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Drogba turned down Chelsea return to help Ivory Coast.

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Didier Drogba has confirmed that he rejected the opportunity to return to Chelsea this summer as he instead hopes to become president of the Ivory Coast FA.

The former Stamford Bridge hitman retired a year ago after a busy end to his career, which saw him spend spells at Shanghai Shenhua, Galatasaray, Chelsea, the Montreal Impact and Phoenix Rising.

Now, though, he wants to return to his homeland and give something back to the game that saw him star in France with Guingamp and Marseille before hitting the very pinnacle of the game with the Blues, for whom he scored the decisive penalty in their 2011-12 Champions League triumph.

“I had an offer to stay at Chelsea where everything would be perfect and conditions are met,” he said, according to the Sun. “But I want to help Ivorian football because I love it!

“I am a leader, and my vision is bigger than just the simple role of being a coach. A coach has an impact on a club – but I want to have an impact on an entire nation.

“I want us to re-think football, with a nationwide vision, so we can develop the game here. The Ivory Coast has a glorious footballing past.

“The funds are in place, together with talent and potential, but they are under-exploited.

“There are some very competent people in the Ivory Coast who can work with me on this project.”

Despite the wealth of talented players that have emerged from the African nation in recent years, including the Toure brothers Yaya and Kolo, Gervinho, Wilfried Bony and Drogba himself, they only have two Africa Cup of Nations titles to their name.

Drogba is his nation’s leading scorer with 65 career international goals, but by the time the Elephants lifted the crown in 2015 he had retired from international duty. The only previous occasion they lifted the continental title was in 1992.

Meanwhile, he made his legend in Europe with Chelsea, where he played in two spells, scoring 104 Premier League goals and playing more than 250 times for the Blues in England’s top flight.

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Local players will receive an average monthly salary of GH₵1,500 under the NDC – Sammy Gyamfi

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Communications Officer of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), Sammy Gyamfi has revealed that local players who play in the Ghana Premier League would enjoy a monthly salary of GHC1,500 when NDC gets elected into power in the forthcoming 2020 elections.

For some years now, players have been calling for better conditions for local players to prevent them from leaving the local leagues to outside the country in search of greener pastures.

NDC has said in their manifesto that was released 2 weeks ago that they’ll come and make things better by setting up a sports fund. This fund is intended to support several sporting activities in the country.

The Communications Officer of the main opposition party said the sports fund will support football clubs to pay players at least GH₵1,500 as a monthly salary.

“The NDC will establish a sports development fund. The government will furnish the account with enough money and also generate some from cooperate bodies”, he said on Kumasi FM.

Every club that plays in the premier league will be supported with funds to settle player salaries, an average money of GHC 1,500 will be paid to each player.

“Every club that qualifies to play in the CAF Inter-club competition will also be supported. The inter-colleges games will also be supported financially with this fund.

“ However, clubs that transfer players abroad will give a percentage of the money they earn into the sports fund.”

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Messi Beats Cristiano Ronaldo To Emerge Highest Earning Footballer

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Argentine Footballer, Lionel Messi has emerged the highest earning Footballer with Portuguese Footballer, Ronaldo placing second.

Messi’s yearly earnings stands at $126m with Ronaldo’s earnings standing at $117m.

Brazilian super star, Neymar came third on the list. Meanwhile Messi had wanted to leave Barcelona this season but a clause in his contract with the team prevented him from doing so.

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1.Lionel Messi (Barcelona and Argentina) $126m (£97.2m)
2.Cristiano Ronaldo (Juventus and Portugal) $117m (£90.3m)
3.Neymar (Paris St-Germain and Brazil) $96m (£74.1m)
4.Kylian Mbappe (Paris St-Germain and France) $42m (£32.4m)
5.Mohamed Salah (Liverpool and Egypt) $37m (£28.5m)

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Ronaldo scores his 100th international goal for Portugal

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Cristiano Ronaldo has reached another milestone in his stellar career.

The 5-times Balon D’or winner has added another feat to his talk list of records.

Cristiano Ronaldo has reached 100th international goal for his country Portugal.

Portugal defeated Sweden 2-0 in their European Nations League game and both goals were scored by Ronaldo.

The first goal sent his international goal tally to 100, the 2nd moved it to 101 goals in the shirt of his country Portugal, the first and only European to score 100+ goals for his national team.

The world record is held by Ali Daei who scored 109 goals for Iran.

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