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Lionel Messi blasts Barcelona for ‘throwing’ Luis Suárez out of the club

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Lionel Messi has launched a fresh attack on Barcelona’s hierarchy for the way the club treated his close friend Luis Suárez after the striker left for rival club, Atlético Madrid. 

The Argentine playmaker, who threatened to leave Barça last month and recently hit out at the club’s president Josep Maria Bartomeu’s leadership, said Suárez was harshly treated and ‘thrown out’ of the club.

In an emotional goodbye post dedicated to Suarez, the club’s third-highest scorer of all time, Messi wrote: “I had already begun to imagine it but today I went into the dressing room and it truly dawned on me. It’s going to be so difficult to not continue to share every day with you both on the pitches and away from them.

“We’re going to miss you so much. We spent many years together, many mates, many lunches and many dinners. So many things we will never forget, all the time we spent together.

“It will be strange to see you in another shirt and much more to come up against you on the pitch. You deserved a farewell that fit with who you are: one of the most important players in the history of the club. Someone who achieved great things for the team and on an individual level.

“You did not deserve for them to throw you out like they did. But the truth is that at this stage nothing surprises me anymore.”

On Thursday, an emotional Suarez said his goodbye to Barcelona and paid tribute to Messi after sealing a switch to Atletico Madrid. The Uruguay international had previously made it clear that he wanted to stay and see out his contract but was told by Barca’s new coach Ronald Koeman that his playing days were over at the club. 

Suarez helped the club win four LaLiga titles, four Copa del Rey crowns, and the Champions League in 2015. He scored 195 goals and provided 113 assists in 283 outings for the club before his exit. 

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Ozo Becomes Brand Manager for Juventus Academy Nigeria

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Big Brother Naija Season 5 contestant, Ozo is known to be a man of sports and agility and finally all his activities towards becoming a sports personality is paying off big time.

Ozo recently announced on his socials, the new milestone in his career which he scored by becoming the Brand Manager for youth international youth sports academy, Juventus Academy Nigeria.

Juventus Academy Nigeria is located at Alma Beach Estate, Meadow Hall Way, Lekki Penninsula II, Lekki, Lagos, Nigeria and “aim to develop footballers through a vision which combines technical aspects with mental, emotional and interpersonal ones” via their official website.

This is milestone like no other, especially for Ozo, because being a brand manager involves more than promotion work on the internet as if he were a brand ambassador but actually involves working full-time round the clock and performing the major role of adapting strategic plans for the company’s target market which is the youths of Nigeria advancement in football from a young age or as early as possible, especially the ones at their grasp in Lagos.

Ozo announced his involvement with the company through a post on his socials where he his spotted wearing the Juventus football club jersey.

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Guardiola signs new contract with Manchester City

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Man City manager Guardiola signs new deal .

Guardiola was expected to be out of agreement toward the finish of this season and it had been recommended the Spaniard may be prepared to leave City.

Be that as it may, the 49-year-old has now consented to remain at the Etihad Stadium until in any event 2023.

“Manchester City are pleased to announce that Pep Guardiola has signed a new two-year deal with the club,” a statement on City’s website said.

Previous Barcelona and Bayern Munich manager Guardiola is halfway through his fifth season with the Premier League and his new arrangement will expand what is as of now his longest stay at any club.

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He has won two Premier League titles, three League Cups and the FA Cup with City, albeit winning the club’s first Champions League crown has demonstrated slippery up until now.

“Ever since I arrived at Manchester City I have been made to feel so welcome in the club and in the city itself – from the players, the staff, the supporters, the people of Manchester and the chairman and owner,” Guardiola said.

“Since then we have achieved a great deal together, scored goals, won games and trophies, and we are all very proud of that success.

“Having that kind of support is the best thing any manager can have. I have everything I could possibly want to do my job well and I am humbled by the confidence the owner, chairman, Ferran (Soriano) and Txiki (Begiristain) have shown in me to continue for two more years after this season.

“The challenge for us is to continue improving and evolving and I am very excited about helping Manchester City do that.”

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Orji Kalu plans to buy 35% stake at Arsenal FC

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Previous governor of Abia state Orji Uzor Kalu has pronounced his desire in purchasing a stunning 35 percent stake at Premier League club Arsenal.

The current representative speaking to Abia North in the Nigerian National Assembly expressed that his objective is to guarantee the Gunners win the subtle Champions League just as the Premier League consecutively.

Review that during his time as the governor of Abia between 1999 and 2007, local club Enyimba of Aba remained the rulers of Nigerian football, winning the Nigeria Professional Football League multiple times – 2001, 2002, 2003, 2005 and 2007.

Enyimba additionally turned into the principal Nigerian side to win the CAF Champions League during that time winning it in 2003 and 2004. The Peoples Elephants additionally won the CAF Super Cup in 2004 and 2005.

What’s more, refering to the accomplishments, Uzor Kalu expressed that the victories with the Nigerian football club could be repeated with English club Arsenal.

He said:

“Our success with Enyimba football club between 2000-2007 has continuously increased my passion for football. As the pillar of sports in Africa , I am considering an investment in football and I will buy 35 percent stake in Arsenal FC. “Our target is to lift the Champions League and Premier League back to back as we did with Enyimba.”

Meanwhile, the senator is not the first Nigerian to have declared interest in the purchase of Arsenal. Aliko Dangote, Africa’s richest, prior indicated a potential takeover of the Premier League team with the Nigerian business head announcing the takeover could occur in 2020 or 2021.

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Dangote, a fanatic Arsenal fan, has been recently connected with the acquisition of the club from Stan Kroenke — an arrangement that could swallow over $4 billion from his pocket. During a David Rubenstein show in America, the 62-year-old business big shot gave Nigerian Arsenal fans a moan of alleviation after restoring interest in assuming control over the acquisition of the North London side.

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