Messi staying with Barcelona to 2021 after new contract

first_imgCoco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny FC Barcelona’s Lionel Messi takes part in a training session at the Sports Center FC Barcelona Joan Gamper in Sant Joan Despi. APBARCELONA, Spain — Barcelona enjoyed a big win on Saturday (Sunday Manila time) without even playing.Lionel Messi finally put Barcelona and its fans at ease by signing a new contract that will keep the Argentine forward at the Spanish club through 2021 when he will be 34.ADVERTISEMENT “The club … is my home,” Messi said. “My dream was to finish my career at Barca and we are moving down that path.”The club did not reveal many financial details, including Messi’s salary. According to El Mundo newspaper, Messi will receive 30 million euros ($35.8 million) per season along with a signing bonus of 50 million euros ($59.6 million).FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSBack on the throneWith his former contract set to run out next summer, Messi would have been free to listen to offers from other teams on Jan. 1. That approaching deadline generated speculation Messi could follow Neymar’s lead and leave.Messi’s new deal includes a buyout clause of 700 million euros ($835 million). The massive figure is aimed at keeping away even the likes of Paris Saint-Germain, which secured Neymar in the offseason by triggering his buyout clause with a record 222 million euros ($262 million) payout. Club president Josep Bartomeu said Barcelona and Messi already agreed to a new deal in June, but that following Neymar’s departure they revised it to more than double the buyout clause. It was originally set at 300 million euros ($358 million).Bartomeu said the new contract “is more in line with the current situation in the ever-changing world of football.”Barcelona announced in July that Messi agreed to a new deal that it would make official “in the coming weeks.” The wait that turned into months eventually caused many Barcelona supporters to fear the worst.Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde said having Messi signed up for four more years should help the team focus on its strong Spanish league and Champions League campaigns this season. Barcelona visits second-place Valencia on Sunday seeking a win that would give it a commanding lead as it tries to retake the Liga title from Real Madrid.“I am not an expert in contract clauses, but if we look at what happened with Neymar, then you have the answer,” Valverde said. “The renewal of Leo is great news for the club. It calms everything down, especially all that surround the team. We already were calm because we see him train every day and we see his commitment to the club.”ADVERTISEMENT Messi has been the heart and soul of Barcelona for more than a decade.A five-time world player of the year, Messi has helped Barcelona win 30 titles since he arrived from Argentina at age 13. That haul includes four Champions Leagues and eight Spanish leagues.Now in his 14th season, Messi is the club’s all-time leading scorer with 523 in 602 matches.He received his fourth Golden Shoe award on Friday for leading all of Europe’s leagues in scoring last season.“The objective is to continue achieving things, fill the club’s trophy cases, and keep making history at Barca,” Messi said. “We’ve been lucky enough to have won a great many things and I hope there will be more in the future.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award United, Chelsea rely on strokes of fortune in EPL LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

Hazard linked with Real, QPR tipped to hand Defoe £90k a week

first_imgThe Express have touted Chelsea star Eden Hazard as a possible replacement for Gareth Bale at Real Madrid.It is claimed that Real are to step up their apparent interest in Hazard because they are preparing for Bale to leave.There has been speculation about the former Tottenham man’s future, with Manchester United reported to be keen to bring him back to the Premier League.Meanwhile, the Evening Standard claim Jermain Defoe is set to be paid £90,000 a week at QPR.Rangers expect to sign the former Tottenham striker in January, having been unable to negotiate his release during the last transfer window because FC Toronto wanted him to be available for the Major League Soccer play-offs.The 32-year-old, who played under QPR boss Harry Redknapp at Spurs and Portsmouth, will be given a three-year contract at Loftus Road, the Standard say.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

The active weather pattern will continue

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The active weather pattern will continue. The week of July 11th will bring a very warm and humid week with rounds of showers and thunderstorms. Some storms may be severe at times with high winds and heavy rains. Maximum temperatures will be in the 80s to lower 90s this week with overnight lows in the 60s to lower 70s. Temperatures will average about 5 degrees above normal for the week. Relief from the very warm weather will occur this coming weekend again with lower humidity and temperatures returning to not far from normal, likely a few degrees below the normal highs which are generally in the 80s now. Rainfall will average 1 to 2 inches but again will be highly variable due to thunderstorms ranging form less than an inch to over 3 inches in places. Normal rainfall is near 1 inch for the week.The week of July 17 will feature a pleasant start with a return of hot weather. Scattered storms will return as well as the week goes along. Overall, the week of July 17 will continue to support rapid growth of crops with the warm weather. With ample soil moisture in most areas, this will keep the heat in check with temperatures likely not getting too much above 90 which is not too far from ideal heat, just a bit high.The week of July 24 will see a return to more normal temperatures with rainfall being above normal again. The switch to drier weather this summer just has not happened. We thought a switch would occur sometime in July but it looks more likely to occur in August now.Drought this summer is confined to the far western corn belt of western Iowa and eastern Nebraska and it is a fairly small area. The main drought area is in South and North Dakota into Montana and is more focused on the wheat areas. Most of the corn and soybean areas are seeing fairly decent conditions this summer.The 16-day rainfall forecast is for 2-4 inches across Ohio from south to north on average. Normal is 2 inches so no real dry concerns are seen the next few weeks. You can see the latest 16-day rainfall forecast from the NOAA Ohio River Forecast Center in the map below. Most of the corn and soybean belt at least an inch of rainfall except far western areas including Nebraska and eastern South Dakota the next two weeks.last_img read more

A Lesson Learned the Hard Way at Lunch

first_imgWhen I was very young, naïve, and new to selling, I relentlessly called a big prospect in my territory. She refused my meeting requests dozens of times. I had no idea then that a sales call requires a value proposition, some value the contact will gladly trade their time to obtain. So I did what I thought might work, and I invited this prospect to lunch.I picked the prospect up in my car, and she requested that I take her to an Asian restaurant in Century City. When we sat down, she ordered two appetizers, one for now, and one that she could take with her for later. It was a little weird, but I said nothing. Then she ordered two entries, one for now, and one she could take with her at the conclusion of our lunch “meeting.”There was no lunch “meeting.” There was only lunch. Every time I tried to ask her about her business, she changed the subject. The more I attempted to engage with her, the more awkward it was to talk at all. We were both silent, and one of us was in way over his head.After the lunch plates had been cleared, my prospective client ordered two desserts. She looked at me and asked me if it was alright, knowing there was no way I could object having already waived my rights. You know by now that my prospect ate one of the desserts and had the second put in the already large bag of food she was taking with her.I was always upset by the fact that this prospect took advantage of me. I was 23 years old and had no experience to know what to do in such a situation. I had no language available to me. I suffered through it.It took me years to absorb the lesson she taught me. I had no value proposition, and I believed that I could buy her time and attention for the price of lunch. Because I thought so little of her, she thought the same of me. From that point forward, I started taking prospects lunch only after I had a discovery meeting and I always made it a working lunch.last_img read more

MVP remains in full support of Gilas despite Chooks backing

first_imgLOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary “Even if Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas is a club team, we are still one in cheering for the, cheering Laban Pilipinas come tip off,” said SMART sports head Christopher “Epok” Quimpo.Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas will kick off its Champions Cup campaign against BC Astana on Friday in the tournament that will run from September 22 to 30. Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president LATEST STORIES E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad “We started the Gilas program back in 2008 to help achieve the Filipino dream of reaching the Olympics and the World Cup,” the executive said. “Years later, we have found a partner that can help expand the program in Chooks-to-Go. This is what sports does to us Filipinos, it brings us together.”Bounty has been bankrolling Gilas Pilipinas since their partnership started in December 2016. It is also the main sponsor for the team for 2017 Fiba Asia Champions Cup, an Asian club competition.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutChooks-to-Go Pilipinas is looking to make deep run in the 10-club tourney in Chenzhou, China, which is expected to give the players invaluable experience heading into the Fiba World Cup qualifiers in November.Even with the Filipino team carrying another brand for the club championships, SMART is still throwing its support behind Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight View commentscenter_img Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City MOST READ Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Gilas Pilipinas members with SBP head Manny V. Pangilinan. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netTop sports patron Manny V. Pangilinan reaffirmed his full support for the Philippine national basketball team even with Chooks-to-go stepping up to sponsor Gilas Pilipinas.Bounty Agro Ventures Inc., the company that operates Chooks-to-Go, has been the main backer for nationals this past year and Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas chairman emeritus welcomed the company’s undying support for the program.ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC PBA: Meralco ties Ginebra atop standings, trips Globalport Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Read Nextlast_img read more

9 months ago​Heaton confident Burnley won’t get ahead of themselves

first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say ​Heaton confident Burnley won’t get ahead of themselvesby Freddie Taylor9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveTom Heaton believes there is no one at Burnley who is getting carried away.The Clarets managed to down Fulham 2-1 on Saturday, which gives them four straight wins.The result also put them in 15th position, three points off 18th place Newcastle and the drop zone.But keeper Heaton knows there is still a long way to go. He knows another set of poor results could put them right back in trouble.”No-one is getting carried away,” said Heaton after the game.”Three wins in the Premier League is a good achievement but we need to make sure we keep moving things forward.”It feels great. The West Ham game gave us a real platform and we took that into the Huddersfield game.” last_img read more

Discussing vast tourism potential in Assam

first_imgNo doubt Assam could be the best place for tourism, thanks to the green mountain ranges, tea gardens, rich culture, and the gigantic Brahmaputra. In order to make the state’s presence felt on a global level, the ongoing Rongali carnival in Guwahati hosted a seminar on ‘Assam as Tourist Destination’ recently, emphasising how rich heritage of the state could be used to woo the tourists.The seminar was attended by the various dignitaries from the tourism including PP Khanna, President ADTOI; Ranjit Das, President TOAA; Dipak Jalan, President HRAA among others. Also Read – An income drop can harm brainShyamkanu Mahanta, Chief Organiser of Rongali, said that the idea of conducting Rongali is to make Bihu a tourism festival of the state. “Like West Bengal, has become a destination for Durga Puja, similarly our dream is to make Assam destination for Bihu.” It was also mentioned that the tourism ministry of NE is also thinking about making Assam and North East as tea tourism and adventure sports destination. Ranjit Das, however, feels that Assam can focus on the adventurous side of it to cash in on the young footfall, who are much into trekking and adventure sports. Also Read – Shallu Jindal honoured with Mahatma Award”There is a renewed interest among the domestic and international visitors. Now, tourism here is not only restricted to wildlife. Rather, culture and cuisine are also high points. Recently, we had the opportunity of attending a workshop on eco-tourism policy, envisaged by the Forest Ministry, Government of Assam. If the policy is put in right perspective then many nature-based activities will open up for the tourists,” he added. PP Khanna believes that Assam has everything to make it one of the top tourist destinations in the country. Rajesh Prasad in his keynote, addressed to Prime Minister’s effort in promoting the rich craft of Assam. Bhaskar Phukan, MD, ATC emphasised on various ways which have been taken to promote Assam tourism. Now, it should also focus on cultural tourism, golf amidst tea garden and more.last_img read more

How France And Croatia Made It To The World Cup Final In

After weeks of golazos, flops and inaccurate estimates of stoppage time, the World Cup is nearly over. We’ve been tracking, and forecasting, each team’s chances as the tournament has unfolded, and we thought it would be fun to look back at how the final between France and Croatia got made. Our final pre-match predictions give France a 59 percent and Croatia a 41 percent of winning it all in Russia — but at the start of the knockout round, their chances of winning the trophy were only 8 percent and 6 percent, respectively. Here are the paths each team took to the final game.Check out our latest World Cup predictions.

Franck Ribery This could be my last year at Bayern Munich

first_imgFranck Ribery has admitted that this could be his final year at Bayern Munich, despite intending to continue his playing career up to the age of 38The French winger has spent over a decade at the Allianz Arena and, in that time, he has won eight Bundesliga titles and the Champions League in 2013.Yet Ribery, who signed a one-year extension at Bayern last season, admits that his future after the season is in doubt.“It’s too early to say now,” said the 35-year-old on ESPN.“I’d be up for another season, but let’s wait and see how this season shapes up.“I am relaxed and don’t put myself under pressure. You must assess your performances correctly. It’s too early to say now.”Jadon SanchoMerson believes Arsenal should sign Sancho Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho might be the perfect player to play for the Gunners, according to former England international Paul Merson.The 2006 World Cup finalist confessed that he had received offers from foreign clubs before signing a new contract at Bayern.“I never wanted to leave,” he added.“There were serious offers from China, but I like the Bundesliga and the Champions League. I dream of winning it for the second time.“I am still ambitious, I am still driven. I have never said to myself this will be the last year. I have won everything, I can relax now. I always give it my all because it could be my last year.“At my age, you never know what’s next, but I would like to play until I am 38.”Ribery has managed 117 goals and 180 assists in 391 appearances across all competitions for Bayern.last_img read more

Moyes reveals the moment Ferguson decided to retire

first_imgScottish manager David Moyes revealed the exact moment in which Sir Alex Ferguson decided to retire as the Manchester United manager.As we are living in complicated times for Manchester United and every manager who comes realizes that he has a huge void to fill after Ferguson’s retirement, fellow Scotsman David Moyes was the first one to experience the exact moment in which Sir Alex revealed that he planned to retire.Far from feeling the enormous pressure that came with the Manchester United manager’s seat, Moyes understood at that moment the huge impact that Ferguson’s retirement would cause in the club and world football in general.David was still Everton FC’s manager at the time when he got a mysterious call from the Red Devils boss, he gave a detailed account of the meeting during an interview for Open Goal and he let the world know the intimate moment in which the legendary Scottish manager first revealed the news to anyone from outside his personal circle of friends.David Moyes describes secret meeting with Sir Alex Ferguson where legendary manager handed him Man United job https://t.co/9gp9rvcyME pic.twitter.com/SIgCocQlyj— Mirror Football (@MirrorFootball) October 3, 2018David Moyes said: “He (Ferguson) said, ‘Come to the house later’. I says, ‘Aye, OK.’ That’s what you did when he called. But I’ve got a pair of jeans on. It’s my day off. I’d never turn up to Alex Ferguson’s house with a pair of jeans on – that’s just the way I’ve been brought up. I wouldn’t do that.“I was like, What am I going to do – nip to Marks and Spencer and pick a pair of trousers up? Anyway, I dropped my wife at the shopping centre and I go and get to the door and say, Sorry, I’m in my jeans’. He says, ‘Aye come on in,’ and he made me a cup of tea.”“And that was it. He says, ‘I’m retiring’. And the biggest thing, he says, ‘Nobody’s to know. You can’t tell anybody’. He says, ‘Tell your wife, but don’t tell anybody else’. And we talked after that. He opened a bottle of red wine and we had a couple of glasses. And we talked about the squad for about half an hour, an hour. And he says, ‘Come back tomorrow, the paper are coming to meet you tomorrow here in the house again’.”Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedLiverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.David Moyes lifts the lid on secret meeting that ended his 11-year reign as Everton manager: Former Blues boss was summoned to Sir Alex Ferguson’s house to be told he was succeeding him at Manchester United https://t.co/0wNePufH84— Sports News Desk (@sportnsdesk) October 3, 2018“So that’s what I done. So it was as simple as that – he offered me the job and that was it. I never got a chance to say, ‘No’ or, ‘By the way, what about this or that?’ “He went through the squad and just went on with it. That was exactly it and maybe in hindsight there needed to be much more done and said, but why would there be? I trusted him and why would I need to do more than that?”“I went back and told my wife in the shopping center but I couldn’t tell my kids, couldn’t tell my dad, couldn’t tell anybody. The biggest thing wasn’t me getting the Man United job, it was Sir Alex retiring, and I couldn’t say a thing,” describes David Moyes in detail about the moment that one of football’s biggest secrets at the moment was bestowed upon him.We all know how he did as the Manchester United manager after Sir Alex Ferguson, nobody has managed to fill his shoes ever since, not even Jose Mourinho who is struggling to keep his job as we speak.Premier League under Sir Alex Ferguson. Dominance. pic.twitter.com/meXvotwgeV— Classic Football (@ClassicFootbaIl) September 29, 2018What do you think about this revealing information that David Moyes disclosed about Sir Alex Ferguson’s retirement? Please share your opinion in the comment section down below.last_img read more