Lionel Messi promises to end career with Barcelona

Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi has said that  would remain with the Catalan club until the end of his career.

“It’s what I always dreamed and what I always wanted,” he said.

The Argentina international joined Barcelona at 13, and debuted  at 17. And since then, has amassed a record of more than 500 goals for the club.

He has won the La Liga title eight times  with the club, the Champions League four times, and Ballon d’Or world player of the year title five times.

Barcelona were second in La Liga last season, three points behind champions Real Madrid and lost 3-0 on aggregate in the Champions League quarter-finals to eventual beaten finalists Juventus.

Ex-Manager Luis Enrique announced in March that he would leave the club in the summer after three years in charge and his final match saw Barca capture the Copa del Rey trophy.

Messi scored the opening goal as they beat Alaves 3-0 to win the competition for a third successive season.

Juventus Manager Massimiliano Allegri signed a new contract until 2020.

Juventus manager Massimiliano Allegri has signed a new contract with the club which will last until 2020.

Allegri’s has had a magnificent track record steered Juve to three successive Serie A titles, two Champions League finals and three Coppa Italia triumphs since replacing Antonio Conte in July 2014.
“Side by side, Juventus and Allegri have created history and legend,” said a Juventus statement.

“Now is the time to make the next step forwards together.”

It added: “Today’s agreement extends a working relationship that has seen the Bianconeri consolidate their position as Italy’s top team and also evolve into one of European football’s major forces.”

Barcelona agrees terms with Hector Bellerin

Barcelona have struck a deal with Arsenal star Hector Bellerin according to reports.

The Blaugrana allowed Dani Alves to leave in 2016 and were made to regret the decision after the Brazilian’s incredible form for Juventus on the way to the Champions League final.

A graduate from La Masia, Bellerin has long been speculated to return to Barcelona and is now seen as a priority signing for new manager Ernesto Valverde. Valverde left his former club to replace Luis Enrique, who left Camp Nuo at the end of the campaign.

Bellerin will have talks to Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger next week about a potential return to Barcelona six years after arriving at the Emirates as a youth prospect.

Cheick Tiote dies after collapsing in training session in China

Ivory Coast international and ex-Newcastle player Cheick Tiote died on Monday after collapsing during training with Beijing Enterprises.

Beijing Enterprises confirmed that he died about one hour after losing consciousness in training.

“At approximately 6 p.m. of June 5, 2017, when the team was having their regular training session, our foreign player from Ivory Coast, Mr Cheik Tiote, fainted without any warning,” a team statement said. “The club sent him to hospital immediately. However, all revival measures proved ineffective. Mr Tiote passed away at approximate 7 p.m. The club has already contacted his family.

“Since joining Beijing BG football club on Feb 5., 2017, Mr Cheik Tiote has contributed to the club significantly. His football skills and professionalism have been much appreciated and highly praised by the club, the coaches and his teammates. Hereby, Beijing BG football club expresses our deepest sorrow following Mr Tiote’s passing.”

Tiote moved to China in February after signing with the second-division club from Newcastle.

Newcastle noted Tiote’s remarkable volley to equalise in a 4-4 draw with Arsenal in 2011 — his only goal for the club.

“We are devastated to have learnt of the tragic passing of Cheick Tiote at the age of just 30,” Newcastle’s statement said. “The thoughts of everyone at Newcastle United are with Cheick’s family, friends, teammates and everyone connected with the clubs he represented.”

Real Madrid wins the Champions League Final against Juventus

Cristiano Ronaldo scored twice as defending champs Real Madrid retained the Champions League title in Juventus thrashing.

This is Real’s record 12th triumph in the Champions League competition, And their third in four seasons.

Cristiano Ronaldo has been the playmaker in these championships, who has now scored in three different Champions League finals.

Ronaldo made sure that Juventus would not have a good start of the match, as he converted Dani Carvajal’s pass into a goal after 20 minutes.

But Mario Mandzukic equalized, firing an overhead kick past Real goalkeeper Keylor Navas.

Real then proceeded with an onslaught, restoring their lead through Casemiro’s deflected shot before Ronaldo scored at the near post from a cross by the outstanding Luka Modric.

Juventus’ luck got even worse when substitute Juan Cuadrado was sent off for a second caution after a clash with Sergio Ramos.

Substitute Marco Asensio emphasised Real’s superiority with a precise finish in the last minute.

Real coach Zinedine Zidane has now won back-to-back Champions Leagues – as well as this season’s La Liga title.
SCORELINE

Real Madrid
Ronaldo (20′ minutes, 64′ minutes)
Casemiro (61′ minutes)
Asensio (90′ minutes)

Juventus
Mandzukic (27′ minutes)
Cuadrado (Dismissed at 83′ minutes)

Chelsea receives £150.8m winnings from the Premier League

Chelsea were paid £150.8m after winning the 2016-17 Premier League title a whopping 50% more than the top earners in 2015-16.

The 2016-17 season was the first a TV deal that saw a total of almost £2.4bn paid to the 20 clubs – up from £1.6bn last season.

Bottom placers Sunderland got £93.471m – more than the £93.219m 2015-16 winners Leicester City received the previous season.

The figures are based on broadcast and commercial deals plus prize money.

Funds from the Premier League’s central commercial deals and overseas broadcast rights are shared equally, and as well as half of the domestic broadcast income.

A quarter is paid out in prize money based on each club’s league position and the other quarter in “facility fees” for each game broadcast on UK television.

The ratio between the highest and lowest totals paid to its clubs was 1.61 to 1, the lowest among Europe’s top leagues.

Remains of deceased Brazilian football legend Garrincha ‘missing’

The deceased Brazilian football legend Garrincha’s remans are missing according to his family.

The legendary winger died in 1983 at the young age of 49. But his relatives said that his remains have been lost in an exhumation.

Garrincha helped Brazil reach World Cup victory in 1958 and 1962, and has played 50 times for Brazil between 1955 and 1966
His daughter Rosangela Santos said: “My father did not deserve this. It’s very upsetting not knowing where he is.”

She added: “The mayor has promised him a mausoleum but they need to find him first.”

Garrincha’s cousin Joao Rogoginsky told O Globo that when another member of the family died and was buried in the same place 10 years ago, Garrincha’s bones were removed to be placed in a niche.

However, he said he did not attend the exhumation and “the family did not receive any documents”.

An administrator of the cemetery in Mage reportedly said: “There’s no certainty that he’s buried. We have information that the body was exhumed but there is no document that proves this.”