By Aiden Graw
Monday June 11, 2018
Is Cristiano Ronaldo better than Lionel Messi? It’s the eternal football question of our age. One that has been asked for a decade and will continue to be asked for many decades more. And the answer, obviously, is no. Ronaldo is not better. Messi is better. But the Portuguese forward simply won’t have it.
Spanish radio station Cadena COPE reports that, following incessant demands for a pay rise from the man they call CR7, Real Madrid have tabled an improved deal worth £28.5m a year. To put that into context, it’s even more than Andy Carroll earns at West Ham.
As well as a basic wage of £423,000 a week, which would allow Cristiano to pay for his essentials such as groceries, utility bills and moisturiser, the deal also includes bonuses such as £1.32m for winning the league and £880,000 for winning the Ballon D’Or.
To him, it is an insult, because it means his earnings would still dwarf those of Messi at Barcelona, who the Express says earns £1.76m a week (although this figure is inflated somewhat by an alleged £70m loyalty bonus if he stays at the Nou Camp).
Either way, it’s more than Ronaldo gets, and this makes him very angry. The 33-year-old has reportedly asked Real to double their offer, then add another £10m to it. Otherwise he will go to Manchester United.
Liverpool seek salvation from Pope (Nick)
Back in the real world (well, in the Sun on Sunday – so a very warped version of the real world), Liverpool have reportedly turned to Nick Pope to solve their goalkeeping problem.
The 26-year-old Burnley man had never played a minute of Premier League football before this season but is currently living it up in England’s World Cup squad. Now the Reds are set to bid £15m to bring him to Anfield and finally put Simon Mignolet out of his misery.
But the Sunday Mirror does not agree, claiming Pope has “agreed terms” on a new deal at Turf Moor.
Former Anfield pin-up Brendan Rodgers could be on his way back to England, with the Sun on Sunday claiming Leicester City have lined up the Celtic manager as a replacement for Claude Puel.
The not-very-exciting Frenchman seemed to have clung on to his job despite rumbles of disapproval at the King Power Stadium, but it turns out the Foxes have merely been taking their time seeking the the right man (or, more likely, being knocked back by more prestigious managers before settling on Rodgers).
BREAKING: Nabil Fekir won’t be joining Liverpool this summer.
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One man not going to Anfield is Nabil Fekir, whose £53m move from Lyon has collapsed because the Reds tried to get him for a “reduced fee” after seeing the results of his medical, which apparently showed an ongoing issue with a serious knee injury he suffered (and recovered from) three years ago (Sunday Mirror).
Elsewhere, Arsenal are keen on 22-year-old Uruguayan defensive midfielder Lucas Torreira and have “reached an agreement” over the transfer with his club Sampdoria (Daily Star Sunday), Tottenham are considering a move for midfielder Jack Grealish, for whom Aston Villa want £40m (Sky Sports) and Mohamed Salah has “not forgiven” Real Madrid defender Sergio Ramos for smashing his elbow to bits in the Champions League final (Mail on Sunday). The Spanish centre-back has text an apologetic text, but Salah wants flowers, chocolates and a dancing bear.
Harry Kane Eyes World Cup Golden Boot
England captain Harry Kane has set his sights on lifting the Golden Boot this summer in Russia as he bids to make amends for his disappointing campaign at the 2016 European Championship.
The World Cup kicks off this week, with Gareth Southgate’s men set to face Tunisia in their opening group game on Monday 18 June
Kane, who has claimed the Premier League Golden Boot in two of his last three seasons at Tottenham, failed to find the back of the next in France two years ago as England laboured to reach the last-16 of the competition before being knocked out by Iceland.
But two years on from that humiliation, with a further 84 goals for club and country under his belt, Kane has admitted he’s now targeting the top prize at this summer’s World Cup.
“As a striker, it is a competition that you want to win – I would be lying if I said I didn’t! In the Premier League I have won it twice and come second twice – hopefully this summer I can do something and get a World Cup one instead,” he said.
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