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Retired England Footballer Crouch Obtains Nigerian Passport

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Retired English professional footballer, Peter Crouch who hopes to represent the Super Eagles, has obtained a Nigerian passport.

Crouch announced via his official Twitter account that; ”So excited to get my Nigerian passport through today”.

Before his retirement, Peter had scored 22 goals for his country. He also appeared twice at the World Cup.

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Messi Returns to Barcelona For Training

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Football Legend Lionel Messi has returned to the Camp Nou after missing two group training sessions with a slight leg injury, while Luis Suarez is set to be fit for the La Liga restart next week.

Messi trained alone indoors on Wednesday and Friday, but worked on the sidelines of a group session at Barca’s home stadium, according to Spanish press.

La Liga leaders Barcelona play their first match since mid-March at Real Mallorca next Saturday.

Suarez will be fit to play for the first time since undergoing knee surgery in January after reporting feeling no pain following training.

Messi and Suarez have scored 38 goals between them in all competitions this season.

Barcelona lead Real Madrid by two points at the top of the table with 11 matches remaining.(AFP)

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Awoniyi To Fight For Mainz’s Bundesliga Stay

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Nigeria’s Mainz 05 Striker Taiwo Awoniyi has asserted that the objective of his on loan German club is to ensure they remain in the Bundesliga beyond this season.

Though Awoniyi’s resolve suffered a setback on Sunday after Mianz were thrashed 5-0 at home by Leipzig , the former junior international stressed they would keep on pushing hard throughout the remaining seven games of the season.

“I can only be glad and be upbeat about the away point that we got. All glories to God for everything. I can only thank God for the goal,” Awoniyi said about his first goal of the season against FC Cologne.

The FIFA U-17 World Cup winner also praised the effort of the German Football Federation and the German Government for the proactive measures done to ensure restart of the Bundesliga season amidst Coronavirus pandemic.

He said: “I am a player that is ready to give everything to the course of Mainz 05 in the last games that we have in the German Bundesliga and ensure that we remain in the competition at the end of the season.

Mainz face FC Union Berlin in one of the midweek games today and must avoid a defeat if they do not want to slip into the relegation zone.

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How I Almost Quit Playing For Barca – Messi

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The world best player, Lionel Messi has revealed how he ‘wanted to leave’ Barcelona in 2016 due to the pressure on him amid a tax case with the Spanish government.

Speaking to radio station RAC1, Messi explained how he felt he was being ‘mistreated’ along with Jorge, his father.

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The two of them were found guilty of tax fraud and handed a 21-month suspended prison sentence.

“At that time, with the mess of the treasury, I wanted to leave, not for wanting to leave Barca but wanting to leave Spain,

” Messi told RAC1.“I felt that I was being very mistreated and I didn’t want to stay here. I never had an official offer because everyone knew my idea to stay here.

“It was very difficult for me and my family because people don’t know much about what’s going on.

“The truth is that it was hard for everything that happened but it is better that my children were small and did not know. It was very difficult for me and my family because people don’t know much about what’s going on.”

The case however, found that Messi, along with Jorge, was guilty of defrauding the Spanish government of €4.1m between 2007 and 2009.According to the court ruling, the pair were found guilty of tax havens in Belize and Uruguay to conceal earnings from image rights. This made Messi to contemplate his footballing future in the country.

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