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Ronaldinho believes Gabriel Jesus can succeed Messi
Brazil legend Ronaldinho has backed Manchester City forward Gabriel Jesus to succeed Lionel Messi and Neymar as the world's best player. The 19-year-old has already usurped Sergio Aguero in the City pecking order under Pep Guardiola, scoring three goals in three starts since arriving at the Etihad Stadium in January. Former Ballon d'Or winner Ronaldinho believes his compatriot can go on to even greater things, though, eventually taking over from Barcelona stars Messi and Neymar. "Manchester City have a very special player with Gabriel Jesus," Ronaldinho said, is quoted by the Daily Mirror. "Maybe even, in the future, the best player in the world. "At the moment it is Messi. I have always said I think one day it will be Neymar. But at 19, in the future, it can be Gabriel. He has all the abilities to make that happen."
Atletico Madrid make dramatic comeback against Celta Vigo
Diego Simeone's team scored twice in the final minutes to turn the tables and snatch a win against The Celtics Celta Vigo's Gustavo Cabral opened the score 6 minutes after kick-off. Fernando Torres hit a stunning overhead kick to equalise, but later failed to score from the penalty spot. John Guidetti put The Celtics in front once again. But Atleti were not finished. Yannick Ferreira-Carrasco and Antoine Griezmann scored in two minutes to steal the 3 points.
Transfer rumors: February 12
We have collected some transfer rumors that were published today in different corners of Europe. Sergio Aguero will leave Manchester City in the summer, with Inter, Paris St-Germain and Real Madrid at the head of the queue to sign him. (Mundo Deportivo) Juventus manager Max Allegri believes he can keep the Old Lady at the top of Serie A if he brings in Alexis Sanchez and Marco Verratti in the summer. (Corriere dello Sport) AC Milan want to bring Borussia Dortmund striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang back to the San Siro. (Tuttosport) Monaco wonder kid Kylian Mbappe, who has been linked with Manchester United and Arsenal, says he is enjoying playing with the Ligue 1 club and learn from players like Radamel Falcao. (RMC Sport) Former Chelsea and QPR full-back Jose Bosingwa could join Barcelona on a short-term contract to solve their issues at right-back. (A Bola)
Barcelona see Bosingwa as interim solution
Barcelona have turned their eyes to former Chelsea and Queens Park Rangers' man Jose Bosingwa. They see him as a possible replacement to Aleix Vidal. Vidal has picked up a serious ankle injury in the game against Alaves, which will see him missing the remaining part of the season. According to La Liga rules, Barcelona are allowed to sign a new player who is either currently playing in Primera or is a free agent. Bosingwa doesn't have any club now and can sign for the Catalan side. Moreover, his salary demands are not so high which will make the process easier.
Mourinho believes in De Gea United stay
Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho does not expect any underhand tactics from his "friends" at Real Madrid amid growing talk of a summer move for David de Gea. Real Madrid president Florentino Perez this week said "someone is messing around" when quizzed about the current speculation and Mourinho does not expect those at the club he managed for three years to resort to skulduggery. "With Mr Perez and his right arm Jose Angel Sanchez, they are some of the people in football that I can say that I didn't work for them and it is over," the United boss, in charge at the Bernabeu from 2010-2013, said.
Aleix Vidal out for 5 months
Barcelona defender Aleix Vidal has suffered a huge injury blow during his team's visit to Alava where they beat their Copa del Rey final rivals Alaves with 6 goals to 0. In the end of the game, Vidal was left with a broken ankle after the collision with Theo. It was already obvious on the screen, and later medical tests confirmed the worst. The player has already undergone a surgery in one of the Barcelona hospitals. It's expected, that Vidal will miss at least 5 months. This means, that Barcelona are now allowed to sign a new player to replace Vidal. The new signing should be a free agent or a player from La Liga teams.
Sergio Ramos and Nacho reach 500 & 100 game mark respectively
Two of Real Madrid players were celebrating important achievements yesterday at El Sadar stadium against Osasuna. Sergio Ramos was playing his 500th game for Real Madrid. The Spaniard moved to the club in 2005. Since then he has managed to win two Champions League cups and three La Liga titles among other honors. In the meantime, Nacho Fernandez was playing his 100th match for Los Blancos. The youth academy graduate has already become a vital player for the team, and by reaching this mark, he once again proves his importance to the team.
Deportivo Alaves vs Barcelona. Starting lineups
The official Lineups for Spanish La Liga clash Deportivo Alaves vs Barcelona are now available. Spanish La Liga. Week 22 February 11, 16:15 CET Venue: Estadio de Mendizorroza, Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain Referee: Carlos Clos Gomez, Spain Missing Players Deportivo Alaves→ Jones (injured) Barcelona → Rafinha, mascherano (both injured) Reserve Deportivo Alaves → Ortola, Raul Garcia, Femenia, Camarasa, Manu Garcia, Romero, Deyverson Barcelona → Cillessen, Alba, Roberto, Suarez, Iniesta, Alena, Alcacer Starting Lineups Deportivo Alaves (4-2-3-1, manager: Mauricio Andres Pellegrino) → Pacheco; Vigaray, Alexis, Laguardia, Hernadez; Marcos Llorente, Daniel Torres; Katai, Krsticic, Sobrino; Santos Barcelona (4-3-3, manager: Luis Enrique)→ Ter Stegen; Vidal, Umtiti, Mathieu, Digne; Gomes, Busquets, Rakitic; Messi, Luis Suarez, Neymar
Sarri: We have to believe in ourselves against Madrid
Napoli manager Maurizio Sarri shared his expectations ahead of the Champions league away first-leg against Real Madrid. “Tomorrow I will study Real Madrid carefully. We have to be in good shape and believe in ourselves," Sarri told Mediaset Premium. "The team is starting to develop a stronger mentality, locking out what’s going on elsewhere. Tonight they were focused entirely on Genoa, otherwise we wouldn’t have got the points. “The players are eager to see what level they are at against these giants of the sport. We won’t be presumptuous, but will have that pinch of audacity you need in these situations,” the manager added. Let's recall that Napoli are to face defending champions Real Madrid within the boundaries of Champions League round of 16 first-leg.
Ronaldo named best foreign EPL player ever
FourFourTwo published a list of top-100 foreign English Premier League players, the head of which is currently Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo. The five times Ballon D'Or winner has been featuring for Manchester United between 2003 and 2009 before moving to Madrid side. At the Red Devils squad Ronaldo has played in 196 games scoring 84 goals. The best 10 foreign players list, according to the source, looks as follows: 10. David Ginola (Newcastle, Tottenham) 9. Peter Schmeichel (Manchester United) 8. Patrick Vieira (Arsenal) 7. Gianfranco Zola (Chelsea) 6. Sergio Aguero (Manchester City) 5. Didier Drogba (Chelsea) 4. Dennis Bergkamp (Arsenal) 3. Eric Cantona (Manchester United) 2. Thierry Henry (Arsenal) Cristiano Ronaldo (Manchester United)