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Pep Guardiola’s stance on signing Lionel Messi after Barcelona confirm departure



Lionel Messi is set to leave Barcelona after a stunning breakdown in contract talks.

The Argentinian is now set to be the focus of the biggest free transfer chase in football history, with all of Europe’s top clubs set to be linked.

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One of which will be Manchester City, who have long been touted as a potential destination for the 34-year-old.

The root of those links are obvious thanks to Pep Guardiola being the man in the Etihad dugout.

The two enjoyed a stunning period of success together at the Nou Camp, winning three LaLiga titles, two Copa del Reys and two Champions Leagues.

Since Guardiola’s departure, the two have remained close friends, often complimenting each other in press conferences.

Pep Guardiola and Messi have remained close from their time together at Barca ( Image: AFP via Getty Images)
Earlier this year, the City boss admitted he would “love” a player like Messi – one that can win a game single handedly.

“We don’t have players who can win the game by himself – we don’t have a Messi, a Cristiano, [Kylian] Mbappe or Neymar,” he said in February.

“I’ll be honest, I would love to have a player who scores every single game four goals and runs like these players run, I would love it.”

Messi has also spoken fondly of his former coach, claiming he has “something special” about the way he goes about his work.

“He (Guardiola) has something special about him. I don’t know,” Messi told Spanish television channel La Sexta last year.

“He makes you see things in a certain way in terms of how he prepares for games, both defensively and going forward.

“He could tell you exactly how the match is going and how you have to attack to win.”

Paris Saint-Germain are the early favourites to sign Lionel Messi, where he could link up with Kylian Mbappe and Neymar in what would be the most frightening forward line for many years.


PHOTOS: Buhari receives no. 10 Jersey as FIFA President, Gianni Infantino visits Aso Rock



President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday received the FIFA President, Mr Gianni Infantino, and CAF President Dr Patrice Motsepe in State House, Abuja.

During the courtesy visit, the FIFA president presented a number 10 jersey and a football to President Buhari.

The No. 10 jersey is regarded as an iconic number in football and is usually worn by players believed to be skillful and have a great impact on a team.

According to a Facebook post by Buhari’s spokesman, Femi Adesina, Sports Minister, Sunday Dare was also in attendance during the presentation.


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FIFA Rankings: Nigeria maintain position as Belgium, Brazil, England occupy top 10 [Full list]



Nigeria’s Super Eagles maintained 34th position in the latest FIFA/Coca-Cola world ranking that was released on Thursday.

The ranking was published on the world football governing body’s official website.

In Africa, Nigeria maintains its number five position.

Senegal is Africa’s highest-ranked team as they are in 20th place, Tunisia are in 25th, while Algeria are 30th and Morocco in 33rd position.

Guinea-Bissau moved up as they climbed to 105th, while Egypt and Sudan, dropped to 48th and 127th spots respectively.

Liberia rose to 144th, Cape Verde remained at 77th and the Central African Republic dropped to 124th.

Meanwhile, the top ten countries in the world are Belgium, Brazil, England, France, Italy, Argentina, Portugal, Spain, Mexico and Denmark.

The next FIFA world ranking will be released on 21 October, 2021

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Liverpool 3-2 AC Milan: Jordan Henderson’s stunner seals comeback win



Liverpool opened their Champions League campaign with an instant classic as Jordan Henderson’s stunning strike secured three points against AC Milan.

It was a memorable night at Anfield as the Reds sealed a 3-2 comeback victory over the Italians.

Trent Alexander-Arnold helped fire the Reds in front as his deflected effort, which went down as a Fikayo Tomori own goal, gave them a well-deserved lead.

But after Mohamed Salah failed to convert a spot-kick to double their advantage, the Serie A side were somehow in the lead at halftime after a quickfire double from Ante Rebic and Brahim Diaz.

Salah then redeemed himself by bringing the hosts level just after the break, before Henderson’s screamer put the Reds back on top to seal the win.

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