Liverpool announced a multi-year kit deal with Nike on Tuesday as the European champions seek to capitalise on their on-field success by boosting global commercial revenues.
The US sportswear giant will supply playing, training and travel wear to the Premier League leaders from the 2020/21 season after the club won a court battle with current suppliers New Balance in October.
The Reds look likely to be crowned champions of England for the first time in 30 years this season – they currently have a 13-point lead at the top of the Premier League table.
According to a report in The Athletic in October, Liverpool hope to bank up to £70 million ($92 million) a year in total under the bumper deal.
But it differs from most major kit contracts signed by Europe’s elite clubs because it involves lower guaranteed fees and higher commissions.
Liverpool will reportedly earn a flat fee of £30 million a year from Nike, which is below the £40 million New Balance are thought to pay per season and less than half of the £75 million deal Premier League’s rivals Manchester United signed with Adidas in 2014.
However, Liverpool will also earn royalties of 20 percent on all net sales of merchandise other than footwear, plus bonuses for winning the Champions League and Premier League.
“We welcome Nike into the LFC family as our new official kit supplier and expect them to be an incredible partner for the club, both at home 0and globally as we continue to expand our fan base,” said Liverpool managing director and chief commercial officer Billy Hogan.
Bert Hoyt, vice-president and general manager of Nike Europe, Middle East and Africa, said: “Liverpool Football Club has such a proud heritage and strong identity.
“The partnership with Liverpool FC underscores our leadership in global football and with the club’s passionate worldwide fan base and strong legacy of success – they have a very bright future ahead.”
The deal still lags a long way behind the biggest kit deals in football enjoyed by Spanish giants Real Madrid and Barcelona, with La Liga champions Barca earning at least 150 million euros a season from Nike.
Victor Moses Joins Inter Milan On Loan
Victor Moses is officially an Inter Milan player. The 29-year-old Nigerian player has joined the Nerazzurri on loan with an option to buy at the end of the season.
He has been handed the number 11 jersey at the club after he was unveiled at Inter’s stadium on Thursday evening.
Inter Milan, one of the European continent’s biggest club, wrote a long article on their official website about Moses after signing him.
Read it below.
“The thread that binds Victor Moses to the ball is infused with passion, deep meaning, joy and suffering. It’s a story of courage and determination, of enormous strength and character.”
“He once played on the streets of Kaduna, Nigeria, the place where he was born. Here, come rain or shine, a barefooted Moses would run with the ball at his feet.”
“And on one of those days, when he was accelerating and dribbling, something happened that would change his life forever: he suddenly found himself without his father Austin and mother Josephine, both of whom were killed in their own home during religious riots.”
“On that exact day, Moses, who was not at home precisely because he was playing football with friends, was forced to grow up. He hadn’t even turned 12.”
“He then set off for England. It was the beginning of a new life in South London, one which was marked by two requirements: to be strong and never give up.
To help him along the way, he had an innate ability to play with the ball between his feet and overwhelming physical power that allowed him to be the dominant figure when up against his peers.”
“After getting involved in local football, he was soon discovered by Crystal Palace. At a young age, he began to dominate. Quite literally.”
“Many still remember the final of the 2005 Under-14 FA Youth Cup, with Whitgift winning 5-0 thanks to five goals from Moses. Three years and over 100 goals later, he made his debut for Palace’s first team.”
“This is how his path in English professional football began. He moved to Wigan in 2010, where he debuted in the Premier League, before making a big step forward in 2012 when he was signed by then European champions Chelsea.”
“During his first season at The Blues, he scored ten goals in 43 matches, winning the UEFA Europa League in the process. But this wasn’t enough to convince Chelsea’s new boss.”
“So, with his usual determination, Victor rolled up his sleeves and went again. Loan spells at Liverpool, Stoke City and West Ham followed.
When Antonio Conte became Chelsea’s Coach in 2016, a new chapter began in Victor Moses’s career.”
“He became an important part of the current Nerazzurri Coach’s side, contributing to the Blues’ 2016/17 Premier League triumph and FA Cup success in 2018. Over two seasons, he played 78 times, scored eight goals and provided eight assists. “
“Conte used him out wide in midfield, whereas in the two years prior to this he’d often been used as an out-and-out winger or a second striker. More recently, Moses has spent time at Fenerbahce in Turkey.”
“On an international level, Moses played for all of England’s youth teams, also finishing as the top scorer at the U17 European Championship. In 2012, however, he made the decision to play for Nigeria, the country where he was born.”
“He’s since scored twelve goals in 38 matches for the Super Eagles and taken part in two World Cups. Most notably, he won the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations, at which he left his mark with an assist for the winning goal in the final.”
‘Fast and determined, shy but aware of his abilities: Victor Moses, who possesses a great affinity for the ball, knows that every time he’s taken to the pitch, his father Austin and mother Josephine have been watching on proudly.’
“And now he’s ready to start a new adventure. He’s the eighth Nigerian player in Inter’s history and follows in the footsteps of big names like Nwanko Kanu, Taribo West and Obafemi Martins.”
On behalf of the Nerazzurri family, we’d like to wish Victor all the very best!
Paris FC Sign Rivers Angels Goalie Nnadozie Chiamaka
French Feminine Division 1 club Paris FC sign Rivers Angels and Super Falcons goalkeeper Chiamaka Nnadozie on an 18-month contract.
The 19-year-old earned huge plaudits for her impressive performance at the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup in France as the African Champions during reaches the knockout stage of the tournament.
FC Naija reports that Nnadozie linked up with Paris FC on a free transfer following the expiration of her contract with Port Harcourt based outfit and Nigeria Women Football League side Rivers Angels but the French giant will pay a ‘compensation fee’ and she will be drafted into the first team in February.
Super Eagles goalie who is expected to be the first choice, will return to Nigeria to sort out her document before returning in February.
Nnadozie has also represented Nigeria at the U-17 and U-20 levels may miss Paris FC’s fixture against Dijon on February 8, the Nigerian goalkeeper is expected to lead the squad in their home game against Stade De Reims on 22nd February 2020.
Announcing her signing to a new club on her Instagram page, she wrote:
“FROM GRASS TO GRACE, FROM ZERO TO HERO THIS IS GODS DESIGNING. NEW SEASON NEW HOME. THANK YOU JESUS
GOD IS THE GREATEST.. AKACHUKWUDIYA.. MUNACHIMSO.. 2020 MUST BE BETTER ❤️ ❤️.”
Paris FC sit in sixth position in the table with 17 points from 13 games.
Cristiano Ronaldo Is Now The 5th Highest Goalscorer In Football History
Cristiano Ronaldo is now the fifth highest goal scorer in the history of football.
The Juventus star has overtaken Gerd Muller on the top goalscorers in football history list, with the Portuguese beating the Germany legend to fifth position after his goal scoring run for Juventus.
On Sunday night, the Portuguese superstar scored twice to secure a 2-1 win against Parma in Serie A. He’s now netted 18 times already this season – not bad for a 34-year-old.
The Portuguese grabbed a cool brace, scoring in each half of the game to open a four-point gap with close league challengers Inter.
Ronaldo also increased his tally to 16 goals in Serie A, becoming the only player in the top five European leagues to score at least 15 goals in each of the last 14 campaigns.
The feat means the former Man United talisman has now reached another significant landmark of his glistering trophy-laden career.
At 34, Ronaldo with a goal per game ratio of 0.72 has now scored staggering 736 goals in 1028 games at the top level.
Hungarian icon Ferenc Puskas has 747 goals behind Selecao legend Pele who has 767. It seems Ronaldo may overtake both legends should his goal-scoring form continue this season.
Romario is the second highest goalscorer in history with 772, while Czech-Austrian legend Josef Bican is the most prolific goal-scorer with 805 goals.
Here are top goalscorers in history according to Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation (RSSSF)
1. Josef Bica: 805 goals
2. Romario: 772 goals
3. Pele: 767 goals
4. Ferenc Puskas: 747 goals
5: Cristiano Ronaldo: 736 goals
6. Gerd Muller: 735 goals
7. Lionel Messi: 717 goals