Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Mike Tyson: The Most Dreaded Boxers In History And His Extraordinary love For Cars

Mike Tyson was one of the toughest and most dreaded figures in boxing history.
His first 19 fights were won by knockouts. Twelve (12) of those demolitions were in the first round.
At the peak of his boxing career, he amassed an estimated net worth of about $300 million.
Sadly, he blew this fortune on a lavish lifestyle.

Tyson also achieved fame for his extraordinary habit of acquiring luxury cars.
In 2002, after his defeat to Lennox Lewis, Tyson fortune suffered significant financial decline.
in 2003, after a bout of overspending and the accumulation of taxes, he filed for Bankruptcy.
Sadly, the Hall of Fame boxer had to sell most of his cars to auctions and celebrity museums.

At the peak of his boxing career,  “Iron Mike” Tyson’s car collection included: several Rolls-Royces, Range Rover, Porsches, Jaguars, Aston-Martin Lagonda, BMWs, Cadillac Escalade, Lamborghinis, etc.
Autojosh highlights some of his more popular automobiles and a brief history behind each.

Following a successful amateur career, Tyson joined the professional rank in 1985.  After winning his first 19 fights, he was hailed as the “Golden child” of the division. To match the new reputation, he fittingly bought for himself ‘the golden one’, a Cadillac Eldorado.

After the death of his influential trainer – D’Amato – in November 1985, Jim Jacobs took over as Tyson’s trainer. Jacobs acquired for Tyson a Cadillac Seville. This early taste of luxury automobiles obviously sparked a passion in Tyson for cars.

In 1986, after defeating James Smith to claim the WBA title, Tyson visited a luxury car dealership. He told the dealer that he wanted a Rolls-Royce. Mike’s new manager Jacobs stopped him and ordered that he should suspend the purchase until he was 21. Tyson returned to the dealership on June 30, his 21st birthday, to purchase a blue Rolls-Royce Silver Spur. The car cost him $119,500.

In 1987, after defeating Tony Tucker to claim the IBF belt to hold all three-title straps, Tyson rewarded himself with a Rolls-Royce Corniche. The car cost him $165,000.

In 1988, after Tyson crashed his convertible Bentley, boxing promoter, Don King, bought Tyson two luxury cars: a black Rolls-Royce Stretch Limousine for $198,000 and another ivory Corniche.

After the demolition of British Frank Bruno, Tyson rewarded himself with a white 1989 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class 560SL. It was reported that the 5.6-liter V8 car was a favourite of Tyson’s friend, rapper Tupac Shakur.  Tupac was believed to have influenced Tyson’s purchase of the car. The car has a top speed of around 137 miles per hour and come in both a Hard Top and Soft Top version.

On February of 1990, James ‘Buster’ Douglas defeated the Champ – Iron Mike Tyson. This left Tyson losing the 3 titles he held. Regardless, on June of the same year, Tyson comforted himself with a 1990 Mercedes Benz 500 SL. The car came complete with a mobile phone (yes, a mobile phone was a big deal back then).  Days before his fight with amateur rival, Henry Tillman, the car was impounded by the police.

During the early 90’s, Tyson returned to the ring after serving a jail term for rape.
He brutalized Frank Bruno to regain his WBC title. With his return to big earnings, came a return to his acquisition of luxury car collection.
He added to his car collection the Italian luxury cars – a 1995 Ferrari F50 and a Ferrari 456 GT Spyder – in a package deal. The GT Spyder was the last special production 456 produced as a convertible, with a limited number rolled out the factory. Two of this car model were specially built by Pininfarina: one for the Sultan of Brunei and one for Tyson.

Mike Tyson loved classic cars too.
He owned an Aston-Martin Lagonda. This car was built by Aston Martin of Newport Pagnell, England, between 1974 and 1990.  Only 645 were produced.
The car has a 5.3 litre DOHC V8 engine, producing 280 bhp and has a top speed of 149 mph (240 km/h) and an acceleration speed of 0–60 mph in 6.2 seconds.
The classic Aston-Martin Lagonda cost about $200,000 dollar.

Evander Holyfield handed Tyson a shock defeat. A rematch was slated. This became one of the most hotly anticipated rematches in boxing history.
Before the infamous second fight (when Tyson bit Holyfield’s ear) he purchased a stunning 1997 Bentley Continental T. The car had a price-tag of around $500,000.
The car is regarded as the era of the last proper hand-built Bentleys.  The car came with an authoritative 6.75-liter turbocharged injection engine that punches with 426hp and a maximum torque of 645 lb-ft. Only 73 units of this car were produced.

In 1996, Tyson retained his WBA title in a controversial victory over Bruce Seldon. That same night, his friend, Tupac Shakur, was tragically shot and killed. That notwithstanding, he rewarded himself with a classic yellow Lamborghini Super Diablo Twin Turbo.
Only 7 of this car was built. The car has a price tag today of around $150,000 dollars and features a custom V12 750 HP engine that has a healthy top speed of 358 Km/h. (222 Mph).

the Jaguar XJ220 is considered as one of the fastest supercars available. Iron Mike Tyson owned one.

Ajax Send Message to Tottenham Ahead of Semi-final Clash

Ajax have sent a powerful message to Tottenham ahead of their Champions League semi-final first leg on Tuesday.

The English side will go head-to-head with the Dutch champions later today.

Tottenham will be hoping to take a lead to Amsterdam for next Wednesday’s game at the Johan Cruijff ArenA.

First choice striker, Harry Kane, Erik Lamela, Harry Winks and Serge Aurier remain unavailable due to their respective injuries.

Son Heung-min will also be absent after his booking in the previous round at Man City saw him pick up a one-game ban.

However, Moussa Sissoko and Jan Vertonghen could be back from injury ahead of the game in N17 after returning to training at Hotspur Way on Monday morning.

Vertonghen is one of four ex-Ajax players in the squad with Toby Alderweireld, Christian Eriksen and Davinson Sanchez also previously spending time with the Dutch giants.

Ajax sent a message to their former stars on Twitter having posted images of them during their time at the club.

“We love you. But we will fight you,” they tweeted.

Ajax beat European Champions, Real Madrid and Italian Champions, Juventus to reach this stage.

Sam Allardyce Kicks Against Rio Ferdinand’s Appointment, Reveals Best Man for Job

Former Bolton Wanderers and Crystal Palace manager, Sam Allardyce, has disclosed that Manchester United would be making a wrong move in appointing the club’s legend, Rio Ferdinand as new Sporting Director.

DAILY POST had reported on Monday that Ferdinand has held talks with Man United’s executive vice-chairman, Ed Woodward, over the possibility of becoming the club’s new Sporting Director.

The Old Trafford club are restructuring behind-the-scenes and are keen to bring back former players to be part of the new set up.

But Allardyce has now kicked against Ferdinand becoming Man United’s next Sporting Director, adding that Bryan Robson, a former Man United midfielder, is the right man for the position.

Speaking on Sports Breakfast, Allardyce said: “I think Rio is a great guy, a fantastic pundit and he was a fantastic player but to have that job at Manchester United and what it entails…

“Steve Walsh worked with me at Everton and learnt his trade on that side of the game for many, many years at Leicester. He did a two-year sporting director course, Steve Round did that course, which gives you great insight.

“The role of a sporting director is to generally, take the pressure off the manager.

“Trying to get a football man in, I understand. But trying to get a football man in without any experience…”

Allardyce added: “There is one man who can do that job with his eyes closed and he is already there as an ambassador, who has done it all – Bryan Robson – and I’m sure he would love the job.

“Bryan Robson would be a fantastic choice in that position for me. If they want somebody with links to Man United, there can be nobody better. They want somebody who is experienced in that area.

“There was no sporting director when Robbo was at Middlesbrough, he bought and sold all the players, and did a fantastic job. There is a ready-made man for them.

“Rio is a fantastic guy but he does not have a lot of experience in that department if he gets that job.”

Paul Scholes Blasts Four Man United Stars as Confusing Squad of Players

Manchester United legend, Paul Scholes has slammed four stars of the club, Romelu Lukaku, Marcus Rashford, Anthony Martial and Alexis Sanchez, as “confusing squad of players”.

This is coming following Man United’s 1-1 draw against Chelsea on Sunday in the Premier League encounter at Old Trafford.

Scholes believes Rashfor, Lukaku, Martial and Sanchez are not good enough for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side.

“I think it’s a confusing club and a confusing squad of players at the minute,” Scholes told Premier League Productions.

“I always think at Manchester United and at big clubs, you’re only as good as your centre forwards are and your attacking players. I’m not sure whether these attacking players are good enough.

“We talk about potential with Anthony Martial, Marcus Rashford, but you’re getting to a point now where it’s not potential, you have to start producing week in, week out.”

Scholes added: “Lukaku. I’m not sure if he’s a top class centre forward that’s going to score you 30 goals to win you a league. There’s confusion with the forwards.

“When I played we had four centre-forwards, who were brilliant, and they were centre forwards.

“You look now and you’ve got Lukaku, who’s definitely a centre-forward, but then you’ve got Martial, Rashford, Alexis Sanchez. Are they centre-forwards? Are they wide players?

“There’s confusion all over the pitch. A lack of identity.”

Ferdinand Becomes Man Utd First Sporting Director

Rio Ferdinand is one of a few hopefuls Manchester United have addressed about turning into their first sporting director.
United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward has discussed the position with Ferdinand, and wants to finalise an appointment before the start of next season.
United want a candidate who understands how the club works, which makes Ferdinand, who spent 12 years as a player at Old Trafford, an attractive candidate.
The person who fills the newly-created sporting director role is expected to focus on the transfer market, the academy and supporting the management team.

More to Liverpool than Firmino, Mane and Salah - Coutinho

Philippe Coutinho has warned Barcelona that Liverpool will pose more than just a fearsome attacking threat in Wednesday's clash at Camp Nou.

While Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino will be a primary focus for Barca in the Champions League semi-final first leg on Wednesday, Coutinho praised Jurgen Klopp's midfield and defence as he looked forward to lining up against the Reds.

The Brazil international spent five years at Anfield, during which Liverpool finished second in the Premier League and were runners-up in the Carabao Cup and Europa League, but they have since emerged as one of Europe's strongest sides under Klopp's guidance.

Coutinho told Barcelona's official website: "They are a great team. They are very strong mentally.

"I have been watching them all season and they are excellent going forward and in defence, so we will have to be very alert.

"There are important players for them but it's not just those three [Mane, Firmino, Salah]. There are the defenders, the midfielders who are all quality players and work hard to create goals for the team.

"We will have to be aware of the whole team and do our jobs as we have recently."

Barca team-mate and fellow former Liverpool star Luis Suarez echoed Coutinho's comments and highlighted similarities in how the two teams play.

"Liverpool have a way of playing that might surprise people, but they can play out from the back and have excellent players in midfield who can get the ball to their strikers," said Suarez.

"They can play in a way that is similar to our way of playing. I don't think there is that much difference. What is true is that both teams are very strong and the other one will have to look out.

"Obviously it's exciting to be going back to play at a ground like Anfield where the fans looked after me. I talk to [Jordan] Henderson a lot and he's obviously looking forward to playing against Philippe and myself and that will be special but now each one is playing for their team and doing their best.

"I remember the people there with a lot of affection. I speak to people who are still there and they miss those moments that we had together."

'Pogba in fantasy world where he's the best' - Scholes

Paul Pogba has been accused of living in “a fantasy world” by Manchester United legend Paul Scholes, with questions continuing to be asked of his future at Old Trafford.

Reports of interest from Real Madrid continue to swirl around the World Cup-winning midfielder, with struggles for consistency across three seasons back in England edging him towards the exit.

Scholes is not convinced that the Red Devils should be parting with a player who boasts obvious talent, but concedes that the 26-year-old needs greater guidance and discipline.

The former United star told Premier League Productions: “There’s confusion in midfield. Is Pogba going to stay or go?

“In years gone by, United have lost top players and it didn’t really affect them. You think of Roy Keane going, David Beckham, Cristiano [Ronaldo] going, [Ruud] van Nistelrooy. All top, top players leaving the club.

“But you always had a squad of players that it didn’t really matter, you didn’t really miss them that much.

“We all know Paul, we talk about potential, but he’s 26 years of age, he’s got to start producing it week in week out.

“You’re going to be losing a player who you know can be world class.

“Can you talk about getting better players next to him? Who is out there that’s going to improve him?

“If he’s got a manager that is strong enough with him, you go back to [Massimiliano] Allegri at Juventus, and the players he was with there, he did a job in that team. He worked his absolute backside off, which he should be doing every week.

“You get the feeling now that he has come to this club and thinks he’s the big fish, he needs to be the one showing off every week, he’s doing things he doesn’t need to be doing on a football pitch.

“You see his stud roll, he needs to become more clever about what he’s doing.

“His strengths are running, passing the ball, getting into the box, scoring goals, assisting goals. Once he starts stud rolling and trying to beat men, it’s not his game, he becomes easy to play against.

“If he passes the ball forward and runs, there’s nobody in the world who can stay with him.

“It’s exactly what he did at Juventus but he had strong characters around him, he had [Giorgio] Chiellini, [Andrea] Pirlo, great players. He almost did their running for them.

“Now he thinks everybody has got to do his work for him and it’s going against him.

“We know what he can do and we know what he’s capable of. As soon as he complicates his game, he’s no good to your team whatsoever.

“Allegri was a strong manager for him and you would have expected [Jose] Mourinho to be. He left him out and didn’t have that much of an effect on him.

“He thinks he’s the big player, the one that needs to show people he’s the best in the world and he doesn’t.

“He just needs to play simple, he’s got team-mates around him who should appreciate him and do appreciate him.

“He’s a good lad, as a young player he wanted to learn, he was desperate to learn. I just don’t think he’s getting the maturity, the sense is not coming to him.

“At Juventus we saw the best midfield player in the world, without a shadow of a doubt. I think it’s because he had a strong manager, a top manager behind him and great players. Not just decent players like he’s got now, he had special players to guide him and to lead him. I don’t think United have that.

“He could be a player who needs a Bryan Robson or a Roy Keane next to him just to give him a little rollicking every now and then. If he doesn’t get that he just carries on in his own little fantasy world, thinking he’s the best.

“He’s part of a team, it’s not about him. It’s not just about me doing tricks and being on YouTube and showing Real Madrid or Barcelona how good I am.

“It’s about being part of a team at Manchester United. That’s why it’s so difficult to say do you lose him.

“Is there anybody with the ability at Manchester United to replace him? At this point I don’t think there is.”

'Bale is 100 per cent committed to Real Madrid', insists player's agent

Gareth Bale's agent insists the Wales international is "100 per cent" committed to Real Madrid despite Zinedine Zidane's comments after the defeat to Rayo Vallecano.

Bale has repeatedly been the subject of speculation since he suggested he wished to leave Madrid at the end of last season, having played a starring role in a third consecutive Champions League title win.

The Wales winger played the full 90 minutes as his side lost 1-0 at Rayo on Sunday, but Zidane later told the media that he was unsure if Bale was focused.

Responding on Monday, Bale's agent Jonathan Barnett was adamant that the former Tottenham man remains keen to end his career at the Santiago Bernabeu.

"Gareth is 100 per cent committed to Real Madrid," Barnett told BBC Wales Sport. "Nothing has changed."

Bale has made 29 appearances in La Liga this term, starting 21 matches, and has scored eight league goals.

Barnett has been keen to stress the Welshman's commitment to Real throughout the speculation this term, saying earlier this month Bale was not thinking about going back to the Premier League and insisting he was happy at the Santiago Bernabeu.

But reappointed Real boss Zidane has been less clear on Bale's situation, admitting a decision on the player's future will be made this summer before his latest remarks on Sunday.

The 29-year-old has been linked with Manchester United as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer looks to bolster his squad in his first transfer window as permanent manager.

If Real do look to offload the former Tottenham man this summer, they could potentially send him out on a long-term loan deal, similar to their lending of James Rodriguez to Bayern Munich for two years.

Should he move on a permanent transfer, the Blancos would likely be looking for a huge fee having signed Bale for €100 million (£86m/$112m) in 2013. The fee was a world record at the time.

Melchiot urged Liverpool to rival Barcelona for perfect Van Dijk partner De Ligt

Liverpool have been urged to make a “smart” move for Ajax defender Matthijs de Ligt, with Mario Melchiot considering his fellow Dutchman to be the perfect partner for Virgil van Dijk.

The highly-rated 19-year-old already operates alongside a £75 million ($97m) centre-half at international level with the Netherlands.

It could be that the commanding duo get the opportunity to further that understanding at club level.

Jurgen Klopp will have to move quickly, though, if such a deal is to be done, with De Ligt attracting admiring glances from leading sides across Europe.

Barcelona and Juventus are among those leading the hunt, but former Ajax star Melchiot believes Anfield could be the ideal destination for the current holder of the prestigious Golden Boy award.

He told talkSPORT: “My boys at Ajax are of course going to try and hold onto him for as long as they can, but they know they’re coming into a difficult situation with De Ligt.

“I like him as a player, he’s very smart.

“He went through a very difficult spell when he first broke through because he made a couple of mistakes for the national team so the country was jumping on his back.

“But I think that shifted his mindset and made him an even better player.

“Now, the way he’s playing right now, I think if Liverpool were smart they’ll go after him.

“De Ligt and Van Dijk, those two together would be a great partnership.”

Ajax have conceded that they will find it difficult to retain the services of De Ligt this summer.

Juventus willing to sell Dybala

Juventus are open to the idea of offloading Paulo Dybala during the next transfer window, Goal understands.

The Argentina international is no longer considered to be integral to the Bianconeri’s future plans.

A summer of change is approaching in Turin and Dybala could find himself caught up in that process.

The arrival of Cristiano Ronaldo in 2018 has nudged the 25-year-old out of the limelight and into a supporting role.

Boasting a player of such ability as a back-up option is an obvious bonus for Juve, but the player himself is looking for much more.

His ambition dictates that he needs to be filling a leading role at club level. Such a standing is being denied him, with Massimiliano Allegri often asking him to play out of position in order to cater to the needs of Ronaldo.

Dybala has managed 10 goals in 39 appearances, but his situation has become complicated and big decisions are now approaching at a career crossroads.

If Allegri remains at the Juve helm, amid speculation suggesting that he could be targeted by other leading European clubs, then Dybala’s future appears to lie elsewhere.

Having already slipped down the pecking order, the South American is set to see Aaron Ramsey join the creative ranks at Juve once he reaches the end of his contract at Arsenal.

It could be that a role is found for him alongside the Welshman, but such a decision will depend on who is calling the shots from the dugout.

Monday, April 29, 2019

Striker Josef Sural killed in a bus crash

Czech international striker Josef Sural has been killed after a bus carrying several of Turkish club Aytemiz Alanyaspor's players crashed.

Sural, 28, died at the hospital where he and six of his team-mates were taken after a bus carrying them back from a game at Kayserispor crashed on Sunday.

Ex-Cardiff and QPR defender Steven Caulker was on the bus and is unharmed physically but emotionally distraught.

Chairman Hasan Cavusoglu claimed the driver had fallen asleep at the wheel.

A second on-board driver was also reportedly asleep when the accident happened around three miles from the club's home city of Alanya.

Cavusoglu said the six players other than Sural were not in a critical condition.

Seven of the Super Lig's club's players had rented the private minibus, while the rest of the club's players and staff travelled on a team bus or on their own.

On Twitter, the club posted: "We have learned with deep sorrow that Josef Sural lost his life as a result of an accident carrying seven football players from Alanyaspor."

Ex-Newcastle striker Papiss Cisse also plays for Alanyaspor but it is not known whether he was on board.

Raheem Sterling win Football Writers' Association Footballer of the Year award

Manchester City's Raheem Sterling have won the Football Writers' Association Footballer of the Year award.

Sterling, 24, took the writers' award with 62% of the vote after he was named Professional Footballers' Association Young Player of the Year.

Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk - PFA Player of the Year - was second.

More than 400 FWA members voted in their award, with Sterling finishing more than 100 votes clear of Van Dijk,

Tottenham's Harry Kane, Chelsea's Eden Hazard, Arsenal's Alexandre Lacazette, and Manchester City's Bernardo Silva and David Silva all earned votes.

Sterling becomes the first City player to win the award since 1969, when Tony Book shared the honour with Derby's Dave Mackay.

Beating Guardiola takes more than just tactics – Pochettino

Tottenham edged out Manchester City after a pulsating Champions League double-header to set up a last-four tie against Ajax

Overcoming Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City in the Champions League quarter-final was more than a simple matter of tactics, according to Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino.

Tottenham beat City on away goals after a pulsating 4-4 aggregate draw to set up a last-four tie with this season’s surprise package Ajax.

It represents the club’s first-ever appearance at this stage in either the Champions League or European Cup, whilst Guardiola was condemned to an eighth consecutive year without an appearance in the final of Europe’s premier club competition.

Pochettino’s side will play Dutch outfit Ajax for the right to face either Barcelona or Liverpool in the Madrid showpiece on June 1, and the Spurs boss believes that fortune played a part in dragging his team to this stage of the competition.

“There is nothing concrete, it had to do with a lot of things,” Pochettino told Goal . “It goes beyond a tactical approach. It's about quality, overcoming the circumstances that are taking place, the different moments that a match has, and also having some luck.

“We should not get too proud, but we also have quality in our football. We face each game with courage.”

Pochettino saw his team race into what was effectively a three-goal lead in the first half at the Etihad, only for City to come roaring back to steal the ascendency before the visitors struck late to win it.

Spurs had thought they had been knocked out in the final minutes when Raheem Sterling scored what looked to have been a tie-deciding goal, only for a VAR review to halt the celebrations of the Premier League champions.

“For the fifth goal, we went so quickly from disappointment to the relief of the offside,” said Pochettino. “Emotions always went up and down. Only at that moment did I feel that the match was slipping away.

“Everyone that does not win is labelled a failure too quickly, I do not like that word. It is not easy to win the Champions League, only Real Madrid won three (in a row) and that is incredible, because next to the Premier League that is the most difficult.

“It is unfair, even if City had winning the Champions League as one of their goals.”

Lukaku refuses to commit to Man Utd amid Serie A links

Romelu Lukaku is “under contract” at Manchester United but admits he cannot guarantee that he will be at Old Trafford for the 2019-20 campaign.

Questions of the Belgium international’s future are being asked heading towards the summer transfer window.

The 25-year-old has done little to curb those rumours by admitting that he retains a “dream” to play in Serie A “sooner or later”.

Juventus and Inter are among those said to be monitoring his situation in England ahead of a possible formal approach.

Were United to miss out on Champions League qualification this season, as they sit sixth in the Premier League table, then interest may be stepped up.

Lukaku is reluctant to speculate on what the next few weeks could hold, telling reporters after a 1-1 draw with Chelsea on Sunday when quizzed on his future: “Me? I don’t know. I am not here to entertain rumours. I am still under contract.”

His current deal with United is due to run until 2021.

He has recorded another 15 goals this season, having managed 27 in his debut campaign with the Red Devils.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is, however, expected to oversee a number of comings and goings in the next window.

Lukaku may form part of that process, as could Spanish goalkeeper David de Gea.

United’s No. 1 has seen uncharacteristic errors creep into his game of late, against a backdrop of contract extension talks, and he is another said to be generating interest from afar.

A number of team-mates, as well as Solskjaer, have already spoken out in support of a four-time Player of the Year, though, and Lukaku believes he remains integral to the Red Devils’ plans.

He added on a colleague enduring a tough time: “He has been the best player at the club since when? Seven or eight years consistently.

“I don’t think we should discredit him and suddenly say he is a bad goalkeeper. He has saved us so many times.

“It happens to strikers, it happens to midfielders and now it is happening to him. He has to learn from it. We are here to support him and he is strong.

“He had a bad time at the start of his United career as I remember and he was just a kid then but came through it.

“He did what he had to do then, turned it round, won trophies and became the best player at the club and he is a leader in the dressing room. Now it is up to us as a team to help him and trust his abilities.”

Onuoha refuses to accept Ibrahimovic apology after LA Galaxy star's trash talk

Nedum Onuoha has refused to accept Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s apology after being caught up in a bout of trash talking from the Swedish striker during an MLS fixture between Real Salt Lake and the LA Galaxy.

The former Manchester City defender clashed with the ex-Manchester United striker throughout a keenly-fought contest.

Ibrahimovic proved to be the match-winner on the day, with his 78th-minute striker settling the tie.

The Galaxy prevailed 2-1 courtesy of that effort, with their enigmatic frontman helping to cement a second-placed standing in the Western Conference.

Ibrahimovic did, however, take his pursuit of victory a little too far.

Having been in Onuoha’s ear throughout their on-field tussle, the 37-year-old took to shouting at his opponent when finding the target.

The veteran frontman was eager to offer his apologies afterwards, but a domestic rival was having none of it.

Onuoh, who was caught on camera having an angry post-match exchange with Ibrahimovic, told KSL: “He came here to apologise after the game because from 60 minutes in, he’s saying to me he’s going to do me, he’s going to hurt me for that game - and this is the guy who’s the face of the MLS as he calls himself, but this is the way he plays on the field.

“So I don’t care. You don’t say that on the field. I’m not going to accept his apologies. It’s unacceptable.”

Having seen his efforts to make peace rebuffed, Ibrahimovic relaxed his stance when speaking to the media.

His game has always been about playing on the edge, with there admittance on his part that he is at his most effective when emotions are running high.

“What happens on the field, stays on the field,” he told reporters.

I could have been a starter at Real Madrid or Man Utd for 10 years - Kevin Prince Boateng

Kevin-Prince Boateng is now a La Liga title winner with Barcelona, but he feels he could have “played 10 years for Real Madrid or Manchester United” had his attitude been better early in his career.

At 32 years of age, the former Ghana international has reached the very top of the game.

He has enjoyed plenty of success to this point, turning out for the likes of Tottenham and AC Milan, but admits that he should have achieved so much more.

“Mentality is crucial. I started too late to really think about [my career]. Of course I regret that.

“As an 18-year-old, I would have needed an agent or a family to push me in the right direction. I would have liked that. But I had to fix everything myself.

“I know very well that I have also failed with my motivation, which has not always been 100 per cent there.

“If I would have had the absolute will, I would have been a starting XI player at Barcelona or would have played 10 years for Real Madrid or Manchester United.”

Boateng has never been short of admirers despite not always pushing himself as hard as he could.

Jurgen Klopp is among those to have cast admiring glances in his direction, with the current Liverpool boss having been keen on retaining an enigmatic talent following a short-term loan at Borussia Dortmund in 2009.

On a failed transfer, Boateng said: “BVB missed only one goal at the time for Champions League qualification. Had Dortmund qualified for Europe at the time, they would have bought me.

“Klopp called me personally and told me that it did not work out. I was very sad about that and the normally always tough Prince cried.

“At the time, I guessed that something big could happen in Dortmund, so I wanted to stay. But it wasn't meant to happen.”

Boateng added on Klopp – a manager he holds in the highest regard: “He knows exactly what he has to say to make you go on the pitch and die for him. He has this over all others.

“This has been seen in Dortmund and you can see it now in Liverpool.

“It even gives the players who do not play the feeling that they are important. With him as a coach there is a special feeling.”

Pressed further on what would have happened had the German tactician wanted to take him to Liverpool, Boateng said: “For Klopp I would even have gone to China!”

Azpilicueta Speaks on Clash with Lukaku, Crashing into Photographer

Chelsea captain, Cesar Azpilicueta has insisted that he bears no hard feelings towards Manchester United’s striker, Romelu Lukaku, after the Belgian sent him crashing into a photographer during their 1-1 draw at Old Trafford on Sunday.
Azpilicueta went shoulder to shoulder with Lukaku near the corner flag and the Manchester United’s frontman sent the Spaniard off the pitch towards United’s supporters who were sitting in the front row.
Azpilicueta crashed into United’s official photographer who was sitting just yards from the edge of the pitch before colliding with a metal gate in front of the fans.
After the match, the Spanish defender was asked if he was okay, and Azpilicueta told Sky Sports, “I was okay, maybe I was lucky I had the photographer just in front of me. I was going straight to the wall.
“It’s a fight, it’s a fight, we knew they are a very physical team.
“Physicality is part of football, the battles, I’m happy for it.”

Virgil Van Dijk Reveals Player That Could win next Ballon d’Or

Liverpool defender, Virgil van Dijk has ruled himself out from winning this year’s Ballon d’ Or.
The 27-year-old stated that only players, who are basically out of this world and have been currently doing it for many years, deserve to win the world individual top-prize.
Barcelona captain, Lionel Messi and Juventus star, Cristiano Ronaldo have dominated the award for eleven years now.
The pair had won an incredible five awards each, with Ronaldo equalling Messi’s tally last two years.
Van Dijk, who has been impressive for Jurgen Klopp’s side since joining Liverpool from Southampton, won the Professional Footballers’ Association Player of the Year awards for 2018/2019 on Sunday.
The Dutch star also won the BBC Sport’s Premier League Player of the Year award.
When asked about winning the Ballon d’Or at the end of the year yesterday, Van Dijk was quoted by Sportsmole as saying: “Nah, that’s not something that’s on my mind at all.
“There are currently players walking around in this football world that are out of this world basically and they’ve been doing it for many years.
“I’m very happy how I perform at the moment, how consistent I’m performing, that I’m fit as well. I think I just need to not look too far ahead.
“Right now we’re in a tight title race, in the Champions League semi-finals against a fantastic team, where probably the best players are playing so we just take it game by game.
“For us now it’s time to focus on Barcelona midweek and then we have a big game at Newcastle away as well so I won’t look too far ahead and the only goals I will set are personal goals with Liverpool.”

Lukaku Reveals What will Happen to Solskjaer next Season

Manchester United striker, Romelu Lukaku, has said supporters will only see Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s vision for the club by next season.

Solskjaer made a flying start after replacing Jose Mourinho in December, by winning 14 of his first 17 games in charge.

But United are now sixth on the table having won just two of their last 10.

It has left Solskjaer’s team on the brink of missing out on a place in the top four, but Lukaku said he believes things will be different next season after a summer transfer window and a full preseason with the new manager.

“We will be much better. It is not easy changing a manager in the middle of a season. Next year we will be up there,” Lukaku told ESPN.

Lukaku, who has scored 15 goals this season, has also been linked with a move away from Old Trafford and asked directly whether he could put an end to speculation about a transfer to Serie A, the 25-year-old left the door open.

“I don’t know. I am not here to entertain rumours. I am still under contract,” he stated.

Arsene Wenger Sends Strong Warning to Man United

Legendary Arsenal manager, Arsene Wenger has issued warning to Manchester United ahead of their summer transfer overhaul.

Man United coach, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is set to embark on a £200million revamp of his squad after the season.

But Wenger has now warned the Red Devils that they are likely to face strong competition from the likes of Real Madrid, Chelsea, Paris Saint-Germain, Bayern Munich and Arsenal in the transfer market this summer.

The Frenchman said this following Man United’s 1-1 draw against Chelsea in the Premier League on Sunday.

Wenger, speaking on beIN Sport, said: “They  have spent a lot of money but still they have a big job to do.

“What will be interesting in the summer for me is that you have many big clubs who are out to buy players. I think there will be more money than good players on the market.

“So it will not be easy to get it right because you have Real Madrid out there, Bayern Munich out there, Paris Saint-Germain out there, Man United out there, then Arsenal and Chelsea out there on the market.”

Pogba Fires Back at Roy Keane after 1-1 Draw With Chelsea

Manchester United midfielder, Paul Pogba, has hit back at former club captain, Roy Keane, by declaring that his critics “can say what they want”.

Keane has been critical of Pogba, branding him “a problem” ahead of the 2-0 derby defeat to Manchester City on Wednesday.

But Pogba, who has scored 16 goals this season and was named in the PFA Team of the Year, says he pays no attention to what is said in television studios when asked specifically about Keane’s comments.

“There’s no problem. They’re paid to say things in front of the camera. I’m just focused on what happens on the pitch.

“They can say what they want, they’re paid for that. I’m not paid to speak.

“I’m paid to be on the pitch and to fight for my team. That’s all,” he told RMC following the 1-1 draw with Chelsea on Sunday.

Zidane Blasts Real Madrid Players After 1-0 Defeat to Rayo Vallecano

Real Madrid manager, Zinedine Zidane, was furious with his players following their 1-0 defeat to Rayo Vallecano at the Campo de Futbol de Vallecas on Sunday.

The poor display came a day after Real saw eternal rivals, Barcelona, celebrate their 26th La Liga title.

Adri Embarba netted the only goal of the game, sending goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois the wrong way with a penalty midway through the first half.

The loss kept Madrid on 65 points with three matches left to play.

It was Rayo’s first win over their illustrious neighbours since 1997 when Fabio Capello was in charge of Madrid.

“Today we did nothing, from minute one until the end, at all levels.

“Sometimes you cannot score, but today we did not even make chances, did not do anything in our play. We must be very angry, and I am angry, as our image today was bad.

“And I am responsible for that, not just the players. We must apologise for what we did today, all of us,” Zidane told a press conference after the match.

Zidane was then asked if he regrets returning to the Santiago Bernabeu to take over a Madrid side which had slumped through the season under previous coaches: Julen Lopetegui and Santi Solari.

“I am not sorry, just the opposite.

“I have to live through these difficult moments like today. But we cannot play like this. Today it was everything, the attitude, everything. We were not committed in anything, challenges, running. They played their game, but we did nothing of what we must do on the pitch,” the Frenchman replied.

Zidane also refused to reveal what he had told his players after the game.

“What I said to the players stays there. I will always defend my players, but not today. That is the reality of today, we cannot play like this. But it is not just them, I am responsible as I pick the team and prepare the game with the players. Today was just opposite of what was planned,” he added.

Czech’s top Striker, Surai Killed in Auto Crash

Czech Republic striker, Josef Sural, is dead.
Sural was killed after a bus carrying several players of Turkish club side Aytemiz Alanyaspor crashed.
The 28-year-old passed on at the hospital where he and six of his team-mates were taken.
They were being transported back from a game at Kayserispor before the crash on Sunday.
According to BBC, Ex-Cardiff and QPR defender, Steven Caulker was on the bus and is unharmed physically but emotionally distraught.
The club’s Chairman, Hasan Cavusoglu, said that the driver had fallen asleep and the second on-board driver was also reportedly asleep when the accident happened around three miles from the club’s home city of Alanya.
Seven of the Super Ligue club players had rented the private minibus, while the rest of the club’s players and staff travelled on a team bus or on their own.
On Twitter, the club posted, “We have learned with deep sorrow that Josef Sural lost his life as a result of an accident carrying seven football players from Alanyaspor.”
Ex-Newcastle striker, Papiss Cisse also plays for Alanyaspor but it is not known whether he was on board.
Sural joined Alanyaspor from Sparta Prague in January.
He made 20 appearances for his country, last featuring in their Nations League defeat by Ukraine in October.
The Football Association of the Czech Republic said the news of Sural’s death brought “great sorrow”, adding that: “We will never forget you.”

Golden Shoe 2018/2019: Messi, Mbappe lead race to finish Europe’s top scorer [See top 10]

Barcelona captain, Lionel Messi, is currently leading the race to finish the season as the top scorer in Europe.

Messi, who won the Golden Shoe last season, has netted 34 goals so far.

The Argentine superstar will be seeking to go two clear of Juventus forward, Cristiano Ronaldo, who has won the prize four times.

Paris Saint-Germain’s Kylian Mbappe is second with 30 goals, while Fabio Quagliarella of Fiorentina has scored 23 goals.

Here are the top 10 as at present:

1. Lionel Messi | Barcelona | 34 goals (68pts)

2. Kylian Mbappe | PSG | 30 goals (60pts)

3. Fabio Quagliarella | Sampdoria | 23 goals (46pts)

4. Mbaye Diagne | Kasimpasa/Galatasaray | 28 goals (42pts)

5. Luuk de Jong | PSV | 28 goals (42pts)

6. Robert Lewandowski | Bayern Munich | 21 goals (42pts)

7. Duvan Zapata | Atalanta | 21 goals (42pts)

8. Krzysztof Piatek | Genoa/AC Milan | 21 goals (42pts)

9. Luis Suarez | Barcelona | 21 goals (42pts)

10. Karim Benzema | Real Madrid | 21 goals (42pts).

Raheem Sterling Wins FWA Footballer of the Year ahead of Van Dijk, Aguero

Manchester City winger, Raheem Sterling, has been crowned the Football Writers’ Association Footballer of the Year, adding to his PFA Young Player of the Year award.

Sterling finished ahead of PFA Player of the Year, Virgil van Dijk, in the voting and his City team-mate, Sergio Aguero.

Having scored 17 goals and assisted in another 10, Sterling has played a prominent role in putting City on the verge of retaining their Premier League title for the first time.

There were also votes for Bernardo Silva, David Silva, Harry Kane, Eden Hazard and Alexandre Lacazette.

Nikita Parris made it a City double after being named FWA Women’s Footballer of the Year.

Parris netted 19 goals in 19 games in the Women’s Super League.

Virgil Van Dijk Wins The PFA Players’ Player Of The Year

Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk was named the PFA Players’ Player of the Year for 2018-19 at a ceremony in London on Sunday night.
The Reds centre-back topped a poll of his peers across the 92 Premier League and Football League clubs to scoop the prestigious individual accolade in recognition of his remarkable consistency and dominant performances.
Van Dijk has made 45 appearances in all competitions this term, helping Liverpool to record 23 clean sheets and contributing five goals in the team’s quest for Premier League and Champions League glory.
The Netherlands captain saw off competition from teammate Sadio Mane, Manchester City trio Sergio Aguero, Bernardo Silva and Raheem Sterling, and Chelsea’s Eden Hazard.
Van Dijk succeeds Liverpool teammate Mohamed Salah as the PFA Players’ Player of the Year.

What Sarri Said About De Gea’s Error, Rojo’s Tackle on Willian, Chelsea’s Top 4 fight

Chelsea boss, Maurizio Sarri, has said that the error made by Manchester United goalkeeper, David De Gea, can happen to anyone, even the best.

According to him, “De Gea’s error can happen because even the best make errors.”

De Gea was unable to hold Antonio Rudiger’s shot from outside the eighteen yard box, allowing Marcos Alonso to slot in the rebound.

Alonso’s goal put Chelsea level after Juan Mata had fired United in front.

Sarri also said that Rudiger’s injury situation “is most serious of injury worries today because of his knee.

“Willian may only be a knock. He could be back for Frankfurt on Thursday, but Rudiger almost certain to be out.”

Sarri says he has no idea whether Eden Hazard will stay at Stamford Bridge. But says he is only concerned with his form right now, which is very good.

Marcos Rojo was shown a yellow card for a tackle on Willian, and reacting to this, Sarri said that Rojo deserved an “orange” card, adding that yellow was not enough for the foul.

Sarri also told Sky Sports that his side still have to win last two matches to be certain of top 4 finish.

Sarri added that Chelsea “struggled in first 25 minutes because they could not link up with Higuain.

“We were in trouble but coped better in the second half.”

Wenger Reveals Chelsea’s biggest problem under Sarri

Former Arsenal boss, Arsene Wenger has revealed Chelsea’s biggest problem under Maurizio Sarri.

The Frenchman said Chelsea ‘lack pace’ under Sarri, and feels that too much pressure is being heaped on Eden Hazard.

The Italian gaffer made a fantastic start as Chelsea manager going 12 games unbeaten at the beginning of the Premier League season.

Chelsea, however, experienced lost of form over the winter and are now battling for a top-four place.

Wenger said Blues’ problems stem from a lack of speed in attack and claims the issue forces Hazard to drop deeper in order to influence play.

“For Sarri it is his first season in England,” Wenger told beIN Sports.

“He certainly likes a game with possession his team has good possession but they lack goals.

“If you compare the possession they have – always in every game around 70 per cent – and the number of goals they score, I think they have not enough players who are going behind defenders.

“They don’t have enough pace to take advantage.

“Hazard has to come deep to make the difference on his own sometimes.”

Solskjaer blames one Man Utd player after 1-1 draw with Chelsea

Manchester United manager, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has insisted that he does not regret starting goalkeeper David De Gea for their 1-1 draw with Chelsea on Sunday, but says the Spaniard should have done better with the goal he conceded.

Juan Mata gave United the lead in the 11th minute but another goalkeeping error allowed Marcos Alonso to equalise two minutes before half-time.

Antonio Rudiger’s speculative 35-yard shot was Chelsea’s first effort on target and De Gea spilled the ball at Marcos Alonso’s feet and he guided it in off the far post.

When asked after the draw with Chelsea whether he thought he should have left out De Gea, Solskjaer told the BBC: “No. David has been a fantastic keeper at this club, his reaction after City was good and I was confident in him. He knows he could do better with their goal but it’s one of those things again.

“We did the same against City and started well but today we never found our rhythm again. We needed the tempo to be higher, with a higher intensity but we never managed to get that.”

Solskjaer added: “You never know, we felt we needed to win this game. The boys started fantastic, created chances, got in behind and got the lead and then second half we never managed to get the quality and tempo back up again.

“It was a good game of football, both could have won it but probably a draw is fair result. They’re probably more happy than we are with the draw, it’s one of those days and we must dust ourselves down and win the next two – you never know as points are being dropped left, right and centre.”

What Hazard Said after 1-1 draw with Man Utd

Chelsea star, Eden Hazard has reiterated his desire to play in the Champions League next season as the race for the top four in England remains wide open.

Hazard has been regularly linked with a move to Real Madrid in recent months as Chelsea have stumbled in and out of the qualification places at the top of the Premier League.

The Belgian did not play in the Champions League this season since the Blues missed out on qualification.

Sunday’s 1-1 draw with Manchester United keeps Maurizio Sarri’s men narrowly inside the top four, two points ahead of Arsenal in fifth.

“Chelsea has to play in the Champions League every year.

“It’s one of biggest clubs in the world, and for myself also I want to play in the Champions League, and we will,” Hazard told Sky Sports after the game.

Hazard admitted that he was content with the share of the points, but believes that his side had enough to take victory late on.

“A good day but could be better. We came here thinking about winning the game, a draw is not a bad result for us but I think if we believe a bit more in our chances we can score another goal.

“We now have two games and we will try and be in the top four

“We started slowly but today we had a reaction and scored our goal. I don’t remember one chance for them in the second half and yes we just played a good game.

“The game was hard, in a good way, this Man Utd-Chelsea game is always tough,” he added.

Wenger Predicts team that will win Premier League title

Arsenal manager, Arsene Wenger, has admitted he is “scared” for Liverpool and expects Manchester City to win the Premier League title.

Sergio Aguero’s single goal at Burnley restored City’s lead at the top and they will be champions again with two wins in their final two games.

Liverpool haven’t won the title since 1989 and are yet to win the championship in the Premier League era.

Should they come second this term, they would have amassed the most points of any runner-up in a 38-game season.

Wenger, speaking on beIN Sport, stated that it’s almost “destiny” now for Liverpool to continue their run without a league title.

“There’s still hope but they go to Newcastle. Newcastle is not an easy place for Liverpool.

“I’m scared for Liverpool even with one game to go that Manchester City will already have won it but they will fight until the end.

“It looks like there’s a destiny that is against Liverpool. They dominated for such a long period in English football and suddenly from 89-90 until today they cannot win the Premier League. Every time there is small things against them,” Wenger said.

Top 23 Highest Goalscorers in Premier League After Week 36

All the fixtures in the English Premier League Week 36 have now been concluded.

On Sunday, Jamie Vardy netted twice as Leicester City hammered Arsenal 3-0 at the King Power.

Sergio Aguero struck the only goal in Manchester City’s 1-0 victory over Burnley at Turf Moor.

In the last fixture of the round, Manchester United were held to a 1-1 draw by Chelsea at Old Trafford.

Here are the current top 23 highest goal scorers chasing the Golden Boot in the top flight.

Manchester City striker, Sergio Aguero, currently tops the EPL goal chart with 19 goals, along with Liverpool winger, Mohammed Salah and Arsenal’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

See EPL top-23 highest goal scorers:

21 goals: Mohamed Salah (Liverpool).

20 goals: Sadio Mane (Liverpool), Sergio Aguero (Manchester City).

19 goals: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Arsenal).

17 goals: Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur), Raheem Sterling (Manchester City).

18 goals: Jamie Vardy (Leicester City).

16 goals: Eden Hazard (Chelsea).

14 goals: Callum Wilson (Bournemouth).

13 goals: Alexandre Lacazette (Arsenal), Paul Pogba (Manchester United), Gylfi Sigurdsson (Everton), Richarlison (Everton), Raúl Jiménez (Wolves).

12 goals: Roberto Firmino (Liverpool), Romelu Lukaku (Manchester United), Heung-min Son (Tottenham Hotspur), Luka Milivojevic (Crystal Palace).

11 goals: Joshua King (Bournemouth), Glenn Murray (Brighton), Aleksandar Mitrovic (Fulham).

10 goals: Marcus Rashford (Manchester United), Anthony Martial (Manchester United).

The Match Day 37 of the English Premier League will resume on Friday when Everton welcome Burnley.

Neville Sends Message to De Gea after Another Blunder in Man United’s 1-1 Draw with Chelsea

Former Manchester United star, Gary Neville has advised goalkeeper David De Gea to get away from football in the summer and reset after he committed another blunder in Man United’s 1-1 draw against Chelsea on Sunday in the Premier League.

Goals from Juan Mata and Marcos Alonso ensured both Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men and Maurizio Sarri’s side got a point each at Old Trafford.

De Gea fumbled a shot from Chelsea defender, Antonio Rudiger, which allowed left-back, Marcos Alonso, to equalise for the Blues before half time.

The 28-year-old also committed a mistake against Manchester City forward, Leroy Sane, in their last Premier League 2-0 defeat to Pep Guardiola’s side.

When asked about De Gea’s mistake in Man United’s draw against Chelsea, Neville said on Sky Sports: “He needs to get away from football in the summer and reset.

“De Gea has built up so much credit but he is having a really torrid time. He is having a nightmare of a time.

“Credit to Alonso for following it in, Ashley Young, Ander Herrera, Eric Bailly, they don’t.”