Marco Asensio To Take Cristiano Ronaldo’s Number 7 Shirt At Real Madrid – Sergio Ramos

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Marco Asensio will take Real Madrid’s vacant number seven shirt following the departure of Cristiano Ronaldo to Serie A giants Juventus, according to the club’s captain Sergio Ramos.

Cristiano Ronaldo secured a move to Juventus earlier this month having scored 450 goals in 438 appearances for Los Blancos, winning two La Liga titles and four Champions Leagues.

Asensio is seen as one of the brightest prospects in world football and it appears he will succeed Ronaldo and take on Madrid’s iconic number seven shirt, according to captain Sergio Ramos.

He said, referring to Asensio and quoted by Diario Gol: “He will take Cristiano Ronaldo’s seven.”

It is yet to be seen whether Madrid will make a Galactico-esque signing this summer, with the club favouring signing younger players in recent years, but Chelsea duo Thibaut Courtois and Eden Hazard have been heavily linked following their World Cup excursions.

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New Barcelona Signing Clement Lenglet Delighted Not To Play Against Lionel Messi Again

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Barcelona’s new signing Clement Lenglet has spoken of his joy at joining the Catalan giants, revealing that a  key component that’s made him so happy to make the switch to the Nou Camp is not having to play against Lionel Messi.

“I am really happy to be here, because I don’t have to play against them now,” Lenglet said to Barca TV, via SPORT. 

“[Lionel] Messi is the best in the world. He dominates games easily and can score at any moment from wherever he wants.

“If you have some luck, you can stop him a little bit, but then someone else catches you out.” 

He added: “When you play with good players, the adaption is a little bit easier and here every player is at the top level.

“Barça’s philosophy is to bring the ball out from the back and it’s the only club in the world that plays this way. Everyone has told me how incredible the city is, too, and that when you sign for Barça you never want to leave.”

Lenglet joined Sevilla in 2017 from French club AS Nancy, making 73 appearances for Los Rojiblancos (scoring four goals and adding an assist).

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AC Milan Name Paolo Scaroni New Chairman As Elliott Management Complete Takeover Of Club

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Italian club AC Milan have announced the appointment of Paolo Scaroni as club chairman as the Serie A giants hailed the “dawn of a new era” under new owners Elliott Management.

The American investment company completed a takeover of the Rossoneri on Saturday, with new a board elected at a shareholders’ meeting in Milan.

Former owner Li Yonghong has left alongside CEO Marco Fassone, with Scaroni taking over as chairman and interim chief executive.

Marco PatuanoFranck TuilGiorgio FurlaniStefano CocirioSalvatore CerchioneAlfredo Craca and Gianluca D’Avanzo have also joined the board.

“I am humbled by the opportunity to lead AC Milan’s board of directors, and grateful for the trust and support of my fellow board members,” Scaroni, a former CEO of Italian energy company Eni and glass manufacturer Pilkington in London, is quoted by Goal.com as saying.

“This is a critical moment in the club’s storied history, and we’re all grateful to have a new owner committed to returning AC Milan to its former glory. At the board level, we will do everything possible to put the coach and the players in a position to succeed. There is considerable hard work ahead, and we are eager to build upon today’s momentum.”

Milan had been suspended from the Europa League for this season after failing to comply with UEFA Financial Fair Play rules but have since been reinstated after the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) overturned the decision.

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Report: Arsenal Prepared To Sell Alex Iwobi For £22m

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Arsenal are reportedly prepared to sell  Alex Iwobi this summer for £22m.

Alex Iwobi came through the youth system at Arsenal and is just two appearances short of 100 for the Gunners.

The Nigeria international has been a regular over the last two seasons, but his future at the Emirates Stadium has been thrown into doubt following the arrival of Unai Emery as Arsenal boss.

According to Il Messaggero, Iwobi is available for £22m this summer, and Italian giants Lazio currently lead the interest.

Iwobi scored three times and registered seven assists in 39 appearances in all competitions for his London club during the 2017-18 campaign.

After the World Cup Alex Iwobi admitted that he ‘didn’t do well’ but admits being played out of position is a ‘sacrifice’.

Iwobi started for his country against Croatia before being benched for the games against Iceland and Argentina.

He played just one minute against each of those two teams and was substituted against Croatia. In total, Iwobi played just 62 minutes in Russia.

”The number ten position is where I have grown up playing. When I play out wide, it is normally to sacrifice to help the team but anywhere I am told to play, I don’t mind,” Iwobi told Kwese Sports Mimi Fawaz before the Super Eagles game against Argentina.

”I didn’t do well against Croatia, it was a hard game for everyone. Iceland, I came on and I did my best but at the end of the day, it doesn’t matter how I do as long as the team does well.”

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Manchester United Fans Are Important To David De Gea – Ander Herrera

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Ander Herrera has claimed that the ‘love of Manchester United supporters’ has helped keep  David de Gea at Old Trafford.

David De Gea has long been linked with a move to Real Madrid and came close to joining the Spanish giants in the summer of 2015 before the deal fell through at the final moment.

Herrera has spoken of the importance of the United fans in keeping the 27-year-old in England and has tipped the stopper to again show his class next season.

“I remember that difficult summer when everyone was talking about Real Madrid and he played the first game at Old Trafford and everyone was singing his name and he told me ‘this is amazing, they are the best’,” Herrera told reporters.

“He can be very calm but he’s the best. He will show it again. He’s the best keeper I’ve ever seen in my life and he is with us so we have more chances to win titles.”

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Report: Leicester City Reject £12m Bid For Ahmed Musa From Al Nasr

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Saudi Arabian club Al Nasr have reportedly failed with a bid of £12m for Leicester City and Nigeria forward Ahmed Musa.

Leicester brought in Musa for £16.6m in 2016, but he has failed to make an impact in his time at the club

Just two goals have been scored in 21 Premier League appearances, and the 25-year-old spent the second half of the last campaign on loan at CSKA Moscow.

Ahmed Musa’s impressive World Cup outing with The Super Eagles of Nigeria has led to an interest in his signature but according to Sky Sports News, Leicester are not prepared to sell the attacker on the cheap.

The report claims that Al Nasr have offered £12m for the player, but the East Midlands outfit have informed the Saudi Arabian side that they wish to receive close to what they paid for Musa two years ago.

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Naby Keita Rejected Barcelona And Bayern Munich To Join Liverpool – Jurgen Klopp

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Naby Keita rejected interest from Barcelona and Bayern Munich to join Liverpool and work with Jurgen Klopp.

In an interview with the Guardian, the midfielder said: “It’s true to say that there were other teams involved like the ones you mentioned [Barcelona and Bayern]. But a big part of my decision was the role of the coach.

“We had good conversations. The words he spoke to me about this project really convinced me. I could see how the club was developing and I spoke at length with Sadio [Mane].

“Sadio is like a brother to me. We had nine months together at Salzburg and built up a good rapport. We have been great friends since that time. He told me what a great club this was and how the team was progressing and had great potential.”

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Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis Claims Maurizio Sarri Tried To Take The Whole Napoli Team To Chelsea

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Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis has accused former coach Maurizio Sarri of trying to take his “whole team” with him to Chelsea.

“I didn’t like him saying that we both made mistakes, as I don’t think I made any,” De Laurentiis told Sky in Italy. “He had a contract, so I could’ve said something because he was behaving in unacceptably, going against players he didn’t think were very good.

“I was not wrong to not challenge him, even if it would’ve been the most obvious thing [to do]. These players gave him a lot. He massacred them in his famous training sessions, but they always reacted well.

“After that, he wanted to take my whole team to England and dismantle it. I had to lay down the law to Marina [Granovskaia, director at Chelsea].

“He wanted Jorginho and I gave him away after talking with Ancelotti, who told me he was expecting a lot from [Amadou] Diawara and that he wants to play [Marek] Hamsik deeper.”

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Leicester City Haven’t Received A Bid For Kasper Schmeichel Yet – Claude Puel

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Claude Puel insists Leicester City have not received any offers for goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel.

Chelsea are considering a move for the Denmark international, who helped the Foxes to a ninth-place finish in the Premier League last season.

Puel is determined to hold on to the 31-year-old as he plans for his second season in charge at the King Power Stadium.

“I am not troubled about this,” said Puel, speaking after his side’s 4-1 win over Notts County in pre-season. “Of course Kasper is a very important player for us. He had a very strong World Cup. We need Kasper, with his character, his performance and his consistency.”

When asked if Leicester had received any offers for Schmeichel, Puel said: “No. There is no problem with this. There is a lot of speculation at this moment, it is normal.”

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Senator Ademola Adeleke AKA Dancing Senator Wins PDP Ticket For Osun State Governorship Elections

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Senator Ademola Adeleke, famously known as the dancing senator representing Osun West district has won the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) ticket for the Osun state governorship election.

The Chairman of the Election Committee and Bayelsa State Governor, Seriake Dickson, declared the lawmaker the winner on Saturday after he defeated three other aspirants in the exercise held in the state capital of Osogbo.

According to Channels , Senator Adeleke won by just 7 votes as he polled a total of 1,569 votes to beat his closest rival Dr Akin Ogunbiyi who had 1,562 votes. Governor Dickson also turned down request of the delegates to recount the ballot papers according to reports.

Having won the PDP ticket, Senator Adeleke would contend with Gboyega Oyetola of the All Progressives Congress (APC), as well as candidates of other political parties in the September 22 governorship election.

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Watch The First Trailer For DC Universe’s Aquaman Movie

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The first trailer for the DC Universe’s Aquaman dropped yesterday at the San Diego Comic Con and going by the footage, it looks like DC did right by the Lord of the seas.

The movie looks like it’s set before the events of Justice League and shows Arthur Curry played by Jason Momoa being introduced to the world under the sea before having to go to battle against his half brother for the throne.

Aquaman hits theaters on Dec. 21, 2018. See the trailer below

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155 Nigerian World Cup Supporters Stranded In Russia Arrive Abuja

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155 Nigerian World Cup Fans Stranded In Russia Arrive Abuja

A nursing mother and 154 out of 230 Nigerian football fans stranded in Russia after the 2018 FIFA World Cup arrived the country on Friday night.

The stranded football fans came through Ethiopian Airline flight number ET-ALP that arrived Nnamdi Azikwe International Airport Abuja at about 9.12 p.m on July 20.

The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama, who was at the airport to monitor their arrival, lauded President Muhammadu Buhari’s effort to ensure their safe return.

He said the president had directed that Nigerians, who were stranded in Russia after the 2018 World Cup tournament, should be evacuated immediately.

According to him, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has been monitoring the process of the evacuation, which is under the coordination of the Mission of Nigeria in Moscow.

He said 155 stranded Nigerians had been cleared to board an Ethiopian Airline flight to Abuja.

“The aircraft departed Domodedovo Airport in Moscow with the stranded Nigerians in the afternoon and arrived in Abuja this evening.

Mr Onyeama said he had been working very closely with the Minister of State for Aviation following President Buhari’s directive on the exercise.

He recalled that some Nigerian football fans who were stranded had besieged the Embassy of Nigeria in Moscow on July 12.

“They were among the fans who travelled to the Russian Federation for the 2018 FIFA World Cup Tournament and were stranded after the events due to lack of funds for their upkeep,” he said.

The minister explained that there was also an allegation that some airline travel agents cancelled return tickets of their customers without informing them.

Mr Onyeama commended the good gesture of Mr President, saying those stranded were never part of government delegates to Russia.

According to him, the Nigerian Mission had been supportive by making arrangements for the feeding and accommodation of the stranded Nigerians in hostels around Moscow.

One of the returnees, Bamidele Fatai, was full of praises for President Buhari for making their journey possible.

He also thanked the Nigerian Mission in Moscow for giving them necessary support.

Another returnee, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said he was swindled by an agent who cancelled his return ticket.

He said he was in Moscow to support the Nigerian Football Team and to catch fun only to discover that his ticket had been cancelled when he was ready to return home. (NAN)

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VIDEO: Evang. John – Praise the Lord Ft. Mike Abdul

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Evangelist John is an America based Nigerian from Epe, Lagos state. He was born on August 2nd, 1967 into the family of Chief Gabriel kola-idowu
Evangelist John was popularly known as ‘ K- Marcel’ in the 80″s and 90″s. He was the writer & Publisher of ‘Kings Music Magazine in the late 80’s and mid 90″s in Nigeria and  West Africa.
Evangelist John( k- Marcel ) was also a
  DJ, Showbiz, Children Entertainer and he organized the first ever Shomolu children carnival in 1998 featuring Papa Fryio and other Artists
Amongst his plans for the gospel music space in Nigeria is the “Gospel Talent Hunt Project’ (GTHP).
Please watch, listen and share this praise melody.
Interview Questions
1- What is your Full name
Evangelist John kola-Idowu

2. Where were you born?  
Lagos state ( the defunt mojoda, Eredo local Govt. )
3. Family background  Evangelist John Kola-idowu 

I was born in 1967 into the family of chief & mrs kola-idowu, my dad from Lagos State, While my mom came from ijebu Igbo, so, am from both lagos & ijebu,  lagosijebu

My Parents lived in Ikire in Osun State, where he owned the first bookstore and also practicing as a dispenser and owned a clinic where a lot of babies where born and minor medical treatment were offered. He was given a chieftancy title of ‘ Agbomola of Ikire land’ in 1993 and he was the president and later became the life patron of irewole medicine association.
My early years was in Ikire.
my dad was a stunt catholic, so, I grew up in a Christian home. Reading my Bible and going to church on Sundays was a routine. never a problem to us in our family.  Though I was not a born-again Christian, I used go to church as a religion observation and also to make my dad happy.
I lost my mom in 1973 at the young age of 6 . Growing  up in a polygamous family without my mom,was very challenging, ‘mothers are the voice for their children in a polygamous homes’, so, the mother voice was missing in my life, the good news is that i survived those challenges to the glory of God. Jesus Christ became my mother’s voice in the midst of all the polygamous family challenges.
Educational background:
I attended Saint Bridges primary school, Mokola, Ibadan in 1980. ABE Technical School, Oriya Challenge, Ibadan in 1985. The Word of Faith Bible School, Iyana Ipaja, Lagos 1999. Birkbeck college, University of London Media Studies 2006. Birkbeck college, University of London. Foundation of Theology 2007. Birkbeck college, University of London,  Journalism 2008 7⅞and other vocational studies
       IT Training.. Strode college, UK ….. 2010
       Radio Production …BBC London … 2011
 And many leadership Training from different Christian Organizations in Nigeria, United Kingdom and United States, among them is ,
       Faith Christian Center  Seekonk USA,Spiritual Authority.  …….2014
6-  What was growing up like?    
Well, my growing up filled with all manners of experiences, because I grew up in a polygamous home, my dad had 4 official wives, living in the same house, under the same roof, you can imagine an environment where each of the wives are into protection & defending game, the wives fighting for their children
Everything was fine for me, until 1973, when I loose my mon, I was just 6 years old, we’re 5 from my mom, my mom last born was  2 years old when she passed on.
7. When/ how did you become born again?
Although I was born into a Christian family, where Christianity was a way of life,  like a ritual, I became born again Christian in 1999 after I had a personal  encounter with Jesus Christ
Talking about my salvation experience, it’s an on- going Spiritual experience, I had so many spiritual encounters, at different churches  and at different times.
I will just talk about how the journey began
In early 1999! I went to a Barber shop in Bariga, Shomolu local govt,and the barber guy invited me to TREM, in Anthony Villiage to join a Bible Believers class, before then, I’ve been going through some spiritual  challenges, during the Believers class, a flash light, flashed through my heart and radiateed all over my body, then, I heard a clear voice saying to me ‘I love you, you’re my son, come to me’, all power and Authority belong to me’, At that point, joy filled my heart, peace that I could not explained came upon my soul, that very day I surrendered  my life to God.
8. What would you say is different about being a Christian here in Nigeria and in the USA for example?
Here in America, Christianity is more of a relationship than a religious thing, when a white man / woman decided to surrender  their lives to God, it’s total, because they are not given up their lives because of their needs for material things, no, because their government is providing all that for them, while in Nigeria, our Christianity is based on many factors, majorly , survival,/ connection/ business… so, it’s difficult to know who’s actually serving God in truth and in the spirit.
One out ten of Nigerians living in the south and southeast are either a Pastor, an Apostle, or a Minister of the Gospel, with that record, you will expect to see Great love of God being shared, but that was not so, instead of charity & selflessness, we have selfishness, self-centerdness, everything is more of self-Self-self, my family- my family- my family
Am not saying all Christians in Nigeria are not in a Relationship with God, Ofcos, there are many Americans that goes to church without knowledge of God. America has more unbelievers now than believers .
So, we still have good Christians in Nigeria
Many people have said to me, when am I going to become a Pastor, and I always answer them that, why do I need to become a pastor when am already an Evangelist? Their response amazed me, ‘ pastors are more respected in Nigeria than evangelist ‘,
Reinhard Bonnke is an evangelist and not Pastor,
The Book of Ephesians 4:11-13 ..explained the 5 fold Ministry.
Apostle said, in 1-Corinthians 7:20, let everyone stay in their calling. you can covert the gifts, but don’t become a bishop or pastor because of the title.
Christianity in Nigeria is working more for the church leaders , than their followers.
9. How would you describe your music?
It’s an Afro hip hop
What are the challenges you are faced with as a gospel artist?
10- Challenges as a gospel artist?
number one is promotion, secular artists enjoy more promotions than Gospel artists, Secular artists are more generally acceptable and respected because of their fashion / genre of music, while  Gospel artists are under the constant  authority of The Word of God, and if you try to go beyond the scope of The Bible, you will be  labeled as the devil’s child.
Gospel artist are in between secular and gospel, you want your music to appeal or acceptable to the unbelievers and at the same time you want to maintain your Christian values/ audience
11. Do you think churches in Nigeria are practicing the gospel of truth that Jesus preached or its all about showmanship?
I think it’s both, just like in every religion, some are genuine while some are fake, Churches in Nigeria are trying but I think they can do more in the areas of charity.  success in ministry cannot be measured by the standard of this world, but will be judged by the standard of God.
It’s not about the accumulation of wealth, not by the no of private jets or no of branches…  it’s by touching lives not just spiritually but also materially
The Book of James 2:15 says… don’t just pray for your brother or sister, but do something about their physical needs.
Thank God that The Bible is an open Book, and the copys are everywhere , you can even get one for free, gone are the days when only the priests have access to The Bible, today, we can all open and read The Word of God, so, if you’re a child of God but too lazy to open your bible and read,  then you can easily become vulnerable or a victim in the hands of scriptural manipulators
12. What impact would you like your songs to have in the lives of people?
Positive, godly, joyful  impact, encouragement, reassurance, hope to the hopeless
13- Is tithing compulsory in today’s world or voluntary?
Offering is general, it’s an acts of given either to your church or to someone in need,and there’s a rewards for that,  while Tithing is personal, Tithing is a covenant between you and your God.
You don’t have to be a Christian to give offering, but you must be a child of God to tithe.
The only reason why we’re having this conversation on tithing is because of the abuse of grace that we have witnessed over the years in Nigeria.
God is happy with our spiritual leaders in Nigeria, that’s why God is still using them to do great and wonderful things, but God is not happy with the way church finances are being managed or distributed Acts 4 : 32-35
The insultive and embarrassing messages from Daddy Freez to our great church leaders in Nigeria is just a wake up call, God can use anybody or anything to call His Servants to order.
You remember Prophet Ballam, He was a greedy prophet, and God use his donkey to call him to order, God is not happy with the way tithes and offerings are been handled in Nigeria, that’s why we found ourselves in this position, The on- going debate on Tithing is a wake up call to all our church leaders.
They don’t have to justify or defend anything, they should just go ahead and do the right thing, because the more they are trying to defend their actions the more their weaknesses is exposed.
14- How do you relax?
Listening to worship songs / swimming/ being in a quiet environment / going on vacation
15. What inspires your music?
 Passion for the love of God, am an Evangelist by calling, music is a powerful instrument when it comes to Evangelism , in order words, I see my music as a ministration , ministering to the body, souls and spirits of believers
What has been your experience in the industry so far?
16-  Secular artists are getting more promotions than the Gospel Artists, though some churches are really really doing great in this areas,  but I think gospel artists needs more promotion from Christian organizations.
So far, it’s been great and encouraging, positive responses
17. What are your take on the 2019 general election?
Uhhh, election in Nigeria is complicated,  Personaly i like Sowore, we need a leader like him, but I don’t think we are ready for a leader like Sowore for now.
Corruption is a fundamental issue in Nigeria, I think Buhari is trying his best,by fighting and exposing curuption in the system, even though he came into power through the  Corrupt  system
There are many problems facing Nigerians,  focusing on corruption  alone is not working for Buhari, our expectations was so high 3years ago, the challenges of Nigeria is smarter and faster than Bhari, that’s why  buhari appeared to be too slow for our likeness, but I think if given the 2nd chance we will see some real changes.
Where can we get your music.
The single we are currently promoting ‘Praise The Lord’ is available on Itunes and can be downloaded for free on local music sites. The video is also availabe on VeVo @jkimusic.

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