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Lionel Messi transfer blow as Barcelona say his contract at the club is still valid and any interested clubs must pay his €700m release clause

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Lionel Messi transfer blow as Barcelona say his contract at the club is still valid and any interested clubs must pay his ?700m release clause

LaLiga released a statement on Sunday confirming that Lionel Messi’s €700million release clause at Barcelona is still active and any interested clubs must pay the massive fee. 

The Barcelona captain shocked the football world last week when he informed the club via fix last week that he wanted to leave the Spanish giants this summer on a free transfer.

The 33-year-old has a clause in his contract which states he can leave on a free transfer at the end of each season should he want to. But Barcelona have claimed that the clause expired on June 10, while Messi and his representatives are arguing that it should have been extended to the end of August due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The Spanish Football League is now standing with Barcelona in the contract row and they have now confirmed that the release clause is still active.

A La Liga statement read on Sunday: ‘The contract is currently in force and has a “termination clause” applicable to the event that Lionel Andrés Messi decides to urge the early unilateral termination of the contract, carried out in accordance with article 16 of Royal Decree 1006/1985, of June 26, by which regulates the special employment relationship of professional athletes.

‘In compliance with the applicable regulations, and following the corresponding procedure in these cases, LaLiga will not carry out the prior visa process for the player to be removed from the federation if they have not previously paid the amount (€700million) of said clause.’

This means that any interested clubs must pay his €700m release clause to sign the Argentinian star this summer. 

Manchester City are favorites to sign the Barcelona captain following reports that his father Jorge Messi has already met with the Premier League club to discuss the transfer terms.

The statement comes shortly after Messi failed to arrive for his scheduled Covid-19 test at Barcelona on Sunday morning, casting more doubt on his future at the club.

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Former Liverpool coach, Gerard Houllier dies at 73

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Previous Liverpool coach, Gerard Houllier dies at 73 .

Gerard Houllier, the French mentor who won the UEFA Cup, FA Cup and League Cup treble with Liverpool, has died at 73.

Two of the French clubs Houllier oversaw, Paris Saint-Germain and Lens, affirmed he had given up the ghost.

Houllier, who oversaw Liverpool from 1998 to 2004, died for the time being Sunday to Monday subsequent to going through heart medical procedure.

His vocation was scourged by medical issues and he needed to take a break in his time at Liverpool to recuperate from heart issues.

He was likewise responsible for the French public group from 1992 to 1993, administering their inability to fit the bill for the 1994 finals in the United States.

The cerebral Houllier assumed a significant part in molding Liverpool after the club that had won the alliance title reliably all through the 1980s lost its direction.

The thoughts of everyone at Liverpool Football Club are with Gerard’s family and many friends,” the current Premier League champions said in a statement. “Rest in peace, Gerard Houllier 1947-2020.”

Houllier recuperated from life-sparing heart medical procedure during the 2001/02 mission to re-visitation of the scene.

He left the next year in the wake of directing 307 matches and effectively restoring the club as a cutting edge power.

Houllier additionally dispatched the profession of one of the club’s most noteworthy players, Steven Gerrard.

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The #NateRobinsonChallenge Takes Over the Internet

Nate Robinson bout with Jake Paul ended in tears as he gets Knocked Out in the second round.

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Former NBA player and athlete, Nate Robinson finally had his much bragged about bout with YouTuber Jake Paul but it turns out that will prove to be one of his most unmemorable nights ever.

In just the second round, Nate got doked heavily by the Jake’s right hand which left him falling face-flat like a log on the ground of the boxing ring.

Trust internet to do their thing as meme stars and jokers took to their socials, especially Instagram and Twitter accounts to slight the 3X former NBA Slam-Dunk Contest Champion with hilarious roasting, jokes, memes and all sorts of activities depicting Nate’s falling on the ground.

Nate Robinson gets KO’d by Jake Paul

Check out some of their hilarious posts below gotten from Instagram and Twitter:

The internet truly is wild place, a no man’s land.

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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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