Lionel Messi Messi, Neymar and Kane favoured over Ronaldo in triple Lineker snub Chris Burton 03:24 2/7/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(2) Getty composite Lionel Messi Cristiano Ronaldo PSG Barcelona Real Madrid Tottenham Hotspur Primera División Ligue 1 Premier League Neymar Harry Kane The former Barcelona and Tottenham striker says he would take star turns at Camp Nou, PSG and Spurs over a talismanic presence at Real Madrid Lionel Messi, Neymar and Harry Kane are preferable options to Cristiano Ronaldo in the present and future, says former Barcelona and Tottenham striker Gary Lineker.Debate regarding the finest players on the planet continues to rage, with that argument having been dominated by talismanic figures at Barca and Real Madrid for over a decade now.Messi and Ronaldo have shared 10 Ballons d’Or between them, but there are emerging forces elsewhere – such as Paris Saint-Germain and Spurs – who have their eyes on the prize. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Lineker is the latest to offer his opinion on the cream of the global crop, with the current holder of the most prestigious individual awards in the game being surprisingly snubbed on three occasions.Starting with the eternal battle between arch-rivals in La Liga, the ex-England international told Mundo Deportivo: “Ronaldo or Messi? I like Cristiano a lot, but Messi is from another world.”Lineker was then quizzed on who he would take if given the option of a current superstar at Santiago Bernabeu and a man being heavily linked with an imminent move to the Spanish capital.He added: “Ronaldo or Neymar? Neymar, but when he played in Barcelona. Neymar is the future, Cristiano has been great.”While it may be a bit premature to write Ronaldo off as a “has been” at the age of 33, he is certainly closer to the end of his career than those harbouring ambitions of matching his levels.Among those is Spurs striker Kane – another of those to have sparked talk of a switch to Madrid on the back of prolific exploits in the Premier League.Linker said when asked to compare the 24-year-old with Ronaldo: “For the future, Kane!”He also suggested that the struggles being endured by Real and their Portuguese forward this season will be compounded by Clasico foes Barcelona challenging for the biggest honours at home and abroad – with their mercurial Argentine talisman leading the charge.“I see Barca looking good, strong, maybe a little better in defence, well organised and it is the team that is doing very well in La Liga,” added Lineker, who spent three years in Catalunya during his playing days.“They have almost won the league, they also have chances in the Champions League. A team that has Messi is always the favourite.”
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Mourinho praises Man Utd PR: Solskjaer has perfect jobby Paul Vegas4 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveJose Mourinho has praised Manchester United for their PR leading into Sunday’s draw with Liverpool.The former United manager believes the club were able to deflect the pressure on boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.”Manchester United did a good job in public relations during the week before the match to try to create a positive atmosphere for the game. And I think they did very well. From what I understand the goal is the future,” Mourinho said.”I will try to find a job like what Solskjaer currently has, which at heart is constantly talking about the future and how you are protected in the present. I think it’s a great situation. He has a three-year contract and it’s all about the future and about young players. The results are important but I think it is amazing to have the opportunity to do that in a giant club like Manchester United.”
Imagine Dragons will perform at The Trevor Project’s TrevorLIVE New York fundraising gala June 19 at the Marriott Marquis Times Square, with the band’s singer, Dan Reynolds, set to be presented with the Trevor Hero Award.“With President Trump signing the religious liberty executive order last week, and anti-LGBTQ legislation being considered at the state level across the country, we need to reassure LGBTQ youth that they are not alone,” said Steve Mendelsohn, The Trevor Project Interim Executive Director. “There’s an army of allies standing with you, and they include Imagine Dragons band members and Shoshana Bean. We are grateful for advocates like them who are using their platform to counter and spread love.”“To me, equality means equal rights for all and showing love and support for every human being regardless of race, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, politics, or any other intersecting identities,” Reynolds said. “It’s important to me that I raise my three girls to see no difference in anyone and to only love. Both personally and professionally, I live my life in a way that will hopefully show my daughters that their dad will fight tirelessly until we all truly have equal rights. The Trevor Project award means far more to me than any accolade or accomplishment in my music or life. I want LGBTQ youth to know that they are whole and beautiful. I stand by their side and will do all in my power to be an ally, advocate and friend. Love is love.”TrevorLIVE New York will include a performance from the Tony-nominated musical, “Dear Evan Hansen”; standup from comedian Dana Goldberg; and an original musical number, “I Wish I Were Gay.” We are also proud to present an exclusive first look at the new musical based on the Academy Award-winning film which launched The Trevor Project – “TREVOR the musical.”The fundraiser and gala will be presented by Abercrombie & Fitch Co. and Deloitte.For more information on the event, click here.
Canadian Natural owns 20 percent of the joint venture, Total holds 45 percent, Qatar Petroleum owns 25 percent and Main Street, a South African consortium, has 10 percent.Canadian Natural says its portion of the cost of the exploration well in the Outeniqua Basin, 175 kilometres off the southern coast of South Africa, is covered by its agreements with the other partners.Total drilled a first well into the block in 2014 but had to plug and suspend it due to mechanical issues on the drilling rig. The exploration block covers an area of 19,000 square kilometres, with water depths ranging from 200 to 1,800 metres. CALGARY, A.B. – Canadian Natural Resources Ltd. says its partner in a deepwater offshore drilling project in South Africa is reporting a “significant gas condensate” discovery.The Calgary-based company best known for its Alberta oilsands production traded an ownership stake in the offshore exploration block known for its challenging sea conditions to Total S.A. in 2013, in return for the French oil giant taking over as operator and covering initial exploration costs.Kevin McLachlan, Total’s senior vice-president of exploration, says in a news release that the discovery is “a new world-class gas and oil play,” adding the company and its partners plan to acquire 3D seismic scans this year, followed by up to four more exploration wells.
Crews are headed to the outage, but there is no estimate on when power will be restored. The cause remains under investigation.For updates on the outage, visit www.bchydro.com/outages UPDATE – Power has been restored.FORT NELSON, B.C. – A large power outage is affecting most of Fort Nelson.According to B.C. Hydro, the outage is affecting 2,313 customers in the community and started at about 3:43 p.m. The interruption covers most of the community, including the airport and industrial area as you enter the community.
Barcelona: FC Barcelona booked their berth in the Champions League semi-finals for the first time in four years riding Lionel Messi’s brilliance, while Ajax stunned Juventus to keep their juggernaut rolling. Messi netted twice in a 3-0 home win on Tuesday as Barcelona sealed a 4-0 aggregate victory and will meet either Porto or Liverpool in the last four. Messi collected a misplaced pass from Ashley Young to curl it into the bottom corner in the 16th minute. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over ChandigarhUnited were all over the place as another lapse from the away side’s defence four minutes later cost them as Messi fired a shot from outside the box, which squirmed under goalkeeper David de Gea who made a rare gaffe. Philippe Coutinho rounded off the utterly convincing victory for the Catalans by curling into the top corner in the second half. This is, at a rough estimate, the fourth iteration of Messi, the latest in a series of upgrades. It is easy to forget, given the scale of his achievements since, that the Messi who emerged all those years ago was a winger: the Messi who was considered too small, too slight, who roamed Barcelona’s right flank, away from the monsters of the middle. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced laterIt was Pep Guardiola who took the risk, demoting two of the great strikers of their generations, Samuel Eto’o and Zlatan Ibrahimovic, so that Messi might play centrally. It was a move so radical, so unorthodox, that a term had to be coined — or at least borrowed from Italy — to explain it. Messi’s first rebirth was as a “false 9.” Meanwhile, Ajax continued their giant killing act after eliminating Real Madrid by producing a spell-binding display of passing football to win 2-1 away to Juventus. Reaching the last-four stage for the first time since 1996/97, Ajax’s 19-year-old captain Matthijs de Ligt headed the winner from the corner in the 67th minute of the quarter-final second leg as the Dutch side came from behind to clinch a 3-2 aggregate win. Cristiano Ronaldo, aiming for a fourth consecutive Champions League title after winning the last three with Real Madrid, gave Juventus the lead ahead in the 28th minute with an emphatic header, his sixth goal of the competition. But Donny van de Beek levelled six minutes later before the visitors swept Juventus aside in the second half. “Can we can go on to win the competition? Well, we are in the semi-finals now. And we have eliminated two of the favourites in the last two rounds. “The next games will be very difficult, but so were these ones. So who knows,” said De Ligt after the game.
Chennai: Polling for the high stakes by-election to four constituencies in Tamil Nadu will get underway on Sunday.While the by-polls to 18 seats were held along with Lok Sabha polls on April 18 in the state, four other assembly segments — Sulur, Aravakurichi, Ottapidaram (SC) and Thiruparankundram go for polls on May 19. The Sulur seat fell vacant in March following the death of AIADMK MLA R Kanakaraj who died following cardiac arrest. Ottapidaram(SC) constituency is represented by disqualified AIADMK MLA Sundararaj while Thirupparankundram legislator A K Bose also belonging to AIADMK died last year. Also Read – Personal life needs to be respected: Cong on reports of Rahul’s visit abroadAravakurichi is represented by Senthil Balaji, a disqualified AIADMK legislator who has joined DMK. According to Chief Electoral Officer Satyabrata Sahoo, a total of 137 candidates are in fray in the assembly constituencies wit Aravakurichi leading with 63 MLA aspirants. A total of 15,939 police personnel have been deployed to maintain law and order. The outcome of the by-polls to a total of 22 seats will decide the future political course in Tamil Nadu as the results would determine the continuance of the two year-old Palaniswami government. Also Read – Firms staying closed 10 days a month due to recession, govt doing nothing: Priyanka GandhiArch rivals AIADMK and DMK have left no stone unturned to ensure victory, with their leaders, Chief Minister K Palaniswami and DMK President M K Stalin embarking on a hectic campaign trail in order to win the race. AIADMK rebel and Amma Makkal Munnetra Kazhagam leader T T V Dhinakaran, Kamal Haasan’s Makkal Needhi Maiam, actor-director Seeman’s Naam Tamizhar Katchi have fielded candidates in the four constituencies, making it a multi-cornered contest. The campaign trail turned hot in its last leg, after Haasan stoked a major political row with his Hindu extremist remarks, labelling Mahatma Gandhi’s killer Nathuram Godse as one. He had said “free India’s first extremist” was Godse and that he was a Hindu, drawing strong condemnation from BJP and the AIADMK, even as cases were filed against Haasan. He, however, found support from the Congress’ state unit and rationalist outfit Dravidar Kazhagam. In the 234-member Tamil Nadu assembly with 22 vacancies, the AIADMK has a strength of 113, excluding the Speaker.
WIMBLEDON, England — Once the Centre Court roof was closed, nothing could stop Roger Federer from winning his record-tying seventh Wimbledon title.The 30-year-old Federer finally equaled Pete Sampras’ record at the All England Club, and won his 17th Grand Slam title overall, by beating Andy Murray 4-6, 7-5, 6-3, 6-4 Sunday.“It has worked out so many times over the years here at Wimbledon that I play my best in the semis and the finals,” Federer said. “I couldn’t be more happy. It feels great being back here as the winner.”Once Murray’s forehand landed wide on match point, Federer collapsed to the grass with tears welling in his eyes. He got up quickly and shook hands with Murray at the net.Up in the players’ box, Federer’s wife and twin daughters cheered and smiled as he took his seat to await yet another Wimbledon trophy presentation.“When the roof closed, he played unbelievable tennis,” Murray said.Federer is now 17-7 in Grand Slam finals, including 7-1 at Wimbledon. Murray dropped to 0-4 in major finals, with three of those losses coming against Federer.“It’s amazing. It equals me with Pete Sampras, who’s my hero,” Federer said. “It just feels amazing.”Besides Sampras, 1880s player William Renshaw also won seven Wimbledon titles, but he did it at a time when the defending champion was given a bye into the following year’s final.Sunday’s match was the first Wimbledon singles final to be played with the roof closed. The roof was first used at the All England Club in 2009.Britain has been waiting 76 years for a homegrown men’s champion at the All England Club, and the expectations on Murray were huge.Thousands of fans watched the match on a huge screen on “Murray Mount,” but left the grounds still waiting for a British winner.Inside the stadium, Prince William’s wife, Kate, sat in the Royal Box along with David Beckham, British Prime Minister David Cameron and a slew of former Wimbledon champions.Many of them left a bit disappointed as well.“Everybody always talks about the pressure of playing at Wimbledon, how tough it is,” Murray said. “It’s not the people watching. They make it so much easier to play. The support has been incredible, so thank you.”With his victory, Federer regained the No. 1 ranking from Novak Djokovic, allowing him to equal Sampras’ record of 286 weeks as the top-ranked player.“I never stopped believing. I started playing more, even though I have a family,” Federer said. “It all worked out. I got great momentum, great confidence and it all came together. So it’s a magical moment for me.”Murray is coached by eight-time Grand Slam champion Ivan Lendl, the only other man who lost his first four major finals.At the start of the match, Murray was the one dictating play and winning the tough points. He broke Federer in the first game of the first set, and then broke again late before serving it out. It was the first set Murray has won in his four major finals.The second set was much more even, and both had early break points that they couldn’t convert. Federer, however, finally got it done in the final game of the set, hitting a backhand drop volley that Murray couldn’t get to.Both held easily to start the third set, but then the rain started abruptly, suspending play for 40 minutes. Shortly after they returned, it turned into a one-man show.With Federer leading 3-2, they played a 26-point, 20-minute game in which Federer finally converted his sixth break point — after Murray had slipped on the grass three times. Federer lost only five points on his serve in that set.Source: AP, ESPN
English Premier League club Brighton & Hove Albion are on the brink of signing Nigerian international defender Leon Balogun from Mainz on a free transfer.Brighton boss, Chris Hughton is willing to add defensive cover to his squad and Balogun seems to be the ideal replacement for Uwe Hunemeier who left the club for SC Paderborn at the start of this offseason. Balogun can play anywhere across the backline which stands him out as an attractive proposition, according to ESPN FC.The 29-year-old Super Eagles star is out of contract at Mainz this summer and Hughton is keen on strengthening his squad since they have already secured their status in the EPL for next season. Hence, he’s willing to bring Balogun who can play at center-back and full-back to the Amex Stadium.News: Samson Siasia banned for life by FIFA George Patchias – August 16, 2019 The former manager of the Nigerian national team Samson Siasia has been banned from football for life.A match-fixing investigation has been carried out by…Balogun won 16 caps for Nigeria, helped the Super Eagles qualify for this summer’s World Cup and he could feature for his country in their friendly against England at Wembley, Russia next month.He previously had spells with Turkiyemspor, Hannover 96, Werder Bremen, Fortuna Dusseldorf and Darmstadt 98
Despite having only just retained their Champions League crown for another season, Real Madrid have already commenced with their summer transfer plans for the following campaignWhile Los Blancos did seal their third successive European crown this season, their domestic campaign ultimately turned out to be a very disappointing campaign with Real surrendering their league title to arch-rivals Barcelona and suffering a shock defeat to Leganes in the Copa del Rey quarter-finals in January.In light of this, the club has decided to hold a meeting that will feature the coach, the president and key board members such as Jose Angel Sanchez and Juni Calafat, who is responsible for scouting nationally and internationally.After months of scouting on potential signings and approaching agents to discuss possible transfers, Marca has reported that Real have identified the following areas and targets that they want to invest in this summer:GoalkeeperZidane reveals Sergio Ramos injury concern for Real Madrid Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane has put Sergio Ramos’ availability for Real Madrid’s trip to Sevilla next weekend in doubt after withdrawing him against Levante.Alisson (AS Roma)David De Gea (Manchester United)Thibaut Courtois (Chelsea)Centre-backJose Maria Gimenez (Atletico Madrid)Milan Skriniar (Inter Milan)Alessio Romagnoli (AC Milan)Right-backAlvaro Odriozola (Real Sociedad)ForwardNeymar (Paris Saint-Germain)Mohamed Salah (Liverpool)Eden Hazard (Chelsea)Paulo Dybala (Juventus)