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BREAKING: Messi Wins 2019 FIFA Best Men’s Player, Defeats Ronaldo, Virgil van Dijk

Fresh report reaching NEWS FLAKES NG at PRESS TIME has it that Barcelona star Lionel Messi won the 2019 FIFA The Best Men’s Player award on Monday, beating out Liverpool’s Virgil van Dijk and Juventus’ Cristiano Ronaldo.  It was the 32-year-old’s first win since the award separated from France Football‘s Ballon d’Or award in 2017. Congratulations, #LeoMessi Winner of #TheBest FIFA Men's Player 2019 🏆#TheBest | #FIFAFootballAwards pic.twitter.com/MKh2wV5T1M — #TheBest 🏆 (@FIFAcom) September 23, 2019 Since that separation, every player who has won FIFA’s The Best award has gone on to claim the Ballon d’Or as well. The 32-year-old has won five Ballon d’Or awards in his career, but individual silverware had eluded [Read]

UCL: Di Maria Scores Two As PSG Beat Real To Increase Pressure On Zidane

Argentine attacker, Angel di Maria scored twice against former club Real Madrid as Paris St-Germain began their Champions League Group A campaign with a comfortable win. Thomas Meunier’s stoppage-time goal added more embarrassment for the Spanish giants – and heightened the pressure on Real manager Zinedine Zidane, whose win ratio is below 50% since returning to the club towards the end of last season. Eden Hazard, making his first start for the visitors, showed some nice touches but struggled to influence proceedings, as a Real old boy stole the show. In other matches, Substitute Hector Herrera scored a 90th-minute equaliser to crown a fine Atletico Madrid comeback and deny Juventus [Read]

UCL: Lampard To Start Young Players Against Valencia Clash

  Frank Lampard said he “believed and trusted” in striker Tammy Abraham as he prepared to unleash his young players against Valencia in Chelsea’s Champions League opener on Tuesday. Abraham, 21, scored a hat-trick in a 5-2 win at Wolves on Saturday but his form has come as no surprise to Lampard. “I never had clear expectations for him apart from the fact that I believed in him and trusted him,” he said at a press conference on Monday at Chelsea’s training base. “I know a lot was made of the (transfer) ban giving opportunities for young players. But I thought now was his time.” As for the possibility of [Read]

Liverpool Defender, Van Dijk Defeats Messi, Ronaldo to win UEFA Best Player Award

Liverpool defender, Virgil van Dijk has beaten Barcelona and Argentina star Lionel Messi and Juventus and Portuguese superstar Cristiano Ronaldo to win UEFA’s 2018/19 Men’s Player of the Year. Van Dijk won the award at a ceremony which took place in Monaco, France on Thursday, August 29, 2019. The 28-year-old Dutch who has earlier won the prize for the UEFA Champions League defender of the year, played was integral for Liverpool as they won the Champions League having finished second place in the Premier League and reached the UEFA Nations League final with Holland in the summer, where they were beaten by Portugal. [READ ALSO] BREAKING: Real Madrid To Battle PSG, [Read]

Real Madrid To Battle PSG, Liverpool Vs Napoli As UEFA Unveils Draws For 2019/2020 Champions League [SEE FULL DRAWS]

The Ligue 1 champions will face the La Liga giants while the Reds will match up with Carlo Ancelotti’s side in the group stage once again Real Madrid will face Paris Saint-Germain in the group stage of the Champions League after they were paired together Group A in the draw, which took place in Monaco on Thursday. The two clubs have been linked over the pursuit of PSG star Neymar, with Real Madrid mooted as one of the Brazilian suitors. The pair will be joined by Club Brugge and Galatasaray. Reigning champions Liverpool will see a familiar face in Group E, having been paired up with Napoli, who they narrowly [Read]

Student Fails French Exam After Naming Cristiano Ronaldo As The Goat [SEE PHOTOS]

A student failed his French exam by a single mark after he named Cristiano Ronaldo alongside a picture of a goat. Ahmed Nabil, 15, was presented with a variety of different animals in the paper but rather than write down a sensible answer, he included a certain five-time Ballon d’Or winner in his answers. “It was a French exam I did two years ago.” he told SPORTbible. “For me personally, it was a very hard test and one of the sections was: write the meaning of every animal we show you but in french. “I couldn’t remember what a goat was called in french, so I thought I’d do something [Read]

[BREAKING] UCL: Liverpool triumph 2-0 Over Spurs to win Sixth European title [READ MORE]

Liverpool have won their sixth European Cup after beating Tottenham 2-0 at the Wanda Metropolitano stadium in Madrid. Mohamed Salah and Divock Origi scored the only goals of the game at the beginning and end of the match. It wasn’t a final that will live long in the memory but Liverpool fans won’t care. They will be celebrating long into the night after their club sealed their sixth European Cup. Only Real Madrid (13) and AC Milan (seven) have won the prestigious trophy more times. Tottenham rarely threatened their opponents. Harry Kane made his first appearance for Spurs since April 9 but failed to make an impact. Lucas Moura, hat-trick [Read]

Slovenia’s Damir Skomina to referee Champions League Final

 According to UEFA, at the Madrid final, the referee will be assisted by compatriots Jure Praprotnik and Robert Vukan, with Spain’s Antonio Lahoz as the fourth official. Slovenia’s Damir Skomina will be a centre referee in the all-English Champions League final between Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur at Madrid’s Wanda Metropolitano Stadium on June 1, UEFA announced on Tuesday. Skomina officiated the Europa League final between Ajax Amsterdam and Manchester United in 2017 and the Super Cup between Chelsea and Atletico Madrid in 2012. The 42-year-old Skomina, an international referee since 2002, had taken charge of four Champions League matches and two Europa League games this season.           [Read]

Sanchez apologises to Manchester united fans

The Chile international scored just one goal in 20 Premier League games this season, after arriving in a swap deal with Arsenal’s Henrikh Mkhitaryan last summer. He was handed a reported £400,000-a-week contract which has allegedly caused issues in the United dressing room as the team finished sixth and out of contention for a place in the UEFA Champions League. NEWSFLAKES NG gathers that Sanchez , who admitted the whole team struggled under former boss Jose Mourinho, also found himself on the fringes of the team after Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was appointed as caretaker in December, then permanent manager in March. “It was a very tough season,” he wrote. The [Read]

LOL! Actress Mercy Aigbe reacts after she was compared to footballer, Messi [SEE FUNNY TWEETS]

Lionel Messi was unable to rescue his team during the semi-final game against Liverpool at Anfield on Tuesday night. Messi was unable to make an impact in the game that saw barca lose to the English giant 4 goals to nil. Now, Nigerians, who are absolutely hilarious are now comparing the striker to Nollywood Actress, Mercy Aigbe on Social media. Aigbe has reacted, taking to her page, to share the above side-by-side photos with the footballer, she wrote; “Nigerians will not kill me oh Wetin be my own for this football matter, that people have been tagging me since ”. The tweets and perspectives are totally hilarious. See below as [Read]

Tottenham Follow Liverpool’s Footsteps, Stun Ajax at Amsterdam to Set up An All-English Epic UCL Final Clash

Lucas Moura scored a stoppage-time winner to complete a hat-trick and seal a sensational 3-2 comeback win for Tottenham Hotspur to take them past Ajax Amsterdam on the away goals rule into the Champions League final on Wednesday (Thursday AEST). Tottenham looked down and out at halftime after skipper Matthijs de Ligt’s fifth-minute header and a superb 35th-minute effort by Hakim Ziyech put Ajax in complete command of the tie having won the first leg 1-0 in London last week. [READ ALSO]  Incredible Liverpool Dazzle At Anfield, Shock Barcelona, Messi 4-0 in UCL 2nd leg Clash But 24 hours after Liverpool’s miracle comeback to beat Barcelona 4-3 on aggregate, Tottenham [Read]

BREAKING: Incredible Liverpool Dazzle At Anfield, Shock Barcelona, Messi 4-0 in UCL 2nd Semis

Liverpool produced one of the greatest Champions League comebacks in history by overturning a three-goal first-leg deficit to beat Barcelona 4-3 on aggregate and reach the final. After Barcelona won the first leg 3-0 at the Nou Camp, few gave Liverpool a chance of scoring the goals they needed to progress, let alone preventing the La Liga champions from scoring themselves. But an early strike from Divock Origi, who tapped in after Marc-Andre ter Stegen failed to hold Jordan Henderson’s shot, gave the vociferous Anfield crowd the belief that another European fightback from the Reds could be on the cards.   Georginio Wijnaldum, on as a substitute for the injured [Read]

SHOCKING! Robbers break into police station, steal rifles, ammunition as officers watch UEFA match

NEWS FLAKES NG gathers that thieves broke into a police station on Tuesday night as all officers on duty abandoned their post to watch a UEFA Champions League match at a nearby trading centre. Parisian Thieves Burgle Thiago Silva’s Home Kenya Standard newspaper reported that the incident happened at Kobujoi Police Station, Nandi County, Kenya. [READ ALSO] Barca, Messi down Man Utd as Ronaldo, Juve Crash Out of UCL [READ MORE] The thieves made away with three rifles and ammunitions. On returning to the post, the soccer-crazy policemen discovered that the room of the officer in-charge, which also serves as an armoury was open. They walked in to find the steel [Read]

Man City Crash Out Of UEFA Champions League In Most Dramatic Fashion [READ MORE]

  Manchester City’s bid for an unprecedented quadruple of trophies ended in dramatic fashion as Tottenham progressed to the Champions League semi-finals on away goals as a pulsating 4-3 win for City on Wednesday was not enough to overturn their 1-0 first leg deficit. [READ ALSO] Barca, Messi down Man Utd as Ronaldo, Juve Crash Out of UCL [READ MORE] After four goals were shared in the opening 11 minutes, Raheem Sterling and Sergio Aguero put City on course for the last four, but Fernando Llorente’s decisive goal 17 minutes from time was allowed to stand despite a VAR check for handball by the Spaniard. In a further twist, Sterling then [Read]

Barca, Messi down Man Utd as Ronaldo, Juve Crash Out of UCL [READ MORE]

Lionel Messi was hero once again for Barcelona as they punished wasteful Manchester United 3-0 (4-0 on aggregate) at the Camp Nou while fellow five-time Balon d’Or winner Cristiano Ronaldo was disappointed with his new side Juventus after a painful 2-1 defeat to youthful Ajax Amsterdam. While Messi marches on to the semi finals to face the winner of Liverpool and Porto, “Champions League king” Cristiano Ronaldo was thrown out of the Champions League in the quarter finals for the first time in about eight years. Ajax however, head into the semi finals to face the winner of Manchester City or Tottenham Hotspur for the first time since 1997. Messi [Read]