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Ronaldo was almost MU sold to Barca like?

Cristiano Ronaldo was almost sold by Barca’s former team to Barca in 2009, not Real Madrid.

Cristiano Ronaldo has spent 9 successful seasons at Real Madrid. He won 2 La Liga titles and 4 C1 Cup championships and countless other individual and collective titles in the Spanish team. In addition, Ronaldo also became the greatest striker in Real Madrid history with 451 goals.

However, history could have been very different if MU decided to sell Ronaldo to Barca in 2009, not Real Madrid. This shocking information has just been revealed by former Real Madrid president Ramon Calderon.

However, the plans of Real Madrid and Ronaldo were almost destroyed by Sir Alex Ferguson. Former president Ramon Calderon revealed: “In fact, coach Alex Ferguson did not want Ronaldo to leave because he really did not like Real Madrid.”

“We are a big opponent of MU and have won everything that he wants. Although MU has many titles, Real Madrid has won even more. Perhaps that is why coach Alex Ferguson offered to sell Ronaldo to Barca.

In fact, Barca also approached MU in 2009 to ask to buy Ronaldo, while Calderon replaced as Real Madrid president Vicente Boluda wanted to cancel his commitment with Ronaldo. Boluda even worked with stork Jorge Mendes to agree to cancel the deal that Real Madrid will sign with Ronaldo in the summer of 2009.

“Barca of course was delighted with the opportunity, but Ronaldo was always clear about the commitment he signed with me to join Real Madrid and he didn’t want to change this, even though the violating party committed to compensating 30 million euro”.

The sudden interruption of Barca made many senior members of Real Madrid’s management fear that they would not be able to win any title in the next 10 years when facing Barca with both Messi and Ronaldo. Therefore, CEO Jose Angel Sanchez asked President Boluda to talk with former President Florentino Perez to find a solution.

Under the arrangement of Perez, Real Madrid continues to carry out the Ronaldo deal with a record transfer fee. This is a landmark decision to help Real Madrid reap countless titles in the next 9 seasons with the Portuguese star.

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Football leagues

Indonesia set an unprecedented record at the World Cup

Indonesia set an unprecedented record for the first time participating in the World Cup. Even so, it was a record of no glorification.

Indonesia is known as the first Southeast Asian team to attend a world football finals. At the 1938 World Cup, Indonesia was a Dutch colony and they were known as the Dutch East Indies, the Dutch East Indies.

If at present, in order to participate in the biggest football festival on the planet, the teams must go through a very hard journey, then that day Indonesia only took one operation to send an application to attend.

Indonesia lập kỷ lục vô tiền khoáng hậu ở World Cup

Indonesia was supposed to meet Japan in the Asian region (because there were only 2 teams registered) but the sun team withdrew from the Second Sino-Japanese war.

Later, FIFA intended to arrange Indonesia play-off rock with the US. However, the US also refused because they thought that they deserved to go straight to the finals instead of having to play qualifying with an anonymous team from Southeast Asia.

So Indonesia naturally participated in the 1938 World Cup without losing a single sweat. They together with Netherlands, Cuba and Norway are 4 rookies of the tournament.

Indonesia lập kỷ lục vô tiền khoáng hậu ở World Cup

Like the tournament that took place four years earlier (1934), the 1938 World Cup played in a knockout format. According to the draw result, the opponent of Indonesia in the first round is Hungary.

With a lineup of both civil servants and students, even the captain wearing glasses, it is not surprising that Indonesia lost to 0-6 and was eliminated from the tournament.

Since the teams eliminated after the first round of the 1934 and 1938 World Cups have appeared at the world football festival at least once more, Indonesia has gone down in history, as the only team 1 match in the World Cup finals.

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Messi is 2nd in the Top 100 Barca greatest players

Lionel Messi is only 2nd in the list of 100 greatest Barca players of all time voted by fans.

Messi is holding a lot of Barca records. He is the top scorer (627 goals), reaping the most trophies (34) and is heading to Barca’s record for most appearances. However, many fans still do not consider Messi the greatest player in Barca history. This has just been proven in a poll of Ranker page readers.

Messi is only ranked second in the list of 100 greatest players in Barca history, after compatriot Diego Maradona.

This result shocked many when Maradona only played for Barca the first two seasons in Europe. The Argentine scored 38 goals in 58 games and won the Copa del Rey, with the Spanish Super Cup with Barca, before moving to Napoli for a record price.

Obviously, Maradona’s achievement in Barca is inferior to Messi and the name “Golden Boy” was also created in Napoli and the Argentina team, not Barca. But the fact is many fans still consider Maradona better than Messi.

Some other surprises are Ronaldinho above Johan Cruyff, or Rivaldo, Romario outside the Top 10, Luis Enrique ranked only 30, or Pep Guardiola not even named in the Top 100. Meanwhile, traitor Neymar is still ranked 11th, or Marc-Andre ter Stegen (26) and Ivan Rakitic (28) also rank higher than many other Barca legends like Rafale Marquez, Luis Enrique, Gheorghe Hagi, Andoni Zubizarreta.

Top 20 Barca’s greatest players, voted by Ranker readers:

1. Diego Maradona

2. Lionel Messi

3. Ronaldinho

4. Johan Cruyff

5. Andres Iniesta

6. Xavi Hernandez

7. Carlex Puyol

8. Ronaldo de Lima

9. Gerard Pique

10. Luis Suarez

11. Neymar

12. Dani Alves

13. Sergio Busquets

14. Samuel Eto’o

15. Rivaldo

16. David Villa

17. Ronald Koeman

18. Romario

19. Hristo Stoichkov

20. Victor Valdes

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Champions League

PSG go to the quarter-finals of the Champions League

Neymar and Bernat scored a goal to help PSG defeat Dortmund 2-0 in the second leg of the Champions League round of 1/8, thereby going on with a total score of 3-2.

Scoring: Neymar 28 ‘, Bernat 45’ + 1.

Red card: Can 89 ‘.

Covid-19 led PSG to play the second leg at home without an audience. But the four quiet stands did not make them lose the sense of belonging at Parc des Princes. The students Thomas Tuchel entered with a disadvantage of losing 1-2 in the first leg, but scored twice in the first half to reverse the situation.

Playing without the audience does not affect the performance of Neymar in the Champions League. The Brazilian striker headed home to open the scoring from Angel Di Maria’s corner in the 28th minute, in the case of the Dortmund defense completely dropping the PSG star. It was Neymar’s 26th goal at home in Europe’s most prestigious arena.

That goal also changed the game, turning Dortmund from the advantage team to the team that had to score. The visitors could not continue to deepen the defense, as originally planned by coach Lucien Favre. When rising, they had difficulty when PSG separated the trio of Jadon Sancho, Erling Haaland and Thorgan Hazard. Only Sancho has the opportunity thanks to the ability to move wide. England players had two shots on goal, but the ball was caught by Keylor Navas.

Like the first leg, Coach Favre emphasized that Dortmund’s defensive performance has a great influence on the outcome of the match. This match, the German team’s defense is much worse than the match three weeks ago. They repeatedly failed as well as exposed many gaps when PSG counterattack. From such a situation, Pablo Sarabia escaped down the right wing, passed the penalty area to defender Juan Bernat to bring the ball to 2-0.

Dortmund need a table to raise hope. But away, their coordination proved to be discrete. Before PSG’s low defense, Dortmund’s finishes in the second half were mainly long shots. The German representative also did not dare to raise the squad too high, for fear of PSG counterattacks through the foot of Kylian Mbappe – who owns dangerous acceleration after coming on the 64th minute.

Lack of people, Dortmund was powerless in five minutes of injury time and accepted to lose 0-2. With PSG, the total score of 3-2 win helped them to reach the quarterfinals for the first time after three consecutive seasons in the eighth round. PSG go to the quarter-finals of the Champions League.

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Football leagues

Messi was criticized for walking too much

Former Argentine goalkeeper Hugo Gatti believes Lionel Messi is no longer outstanding, and becomes a buden for the whole team in Barca.

Messi this season is no longer booming as the familiar image. But he is still the soul at Barca, with 23 goals over 30 appearances. However, according to Gatti, that is still not commensurate with the level of Messi and the expectation on the striker.

“Messi and Ronaldo are still the two best players in the world right now. But he needs to play better. Messi is used to playing with a boring pace, walking too much. I believe those who know football are both. will think like me. Come on, play seriously, boy. You have to play better, “Gatti continued.

Messi currently holds countless records, including the most goals scored in Barca’s shirt, with 437 goals in 473 matches in La Liga. However, he was silenced in some of the team’s important matches, including the loss of Bilbao 0-1 in the quarterfinals of the King’s Cup, the draw of Napoli 1-1 in the first leg of the 1/8 Champions League, and the loss of Real. Madrid 0-2 in round 26 of La Liga.

Gatti said that his teammates also bear part of the responsibility when Messi was silent like that. “The same thing that happened to Maradona and Pele, when there was a player like Messi, his teammates would always give the ball to him so that he could decide,” he said. In doing so, they broke the team, because they used to give the ball to Messi, instead of trying their own best.

Today, in round 27 of La Liga, Barca will host Sociedad. If won, Messi and his teammates can reclaim the top spot in 24 hours. The team holding the top of Real Madrid kicks late in this round, making guests on the Betis field at 3:00 on Monday 9/3.

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Blog Sport

SHARAPOVA – WHEN AN “ANGLE” ENDED HER MISSION AS A TENNIS PLAYER

Decided to give up her career at the age of 32, Sharapova described tennis to her, to be just like the peak of a mountain and it’s high time for her to reach different goals. 

“I looked at those pictures capturing myself, every moment when I was about to hit the ball or when I got off the ground and then hit it. I can not even stare at them once again as they truly make me shrank in terror. I was hurt!” – ex-top 1 worldwide professional tennis player committed.

The pain has been Sharapova’s “companion” for the past 2 years. After being tested positive for meldonium then facing the two-year ban, the gorgeous Russian tennis player was unlikely to make her way to success again.

Since then, Sharapova successively suffered from long-lasting pain in shoulders, muscle tension in armpits. It was so unbearable that sometimes she even could not pick up the racket. However, it could not retain her passion for tennis. She kept taking part in competitions to get over pains and revive what she had lost.

“As all of you see, throughout my career, perseverance is the key, the superior strength of myself. It is the greatest thing.” Sharapova shared in an interview with The New York Times. “However, I started to feel something, that “hyper” – perseverance turned to be a weakness, my stubborn attitude had a bad impact on my life and career.”

Masha was banned from competitions in 2016 since being exposed to meldonium. However, she acclaimed this was because of her diabetes and lack of magie. She ensured not to know that meldonium had been in prohibited substances effective January 1 of this year World Anti-Doping Agency. The tribunal then reduced the ban from 2 years to 15 months. 

In the very first March 2019, Sharapova acclaimed to have been through an operation on her shoulders and needed to take a break for a few weeks. However, she soon came back to enter competitions. Putting everything beyond limits never seems to be a good choice. The comeback of Russian “angle” only lasts 2 tournaments and then come to an end with her failure in the first round of Open Australia 2020 to Donna Vekic. 

“There will be no more competitions or tournaments,” Sharapova said. On the flight from Australia to come home in L.A, she strongly felt a sense of retirement. The death of her close friend, Kobe Bryant on 26/01, when he and Sharapova had planned to meet each other 3 days later, seems to make it clearer than ever.

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Premier League

Liverpool without Henderson in the last three weeks

Liverpool midfielder Jordan Henderson will be out of action for about three weeks due to a hamstring injury.

Henderson suffered from the end of the 1-0 defeat at Atletico Madrid on February 18. The test results later showed that the 29-year-old English midfielder suffered a hamstring injury, had to take a break for three weeks.

However, coach Jurgen Klopp thinks that Liverpool is lucky because Henderson’s injury is not too serious when compared to some other cases.

Henderson grimaced with a hamstring pain at the end of the defeat to Atletico Madrid on February 18.

“Henderson’s injury may have been much more serious. There are many types of hamstring injuries in the Premier League, with severe cases like Harry Kane,” the German military told Sky Sports on February 21. “If not too bad, Henderson will only take a three-week break. Of course, this is not fun, but we think we are still lucky.”

With three weeks of injury, Henderson will be absent when Liverpool meet West Ham, Watford, then Bournemouth in the English Premier League, meet Chelsea in the FA Cup fifth round. He is also unlikely to recover to play when Liverpool host Atletico Madrid in the second leg of the 1/8 Champions League round on March 11.

Klopp therefore began to calculate the alternative personnel plan from the match against West Ham in the 27th Premier League round, Tuesday 25/2. “I may have to change some positions, because except Henderson, the remaining players are completely healthy,” he said.

Henderson is one of the players who have played the most games for Liverpool this season, with 34 appearances in all competitions. Particularly in the Premier League, this midfielder played 25 matches, including 22 main matches, contributed three goals and five assists.

Without Henderson, Klopp coach still has many alternatives such as Fabinho, James Milner, Naby Keita, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Wijnaldum, Lallana or young star Curtis Jones.

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Premier League

Klopp set an Premier League record

Jurgen Klopp is the first person to receive the Best Coach of the Year five times in a Premier League season.

The organizing committee of the Premier League on February 7 awarded the best coach in January 2020 to Jurgen Klopp. This is the German coach’s fifth month award, for the past six months of the season. The old record belonged to Pep Guardiola with four awards for the 2017-2018 season.

The only time Klopp was not honored was October 2019. At that time, Liverpool were drawn by Man Utd and it was the only time Klopp’s team did not win from the beginning of the season. That month’s award went to Chelsea coach Frank Lampard.

Klopp has won the Premier League’s best five times in the past six months.

In January 2020, Liverpool won all five matches, extending the win to 15 games. The defeat of Klopp’s teachers and students were Sheffield United, Tottenham, Man Utd, Wolves and West Ham respectively. They are strong at the top of the table, 19 points better than the second team.

No team has achieved the same victory as Liverpool in January 2020. The second team to score the most was Man City, with 10 points from three wins, one draw. That’s why Klopp has no rivals with other nominees, such as Guardiola, Ralph Hasenhuttl (Southampton) and Nigel Pearson (Watford).

Klopp also surpassed Guardiola to receive his eighth month award. He leveled the achievements of Martin O’Neill and Harry Redknapp, fourth in the leaderboard. Klopp is only two points below the third place of David Moyes.

Klopp: ‘Liverpool is not perfect’

Coach Jurgen Klopp affirmed that Liverpool still had many defects despite leading the Premier League with an unprecedented difference.

The above result helps Liverpool to win 24th in 25 games this season (the remaining match is drawn). They thereby equalized a series of 20 home games for Man City in the English Premier League, and a 42-match unbeaten match of Nottingham Forest. However, Klopp said he only focused on each Liverpool game, not on the score sheet or the records.

Liverpool will have a two-week break before meeting Norwich in the next round on February 16. If they maintain their current form, Anfield Stadium will probably become the first team to win the Premier League title in March.

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Premier League

Chelsea draw 2-2 in the 25th Premier League round

Defender Antonio Rudiger scored a brace to help Chelsea draw 2-2 at Leicester Stadium in the 25th Premier League round on 1/2.

The match was tense when it greatly influenced the race to win the Champions League next season. Leicester, after losing their breath in recent rounds, is gradually under pressure from Chelsea and Man Utd.

Brendan Rodgers’ teachers and men will increase the gap with the fourth team Chelsea by two numbers if they beat the opponent. But two goals from Rudiger’s goal in the second half kept the distance between the two teams still maintained at eight points.

Rudiger’s two goals came from fixed situations, and were created by Mason Mount. The German center-back opened the scoring in the 46th minute, then scored a 2-2 draw in the 71st minute. After seven years since John Terry scored twice against Fulham, Chelsea saw a defender score twice. in a Premier League match.

Both teams welcomed the return of the main goalscorers, when Jamie Vardy and Tammy Abraham promptly recovered from injury. Concern was also given to Chelsea’s goalkeeper position, where Kepa, despite having no physical problems, had to prepare for Willy Caballero.

Caballero, in his second major start in the Premier League this season, cannot return the trust of coach Frank Lampard. Fumbling in and out of the 38-year-old goalkeeper helped Chelsea not get all three points, although the away team played better in the whole match.

After 64 minutes, Caballero dropped the goal to chase an opponent’s excessive cross. Youri Tielemans watched quickly and horizontally for Ben Chilwell to cushion the ball into the near corner. Caballero, due to the far distance, did not make it in time to make a clearance.

After Chilwell increased the score to 2-1 and Rudiger equalized thanks to the second header in the match, the two teams played tit-for-tat. Leicester, thanks to a better physical platform, created more threatening shots in the last 15 minutes.

They were close to the third table, but Jonny Evans and Harvey Barnes finished outside in an empty position just standing about 10 meters away from goal. At the end, Rudiger let the ball touch his hand, but the referee said no to the penalty in the blockade of the host players.

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Tottenham interrupted the not-winning series at Premier League

After four draws and losses, Tottenham defeated Norwich 2-1 in the 24 Premier League round on January 23.

Great pressure was on coach Jose Mourinho when Tottenham did not win in the last four Premier League matches, including the last three without scoring.

Prior to their match against Norwich, the last time they conceded an opponent from a live ball in the Premier League was on December 26, in a 2-1 win against Brighton. After six hours and 18 minutes, Tottenham finally scored from a combined phase in the open situation.

Mourinho launched the squad with many surprises. He said Hugo Lloris would not return before February, but the French goalkeeper took the lead in place of Paulo Gazzaniga – who had just pushed the penalty and helped Tottenham keep a clean sheet against Watford.

Ryan Sessegnon returned to his left-back position after two games in the Premier League, while Christian Eriksen was on the bench even though Mourinho said in a pre-match press conference that the Danish midfielder would start.

Sun newspaper revealed the Tottenham player was fed up with Mourinho’s long play. But with Harry Kane taking a long break due to injury, Tottenham was forced to play short when Lucas Moura kicked, right on the trio of Son, Alli and Lamela. Of these, Erik Lamela is least cared for by Norwich defenders. The Argentine midfielder had two chances in the first 10 minutes, but couldn’t score.

Even when leading 0-1 after the first half, Norwich did not tremble. Right-back Max Aarons, one of the players Mourinho wanted to bring back to Tottenham, brought the penalty in the 68th minute. The slow spin showed that the impact from Sessegnon was not large enough, but VAR still concluded that there was a penalty. From a distance of 11 meters, Pukki defeated Lloris to score the 12th goal this season.

The 2-1 victory was inconclusive, but it was enough to reduce the pressure on Jose Mourinho in the absence of Willian Jose during Kane’s injury. Tottenham rose to sixth, with the same 34 points as Man Utd but less than the sub-index. They are six points away from Chelsea’s fourth place. Norwich stomped at the bottom of the table with 17 points, six points above the next team.