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If Messi Wins Ballon D’or, There Are No Losers -Van Dijk

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A leaked document shows the gong going to the Argentine for a record sixth time, but the Dutchman isn’t bothered

Virgil van Dijk may lose out on the Ballon d’Or to Barcelona’s Lionel Messi, but the Liverpool man insists there are no losers amongst the nominees.

The Netherlands international was immense in leading Liverpool to last season’s Champions League and could become the first defender to win the award since Fabio Cannavaro in 2006.

A leaked document shows Messi winning the award for a record sixth time, pipping Van Dijk and Anfield team-mate Mohamed Salah.

However the Dutch centre-half won’t be upset if the document proves accurate, as he believes everyone in the room when the award is announced will be a winner.

 

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‘We have just 13 players fit!’ – Guardiola ready to use Man City’s academy players

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The Spanish coach admits the club are short on numbers and he his eager to tap into their talented youth system

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has declared the club only have 13 fit players as he looks to giving their academy players a chance to step up.

A youthful City side beat Bournemouth 2-1 on Thursday in the Carabao Cup with 17-year-old Liam Delap opening the scoring on debut.

Phil Foden set up the opener for Guardiola’s side before sealing the game with a goal of his own in the 75th minute.

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Napoli Forward, Dries Mertens Asks Victor Osimhen For Nigeria’s New National Teams Jersey

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Napoli’s forward, Dries Mertens is already having a good rapport with Super Eagles striker, Victor Osimhen as the Belgian forward as he requests for the new national team jersey from him.

Victor Osimhen shared pictures of him in the new jerseys on his Instagram page and Dries Mertens replied his post by requesting for one of the jerseys from the Super Eagles striker.

Mertens asked him to bring a small size one to the club’s training ground and Osimhen replied accordingly.

The former Lille striker has settled into life at Napoli really fast especially on the field of play as he injected pace and finesse into Napoli’s second half performance in their season-opener win at Parma on Sunday.

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UEFA Boss Ceferin Defends Decision To Allow Fans Into Super Cup

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UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin has defended the decision to allow fans to attend Thursday’s Super Cup match between Bayern Munich and Sevilla in Budapest, despite concerns about the Hungarian capital being a coronavirus hotspot.

A limited crowd will be allowed into the 67,000-capacity Puskas Arena for the meeting of the Champions League winners and Europa League holders, although several hundred Bayern fans reportedly handed back their tickets because of safety fears.

“We will have 16,000 spectators in the stadium, not even 30 percent,” of capacity, Ceferin said at a press conference following a UEFA executive committee meeting in Budapest on Thursday.

“The measures are strict and there is not a question of health risks for the fans.

“The easiest thing for us would be not to do anything. Health is the number one priority but we want to bring hope.”

Ceferin pointed out the number of fans being allowed into games currently varies considerably from country to country around Europe, with some setting a fixed maximum number of spectators and others adjusting crowds as a percentage of capacity.

Other countries, such as England and Spain, have started the new season with games behind closed doors.

“Fans and players are the essential part of football. We will take care of health, we are working day and night on it, but from today on we will see what we decide,” added Ceferin, who insisted no decision had been taken in terms of fans attending games at next year’s European Championships.

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