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Barcelona reveal they are preparing for Messi’s exit

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Barcelona president, Josep Maria Bartomeu, has admitted that the club’s recent transfer activity, has been with the retirement of Lionel Messi in mind.

The Spanish champions agreed a £65million deal to sign 21-year-old Ajax midfielder Frenkie De Jong last month, as well as teenage defender Jean-Clair Todibo.

Brazilian duo Arthur (22) and Malcom (21) were also signed in the summer.

Bartomeu says their additions is to prepare the squad for the day that Messi decides to leave.

Speaking to journalist Guillem Balague on BBC Radio Five Live’s Football Daily Podcast, he said: “I know one day Lionel will say he’s retiring.

“We have to prepare the club for the future.

“We are bringing great young players to the team because we need to continue this era of success. That’s our responsibility.

“My mandate will be finished in two seasons. So I need to leave the club in a great position and tell the new president ‘that’s our legacy’.”

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Photos: Lionel Messi And His Sons Suit Up For Dinner

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Barcelona and Argentina striker, Lionel Messi was pictured with his two of his sons looking dapper in matching suits as they stepped for dinner.

His wife, Antonella Roccuzzo was also pictured posing in a lovely jumpsuit before the outing. See more photos below…

 

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Jose Mourinho Describes Cristiano Ronaldo In Two Words

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Jose Mourinho has described Cristiano Ronaldo with two words in reaction to his compatriot’s hat-trick for Juventus against Atletico Madrid in the second leg of the UEFA Champions League round of sixteen tie.

 

The goals from Ronaldo ensured Juventus booked a place in the round of eight by erasing the 2-0 loss they suffered at Madrid. Juventus will now face Ajax in the round of eight.

“LET ME TELL YOU THAT I’M NOT UNHAPPY AT ALL BECAUSE, IN THE END, I’M THE ONLY ONE WHO WON IN TURIN FOR THE WHOLE SEASON,” MOURINHO TOLD RT.

“WHEN YOU HAVE IN THE BOX OR AROUND THE BOX THAT SPECIAL KILLER LIKE RONALDO, ANYTHING COULD HAPPEN.

“IN ITALY THEY USE THIS WORD TRASCINATORE, IT’S THE GUY THAT BRINGS EVERYTHING WITH HIM MORE THAN THE LEADER, THE GUY WHO BRINGS EVERYBODY WITH HIM”, MOURINHO CONCLUDED.

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Naomi Osaka Sued By Former Tennis Coach, Demands 20% For Life

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The tennis coach who began working with Naomi Osaka back when she was 13 claims her father signed a contract promising him 20% of her career earnings … and now he’s coming to collect.

The man behind the lawsuit is Christophe Jean — who says Naomi’s father, Leonard Francois, hired him to work with Naomi and his other daughter, Mari, back in 2011.

Jean says Francois couldn’t pay his rates at the time, so they struck a deal in which Jean agreed to accept 20% of Naomi and Mari’s tennis prize money and endorsement deals forever.

That’s not a typo … Jean says he has a copy of the contract where Francois agrees that the term of the deal is “indefinite.” It’s included in Jean’s suit, filed in state court in Florida.

Of course, Naomi — now 21 years old — has blossomed into a tennis superstar, currently ranked #1 in the world … and famously beat Serena Williams at the 2018 US Open.

ccording to the official WTA website, she’s made more than $10.8 MILLION during her career — and that’s not including endorsement money.

So, Jean wants his cut — at least $2 million — which is why he’s suing Naomi, Mari and Leonard.

The other possible issue … can a parent promise a cut of a minor child’s future adult earnings? And, can a judge enforce such a contract?

It’s not exactly cut and dry. We’re looking into it.

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