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UCL 2015 Final: Barcelona’s Triumph Built on Teamwork

It is very charming to watch Lionel Messi playing football at his own pace. You will forget other 10 men on the pitch while watching Leo in action. The Argentine captain is so mesmeric and marvelous. In the champions league final, there was a beautiful Leo Messi move, where he float forward, making an one-two exchange with Neymar and Suarez, before striking the ball an inch wide of the top left corner of the post. Juventus goalkeeper, Gianluigi Buffon was turning his head, with his heart in his mouth, in order to see the ball heading in or over.

Neymar and Suarez, the cunning forward were perfectly in sync with what Lionel Messi was trying to do. After Messi’s goal that won Barca La Liga, two other goals that won them Copa del Rey, everybody thought it will be none but Lionel Messi’s goal would make the difference in Barcelona vs Juventus UCL Final 2015 .

UCL 2015 Final: Barcelona vs Juventus

And of course Leo was the key in Barcelona’s 3-1 win over Juventus in the UCL 2015 Final. Lionel Messi was the prime catalyst for the Barca’s first goal by kicking a pinpoint-accurate ball from the deep to Jordi Alba’s feet on the left of the penalty area. Then Ivan Rakitic flashed his shot across Buffon and into the net. But it was Lionel Messi who started the move. Jordi Alba, Neymar and the brilliant Iniesta put their contribution to the ball, with the latter finally bursting into the penalty box at the perfect moment to square it for Ivan Rakitic.

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Every players of Barcelona played their respective part to perfection in that game. With Neymar’s superbly timed pass for Iniesta and everyone’s contribution was just amazing. The goal was to be considered as a team-goal out of several perfect individual actions. All other 10 outfield players touched the ball in building up that goal.

Barcelona has become strongest with bundles of talented players. Barca goal keeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen has produced some matured display all through the Champions League as well as La Liga. Dani Alves. On other hand, has turned to be a big match boy, by putting consistently impressive displays, especially in big important games. And Gerard Pique has been quite outstanding for past few months, while Javier Mascherano has shut down his doubters both on the pitch and out of it.

Jordi Alba has proved to be wonderfully consistent in his playing, with his streak down the pitch to set up a goal for Neymar in Barcelona’s Copa del Rey win over Althletico Madrid at the Vicente Calderon. Sergio Busquets has been showing supreme confidence throughout the season.

For Andres Iniesta, it has been a tough campaign as Barcelona’s approach seemed top-heavy before turning the year. However, it was Andres Iniesta who was awarded the man of the match in the Champions league final. As an assistant for Rakitic’s goal and two other mind blowing passes, and doing some extraordinary ball distribution, it was only Iniesta to be awarded the man of match.

Then, time for Xavi came, he entered replacing Iniesta when Barcelona was struggling to control the game despite 2-1 lead. When Iniesta left the pitch, putting the captain’s armband on Xavi, and telling him to go on and bring the cup him in his final match for the club, it was a memorable moment to see.

Also Read: Barcelona players yearly salary for the season 2014-2015

Xavi did his duty, winning his 25th trophy for Barcelona in 17-long season career. Barcelona manager Luis Enrique has used Xavi consistently as a substitute. The commander of the match came right at the moment when Barcelona looked to be pressurized. Xavi did exactly what a perfect captain would do in that situation of the game.

Ivan Rakitic was the first man to score in this vital game. Rakitic was actually the can-opener and it’s not the first time this season. He was the opening goal-scorer for Barcelona on five other occasions this season. When the attackers have been locked down, Ivan Rakitic is the man upon whom everyone can depend. But, that doesn’t happen frequently, when Messi, Suarez and Neymar are playing in one team. The MSN triad have scored an unbelievable 122 goals so far in all competitions this season, which has become a record for an attacking trident in Spanish football.

Barcelona emphasized the “team” nature for the victory in the UCL 2015 Final. The team was consisted of Claudio Bravo (the Zamora trophy winner), Jeremy Mathieu (first goal in the Clasico) and many more talents, enough to be the best among all European clubs.

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Barcelona are the Owner of modern-day Champions League

After proving so hard to defeat all through the Champions League, the Barcelona players found it hard to take it all in. Having a 3-1 victory over Juventus in Berlin’s Olympiastadion, there had an air of disbelief about what they had achieved, which added an obvious joy and sense of vindication to the whole Barcelona team.

It is Andres Iniesta, whom you would think by now had seen it all. Literally, Iniesta had won it all. Iniesta began,

“Six years ago we thought that winning a treble again was unrepeatable. But, we did it this time and it makes your hair stand on end when you think back and see how much lucky you guys are to see winning everything. “

The new generation of Barcelona own the modern Champions League in the way their great rivals at Real Madrid owned the old European Cup. Barcelona have long been the benchmark for the European Championship and the reference point. Right now, they have again re-asserted that status. This is not just their second treble in the space of six years, as Andres Iniesta mentioned, but also their fourth Champions League in nine seasons.

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That consistency is unmatched since the European Cup was rebranded and restructured in 1992. Actually, it is the longest spells of continuous success for Barcelona in its 60 years of existence. There are hardly any that can match that level of success.

This is certainly something hard to achieve. The chronological evolution and extreme success of this bunch of players was only emphasized by the order in which they emerged from the dressing room, after almost two hours of joyful celebration.

Ivan Rakitic was the first man coming out, who also scored the first goal in that final and so energetically introduced fresh impetus and proper direction to his team throughout the season. The Croatian has sped things up by releasing the rampage of attack more frequently. Rakitic shared his first Champions League medal with his young daughter, while both Luis Suarez and Neymar clearly wanted to share their first successes in the Champions league with their children too.

Next, the three-time champion Dani Alves came out with joyful bopping of his body along with the sound of music, which was coming from a set of speakers he was carrying. The joy was a reflection of his great success who had rediscovered his mojo this season along with many other players.

Then, the magnificent Leo Messi came to the arena carrying his son in one arm. He then switched his boy to other in order to shake the hand of Juventus manager Massimiliano Allegri, whom he had spotted chatted to Italian media. Messi had shown a great sportsmanship to go with his place at the apex of the sporting world.

The Champions league trophy was then carried out by no other than one man, the captain Xavi. He held one arm of the prized piece of hardware, while the other arm was held by his long-time midfield partner Sergio Busquets. The other one of that fantastic central midfield trio Andres Iniesta said,

“The picture of Xavi leaving with the Champions League trophy in his arm is the most beautiful one for a footballer like him.”

There is one person who was assuredly striding out at the back of it all and he is Gerard Pique. He mentioned how Barcelona had “suffered” in the final when it went on to 1-1 following Morata’s goal. But Pique felt that the Morata score only brought out the spirit to the team that has sparked a treble season. The Barcelona team have rediscovered the motivation with so many talents, is the most remarkable aspect of all, especially from a historical point of view. All

Assuredly striding out at the back of it all, as ever and as he had done in this final, was Gerard Pique. He talked about how the team had “suffered” in the final, using some choice language about when it went to 1-1 following Alvaro Morata’s goal, but felt that the Morata score only brought out the spirit and defiance that has sparked a treble season. All three trophies of Barcelona’s treble are on the top of the display during their double-decker bus parade in Barcelona. It was quite a picture to capture and the Barca fans will remember it for long time.

While Real Madrid won five European Cups between 1955 and 1966, there were four key players who were involved in the first to last season with the team. Then came Liverpool, winning four titles between 1977-1984, having only one such player. In Milan’s triple between 1989-1994, there were six players with that potential. And with Barcelona, the number is seven.

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Stopping Messi Won’t Be Enough for Juventus

Lionel Messi is quite unstoppable. If you saw the Copa del Rey final against Athletic Bilbao, it was none but Leo who spun away from three athletic defenders surrounding him and then jinked three more challenges before slamming the ball into the net. If Juventus want to win the champions league title, they must have to stop him in Berlin. Stopping Leo wouldn’t be enough for Juventus, as they also have to keep eyes on Neymar and Suarez.

Before semi-final of Champions League, Bayern Munich coach and former Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola mentioned that it was quite impossible to defend against Leo Messi. To deal with Messi, Guardiola organized the front three and packed men in the midfield by pressing high up the pitch. The changing move was widely criticized and someone called it even ‘suicidal’. It was a kind of gamble which has made a certain kind of sense in this regard.

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Guardiola is man of plan. He seems to have reasoned. He probably recalled how his Barca side struggled against Marcelo Bielsa’s Athletic. So, he made up his mind to pack the midfield and pressure the ball early with a hope perhaps his Bayern could cut off the supply to the front line.

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Pep Guardiola’s plan didn’t work this time. He was forced to change the tactics after 15 minutes of the first leg in semi. It turned out that, Barcelona weren’t flustered at all by being pressed. Andres Iniesta and Ivan Rakitic were delighted in sliding passes into the space behind Bayern’s defense line for Suarez, Messi and Neymar.

Bayern fell back deeper after that despite being able to control the ball possession. Guardiola’s side were beaten brutally by 3-0.

Juventus simply don’t have to concern about dominating the ball possession. Their only plan would be to drop deep in the field, pack men into midfield and look to make everything as congested in their defense as possible. Alvaro Morata and Carlos Tevez will be waiting for a counter attack as a front runner.

The ploy worked for Internazionale against Barcelona in 2010 Champions League semi-final and also for Chelsea against Barca at the same stage in 2012. But, since then Barcelona has evolved much and hopefully the plan wouldn’t be beneficial this time. Juventus striker Tevez will have a big role to play in the final.

The new Barcelona may not adapt the idea of Total Football which was implanted at the club by Johan Cruyff and Rinus Michels. But, Barcelona will certainly be less prone to being frustrated by the packed defences. Barca’s front three dribble are encouraged to devastate all kind of defenses with the “MSN” (Messi, Suarez, Neymar). Back in the 2011/12 season, Messi, Pedro and Alexis Sanchez completed an average of 4.1 dribbles per Champions League match. According to WhoScored.com, in this season of Champions league, Messi, Neymar and Suarez have completed an average of 12 dribbles per game.

Also Read: Barcelona Players’ yearly salary list 2015

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When the opponent is masked a defensive cover, rather than pass their way into space, Barcelona always have the capacity to beat the defenders with a trick. Each member of Barca’s front three has the ability to take two or three defenders out of the game easily with a moment of individual brilliance. The front line of Barcelona is so high profiled that it makes them extremely hard to defend against in any situation of the game.

Juventus would likely to play with a diamond shaped midfield in the final match. Barcelona have two full-backs, Jordi Alba and Dani Alves, who will be independent in pushing on and overlapping whenever they feel like it. And here is the real problem. Juventus may find a way to stop Leo Messi, but it doesn’t mean they will be able to stop Barcelona.

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Top 10 Richest Football Teams in NFL

National Football League is one of the most popular sports leagues in United States. American football is originated from rugby, but the game is quite different from rugby. NFL is consisted of 32 teams which have a huge fan circles all over United States as well as Canada. The NFL lovers use to watch the young and talented football players, representing different cities with their best performance. The adrenaline-pumping game is always made the audiences glued to the tv screen 24 hours a day.

Every NFL team brings their top players to ensure that the fans don’t get disappointed. Literally, as NFL is one of the richest sports league in the world, the teams gather a huge amount of revenue into their account and their players earn big bucks.

10 Richest Football Teams in NFL:

It is Sporty Ghost, who have enlisted the top 10 Richest Football Teams in NFL. Let’s check out your NFL teams with most money and most valuable players.

10. Baltimore Ravens: $1.5 billion

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Baltimore Ravens is an American football team, playing in NFL, with the team value of $1.50 billion. The team has generated an amazing revenue of around $304 million in the last NFL season. As of in 2013-14 NFL season, Ravens had an operating income near $57 million. Baltimore Ravens have recently signed a 10-year contract with M&T Bank for their stadium naming rights sponsorship in May, last season. The extension contract will run through the 2027 NFL season.

OWNER: Stephen Bisciotti
CHAMPIONSHIPS: 2
PRICE PAID: $600 million
YEAR PURCHASED: 2004
REVENUE: $304 million
OPERATING INCOME: $56.7 million
DEBT/VALUE: 18%
PLAYER EXPENSES: $156 million
GATE RECEIPTS: $67 million
WINS-TO-PLAYER COST RATIO: 88
REVENUE PER FAN: $50
METRO AREA POPULATION: 2.7 million
VENUE: M&T Bank Stadium

9. San Francisco 49ers: $1.60 billion

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With the total income of $1.60 billion, San Francisco 49ers is the 9th team in our list of top 10 richest football teams in NFL. The football team was founded in 1946 and started to play in NFL since 1949. They have won five Super Bowl Championship in just 14 years, in between 1981-1994. In the last season of NFL, San Francisco 49ers have gathered an amazing revenue of around $270 million. With an operative income of nearly $25 million in 2013-14 NFL season, San Francisco 49ers are one of the richest teams in NFL. They have recently inaugurated a new 68,500-seater privately funded Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara. The 50th Super Bowl will be hosted in this stadium in February 2016.

OWNER: Denise DeBartolo York, John York
CHAMPIONSHIPS: 5
PRICE PAID: $13 million
YEAR PURCHASED: 1977
REVENUE: $270 million
OPERATING INCOME: $24.8 million
DEBT/VALUE: 53%
PLAYER EXPENSES: $157 million
GATE RECEIPTS: $52 million
WINS-TO-PLAYER COST RATIO: 174
REVENUE PER FAN: $45
METRO AREA POPULATION: 4.5 million
VENUE : Levi’s Stadium

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8. Chicago Bears: $1.70 billion

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Chicago Bears are a NFL professional football team situated in Chicago, Illinois. They have won a total nine NFL championships. In 2015 season of NFL, the Chicago Bears have made a value over $1.7 billion and they are inducted at no. 8 in our list of top 10 richest football teams in NFL. The Bears have generated a revenue around $309 million in the last NFL season. They also had an operating income of nearly $57 million as of 2013-14 season of National Football League. The Chicago bears finished at 8-8 in 2013 NFL season and missed the playoffs for the third consecutive year. Recently, they missed it under the new head coach Marc Trestman who replaced Lovie Smith.

OWNER: McCaskey Family
CHAMPIONSHIPS: 9
PRICE PAID: $100
YEAR PURCHASED: 1920
REVENUE: $309 million
OPERATING INCOME: $57.1 million
DEBT/VALUE: 6%
PLAYER EXPENSES: $160 million
GATE RECEIPTS: $65 million
WINS-TO-PLAYER COST RATIO: 86
REVENUE PER FAN: $15
METRO AREA POPULATION: 9.5 million
VENUE : Soldier Field

7. Philadelphia Eagles: $1.75 billion

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Philadelphia Eagles are the members of the East Division of the National Football Conference in NFL. Their current team value is worth of $1.75 billion, which put them at 7th place in the list of top 10 richest football teams in NFL. So far, the Eagles have won three NFL titles and made two appearances in Super Bowl competitions. Philadelphia Eagles has generated nearly $330 million of revenue in the last season of NFL. They also had an operative income of $73 million in the 2013-2014 NFL season. The Eagles recently appointed Chip Kelly as their head coach replacing their long-time coach Andy Reid for 2013 NFL season. Kelly led the team to achieve the top spot in the NFC East.

OWNER: Jeffrey Lurie
CHAMPIONSHIPS: 3
PRICE PAID: $185 million
YEAR PURCHASED: 1994
REVENUE: $330 million
OPERATING INCOME: $73.2 million
DEBT/VALUE: 11%
PLAYER EXPENSES: $150 million
GATE RECEIPTS: $63 million
WINS-TO-PLAYER COST RATIO: 114
REVENUE PER FAN: $27
METRO AREA POPULATION: 6 million
VENUE: Lincoln Financial Field

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6. New York Jets: $1.80 billion

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New York Jets are a professional NFL team located in New York City, Metropolitan area. They share MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey with the New York Giants. The team currently values $1.80 billion in 2015 season of NFL. They are inducted at no. 6 in the list of top 10 richest football teams in NFL. They have generated an amazing revenue of nearly $333 million in the last NFL season. They also made an operative income of $80 million last year. Recently, a $255 million has been assigned by Moody’s Investment service in stadiums project revenue.

OWNER: Robert Wood Johnson IV
CHAMPIONSHIPS: 1
PRICE PAID: $635 million
YEAR PURCHASED: 2000
REVENUE: $333 million
OPERATING INCOME: $79.5 million
DEBT/VALUE: 33%
PLAYER EXPENSES: $134 million
GATE RECEIPTS: $77 million
WINS-TO-PLAYER COST RATIO: 103
REVENUE PER FAN: $16
METRO AREA POPULATION: 20 million
VENUE : MetLife Stadium

Also Read: Top 10 most paid NFL players in 2015

5. Houston Texans: $1.85 billion

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The Houston Texans joined the NFL in 2002 and since then they are one of the prolific teams in American professional football. Majority of the team are owned by Bob McNair. The current value of Houston Texans is nearly $1.85 billion and they stay at no. 5 in our list of top 10 richest football teams in NFL. They have generated a revenue of $339 million in the last NFL season with an operating income of $103 million. Houston Texans’ new home was re-branded as NRG Stadium in 2015 after the owner company Reliant Energy had its own name on the Texans’ building.

OWNER: Robert McNair
CHAMPIONSHIPS: 0
PRICE PAID: $600 million
YEAR PURCHASED: 1999
REVENUE: $339 million
OPERATING INCOME: $102.8 million
DEBT/VALUE: 11%
PLAYER EXPENSES: $134 million
GATE RECEIPTS: $64 million
WINS-TO-PLAYER COST RATIO: 25
REVENUE PER FAN: $27
METRO AREA POPULATION: 6.3 million
VENUE : NRG Stadium

Also Read: Top 10 highest paid athletes in 2015

4. New York Giants: $2.1 billion

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The professional American football team, New York Giants is the no. 4 richest football team in NFL. They were one of the five teams that joined NFL in 1925. The Giants have won eight NFL titles so far, along with more championship appearances than any other NFL team. New York Giants is valued over $2.1 billion as of 2015 NFL season. They also produced a marvelous revenue of $353 million in the last season of NFL. They had an operative income of $87 million in 2013-14 season of NFL. Although the team pays an annual stadium debt of $40 million, they still manage to maintain their huge earnings every year.

OWNER: John Mara, Steven Tisch
CHAMPIONSHIPS: 8
PRICE PAID: $500, $150 million
YEAR PURCHASED: 1925, 1991
REVENUE: $353 million
OPERATING INCOME: $87.3 million
DEBT/VALUE: 25%
PLAYER EXPENSES: $146 million
GATE RECEIPTS: $91 million
WINS-TO-PLAYER COST RATIO: 82
REVENUE PER FAN: $18
METRO AREA POPULATION: 20 million
VENUE: MetLife Stadium

3. Washington Redskins: $2.4 billion

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They are a professional NFL team located in the Washington DC metropolitan area. The Redskins’ home is FedExField in Landover, Maryland. Since 1932, the Washington Redskins have played more than 1,000 matches. They have managed to win five NFL Championship which include three Super Bowl Championships. The team currently values over $2.4 billion in the latest season of NFL. They also generated a revenue of $395 million in the 2013-14 NFL season with an operative income of nearly $143 million. Washington Redskins are at no. 3 in our list of top 10 richest football teams in NFL.

OWNER: Daniel Snyder
CHAMPIONSHIPS: 5
PRICE PAID: $750 million
YEAR PURCHASED: 1999
REVENUE: $395 million
OPERATING INCOME: $143.4 million
DEBT/VALUE: 10%
PLAYER EXPENSES: $118 million
GATE RECEIPTS: $82 million
WINS-TO-PLAYER COST RATIO: 44
REVENUE PER FAN: $38
METRO AREA POPULATION: 5.9 million
VENUE: FedEx Field

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2. New England Patriots: 2.6 billion

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New England Patriots are one of the most successful teams in NFL. They play their home games at Gillette Stadium in the town of Foxborough, Massachusetts. The Patriots joined the NFL competition in 1970. With the net value of $2.6 billion, New England Patriots at 2nd place in our list of top 10 richest football teams in NFL. Last season, they had made a remarkable revenue of nearly $428 million with an operating income of $147 million. The team has a property named ‘Patriot Place’ adjacent to the Gillette Stadium, which featured over 1.3 million square feet of dining, shopping, and entertainment.

OWNER: Robert Kraft
CHAMPIONSHIPS: 3
PRICE PAID: $172 million
YEAR PURCHASED: 1994
REVENUE: $428 million
OPERATING INCOME: $147.2 million
DEBT/VALUE: 9%
PLAYER EXPENSES: $156 million
GATE RECEIPTS: $95 million
WINS-TO-PLAYER COST RATIO: 154
REVENUE PER FAN: $56
METRO AREA POPULATION: 4.6 million
VENUE : Gillette Stadium

1. Dallas Cowboys: $3.2 billion

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Dallas Cowboys are the richest football team in NFL with an incredible net worth of $3.2 billion. They have a record for most Super Bowl appearances (8) which they share with Pittsburgh Steelers. Dallas Cowboys are the only team in NFL to record 20 straight winning season from 1966-1985. They are the most valuable team in National Football League. Cowboys are tied with Spanish club FC Barcelona for 2nd richest sports team in the world while the richest team is Real Madrid with $3.4 billion. The Cowboys have produced a revenue of $560 million along with an operative income of $246 million in 2013-14 NFL season. They have recently signed multiple global sponsorship contracts with watchmaker Hublot and Carnival Cruise Lines. All these sponsorship endorsements ensure them several millions of dollars in revenue over the next five years in NFL.

OWNER: Jerry Jones
CHAMPIONSHIPS: 5
PRICE PAID: $150 million
YEAR PURCHASED: 1989
REVENUE: $560 million
OPERATING INCOME: $245.7 million
DEBT/VALUE: 6%
PLAYER EXPENSES: $164 million
GATE RECEIPTS: $90 million
WINS-TO-PLAYER COST RATIO: 83
REVENUE PER FAN: $57
METRO AREA POPULATION: 6.8 million
VENUE : AT&T Stadium

While the American football teams are busy in making money from sponsorships and tickets, the fans care about only one thing- the performances of the players. The fans always like to see the talented players making history under tough situations in the game. All these football players try their best to make their teams proud as well as rich and valuable.

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Hope Solo Net Worth 2015

Hope Solo, the sole hope for the United States Women’s National Team (USWNT), is widely regarded as the best goalkeeper in the national side. As a two-time Olympic gold medalist and 2011 FIFA World Cup Golden Glove award winner, she is the shining star in American soccer. Hope Solo has already made more shutouts than any other goalkeepers in the history of American soccer.

Now, the team is in the campaign of 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup in Canada. With Hope Solo as their main goalie, the team are destined to win the title for third time since 1999.

Hope Solo net worth:

Hope Solo net worth in 2015: $2.5 Million
Hope Solo Salary in a year: $300,000
Source of income: Soccer
Position: Goalkeeper
Team: United States Women’s National Team
Current Club: Seattle Reign

Hope Solo has been the first choice goalkeeper for the United States since 2005. She has developed her goalkeeping skill to such a level that, no other will hardly achieve. She has a record number of clean sheets and incredibly went on 1,054 minutes without allowing a goal inside the net. Solo has achieved many prestigious awards all through her glorious career. All these awards added a sum to Hope Solo net worth. We have enlisted some of her prize money value here below-

Awards Names Earning:

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FIFA Women’s World Cup Golden Glove: 2012 $208,333

FIFA Women’s World Cup Bronze ball: 2012 $156,250

FIFA Women’s World Cup All-Star Team: 2012 $142,857

Do Something Award – Athlete: 2013 $128,205

Hall of Game She’s Got Game Award: 2013 $108,696

Total money of these Awards: $744,341

Hope Solo net worth has been increasing over these years. As her popularity increases, Hope Solo salary increases simultaneously. The world sports market determines that considering the player’s gradual progress in sport. If we look at the increasements of Hope solo net worth from 2011 till now, we will see that the athlete has gathered a huge sum of money into her purse.

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Hope Solo Soccer goalkeeper net worth in years (USD)

2011 – 1,282,051
2012 – 1,694,915
2013 – 2,083,333
2014 – 2,272,728
2015 – 2,500,000

Hope Solo is indeed a priceless asset for American soccer team since 2000. Although, the salary in women soccer is less as compared to men footballers like Cristiano Ronaldo and any other players from EPL, still we love Hope Solo and doubt an annual salary of $300,000 is still good enough. Where the average person income in United States is $40,000, Hope Solo earns 7 times more in a year.

Hope Solo Biography:

Full name: Hope Penut Solo
Date of Birth: 30 July, 1981 (age 33)
Birth Place: Richland, Washington, United States
Height: 5 ft 9 inch
Weight: 140 lbs (63.5 Kg)
Marital status: Married to Jerramy Stevens
Education: University of Washington
Zodiac sign: Leo
Autobiography: A Memoir of Hope

Hope Solo was selected as an alternative goalkeeper for the US Olympic team in 2004, but alas! She never made it on the pitch in Athens. But, she was never disappointed. The following year, Solo became the top goalkeeper in USWNT, giving her team numerous clean sheets over the years. Soon, she established herself as one of the prime members in US national team.

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Solo’s value was first realized when the head coach benched her during a semi-final match against Brazil in 2007 FIFA Women’s World Cup. Subsequently, the US team lost the game and it was Hope Solo, who publicly announced the frustration, saying,

“It was a wrong decision and I think anybody that knows anything about the game knows that. I would have undoubtedly made those saves.”

In 2008, Solo was back on track and helped US Women’s soccer team win the gold medal at Summer Olympics in Beijing, China. She had a serious shoulder injury, which required surgery that time, but Solo refused and continued throughout the tournament. She also helped the team to become runner-up at 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup, where she won the prestigious Golden Glove Award for her outstanding efforts.

At 2012 Summer Olympic in London, in front of around 80,300 soccer fans in Wembley Stadium-the largest soccer crowd in Olympic history-Hope Solo won her second consecutive gold medal for her team. A revengeful victory was achieved against Japan by 2-1. At the 82th minute of the game, Solo miraculously saved a powerful shot from Mana Iwabuchi, which could be resulted in a tie. During the match, she stopped a total 12 of the 13 shots she faced against the Japanese team.

She underwent her long-standing shoulder surgery in March 2013. The following year, Hope solo marked her name in the US record book for most career shutouts with 71, which was previously set by Brianna Scurry. She set a new record of 72 shutouts, in a friendly against Mexico that resulted in a 8-0 victory for the United States.

Also Read: Top 10 highest paid women soccer players in 2015

                     Top 10 most famous female soccer players of all time

Hope Solo endorsements and business deals:

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A huge sum of money is added to her account every year through the endorsement deals with renowned brands. Hope Solo has signed endorsements and business deals with Simple Skincare. Seiko, BlackBerry, Nike, Ubisoft, Electronic Arts and Gatorade. In addition, she made a one-year contract with Bank of America in July 2011. In the same year, Hope Solo starred in a TV commercial of EA Sports in promoting FIFA 12. Along with her national teammate, Alex Morgan, she acted in another television advertisement which was promoting ESPN’s SportsCenter. In 2014, Hope Solo was featured in a promotional commercial for Western Union.

Hope Solo On Magazines:

Hope solo has been featured in numerous magazines like on the covers of Sports Illustrated, Fitness, Seattle Metropolitan Magazine, TV Guide and Vogue. In 2011, her semi-nude appearance in the Body Issue of ESPN The Magazine, drew some controversies. Although she replied,

“I’m an athlete-that’s all I am. If a sex symbol is now a top female athlete, I think that’s pretty amazing.”

Hope Solo: The Philanthropist

As a representative of the Women’s Sports Foundation, Hope Solo has donated her time and money for the advancement the lives of girls and women through sports and physical activity. She has appeared in numerous charity events to promote female soccer. In 2011, Hope Solo along with Abby Wambach and Alex Morgan went on a charitable campaign at the Chicago Marathon. She donated around $5,000.00 to the Seattle Humane Society.

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Personal life of Hope Solo:

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Hope Solo is married to former American football player, Jerramy Stevens on 13 November, 2012. Stevens was arrested the day before wedding, accusing him for an assault, which left Solo injured. He was found innocent after the investigation and the pair got married the next day.

Hope Solo contact information:

Fan Mail Address:

Hope Solo
Pro Sport Communications
137 N. Larchmont
Suite 477
Los Angeles, CA 90004
USA
Hope Solo Address Information:

Pro Sport Communications
(Sports Management Company)
137 N. Larchmont
Suite 477
Los Angeles, CA 90004
USA
Phone: (232) 400-5835

Hope Solo has been a remarkable athlete for the United States. The glossy Hope Solo net worth in 2015, will be flourished more hopefully in the following seasons. Solo is now busy with her teammates in winning matches at 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup in Canada. Let’s hope, Hope Solo would bring the title home.

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What Sergio Ramos would bring to Manchester United?

Sergio Ramos, the most successful centre-half for the Spanish Club, Real Madrid has been linked with Manchester United in this summer of transfer window. In addition, Borussia Dortmund’s Mats Hummels is knocked repeatedly by the United, although the German mid-field had turned down a move to Manchester in May. Hummels would be a great asset for United as he has FIFA World Cup and a couple of Bundesliga titles to his name. All these are very prestigious haul indeed by the German.

Today, we will focus on the transfer rumour about Sergio Ramos in the Manchester United. The English side are trying to find the best of the world, so that they can find a suitable place in the next season premier league.

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Sergio Ramos Transfer rumours to ManU:

Manchester United are very much eager to capture Real Madrid’s Sergio Ramos. Quite clearly, they have definite reasons behind the decision. In this season of EPL, Manchester United is moving very cautiously, with some selective transfers during this summer.

Ramos’s achievements:

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Sergio Ramos, the powerhouse for Spain—————image via: en.wikipedia.org

On the other hand, Sergio Ramos, who is the member of Spanish team in their Golden Age, dominating the international scene for half a decade, winning back to back European Championships in 2008 and 2012 and the country’s first 2010 FIFA World cup. Ramos has not done too badly with his club, Real Madrid either. Since his signing in 2005 from Sevilla, the midfielder won three La Liga titles for the Real Madrid. He also added two Copa del Rey titles and the 2013/14 Champions League-the precious La Decima that Real Madrid cherished for long.

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Sergio Ramos position:

Sergio Ramos has been at the top of his game for a long period of time. He spent a significant portion of his career as a right-back, that is where he started in 2008 European Championship and 2010 FIFA World Cup finals. Later in his career, he made a permanent switch to play as a centre-half. At Real, he played a long time alongside Pepe and their partnership gifted the football Dark arts , as well as just plain gifted. They have been regarded as one of the massive threats in Real’s defence to any other teams in the world.

Sergio Ramos valuation at Manchester:

The first thing Ramos would bring to Manchester United is his elite level of experience. The Ramos transfer would be an expensive one for the United, as far as £260,000 per week. It is truly an astronomical amount of money for a centre-half. According to Manchester evening news, it is reported that the Sergio Ramos deal will be worth around £53 million, which includes David de Gea too. The amount equates to in financial terms depends on the two clubs’ valuation of De Gea. It would be a huge money for Gea, a player with the prime of his career in front of him. And for 29-year-old Sergio Ramos, the amount is just a good fortune for him indeed.

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2012 Euro Champion Spain————–image via: commons.wikimedia.org

However, Manchester United aren’t looking for a player with potential who could be sold on somewhere down the line. What they currently need, more than anything else, is an experienced leader in the midst of the field. It is no one but, Sergio Ramos they are targeting. There are plenty of potentials, like Chris Smalling, Phil Jones, Paddy McNair. They may have plenty of football under their belts, but neither has anything close to the experience of Sergio Ramos in leading the back line of squad.

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Sergio Ramos: The darker side

Sergio Ramos may be an excellent leader in the centre-half, but come without a cost. In 2014, Sergio Ramos broke Real Madrid’s all-time record of red-cards with 19. Likewise , the moon has a darker side, the good has certainly outweighed the bad for Ramos. While some Manchester United fans expressed their displeasure to call Ramos into the old Trafford, the former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher defended Ramos saying,

“ I get a hurt by the criticism Ramos gets. This fella has won everything, he plays one of the best clubs in the world and one of the best international sides we’ve ever seen.”

Sergio Ramos has moments of madness and gets intensely emotional during the games. It has been a regular problem for him. But, let’s not forget it’s a problem for Wayne Rooney in the field as well. Sergio Ramos is still the most frequent fouler in the Real Madrid side . In the 2014/15 season of La Liga, he averaged 1.6 fouls per game, which made him one of the devastating defenders in the world. Those performance would be expected at Manchester United, though Ramos would had to settle for the 2nd place behind Marouane Fellaini, who averaged 2.3 fouls per EPL game.

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The plan with Sergio Ramos:

Truly, United’s back line could use an additional aggression in presence of Sergio Ramos. While he walks the line and frequently oversteps, there is a void place in a defensive setup for someone who will be prepared to make his presence felt by the strikers. Ramos knows, they are in for a battle. Ramos is indeed a hard working player. He always enjoys the physical challenge with the strikers. He is a true nightmare to any of the strikers in the world.

Sergio Ramos is player, who really thinks about the game very well. He can define strategies according to the nature of strikers. It is expected that, Louis Van Gaal has already made some research on Ramos’s positional intelligence and his defensive skills. Ramos is a leader, the quickest in the field and the best physically fitted athlete. All these qualities that Ramos possesses, are required for the United right now.

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Ramos, The Ultimate Goal for United

Sergio Ramos may be a hot-headed lad sometimes for his own good, he has also demonstrated a phenomenal capacity for coolness under immense pressure. In Euro Semi-final 2012, Spanish team needed a win in penalty shootout to get past Portugal. The responsibility implied on Sergio Ramos, who failed in a decisive penalty for Real Madrid against Bayern in the Champions League semi-final, few months earlier. Just imagine the pressure Ramos took that time, and finally he got succeed in taking his team to 2012 Euro final. It was only possible for a first class player like Sergio Ramos.

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Sergio Ramos in action———image via: en.wikipedia.org

the eye-catching moments in football seem unbelievable in isolation. But, such remarkable moments weren’t created over night. It took years of hard working of a sportsperson who knows their abilities very well and can trust themselves to execute in difficult situation. Sergio Ramos has proven that many times.

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If Manchester United somehow managed to bring Ramos this summer, their chances of winning the next English Premier League title should considerably increase. In fact, that’s what Ramos could bring to the club. The signing will be genuinely exciting for the United fans. Let’s hope, Louis Van Gaal will bring something special with it, that will ensure the premier league title, next season to shut down the critics.

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Top 10 Most Successful English Football Clubs

Football is the national sports in United Kingdom. Popularity of football was flourished from here throughout the globe and the modern set of rules for football was established here, back in 1863. England has more football clubs, smaller to larger, than any other countries of the world. Over 40,000 football clubs are playing in England over many years. Historically, world’s first football club, Sheffield FC was established in English soil in 1857. The FA Cup (Football Association Challenge Cup), the oldest association football competition in the world was first held in 1871-72. England is a football loving country, where the game is played throughout the year and all over the country. And English people are crazy about their teams.

English Premier League is the most prestigious football tournament in England. We have made a list of English football teams, who attained most success in EPL. Just scroll down to find the most successful club in England. So, here is the list of Top 10 most successful English football clubs.

10 Most Successful English Football Clubs:

10. Nottingham Forest FC

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Nottingham Forest FC | image credit – Wikimedia/Garth Newton

Nottingham Forest is currently playing in the Football League championship. The City Ground has been their home since 1898. After founding in 1865, the English club have won FA Cup in 1898 and 1959. The club’s most successful period came under Brain Clough between 1975-1993, when the won the UEFA Champions League titles, back to back in 1978 and 1979. They also won the Football League Cup 4 times and European Super cup in 1979.

The club is passing through some hard times as they have been outside the English Premier league since 1999. The two-time Champions League winner, Nottingham Forest FC remain at No. 10 spot in top 10 most successful English Football Clubs.

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9. Newcastle United

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Newcastle United is one of the best English Football clubs, which is based in Newcastle upon Tyne. Newcastle United was founded in 1892, being one of the oldest English clubs. The club is owned by Mike Ashley since 2007. With four League Championships titles, six FA Cups, one FA Community shield cup, two FA Youth Cups, Newcastle United have become one of the most successful English football clubs. They had too a golden period between 1904-1910, when they won an FA Cup and three First Division titles.

Though the club have passed some successful time in the premier league in the 1990s and early 2000s, they have been struggling in EPL since 2006/07 season. Newcastle United have a fierce local rivalry with Sunderland, and the fans still go crazy when the one meet another. Newcastle United is the no. 9 best English club in our list of top 10 most successful English Football Clubs.

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8. Manchester City

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Manchester City is a Premier League football club, which is located in Manchester, England. The City of Manchester Stadium has been their home since 2003. The most successful period for Manchester City is considered to be in the late 1960s and the early 70s, when they won FA Cup, League Cup , League Championship and European Cup winners’ Cup. After purchased by the Abu Dhabi United Group in 2008, Manchester United have become one of the richest clubs in English Premier League.

In 2011 they qualified for the UEFA Champions League and won the FA Cup for the fifth time. In 2011-12 season of Premier League, they won the title for the 3rd time, which was their first major English title for 44 years. The following year, The Citizens again won the Premier League title for the 4th time and also won the league cup. Manchester City only managed to win the UEFA Champions League trophy one in the 1969-70 season. Considering all these achievements, Manchester City is at no. 8 in the list of top 10 most successful English Football Clubs.

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7. Tottenham Hotspur

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Tottenham Hotspur, commonly known as Spurs, is one of the most successful premier league teams in England. Their home is White Hart Lane and training ground is in Bulls Cross. Hotspurs are at no. 7 in the list of top 10 most successful English football clubs. They have won the first FA Cup title in 1901. Since then, Tottenham Hotspur have won a total 8 FA Cups, last one in 1990-91 season. In 1960-61 of English league, they achieved the League and FA Cup Double.

The following year, after successfully defending the FA Cup title, Spurs became the first English club to win a UEFA European Cup Winners’ Cup in 1963. The English club also won premier league twice, football league 2nd division twice, and League Cup four times, and the prestigious UEFA Cup twice. The team have a long-standing rivalry with Arsenal and their head-to-head fixture is known as ‘North London Derby’.

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6. Aston Villa

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Aston Villa is an English Premier League club, which is based in Witton, Birmingham. After the foundation in 1874, Aston Villa have become one of the most successful English football clubs in the history of EPL. Their biggest achievement came in 1981-82, when they won the European Cup and became one of the five English Clubs to win what is now the UEFA Champions league.

The Villa are holding the no. 6 position in our list of top 10 most successful English football clubs as they won the First Division Championship 7 times, the FA Cup 7 times, the Football League cup 5 times, and the UEFA Super Cup once in 1982. Aston Villa is a very reputed English club, having producing a record 73 players for the England National Team. Aston villa have a local rivalry with the Birmingham City and their famous Derby has been played since 1879.

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5. Everton

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Everton | image credit – Wikimedia/Александр Осипов

Everton FC, the Liverpool based football club is one of the best English football clubs in the Premier League. The Toffeemen topped the English Division for a record 112 seasons and won the League Championship title nine times. Everton won the FA Cup 5 times, while became runners-up 8 times. Their most recent period of sustained success came in the mid-80s, while they won two League Championships, an FA Cup, and the major European Cup Winners’ Cup in 1985.

They are also the 1995 FA Cup and FA Charity Shield winners. The Everton supporters are known as Evertonians. Everton have a local neighboring rivalry with Liverpool FC and the two sides meeting is known as ‘Merseyside derby’. Everton is the no. 5 selection in the list of top 10 most successful English Football Clubs.

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4. Chelsea

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Chelsea FC is one of the strongest side in the English Premier League. The club is based in Fulham, London. They have a long glorious history to spend most of their time in the top tier of English football. The Stamford Bridge stadium has been the home for Chelsea since their establishment in 1905. Chelsea, one of the best English football club, had their first major success in 1955, winning the League Championship. They have passed a very successful period during 1965-1990 and their greatest successes came in last two decades as they won a total of 17 trophies since 1997.

The Blues have won five league titles, five league cups, seven FA Cups and four FA Community Shields. They also proved to be very successful in the continental competitions, winning one UEFA Champions League, one UEFA Europa League, one UEFA Super Cup and two UEFA Cup winners’ cup. Chelsea is now one of the richest clubs in the world which worth of $1.37 billion. In our list of top 10 most successful English football clubs, Chelsea stands at no. 4.

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3. Arsenal

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Arsenal are a professional English professional football club, based in Holloway, London, who are the most decorated club in English premier league. Arsenal FC are one of the most lucrative and valuable English football clubs in the world. After established in 1886, Arsenal have won 40 domestic and 2 European trophies, which include 13 First Division Premier League titles and a record 12 FA Cups. Arsenal hold the record of longest unbeaten streak of 49 matches in the EPL.

Under the management of George Graham and Arsène Wenger, the Gunners have won 5 League titles, 7 FA Cups, 2 Doubles, a UEFA Champions League and an unbeaten season. Arsenal have a fierce rivalry with Tottenham Hotspur and their meeting is popularly known as ‘North London Derby’. Arsenal FC is the 3rd most successful club in England.

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2. Liverpool

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Liverpool FC have won more European trophies than any other English Premier League clubs. They stand at no. 2 in our list of top 10 most successful English Football Clubs. The Reds have won a total of 5 European Cups, 3 UEFA Cups, and 3 UEFA Super Cups. They are also very successful at English soil, winning 18 League titles, a record 8 League Cups and 7 FA Cups. But, Liverpool is yet to win the Premier League title since its inception in 1992. The club was founded in 1892 and the Anfield has been their home since then.

The most successful period of Liverpool is considered was the 1970s and ‘80s. Bob Paisley and Bill Shankly led Liverpool to win 11 League titles and 7 European trophies during that period. They have a long-standing rivalry with Everton and Manchester United. “You’ll never walk alone”-the anthem of Liverpool inspires the supporters in tough time.

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1. Manchester United

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Manchester United, the most successful club in England is based in Old Trafford, Greater Manchester, England. The club is one of the best teams at English Premier League. Manchester United was established in 1878 and Old Trafford has been their home since 1910. Manchester United are at no. 1 in our list of top 10 most successful English Football Clubs. So far, they have won 20 league titles, which is more than any other English teams, 4 League cups, 11 FA Cups, and a record 20 FA Community Shields.

In the continental competition, Manchester United won three European Cups, one UEFA Super Cup, one UEFA Cup winners’ cup, one Intercontinental Cup and one FIFA Club World Cup. The football season of 1998-99 was a memorable one for them, as they won a Treble of FA Cup, the Premier League and UEFA Champions League title. Manchester United is one of the most widely supported football teams in the world.

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The legacy of football has been carried down for several decades in England. There is a huge difference always between English Premier League and the football leagues in other countries. The contest is a true competition here, with no minors and majors. Every single English club have their own legacy and have potential to win the premier league title. England is truly the Home of Football.

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Manchester United Vs Tottenham Hotspur: EPL Match Preview

The United manager Louis Van Gaal has prepared a new side and his team will be desperate to avoid a second successive opening-day defeat at Old Trafford when Tottenham Hotspur visit for the inaugural match in the English Premier League 2015/16 season. One year ago, Manchester United started their season by a 2-1 defeat with Swansea City, which triggered an immense upset among the Red Devils. Van Gaal’s side recovered from their and steered his club back into the UEFA Champions League. The first match in the premier league bears a huge significance for both the players and the manager.

Manchester United was able to finish 4th in the last season of EPL. Van Gaal has overseen an extensive squad overhaul, which would grab the spotlight firmly on him. Besides his new recruits are desperate to win United’s first English Premier League title since 2012/13.

Manchester United New Side:

Dutch forward Memphis Depay joined Manchester United from PSV Eindhoven on 12th June 2015, in a four-year contract. United’s midfield is enriched with Bastian Schweinsteiger, who won FIFA World Cup with Germany. Bastian has collected every major honour with his previous club Bayern Munich.

Another new additions are Matteo Darmain, Morgan Schneiderlin and lastly Sergio Romero in the Manchester United squad. It was a busy transfer window for Louis Van Gaal, with United attempting to bridge the 17-point gap that existed last EPL season with the Champions Chelsea.

On the contrary, Angel Di Maria, who joined Manchester United last season from Real Madrid for a record transfer fee, has reportedly left the side for Paris Saint Germain. Robin Van Persie, Luis Nani and Rafael da Silva also left Manchester United for a better side.

Manchester United will be devoid of Marouane Fellaini, who’ll miss the game for a temporary suspension, in the first game of EPL on coming Saturday against Tottenham.

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Tottenham Hotspur Side:

The Spur’s head coach Mauricio Pochettino is desperate to break into the top four in the Premier league table. It will be his second season with the Spurs as a head coach and this time he would be approaching with a definite target. In the last EPL season, Tottenham shipped a total 53 goals in the last season. This could a main reason, why Pochettino has strengthened his defence line by signing Toby Alderweireld, Kieran Trippier and Kevin Wimmer. They have showed some positive signs in the Audi Cup this week by defeating AC Milan in 2-0. Although they lost the 1st game with Real Madrid by 2-0 in Munich.

The Head Coach Pochettino said after the 2-0 victory over the Serie A side,

“We need to believe in these players. My sides need time and love. We need to improve more because it’s only the beginning of the season and now we have to compete against Premier League teams. I think we are ready to face the challenge.”

Tottenham hotspur have doubt over playing Andros Townsend and Roberto Soldado due to injuries. Manchester United on the other hand, are likely to play without Javier Hernandez and Marcos Rojo as they returned late in the training session after playing Copa America in Chile.

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Let’s have a look at who will be playing at tommorow’s match-

Manchester United:

De Gea, Sergio Romero, Victor Valdes, Lindegaard, Matteo Darmain, Evans, Blackett, Jones, Luke Shaw, McNair, Smalling, Blind, Herrera, Mata, Januzaj, Carrick, Pereira, Powell, Schweinsteiger, Schneiderlin, Young, Valencia, Depay, Rooney and Wilson.

Tottenham Hotspur:

Lloris, Vorm, Davies, Alderweireld, Davies, Dier, Rose, Fazio, Trippier, Vertonghen, Wimmer, Walker, Alli, Yedlin, Bentaleb, Carroll, Chadli, Cedallos, Eriksen, Dembele, Lennon, Mason, Lamela, Townsend, Adebayor, Kane and Soldado. 

Veneu: Old Trafford Stadium

Match referees:

Referee: Jonathan Moss
Assistants: J Brooks, E Smart
Fourth Official: A Marriner

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Manchester United Vs Tottenham Hotspur : EPL Match Facts

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Venue – Old Trafford | image credit – Wikimedia/André Zahn

1. Manchester United started their last season of EPL at Old Trafford with a 2-1 defeat against Swansea City. It was the first time since 1972/73 that Red Devils have lost at their home ground on the opening weekend of premier league.

2. United striker Wayne Rooney is the only to score more goals (6) on the opening weekend of EPL than any other current footballers.

3. Manchester United are the only team in the history of EPL to lose on the opening weekend, but ultimately go on to win the Premier League title as in 1992/93, 1995/96 and 2012/13 season.

4. Tottenham Hotspur have lost 18 games of their 23 trips to Old Trafford since 1992/93. But the Spurs have won at the Old Trafford in two of the last three seasons of English Premier League.

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LeBron James House Cost Over $21 Million In Brentwood, LA

LeBron James is a professional NBA player who is currently playing for Cleveland Cavaliers. He is one of the most popular athletes in United States. He is earning a huge amount of money for his sponsorships and endorsement deals. Although he left Cleveland in 2010, soon he announced his return to Cleveland on July 11, 2014.

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 The basketball superstar LeBron James just might have fixed to make a full court press on Hollywood. According to real estate Yenta Yolanda Yakketyyak, the Cleveland hero has splashed out less $21 million for a luxurious mansion which is kind of East-coast style. The mansion is located on a plum block in Los Angeles’s Brentwood community. Lebron James house was designed by a mansion specialist Ken Ungar. The mansion is an architecturally asymmetrical six-bedrooms and seven-bathrooms. All the rooms were measured in at a hefty and it is measured over 9,350 square feet which was based on bigger-is-better standard and hardly humongous.

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The stone and white brick exterior give LeBron James house way to a voluminous foyer. The mansion is flanked by ample living and dining rooms. It is also provided with numerous fireplaces and honey-toned wide-plank wooden floor. The mansion is also included some less formal family quarters, which are designed by a cook-friendly kitchen. The kitchen is fitted with slab marble back splashes and high quality stainless steel appliances known to mankind. The breakfast nook of this mansion is set into a window-lined semicircular bay. In addition, the family room spills out through a bank of French doors to the backyard. the mansion contains a master bedroom which shares a two-way fireplace with a private sitting room. There is a snazzy marble bathroom attached to the master bedroom as well as a private terrace. There are also some deep verandas for al-fresco lounging and dinning which overlook a slightly compact backyard. The back side of the mansion is also decked out with a lap-lane swimming pool, an open air cabana. There is a long slender deck in order to have a panoramic sunset view over mansion-dotted mountains.

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The two-time NBA champion and endorsement rich, LeBron James sold a three-storied waterfront contemporary few months ago for $13.4 million and owned this mega-mansion. Likewise, other wealthy sportsmen, the mansion drew a huge media attention. It is a symbol of intense luxury and comfort. He also own a 30,000-square-feet house with 6 bed rooms and 14 bathrooms located in Akron, Ohio.

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DeMarre Carroll Underwent Surgery On Right Knee

DeMarre Carroll is an professional NBA player who is currently playing for Toronto Raptors. The Raptors announced that Carroll underwent arthroscopic surgery Wednesday Morning on his right knee. The operative procedure was performed by Dr. David Altchek at the Hospital for Special Surgery located in New York. DeMarre Carroll was sat out of Monday’s game against Cleveland Cavaliers with an injured right knee. Carroll had a history of injury on the same knee in last December. Then he was stretched off the court.

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The Toronto Raptors reporter Bruce Arthur told that it will require an estimated six to eight weeks for his full recovery and return to NBA basketball court. Another source, Kyle Lowry of The Toronto Sun reported that Carroll wishes he would had surgery sooner to be better and get himself prepare to play in the playoffs.

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Toronto Raptors signed the forward for a four-year contract on July 9, 2015. He made his debut against the Indiana Pacers on October. In that game, Carroll recorded 14 points and 8 rebounds and his team won by 106-99. He missed nine straight games for the bruised right knee and returned on December 26. Then he managed just five games before the injury of the same knee for which he underwent surgery this time. The injury threatens to be a season ending for him.

DeMarre Carroll also played for other NBA teams like, Houston Rockets, Denver Nuggets, Utah Jazz and Atlanta Hawks. The young Carroll previously played for University of Missouri and Vanderbilt University. He is the nephew of Arkansasmen’s basketball coach Mike Anderson. His basketball career has been disturbed by some of his bad physical conditions. When at Missouri, he complained of itchy legs and convinced to have allergy. Later, he was diagnosed as a liver disease. It was determined that, 20 years later, he may has to sustain a major surgery to transplant liver. The news is most likely to end the career of any potential basketball career. Hope he will recover soon and return to the court stronger.

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He is thought to be a great potential for the Toronto Raptors. He can be much better than he was last year with Atlanta Hawks, averaging 12.6 points and 5.3 rebounds and shot 39.5 percent from three-point range. Although, Carroll was not the best for the Atlanta Hawks in the 2014-15 season of NBA, he was among the most versatile and most valuable player.

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Rudy Gobert Returns From Injury Against The Rockets

Rudy Gobert will be expected to play against the Rockets on Thursday. Although Jeff Whithey will start the game at center, Gobert will be playing off the bench and rejoining with his teammates. It can be a memorable return for his as the injury was fatal. Rudy Gobert has been out from NBA since December 2 suffering a bad knee injury during practicing. However, he was then diagnosed with a grade 2 MCL sprain, for which he could out of NBA indefinitely. NBA basketball players who have suffered similar injuries, have been out for 4-7 weeks. Rudy’s been out for five weeks already and he is on the verge of return. It seems that, his recovery was right on schedule.

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Rudy Gobert——-image via: Wikimedia/jan fante

He spent an amazing last season with Utah Jazz. His game changing defensive presence for the Jazz made him one of the most notable players. He joined the Jazz following a trade that sent Enes Kanter to the Thunder. Since his emergence into Jazz, he has established himself as the NBA’s most fearsome rim protector and great rebounder. Although, his offensive skills have not fully developed yet, but he can play near the rim. He is a well heighted most fitted athlete. Rudy Gobert’s age is now 23, which indicates that he is one of Utah’s most talented young pieces.

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Gobert is the key to Jazz’s long term success. The 7’1’’ French professional basketball player has earned himself a nickname,”The Stifle Tower”. Rudy Gobert was the overall 2013 NBA draft for Utah. Last year, on October 17, 2015, Utah Jazz extended their contract through 2016-17 NBA season with him. He is the Bronze medal winner at the FIBA Europe Championship for U-20 in 2011. His name was announced to the All-tournament team alongside his countryman Léo Westermann. Gobert was also an important part of Bronze medal winning France team at the 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup. In that tournament, he scored 4.1 points per match.

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The return of Rudy Gobert will definitely improve Jazz’s defense. The Frenchmen is truly an asset for them in the coming future. Rudy’s return is a huge boon for the Utah Jazz. They went 7-11 during his absence, but managed to hold on to the eight best record in the west. It is unfortunate for the Jazz that, another player Derrick Favors also got injured. Jeff Withey has been expected to fill the gap as a center. This season of NBA is so far running good for Gobert as he is averaging 9 points, 11 rebounds and over 2 blocks per game for Utah Jazz.

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Kobe Bryant Is Dominating NBA All-Star Votes

The NBA second round votes have been counted and the great Kobe Bryant is the first player to break the million vote mark record. Kobe Bryant has earned over 1,262,118 votes, which is still more than LeBron James (636,388), and Kevin Durant (616,096) combined. His is also the leading scorer in the history of NBA All-Star Game with 280 points. Bryant’s 17 All-star selections stands second just behind Kareem Abdul Jabbar, who was selected for 19 times. The NBA veteran, Kobe Bryant is spending a long 20 years in NBA. He announced that this could be his last season.

The 65th edition of NBA All-Star game will be held on 14 February, 2016 at Air Canada Centre in Toronto. It will be the first All-Star game to be held outside the United States. The All-Star game will be broadcasted in over 200 countries around the world and will be commentated in more than 40 languages. The TNT telecom will be telecasting the All-Star Game in United States for the 14th consecutive year, which will make the Turner Sports’ 31st year of broadcasting NBA All-Star coverage.

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Kobe Bryant——-photo credit: Wikimedia/Keith Allison

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NBA All-Star voting in 2016 is presented by Verizon. The voting is an all-digital program. It gives fans everywhere the opportunity to vote for their favorite NBA players for the All-Star game starters. The basketball fans can easily cast their vote through Google search on PC, tablet and mobile devices. Fans can also browse  NBA.com and  vote through NBA app, SMS text and social media like Twitter, Instagram and Facebook. The current NBA players are also available for selection. But, in the condition, fans can only select up to two guards and three front-court players from each conference.

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Stephan Curry  with 925,789 votes is thought to be the only player who might be able to surpass Kobe Bryant before the closing of the voting on January 18. It is clearly a festive weekend for the Kobe Bryant fans, who want to see the five-time champion playing with the rest of NBA legends in All-Star Game.    Kobe Bryant has not been in a good form down this year. But, that doesn’t change the fact that his fans around the world will support him in NBA All-Star game voting in 2016. The fans still believe that Kobe will unlace his Nike’s one last time.

The voting will be closed on Jan 18 at 11:59:59 pm. The names of the starters will  be announced live on Jan 21 in an special one hour edition of TNT. The NBA All-Star game in Toronto will gather some of most talented and passionate basketball players in NBA history. It will be a global celebration of basketball.

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Los Blancos’ Transfer News: Rumors on Summer Plans for Real Madrid

The Los Blancos’ have been claimed optimistic of suspending their impending transfer ban. They are most likely looking for including David De Gea from Manchester United and Robert Lewandowski from Bayern Munich. Real Madrid seems very confident that their transfer ban will be suspended and along with those above two choices they are even interested in Eden Hazard.

Los Blancos rivals Atletico Madrid are also banned from registering new players until the summer of 2017. Though Real are hoping to appeal the sanction in order to at least suspend it to 2017 and not to endure like Barcelona in 2015. Actually they should have their summer plan ready to recruit heavily. Like the way, Barcelona did so well in 2014. That time they brought the likes of Ivan Rakitic, Luis Suarez and Claudio Bravo.

Los Blancos’ Rumors on Summer Plans:

Here comes the transfer rumors for the Los Blancos. We all admit that Keylor Navas is undoubtedly an able stopper, but surely a goalkeeper needs to be in their priority list for the upcoming season. The Madrid camp are clearly pinning their hopes on landing De Gea, probably as a long-term replacement for Iker Casillas.

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David De Gea | image credit – Wikimedia/Ivan Gonzalez

Clearly Real had less need for another goalscorer. The creative playmakers like Lewandowski and Hazard, firmly fit their preferred galactico requirements of marquee signings. May be you just can expect, both are capable of adding further quality to the team.

Lewandowski has scored a staggering 23 goals and four assists this season. On the other hand, Eden Hazard was seen winning the player of the year award with 19 goals and 10 assists for Chelsea.

There not all good news for the Real fans, you should also consider possible outgoings in the summer, though it all depends on whether they are able push back the transfer ban. We all know, Zinedine Zidane likes Isco. Yet again he has spoken of inconsistent behavior from isco as a Real Madrid player. So there breathes a mere possibility that either he or James Rodriguez gets sold in the summer.

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Isco | image credit – Wikimedia/LauraHale

Owing to injury, James has just made 13 appearances for Los Blancos under Zidane’s predecessor Rafa Benitez. Despite featuring for just 770 minutes, the Colombian has scored three times and assisted six. Yes of course, Isco can create such contrast here with his 22 appearances in which he has also been concrete with three goals and nine assists. For now a time, Zidane expects the two players to be used interchangeably this season.

May be this situation is not that good for James. So definitely he could seek a move away from the Spanish giant club. Again we need to consider these all topics just boils down to their transfer situation, which could prove difficult anyway. None of these players may not arrive at or depart the Bernabeu in the summer, who knows!

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In the past, Barcelona were able to recruit Arda Turan and Aleix Vidal while banned. They agreed to wait half a season in order to register. But probably you must not expect the likes of De Gea, Lewandowski and Hazard to accept so. And definitely Real won’t allow any players of James’ or Isco’s quality to leave the camp, while they can’t make immediate replacements.

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Top 10 interesting facts about Rio 2016

Summer Olympic games is an international multi-sport event which occurs every four years interval and organized by International Olympic Committee. 2016 edition of summer Olympic games will be held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil from August 5 to August 21. The summer Olympics 2016 is commonly known as “Rio 2016”. It will be common place for over 10,500 athletes coming from 206 countries all over the world. Kosovo and South Sudan will take part in 2016 summer Olympic games for the first time. The Rio 2016 will feature 28 Olympic games. The summer Olympics 2016 sports events will be distributed in 33 venues at Rio de Janeiro and additional 5 venues located in Salvador, Brasilia, Manaus and Belo Horizonte. Today, we will present you some interesting facts about Rio 2016. It will be a major sport-event in the world this year and bears an unparallel significance in the sense of sports.

Top 10 interesting facts about Rio 2016:

With the few more months remaining at the calendar, Rio de Janeiro is preparing to arrange the greatest sports-event on earth, the summer Olympics 2016. After successfully arranging 2014 FIFA World cup, it has been a challenge for the Brazilians to prove themselves once again. All sports loving people are waiting to watch what Brazil brings to the world as 2016 summer Olympics host. Here we will focus on interesting facts about Rio 2016.

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Fact 1: South America’s first ever
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Rio 2016 logo—–image credit: Flickr/CAPTAIN ROGER FENTON

Summer Olympic games 2016 will be take place in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Hence the 2016 olympic games is also named as “ Rio 2016”. It will be the first Olympic games to take place in South America-which leaves Africa as the only continent yet to arrange this greatest sports-event.

Fact 2: Opening and closing ceremony
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Maracana stadium—-image via: Wikimedia/Brazilian Government

Rio 2016 will also be the first Olympic games in the history at which the opening and closing ceremonies are not held in Athletics stadium. Instead, it will take place at Maracanã Stadium which is solely a football stadium. It is an interesting fact about Rio 2016 that, every stadium except Murambi stadium, were used as a football stadium before 2016 summer Olympics.

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Fact 3: New games at Rio 2016

Golf will be reintroduced in Rio 2016. Golf is returning at the Olympics about 112 years later. Golf is a very popular game in Brazil, specially in Rio de Janeiro. There is an interesting statistic that says around 17,000 new golf players took golf as their prime sport in last 10 years at Rio. Another game named “Rugby Sevens” is also coming at Rio 2016. It is variant of Rugby union, in which seven players are required instead of 15. It is one interesting facts about Rio 2016.

Fact 4: The Olympic village

The Olympic village of Rio 2016 will be over 185 acres. This huge area will accommodate 17,700 beds in 9,460 bedrooms in 48 multi-storied buildings. it is among the interesting facts about Rio 2016 that  each apartment is made up of three or four bedrooms. There will be thousands of athletes and delegates of different countries will be gathered in Rio prior to the Olympic games. Barra da Tijuca in Rio will their first destination, where the Olympic village 2016 is located.

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The Olympic village in Rio——–image via: Wikimedia/Barrazine da Barra
Fact 5: The Olympic stadiums

The Opening ceremony of Rio 2016 will be held at Maracana stadium. The stadium can accommodate over 90,000 spectators with 10,000 more capacities. The Sambódromo Stadium  will host the marathon and archery competitions while João Havelange Stadium will arrange track and field event of Rio 2016. The capacity of the stadium is permanently increased from 45,000 to 60,000 for the summer Olympics 2016. It is one of the interesting facts about Rio 2016.

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Fact 6: The events

34 venues have been selected in order to stage this mega-sport event. There are 306 sets of medals in 28 Olympic sports events. 18 of the  34 venues are already operating. The venues are located in four districts in Brazil, namely Barra de Tijuva, Deodoro, Copacabana and Maracana. The Olympic event of football will be held in various stadiums outside the city.

Fact 7: The renovation
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Metro In Rio ———image via: Wikimedia/Rodrigo Bethlem

Extensive renovation on transport has been initiated following Rio 2016. The Rio metro is building two underground lines and adding six more subway stations ahead of Olympics. The renovated transport system will be able to carry 230,000 passengers per day during the Olympic period. This gigantic task has been completed on December, 2015.

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Fact 8: The sky-high cost

The Rio 2016 summer Olympics will be supposed to cost over 37.6 billion Brazilian Real which is equivalent of around 10.24 billion Euros. Approximately 24.1 billion real has been estimated for the infrastructure of the city while 6.5 billion Real for sports facilities and 7 billion real for the operating cost of this mega event. Brazil has invested over 5.6 billion real to build the Olympic park in Rio. The success of this kind of mega event is largely depended upon the amount of money that is invested.

Fact 9: The Olympic mascot
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Mascots in Rio 2016—-image via: Flickr/Sebástian Freire

The official mascot of Rio 2016 summer Olympic games was unveiled on 24 November, 2014. The name of the summer Olympics 2016 mascot is “Vinicius”. It was named after the famous Brazilian musician Vinicius de Moraes. The mascot represents Brazilian wildlife, carrying the design of mammals. The concept of the mascot is that it was born from the joy of Brazilians after hearing Rio will be hosting the 2016 Olympics. It is obviously one of the interesting facts about Rio 2016.

Fact 10:  Summer Olympics 2016 tickets
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Best of Luck, Rio 2016——image credit: Pixabay/diema

The summer Olympics 2016 tickets will cost you 40 Brazilian Real to 4,600 Brazilian Real. The ticket price is quite affordable for the general public to watch the game. There will be a huge foreign visitors besides Brazilians at Rio 2016. The Brazilian government also aims to gather a huge revenue from this purpose. There are around 45,000 volunteers, 85,000 third party employees and 8,000 employees ahead of this game. Thus, Brazil is offering a huge job facilities for the people to fulfill this gigantic task.

With 173 days to go of Rio 2016, Brazil is going in full throttle. The Olympic city will stage 22 test events from February to May in 2016 to warm up the city prior to the Olympic games in August. The whole world is waiting eagerly to watch this mega event. Many are keen to know how the preparation is going and the interesting facts about Rio 2016. Let’s hope for the best . At this stage, it is only a matter of time for the summer Olympics 2016 to come at the South America’s soil.

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James Rodriguez Expects His Future at Real Madrid

James Rodriguez finally declared his intentions. A few days ago, there has been a slight possibilities for the Colombian forward to move for English Premier League giant Manchester United. But the statement – “future lies at Real Madrid,” may scupper the reported transfer hopes of Manchester United right now.

James was speaking after Real Madrid’s 4-2 win over Athletic Bilbao, 13th February 2016 in La Liga. Like a few other Madrid footballers, the ex-Porto man also admitted that Zinedine Zidane’s promotion to manager has helped improve their game. Of course, and yet James blinked like a real Colombian sticker at the game.

James’s future lies at Real Madrid:

As per Spanish publication Marca, James stated that he is doing much better. Not only, everyone in the team Real Madrid feeling positive about their new manager, former Madrid legend Zinedine Zidane. According to the Colombian, Zidane speaks to everyone and shows real character when match day comes. Well, he claimed not to reproach anyone. Definitely it takes relative time for everyone, but getting chance you just need to be on top of the game.

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Again, Zidane’s influence has certainly been obvious on Real Madrid team. Unbelievably they have managed to score 20 goals in the last four league games at home. However, the Frenchman receiving an endorsement from James is quite surprising.

There has been issues recently, an apparent bust-up between manager and player involving James’ warm-up routine as a substitute. Those reports probably prompted speculation the 24-year-old might move to Premier league in the summer. Previously the Red Devils were reported to bid £64.7 million for him back in January. Some also suggested that James’ agent, Jorge Mendes, had spoken to United about a possible deal with Manchester united.

But there have been some credible performances from the Colombian playmaker in recent games. Though it was not still clear about his attitude problem and relationship with Zidane. Now he details, how effective Zidane can be for them.

James has reaffirmed his desire to succeed in the Spanish capital. He said per Marca,

“I think my future lies at Real Madrid. I want to be here for many years to come and that’s my dream.”

Probably Zidane likes the Los Blancos to emphasize on flair and creative verve. Definitely this intention can best fit for some of the best soccer players in the world like Cristiano, Bale and of course James. Oh, forgot to mention, Cristiano Ronaldo also getting back to his own form day by day and last match was a complete flashback for both these Worthy players.

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James Rodriguez | image credit – www.youtube.com

James’s goal threat and eye for a pass are attributes that work best in a more creative system. That might have been one problem had he made his way to Premier League. According to B/R’s Dean Jones, a wandering playmaker like James could hardly fit in Reds boss Louis van Gaal‘s strict structure of play. Undoubtedly Madrid is best place for the sticker and may be Zidane can be the perfect guide to his glory.