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380,000 fans vote on greatest of all time: Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo (see result)

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Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo have overshadowed other sports news following their heroics in this week’s Champions League matches.

On Tuesday night, Ronaldo’s hat-trick ensured Juventus see-off Atletico Madrid in the last-16 round to progress to the quarter-finals.

The Old Lady’s suffered a 2-0 defeat in the first leg clash, but their star Ronaldo, who joined the Turin-based outfit was in hand to nod home two headers alongside a spot-kick.

However, on Wednesday, Messi showed class after netting a brace in Barcelona’s 5-1 bashing of Lyon to seal their spot in the quarter-final round.

Messi, who doubles as Argentina and Barcelona captain, netted the game’s opener in the 18th minute of the match with a top-class Panenka spot-kick before tearing part Lyon’s defence line to net his second goal.

The Argentinean also assisted the pair of Gerard Pique and Ousmane Dembele after Philippe Coutinho scored Barca’s second.

Interestingly, the performances of Messi and Ronaldo in their respective UCL games, further revived the question of ‘who is truly the world’s greatest footballer of all time?’
According to Give Me Football, it is a herculean task to differentiate the two stars, even as Messi was rated a better player technically.

But the football website stressed Ronaldo cannot be dismissed with a wave of hand especially in big matches
At the last count, former England star Gary Lineker challenged football fans via Twitter, to pick their best after seeing the Portuguese net a hat-trick.

And after the one-day exercise over 380,000 fans participated and the following result emerged:

Lionel Messi – 62%

Cristiano Ronaldo – 38%

A further breakdown of the result revealed that mist fans opted for Messi as the greatest footballer than Ronaldo.

However, the fact remains that the duo are this generation’s greatest football players, and we should endeavour to celebrate them irrespective of your choice while they are still active.

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Bayern Munich confirms interest in Manchester City star

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Bayern Munich president, Uli Hoeness, has confirmed the club is working on a deal for Manchester City’s Leroy Sane.

Sane is the club’s number one choice, to replace outgoing veteran duo Arjen Robben and Franck Ribery, after Callum Hudson-Odoi’s Achilles injury.

The 23-year-old, who joined City from Schalke for £37million in 2016, made 47 appearances for City in 2018-19, scoring 16 goals.

But only 30 of those games were starts and Sane only completed the full 90 minutes on 16 occasions.

Now, after star striker Robert Lewandowski declared that Sane is “a player who can immediately take us higher, who improves the team”, Hoeness confirmed that they are pushing to land Sane.

“We are dealing with this player,” Hoeness told Suddeutsche Zeitung.

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Allegri And juventus Part Ways

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A failure to win the Champions League after signing Cristiano Ronaldo appears to have cost the coach his job
Juventus have announced that head coach Massimiliano Allegri will leave the club at the end of the 2018-19 season.
The Italian boss’ future has been in question since being dumped out of the Champions League at the hands of Ajax, with the Italian champions having been firmly among the favourites to lift the crown.
Indeed, two finals have been reached during Allegri’s five-year spell at the club and the arrival or Cristiano Ronaldo in the summer was seen as the final piece of the puzzle required for the Old Lady to go all the way.

Having failed to do so, the Bianconeri and the 51-year-old are set to part ways in the summer. A statement on the club’s website reads:
“Massimiliano Allegri will not sit on the Juventus bench in the 2019-2020 season.
“The coach and the president, Andrea Agnelli, will meet the media together at a press conference, which will be held tomorrow, Saturday 18 May, at 2pm (CET) in the conference hall of the Allianz Stadium.”
No statements have been made by either party as to where Allegri – who has won five Scudetti, four Coppa Italia trophies and two Supercoppa Italiana titles during his time in Turin – will end up next season.
Chelsea could be an option for the Italian, with Maurizio Sarri’s future up in the air following an inconsistent season, while Bayern Munich could also be interested as they look set to part ways with Niko Kovac in the summer.
As for who will take over from Allegri, Antonio Conte’s recent admission that there is a 60 per cent chance he would return to coach in the Italian top flight next term could put him in the frame, though the former Italy boss has also been linked with Roma and Inter.

Jose Mourinho is also out of work since being released by Manchester United last year, and the Portuguese trainer has said that he will only return to coaching if the right club with the right ambitions becomes available.
In a recent interview with L’Equipe, Mourinho was asked about the possibility of taking over at Paris Saint-Germain after stating that he knew the reasons behind their European exit at the hands of United, but would not comment due to Thomas Tuchel already being at the club.
Still, the Portuguese’s close relationship with sporting director Antero Henrique and excellent track record in the Champions League continues to see rumours of a move to the Parc des Princes dugout swirl.

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Real Madrid Complete The Signing Luka Jovic

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Luka Jovic has completed a £52.4m (€60m) move to Real Madrid from Eintracht Frankfurt, according to Sky sources.

The 21-year-old Serbia international striker has signed a five-year contract with the Spanish giants, which will earn him £43.7m (€50m) in total or £8.7m a year.

Frankfurt will pay Jovic’s former club Benfica around £10.5m of the transfer fee.

The striker joined Frankfurt on loan from Benfica in the summer and last month the Bundesliga club exercised their option to make the move permanent.

Jovic has scored 17 goals in 31 Bundesliga appearances this season and 10 more in the Europa League, where Frankfurt lost to Chelsea on penalties in the semi-finals.

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