Cantona calls Suarez diving “football porn” (video)
Manchester United and France national team legend Eric Cantona criticized Barcelona striker Luis Suarez's behavior inside the box during Barcelona vs PSG clash. “Suarez is not a biter any more, he’s a diver. Not a very good one, way too dramatic," Cantona said during Eurosport show Commissioner of Football. “Such blatant cheating with this hand on the throat, look of agony, bullshit! This is football porn. Kids should not be allowed to watch.” “For some, it was a miracle on grass. For others it was the heist of the century. Either way, it was epic," the former MU captain added. Here is the video of Luis Suarez actions in the episode, where Barcelona won a penalty kick opportunity against PSG. https://youtu.be/5brUDkVobUM
Real Madrid to battle Barcelona for Mahrez transfer
Barcelona face competition from Real Madrid for Leicester City attacking midfielder Riyad Mahrez. Barcelona and Liverpool have been linked with the 26-year-old this week, nevertheless according to Don Balon, Real are also eyeing the Algeria international. The Serie A titleholders players would welcome Mahrez's arrival, with the attacker likely to arrive for summer flop Paco Alcacer. Nonetheless, Real are also scouting him, where manager Zinedine Zidane is a favourite of Mahrez. Indeed, should it become a straight shootout between Barca and Real, Mahrez is expected to choose Madrid thanks to Zizou's influence.
Barcelona offer Isco a massive signing bonus
Barcelona have offered Isco a massive signing bonus to quit Real Madrid. According to El Chiringuito, the Real midfielder has held talks with the La Liga titleholders, along with his father. Barcelona have offered the 24-year-old a five-year contract plus a staggering €20 million signing on bonus. Nevertheless, sources say "it will be a very difficult signing". For their part, news of Barca's offer has been greeted by disbelief inside Real, though they accept Isco wants to leave this summer.
Barcelona want to land Isco
Barcelona have devised a back-handed plan to land Isco from fierce rivals Real Madrid next year, reports RAC1. The 24-year-old, who has 16 months left to run of his contract at the Bernabeu, is yet to commit to a new deal with the reigning European champions. Barca are one of a number of clubs interested in the Spain international, although reports have claimed the player has a clause in his contract which prevents him from crossing the El Clasico divide. However, with Barca able to sign him once his contract expires, RAC1 claim Isco will be handed a €20m (£17.2m) signing-on fee if he runs his contract down and moves to the Camp Nou on a free in 2018.
Iniesta sees Verratti as successor at Barcelona
According to Il Corriere dello Sport, Juventus and Barcelona have joined clubs in the race to sign PSG playmaker Marco Verratti. The 24- year-old Italy international is one of the most sought-after midfielders in Europe on the back of his stellar displays for PSG over the past few seasons. Inter Milan, Bayern Munich and Monaco are all keen on Verratti, but they will face competition for his signature from Barca and Juve. Barca chiefs believe Verratti would be the ideal long-term replacement for Andres Iniesta, who turns 33 this year, while Juve are willing to spend big to bolster their midfield ahead of next term.
TOP 5 Sportsmen who met sports legends in childhood and then became stars themselves
Almost every kid wishes to have a photo with a sports stars or get their autographs. Some of them, though, don't even imagine that they will become stars themselves in future. We collected the TOP 5 stories about those sportsmen who met renown sports stars in their childhood and then managed to climb to the top of the sports world themselves. Michael Phelps and Joseph Schooling Singaporean swimmer Joseph Schooling, 21 years old currently, met his idol Michael Phelps in 2008. That was one of the happiest days in the kid's entire life. Being impressed with Phelps' success, Schooling devoted himself to swimming and started to train hard to become a professional swimmer himself. He couldn't even imagine then that one day he will take part in the Olympics. Moreover, as an irony of fate, Schooling beat Phelps in 100 m butterfly to win the gold medal. Days later, Phelps posted a picture with Schooling and wrote, "'What a race!! Congrats to @josephschooling !!! We've got an updated pic!! Best of luck bro!! I'll be watching!' Mateo Kovacic and Steven Gerrard A young Mateo Kovacic was serving as a ball boy in Croatia when Liverpool visited the country. After the game, Kovacic ran towards Steven Gerrard and wanted to shake the hand of a man, who was famous not only in England but around the world, too. Steven, however, didn't pay attention to the kid, breaking his heart, which left Mateo with tears. Later on, Mateo Kovacic became a professional player and joined Inter Milan. Playing for the Italian side, Kovacic has been identified as a potential Steven Gerrard replacement in 2015. However, Kovacic didn't join Liverpool and decided to make a move to Real Madrid where he still plays. Neymar and Robinho Football experts were predicting a bright future for a kid named Neymar. He was compared to Robinho with the style of play and with the skills he got. Years later, Robinho joined Santos first team and started to score dozens of goals. Neymar, by his side, experienced hard days in his career and decided to move back to his home country and play for Santos in 2010. It was then when the pair started doing some magic together. Moreover, they played for the Brazil national team too. Wesley Sneijder and Frank Rijkaard Sneijder was a little kid when he had the chance to take a picture with Ajax legend Frank Rijkaard who is considered as one of the best players in his generation. Years later, Sneijder became one of the leading players in Ajax himself, making Real Madrid spend big money on his transfer. He has successfully played not only for these two clubs but for Inter Milan and Galatasaray, apart from being one of the captains and most important players for the Netherlands national team. Daniel Carvajal and Alfredo di Stefano Real Madrid started to construct their new training ground in Valdebebas in the early 00's and officially opened it in 2005. As it usually happens with the construction of new facilities, the first stone was laid in an official ceremony, where many football stars of that time and the past were present, including Alfredo di Stefano, one of the best players in the game's history. He was responsible for laying the first stone along with a kid from club academy, Daniel Carvajal. They put a Real Madrid jersey under the stone and gave the start of the construction. Years past, and Daniel Carvajal climbed the ladder of club's academy. Now Daniel Carvajal is a regular started for Real Madrid main team, having won two Champions League titles with the club. Bonus: Mauro Icardi and Maxi Lopez This story is a little bit different from those presented above. Three people feature in this story instead of two: Maxi Lopez, Mauro Icardi and Wanda Nara. Maxi Lopez was playing for Barcelona in mid 00's, and was famous in his home country, Argentina. A young Argentinian boy, named Mauro, had a chance to get an autograph from Maxi. The latter couldn't even imagine that years later they will become friends at first and enemies later on. Wanda Nara and Maxi Lopez were married when she met Icardi for the first time. Icardi and Lopez were friends and spent much time together. However, Nara was not indifferent to Icardi. Their relationship started with a little request from Wanda to buy a new Ipad from the US, which was only an excuse for getting in touch with Mauro, as it was revealed later. Since then, their relationship got closer and closer, and one day Wanda and Maxi decided to divorce, despite having three children. Now Wanda and Icardi are together. And not only in life, but in sports, too. Wanda is Icardi's agent and is one of the most powerful persons in Italy.
Josep Calavera on Barcelona radar
Barcelona are closing in on the signing of teenage midfielder Josep Calavera, reports Sport. The LaLiga champions have reached an agreement with Nastic, the 17-year-old’s current club, and the player himself has prioritised Barca’s interest above those of other LaLiga teams. Likened to current Barca star Sergio Busquets, Calavera is expected to link up with Barca’s reserve side Barca B once the deal is completed. Real Madrid and Valencia are believed to have shown an interest in Calavera too.
Juventus and Barcelona join the race for Verratti
Juventus and Barcelona are among five clubs in the race to sign PSG playmaker Marco Verratti, reports Il Corriere dello Sport. The Italy international, 24, is one of the most sought-after midfielders in Europe on the back of his stellar displays for PSG over the past few seasons. Inter Milan, Bayern Munich and Monaco are all keen on Verratti, but they will face competition for his signature from Barca and Juve. Barca chiefs believe Verratti would be the ideal long-term replacement for Andres Iniesta, who turns 33 this year, while Juve are willing to spend big to bolster their midfield ahead of next term.
Griezmann does not rule out Madrid or Barca move
Atletico Madrid forward Antoine Griezmann admitted he can never rule out the possibility of moving to other Spanish grands Real Madrid and Barcelona. "Barcelona or Real Madrid? Why not? It has always been a dream to play at one of the strongest clubs in the world, like these two or Bayern Munich in Germany or top clubs in EPL," Griezmann told L'Equipe while on international duty. However, right now I do not see myself as a Madrid or Barce player. In general, I don't see myself outside Spain. It's so sunny here, I like it. It helps me perform better," the Frenchman added.
CARTOON: Ramos vs Pique in clubs and in Spain
Famous Cartoon artist Omar Momani reflected on Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos and Barcelona defender Gerard Pique rivalry. The Spanish players have announced they will have to put their "weapons down" for the international break, as their rivalry should not affect Spanish national team performance. Sergio Ramos & Gerard Piqué - so are they friends or not?! 😂 سيرجيو راموس وجيرارد بيكيه - هل هم أصدقاء أم [email protected] @3gerardpique pic.twitter.com/WHlM2ilI51 — Omar Momani (@omomani) 22 марта 2017 г. Sergio Ramos admitted he "will have to hug Pique" for Spain prosperity. The link of Ramos announcement can be found below. http://www.vbetnews.com/ramos-i-will-give-pique-a-hug