
Cristiano Ronaldo was sent off for the 11th time on Wednesday on his Champions League debut with Juventus at Valencia.

Here, AFP Sport takes a look at all of the Portuguese star's dismissals.

1. Saturday, May 15, 2004, Aston Villa 0 Manchester United 2

Ronaldo scored in United's 2-0 win away to Aston Villa on the final day of the season, but was booked twice for diving and time wasting late on.

His first booking was eventually rescinded meaning he didn't have to serve a suspension.

2. Saturday, January 14, 2006, Manchester City 3 Manchester United 1

The Portuguese was shown a straight red card for a late challenge on former United favourite Andy Cole as the Red Devils went on to lose the Manchester derby 3-1.

3. Wednesday, August 15, 2007, Portsmouth 1 Manchester United 1

A straight red card and three-match ban was again dished out to Ronaldo for an apparent headbutt on Portsmouth midfielder Richard Hughes in a 1-1 draw at Fratton Park.

4. Sunday, November 30, 2008, Manchester City 0 Manchester United 1

Ronaldo saw red in a Manchester derby once more, this time for two bookable offences after a trip on Shaun Wright-Phillips and then an inexplicable handball.

5. December 5, 2009, Real Madrid 4 Almeria 2

A first red card in La Liga came in Ronaldo's debut season for two petulant late bookings coming after he had missed a penalty and also scored Los Blancos' fourth goal in a 4-2 win.

6. January 24, 2010, Real Madrid 2 Malaga 0

Just a month later Ronaldo doubled his count of red cards at the Bernabeu when he elbowed Malaga midfielder Patrick Mtiliga in the face as he tried to escape the Dane's clutches. Earlier, the Portuguese had scored both Madrid's goals in a 2-0 win.

7. May 17, 2013, Real Madrid 1 Atletico Madrid 2

On a disastrous night for Real as they lost a Madrid derby for the first time in 14 years, Ronaldo kicked out at Atletico captain Gabi in the final few minutes and was shown a straight red.

8. February 2, 2014, Athletic Bilbao 1 Real Madrid 1

Ronaldo was given a three-game ban after clashing with Athletic defender Carlos Gurpegi and then showing his disagreement with the referee when he was shown a straight red card as he left the field.

9. January 24, 2015, Cordoba 1 Real Madrid 2

Arguably his most violent discretion as he kicked out at Cordoba defender Edimar.

10. August 13, 2017, Barcelona 1 Real Madrid 3

Ronaldo packed plenty of action in a 24-minute appearance as a second-half substitute as he smashed into the top corner to give Madrid a 2-1 lead.

However, his decision to celebrate by removing his shirt to flex his muscles proved costly as he was booked and just two minutes later saw a second yellow card for diving in the referee's eyes in an attempt to win a penalty.

11. September 19, 2018, Valencia v Juventus

Ronaldo ends his Champions League debut for Juventus in tears after being sent off against Valencia.

Ronaldo was shown a red card by German referee Felix Brych in the 29th minute at Estadio Mestalla after an altercation with Valencia defender Jeison Murillo.

Eden Hazard tops European form rankings amidst Ballon d'Or nomination

Eden Hazard

As we prepare to look ahead to the upcoming internationals the latest break is a good time for reflection on the performances across Europe’s top five leagues thus far.

Our third player form rankings of the season are up to date and there’s a new leader at the top of the pile, along with a number of new qualifiers to the top top 20.

In fact, there are six new faces on the leaderboard, with Edinson Cavani highest among them in 12th. The Uruguayan was sacrificed in the first half following Presnel Kimpembe’s red card against Lyon but his sixth start of the Ligue 1 season means he is now eligible for a place in our rankings, having scored five times in said outings.

The same rules apply to the likes of David Silva (14th), Thomas Meunier (17th) and Yussuf Poulsen (20th), along with Juventus duo Mario Mandzukic (16th) and Joao Cancelo (19th), who both registered assists in a 2-0 win at Udinese. Meanwhile, said restrictions mean that Kylian Mbappe - who scored four times at the weekend - does not qualify as yet having started just four league games thus far.

Elsewhere three players have risen into the charts from outside of the top 20, with Real Valladolid left-back Nacho (18th) and Wolves’ Matt Doherty (15th) among them. Former Middlesbrough forward Cristhian Stuani is the biggest climber, however, up 22 places to sixth having taken the lead in LaLiga’s scoring charts with his seventh and eighth goals of the season for Girona.

There are only three players to have fallen down the rankings that remain in the top 20 this week, with Neymar dropping from first to third, Raheem Sterling from fourth to seventh and Lille’s Nicolas Pepe from eighth to 13th.

Ballon d'Or nomination

Source: whoscored

Paris Saint Germain vs Bayern Munich 3-0 - UCL 2017/2018

Paris Saint Germain vs Bayern Munich 3-0 - UCL 2017/2018

Team News

  Paris Saint Germain

 - Javier Pastore is ruled out for PSG, though Unai Emery has confirmed Angel Di Maria is in the squad to face Bayern.

- Neymar missed the 0-0 draw with Montpellier with a foot issue but is fine to feature here.

- Yuri may also keep his place at left-back as well.

  Bayern Munich

 - Arturo Vidal is available following suspension and may start alongside Corentin Tolisso in midfield, with Tiago Alcantara a doubt.

- Juan Bernat is ruled out and with David Alaba a doubt, Rafinha may keep his place at left-back.

- Manuel Neuer misses out through injury, with Sven Ulreich set to start between the sticks.


Lionel Messi 2018 - 2019 | Greatest Passer Ever

Lionel Messi 2018 - 2019 | Greatest Passer Ever Lionel Andrés Messi Cuccittini was born 24 June 1987, is an Argentine professional footballer who plays as a forward and captains both Spanish club Barcelona and the Argentina national team.

Lionel Messi 2018

Messi's passing improves every year, even though it seems impossible. the weight and timing of his long passes are something never seen before, especially with his consistency.


Gareth Frank Bale " Gareth Bale "

Gareth Frank Bale was born 16 July 1989, is a Welsh professional footballer who plays as a winger for Spanish club Real Madrid and the Wales national team.

Gareth Frank Bale

Renowned for his ball striking from distance, swerving free kicks, and his ability to get past defenders with pace, Bale has received plaudits from his peers, who have described him as a footballer with "tremendous speed, great crossing ability, a great left foot and exceptional physical qualities".

On 1 September 2013, Spanish club Real Madrid announced that they had reached an agreement for the transfer of Bale, signing a six-year deal in a then world record deal. 

The Spanish press (and Real Madrid TV) reported that Bale had cost £77 million (€91 million), while the British press reported a world record transfer fee of £85.3 million (€100 million), which would be above Cristiano Ronaldo's transfer record fee of £80 million (€94 million). 

However, in January 2016, documents pertaining to the transfer were leaked by Football Leaks which confirmed a world record transfer fee of €100.8 million (£85.1 million). Bale's record was surpassed in August 2016 by Paul Pogba's record fee of €105 million (£89.2 million). Bale was assigned the number 11 shirt at Madrid... read more Wikipedia

Alisson Ramses Becke " Alisson "

Alisson Ramses Becker was born 2 October 1992, known as Alisson, is a Brazilian professional footballer who plays as a goalkeeper for Premier League club Liverpool and the Brazil national team.

Alisson Ramses Becke

On 19 July 2018, Liverpool officially confirmed the signing of Alisson for a fee of £66.8 million (€72.5 million), making him the most expensive goalkeeper of all time, surpassing the transfers of Ederson Moraes (most expensive in pound sterling) and Gianluigi Buffon (most expensive in Euros).

However, the fee was broken just four weeks later when Chelsea signed Kepa Arrizabalaga for a reported £71 million (€78.8 million) from Athletic Bilbao. On 10 August, Liverpool confirmed via their official website that he will wear the vacant number 13 shirt in the 2018–19 season... read more Wikipedia

Manchester City outclass Brighton with sublime Sergio Agüero finish

Manchester City outclass Brighton with sublime Sergio Agüero finish.

Sergio Agüero celebrates scoring Manchester City’s second goal against Brighton. Photograph: Philip Oldham/BPI/Rex/Shutterstock
Sergio Agüero celebrates scoring Manchester City’s second goal against Brighton. Photograph: Philip Oldham/BPI/Rex/Shutterstock
Manchester City’s sixth Premier League victory of the season, that helped them go top after Liverpool’s draw at Chelsea, was decorated by a superb Sergio Agüero goal. 

Midway through the second half, the striker traded passes with David Silva near the centre circle and slalomed towards goal with some soft-shoe shuffle skill that had him nutmegging Lewis Dunk before he found Raheem Sterling to the left. 

The England forward twisted and sent the ball back to the Argentinian who was never going to miss from eight yards out, scoring his fifth league goal of the campaign.

City’s fans, already buoyed by West Ham’s lunchtime victory over José Mourinho’s Manchester United , taunted their rivals delightedly with chants of: “Don’t sack Mourinho.”

Pep Guardiola, though, revealed Agüero is carrying a heel problem. “Sergio is struggling a bit with some problems in his feet,” the City manager said. “He is not 100%. He has not recovered from what happened against Newcastle [on 1 September] and we spoke about to play 55-60 minutes. We were lucky he scored at the right moment.” ... read more Theguardian

Sergio Agüero

Sergio Leonel was born 2 June 1988, He is an Argentine professional footballer who plays as a striker for Premier League club Manchester City and the Argentine national team.

Sergio Agüero

Agüero began his career at Independiente. On 5 July 2003, he became the youngest player to play in the Argentine Primera División on his debut at 15 years and 35 days, breaking the record previously established by Diego Maradona in 1976. In 2006, he moved to Europe to play for La Liga side Atlético Madrid, for a transfer fee of €23 million and made a name for himself, attracting attention from Europe's top clubs by scoring 101 goals in 234 appearances while winning the UEFA Europa League and the UEFA Super Cup in 2010.

Man City striker Sergio Aguero
On 28 July 2011, Manchester City confirmed that Agüero had signed a five-year contract with the club. The fee was reported to be in the region of £35 million.

He was given the number 16 shirt for his first season at City and wears the shirt name Kun Agüero.

He was an unused substitute in the Dublin Super Cup match against Internazionale and the 2011 FA Community Shield against Manchester United with manager Roberto Mancini believing Agüero was not yet fit. Agüero made his debut for City on 15 August 2011 in a 4–0 Premier League victory over Swansea City. Agüero came on as a substitute in the 59th minute, scoring his first goal for the club within nine minutes after a tap-in from a cross from full back Micah Richards.

He then turned provider with an assist after chipping over the oncoming goalkeeper before flicking the ball back into the penalty box and into the path of David Silva to score. Agüero rounded off his debut by scoring again in injury time with a 30-yard strike. His 30-minute debut gained rave reviews among football journalists, with some suggesting it was one of the best in English football... read more Wikipedia

Jose Mourinho wants two new signings for Manchester United

Jose Mourinho wants two new signings for Manchester United

The weekend has passed and Jose Mourinho, despite what we heard on Friday, is still Manchester United manager.

Talk that he was set to be shown the door at Old Trafford did the rounds ahead of the game with Newcastle on Saturday, rumoured to be his last as manager regardless of the result.

United won - despite Rafa Benitez's men building a two-goal lead in the opening ten minutes - and speculation that the former Chelsea boss is set for an imminent departure has since cooled.

Jose Mourinho

A fresh report from ESPN also adds weight to the feeling that Mourinho isn't quite ready to check out of his Lowry Hotel suite any time soon.

Whereas the summer rumours linking United with moves for Toby Alderweireld, Harry Maguire, Jerome Boateng and every other central defender under the sun amounted to nothing, it seems Mourinho is still keen to strengthen his team's backline.

The report claims he has told the club to prove they are still behind him by sanctioning moves for Milan Skriniar of Inter Milan and Alessio Romagnoli of AC Milan.

Mourinho is said to have had difficulty persuading the United board to make moves for the likes of Boateng and Alderweireld over concerns about their age (both will be over 30 by the end of this season). Skriniar and Romagnoli, however, are both 23.

Should United move for one or both of the players in January, they will also be eligible for the knockout stages of the Champions League after a Uefa rule change ahead of the new  season.

The report claims that each player is valued at around £40m, though it's not clear if United are prioritising one over the other or if Mourinho is pushing to sign both. If the club do decide to make a move, it places the futures of Eric Bailly and Victor Lindelöf - the Portuguese's other two central defensive signings while at Old Trafford - in further doubt.

Source: JOE


Nick Diaz believes he could beat Khabib, says Conor McGregor didn’t look himself at UFC 229

Former two-division champion Conor McGregor did look a little flat at UFC 229, and fans weren’t the only ones that noticed.

Speaking to FOX Sports in a recent interview (h/t Damon Martin of MMA Weekly), UFC fan favorite Nick Diaz said the Irishman didn’t look ‘himself’ against defending champ Khabib Nurmagomedov, who submitted McGregor in the fourth round to retain his lightweight title.

“I don’t think Conor looked himself in that fight. I don’t think he looked all 100-percent Conor McGregor in that fight,” Diaz said. “I wanted him to win because I’m tired of seeing that type of style to win. To me it’s just a dirty fighting style.”

McGregor, who was out-grappled and out-struck by Khabib, hadn’t fought inside the Octagon in almost two years prior to UFC 229. The 30-year-old has called for a rematch with Nurmagomedov but Diaz believes he could be the one to hand the undefeated Dagestani his first ever loss.

Diaz says McGregor doesn’t have the ‘bottom’ game or ‘the right formula’ to defend himself against Khabib when the fight inevitably hits the ground.

“You have to have a certain style to beat that type of wrestler on the ground. McGregor’s brand new on the bottom. I think my brother could beat him. I definitely know I could beat him,” Diaz said. “We’d have to fight at a catch weight, I ain’t trying to get down to 155 pounds.

“You’ve got to be someone like McGregor but you’ve got to be able to survive that bottom game. He didn’t have the right defense on the bottom, he didn’t have the right formula on the bottom.”

Diaz, who hasn’t fought since his controversial No Contest (NC) against Anderson Silva in 2015 (Silva tested positive for steroids and Diaz for marijuana metabolites), believes fans would be rooting for him to beat Nurmagomedov because of the champ’s ‘dirty way of fighting.’

“Two things people want out of mixed martial arts right now — it’s more of me and less of you,” he said. “Less of the wrestler, defensive boxer and wrestler puts on a boring fight. It’s just a dirty way of fighting.”

Conor McGregor Vs. Khabib Nurmagomedov: Beef Wars!

Conor McGregor Vs. Khabib Nurmagomedov: Beef Wars! 

Both Conor McGregor and Khabib Nurmagomedov were fully aware of the fact that the only thing that would be resolved in the main event of UFC 229 was going to be who walked away with the lightweight title. 

The fierce rivalry between McGregor and Nurmagomedov was never going to be settled over 25 minutes in an Octagon and the bad blood was always going to continue simmering after the final buzzer in Las Vegas' T-Mobile Arena on Saturday night.

McGregor was mauled by the still-undefeated Dagestani before a fourth-round neck crank drew the tap and that's when the line between sanctioned fight and all-out brawl was hurdled by Nurmagomedov. 

The camps clashed in a scene which Dana White summed up in his press conference comments - "It's the biggest night ever and I couldn't be more disappointed." Genuine hatred between fighters is a promoter's dream and a rematch, although unlikely to be immediate, is almost certain to take place. The feud between 'The Notorious' and 'The Eagle' has been years in the making and here's what led up to the frenzied fracas on Saturday night.

Source: SBN MMA , joe.co.uk

Ballon d’Or 2018 shortlist of nominees in full as 30 candidates are revealed

Ballon d’Or 2018 shortlist of nominees in full as 30 candidates are revealed
Ballon d’Or 2018 shortlist of nominees in full as 30 candidates are revealed
The names were released in groups of five throughout the day, with a 30-man shortlist drawn up ahead of the awards ceremony in Paris on December 3.

The Ballon d'Or is separate from FIFA's own world player of the year awards, known as The Best, which was won by Real Madrid's Croatia midfielder Luka Modric.

The shortlist is curated by the editorial office of France Football, and the winner is then picked from the list by a panel of international journalists, with one representative per country.

The Ballon d'Or is awarded according to three separate criteria. The panel judge nominees on: their performances during the calendar year, their talent and fair play, and their achievements throughout their career.

Each panel member picks their top five nominees, with their first pick being awarded six points, their second pick receiving four points, their third three points, their fourth two points and their final pick one point.

The player with the most points received once all panel members have cast their votes is awarded the Ballon d'Or. In the event of a tie, the player with the most first picks is given the award.

Ballon d’Or 2018
Ballon d’Or 2018
Full 30-man shortlist

Sergio Aguero                       Manchester City & Argentina
Alisson                               Liverpool & Brazil
Gareth Bale                       Real Madrid & Wales
Karim Benzema               Real Madrid
Edinson Cavani               PSG & Uruguay
Thibaut Courtois               Real Madrid & Belgium
Cristiano Ronaldo               Juventus & Portugal
Kevin De Bruyne               Manchester City & Belgium
Roberto Firmino               Liverpool & Brazil
Diego Godin                       Atletico Madrid & Uruguay
Antoine Griezmann       Atletico Madrid & France
Eden Hazard                       Chelsea & Belgium
Isco                                       Real Madrid & Spain
Harry Kane                       Tottenham Hotspur & England
N'Golo Kante                       Chelsea & France
Hugo Lloris                       Tottenham & France
Mario Mandzukic               Juventus & Croatia
Sadio Mane                       Liverpool & Senegal
Marcelo                               Real Madrid & Brazil
Kylian Mbappe               PSG & France
Lionel Messi                       Barcelona & Argentina
Luka Modric                       Real Madrid & Croatia
Neymar                               PSG & Brazil
Jan Oblak                       Atletico Madrid & Slovenia
Paul Pogba                       Manchester United & France
Ivan Rakitic                       Barcelona & Croatia
Sergio Ramos                       Real Madrid & Spain
Mohamed Salah               Liverpool & Egypt
Luis Suarez                       Barcelona & Uruguay
Raphael Varane               Real Madrid & France

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