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Watch: Ronaldo squares up against ex-UFC Heavyweight Champ in hilarious face-off | Football News

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Cristiano Ronaldo called time on his glittering time in Europe after last year’s FIFA World Cup 2023 in Qatar, signing for Saudi Arabian team Al Nassr for a sensational 2-1/2 year contract recently, estimated to be worth more than 200 million euros. He saw his Manchester United get terminated after a controversial interview with British broadcaster Piers Morgan, where he criticised the club’s hierarchy and head coach Erik ten Hag. His Saudi debut came in the friendly between PSG and Saudi All-Star XI on January 19, where he served as captain for the latter.

PSG won the match 5-4, but Ronaldo scored a first-half and even Lionel Messi scored an early goal for the visitors. Jang Hyun-soo and Talisca scored the other goals for the home side. Meanwhile, Marquinhos, Sergio Ramos, Kylian Mbappe and Hugo Ekitike also found their names in the scoresheet for the Ligue 1 side.

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Ronaldo recently met Cameroonian-French MMA fighter Francis Ngannou. Ngannou was a UFC Heavyweight Champion, but was stripped off his title after he failed to sign a new contract. The duo shared photos of each other hanging out in Riyadh and seemed to be having a merry time. Much to the delight of fans, they also had a face-off and then were left in splits. Here is the video:

Cristiano Ronaldo called time on his glittering time in Europe after last year’s FIFA World Cup 2023 in Qatar, signing for Saudi Arabian team Al Nassr for a sensational 2-1/2 year contract recently, estimated to be worth more than 200 million euros. He saw his Manchester United get terminated after a controversial interview with British broadcaster Piers Morgan, where he criticised the club’s hierarchy and head coach Erik ten Hag. His Saudi debut came in the friendly between PSG and Saudi All-Star XI on January 19, where he served as captain for the latter.

PSG won the match 5-4, but Ronaldo scored a first-half and even Lionel Messi scored an early goal for the visitors. Jang Hyun-soo and Talisca scored the other goals for the home side. Meanwhile, Marquinhos, Sergio Ramos, Kylian Mbappe and Hugo Ekitike also found their names in the scoresheet for the Ligue 1 side.

Also Read | Liverpool and Chelsea cancel each other out in Anfield stalemate

Ronaldo recently met Cameroonian-French MMA fighter Francis Ngannou. Ngannou was a UFC Heavyweight Champion, but was stripped off his title after he failed to sign a new contract. The duo shared photos of each other hanging out in Riyadh and seemed to be having a merry time. Much to the delight of fans, they also had a face-off and then were left in splits. Here is the video:

Ngannou was stripped of his title on January 14, 2023 after he and the UFC could not come to terms on a new contract. UFC opted to waive its one-year matching rights clause, which made him an unrestricted free agent. In an interview, the fighter revealed that they couldn’t reach an agreement as he asked for health insurance, ability to have sponsorships for all UFC fighters, and to have a fighter advocate present during all fighter contract negotiations. After the negotiations failed, he became the first reigning champion to leave UFC since BJ Penn (2004).


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Explained: Why Bayern Munich-bound Joao Cancelo is leaving Man City | Football News

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Portuguese defender Joao Cancelo is all set to part ways with Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City prior to the end of the January transfer deadline. The Manchester City star is heavily linked with Bundesliga giants Bayern Munich, who have reportedly acquired the services of the Portuguese right-back on loan. Manchester City had signed the Portugal right-back from Serie A giants Juventus in an eye-watering deal of £60 million.

Juventus had signed full-back Danilo from Manchester City for a fee of £34.1 million after allowing Cancelo to leave Serie A for the Premier League giants back in 2019. The star defender has appeared in the Primeira Liga and Serie A Team of the Year. The Portugal international recorded 33 appearances in his first season at Etihad. Regarded as one of the best full-backs in world football, Cancelo had a fruitful 2021-2022 season with Manchester City.

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However, Cancelo had reportedly fallen behind the pecking order and the ex-Juve defender is expected to complete his transfer to Bayern Munich prior to the end of the 2022-2023 season. According to a report filed by Daily Mail, it has been learned that Man City will allow Cancelo to leave the club due to his ‘disruptive presence’ in the Etihad dressing room. Cancelo has voiced his concerns about the lack of playing time at Manchester City. The report also added that Cancelo’s relationship with head coach Guardiola deteriorated sharply after the FIFA World Cup 2022.

It should be noted that Cancelo has featured in just three times for Premier League holders Manchester City in the English top flight after Portugal’s campaign in the Qatar World Cup. Cancelo was also snubbed from Man City’s starting XI against the Wolves. According to journalist Fabrizio Romano, Bayern Munich have already completed Cancelo’s loan deal on Monday. Bayern also have €70 million buy option clause for Cancelo. The 28-year-old recorded 36 appearances for Premier League winners Man City last season. The Portugal international was also named in the PFA Premier League Team of the Year.


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India men’s hockey coach Graham Reid quits after World Cup flop | Hockey

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Indian hockey team’s Australian chief coach Graham Reid resigned on Monday, taking responsibility for the hosts’ World Cup failure. India, who won bronze at the 2021 Tokyo Olympics to end a 41-year wait, finished joint ninth in the tournament staged in Odisha.

“It is now time for me to step aside and hand over the reins to the next management. It has been an honour and privilege to work with the team and Hockey India (HI) and I have enjoyed every moment of this epic journey. I wish the team all the very best,” said Reid, who joined India in April 2019.

Reid took Indian hockey to its biggest success for 41 years in Tokyo, where the Manpreet Singh-led side achieved their first podium finish since their 1980 Moscow Olympics victory. However, the World Cup turned out to be a big disappointment as India didn’t even reach the quarter-finals, crashing out in the crossovers to New Zealand.

India then won the classification matches against Japan and South Africa to finish joint ninth, the worst showing by a host nation at the World Cup. The previous worst displays were Argentina in Buenos Aires 1978, Malaysia in Kuala Lumpur 2002 and India in New Delhi 2010.

After submitting his resignation to HI president Dilip Tirkey, Reid addressed the team and support staff on Friday evening to convey his decision. Many players were surprised. “He took us to our greatest result in 41 years which shows he is a good coach,” said a team member on condition of anonymity.

Reid told the players that if he could not deliver results then it was time to move on, after which the players said their goodbyes to the Australian.

The Indian team’s analytical coach Greg Clark and scientific advisor Mitchell David Pemberton also tendered their resignations, on Monday morning. All three will serve their notice period over the next month.

Tirkey, along with HI secretary general Bholanath Singh, met the players and support staff to understand and analyse the team’s performance and strategy for the way ahead.

Having accepted the resignations, Tirkey, a former India skipper, said: “India will always have gratitude to Reid and his team of support staff who have brought good results to the country, particularly in the Olympics. As all journeys move to different phases, it is now time for us to move on towards a new approach for our team.”

A couple of India players said on condition of anonymity that they were unhappy with the training methods of Pemberton, who was hired after Robin Arkell left after the Tokyo Olympics. South African Arkell was with Germany, who lifted the World Cup on Sunday evening after beating Belgium in sudden death shootout.

Reid was given a free hand to select the World Cup team considering the success he had at the Olympics. There was lot of discussion in hockey circles on the penalty takers in the crossover game defeat against New Zealand after the most experienced players were not picked to do the challenging job.

In hockey, most decisions are taken by the bench, which is headed by the chief coach. Reid has traditionally backed young players. For example, he chose a young Shamsher Singh over the experienced Akashdeep Singh while heading to Tokyo. But choosing youth in the shootout backfired this time around.

This World Cup was a golden opportunity for Harmanpreet Singh and his team to build on the momentum gained in the Tokyo Olympics. But the team’s performances have been average post the Olympics. A drop in fitness levels was clearly visible as India did not even qualify for the quarter-finals.

India could win bronze at the 2021 Asian Champions Trophy — their first event after the Tokyo Olympics. Though they finished a commendable third in the Pro League against the best nations in the world, they were humiliated in the final of the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, losing 0-7 to Australia. They also lost four of the five matches in a series in Australia before coming into the World Cup in Odisha.

It is learnt that HI has contacted a couple of international coaches to take over the reins as the team needs to build up for the postponed Hangzhou Asian Games (23 September to 8 October) and the 2024 Paris Olympics. A decision on Reid’s successor is expected to be made in February.


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Djokovic’s blunt reaction to GOAT debate, fires warning to Nadal on Slam race | Tennis News

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The debate for who is the greatest of all time (GOAT) in tennis was once again reignited by Novak Djokovic on Sunday night after he crushed Stefanos Tsitsipas in straight sets to lift his 10th Australian Open title, a record-extending feat, and level Rafael Nadal in terms of most Grand Slams held in men’s singles tennis. And Djokovic had a rather blunt reaction to the GOAT debate as he fired a stern warning to Nadal on the race to the most Grand Slams held by a player.

The GOAT debate had once include three players from men’s singles, with Roger Federer being the other. But while Nadal had surpassed him with his second Australian Open title haul last year, Djokovic did it in Wimbledon 2022, leaving the race down to just two men as they now head to French Open to not just extend their rivalry but also aim for an unprecedented 23rd Slam.

However, while the accurate date of Nadal’s return to tour is yet unknown, after he had injured himself in his shock second-round exit in Melbourne, Djokovic has his eyes firm on the 23rd major.

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“Of course I am motivated to win as many slams as possible. At this stage of my career, these trophies are the biggest motivational factor of why I still compete. That’s the case without a doubt,” Djokovic said.

“I still have lots of motivation. Let’s see how far it takes me. I really don’t want to stop here. I don’t have intention to stop here. I feel great about my tennis. I know that when I’m feeling good physically, mentally present, I have a chance to win any slam against anybody,” he added.

After his loss in the second round, Nadal had revealed that he will be out of action for the next six to eight weeks owing to a hip flexor injury. The Spaniard is hence expected to return during the start of the clay-court season.


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