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Ronaldo Earns Thrice More Than Serie A Players

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Cristiano Ronaldo earns almost three times more than any other player in Serie A, comfortably retaining his position as Italian football’s highest earner.
According to figures published by Tidesports source, the Juventus star takes home €31 million per year (£28m/$34m) – €23m (£21m/$25m) more than the league’s second-highest earner, Matthijs de Ligt.
The summer signing from Ajax is reportedly earning €8m (£7.2m/$8.8m) per year, with an extra €4m in bonuses.
Another new arrival to Italy’s top flight is in third place, with Romelu Lukaku receiving a salary of €7.5m (£6.7m/$8.3m), with the addition of €1.5m in bonus payments.
Gonzalo Higuain, meanwhile, has fallen to fourth spot in the list having been second to Ronaldo in 2018, while Paulo Dybala, who was linked with a summer exit from Juve, is in fourth on €7.3m (£6.5m/$8.1m) per year.
Indeed, Juve, who estimates spend €294m (£264m/$325m) per year in wages, dominate the list, with seven of their players appearing in the top eight.
That includes Aaron Ramsey, who arrived on a free transfer from Arsenal, with the Welshman earning €7m (£6.3m/$7.7m) per year on a contract that runs until 2023.
Juventus have won the last eight Serie A titles in a row and have kicked off the 2019-20 season with two wins from two – against Parma and Napoli respectively.
They could well be pushed closer in the current campaign, however, with Antonio Conte’s Inter having brought in the likes of Lukaku, Alexis Sanchez and Diego Godin to improve their prospects.
While Ronaldo is way out in front as Serie A’s highest earner, France Football’s 2019 list of the best-paid players in the world puts the Juve star in second place to Barcelona forward, Lionel Messi.
The French publication claims that the Argentine takes home €130m (£117m/$144m) in total income – including salary, bonuses and advertising revenue with former Real Madrid attacker, Ronaldo earning €113m (£101m/$125m).

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Coach Henry Converts Nigerian Winger To Striker

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Following Nigerian winger, Orji Okwonkwo’s move from Bologna back to Montreal Impact, Coach Thierry Henry has plans to convert the player into a striker.
The Nigerian U-23 international has returned to the Major League Soccer (MLS) club on loan from Italian side Bologna, with an option for a permanent deal from next January.
Okwonkwo has mostly been deployed as a wide attacker during his career, but he could be in for a different role in the future – in much the same way that Henry himself was converted to a prolific striker by former Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger.
“Henry was the main reason Orji returned to Montreal Impact, Henry wants him to play as a top striker in the new season,” Okwonkwo’s agent Femi Olaniran of Quintessence Sports Management told Tidesports source.
“Henry is going to teach him how to play as a striker, he told me he sees himself as a young Orji. Orji has the pace too.
“Henry wants to train Orji exactly how Wenger trained him to become a deadly striker. This is a good move for Orji and he’s going to learn at Montreal Impact.
“In his playing days Henry was one of the best strikers in the world and it will help Orji in his future career.”

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We Were Better Than TP Mazembe – Zamalek’s Coach

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Zamalek coach Patrice Carteron insists his side was “better” than TP Mazembe in their CAF Champions League clash at the weekend and they were disappointed to be held to a goalless draw.
Zamalek and Mazembe played out a 0-0 in their Group A clash at the Al Salaam Stadium in Cairo on Friday night, with the White Knights unable to avenge the 3-0 loss they suffered at the hands of the Ravens when the teams first met in Lubumbashi back in late November.
The result means the DR Congo side will advance as group winners, while Carteron was left to rue a major disruption right before the match which saw Achraf Bencharki injured during the warm-up and replaced by Ahmed Sayed ‘Zizo’.
“I’m very disappointed with the draw, we were better and reached their goal on several occasions but we were unable to score,” Carteron said during the post match press conference, as quoted by Tidesports source.
“Bencharki is a great player and is very influential as he’s the team’s top goalscorer but Zizo performed really well throughout the whole game.
“The team is in very good physical condition and we were able to achieve great results lately. If we would’ve scored in the first-half no one would’ve talked about the players’ physical condition or the absence of a fitness coach,” he added.
The Frenchman praised his side for their recent performances, especially goalkeeper Mohamed Abo Gabal.
“Abo Gabal was slightly injured lately and he appeared today after fully recovering,” explained the coach. “Our players’ ability allows to play with just one striker instead of two, I rely mostly on the crosses.”
Zamalek will wrap up their Group A campaign with a clash away to Primeiro de Agosto in Luanda next Saturday, 1 February.

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Golf: Rahm Shoots Seven To Take Lead

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Spaniard Jon Rahm shot a seven-under 65 to take lead going into the final round in the Farmers Insurance Open.
The 25-year-old world number three holed for an eagle from 111 yards at the second and finished on 12 under.
Northern Ireland’s Rory McIlroy, needing a win to return to world number one, is nine under after a fine 67, with Tiger Woods two further back.
Ryan Palmer, two ahead overnight after a 62 on the North course, was 10 under with a handful of holes to complete.
The final two rounds are played at the more challenging South course at Torrey Pines but round three was delayed by two hours on Saturday because of dense sea fog along the Californian coastline.
Rahm quickly made up for lost time and played the first nine in five under, adding another birdie at the 13th after playing from the bunker to within inches of the cup.
A sparkling tee shot to inside three feet at the 16th gave him a fifth birdie.
McIlroy began the round six shots off the lead but compiled six birdies with some typically spectacular shots, to match his opening day score.
He pitched onto the 607-yard 13th with his second shot, although three putts from there only gave him a par.
However his birdie putt at the 470-yard 15th was a lot easier as his magnificent approach from 155 yards finished a foot from the pin, while two more majestic hits at the closing par five saw him pick up another shot.
Woods, winner of eight titles at Torrey Pines, made a superb start, playing the first nine in four under, which included a chip-in from off the green to par the fourth.
He three-putted to bogey the 11th but then holed from 15 feet to par the last and ensure only one dropped shot in his round of 69.
“It was important because I felt like I was going to get left behind if I’d dropped another shot,” said the world number six, seeking to move ahead of Sam Snead as the PGA Tour’s outright leading title winner.
“It was a positive move today, I got off to a nice start early but I am still going to have to post a low one tomorrow – a lot of guys are ahead of me.”

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