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America has banned China firms from doing THIS – EU and UK welcomes them

Security services in the US are considered among the best in the world, yet Brussels has decided against advice from Washington over tech firm Huawei. The European Commission has backed the Chinese company which will be one of the biggest beneficiaries of the 5G wireless technology roll out. The tech giant has a range of mobile phones and the company’s 5G technology is among the cheapest and most advanced in the world. Huawei, believed to be in bed with the Chinese state, will be involved in critical networks for decades…

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Diego Maradona makes controversial Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo claim

Messi and Ronaldo are tied record holders with five each as they continue to dominate football. Ronaldo sealed his fifth gong earlier this month as he joined Messi at the top table. No one else has won the award in its current format and you need to go back to 2007 to find someone else voted as the best player of the year. But Maradona believes he would have won even more – had he been eligible for it. “There were more [contenders] before,” Maradona told AS.  “I’d have more…

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La Liga news: Pique leads revolt over Coutinho deal, Real Madrid receive Courtois boost

Gerard Pique is said to be furious that Philippe Coutinho is set to be handed a bigger contract than him at Barcelona, should the club lure him away from Liverpool. Barcelona have not given up hope of signing Coutinho, despite Liverpool supposedly not willing to listen to offers in the New Year. Coutinho made it clear in the summer that he wanted to leave when he handed in a transfer request with Barcelona having three bids knocked back. But his potential arrival could spark unrest in the Barcelona dressing room….

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Lionel Messi: Jose Mourinho knew exactly how to stop Barcelona star – Alonso

Messi has been at the pinnacle of world football for the past decade now. Teams all across Europe have tried and failed to prevent the Argentina international impacting the game. And Mourinho found out the hard way in his first El Clasico as Real boss back in 2010, with Messi running the show and Barcelona ending up 5-0 winners. However, the Portuguese coach quickly hatched a plan to halt Messi and that involved Alonso personally marking the 30-year-old out of the game. And the former Spain international has revealed how…

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Cristiano Ronaldo TAUNTED by Lionel Messi chant… His reaction was hilarious

Real looked to be on the wrong end of a huge upset when Brazilian forward Romarinho gave the Abu Dhabi side a 1-0 lead just before half-time. Ronaldo managed to level the scores after the break but Al-Jazira were able to frustrate the reigning La Liga and Champions League champions until the final minutes. It took Gareth Bale’s introduction to secure the win with the Welshman scoring on 81 minutes to set up a final against Gremio on Sunday. However, despite the result and Ronaldo getting on the scoresheet, some…

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Barcelona news: Ernesto Valverde launches transfer plan to please Lionel Messi

It is no secret that Barcelona are desperate to bring Philippe Coutinho to the Nou Camp as soon as possible. But Liverpool have not altered their stance that the player is not for sale after knocking back three bids in the summer. And, even if Barcelona were able to prise Coutinho away from Anfield, he would be unavailable to play in Champions League matches for the La Liga giants. So Valverde has hatched a plan B in order to bring in some extra quality to ensure they can maintain their…

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Cristiano Ronaldo closer than ever to LEAVING Real Madrid: He has not changed his mind

Ronaldo was rumoured to be frustrated with life in the Spanish capital in the summer in the wake of his tax fraud case. At the time, he was said to angered that his club failed to show more support for his off-field troubles. Florentino Perez swiftly came out in defence of Real’s superstar with Ronaldo seemingly happy at the gesture. But rumours surrounding his future at the Bernabeu continue to circulate and he could still leave the reigning La Liga and Champions League winners. That’s according to journalist Eduardo Aguirre,…

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‘It looks like someone’s gran’: Diego Maradona statue unveiled in India

Another football icon has been honoured by a statue with a bronze sculpture of the Argentina great, Diego Maradona, unveiled at a club in Kolkata, although the dubious likeness to the 1986 World Cup winner has attracted online ridicule. The 12-foot statue features the 1986 World Cup winner with a healthy head of hair and holding aloft the trophy he helped Argentina win in Mexico, but bears little resemblance to the then 25-year-old captain of the side. Some online commenters said the statue looked more like the former England manager,…

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Belated bravado shows José Mourinho is feeling the sting of his own methods | Barney Ronay

At first glance the most startling aspect of the Manchester derby tunnel fracas is the fact it seems to have been kicked off by José Mourinho knocking on the dressing room door and going toe-to-toe with Manchester City’s players. Hearing this, you wondered: why now? The fronting-up, the ballsiness, the stick-it–to-them bravado. Where was all this an hour and a half ago when the score was 0-0 and there was still a match to be won? At which point, with the day still wide open and the spoils there to…

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Champions League draw LIVE: Man Utd, Man City, Liverpool, Chelsea and Spurs learn fate

Champions League draw LIVE: Manchester United, Manchester City, Liverpool, Chelsea and Tottenham are set to learn their fate as the draw for the last 16 is held in Nyon, Switzerland 12:25: Celtic have been drawn against Zenit Saint Petersburg in the last 32 of the Europa League. Fun while it lasted… OOOPS… 12:20: Wow, I thought Chelsea’s fixtures leading up to their Champions League last-16 ties were bad. Check out Tottenham’s… Spurs vs Man United (Wed 31 January) Liverpool vs Spurs (Sat 3 February) Spurs vs Arsenal (Sat 10 February) Juve…

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