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Cristiano Ronaldo says Saudi League is better than MLS

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Speaking to reporters after a 5-0 loss to Celta Vigo in a pre-season friendly, Cristiano Ronaldo confirmed he will not be returning to European football in his career as well as stating that the Saudi Arabian league is better than MLS.

“I’m 100% sure I won’t return to any European club. I’m 38-years-old,” according to a quote by ESPN. 

“European football has lost a lot of quality. The only valid one and still doing good is the Premier League. They’re way ahead of the other leagues,” Reuters reported.

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When asked if he would ever join Major League Soccer, Ronaldo declined and had praise for the Saudi league. “The Saudi league is better than MLS,” he said.

“Now all the players are coming here. In one year, more top players will come,” Ronaldo said.

A few of the high profile players that have joined the Saudi Arabian league recently include Real Madrid forward Karim Benzema, Liverpool forward Roberto Firmino, and Chelsea midfielder N’Golo Kanté.

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How One Black Swimmer Can Inspire a Community

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Kalvin Spells

Kalvin Spells, a former collegiate swimmer at Davis and Elkins College, has emerged as a powerful advocate for swimming education and water safety in the African American community. His dedication to saving young lives by promoting swimming skills has gained national attention, culminating in a recent appearance on The Roselyn Omaka Show to speak with Roselyn Omaka alongside Olympic gold medalist Cullen Jones.

Spells’ journey in swimming began at Hightower High School in Missouri City, Texas, where he honed his skills and developed a passion for the sport. His talent and determination led him to compete at the collegiate level, where he made significant contributions to his team’s success. During his junior year, Spells showcased his versatility by excelling in various events, including the 50-meter breaststroke and 50-meter butterfly.

After completing his Bachelor’s degree in Corporate and Community Health in 2020, Spells recognized the critical need for swimming education in underserved communities. Drawing from his own experiences and understanding the historical barriers that have limited access to swimming facilities for many African Americans, he embarked on a mission to make a difference.

Spells’ appearance on The Roselyn Omaka Show alongside Cullen Jones, a four-time Olympic medalist, provided a powerful platform to address the importance of swimming skills and water safety. Together, they highlighted the alarming statistics surrounding drowning rates among African American youth and emphasized the life-saving potential of swimming education.

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During the show, Spells shared his personal journey and the challenges he faced in accessing swimming resources. He stressed the importance of breaking down barriers and misconceptions surrounding swimming in the African American community. By partnering with Jones, who has long been an advocate for diversity in swimming, Spells amplified the message that swimming is not just a sport but a crucial life skill.

The duo discussed various initiatives aimed at increasing access to swimming lessons and water safety education in underserved areas. They emphasized the need for community-based programs, partnerships with local schools, and increased funding for public pools in predominantly African American neighborhoods.

Spells’ determination to save young African American lives goes beyond raising awareness. He is actively working to implement programs that provide free or low-cost swimming lessons, collaborating with local organizations to secure pool time, and recruiting volunteer instructors from diverse backgrounds to serve as role models.

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By sharing his story and partnering with high-profile athletes like Cullen Jones, Kalvin Spells is inspiring a new generation of African American swimmers. His efforts are not only saving lives but also opening doors to opportunities in competitive swimming, water sports, and even careers in aquatics.

As Spells continues his mission, he serves as a powerful example of how one individual’s passion and determination can create a ripple effect of positive change within a community. His work is helping to rewrite the narrative around African Americans and swimming, proving that with access and education, anyone can become a confident and skilled swimmer.

 

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The Top 6 most valuable players in world football on October 26, 2023 at 6:58 am

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Transfer fees dominate world football nowadays, and the figures paid for players only seems to be rising each year. With some promising young players breaking through on the world’s biggest stage in recent years, you might be somewhat surprised with who has made the top-six most valuable players according to Transfermarkt. We’ll take a look at the top-five, and how much they’re worth. 

1= Erling Haaland – £155.3m

Unsurprisingly, Erling Haaland is top of the joint-top of the pile when it comes to the most valuable players in world football right now. The Manchester City forward has scored goals for fun in the Premier League, despite some fans predicting that he wouldn’t be able to follow up his impressive record at Borussia Dortmund. 

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He’s arguably priceless to Manchester City at this moment in time, and he’s a player that is likely to win a considerable amount of trophies for Pep Guardiola’s side moving forwards. 

1= Kylian Mbappe – £155.3m

Mbappe’s future with PSG has been up in the air in recent months, but that hasn’t stopped him from being the joint most valuable player in the world. The Frenchman has been hugely impressive for club and country since he burst onto the scene with AS Monaco, and has netted 220 goals in 269 appearances for PSG in all competitions, which certainly justifies a hefty price tag. 

Mbappe has been heavily linked with a move to Spanish giants Real Madrid in recent months, and it’ll be interesting to see whether they’re willing to meet PSG’s demands to land his signature anytime soon. 

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If you’re a keen bettor, then you could be tempted by the odds on Mbappe to finish as the top goalscorer in the Champions League for the 2023/24 season. BonusCodeBets have revealed that Sky Bet have priced Mbappe at 9/2 to finish as the top goalscorer in this competition. Below, you’ll find the betting odds with this operator for the rest of the expected frontrunners. 

Erling Haaland @ 7/4
Harry Kane @ 3/1
Robert Lewandowski @ 10/1
Julian Alvarez @ 14/1
Gabriel Jesus @ 16/1
Joao Felix @ 16/1
Jude Bellingham @ 20/1

Odds displayed are correct as of 12:15 pm, Thursday 12th October 2023. Odds are subject to change. 

Vinicius Junior – £130.5m

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The young Brazilian has been brilliant with Real Madrid in recent seasons, and at the age of 23, he’s still got plenty of room to improve in the future. Vinicius Junior has scored 62 goals and been on hand to provide 65 assists in 232 appearances for Real Madrid, and he’ll be hoping to add to that tally in the future. 

He’s worth a sizeable amount of money, and he’ll be key to any potential successes that the Spanish giants have in the future. 

4= Jude Bellingham – £103.6m 

Where do we start with Jude Bellingham? The midfielder has had a rapid rise to the very top of world football, and is destined for greatness both on a domestic and international level in the near future. He started off at Birmingham City, before making the move to Borussia Dortmund. He went from strength to strength with the German side, before making the move to Real Madrid. 

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Bellingham has certainly hit the ground running with Real Madrid, and has 

ten goals in as many games for them, and he’ll be eager to build on this hugely impressive start moving forwards.

4= Bukayo Saka – £103.6m

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Saka has been the key man for Arsenal in recent months, as they begin to turn themselves into serious title challengers alongside Manchester City. Saka has been a constant threat for the Gunners in wide areas, and he’ll be hoping that he can play a starring role for England in the upcoming European Championships which are set to take place next summer. It’s unsurprising to see him featured in the top-six most valuable players, as he’s got age on his side, and is performing at the top of his game right now. 

4= Victor Osimhen – £103.6m

The Napoli forward has had off-field troubles with the club in recent months, but seems to be behind them nowadays, which will be pleasing for the club’s supporters. Osimhen has caught the eye with  strong performances since signing for the Italian giants, and has scored 65 goals in 111 appearances for Napoli, and it wouldn’t come as much of a surprise to see other clubs registering their interest in landing his signature either in the January transfer window, or summer transfer window. 

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Source: 1000Goals.com: Football Betting, Highlights, and More – Your Ultimate Destination for Exciting Football Action.

 

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The Bellingham Show: Barcelona Left in Awe of Madrid’s New Maestro on October 29, 2023 at 1:43 pm

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The Bellingham Show: Barcelona Left in Awe of Madrid’s New Maestro

Barcelona’s Golden Boy – Gundogan

The transfer move of Ilkay Gundogan from Manchester City to Barcelona raised numerous eyebrows. But on a night when the football world watched with bated breath, Gundogan shined. Slotted into a deeper role by Xavi, many would have expected his impact to be minimal, but how wrong they were. Scoring his maiden Clasico goal, Gundogan displayed the prowess that made him a cornerstone at City. But for all his brilliance, he was somewhat overshadowed by another.

Madrid’s Lethargic Display

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It’s almost unfathomable how a squad bursting with talent can start so slow. Ancelotti’s men looked out of sorts. Their lack of decisiveness in the defence was alarming, and Barcelona capitalised on it. Memories of their lacklustre display against Atletico Madrid flashed before the eyes of Madridistas. Could history repeat itself? But then, out from the shadows emerged a figure, someone destined to be Madrid’s saviour.

Cancelo’s Curious Case

Xavi’s decision to use Cancelo, renowned for his stint under Pep at City, in an advanced role was perplexing. Deployed more as a defensive winger than an offensive dynamo, Cancelo’s role was clear: counteract Madrid’s build-up, particularly neutralising Kroos. Though not glittering offensively, he executed his duties diligently. But then, it was *that* man again who changed the script.

Bellingham’s Bernabeu Brilliance at Montjuic

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Barcelona’s stronghold seemed certain to endure, especially with young prodigy Gavi keeping Bellingham silent. But cometh the hour, cometh the man. Bellingham’s equaliser was a goal for the ages, a testament to his prowess and an omen of what was to come. And when Real needed a hero the most, who better than Bellingham to deliver the killer blow, silencing Camp Nou?

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Let’s address the elephant in the room. Bellingham is not just a rising star; he’s the meteoric force taking La Liga by storm. While many talk about Haaland, Bellingham is reshaping narratives. His story is not one of luck but one of sheer grit, determination, and undeniable talent. He’s Madrid’s jewel.

While Xavi and Vinicius Jr’s touchline drama offered a momentary distraction, the real spectacle was Bellingham’s undeniable dominance. One must ask: How did Dortmund let such a gem slip through?

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Barcelona might feel they did enough, and in many ways, they did. Gundogan was brilliant, Cancelo tactically astute. But against a force of nature like Bellingham, even the best-laid plans falter.

Concluding Thoughts

The Clasico delivered, as always. Passion, drama, and a masterclass from an Englishman in Spain. The world needs to brace itself. Bellingham is not coming; he’s already here. Barcelona learned that the hard way. The next Clasico? Expect the Bellingham show, once again. The lad’s on fire, and there’s no extinguishing this blaze.

Note to the world: Dismiss Real Madrid at your peril, especially with Bellingham on the prowl. The King of Madrid? Perhaps, it’s too early to say. But the throne beckons, and Bellingham seems more than ready to claim it.

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Source: 1000Goals.com: Football Betting, Highlights, and More – Your Ultimate Destination for Exciting Football Action.

 

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