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Ronaldo, Messi and Neymar on FIFA Player of the Year Shortlist

Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi and Neymar have been nominated as finalists for the Best FIFA Men’s Player award, the sport’s governing body said on Friday.

Ronaldo helped Real Madrid to a second consecutive Champions League title and finished as the tournament’s top scorer with 12 goals earlier this year.

Messi and Neymar claimed the Spanish King’s Cup with Barcelona with the former finishing as La Liga’s top scorer with 37 goals last season.

Naira Rain for D’Tigress Players, Officials

President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday in Abuja received members of the victorious D’Tigress, showering the players with N1 million each and the officials N500,000 each.

The President, after announcing the donation shortly before the commencement of the Federal Executive Council (FEC), urged the team to remain focused.

“You should work towards winning the forthcoming 2018 FIBA Women’s Basketball World Cup in Spain,’’ he said.

I Needed a New Challenge –Neymar on £200m Move

Brazil forward Neymar said he needed a new challenge, as he joined Paris St-Germain from Barcelona for a world record fee of 222m euros (£200m), BBC reports.

The 25-year-old won seven major trophies in his four seasons at the Nou Camp, including the Champions League once and La Liga twice.

He said his father, Neymar Sr, wanted him to stay at Barcelona.

"I have won all that a player can win," said Neymar, who will earn 45m euros (£40.7m) a year on a five-year deal.

Manchester United now World’s Richest Football Club

Europa League champions Manchester United have overtaken record UEFA Champions League winners Real Madrid as the world’s most valuable football club, going by statistics provided by business magazine Forbes.

Manchester United were valued at $3.69 billion (about £2.86 billion, about N1.476 trillion) and returned to the top of the annual list for the first time in five years.

Real Madrid’s Spanish rivals FC Barcelona were second with a worth of $3.64bn (about £2.82bn), as Real with $3.58bn (£2.77bn) went down to third.

Champions Chelsea Earn £150m in Premier League Payments

English champions Chelsea earned 150.8 million pounds ($194 million) from the Premier League this season while bottom side Sunderland were paid more than Leicester City got as title winners last year thanks to a new broadcast contract.

According to Reuters report, the 2016-17 campaign was the first under the 5.1 billion pounds TV rights deal signed in 2015, with the total value of the league's central payments to clubs rising to 2.4 billion pounds from 1.6 billion a year earlier.

Nigerian Football Club Strikes Deal with Puma

Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) clubside ABS FC of Ilorin will sign a five-year sponsorship deal with global sports branding outfit, Puma.

The club’s Director of Football, Alloy Chukwuemeka, said in a statement on Monday in Ilorin that the deal would be reached on Thursday.

The signing of the deal would also see the official launch of the club’s new kit.

“The deal is part of Puma’s commitment to the growth and development of sports in Nigeria.

Venus Williams marks 20th Anniversary at French Open

Serena Williams may be missing from this year’s French Open, but big sister Venus is still going strong and marks her Roland Garros 20th anniversary on Sunday.

Three weeks shy of her 37th birthday, the American star, who made her debut in the French capital in 1997, kicks off her latest campaign against China’s Wang Qiang, AFP reports.

Williams, seeded 10, has played every year since 1997 with the exception of 2011 and despite her senior citizen status, she is still a contender at the Slams as her run to the Australian Open final in January proved.

Man U Champions of Europe

Manchester United are Champions of Europe, after beating Ajax 2-0 in the Europa League final at Friends Arena in Stockholm.

It was the first time that United would win this second tier UEFA trophy.

The victory was the second trophy won by United in the first season under Jose Mourinho’s  watch. And it is even sweeter, as it comes with a qualification ticket for the lucrative UEFA Champions League group stage next season.

Paul Pogba scored United’s first goal with an 18 yard strike, which was deflected into goal in the 18th minute.

'Messi' Almost Lands in Jail

An Iranian student almost landed himself in a jail cell this weekend – for looking like global football icon Lionel Messi.

Reza Parastesh bears an uncanny resemblance to the Barcelona and Argentina forward and decided that it would be a fun idea to dress up as the player and wander around the Iranian city of Hamedan.

So far, so good. But Parastesh had absolutely no idea how popular he would prove with the citizens of the city.

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Joshua to visit Nigeria

The Federal Government says it will soon invite, Anthony Joshua, the newly crowned unified World Heavyweight Boxing Champion to the country.

The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed disclosed this in a statement issued on Tuesday in Lagos.

He said government has congratulated Joshua, the British professional boxer of Nigerian descent who recently defeated Ukranian Wladimir Klitschko to become the unified World Heavyweight Champion.

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