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Super Eagles now 34th in FIFA ranking

The 2-2 away draw with higher rated Ukraine some days ago was not enough to lift Nigeria up in the monthly FIFA Ranking released this Thursday.
The Nigerian team slipped one step on the ladder, placing 34th.
The team however retains its third position in Africa behind Senegal and Tunisia. In the global setting, Belgium remain top after an action-packed number of weeks in international football which saw 78 friendlies, 74 continental qualifiers and 60 FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™ qualifiers take place.

I deserve more Ballon d'Or awards than Messi, says Ronaldo

Juventus forward Cristiano Ronaldo said he deserves to end his soccer career with more Ballon d'Or awards than Barcelona counterpart Lionel Messi and hopes to establish himself as the greatest player of all time.

Ronaldo, 34, has won the renowned France Football magazine trophy for the world's best player five times - as many as Messi - but is eager for more as he moves into the twilight of his career.

"Messi's in the history of football," Ronaldo told broadcaster Piers Morgan in an interview with Britain's ITV on Tuesday. "But I think I have to have six or seven or eight to be above him," he said, referring to the Ballon d'Or awards.

"I'd love it, I think I deserve it."

The Portugal captain said he was no friend of the Argentine but credited his rival for helping push him further in his own career.

"My relationship with him is, we are not friends, but we have shared this stage for 15 years," Ronaldo said. "I know that he has pushed me to be a better player and I have pushed him to be a better player as well."

Ronaldo, who also played for Manchester United and Real Madrid, has five UEFA Champions League winners' medals and led Portugal to victory at the 2016 UEFA European Championship and 2019 UEFA Nations League tournaments.

"I don't follow the records, the records follow me. I'm addicted to the success, and I don't think it's something bad, I think it's good," Ronaldo said.

"It motivates me. If you're not motivated, it's better to stop."

Minister summons NFF over Dennerby’s resignation

Minister of Youth and Sports, Sunday Dare, has assured of his readiness to intervene in what led to the sudden resignation of Super Falcons coach, Thomas Dennerby.

Dare via his twitter handle on Monday said, “I have personally stepped into the matter of Thomas Dennerby, the coach of Super Falcons. I received a brief this morning and will proceed to seek a quick resolution to ensure he continues to coach Nigeria’s female team.”

Dennerby reportedly resigned his appointment as Nigeria’s senior National women team coach a few days ago.

Neymar's PSG Champions League suspension cut

Neymar's Champions League ban for insulting match officials on social media has been reduced from three games to two following an appeal, the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) ruled on Tuesday.

The world's most expensive player following his move from Barcelona to Paris Saint-Germain for 222 million euros in 2017 will miss the fixtures against Real Madrid on Wednesday and Galatasaray in two weeks' time due to the original ban from UEFA.

However, he will now be free to face Belgian side Bruges on October 22.

'Never say never' - Chelsea star Abraham won't rule out Nigeria switch as he waits on England call

Chelsea striker and Premier League scoring leader Tammy Abraham has left the door open to joining up with the Nigeria national team, leaving England insecure over his future.

Gareth Southgate will be sweating on losing the player he called up in November 2017, but has still only played in friendly matches, which leaves Abraham the option to switch national teams allegiances.

Manchester United defeat Leicester 1-0

Manchester United returned to winning ways and ended Leicester's unbeaten start to the season by edging to a Premier League victory in a pulsating contest at Old Trafford.

Chelsea hit Wolves 5-0

Tammy Abraham scored a brilliant hat-trick - and an own goal - as Chelsea destroyed Wolves at Molineux.

Manchester United midfielder, Pogba, ruled out of Leicester City match with ankle injury

Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba has been ruled out of Saturday's Premier League clash against Leicester City due to injury.

Pogba was forced to withdraw from international duty with France after injuring his ankle in United's 1-1 draw with Southampton on August 31.

The 26-year-old has started all four of United's matches this term but will sit out this weekend's visit of Leicester, barring a "miraculous recovery".

Man United not mature for title tilt, says Wenger

By Reuters

Manchester United's current squad lacks the maturity required to mount a serious challenge for the Premier League title, although Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's players have potential, former Arsenal Manager Arsene Wenger said.

United has won the league 20 times but has not lifted the trophy since Alex Ferguson's final season in 2012-13, and Wenger suggested the club has a long way to go before attempting to reach the heights they did under his great rival.

Manchester United legend, Robson, lays down Leicester City challenge for Solskjaer's men

Bryan Robson has laid down a challenge for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s Manchester United squad to get a run of good results started against Leicester City on Saturday.
United have struggled since opening the season with a brilliant 4-0 win over Chelsea, drawing matches against Wolves and Southampton while falling to Crystal Palace at Old Trafford.

Those results have taken away some of the buzz surrounding the squad following their opening-day smashing of the Blues.

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