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BREAKING: Mourinho will take charge of Roma from next season

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Roma have officially announced Jose Mourinho will be the new head coach and has signed a three-year deal with the Giallorossi.

After having announced the departure of current coach Paulo Fonseca after the season, La Lupa have now confirmed Mourinho will take over ahead of next season.

“The club are delighted to announce an agreement has been reached with Jose Mourinho for him to become our new head coach ahead of the 2021-22 season,” the club said in an official statement.

Vice-President Ryan Friedkin said the Giallorossi are ‘thrilled’ to announce the arrival of the former Inter coach.

“We are thrilled and delighted to welcome José Mourinho into the AS Roma family,” club president Dan Friedkin and vice-president Ryan Friedkin said.

“A great champion who has won trophies at every level, José will provide tremendous leadership and experience to our ambitious project.

“The appointment of José is a huge step in building a long-term and consistent winning culture throughout the club.”

Mourinho was sacked from his position at Spurs last month and has now penned a deal with the Giallorossi.

“After meetings with the ownership, I immediately understood the full extent of their ambitions for Roma,” Mourinho said.

“The incredible passion of the Roma fans convinced me to accept the job and I cannot wait to start next season.”

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OFFICIAL: Real Madrid confirm Benzema tests POSITIVE for COVID-19

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The French striker had planned to rejoin the discipline of the white team this Friday and meet again with Carlo Ancelotti in the new stage of the Italian as Real Madrid coach. Benzema was on vacation since the elimination of France from the European Championship, which occurred in the round of 16, in a disappointing tournament for the Gauls but with a good overall performance from the Madrid striker.

Benzema had been the great novelty of Didier Deschamps’ call-up, after almost three years out of the team due to the blackmail case against his former teammate Valbuena.

After this positive, Benzema’s return to training with Real Madrid will be delayed at least ten days, following the protocols established by the club and LaLiga for positive cases of Covid.

 

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Laporta: good progress is being made with Messi’s Barca contract negotiations

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Barcelona president Joan Laporta is confident Lionel Messi will sign a new contract with the club.

Messi is currently a free agent after his contract at the club expired at the start of the month.

The Catalan club though is in the middle of a financial crisis and are looking at ways of reducing their wage bill to comply with LaLiga’s spending limits.

During the club’s unveiling of new signing Memphis Depay, Laporta provided the latest update on how negotiations with Messi are going.

As per the club’s official website, he said: ‘The player has always said he wants to stay on and we are making good progress with the negotiations.

‘(Rafael) Yuste and (Mateu) Alemany are working very hard. What we all want is for Messi to stay at Barca. To stay for a lot of years and play alongside such talented footballers as Depay.

‘We are very satisfied with the attitude being shown by both parties, which an operation like this needs. Leo is on holiday right now, but he has a whole team working to get him a contract that suits everyone.’

Along with Depay, Barcelona have also signed Sergio Aguero, Eric Garcia and Emerson Royal so far during the summer transfer window.

Laporta has insisted that their new additions can be registered despite LaLiga’s salary cap restrictions.

He said: ‘The players we are signing can be registered. We know about the restrictions, which come by cause of what we have inherited. It isn’t easy but we are working hard with LaLiga.

‘Alemany is doing an extraordinary job, so is Yuste and the secretary. We have to follow the rules. We are convinced we can reduce the payroll or find a formula that’s acceptable to LaLiga.

‘LaLiga is on our side and so is the president. He is the first person to want players like Memphis to be playing for Barça, but there are rules and we want to obey them.’

During his press call Laporta also gave an update over striker Antoine Griezmann’s future.

The Frenchman has been linked with a move away from the club due to the club’s financial issues.

The club’s president has said that they are ‘open to anything’ but that it’s ‘not likely’ a team will offer enough money for him to leave.

 

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LeBron James becomes the first NBA player to earn $1 Billion in career earnings

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NBA star LeBron James has become the first player in the history of the sport to earn $1 Billion in career earnings while still playing.

Being the country’s biggest and most well-known athlete for nearly 20 years has meant huge money for LeBron James.

The Los Angeles Lakers and “Space Jam 2” star has earned enough over his career from his salary, endorsements, and production company to put him into a new echelon for NBA players: the $1 billion club. 

According to Sportico, James is the first NBA player to surpass $1 billion in career earnings while still active.

He’s earned $330 million from his NBA salary and $700 million from merchandise, endorsements, his media company, and other off-the-court endeavours.

While Michael Jordan has surpassed the $1 billion mark — and the $2 billion mark — he didn’t get there until after his playing career ended.

It’s not hard to see how James got to that massive number. He was a sensation even before he made his NBA debut and then went on to earn 17 All-Star nods and four championships.

He’s taken that fame and spun it into a lifetime contract with Nike that may be worth $1 billion, numerous other endorsements (GMC, AT&T, Walmart, Beats, Pepsi, and more), and a thriving media company that has produced an HBO show, an ABC game show, several documentaries, and “Space Jam: A New Legacy,” which has been a hit at the box office.

James is the first player from a U.S. team sport to earn $1 billion during his career while still active, but athletes from other sports and other countries have also done it.

Golfer Tiger Woods, boxer Floyd Mayweather, tennis player Roger Federer, and soccer players Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi have all earned $1 billion while still active in their sports. 

Sportico notes that there are a few other NBA players who might be able to reach the $1 billion club before they retire. Kevin Durant, who is 32, has made $580 million in his career, and 33-year-old Stephen Curry has made $430 million. Of those, Sportico says Durant is most likely to join James.

Durant, 32, is the most likely to reach $1 billion among active players. He is still owed $84 million from the Brooklyn Nets over the next two seasons and roughly $85 million from Nike through 2024, when his 10-year Swoosh deal expires. KD has largely eschewed new endorsements in recent years and focused on his investment vehicle, Thirty-Five Ventures, which has made more than 75 investments and has a couple of huge wins with Coinbase and Postmates. Elite athletes have access to opportunities typically reserved for billionaires, venture capitalists and Wall Street insiders.

 

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