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Zlatan Ibrahimovic Taunts Cristiano Ronaldo’s First Spell at Man Utd

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Swedish legend Zlatan Ibrahimovic isn’t impressed by the Cristiano Ronaldo to Manchester United hype that has surrounded the world of football in the last couple of weeks.

39-year-old Ibrahimovic, who currently plays for AC Milan has been critical of Ronaldo’s previous spell at Old Trafford, claiming that the Portuguese maestro was “carried” by Wayne Rooney.

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“When he played with Cristiano Ronaldo, all the work was done by Rooney,” Ibrahimović told the BBC in 2015, as quoted by GiveMeSport.

“But he didn’t get the credit because Ronaldo was scoring all of the goals. These great players have their moments over one to three years. But to continue over five years, for ten years the way Wayne Rooney has done is not easy. It’s pressure every day playing for a big team.”

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As much as many United fans would agree with what the Swedish great has started, it is never wrong to admit that Zlatan’s comments are a bit harsh too.

The only way to prove that is to look at what Cristiano achieved before leaving Manchester United in 2009.

Ronaldo won three consecutive Premier League titles, a UEFA Champions League, an FA Cup, and two League Cups. Not only that, on the personal front, Ronaldo claimed the Ballon d’Or and FIFA World Player of the Year in 2008.

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Official: Dario Benedetto leaves Marseille for Boca Juniors

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It’s over for Dario in Marseille. Boca Juniors has just formalized the arrival of Dario Benedetto from Olympic Marseille.

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Official: Dario Benedetto leaves Marseille for Boca Juniors

The Argentinian club reportedly paid around €4m for the one on loan at Elche this season.

Arrived at OM in 2019, Benedetto will have scored 16 goals in Ligue 1 for the Marseille club.

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3SC General Manager Dies at 62

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The General Manager of Shooting Stars of Ibadan, Rasheed Balogun has sadly passed away after battling illness for months.

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3SC General Manager Dies at 62

Balogun’s death was confirmed by Shooting Stars in a statement on their Twitter handle.

According to the Ibadan-based club, the 62-year-old died on Thursday night.

“We LOST our GENERAL MANAGER

“After a long battle with an undisclosed illness for months, RASHEED BALOGUN finally succumbed to death on Thursday night.

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“What a sad Thursday to Oluyole Warriors fans across the world.“

Naija News 247 recalls, Balogun was appointed as Shooting Stars General Manager in 2014.

Source: Nigeria Football News

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AFCON 2021 round of 16: Fixtures, Date, Time, Venue

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The group stage of the Africa Cup of Nations in Cameroon is now over. The qualifying countries are now fixed. Here is the complete program of the knockout stages of the CAN.

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AFCON 2021 round of 16: Fixtures, Date, Time, Venue

Burkina Faso 🇧🇫 – 🇬🇦 Gabon

Second in group A, the selection of “Kamou Malo” will challenge the “Panthers”, who finished 2nd in group C, on Sunday January 23 (5:00 p.m. WAT), in Limbé Stadium.

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Nigeria 🇳🇬 – 🇹🇳 Tunisia

Leaders of Group D with three wins in three games, Super Eagles of Nigeria to face the “Carthage Eagles”, Sunday, January 23 (08:00p.m WAT), in Roumdé Adjia Stadium, Garoua, Cameroon.

Guinea 🇬🇳 – 🇬🇲 Gambia

Naby Keïta’s team will meet Gambia, which will play for the first time in its history in the round of 16 of the African Cup, on Monday, January 24 (5:00 p.m. WAT) , in Bafoussam.

Cameroon 🇨🇲 – 🇰🇲 Comoros

The locals will face the Cœlacanthes , who have also qualified for the 8th of a CAN for the very first time in their history, on Monday, January 24 (8:00 p.m.) , in Yaoundé.

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Senegal 🇸🇳 – 🇨🇻 Cape Verde

The Teranga Lions finished first in Group B and will face Cape Verde, third in Group A, on Tuesday January 25 (8:00 p.m.) in Bafoussam.

Morocco 🇲🇦 – 🇲🇼 Malawi

Leaders of Group C, Vahid Halilhodžić’s men will face the Flames on Tuesday January 25 (8:00 p.m.), on the lawn of the Yaoundé stadium.

Ivory Coast 🇨🇮 – 🇪🇬 Egypt

It is the shock of these round of 16. The winners of Algeria will be opposed to Egypt of Mohamed Salah, Wednesday January 26 (17:00 ), in Douala.

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Mali 🇲🇱 – 🇬🇶 Equatorial Guinea

First in Group F, the Eagles of Mohamed Magassouba will meet Equatorial Guinea, who have won two of their three group matches, on Wednesday January 26 (8:00 p.m.) , in Limbé.

The round of 16 of the African Cup is knockout. The winners of these matches will therefore qualify for the quarter-finals, which will hold on Saturday 29 and Sunday 30 January.

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