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Super Eagles suffer embarrassing loss to Mexico in friendly

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Mexico defeats Super Eagles 4-0

Nigeria’s Super Eagles have had a game to forget as they suffered an embarrassing 4-0 loss to Mexico, in an international friendly.

The match was played early today at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum (LA Coliseum).

The Eagles squad, comprising mainly home-based players had only one foreign-based player, Ibrahim Sunusi, who plays for CF Montreal.

Mexico took charge of the game two minutes into the first half after Hector Herrera, headed in from a corner kick.

The Eagles who could not handle the quality of the Mexicans suffered another blow two minutes after conceding the first.

Rogelio Funes Mori slotted home from close range. He was assisted by Hirving Lozano.

Half time ended 2-0 as the Eagles failed to register a single shot on target in the opening half.

El Tri resumed their riot on the Eagles six minutes into the second half as Hector Herrera made it three for the home side, capitalising on a goalkeeping error from Stanley Nwabali.

Substitute Jonathan dos Santos compounded Nigeria’s woes as he fired in a fourth 13 minutes from time to cap off a dominant performance.

The game was almost like an overkill as the Mexicans had eight corner-kicks while Nigerians had only two.

They also dominated possession, with 63 percent to them and 37 percent to the Nigerians.

The Super Eagles could only muster four shots at goal, with none on target, as against 20 by the Mexicans who had 11 of them on target.

The game was used by the Mexicans to round off their preparations for the 2021 CONCACAF Gold Cup Competition which begins July 10.

It was also part of Nigeria’s preparations for the 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifiers

Following their huge loss today, the Eagles have a chance to redeem their image in their next world cup qualifying match against Liberia.

The game is scheduled for Wednesday, 1 September.

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Lewandowski sends classy and big message to Messi after beating him to win 2021 Ballon d’Or

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Robert Lewandowski of Bayern Munich has congratulated Paris Saint-Germain forward Lionel Messi for beating him to win the 2021 Ballon d’Or award at the gala night on Monday night, November 29.

It was indeed an heartbreak for the Polish striker and many football fans in the world to see Lionel Messi winning the award which is now his seventh in his glorious football career.

Last season, Robert Lewandowski was in stunning form for Bayern Munich in all competitions and the striker even scored 41 League goals in just 29 appearances which was incredible.

Robert Lewandowski’s reaction to 2021 Ballon d’Or

“To start, I would like to congratulate Lionel Messi, Ballon d’Or Winner “I want to thank every single journalist who voted for me, and believed that my achievements were important in 2021.

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Messi wins seventh Ballon d’Or

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Paris St-Germain and Argentina forward, Lionel Messi, won the Ballon d’Or – awarded to the best footballer of the year – for a record seventh time.

Messi, 34, helped his country win the Copa America, his first international honour, and has scored 40 goals in 2021 – 28 for Barcelona, four for Paris St-Germain and eight for Argentina.

While the Argentine great, Messi, had cause to celebrate a feat that will take generations to break, his main rival, Cristiano Ronaldo, released a furious statement few hours before the results were released hitting out at claims from Ballon d’Or chief Pascal Ferre that his career ambition was to finish with more awards than his rival Lionel Messi, after the forward finished sixth in the rankings.

Ronaldo was absent from yesterday night’s awards ceremony – run by publication France Football – and the Manchester United star sent out a lengthy retort to comments made by Ferre to the New York Timesthat he always had Messi in his sights amid their bitter rivalry to win the year gong.

He ended up being beaten by the Argentine having missed out on a place in the top five. He had edged ahead of Gigi Donnarumma, Kylian Mbappe, Kevin de Bruyne and Mo Salah, but didn’t have enough votes to win his sixth award.

Ferre had said: “Ronaldo has only one ambition and that is to retire with more Ballon d’Or than Messi and I know because he told me.”

But the player hit back at that claim, saying Ferre had used his name to promote his name, his publication and the ceremony – insisting he wins for himself and his clubs and that his career goals are to leave an impact on the game, win as many trophies as possible and leave an example to youngsters.

“Today’s outcome explains Pascal Ferre’s statements last week, when he stated that I confided in him that my only ambition was to finish my career with more Golden Balls than Lionel Messi,” he wrote on Instagram.

Bayern Munich and Poland striker Robert Lewandowski came second, Chelsea and Italy midfielder Jorginho was third and Real Madrid’s French striker Karim Benzema finished fourth.

The Ballon d’Or is voted for by 180 journalists from around the world, although there was no award in 2020 because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Either Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo (five wins) collected the award every year from 2008 to 2019, apart from in 2018 when Croatia midfielder Luka Modric won it.

Messi had already won the trophy more times than any other player and his seventh success comes after wins in 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2015 and 2019.

Lewandowski, who scored 53 goals in all competitions in 2021 for Bayern, was awarded the ‘Striker of the Year’ prize, a new award that was only announced hours before the ceremony began.

Paris St-Germain’s Gianluigi Donnarumma, who helped Italy win Euro 2020, won the Yashin Trophy for best goalkeeper, while Champions League winners Chelsea were named Club of the Year.

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Real Madrid takes final decision to sign Pogba for free from Man Utd

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Real Madrid have finally pulled out of the race to sign Manchester United star, Paul Pogba, on a free transfer next summer.

Marca reports that Real Madrid made the decision they believe Pogba would not fit into their current squad.

The report added that Real Madrid’s priority is instead directed towards improving in other areas of the pitch, while also trying to tie down veteran midfielder Luka Modric to a new contract.

Pogba has been heavily linked with a move to Real Madrid in the past, with former Los Blancos manager, Zinedine Zidane, urging the club’s board to sign him on several occasions.

The 28-year-old is set to leave Man United when his current contract runs out at the end of the 2021/22 season.

The France international is free to sign a pre-contract agreement with foreign clubs from January 1, 2022.

Pogba, who is understood to be holding out for a salary rise which would see him overtake Cristiano Ronaldo as Man United’s highest-paid player in the Premier League, has also been linked with Juventus, Paris Saint-Germain and Barcelona in the past.

The midfielder is currently sidelined with a thigh injury he sustained on international duty with France.

Pogba is expected to return to action for Man United in January.

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