& # 39; No doubt possible & # 39 ;: Brazilian legend Cafu supports Liverpool star Trent Alexander-Arnold to win Balloon d & # 39; Or (but six years ago he greeted Jon Flanagan!)
- Former AC Milan legend Cafu greeted Liverpool defender Trent Alexander-Arnold
- Cafu believes the Englishman could win the Balloon d & # 39; Or in the future
- In 2014 and 2015, the Brazilian also praised Jon Flanagan
- The full-back has since left Liverpool and since then struggling to get a game for Rangers
Liverpool Defender Trent Alexander -Arnold has the potential to become a future Balloon d & # 39; Or winner, according to two-time World Cup-winning full-back Cafu.
The Brazil and AC Milan legend believes that he sees some of his own characteristics in the 2-year-old, who won the Champions League last season and is on track to cancel the campaign for the Premier League.
Liverpool fans can, however, take the fame with a pinch of salt because Cafu also supported former Reds full-back and current Rangers defend Jon Flanagan back as a world beater in 2014.
On their current defender Cafu told the mirror: & # 39; I think Alexander-Arnold was a of the best in the world is world, no doubt about it.
& # 39; He has great potential. I see many similarities between him and me when I played. I would say he has a Brazilian instinct in the way he plays.
& # 39; My advice for him is simple: just keep doing what you have done in recent years. Alexander-Arnold must not change his way of playing. Even if he makes mistakes, he must continue to do what he does.
& # 39; I think he has everything to become a Balloon d & # 39; Or winner. We need to change this paradigm, with the Balloon d & # 39; Or only being won by attackers and strikers. "class =" blkBorder img-share "/>
On Flanagan, Cafu said in 2014: & # 39; I first started talking about hear him by watching Premier League matches and his performance together with other players, "said the 43-year-old.
& I then began to see some news that he was the Red Cafu! There is therefore nothing better than coming to town and taking a picture with my successor.
& # 39; He is a good player, still young and developing, but is already receiving recognition in Liverpool and he has maybe even a chance with the English national team. He will be a great English player in the future.
& # 39; has speed, strength and determination. He is an athlete who goes after him and never gives up. That is exactly what I used to do; no opportunities were missed for me, no fatigue and no depression. & # 39;
He said: It's Alexander-Arnold's natural instinct to attack – and it's also the way Liverpool plays.
& # 39; This is one of his characteristics and he should not lose it. The defensive side depends a lot on the way the team plays.
& # 39; Liverpool is a team that plays in the attack, so it is extremely important for their style.
& # 39; The role of full-back suits him better and I think that he must now become even better at doing what he already knows how to do.
& # 39; He has to play as one of the big full-backs, adapt to the position, become the best full-back in the world and then there might be some sort of adjustment in the field of midfield .
& # 39; But at least for the time being he must be the best full-back he can be. & # 39;
I am not afraid, I am determined. I am confident in what I do & # 39 ;: Pele denies reports that he & # 39; feeling depressed after the son of the Brazilian legend claimed that his father was low after poor health
- Pele denied being depressed because of his mobility problems
- His son claimed that this week the Brazilian legend was embarrassed to leave his house
- The 79-year-old says he has good and bad days and still has much self-confidence
- This summer marks the 50th anniversary of his third World Cup triumph
The skin has denied reports that it is depressed and withdrawn is because of mobility problems.
The former Brazil striker son Edinho told TV Globo on Monday that his father & # 39; ashamed & # 39; was to leave the house because of his hip problems, causing & # 39; a certain [19459025'ontstaat] depression & # 39 ;.
Pele, who turns 80 in October, responded on Friday with a statement that reads: & # 39; Thank you for your prayers and worries. I'm doing well.
& I will be 80 this year. I have my good and bad days. This is normal for people my age.
I am not afraid, I am determined. I have faith in what I do. Last week I had the honor to meet the CBF president in the studio where I recorded my documentary.
& # 39; I had two photo sessions last month for campaigns that used my image and testimony. I have planned several planned events.
I avoid not avoiding obligations from my always busy schedule.
& I continue to accept my physical limitations in the best possible way, but I intend to keep the ball rolling. God bless you all. & # 39;
The triple World Cup winner, generally regarded as one of the greatest players ever, was haunted by hip problems and often uses a wheelchair in public appearance.
Pele became a prostate surgery in 2015 and was admitted to a hospital with a urinary tract infection last year.
This summer marks the 50th anniversary of his third World Cup triumph in Mexico when Brazil defeated Italy in the final.
& # 39; I'm sad we don't see them in the final stages of the Champions League & # 39 ;: the Kaka icon from Brazil regrets the situation of AC and Inter Milan in Europe on the eve of San Siro derby
- AC Milan takes on bitter rivals Inter in a San Siro city derby on Sunday evening
- Kaka, who previously played for AC Milan , regretted the fall of the two sides
- Inter are rebuilding and pushing Juventus for the Series A title this season
- But both have fallen away when it comes to participating in the Champions League competitions
The Brazilian icon won Europe & # 39; s first club competition in 2006-07, but the Rossoneri have not won the trophy since.
Bitter rivals Inter Milan, under Jose Mourinho in 2009-10, are the only other Italian side who won the tournament because Kaka was part of the party that defeated Liverpool 2-1 in Athens and he is frustrated with the current situation of the city's teams.
& # 39; ide clubs are historical teams, Milan is a beautiful city and Italy is a beautiful country, & Kaka told Gazzetta dello Sport . "I am saddened that we do not see the Milanese teams in the final stages of the Champions League.
" I believe it is a vicious circle, with the revenues from the Champions League you can buy better players and return to the highest level. & # 39;
Kaka spoke about a number of topics prior to Sunday's highly anticipated Milan derby in the San Siro.
AC Milan has yet to lose a match since the return of Zlatan Ibrahimovic, while Inter must win to maintain pressure on Juventus and Lazio keep the title race.
And it is the charismatic Swede who, according to the Brazilian, will be crucial for his former side if they want a chance to get upset.
Nineteen points separate the two teams before the kick-off and there was a clear gap in the classroom for much of the campaign.
But Kaka said that the motivation of Ibrahimovic & # 39; incredible confidence & # 39; will give to his teammates and ensure that they have the mentality to stand next to Antonio Conte.
Unlike the 38-year-old striker, Kaka did not want to extend his career to the final stages of his years & # 39; 30 after the decision to retire after a stint in the US.
& # 39; In the last year in Orlando City, I really thought about whether to continue playing or not, & # 39; he added. "But at a certain point I understood that if I wondered if I could continue, it would already be over.
" I made the right choice and don't regret retiring, I do it doesn't miss playing. & # 39;
Inter is drifting three points from Juventus, who travels Saturday to play Hellas Verona, while the AC Milan focus is restoring ground to the Europa League positions.
The side of Stefano Pioli is currently one point drifting from Bologna, which is in sixth place, in the last remaining European place.
Brazilian legend Kaka supports Neymar to win Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo to win the 2020 Balloon d & # 39; Or … but says PSG may have to win the Champions League to win the prize
- ] Neymar can win the Balloon d & # 39; Or 2020, according to Brazilian legend Kaka
- The PSG star never won the prize but was third in the 2017 edition
- Kaka said that this season Neymar may have to win the Champions League to win it
Brazil Legend Kaka has said he was confident in Neymar's chances of winning the 2020 Balloon d & # 39; Or, but believes that Paris Saint-Germain may have to win the Champions League for him to win the prize.
The former Real Madrid and the star of AC Milan who himself won the coveted gong in 2007, believe that his countryman Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo are more than capable of winning the prize. to win.
Neymar left Barcelona for a world record £ 200 million deal in 2017 in the hope that he could step out of the shadow of Messi and be recognized as the best player on the planet.
His time in Paris, however, is largely turbulent and destroyed by fitness problems that subsequently reduced his chances of ever winning the prize.
BALLON d & # 39; Or WINS
Lionel Messi – 6
Cristiano Ronaldo – 5
Neymar – 0
Ronaldo, Luka Modric and Messi have won it all in the three years he has spent at PSG, while the best he has achieved is a third rhythm in 2017.
Neymar, who was shot at by his own fans after failing to force a summer move to Barcelona, has so far enjoyed a great campaign with 15 goals and 10 assists from 18 games in all competitions.
And Kaka believes he can finally break hello s Balloon d & # 39; Or-duck this year despite Messi and Ronaldo expecting the heavy favorites. & # 39; Do I believe Neymar can win in 2020? He is one of the best players in the world, there is no doubt about it, & he told AFP.
& # 39; What he needs now is to win a team title and be one of the key players in this achievement. If PSG won the Champions League, I think Neymar would probably win the Ballon d & # 39; Or. & # 39;
PSG faces a tough draw against Borussia Dortmund in the knockout rounds of the Champions League with the first leg place on February 18
& # 39; People would rather not let me go & # 39 ;: Gabriel Martinelli reveals that Arsenal blocked him from playing for Brazil Under 23s in pre-Olympic tournament
- Gabriel Martinelli has enjoyed a brilliant breakthrough season in Arsenal
- The teenager has so far scored 10 goals in all competitions for the Gunners
- He has since revealed that Arsenal called him up to Brazil U23s
This season Martinelli was a shining light for the Gunners in an extremely difficult campaign with 10 goals in all competitions, including a fantastic solo goal against Chelsea .
His brilliant displays have inevitably led him to attract interest from the Brazil national team, and he has since admitted that he was called to play in a pre-Olympic tournament between January 18 and February 9.
& # 39; I said if it was up to me, I would play & # 39 ;, Martinelli told UOL . & # 39; But we knew it would be difficult. It was a time that I was a starter at Arsenal, and people would rather not let me go.
& # 39; He (general coordinator Juninho Paulista, Brazil) has already called me, talked to me and congratulated me on what I am doing. I have not been summoned yet, but I am very calm about it.
& # 39; We talked a little after he went to the national team. He called me and said that this was the chance of my life, that I had to do my best because everything would go well.
& # 39; He was a fundamental man in the four years I spent in Ituano. & # 39;
The 18-year-old is also eligible to play for Italy through his father's side of the family, and no decision has yet been made as to who he will ultimately represent, as he has not yet taken a senior cap.
Martinelli has recently become the first teenager to score 10 goals in one season for the Gunners since Nicolas Anelka more than 20 years ago.
The Arsenal deal for Pablo Mari is about to collapse while the defender of Flamengo returns to Brazil with Mikel Arteta still looking for a solution to the crisis in the middle of the back
- Pablo Mari had his medical service this weekend but there has been a late hitch
- The Flamengo defender returned to Rio de Janeiro
- The negotiations between Flamengo and Arsenal are still ongoing
- Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta still hunts for reinforcements in defense
Mari arrived on Saturday in London for his medical after Arsenal technical director Edu Gaspar had signed an agreement with Flamengo to loan him for a £ 7.5 transfer.
Edu had traveled with Mari on his flight to Heathrow and did not expect any problems.
PA BLO MARI
- Age: 26
- Country: Spain
Position: Middle back
- Mallorca (2010-13) [Mallorca (2010-13)]
- Manchester City (2016-19)
- Girona (2016-17, loan)
- NAC (2017-18, loan)
- La Coruna Deportivo (2018-19, loan)
- Flamengo (2019-actual)
Arsenal sources say Mari, 26, a former center of Manchester City, had his medical function and was ready to sign with friends, even congratulating him on his move but one late faltering saw the negotiations stall in the final phase.
A disappointed Mari is now returning to Rio de Janeiro. Negotiations are ongoing between Flamengo and Arsneal, although the Gunners must also consider new targets.
Arsenal coach Mikel Arteta prepares his team for Bournemouth in the FA Cup tonight and hoped to gain the necessary reinforcement for his defense.
The Spanish 26-year-old was an essential part of the double-winning season of Flamengo in 2019, and helped the Brazilian side to the league title and the triumph of Copa Libertadores.
He joined Flamengo in the summer of 2019 after he had not appeared under Pep Guardiola on Etihad.
Mari was lent to three different clubs after arriving in City and spent one season each on Girona, NAC and Deportivo La Coruna.
& # 39; He reminds me of Ronaldo & # 39 ;: Ronaldinho gives Arsenal asterisk Gabriel Martinelli tips to follow in the footsteps of the Brazil icon … before claiming he & # 39; is the best player in the world & # 39;
- ] Gabriel Martinelli has appeared sensibly in Arsenal
- The 18-year-old star has scored 10 goals in 21 games in all competitions
- He scored an incredible 70-yard solo goal against Chelsea last Tuesday night
- The Arsenal striker has been compared to the Ronaldo icon of Brazil by Ronaldinho
Martinelli has been a shining light for the Gunners in what has been an extremely difficult season for the club – scored 10 goals in 21 games, including a fantastic 70-foot solo goal against London rivals Chelsea .
Martinelli showed no signs of fear at all, which led to Ronaldinho comparing him to his 2002 World Cup-winning teammate.
& # 39; We as Brazilians are very enthusiastic about him and his future. It is one thing to have the talent – but another one at the age of 18 to have the confidence, & # 39; Ronaldinho told the Mirror .
& # 39; He reminds me of Ronaldo's first season in Europe, he scored 30 goals and people thought: "who is this 18-year-old Brazilian child?"
& # 39; He wanted the ball, he would run to players, there was no fear no matter which players or team he was playing against – and I see that same attitude in Martinelli.
& # 39; He just wants to be on the ball and score goals. Ronaldo became the best player in the world – and that could also be Martinelli's goal. & # 39;
Everton & # 39; remains interested in Brazil ahead of Everton Soares & # 39; after holding transfer meeting while Carlo Ancelotti wants to strengthen his team this month
The Toffees reportedly keep an eye on Brazil for a while, having 14 caps and three goals for his country.
Speculation about a move for the 23-year-old was recently extinct, but UOL claim that Everton is still an option for Carlo Ancelotti this month.
The new report says club officials have recently held a transfer meeting in w It was agreed that a deal for the striker, which is also said to be a target for Bundesliga giants Borussia Dortmund was still a possibility.
Last week, Gremio revealed that there had been no specific offers for their star man, despite talking about big money moving to Goodison Park.
& # 39; Everton in Everton is an increasingly intense situation, & # 39 ;, executive director Klauss Camara told Correio do Povo.
& # 39; But no offer has been presented. In recent months he has been linked to various giants in Europe, but nothing concrete. & # 39;
Everton has scored 47 goals and provided 16 assists in 177 games for Gremio since he made his debut as a 17-year-old in 2014.
He made headlines last summer Golden Boot to win at Copa America while Brazil won the tournament on its own soil.
& # 39; It will not happen again & # 39 ;: Charles Leclerc insists that history does not repeat itself after a crash with Ferrari teammate Sebastian Vettel during the Brazilian Grand Prix
- Ferrari's Charles Leclerc crashed with Sebastian Vettel at the end of last season
- It was the culmination of a series of controversies among Ferrari's teammates
- Leclerc insists The couple will not crash again because they want to put aside differences
Ferrari & # 39; s Charles Leclerc insists that He will not crash with the team-mate Sebastian Vettel again after the dramatic collision of the pair at the Brazilian Grand Prix.
After a number of on-track disputes last season – the first of the pair together at Ferrari – reached their battle point when they bumped into each other on the Interlagos circuit.
Only five laps from the end of the Brazilian Grand Prix attempted to overtake Vettel Leclerc, but he swung over him and broke his front wheel, even with the German flat tire. The Ferrari duo was eventually eliminated in the race.
Leclerc, tipped for a huge future, insists that he will not crash again with his Ferrari teammate
Leclerc has since claimed that the competitive nature of the pair was behind their friction last season, but insists that it will not happen again.
& # 39; We are extremely competitive and sometimes on track we may have some friction & # 39 ;, Leclerc told Autosport.
& # 39; But in the end we are mature enough to know that what happened on the job has happened and we are different there. & # 39;
The 22-year-old, tipped for a huge future in sport, added that the pair will work hard to ensure that next season is a success as they compete for superiority with defending champion Lewis Hamilton.
He added: & # 39; The most important thing is that we work well together to develop the car in the best possible way and of course not exceed the limits when we are on course, as we have seen in Brazil.
& # 39; But I think it was a good lesson for both of us and it won't happen again. & # 39;
Leclerc, one of the striking artists of 2019 in just his second season in F1, extended his Ferrari contract just before Christmas until the end of 2024.
And the 22-year-old holding the trophy secured for most pole positions last year, will be desperate for Ferrari to enjoy a much better season next time after the team won only three races in 2019.
Brazil star Hulk & # 39; has been cousin to his ex-wife & # 39; since October. after the 12-year relationship had ended
- Hulk, who now plays football in China, has confirmed the relationship
- The SIPG player in Shanghai insists that he called Camila's parents last weekend
- They started dating in October despite splitting with wife Iran in July
- Hulk and Iran had three children, Ian, James and Alice while they were married for 12 years
The 33-year-old, who now plays his football in China confirmed his relationship with Camila through his advisers and said he was always transparent.
The Shanghai SIPG player insists that he called Camila's parents and brother last weekend and told them the truth.
They started dating in October despite splitting with wife Iran in July after a 12-year marriage.
Hulk and Iran had three children together, Ian, James and Alice.
Back to Hulk & # 39; s career, Espanyol hopes to borrow the former Brazil International until the end of the season.
The 33-year-old scored 17 goals in 37 games for Shanghai SIPG last season
According to Diario Sport the Chinese owner Chen Yansheng of Espanyol had excellent relations with the Shanghai club.
The Brazilian midfielder was one of the first superstars to take the plunge and join the Chinese Super League in 2016.
He joined from the Russian side Zenit St. Petersburg and is the second highest earner in the entire competition with a contract of £ 320,000 a week.
Espanyol hopes to borrow former Brazil International Hulk until the end of the season