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Football News: Review Of The Day 9th April 2019

Review Of The Day 9th April 2019
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Highest Paid Footballers List

France Football have released their list of the highest paid footballers in the world for 2018, which unsurprisingly sees Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo heading it, with Neymar in 3rd. More surprising is Andres Iniesta is in there and just one player from the Chinese Super League in Ezequiel Lavezzi. The income is claimed to be a total of their playing contracts, bonuses and sponsors, though I am not sure how accurate an estimate this is, but what is clear is why Barcelona are struggling so much financially. There is little wonder that they are in breach of their own constitution (despite amending it repeatedly to increase the percentage of income allowed to be spent on salaries) with 3 of the top 10 at the club.
1. Lionel Messi - Barcelona - 130m euros
2. Cristiano Ronaldo - Juventus - 113m euros
3. Neymar Jr - Paris Saint-Germain - 91.5m euros
4. Antoine Griezmann - Atletico Madrid - 44m euros
5. Gareth Bale - Real Madrid - 40.2m euros
6. Andres Iniesta - Vissel Kobe - 33m euros
7. Alexis Sanchez - Manchester United - 30.7m euros
8. Philippe Coutinho - Barcelona - 30m euros
9. Ezequiel Lavezzi - Hebei China Fortune - 28.3m euros
10. Luis Suarez - Barcelona - 28m euros


Highest Paid Managers List

France Football also released their list of the highest paid managers for 2018, which surprisingly sees flop Thierry Henry in 3rd place, which explains why so many times he failed to get jobs, when he prices his services so highly. Considering how poor a job he did while at Monaco, it is doubtful he will ever again be able to command such an immense salary. Especially when you consider that he was paid more for his first job than Pep Guardiola is able to command at Manchester City. What is surprising is that Diego Simeone would make the top 5 in earnings if he was still playing!
1. Diego Simeone - Atletico Madrid - 41m euros
2. Jose Mourinho - Manchester United - 31m euros
3. Thierry Henry - AS Monaco - 25.5m euros
4. Pep Guardiola - Manchester City - 24m euros
5. Ernesto Valverde - Barcelona - 23m euros
6. Arsene Wenger - Arsenal - 20.5m euros
7. Fabio Cannavaro - Guangzhou Evergrande - 15m euros
8. Massimiliano Allegri - Juventus - 13.5m euros
9= Marcello Lippi - China - 13m euros
9= Jurgen Klopp - Liverpool - 13m euros
9= Leonardo Jardim - Monaco - 13m euros
12. Carlo Ancelotti - Napoli - 12m euros
13. Antonio Conte - Chelsea - 11.3m euros
14. Mauricio Pochettino - Tottenham Hotspur - 10m euros
15. Luciano Spalletti - Inter Milan - 8.3m euros
16= Vitor Pereira - Shanghai SIPG - 7.5m euros
16= Niko Kovac - Bayern Munich - 7.5m euros
16= Zinedine Zidane - Real Madrid - 7.5 euros
19= Unai Emery - Arsenal - 7m euros
19= Dragan Stojkovic - Guangzhou R&F - 7m euros


Barca Confirm They Were Outbid On Pogba

Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu has revealed that Barca were beaten to Paul Pogba's signature by Manchester United back in 2016, as he claims they could not afford the then-record transfer fee in excess of £80m. Bartomeu told ESPN: "In the summer of 2015, Paul Pogba was playing in Turin and we simply told Juve that, if one day they decide to sell the player, we would be interested. When they sold the player, they told us what the offer would have to be and we couldn't afford that amount of money at the time. So he went to United, and he's making them better as a team because he's one of the stars of the world of football right now." If they could not afford that money then, how did they manage to fund the signings of Dembele, Coutinho, Malcom etc since then? Another sign of the money problems brewing at the Catalan club.


Lejeune Out For The Season

Newcastle United have confirmed that Florian Lejeune will not play a part in the season run-in after suffering a "significant knee injury". The club refused to give any more details at this stage over the centre back who missed a large chunk of the early season with a knee injury.


Bolton Receive Early EFL Payment

In order to ensure Bolton Wanderers home game against Ipswich Town went ahead at the weekend, the EFL paid the club its mid-April payment of £160,000 early, as current owner Ken Anderson continues to rob Peter to pay Paul, as the old saying goes. The cash allowed the financially-stricken and badly mismanaged club to pay matchday staff wages and the emergency services.


Kieftenbeld Faces 6 Months Out

Birmingham City midfielder Maikel Kieftenbeld has been ruled out for at least 6 months after suffering the dreaded anterior cruciate ligament injury. The 28 year old suffered the injury in a tackles during Saturday's win over Leeds United. Kieftenbeld has been handed a contract extension of a year due to the injury, with his previous deal expiring in 2020, he will now have a further year to recuperate and return to full fitness and form.


Man Arrested Over Racist Abuse

A Sheffield man who sent an abusive message to Wigan Athletic footballer Nathan Byrne has handed himself into police. The 20 year old, believed to be a student at Liverpool Hope University, was questioned on suspicion of committing a racially aggravated public order offence and malicious communications. He has yet to be charged and was released pending further investigation.


Watt To Leave Saints

Former Celtic forward Tony Watt, who is still living off a goal he once scored against Barcelona for the Glasgow giants, is set to leave St Johnstone in the summer. The 25 year old has rejected their offer of a new deal after falling out of favour since the turn of the year. He joined St Johnstone on a free last summer and started with 6 goals in his first 8 matches but has only scored two more goals since then and lost his place in the team.


3 Charged After Edinburgh Derby

A 38 year old man has been arrested in connection with the use of racist language, while 2 teenagers have also been arrested, a 19 year old over a thrown flare and a 16 year old over a thrown coin, all the incidents taking place during Hibernian's 2-1 win over Heart of Midlothian on Saturday. Police are also investigating allegations of racial abuse aimed at Hibs midfielder Marvin Bartley after footage was posted on social media which appears to show the midfielder being abused while warming up.


Nigeria To Pay For Chukwu's Treatment

The Nigerian Football Federation (NFF) have stepped in to pay for the treatment for former national captain and head coach Christian Chukwu. Chukwu, who captained Nigeria to its first ever Africa Cup of Nations title in 1980 and managed the national team between 2002 and 2005, has been trying to raise US$50,000 to pay for treatment he needs to travel to the USA to undergo. An NFF spokesperson told the BBC: "The NFF president [Amaju Pinnick] has mandated top officials to pay him a visit and ensure a prompt move to help with his medical expenses. The federation hopes he can get over his present health challenges and get him back on his feet soonest."


Bentaleb Restored To First Team

After being dropped down to Schalke 04's under-23s side for discplinary reasons, former Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Nabil Bentaleb has been restored to the first team squad. The Algerian had been with the under-23s for 3 weeks but caretaker coach Huub Stevens told the club website that: "The feedback was consistently positive in terms of his training performance as well as his behaviour in the under-23. So we decided to bring him back into the team." Moroccan defender Hamza Mendyl, who was dropped to the under-23s on Friday, for disciplinary reasons, will remain with the under-23s for now.


Deeney Suffers Racial Abuse On Social Media

Watford captain Troy Deeney has decided to disable comments on his Instagram page after receiving racist abuse to both him and his family. Hornets' team-mates Adrian Mariappa and Christian Kabasele have also complained of receiving racist messages. Deeney said: "Due to events from the last 24 hours I will be taking comments off my posts. To me, this isn't a game. When you racially abuse my family or myself I have to take measures to prevent young people seeing these comments and thinking that it's acceptable, and having to expose people I care about to these small-minded people."


Higuain Wants Chelsea Stay

With Juventus desperate to get rid of him, Gonzalo Higuain is hoping to stay at Chelsea. The Stamford Bridge have the option to buy him or extend his loan deal for a further year agreed in the current loan deal with Juve. Higuain told the Chelsea website: "I want to do as well as I can so I can be here for next season. I came here and I wanted to stay. It's a good city, you live well and you can be relaxed but also enjoy yourself - so my intention is to stay here. I'm happy here. It's always nice to try a new league and it's my first taste of the Premier League. Obviously it's a period where I'm adapting but I'm hoping that, although I've only got a short time, I can finish well. The best thing we can do is qualify for the Champions League and hopefully win the Europa League too."


Bayern Fans In Green Protest

No Bayern Munich fans have not been protesting on behalf of the environment, they have instead been protesting against the club's mint-green away shirts, something that has been an ongoing theme in their banner displays this season. The protests are getting more creative, with the first one showing a picture of Stefan Effenberg in his prime in the club's famous red jersey with the words "Let's go, you Reds - to your place in the sun". That was then replaced with a banner showing an older Effenberg, holding a cocktail and wearing a sun-hat and this season's away shirt saying: "Something like that you wear on vacation, not on the pitch". The fans have also changed the kit's Qatar Airways arm patch to one that reads "KAFALA Airways. The fans also protested when the club used blue shorts, forcing Bayern to promise that they will stick to red and white in future for their home kit.

Written by Tris Burke April 09 2019 06:18:15


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