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Top 10 Player–Rivals in Football

Football mostly builds good relationships, but sometimes it also creates an even greater rivalry between the players: We have identified 10 of the hottest conflicts between the players. Diego Costa- Laurent Koscielny Rivals since 2015  Actually, many players in the APL cannot stand the Spaniard, but he has a special rivalry with Laurent. During games with Arsenal, Costa always incites him by blowing or slapping on the face. The Frenchman was mad about it and said, “Costa’s aim is not playing, but rather making defenders crazy”. Costa’s poor behavior cost Arsenal a few points. After that, Laurent got mad and decided to take revenge. He finally accepted Costa’s rules. Hence, Laurent began hitting the opponent with feet and ignored Costa’s anger. The latter lost control over himself, and that resulted in Chelsea losing points.

Rakitic says new contract talks are on track

Barcelona midfielder Ivan Rakitic spoke with Gol TV and revealed negotiations will soon be underway. "Everything is going very well and hopefully we can sit down soon," he said. Rakitic insists he accepts his limited role in boss Luis Enrique's plans. "I want to be always ready, I work for it. Mister, I'm ready." Rakitic has made 30 appearances during this season.  

Enrique Cerezo: “Man Utd? small team”

Atletico Madrid's president has dismissed reports linking Antoine Griezmann with Manchester United, saying the Premier League club are a "small team". Griezmann, who has long been linked with a move to Old Trafford in both the Spanish and British press, sees his contract run out at Atletico in 2021 after signing an extension in the summer. "Manchester United?" Enrique Cerezo said when asked about Griezmann's potential exit by reporters. "Small team. "I believe in the contracts that people sign, that goes for Diego Simeone and Griezmann."

Barcelona reach final after bloody clash with Atletico [Review & Highlights]

Barcelona will play in the Copa del Rey final after managing to overcome Atletico Madrid in the semi-final clash. Luis Enrique's side won the first leg match with 2 goals to 1 and needed to keep the advantage at the home stadium. Diego Simeone's men came to Cataluna with a desire to make a comeback and fight till the last moment. They have started the game with an incredible velocity and passion, and only Jasper Cillessen's amazing reaction helped Barcelona not to concede early in the game. Contrary to the game logic, Barcelona opened the scoreline. Lionel Messi made a run in his style and made a shot which Moya managed to save, but Luis Suarez reacted to the rebound and sent the ball into the empty net. The tension rose in the second half. First, Simeone made two early substitutions, which helped to freshen the team play. Moreover, Barcelona were left with ten men after Sergi Roberto being sent off after receiving the second booking in the 57th minute. However, the equilibrium was reestablished in the 69th minute when Yannick Carrasco made a bad challenge and received the second booking, too, which saw him leaving the pitch. In the 80th minute, Atletico Madrid received a chance to level the score, as Gerard Pique downed Kevin Gameiro in the penalty box. The Frenchman decided to take the penalty himself, though he failed to score from the spot. His effort only crashed against the crossbar. Three minutes later, Gameiro corrected his mistake and scored the equaliser, as he netted the ball into the empty goal after Antoine Griezmann's well-taken pass. The maximum, that Atletico managed to do after the goal, was to force Jesus Gil Manzano to show the second yellow card to Luis Suarez who made a bad foul. The Uruguayan was sent off and will have to miss the finale. Barcelona vs Atletico Madrid highlights from Vivaro News on Vimeo.

Barcelona vs Atletico Madrid. Starting Lineups

Barcelona will take on Atletico Madrid in the return leg match of Copa del Rey semi-final. The first leg ended with the Catalan side's 1-2 victory. Here we present the starting lineups. Also, we will have a live stream starting 1-2 minutes before the kick-off. Match start: 21:00 CET Barcelona - Cillessen, Sergi Roberto, Piqué, Umtiti, Alba, Rakitic, Denis, André Gomes, Messi, Suárez, Arda Atletico Madrid - Moyá, Juanfran, Godín, Savic, Filipe, Koke, Saúl, Gaitán, Carrasco, Griezmann, Torres  

Simeone is unsure about Torres future in the club

Atletico Madrid boss Diego Simeone is unsure if Fernando Torres will be handed a new contract at the club. The 32-year-old former Liverpool and Chelsea striker is out of contract at the Vicente Calderon at the end of the season. Simeone was asked if Torres deserves a new deal after the striker scored twice in Atleti’s 2-0 win against Leganes on Saturday. He replied: “That depends on the club, on the sporting part, on the coach. It depends on the results.” Note, that Torres has made 24 appearances, scoring 5 goals during this season.

Real Madrid add Hugo Lloris to their shortlist

Hugo Lloris is firmly on Real Madrid's shortlist for this summer, according to the Daily Telegraph.  The Frenchman is a player Zinedine Zidane likes a lot, and the French coach himself initiated the interest in Lloris. The Tottenham goalkeeper signed a new contract in December, running until 2022, and Spurs are reportedly confident that the Frenchman will not want to leave the club. But the 30-year-old could be Real's main target if Chelsea are stubborn over Belgian stopper Thibaut Courtois. The Belgian is the number 1 on the shortlist, which includes David De Gea's name as well. Lloris's transfer value is estimated to 24 m euros.

Sevilla draw Villarreal with Nasri missing the penalty

Sevilla hosted Villarreal in a La Liga Week 21 match, with an aim of winning the match and not allowing Barcelona occupy the second place. However, Jorge Sampaoli's men didn't manage to find the key to Villarreal's goal. Moreover, Samir Nasri didn't convert the penalty kick in the 49th minute. The game ended with a goalless draw, and Sevilla allows Barcelona to overcome them.

Neymar turns 25 today

Barcelona and Brazil national team striker Neymar JR turns 25 today. The Brazilian was born on February 5, 1992, in Mogi das Cruzes, Brazil. Neymar made his professional debut for the Brazilian side Santos in 2009 at the age of 17. Neymar started to show his huge talent immediately, and in 2011 he even won the Puskas Award. On May 24, 2013, Barcelona and Santos announced the transfer of the player for a reported fee of 57 m euros. Neymar was brought to Spain to become the next leader of the team alongside Lionel Messi. Neymar won a treble with Barcelona in 2015, scoring a goal in Champions league final against Juventus. Since then, Neymar has managed to win the gold at Rio Olympics, as he led Brazil Olympic team to the glory. Happy Birthday, Neymar JR!

Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates his 32nd birthday

Real Madrid and Portugal national team striker Cristiano Ronaldo turns 32 today. The Golden Ball 2016 winner was born on February 5, 1985 in Funchal, Madeira. Ronaldo started his professional career at Sporting Lisbon, where he didn't stay too long. Manchester United was quick to attract him to Old Trafford at the age of 18. It was here where Ronaldo's talent was fully discovered under Sir Alex Ferguson's guidance. After reaching success with the Mancunians, Ronaldo decided to join Real Madrid in 2009. Almost 8 years has passed from that day, and Ronaldo is still the best player in the team. Ronaldo has won 4 Golden Balls, 2 FIFA Best player awards, became a Premier League champion, La Liga winner and Champions League cup holder for three occasions. Also, he won European championship with Portugal national team. Despite his age, Ronaldo continues to chase the maximum and set new and higher goals to conquer. Happy Birthday, Ronaldo !!!
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