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Barcelona presidential rivals insist Messi is worth it

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 Two of the candidates in Barcelona's presidential election, Joan Laporta and Victor Font, insisted on Monday that Lionel Messi "generates more" than he earns, after his "colossal" club contract was published in a Spanish newspaper. "Leo generates much more income than the money he costs," Joan Laporta, who is seeking to regain the presidency, told Rac1 radio. "We have done a study and he generates a third of Barca's total income." "It's not only the economic return," Laporta said. "But also the emotional and sporting return, and the vivid moments he gives us." Messi is in the last year of his contract. On Sunday, under the headline "the colossal contract that ruins Barcelona", El Mundo published details of the current deal, signed in 2017. It said Messi could have earned 555 million euros ($674 million) by the time the deal expires. Barcelona responded by saying it was not the source of the leak and it p

US Striker Hoppe Signs Contract Extension With Schalke

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 United States forward Matthew Hoppe signed a contract extension with German club Schalke on Monday after scoring five goals in his first nine Bundesliga games. The club said the 19-year-old American's new deal runs until the end of the 2022-23 season. Hoppe was with the Schalke reserves until November. He scored three goals in a 4-0 win over Hoffenheim on Jan. 9 to end Schalke's near-record run of 30 league games without a win. "The last few weeks have been like a dream. I am extremely thankful to everyone at Schalke for giving me this chance," Hoppe said in a statement. "Now I want to play my part in us being successful again." Schalke is in last place in the Bundesliga with eight points from 19 games.

Premier League: 'Absolutely unacceptable,' says Ole Gunnar Solskjaer after Manchester United's Marcus Rashford faces racism

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 London: Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has repeated calls for social media platforms to tackle racist abuse after Marcus Rashford became the latest player to be targeted. Chelsea defender Reece James, West Brom's Romaine Sawyers and Rashford's team-mates Axel Tuanzebe and Anthony Martial have all suffered online racist abuse over the past week. Solskjaer, who last week echoed the club's condemnation of the "mindless idiots" who abused Tuanzebe and Martial, has again faced questions about the issue after Rashford was attacked following Saturday's 0-0 draw at Arsenal. "This way of discrimination on social media, we can't do a lot can we?" he said on Monday at a pre-match press conference. "So we have to work with the platforms and they've got to be stronger to make sure that we stop this." Solskjaer, whose side host Southampton on Tuesday, said: "We all know there's freedom of speech but this crosses a line o

Fletcher, Suri and Moores lift Bangla Tigers past Pune Devils

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 Abu Dhabi, Feb 1: Bangla Tigers opener and skipper Andre Fletcher showed the way for UAE's Chirag Suri and Tom Moores to record an eight-wicket win over Pune Devils in the first match of the Super League in the Alubond Abu Dhabi T10 at the Abu Dhabi Zayed Cricket Stadium. Fletcher hit a quick 30 runs off 15 balls to set the stage for the chase. The in-form Suri played another brilliant unbeaten knock of 30 off 15 balls while Tom Moores made it easy through a breezy unbeaten 38 off just 12 balls. Pune had posted a challenging 115 for 3 through Tom Kohler-Cadmore's elegant 48 runs and Alex Davies's unbeaten 41. Bangla Tigers raced to the target with eight balls to spare. Earlier, Bangla Tigers won the toss and elected to field. Pune Devils' opener Cadmore, who hit an unbeaten 61 in his last match against Team Abu Dhabi, continued the same way. He began by hitting Mujeeb Ur Reman's third delivery of the first over for a boundary through the off-side and then lifted th

Jose Mourinho Says Tottenham's Loss Against Brighton Was A Collective Responsibility

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 After suffering a 1-0 shock defeat against Brighton on Monday, Tottenham Hotspur manager Jose Mourinho said that the side did not lose because of any individual player. At the same time, when asked about striker Gareth Bale's performance, Mourinho refused to answer the question, stating he does not reckon that it is fair to answer. Bale has managed to score just four goals in 15 appearances across all competitions but Mourinho has backed the Englishman and instead, has gone on to say that they ended up losing the contest as a team. 'We lose altogether': Jose Mourinho "We lost a match and when we lose a match, we lose a match, we lose altogether. We do not lose because of one player, or one bad performance. We lose together," Goal.com quoted Mourinho as saying. "So I do not think it is fair, especially for myself, in the representation of my team, I do not think it is fair to answer to you to that question, especially now. If that question comes in a great mo