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A television broadcast camera films as Chelsea's Belgian midfielder Eden Hazard applauds the fans following the English Premier League football match between Southampton and Chelsea at St Mary's Stadium in Southampton, southern England on October 7, 2018. - Chelsea won the match 3-0. (Photo by Glyn KIRK / AFP) /

Joe Cole: Eden Hazard the best I ever played with

Chelsea's Eden Hazard is destined to win the Ballon d'Or in the near future, according to former team-mate Joe Cole.
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Lionel Messi shows off five Pichichi trophies

Lionel Messi posed with his five Pichichi awards – given to the top scorer in La Liga each season – on Tuesday as he took his individual honours total to 160.
Lionel Messi scored twice in his return from injury, but Real Betis netted four goals of their own to win 4-3, spoiling the Blaugrana star's return.

Quique Setien: Real Betis’ win at Barcelona would make Johan Cruyff proud

Real Betis boss Quique Setien has said Johan Cruyff would have been proud of the way his side cut through La Liga leaders Barcelona on Sunday -- but played down the possibility of one day replacing Ernesto Valverde at Camp Nou.
Lionel Messi scored on his return from injury as Barcelona lost 4-2 to Real Betis

Real Betis beat Barcelona in seven-goal thriller

Betis held on for their first win at Camp Nou since 2005, taking maximum fruits for their bravery, while Marc-Andre ter Stegen gifted the visitors a goal and Ivan Rakitic was sent off.

Barcelona’s Philippe Coutinho out for three weeks due to harmstring injury

Barcelona player Philippe Coutinho will be out of action for two to three weeks due to a muscle tear, Spanish La Liga giants Barcelona announced on Thursday.
France's forward Kylian MBappe poses during a photo session after an interview with AFP in which he announced the formalization of his Ambassadorship with the Swiss luxury watchmaker Hublot on November 8, 2018. - Mbappe, who will turn 20 on December 20, became in the summer of 2017 the second most expensive player in football history with a move costing 180 million euros, behind his Brazilian teammate Neymar who's move cost 222 million euros (264 million US dollars). (Photo by FRANCK FIFE / AFP)

Kylian Mbappe: Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi still best but won’t win Ballon d’Or

Teenage sensation Kylian Mbappe told AFP on Thursday that Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi remain football's greatest players but that his own World Cup heroics could help crown him the 2018 Ballon d'Or winner.
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Ernesto Valverde: Lionel Messi can play, but I’m not taking risk at Inter Milan

Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde said Monday that Lionel Messi could play in Tuesday’s Champions League clash at Inter Milan, but he would take “no risks” with the superstar attacker as he recovers from a broken arm.

Martin Montoya: Neymar wants Barcelona return

Neymar wants to return to Barcelona, according to his former team-mate, Martin Montoya.
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Barcelona include Messi in squad to face Inter Milan

Lionel Messi has been included in Barcelona’s travelling squad to face Inter Milan in the Champions League on Tuesday.
Neymar and Kylian Mbappe celebrate PSG's turnaround. AFP

Carlo Ancelotti: Kylian Mbappe and Neymar the heirs to Ronaldo and Messi

Kylian Mbappe and Neymar are the heirs to Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi, according to Napoli coach Carlo Ancelotti.
Gianluigi Buffon

Gianluigi Buffon: PSG not ready to win Champions League

Gianluigi Buffon believes Paris Saint-Germain are not ready to win the Champions League as he prepares to make his European debut with the club against Napoli and play his first game in Italy since leaving Juventus.
Trent Alexander-Arnold

Liverpool’s Trent Alexander-Arnold on final 2018 Golden Boy shortlist

Liverpool defender Trent Alexander-Arnold is one of four Premier League players on the final 20-man shortlist for the 2018 European Golden Boy award.
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Barcelona’s Lionel Messi set to make early return from injury

The Argentine was expected to be out for three weeks after breaking his arm against Sevilla on 20 October.
France's Antoine Griezmann

Atletico Madrid’s Antoine Griezmann dreams of winning Ballon d’Or

Griezmann, 27, is again a contender for the individual honour this year, having won the World Cup with France after guiding Atletico to Europa League glory.
Kevin-Prince Boateng

SuperSport crowns Kevin-Prince Boateng African Player of the Month

The 31-year-old has often been a controversial figure, but in recent seasons he has matured into a consistently excellent performer in Europe’s top leagues and his return to Serie A with Sassuolo has been an unqualified success thus far.
Cristiano Ronaldo

Cristiano Ronaldo: ‘I was no longer indispensable’ at Real Madrid

Cristiano Ronaldo has said he decided to leave Real Madrid for Juventus after sensing that the Spanish club’s president, Florentino Perez, no longer saw him as being “indispensable”.
Real Madrid's Spanish coach Julen Lopetegui gives instructions to his players during the Spanish league football match Real Madrid CF against Levante UD at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid on October 20, 2018.GABRIEL BOUYS - AFP

Julen Lopetegui: Real Madrid future won’t affect Clasico preparation against Barcelona

Real Madrid coach Julen Lopetegui has said speculation over his future will not affect his team's preparation for Sunday's Clasico away at Barcelona.

Ernesto Valverde: Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo missing Clasico doesn’t dampen game’s appeal

Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde has said the absence of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo in a Clasico for the first time in 11 years takes none of the gloss away from Sunday's match.

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(FILES) In this file photo taken on December 15, 2014, general manager of Alarab TV, Jamal Khashoggi, looks on during a press conference in the Bahraini capital Manama. - US President Donald Trump said October 11, 2018 he was not yet prepared to limit arms sales to Saudi Arabia over journalist Jamal Khashoggi's disappearance, but he faced mounting pressure from concerned American lawmakers. Saudi Arabia is one of the world's largest arms purchasers, with most of them coming from the United States.Khashoggi, a contributor to The Washington Post, vanished more than a week ago during a visit to the Saudi consulate in Istanbul. Turkish government sources say he was murdered there, a claim Riyadh denies. (Photo by MOHAMMED AL-SHAIKH / AFP)

Turkish media releases chilling account from Jamal Khashoggi ‘murder tapes’

A Turkish news website has released the first quotes from audio tapes purportedly of Saudi dissident Jamal Khashoggi’s last moments before he was murdered at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on Oct. 2.

Ali Ndume: PDP introduced vote-buying

The senator representing Borno South, Ali Ndume, has accused the main opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) of introducing vote-buying into the Nigeria’s electoral system.
The Corps Commander-Chief Executive Officer, Ogun State Traffic Compliance and Enforcement, Seni Ogunyemi

Ogun traffic agency calls for installation of CCTV cameras to monitor crashes

Seni Ogunyemi, the Corps Commander, Ogun Traffic Compliance and Enforcement Corps, has called for the installation of Closed-Circuit Television cameras on major highways in the state to monitor road accidents.
President Goodluck Jonathan

Goodluck Jonathan: How Barack Obama plotted my defeat in 2015

Former President Goodluck Jonathan has railed against the conduct of Barack Obama, describing the former U.S. president as overbearing and ‘condescending’ in his message to Nigerians ahead of the 2015 general elections.

2019: NYSC chief urges corps members to reject financial inducements

Director General National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), Brig.-Gen. Suleiman Kazaure, has warned corps members to resist any form of financial inducements from politicians during the 2019 general elections across the country.