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Big-spending PSG still trailing in Real’s financial shadow

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Madrid (AFP) – Paris Saint-Germain smashed the world-record transfer fee last year to sign Neymar from Barcelona, but despite the big spending driven by their Qatari owners, the French club still lag behind Real Madrid in terms of financial muscle.

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Le Plot Thickens: Monaco-Based Journalist Confirms Club ‘Formally Deny’ Striking Any Deal With Real Madrid For Kylian Mbappe

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Well, well. That's what you get for believing MARCA. Turns out

It would appear that Real Madrid haven't agreed a world-transfer-record-obliterating deal to sign Kylian Mbappe after all, as reported by the Madrid-based newspaper earlier today.

The story has been scotched by a fairly well-placed source, namelyFabien Pigalle a reliable French journalist with the Nice-Matin newspaperwho deemed to be an authoritative voice on all things AS.

Reports: Real Madrid To Blow World Transfer Record To Smithereens After Agreeing €180m Deal To Sign Kylian Mbappe From Monaco

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Stand by your beds, this is not a drill. MARCA are going big with the news that Real Madrid are about to shatter the world transfer record to sign Kylian Mbappe.

The Madrid-based paper are claiming that Real have had an eye-watering€180million offer accepted by Monaco "in principle" that's €160million up front, with a further€20million made up in various bonuses.

How Would Hazard Fit In At Real Madrid?

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Real Madrid have launched 'Operation Eden Hazard', but it will take a world-record fee for them to have any chance of signing the Chelsea star.

The fight is on to secure Hazard's long-term future, with the Blues aware of the Spanish giants' intention to make him their next Galactico.

It remains to be seen whether Chelsea's resolve to keep the Belgian will weaken if an offer above the world record £89.

Video: Chelsea loanee Thibaut Courtois pretends he’s been kicked by Spurs old boy Gareth Bale

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Torres vs Vertonghen wasn't the only Chelsea vs Spurs handbags at the weekend. Atletico Madrid goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois, on loan from Chelsea, was rolling around his penalty area pretending that former Tottenham star Gareth Bale had kicked him during yesterday's Madrid derby. Real Madrid's world record signing had actually done nothing of the sort, but [.

Real Madrid to invest Mesut Ozil money in Liverpool’s Luis Suarez or Monaco’s Radamel Falcao

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Real Madrid will use the cash they pocketed from Arsenal signing Mesut Ozil to bring either Luis Suarez or Radamel Falcao to the club in January, according to reports in the Spanish media. You could be forgiven for thinking that £42.4m was already spoken for given the world record signing of Gareth Bale, but not [.

Spurs ‘agree to sell Gareth Bale for £86m’

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This stage has been positioned at The Bernabeu Gareth Bale's arrival is edging closer #thfc #rmfc Speaking Sport (@BTSportBreaking) August 23, 2013 Spurs have agreed to let Gareth Bale join Real Madrid for a world record £86m fee, reports the Daily Mail. The reports claim that Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy signed off [.


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Gareth Bale tells Andre Villas Boas he wants to leave Tottenham

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Spurs star Gareth Bale has told manager Andre Villas Boas that he wants to leave the club, according to talkSPORT. The Welshman has been widely linked with a move to Real Madrid but until now has tried to avoid being seen agitating for a transfer. But with chairman Daniel Levy knocking back world record transfer [.

Spurs chairman Daniel Levy flying in for talks to give Gareth Bale the silent treatment

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Spurs chairman Daniel Levy is planning to give Gareth Bale the schizophrenic treatment if you believe today's papers. The Daily Mirror reports that Levy is fed up with the speculation and the Bale camp's agitating over suggestions that the chairman has reneged on a promise to sell him if they failed to qualify for the [.

Andres Iniesta’s surprise upon winning the 2012 UEFA Best Player in Europe award

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Andres Iniesta won the 2012 UEFA Best Player in Europe award, beating out heavily favored accolade vacuums Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo. It was a surprising recognition from journalists representing each of UEFA's 53 member nations who voted live at the Champions League draw.

Messi, of course, scored a world record 73 goals last season and Ronaldo led Real Madrid to a La Liga title while also reaching the Champions League semifinals and Euro 2012 semifinals while also scoring 63 goals himself.

Kaka To Manchester United?

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The Daily Mail is reporting that Real Madrid have offered United Kaka on a season-long loan as they  prepare for the arrival of Luka Modric. Mourinho wants to get rid of Kaka, but he is finding the number of clubs that can afford his wages are pretty small. So he is considering sending him on loan with the idea of trying to sell Kaka next summer.

Karanka Hints At Real Madrid Exit For Kaka

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Real Madrid assistant Aitor Karanka appeared to suggest that Kaka could be on his way out of the Bernabeu following his omission from Jose Mourinho's squad for a pre-season friendly against Oviedo.

Kaka has been regularly linked with a move away from Real over the past 12 months, after struggling to justify the then-world record fee of £50.

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TweetCristiano Ronaldo has admitted that he misses life at Manchester United and moreover he misses the apple crumble and custard served at the clubs' Carrington training ground! The Portuguese superstar spent six seasons at Old Trafford before making a world record £80million switch to Real Madrid.


Coutinho completes ‘dream’ Barcelona move

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Barcelona (AFP) – Philippe Coutinho officially completed his “dream” 160-million-euro ($192 million) move from Liverpool to Barcelona on Monday, making him the third most expensive player in history.

Coutinho, 25, signed a five-year contract in a ceremony sitting alongside Barca president Josep Maria Bartomeu before posing on the Camp Nou pitch in a Barcelona shirt.

FIFA to investigate Pogba’s world-record Man Utd transfer

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Manama (AFP) – FIFA are to investigate the world-record transfer of Paul Pogba to Manchester United, a source at world football’s governing body told AFP on Tuesday.

French midfielder Pogba was transferred for more than £89.3 million ($111 million, 105.2 million euros) in August 2016 from Italian club Juventus.


Official: Virgil van Dijk Joins Liverpool In World Record £75m Deal (Photo)

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Liverpool have given Jurgen Klopp a rather expensive Christmas present, in the strapping form of Southampton centre-half Virgin van Dijk.

The 26-year-old will join the Reds when the transfer window re-opens on January 1st, in a whopping £75m deal, a world-record deal for a defender which eclipses the £52m Manchester City paid for Benjamin Mendy in the summer.

52 Spot Kicks: Czech Amateur Game Sets New World Record For Longest Ever Penalty Shoot-Out (Video)

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A marathon match played out in the Czech amateur leagues has set a new world record after the penalty shoot-out finale took a whopping 52 spot-kicks for a winner to emerge.

The game in question was SKBatov's recent win over FC Frystak in the fifth tier of the Czech pyramid, which the home side just about managed to win 21-20 on penalties after extra-time came to an end with the score locked at3-3.

British Freestyle Footballer Sets World Record For Longest Kick-Ups Distance – Juggles Ball For 20 Kilometres! (Video)

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Uruguayan Legend Sebastian ‘Loco’ Abreu Sets New World Record By Signing For Audax Italiano, His 26th Professional Club

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Uruguayan striker Sebastian Abreu is remembered primarily, at least by the wider world, as the lank-haired assassin who scored that ice-cold Panenka penalty against Ghana in the quarter-finals of the 2010 World Cup to settle the shootout and send La Celeste into their first semi-finals in over 40 years.

World Record: Argentinian Fifth-Tier Club Cram 50 Different Sponsors Onto New Home Shirt (Photos)

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A plucky team from the Argentinian fifth tier are attempting to get themselves into the record books by cramming more sponsor logos onto their shirt than any other team have ever dared to do.

Asociacion Deportiva Centenario (more commonly known as ADC) debuted their new jersey in the first game of the Federal Torneo C, taking to the field with over 50 sponsors adorning their blue and white strip.

River Plate Goes Bannaners

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For some reason, an 8km River Plate banner was deemed an appropriate usage of time, resources and infrastructure. Presumably some people in Buenos Aires like the ones who needed to get to work felt differently at the time. But it's a world record, and that's the important part. I think.

One question lingers: how is this thing stored?


Unlucky For Some: Serie A Stragglers Benevento Lose 13th Successive Match To Break Man Utd’s Unwanted 90-Year-Old Record

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What you see above is the precise moment Amato Ciciretti realised he played for the one of the worst teams (statistically, at least) in the history of European association football.

Going into Sunday's Serie A match against Sassuolo, newly-promotedBenevento Calcio were poised on the brink of breaking a record that had stood for nigh-on 90 years.

Noticias : Vicente del Bosque Admits Spain Injuries Worry Him, Germany Still Reeling Over Italy Defeat

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The idea of an international friendly literally three days before the domestic football season kicks off is both insane and unfathomable. But it's part of Sepp Blatter's FIFA calendar, which also means his own deluded world we're all just living in, remember?

English Premier League

The 2013/14 Summer Transfer Window Awards

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The summer transfer window of 2013/14 had the potential to be the most dramatic of all transfer windows. But was it? At the start of the summer (how long ago does that feel?), for the first time in the history of the Premier League the top three teams changed their manager. The return of the [...]

Rangers set a new record for attendance at a Scottish Third Division match

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(UPDATE: Despite reports that Rangers set a world record for a fourth-tier match, they're still a ways behind Brazilian club Santa Cruz, who had as many as 59,966 fans for a Serie D match last season.)

Rangers fans showed their optimism and support for the post-liquidation club at the first match of the season -- a Scottish Communities League Cup first-round win against East Fife at Ibrox -- but they turned it into a new record on Saturday.

Is Daniele de Rossi Worth £100m?

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AS Roma have told Manchester City that they will need to pay over £100m if they want to sign midfielder Daniele de Rossi.

De Rossi has been strongly linked with a move to Man City for the last twelve months, and Roma's sporting director Walter Sabatini has confirmed that the club would be willing to accept offers for their star player but they are holding out for a massive fee.

Manchester United Sign Record Shirt Deal With Chevrolet

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Manchester United have surpassed Barcelona's £125m world record shirt sponsorship deal with the Qatar Foundation by striking a seven-year shirt agreement with Chevrolet worth in excess of £25m-a-year.

United, whose current £20m-a-year shirt deal with the American insurance giant Aon still has two seasons left to run, will begin their partnership with Chevrolet at the start of the 2014-15 campaign.

Retrospective #22: The day Ole Gunnar Solskjaer gained hero status

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The actual day was some time before this ...

"We don't want Shearer, he's f*cking dearer, so please don't take my Solskjaer away ..."

Even now, you can hear these words booming at and around Old Trafford; it tells you all you need to know about how Ole Gunnar Solskjear is viewed by Manchester United fans.

Lionel Messi

Lionel Messi accepted his record fourth straight Ballon d’Or award in a polka dot tuxedo

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Lionel Messi winning his record fourth straight Ballon d'Or was as much a certainty as the sun rising to start another day. Of course it is very much deserved after a season in which he scored a world record 73 goals, but it was also very much expected. So Messi has to keep things interesting at these events in other ways.

Messi scores twice to break world record, netting 86 in 2012

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Lionel Messi returned to action on Sunday and not only did he show no ill effects of the knee injury suffered in Wednesday's Champions League match against Benfica, he scored two impressive goals to mark his place in soccer history.

Messi scored his 85th and 86th goals of the calendar year on Sunday, helping Barcelona post a 2-1 victory against Real Betis, and helping him break Gerd Muller's record for official goals in a calendar year (combined official club matches and national team matches).

Major League Soccer

Shooting Stars – San Jose Earthquakes Shine in Being the Best

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Americans of all creeds gathered to grab a blue shovel to build a home the new domain of the San Jose Earthquakes. On Sunday, a world record crowd of 6,256 fans grabbed shovels and dug for two minutes on the land destined to spring forth a new era in Bay Area soccer. The man from the Guinness Book of World Records gave his assent and the deal was done.

SBI MLS Goal of the Week: David Beckham

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David Beckham had himself quite the performance in the Los Angeles Galaxy's 5-3 win against the Portland Timbers, but his first goal was a thing of beauty worth watching over and over.

Beckham's splending curling strike from distance in the first half not only equalized things for the Galaxy, it inspired them to a victory at JELD-WEN Field on Saturday.

The Rest

Back On Top: Man Utd Vice-Chairman Ed Woodward Has Some Exciting News For Fans Regarding Alexis Sanchez’s Transfer

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Manchester United fans will be able to sleep soundly in their beds tonight after vice-chairman Ed Woodward delivered a stirring 'State of the Union' address at the New York Stock Exchange on Thursday.

Coinciding with the release of United's half-season results, it was left to Woodward to deliver the exciting news that all supporters have been longing to hear.

The Old Cat: Non-League Goalkeeper Paul Bastock Makes 1,250th Career Appearance To Break Peter Shilton’s Long-Standing World Record

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Congratulations are most definitely due to Wisbech Town goalkeeper Paul Bastock, who is now the proud owner of an absolutely formidable new world record.

On Wednesday night, Bastock equalled Peter Shilton's astounding tally of 1,249 competitive career appearances when he started for Wisbech in their 2-1 win over Sleaford Town in the United Counties League Premier Division.

Croatia: NK Dracice Striker Stjepan Lucijanic Sets New World Record After Scoring Five Consecutive Hat-Tricks (Photo)

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The elite sportsman you're looking at on the left of the photo above is Stjepan Lucijanic, superstar striker forCroatian regional league sideNK Dracice Dakovo.

As of Saturday afternoon, Lucijanic is now the proud owner of a Guinness World Record after helping himself to yet another hat-trick in NK Dracice's 10-0 thumping of NK Zrinski Drenje.

6-Year-Old Girl Sets Half-Marathon World Record

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How does a six-year-old girl go about running a marathon? One mile at a time.

Six-year-old Keelan Glass ran the Showdown Half Marathonlast week in 2:47:30. Not only did she become the youngest to ever run a half marathon, she now holds a single-age world recordaccording to theAssociation of Road Racing Statisticians.


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Minute to Win It

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On Wednesday night, after a serious meeting on the Olympics and team tactics, the U.S. WNT had a bit of fun, doing some competitions modeled after the game show Minute to Win It.

We can't say that the players were fantastic at the challenges, but they sure tried hard and had a lot of fun. As with any competition that breaks out on the U.

Kentucky Derby Still Number One Thoroughbred Race in World

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Much talk last week was of Henry Cecil's four year old Frankel who demolished the field in extraordinary fashion in the Queen Anne Stakes at Royal Ascot over his favourite distance 1 Mile, making it 11 runs and 11 wins so far in his career.

But with all the races he has won the number one race in the World in many peoples eyes has passed him by, that is the Kentucky Derby run in the first week of May over 1 mile 2 furlongs at Churchill Downs.