Lionel Messi has sent Ronaldinho a touching message via Instagram after his former Barcelona team mate’s mother died at the age of 71.
Miguelina Elói Assis dos Santos reportedly died in Brazil over the weekend due to complications arising from Covid-19, according to local media and forwarded by AS and Sun.
Miguelina was admitted to Mãe de Deus Hospital in Porto Alegre in December after contracting the coronavirus but has now died.
Ronaldinho previously revealed that his mother had been hospitalized just before Christmas.
“My friends, my mother has COVID-19 and we are fighting for her to recover quickly,” said the legendary Brazilian. “She is in intensive care, receiving the best possible care. I want to thank everyone in advance for all the positive energy you always send me. With love. Stay strong Mom.”
Atletico Mineiro, the Brazilian club where Ronaldinho played between 2012-2014, expressed his condolences following the news of Miguelina’s passing.
“[The] the club mourns the death of Dona Miguelina, “read the statement.
“It is with great sadness that Clube Atlético Mineiro receives the news of the death of Dona Miguelina, mother of @ 10Ronaldinho.
“The Atleticana family are in mourning and share moments of sadness with their idol.
“May God welcome you with open arms and comfort our eternal ace hearts. Rest in peace, Dona Miguelina.”
Meanwhile, Messi posted the following message to his old friend on Instagram: “Ronnie, I have no words, I can’t believe it.
“Just sending you lots of strength and a big hug for you and your family. I’m so sorry, RIP. “
Leakage Lionel Messimultimillion dollar contract with Barcelona has noticed the high amount of taxes footballers pay in Spain, prompting the league to raise concerns about the departure of its top star.
Details of Messi’s € 555 million ($ 671 million) contract over four seasons were released by El Mundo newspaper on Sunday, angering the club and sparking promises of lawsuits.
The contract made headlines everywhere, and Spanish league president Javier Tebas took the opportunity on Monday to underline the high amount of tax Messi has to pay.
He noted that the Argentine great has to pay around € 270 million ($ 326 million) in taxes on his contract, nearly half of its value.
Tebas said that in Italy, for example, a player with a similar contract would have to pay around € 135 million ($ 163 million) in taxes.
“We will have a talent exodus to other countries,” Write Tebas on Twitter. “That [league] will be missing out on players helping generate 1.37% of the country’s GDP and more than 180,000 jobs. ”
Tebas has long criticized Spain’s tax requirements for footballers, saying they put the league at a disadvantage in transfer negotiations. He has pushed the Spanish government to change some of its tax rules which may scare off some players.
The rules in Italy and France are considered to be less stringent on players than in Spain.
Local tax authorities in Spain have been chasing down soccer stars in recent years, accusing some of them of fraud about how they interpret local laws, particularly regarding image rights.
Authorities are increasing their monitoring of player tax filings and have made efforts to address suspected irregularities.
Messi himself was convicted of tax fraud in Spain in 2017, receiving a 21 month probation sentence that ended as a fine.
So why the big difference of more than 480 destinations? Now, to finish the roundabout so important to the broader GOAT debate, we dive into the record books to find the answers.
And, as some may already know, it is clear that the 1,238 strikes that Pele claimed were somewhat sneaky in terms of their legitimacy.
There is no denying that Pele has kicked the ball behind the goal more than 1,000 times in any match, but only a little over 60% of that has been scored in competitive matches.
According to Sky Sports, more than 500 of Pele’s goals listed in the Guinness Book of Records were scored in friendly matches and on unofficial tours.
The goals scored for the Sixth Coast Guard in military competitions have been included in the total.
Misconceptions about Pele
Moreover, the well-circulated statistic that Pele once scored eight goals against Botafogo should come with a big caveat that it is not the ‘Botafogo’ football club you now think of.
In contrast, it is the lesser-known Botafogo Ribeirão Preto, who plays in the second tier of the Brazilian soccer pyramid, who nearly conceded three hat-tricks for Pele.
As for the five goals he scored against Nacional? No, it’s not the giants of Uruguay, but of the state of Sao Paolo – and the same can be said of the ‘Juventus’ team he was also five o’clock.
And it’s even easy to get too excited about Pele’s World Cup record with ‘only’ 12 of his goals out of the 1,000 goals that came in a tournament for which he is arguably the best known.
Now, yes, that’s nothing, but he was beaten by Just Fontaine in the 1958 tournament and wasn’t even Brazil’s top scorer en route to victory in 1970.
Is Pele a con man?
So, Pele is an absolute fraud, right? Absolutely not.
While we are interested in outlining some of the issues surrounding Pele’s famous world record, we are not trying to argue that he is one of the greatest footballers ever.
In the end, regardless of the context, scoring over 1,000 goals is something to be commended on and it’s not like he’s counting goals in practice or kickabout like some of the jokes that fans love.
In addition, Pele has acted with true class as Ronaldo and Messi pulled their seats at the table of the gods of football, so it’s only fair that we show the respect he deserves from his extraordinary career.
Diego Simeone’s side have three games in hand in the Catalan but that doesn’t matter, at least for now. Barca will only be supported by the fact that Messi’s smile has returned.
After struggling to get out of Camp Nou last summer, the captain actually looks happy with his current position. He must be enjoying his football again.
Messi never really left, of course. He remained Barca’s best player even during their worst form.
But he was definitely looking down during the first half of the 2020-21 campaign. He also lacks precision, which is remarkable for a player long known for placing – instead of firing – the ball behind the goal.
There has never been less effort on his part. He still peppered the goal with shots; it’s just that not many of them entered.
Messi relies on penalties to break into the net. But not anymore.
He scored twice at San Mames and repeated the feat at Nuevo Los Carmenes to bring his tally of goals in the League season to 11, which is not bad for a player deemed disinterested in a struggling team.
Barca, however, looked like an impressive unit against Granada, a team that finally found their feet under Ronald Koeman.
It is exciting for the Dutch coach, Antoine Griezmann has one of his best games with Barca.
Deployed alongside Messi and Ousmane Dembele in what was, on paper, a formidable front line, Griezmann opened the scoring with a calm 12-minute finish, after Sergio Busquets’ pass accidentally deflected into its path.
That France The international then latched onto Messi to make it 2-0 before getting his second game midway through the second half, when he fired another frenzied shot after being brought down in the penalty area by Dembele.
If Griezmann leaves late, Barca will truly believe they can overhaul Atletico and second place. Real Madrid at the top of the League standings.
Messi, however, will, as always, be decisive. His state of mind will be key during the second half of the season and he is beaming after scoring his second goal of the match: a clever free-kick into the bottom left corner of the Granada goal, after the hosts defended the right. side of the hand by placing a man behind the wall.
Cynics might suggest that it is no coincidence that the No.10 is reinventing his boots now that he is free to talk to other clubs regarding what is likely to be the biggest contract in football history.
Maybe he already decided his future. Maybe the weight on his shoulders had lifted. Or maybe thanks to an increase in recent results, and an attractive young talent like Pedri, he believes Barcelona finally moving in the right direction again.
Whatever the truth, he’s clearly enjoying his football again, and that’s good news for the Blaugrana.
But bad news for those hoping to reject the fifth Pichichi in a row!
We’re back for the fifth edition of the transfer disruption, and it’s fair to say a lot has happened over the last 48 hours in the Manchester City world.
OK, maybe more on the pitch than outside, with City securing their place in the 2021 Carabao Cup final after a convincing 2-0 win at Manchester United on Wednesday night.
With that said, the transfer rumors definitely didn’t stop either. Here’s everything you need to know, from Lionel Messi to Oleksandr Zinchenko …
Messi’s link continues
[Rumour Rating: 6]
It almost feels like an obligation to start the details of today’s transfer with what is arguably the biggest transfer in football history – Lionel Messi to Noisy Neighbors.
Messi and Pep Guardiola are not necessarily looking to renew their previously successful partnership during the summer window. With Barcelona going through a turbulent period of presidential elections and financial hardship, it’s no wonder the world’s best players will move on to a team that will compete for trophies.
The longer the story rumbles, the more realistic it will be that Messi can wear sky blue in August 2021. I personally don’t as Convinced of the saga as some others on social media have done, you can’t deny that it’s a near-perfect setting for a blockbuster deal.
Zinchenko is shopping at Lazio
[Rumour Rating: 5]
It feels like we’ve been here before with Oleksandr Zinchenko. As he slowly fell from the pecking order of Manchester City, clubs across Europe began to invade.
However, it seemed that this time the intermediaries hadproposed‘the Ukrainian to Lazio’s Serie A team. Zinchenko has seen far less pitch than in previous seasons with Joao Cancelo appearing on the left flank and Benjamin Mendy starting to find some small periods of fitness.
However, if we have found out anything about the 24 year old player, he is reluctant to jump on the ship once he slides down the totem pole. This is not the first time he has been linked away from the Etihad and if he chooses to stay and fight for his place in the squad again I will be far from surprised.
Aguero has not been approached with a new contract
[Rumour Rating: 3]
To all of you City fans reading this, have no fear. If Sergio Aguero wants to stay, he will stay.
There are very few players who have come through the club who appear to be of untouchable status. As the club’s all-time leading scorer and the man with the right foot smashed the ball into the family’s net to secure City’s first Premier League title, he is definitely one of the few untouchable.
While City have yet to make a bid, it is reported that both the player and the club are looking to extend the Argentine’s stay in Manchester further. The ‘3’ rumor rating I have tagged on this story is solely on the basis that if the 32-year-old extends, he may see his time on the pitch slowly diminish.
If he returns to Argentina to finish his career where it started, he will likely see a lot more pitch. I really hope he stays at Etihad.
City scout high on Derby winger Kamil Jozwiak
[Rumour Rating: 3]
After watching about eight minutes of YouTube highlights impressions of the Polish winger, I can confirm the thinking of Manchester City scout Jakub Bokiej – he is a talented man.
However, it’s not like City’s hierarchy to splash any cash on Championship players with the intention of getting them straight into the first-team squad – hence the rumor rating is only ‘3’.
Jozwiak will turn 23 in the spring, which is young for a talented attacking player, but unless he is an automatic first-team player, he is likely four-five years too old for City’s usual plans.purchased and shipped it on the next flight to Girona‘.
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