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Liverpool news: Barcelona give up on Philippe Coutinho for two huge reasons

Barcelona are expected to bid big for Liverpool star Coutinho next month. The Catalan giants spent the summer pursuing the Brazilian but, after being rebuffed on three separate occasions, ultimately focused on signing Ousmane Dembele from Borussia Dortmund. Despite that decision, however, talk remains they are still hellbent on signing the 25-year-old. However, Spanish publication Diario Gol say Barcelona have now abandoned their pursuit for two big reasons. It is said the club feel Liverpool have priced them out of any potential deal. The Reds wanted a huge £166million to…

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Barcelona news: Gerard Pique reveals REAL reason Neymar left Nou Camp

Neymar shocked the football world when he agreed to a world record £198million move to join PSG. It left Barcelona stunned and immediately searched for a replacement with Philippe Coutinho their ideal target. Liverpool were unwilling to listen to offers so they turned their attention to Ousmane Dembele, who they signed for an initial club-record fee of £97m. But the Catalan club have not been able to truly replace Neymar, despite leading La Liga. And Pique insists he holds no grudge over the Brazil international for leaving the Nou Camp….

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Champions League draw in full: Chelsea vs Barca; Man Utd, City, Spurs, Liverpool fixtures

Chelsea avoided a clash with Paris Saint-Germain during the draw in Nyon, Switzerland. But they were instead paired up with La Liga champions Barcelona. Manchester United were given a tie against Spanish side Sevilla. And Tottenham have been matched with Serie A side Juventus. Juve are struggling in their domestic league but have proven strong opposition so far in Europe. Spurs will play in Turin in the first leg before the return fixture at Wembley. Liverpool will play 2004 Champions League winners Porto – and will likely be happy with…

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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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Said & Done: ‘There’s zero tolerance on doping. We always expect fair play’

Quote of the week Alexei Sorokin, Russia’s Fifa executive, on 2018 World Cup head Vitaly Mutko’s IOC life ban for “an unprecedented attack on the integrity of sport”: “It has no connection to football. We’ll just keep on doing what we’ve been doing.” • Fifa’s official line – the ban has “no impact” on Mutko’s fitness to deliver a credible World Cup: “We continue to work on delivering the best possible event.” Part of that planning last week – a 12-month ban for Peru striker Paolo Guerrero for his positive…

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Chelsea news: Antonio Conte makes shock Cristiano Ronaldo Ballon d’Or claim

Kante was the highest ranked Premier League player in Thursday’s ceremony, finishing in eighth spot. Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo was once again the standout candidate and took home the accolade for the second year in a row ahead of his Barcelona arch-rival Lionel Messi. But Conte feels that Kante is bound to miss out in the future with the way the current voting system works. “Honestly I don’t know if N’Golo Kante can win the Ballon d’Or in his life because of the characteristics of this player,” he said….

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Cristiano Ronaldo makes joke at Ballon d’Or… girlfriend is NOT happy, reaction priceless

Ronaldo has won the Ballon d’Or for a fifth time to move level with rival Lionel Messi. The award caps a year in which Ronaldo has won La Liga, the Champions League and the Spanish Super Cup with Real Madrid, as well as helping Portugal qualify for the 2018 World Cup. He was interviewed by David Ginola after picking up the honour when he decided to make what he hoped would be a joke. Ginola asked Ronaldo what he wanted for Christmas to which he replied: “Another baby.” Rodriguez gave…

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Ballon d’Or 2017: Cristiano Ronaldo opens up on battle with Lionel Messi and Neymar

The Real Madrid forward scooped his fifth accolade at a star-studded ceremony in Paris on Thursday night. And that put him level with Barcelona ace Messi, who he’s fought it out with in La Liga since moving to the Bernabeu from Manchester United in 2009. Ronaldo and Messi’s battle has long been talked up as being between the two best players in football history. And Ronaldo has now revealed he’s got no intention of dropping out of it anytime soon. “I hope to play at this level for a few…

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Ballon d’Or 2017: Cristiano Ronaldo beats Lionel Messi to award after Real Madrid double

The Portuguese forward enjoyed another stellar season at the Bernabeu in 2016/17, netting 42 goals in 46 appearances in all competitions. And his form was integral to Zinedine Zidane’s side securing glory in La Liga and the Champions League, their second successive success in Europe. Ronaldo has tonight seen his performances for Real in 2017 recognised with a fifth Ballon d’Or award of his career going his way. The top gong puts the former Manchester United star level with Barcelona and Argentina ace Messi, who’s finished second in France Football‘s…

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Ballon d’Or 2017 results: Top 10 revealed – Kane and Kante join Ronaldo, Messi and Neymar

France Football are currently revealing the results of the Ballon d’Or 2017, with a group of 173 journalists voting for the best player in Europe. Having announced a 30-man shortlist earlier in the year, the French outlet have now revealed the rankings of every player down to the top 10. While Ronaldo and Messi are expected to go head-to-head for the award, eight other players now know they have been voted among the top 10 stars in Europe this year. Tottenham star Kane was voted in 10th spot, just behind…

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