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Giannis Antetokounmpo Wins NBA 2019 MVP

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Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo has been named the NBA’s most valuable player of the 2018-19 season.

The 24-year-old made an emotional acceptance speech after becoming the youngest MVP in eight years.

The 2019 All-Star team captain averaged 27.7 points and 12.5 rebounds over 72 games, guiding his side to the Eastern Conference finals.

Antetokounmpo beat last year’s winner James Harden to the award.

The ‘Greek Freak’ wept on stage as he paid a moving tribute to this late father Charles, who died in 2017.

“I want to thank my dad. Obviously, my dad is not here with me,” he told the crowd in California,

“Two years ago, I had a goal in my head that I was going to be the best player in the league and do whatever it takes to help my team win, and I’m going to win everything.

“Every day I step on the floor, I always think of my dad and that motivates me and pushes me to play harder and move forward.

“Even when my body is sore, even when I don’t feel like playing, I always show up and do the right thing.”

“I want to thank my team, my team-mates. MVP is not about stats and numbers. It is all about winning and all about making sure you go out there and do everything you can to win. I think that is what we did as a team.”

Bucks general manager Jon Horst said: “We are beyond proud of Giannis for earning his first MVP award. This well-deserved honour is due to his relentless hard work and dedication in becoming the most impactful player in the NBA.

“Giannis propelled the Bucks to great heights last season with his leadership, drive and unselfish play. His grace on and off the court has made him one of the most admired players in the world.”

Dallas Mavericks guard Luka Doncic, who averaged 21.2 points and 7.8 rebounds per game, won the rookie of the Year award.

Milwaukee Bucks’ Mike Budenholzer was named coach of the year after leading his side to a 60-22 record, their best since the 1980-81 season.

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EPL: Pogba claims Man Utd have ‘only one great player” in Solskjaer’s squad

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Paul Pogba’s brother, Mathias, has claimed Manchester United “have only one great player” in their squad.

Pogba publicly stated his intention to leave Old Trafford for a new challenge, but failed to secure a move away, despite interest from Real Madrid and Juventus.

But he has remained at the Theatre of Dreams and brother Mathias says he is focused on the job in hand, because United have only one ‘great player’ in David De Gea.

“Paul knows that he cannot leave Manchester United so he’s going to focus on this season.

“It’s not easy right now, because he has a lot of responsibility in the team. A lot of big players have left.

“The only great player is De Gea, the goalkeeper, which means he’s going to have to put a lot of effort in every game,” Mathias told El Chiringuito.

Pogba has started each of United’s four Premier League games so far this season, but is yet to find the net.

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Alex Ferguson sends powerful message to Cristiano Ronaldo

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Legendary Manchester United manager, Sir Alex Ferguson has sent a message to Juventus superstar, Cristiano Ronaldo, after the 34-year-old won a record 10th Portuguese Player of the Year award.

We reported that Ronaldo beat Atletico Madrid’s Joao Felix and Manchester City’s Bernardo Silva, to win the award on Tuesday.

Ferguson was among the first to congratulate Ronaldo.

In a touching video message, Ferguson was quoted by Talksport as saying: “Congratulations on a great achievement and a wonderful night you’re going to have in Portugal.

“I’m really sorry I can’t be with you, but I look back and see you as a young lad at 17 years of age who came to Manchester United, how you have progressed as a human being and a fantastic sportsman.

“I want to say to you, and your mother, and all your family, and all of your kids; well done.

“You have been an absolute pleasure for me to have known, to have worked with, and to have seen you progress into the footballer you were.

“So, good luck, have a great night, and well done.”

Ferguson signed Ronaldo from Sporting Lisbon in 2003.

Ronaldo spent six years at Manchester United before he joined Real Madrid.

His relationship with Ferguson is well known with the forward claiming he ‘taught me everything’ and that ‘he was like a father to me’.

Ronaldo was recently included in FIFA’s final three-man shortlist for the Men’s Player of the Year award.

He missed out on the UEFA Player of the Year award to Liverpool’s Virgil van Dijk last week.

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Super Eagles, Ahmed Musa celebrates son on his 1st birthday

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Super Eagles captain, Ahmed Musa and his wife Julliet Ejue are celebrating their son’s first birthday, today, July 26, 2019.

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Taking to his Instagram page to share these adorable photos of his son, he wrote: May your Birthday, bring loads of joyful and sweet memories in your life. May you have a great and successful year ahead. Happy Birthday, Son.’

Musa also has two children with his divorced wife, Jamila.

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