Brazil national team boss Tite claims that he is expecting more from Liverpool striker Roberto Firmino, who is now firmly established as one of the first team players in the absence of Robinho.
However, the Liverpool striker has been struggling in front of goal and he was especially poor in the draw with Colombia. This was a poor result for Brazil as it meant that the national team has allowed Uruguay to close the deficit down to 10 points. Even though the team will still be qualifying quite comfortably for the World Cup 2018, Tite is very keen on finishing at the top of the qualification group.
The national team will have a chance to return to winning ways when they take on Bolivia, who are one of the weakest teams in the division in October followed by another qualification match against Chile. It will be a period of experimentation for Tite in both these matches, as Brazil will retain the top spot irrespective of the result in these two games. Read More
Juventus head coach Max Allegri admitted that Lionel Messi was simply unstoppable during his side’s 3-0 Champions League loss to Barcelona on Tuesday night. The Argentine has been in outstanding form for Barca of late, and he took his tally to seven goals in his last three outings for the club.
Messi bagged an impressive hat-trick in the 5-0 thumping of Espanyol in the Spanish La Liga last weekend, and he managed to follow it up with a brace against Juventus, who offered him too much space with the ball. Read More
Former Manchester City player acquisition head Mike Rigg says that the era of inflated transfer fees began with Robinho’s move to the Etihad stadium in 2008.
Up until then, the transfer fees for players were relatively low with the best players costing in the region of £ 25 million. Zidane held the world record with his £ 45 million move from Juventus to Real Madrid, but this stood for several years. Now, the world record transfer fee has been broken with alarming consistency. Last year, it was the turn of Manchester United to break the record with the signing of Paul Pogba for £ 90 million while PSG have taken the figure to an astronomical sum after signing Neymar from Barcelona for € 222 million.
Rigg believes thatRobinho’s £ 32 million move to Manchester City in the summer of 2008 started a huge a cycle of expenditure, which even saw the introduction of the financial fair play regulations from UEFA. Upon the introduction of strict rules with regard to expenditure, there was a slow pace in the movement of the transfer fees. Read More
Former Premier League players Jo said the size of the players in the league surprised him when he moved to Manchester City from Corinthians in 2008.
The Selecao star said it was not easy for him and compatriot Robinho who moved from Real Madrid.
Jo revealed that Robinho was “terrified” when he had to play Portsmouth. The Brazilian star had scored on his debut against Chelsea but he was awed by the size of players he was to face that day. Players like Sylvain Distin, Sol Campbell, Peter Crouch and the rest.
“’Jo, what the hell, are we going to play; football or rugby? Look at the size of these guys!’ I laughed and said: Robinho, welcome to the Premier League. And it gets worse!” Jo said.
The game subsequently ended in City’s favour 6:0. Robinho even scored a goal and had three assists. Robinho agreed to the move to the Etihad around the takeover by Sheikh Mansour. Jo had moved for club record of £20 million but Robinho costs £12.5 million more. However, both players did not last long as they failed to live up to the hype. Read More
Robinho was reportedly offered to the English Premier League 2015/17 Champions Leicester City during the final days of the transfer window in January, but the football club was discouraged to employ the forward taking into consideration his high wage demand.
He ended up floating after his contract with Chinese champions Guangzhou Evergrandecame to an end.
The former Brazil internationalwas said to be keen on a return to the Premier League where he left in 2010. The Daily Mail reported that both Swansea City and Leicester City were contacted as to if a deal could be sealed on the attacker.
Swansea City who was struggling not to be relegated last season was unlikely to significantly increase their wage bill in case they ended up in the Championship.
Leicester City riding high on the table with narrow winningswere not ready to tamper with their wage structure amid the possibility of getting the English Premier League which they eventually did.
Leicester City rather went for Daniel Amartey and Demarai Gray from FC Copenhagen and Birmingham respectively in a combined £8m outlay, with ZoumanaBakayogo, AlieSesay and Harry Panayiotou, NgoloKante, Andrej Kramaric and Tom Lawrence all offloaded to different teams. Read More
AS Roma are on the heels of new Brazilian football sensation Malcom, according to reports in Italy.
The Serie A side are set to announce the appointment of new sporting director Monchi who is widely expected to deliver Malcom.
The rising star who just reached two decades on planet earth has grown to become one of the most exiting talents in the French Ligue 1. The winger has been on a development path at Bordeaux and he seems ready to compete against the big boys in the biggest stage.
Menez has been impressive as he leads the French side to get a Europa League spot next term. The former AC Milan star has acted as an inspiration to young Malcom. Malcom has been naturally compared to former Milan and Brazilian star Robinho.
Malcom made just 12 appearances last term but he has featured in 32 matches this season, scoring six goals and getting three assists. He was in the youth side that placed second in the Under 20 World Cup and was in the Corinthians set-up that lifted the Brasileirao 2015 before he moved to France. Read More