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Ronaldo receives blessing from Ighalo to move to Saudi Arabia

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Super Eagles of Nigeria striker Odion Ighalo is thrilled with the possibility of football icon Cristiano Ronaldo moving to the Saudi Arabian professional league.

Ronaldo departed Premier League giants Manchester United recently after an explosive interview about the club with Piers Morgan.

The 37-year-old is now without a club as the winter transfer window approaches after the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar.

Ronaldo is regarded as one of the greatest players of all time and now as a free agent is in talks with several sides around the world.

There are reports that after several years of high-level football Ronaldo will be open to a move away from Europe after 20 years.

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Ronaldo has been in talks about a move to Major League Soccer (MLS) in the United States of America (USA).

The most concrete offer for Ronaldo according to reports are from Saudi Arabian giants Al-Nassr.

Super Eagles star Ighalo also plays in the Saudi Arabian top flight and is already open to the possibility of Ronaldo joining.

According to a report by the Athletic, Ighalo will love for Ronaldo to join him in the Saudi Arabian league.

He however expressed fears that the move will happen as Ronaldo may still be willing to take part in the Champions League.

The statement made by Ighalo said, “I would love for him to come to Saudi Arabia because he would boost the League and add more fanbase, People who are not watching the League will start doing so and see what they are missing.”

Ighalo is regarded as one of the best players in Saudi Arabia as he led Al-Hilal to the title but could soon face stiff competition from Ronaldo in the coming months. Pulse

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Everton confirm former Burnley boss Dyche as new manager

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Everton have confirmed the appointment of former Burnley boss Sean Dyche as their new manager on a two-and-a-half-year contract.

The report came on Monday that Dyche had been chosen by the Everton board as Frank Lampard’s successor, after also holding talks with former Leeds boss Marcelo Bielsa.

Dyche, according to a Sky Sports report, is the seventh permanent manager hired by Toffees owner Farhad Moshiri since he took over the club nearly seven years ago.

Lampard’s last game in charge was a 2-0 defeat at fellow strugglers West Ham on January 21, which kept them second-bottom on 15 points after 20 games – two points below the safety zone.

The Merseyside club had been floundering under the former England international, having last won a league game in October when they beat Crystal Palace 3-0 at home.

Lampard was appointed by Everton in January 2022 after he managed Chelsea from 2019/2021 and Derby County in the second tier in 2018/19, but Dyche will now be tasked with arresting the slide towards the Championship.

Dyche told the club’s official website, “It’s an honour to become Everton manager. My staff and I are ready and eager to help get this great club back on track.

“I know about Everton’s passionate fanbase and how precious this club is to them. We’re ready to work and ready to give them what they want. That starts with sweat on the shirt, effort and getting back to some of the basic principles of what Everton Football Club has stood for for a long time.”

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Mourinho Compares Victor Osimhen to one of the African legend, Didier Drogba

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AS Roma manager, Jose Mourinho, has compared Super Eagles of Nigeria and Napoli of Italy hitman, Victor Osimhen, to Chelsea and Ivory Coast legend, Didier Drogba.

NEWSBREAK reports that the  Nigerian striker netted a world-class goal as his side, Napoli, marched towards the Serie A title on Sunday. Osimhen’s classic goal came against Mourinho’s Roma at the Diego Maradona stadium where Napoli won 2-1.

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Speaking after the match, Mourinho, a former Chelsea, Manchester United and Real Madrid manager, said: “He (Osimhen) is of the same level as Drogba, but Didier didn’t dive.

“If Victor changes, then OK. I’d buy him if I was at a club with a lot of money. However, if he does go to England one day, he needs to change, because in Italy they put up with this sort of behaviour, whereas in the Premier League, they’d come down hard on him.”

He added: “I told him that he scored a wonderful goal and needs to stop diving so much. His goal was fantastic, he did the same thing when we met earlier this season, so he’s a fantastic player. But he mustn’t dive.”

Osimhen, 24, is currently the highest goal scorer in the Italian league Serie A with 14 goals scored in 16 matches.

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Kelechi Iheanacho’s record goal helps Leicester qualify for last 16 FA Cup

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Leicester city needed the goal from Nigerian footballer Kelechi Iheanacho to avoid a shock elimination from the FA Cup with a 1-0 win at Walsall on Saturday.

The Nigerian has scored more goals in the competition than any other player since making his debut in 2016.

Iheanacho’s 17th goal in 23 FA Cup appearances had some fortune as his strike from the edge of the box took a deflection for the only goal 23 minutes from time.

Leicester, Leeds and Man United join Manchester City as the first four sides to book their place in the last 16 of the competition.

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