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Ronald Koeman reveals what would have happened if Lionel Messi left Barcelona

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Ronald Koeman, Netherlands Coach

Barcelona manager, Ronald Koeman, has admitted he would have been in a difficult situation if Lionel Messi left the club this summer.
Messi had informed the Catalan club of his desire to leave for Manchester City.

However, the LaLiga giants insisted on any potential buyer paying his full £630million buy-out clause in his contract

Koeman met with Messi and convinced him to stay for one more season at least and the player eventually made a u-turn.

He said:

“I was always hoping Messi would stay for this season. If he had left in the summer, I would have had a very different situation at Barca.

“He wanted to leave but the club was very clear to him. The buy out clause was so high, that not a single club in the world was going to pay that in these times.

“I went to his house and took time to listen to all the things he said. But I also explained to him that I had not been a part of the problems he had with the club and told him how I was going to work to change things.

“We ended up talking football tactics. It ended as a proper football chat and that convinced me he is a real lover of the game and he still wanted to put everything he has into Barcelona.”

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Former Juventus and Italy coach, Marcello Lippi announces coaching retirement

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Popular football coach and ex- Italy, Juventus manager, Marcelo Lippi has announced that he has retired from coaching.

Marcelo Lippi’s last coaching job was with China’s senior national team where worked for six months after his resignation as head coach for China.

The 72-year-old legendary coach, after countless successes and achievement in football from winning three tiles with Juventus, World Cup with Italy, Champions League said it is over with coaching for him.

Speaking to Radio Sportiva, he said

“I’m definitely done with the coaching job,”
“That’s right, it’s enough. Maybe I could be useful in other roles, let’s see. But nothing until spring.”

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#EndSARS: John Ogu tells Super Eagles players to boycott AFCON qualifiers in solidarity with protests

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Nigeria international midfielder, John Ogu has called on his teammates in the Super Eagles to boycott their upcoming African Cup Of Nations games in protest against the Federal government as a reaction to the shootings of unarmed protesters at the Lekki Toll gate on Tuesday night, October 20.

On Tuesday, October 20, security operatives shot at protesters at Lekki toll gate in Lagos, which has generated wide condemnation across the world.

Nigeria will take on Sierra Leone in 2021 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers in November in Benin and Ogu, 32, has called for his teammates not to honour the clash, in solidarity with #endSARS protests happening in the country.

Ogu, who has 26 caps for the Super Eagles, said to the World Football show on BBC World Service radio.

“What is the point in representing the country if this is what the politicians, the people we’re representing, can do to us?”
“I feel like this is the best thing to do right now until they get back to their senses and listen to us.

“We want a good government, the police brutality to stop, we want the SARS to stop, we want the killings to stop, we want good laws, we want job opportunities. It’s just crazy.

“I believe most of my colleagues understand where I am coming from, I wish we can do this. There are games coming up and if we boycott these games I’m sure they will know we’ve made a statement.

“I haven’t really spoken to any of my team-mates about this. They feel for the people here, their loved ones, those that have died. I’m sure the players are aware.”

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We’ve seen the footage, we cannot imagine the pain – Arsenal FC lend voice to the #EndSARS crisis

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Arsenal FC have sent out a soothing message to their Nigerians fans and Nigerian youths at large over the #EndSARS crisis in the country.

In a message shared on their official Instagram handle, the English football club disclosed that they have seen footages which emerged from the crisis and can’t imagine the pain it caused.

Arsenal FC who stated that their thoughts and prayer are with everyone in Nigeria, also asked everyone to stay safe and strong.

Read the message below;

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