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CIES Picks Ndidi As Nigeria’s Best Player In Europe

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Swiss-based organization CIES Football Observatory has unveiled the best performing players in 35 European leagues using the exclusive InStat Index, allnigeriasoccer.com reports.

Barcelona striker and recent Ballon d’Or winner Lionel Messi (401) is the only player that ranked greater than 400, followed by Ajax Amsterdam’s Hakim Ziyech (377), PSG’s Kylian Mbappe (366), Manchester City’s Riyad Mahrez (362) and PSG’s Angel Di María (360) in that order.

The top ranked Nigerian player in the rankings is Leicester City midfielder, Wilfred Ndidi (323), putting him in 66th position along with Manchester City star Bernardo Silva and Fenerbahce’s Serdar Aziz.

The Super Eagles midfielder has been influential for the second-placed team in the English Premier League this season, going the distance in all but one of their matches and scoring twice in his first six games of the season.

The second best Nigerian player listed is Queens Park Rangers attacking midfielder Eberechi Eze, who is having his best season as a professional, netting nine goals in 20 Championship games while providing four assists.

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Joint-top scorer in the Dutch Eredivisie, Cyriel Dessers comes next with an InStat Index of 301, one less than Eze.

Nantes winger Moses Simon and Torino’s Ola Aina complete the top five best ranked Nigerian players.

It is worthy of note that the aforementioned Nigerian players are aged 25 or under.

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  1. Kelvin Agbogidi

    December 13, 2019 at 1:36 pm

    He deserve it.. He has has been a force to reckon with in the EPL

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BREAKING: Man Utd Captain Ashley Young Joins Inter

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Ashley Young has completed his move from Manchester United to Inter Milan on a six-month deal with an option to extend for a further year.

Ashley Young is officially an Inter player. The 34-year-old English defender arrives from Manchester United and has signed a contract lasting until 30 June 2020 with an option to extend for a further season.

No transfer fee has been revealed but according to several sources in Italy, Inter have paid Manchester United €1.5 million to secure the services of the former Aston Villa man, a fee that will increase every time Young plays for the Nerazzurri.

Ashley Young’s contract with Manchester United was due to expire at the end of June 2020 but the Nerazzurri wanted to add him to the fold for the second half of the season and so they negotiated this deal with the Red Devils.

Ashley Young joined Manchester United from Aston Villa ahead of the 2011/2012 season for a reported fee between £15-20 million and has since then featured 261 times across all competitions scoring 19 goals in the process.

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Billionaire Dangote Makes Huge Arsenal FC Take Over Claims

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Aliko Dangote has admitted that he is planning to buy Arsenal Football Club.

The Nigerian billionaire – the richest man in Africa – has made no secret of his desire to take over the north London club in the past and has made several statements about launching a future takeover bid in the past.

And the 62-year-old Gunners supporter, who is at number 136 on Forbes’ rich list, has been speaking up a move for the club again.

Dangote owns nearly 85% of the publicly-traded Dangote Cement through a holding company. He also owns stakes in publicly-traded salt, sugar and flour manufacturing companies.

According to Forbes the Dangote Refinery has been under construction for three years and is expected to be one of the world’s largest oil refineries once complete.
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And it is that project that is keeping the billionaire from making a move to buy Arsenal from Stan Kroenke right now.

Speaking in 2018, Dangote said that he wanted to buy Arsenal this year.

He said back then: “We will go after Arsenal from 2020, even if somebody buys, we will still go after it.”

Now, with the Dangote Refinery still in process, Dangote has altered his plans and made the big claim that he will buy the club sometime in 2021.

Speaking on the David Rubenstein Show in America, in an interview recorded in September, Dangote said: “It is a team that yes I would like to buy some day, but what I keep saying is we have $20billion worth of projects and that’s what I really want to concentrate on. I’m trying to finish building the company and then after we finish, maybe some time in 2021 we can.

“I’m not buying Arsenal right now, I’m buying Arsenal when I finish all these projects, because I’m trying to take the company to the next level.”

Below is the interview which was released on Youtube earlier this month.

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I Won’t Coach Man United, Real Madrid Even For Free — Guardiola

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Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola says he would never manage Manchester United and would prefer to go on holiday than take over at Old Trafford.

Guardiola was on United’s radar to replace Sir Alex Ferguson but had already agreed to join Bayern Munich when the Scot retired in 2013.

The Spaniard said his status at City means he would not join United even if it was the only offer he had. “If I didn’t have any offers, I would be in the Maldives,” he said.

“Maybe not the Maldives because it doesn’t have any golf courses but after training City, I won’t train United, just like I would never train Madrid,” said Guardiola, speaking before his side’s trip to Old Trafford in the Carabao Cup semi-final yesterday.
“Definitely not.”

Ferguson famously met Guardiola for dinner in New York in 2012. At the time, the former Barcelona coach was on his sabbatical year and Ferguson was still to decide he would end his own illustrious career just months later. Ferguson asked to be kept abreast of Guardiola’s plans but the return call never came.

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United went on to win the Premier League but have not come close to winning another, whereas Guardiola has two titles – to add to the three Bundesliga crowns he won at Bayern Munich.

The 48-year-old has won 20 major honours, all with the distinctive tactics he learned from legendary Dutchman Johan Cruyff when he was a player at Barcelona.It is for that reason former England skipper Gary Lineker recently said on Twitter that Guardiola has “changed the way we play/think about the game” and has had “arguably the most positive influence of anyone, ever on our game”.

United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer understands the sentiment but, for the Norwegian, Ferguson remains peerless. “I admire Pep’s teams,” he said.

“He is one of the best managers ever and you can see where he has taken his wisdom from but I have to say I worked under the most influential one.

“But when you watch City, you have to admire what they are trying to do. They stick true to their values and beliefs.”

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