Ronaldo is the right choice to win Ballon d’Or – Ferguson

The former Manchester United manager says that the Portuguese deserves to win a fourth Ballon d’Or after a “wonderful year”

Cristiano Ronaldo is the standout candidate to win the Ballon d’Or, according to Alex Ferguson.

The Real Madrid and Portugal star is the heavy favourite to be crowned the world’s best player in 2016, having been named in the 30-man shortlist for the award along with the likes of Antoine Griezmann and five-time winner Lionel Messi.

Ronaldo has claimed the award on three previous occasions, including once under Ferguson in 2008 during his time at Manchester United.

Ferguson hailed Ronaldo’s achievements in a year that saw him win the Champions League as well as Euro 2016 and cannot think of anyone better to receive top recognition.

“Cristiano’s achievements are unsurpassed, he has had a wonderful year,” Ferguson said. Naija and Bet

“I cannot think of anyone better to lift the Ballon d’Or trophy.

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Lukaku on target as Everton sink West Ham

Ross Barkley’s excellent goal sealed an impressive 2-0 win for Everton over West Ham in their Premier League clash on Sunday ending a four-match winless run in the league.

For Barkley, who had been dropped both from the England squad and the Everton starting line-up this season as his form dipped, it was his first goal since the opening day of the season against Spurs.

Belgian international Romelu Lukaku, who set up 22-year-old Barkley for his goal, had opened the scoring for the hosts with his 50th for the club.

It also maintained his extraordinary record against the Hammers as it was his ninth goal in as many Premier League matches against them since he moved to Everton. Naija and Bet

Everton stay sixth, just five points off the top trio of Manchester City, Arsenal and Liverpool. West Ham stay firmly in the bottom half of the table, three points above the relegation places.

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Bayern stars Martinez out of PSV CL clash

Bayern Munich will be without Spain international Javi Martinez for Tuesday’s Champions League clash at PSV Eindhoven, the German giants have confirmed.

The centre-back went off after only 29 minutes of the Bundesliga leaders’ 3-1 win at Ausgburg on Saturday and Bayern confirmed on Sunday that he will miss the Eindhoven clash after injuring his left thigh.

“He didn’t feel good and he felt there was something or other up with the muscle,” said Bayern coach Carlo Ancelotti.

“I didn’t want to take a risk.”

No details have been given of how long the 28-year-old Martinez will be out for.

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Hazard and Costa send out warning

Chelsea’s points tally after 10 games shows they are twice as good as they were at this stage of last season’s Premier League campaign, which considering the form of Eden Hazard and Diego Costa is hardly surprising.

They were both on target on Sunday as Chelsea outclassed Southampton 2-0 to move into fourth spot with 22 points — just one behind Manchester City, Arsenal and Liverpool.

The poor form and questionable appetite of both Costa and Hazard was blamed partly for Chelsea’s dire start to last season that ultimately cost manager Jose Mourinho his job. Naija and Bet

However, the duo who helped fire Chelsea to the 2014-15 title are thriving once again in Antonio Conte’s 3-4-3 system.

Hazard’s opener after six minutes meant he has scored in three consecutive Premier League games and has five for the season. This time last year he had failed to register and did not score his first league goal until April.

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Giroud, Sanchez goals sink Sunderland

Two goals each from Alexis Sanchez and Olivier Giroud, three of them delivered in a devastating seven-minute burst, saw Arsenal romp past Sunderland 4-1 at the Stadium of Light to go top of the Premier League after Saturday’s early game.

The match turned on the introduction of Giroud as a 69th-minute substitute after a Jermain Defoe penalty had equalised Sanchez’s first-half opener to give the home side a flicker of hope.

Giroud scored with his opening two touches, first with a superb left-foot shot from a Kieran Gibbs cross on 71 minutes and then with a near-post header from a corner five minutes later.

Sanchez scored Arsenal’s third goal in seven minutes from close in when Gibbs’s shot came back off the post. Naija and Bet

The easy victory was no more than Arsenal deserved after enjoying 66 percent possession and spurning several chances to finish the game.

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Eagles not scared of Algeria coach Leekens

Super Eagles goalkeeper, Ikechukwu Ezenwa has said Algeria’s choice of former manager, Georges Leekens will count for nothing in the World Cup qualifying clash.

Eagles will host the Algerian opposite, Desert Foxes in the group’s 2018 Fifa World Cup matchday 2 clash on November 12 at the Godswill Akpabio International Stadium in Uyo.

The Belgian was handed a second spell at the North African side on Thursday to replace the ousted Serbia’s Milovan Rajevan.

Ezenwa said the present crop of Eagles want to pick the World Cup ticket with a game to spare in the qualifying campaign.

“Georges Leekens’ appointment as Algerian coach does not scare us and will count for nothing when both sides square up for the matchday 2 clash in Uyo on November 12. Naija and Bet

“The body language and spirit among the players speak volume of side who want to pick the world Cup ticket before the last match.

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Match Preview : Southampton vs Chelsea

Southampton have only suffered one defeat in their last 10 matches and that came in the Europa League away to Serie A giants Inter.

Chelsea’s 2-0 defeat in midweek to West Ham was the first time they’ve failed to win in their four matches. In league competition, Chelsea have failed to concede in their last 320 minutes of action.

Southampton have only won one of their last five home matches against Chelsea and that came way back in 2013.

Claude Puel’s side have the firepower to hurt Chelsea, but getting those chances against this resilient backline may prove difficult.

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I never rejected offer from Emordi at Abia Warriors -Biffo

The tactician has denied rejecting offer to work with the newly appointed veteran coach after helping the Umuahia side retain her topflight status last term.

Abdullahi Biffo says he never rejected an offer to serve as an assistant to newly appointed technical adviser Okey Emordi at the Nigeria Professional Football League side Abia Warriors.

The former Giwa and Niger Tornadoes handler who is currently undergoing a coaching training in the United States had helped the Umuahia outfit from dropping from the top flight last season.

Though admits he is unaware of his new role and undecided over his future, Biffo insists he has no problem working with the newly appointed coach. Naija and Bet

“I am not aware of anything yet until I come back to Nigeria,” Biffo said

“The management [Abia Warriors] has not told me anything on that [assistant coach role]. I never rejected anything because I have never received any offer.

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Montella: AC Milan’s strength is in its bench this season

The Rossoneri coach is glad to be able to count on his substitutes and adds that his side are ready to deal with the pressures of being considered Serie A title contenders.

Vincenzo Montella praised AC Milan’s substitutes and is happy to work under greater scrutiny, accepting that “expectations have been raised” by his exciting young side.

Featuring young stars such as Gianluigi Donnarumma, Alessio Romagnoli and Manuel Locatelli, the Rossoneri have muscled their way into the title picture, the highlight being the 1-0 defeat of Juventus last weekend.

Nevertheless, Montella was keen to highlight the strength in depth he has brought by those not considered automatic starters, despite being brought back down to earth after surrendering 3-0 at Genoa immediately.

Struggling Pescara are next up for Milan on Sunday and Montella says all his players are keen to atone for their midweek horror show and ready to accept the responsibility placed on them to perform.

“We are eager to get back on the pitch and prove ourselves,” Montella told reporters.

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No cause for panic at Man City – Sane

Pressure is mounting on Manchester City to return to winning ways, but the starlet sees no cause for concern while discussing his growth under Pep Guardiola.

Manchester City winger Leroy Sane insists there is no reason to panic over his side’s winless sequence under Pep Guardiola.

The Premier League leaders were knocked out of the EFL Cup by rivals Manchester United on Wednesday, extending their run to six matches in all competitions without a win. Naija and Bet

Sane, however, is confident that results will begin to go in their favour if they can cut out mistakes in defence and rediscover a clinical touch in the attacking third.

“Of course it’s not good to have not won in six games but I don’t think that the way we’re playing is a concern,” he said, as quoted by City’s official website ahead of Saturday’s trip to West Brom.
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