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Cristiano Ronaldo Is Again Among The Favourites For The Ballon D’or

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Upon completing his move to Juventus, many wondered whether Cristiano Ronaldo would be able to keep his incredibly high standards whilst adapting to a new environment, yet he did just that and is once again among the favourites to win the Ballon d’Or.

Luka Modric broke the long-running Lionel Messi/Ronaldo duopoly of the award, with his performances for Real Madrid and Croatia putting a different name on the trophy for the first time since 2008.

At 34 years old, Ronaldo has continued to pursue perfection in Turin, although the club’s disastrous defeat to Ajax in the Champions League left him visibly frustrated.

He added another league championship to his collection, whilst also lifting the Supercoppa Italiana, yet it was to be another summer of international success for the former Real Madrid forward.

After winning Euro 2016 with Portugal, Fernando Santos’ charges lifted the inaugural UEFA Nations League trophy on home soil after recording victories over Switzerland and the Netherlands.

It was the semi-final victory over the Swiss which was Ronaldo’s starring moment, he scored a hat-trick and became the first player to score in all of the top-tier international tournaments – World Cup, European Championship, Confederations Cup and the UEFA Nations League.

Unusually, Ronaldo didn’t finish as the Capocannoniere in his debut season in Italy, with his haul of 21 Serie A goals being bettered by both Fabio Quagliarella and Duvan Zapata.

Liverpool’s Premier League title challenge and their ultimate success in the Champions League has catapulted a number of their players into Ballon d’Or contention, not least Virgil van Dijk, thought by many to be the favourite.

Sadio Mane and Lionel Messi are expected to be in the running too, with the Argentine performing exceptionally for Barcelona in 2018/19, even if the team fell disastrously in the Champions League once more.

Despite the speculation, the Portuguese captain has attempted to kill suggestions that he is only motivated by individual awards.

“I don’t live with an obsession about awards,” Ronaldo explained.

“My numbers don’t lie, this year I’ve won three titles and I’ve been good in the Nations League.

“What else can I do?”

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Mr Eazi proposes to Temi Otedola!

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For what seemed like a long while, celebrity power couple—Mr Eazi and Temi Otedola—are finally engaged as Oluwatosin Ajibade better known as Mr Eazi pops the heartwarming “Will you be my wife?” question to his girlfriend of 2 years Temiloluwa Otedola and she responded favourably in the affirmative “Yes” tone.

Fashion mogul and Icon Temi Otedola began dating artiste and music label CEO Mr Eazi in the year 2020 and have been living together ever since in their London apartment, sharing intimate moments, even meeting respective family members. This they’ve both shared in detail on their How Far? With Mr Eazi And Temi Otedola podcast.

Temi announced her engagement by posting the sea-side proposal of Mr Eazi on one knee asking the important question. The video goes by the simple caption of the infinity logo connoting they’re both locked in for life.

Congratulations to Temi Otedola and Mr Eazi!

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Nicki Minaj agrees “Essence” should be song of the year at the Grammys

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American superstar rapper, Nicki Minaj, shares the same sentiments as myriads of Wizkid fans and well-wishers worldwide, in that she concurs to the argument the trendsetting crossover record-breaking single from Wizkid’s 2020 released “Made In Lagos” album, Essence should be in the conversation for the coveted “Record of the Year” plaque at this year’s Grammy Awards.

Although “Essence” did not receive the much desired nomination in the category for “Record of the Year” at the 2022 Grammy Awards, it did get a nod for Best Global Music Performance, the first of its kind.

Irrespective of the snub, Nicki whilie on Joe Budden TV (YouTube) as a guest on the special episode tagged A Conversation With Nicki Minaj & Joe Budden agreed with the host (Joe Budden) when he said “We need people on the Grammy board that know that “Essence” was song of the year” with an exclamatory “Right! Right!” response. She even proffered, “We should have our own Grammy Board“, in support of many and the popular believe that Black Americans or black artistes in general are always stereotyped to a particular category at the award show, if indeed they made it to the top categories, they barely win; Nicki Minaj does not have a Grammy Award herself and that is still a shock to many, especially when considering her refined catalogue of music.

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Pheelz & Buju (BNXN) live the carefree lifestyle on “Finesse”

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After much teasing, the anticipated Finesse by Pheelz and Buju (now BNXN) hit DSPs across the globe and just like the teaser gave off, Finesse is a banger! It is produced by young producer under Pheelz’s wing known as Miichkel.

On Finesse, Pheelz and Buju live their life to the fullest, the carefree lifestyle is what they desire and they are determined to stay on that track for the time being. “I’ve been living the fast life but I see it in slow mo / And you see my lifestyle, I got Gs in the turbo / . . . / Bad girl sey she want Netflix & Chill / So I ja ticket give her warning / If you fall in love, girls it’s certain / You go chop breakfast, I’m not capping“, Pheelz explains on the first verse, even saying love and relationship cannot stop him from living the ‘ballers’ lifestyle; “I’d be dammed if there’s anybody that could be like me / I be like Mo’ Salah, coming up the right wing / I cut through your defender, you no need to tell me / I must finesse / And you know sey me I must net“, Buju braggingly adds on the second verse, saying he can score any chick that catches his eye and dish her the next minute.

listen to the popular joyous chorus “Ah finesse / If I broke na my business / Ama shana e go bright o / Folake for the nighr ohere or on Apple Music.:

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