Semedo, bottom of the clauses in the Barça squad

first_imgIn a very soccer instinct, Nelson Semedo made the decision to leave Barça last spring. His substitution at Anfield on the day of 4-0, fattened with the siren calls of Jorge Mendes, who warned him that Simeone was crazy about his bones, formed an explosive cocktail that ended in Abidal and Ramon Planes’ office with the request going out to Atlético de Madrid. Barça reminded him that he had a termination clause of 100 million euros (the smallest in the entire squad, yes) and that he could go the same place that Atlético had been claiming the Antoine Griezmann clause. Barça played poker, because it would have sold Semedo for a figure between 40 and 50 million. But Atlético was not willing to reach those numbers and paid about 25 million for the transfer of Kieran Tripper from Tottenham.The summer ended, then, with Semedo at Barça. And with two asterisks. The first, ownership was ‘guaranteed’. So much so that Valverde announced the passage of Sergi Roberto to midfield (perhaps thinking of Rakitic’s goodbye). And the second, during the season was going to face a contract improvement. Until November, that was the approach. However, Semedo, despite being listed and being a Barça-level player, has also not finished taking the final step to be indisputable. The Portuguese has begun to enter the pools of player that could enter barter. One places him with options to go to Manchester City, which in exchange would give Barça to Cancelo. And meanwhile, in Heliopolis Emerson has begun to flourish. If Barça frees up the extra-community space (Vidal and Arthur can leave), it could have a place in the squad. That option, however, is difficult according to admit sources from the Catalan club. With 111 games at Barça in three seasons (one of them unfinished), Semedo has proven to be a useful and level player. But not a determining side. In fact, he has barely given 10 goal passes in three courses, a very normal and very low figure compared to a player who cost the same as him, a decade earlier that yes. Daniel Alves went from 100 assists at Barça. The fact is that in a club that has ceased to be a finalist with players like this Barça, it opens a door to a transfer or, who knows, if the option to which Semedo (if he gives the green light, yes) reduces operations with the PSG (Neymar), Inter (Lautaro) or Tottenham (Ndombélé). The bottom of the clauses does not have his future assured in Barcelona.last_img read more

Future Ballon d’Or winners revealed?

first_img Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur) – Click right to see who else is tipped to challenge for the Ballon d’O in future – Kane has already made it known he wishes to win the Ballon d’Or in the future, and if his upward trajectory continues he is sure to be on the shortlist in a few years. At the age of 23 he has already scored 78 Premier League goals, though he needs to improve his performances in Europe and for England if he is to reach that truly elite level. Click the right arrow, above, to see other players who could win the Ballon d’Or in the next decade… Romelu Lukaku (Everton) – At Everton, Lukaku is unlikely to win the Ballon d’Or, though if a reported move to Chelsea goes through the Belgium striker’s chances will rapidly improve. His strike rate in the Premier League is remarkable, and will only get better when playing alongside more talented footballers. He also consistently scores for a Belgium team who, if they get their act together, could seriously threaten for silverware on the international stage. Winning trophies – whether for club or country – will be key for Lukaku to earn the individual award in the coming years. 10 Philippe Coutinho (Liverpool) – When at the top of his game, Liverpool midfielder Coutinho plays at a level worthy of winning the Ballon d’Or. However, the 24-year-old’s biggest problem remains his consistency and inability to play a full season of exceptional football. A great goalscorer and creator, Coutinho has all the traits needed to win the individual honour. However, he plays for a team with limited chances of winning major honours, and he could seriously consider a long-rumoured switch to Barcelona to improve his chances of winning silverware. Harry Kane made it clear he is aiming to become the best footballer in the world, revealing he wants to win the Ballon d’Or in the future.The Tottenham striker said: “I’d do whatever I can to win that big gold trophy. It is definitely something I aspire to do.”Kane failed to earn a single vote in the race for the 2016 Ballon d’Or, though he appears to be getting better and better with each passing year, and will surely be on the shortlist in the 2017 voting.However, one of the main ways elite players claim the Ballon d’Or is by playing for teams who win major honours – something Spurs have failed to do in recent years.Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi have shared each of the last nine awards, eight coming in the period in which the pair have played for Real Madrid and Barcelona respectively.“Ronaldo won La Liga and the Champions League and that is why he wins it,” Kane added. “Messi is in a similar situation. To do that it isn’t just individual, it is about a team winning trophies and, hopefully, that is what I can do at Tottenham.”So, Kane is just one player touted to win the Ballon d’Or in the near future, but who else could be in line for the individual honour?talkSPORT take a look at 10 players who could win the award in the next decade, and you can see them all by clicking the right arrow, above… Eden Hazard (Chelsea) – Already 26, Hazard is trailing in the wake of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, though it appears the Belgium winger has reached a new level to his play. In 2016/17 he was truly superb, and should he continue to put in elite performances for the next two or three years, it will be hard to say Hazard does not deserve the Ballon d’Or. As an attacker he is always going to be in with a chance of winning, and Chelsea’s success at club level will help Hazard considering he is a key player for the Blues. 10 10 Kylian Mbappe (Monaco) – Aged just 18, Mbappe is the youngest player on the list, but is already considered a future Ballon d’Or winner. He enjoyed a glorious breakthrough season – maybe the best campaign by any teenager in the history of the game [Pele might dispute that! – Ed] – scoring 26 goals in 44 games. He excelled in the Champions League and helped ASM win the Ligue 1 title, and is already a France international. A move to a bigger club beckons in the future, and if Mbappe fulfils his incredible potential he could, like Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi, have a long-term hold over the Ballon d’Or. Paul Pogba (Manchester United) – Like Kane, Manchester United midfielder Pogba has made it one of his career goals to win the Ballon d’Or, although he is at a disadvantage due to his position. Not a prolific goalscorer, he is always going to be overlooked unless he can increase his striking output. On Pogba’s side is his age – he is still only 24 – and the fact he is a key player for both a club and country expected to consistently challenge for honours. Winning silverware is key to being named the best player in the world. Paulo Dybala (Juventus) – The Argentina forward enjoyed a wonderful season in Italy, adding another Serie A and Coppa Italia to the three trophies he won in 2015/16. A remarkably well-rounded attacker, Dybala is the most similar player to Lionel Messi currently in action, and could emulate his success in the Ballon d’Or in a few years. He is playing for a team where he will win major honours to improve his chances in the race for the individual award, and for an Argentina team that have the players to excel on the international stage – even if they struggle in reality. 10 Neymar (Barcelona) – Considering he plays for Barcelona, Neymar is seen as the most likely successor to Lionel Messi in the race for the Ballon d’Or. He has built his own reputation despite playing alongside the Argentine, but with Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo likely to win the award for a few more years yet, Neymar could just miss out. He is already 25, and will need to keep up his current elite level of play for another few years. He will be hoping he doesn’t follow the path of other Brazilian greats like Ronaldo and Ronaldinho, who sharply declined as they neared the end of their 20s. 10 10 10 Antoine Griezmann (Atletico Madrid) – The 26-year-old Griezmann finished third in the 2016 Ballon d’Or, and will be hoping to top the table in the next few years. A superb talent, Griezmann consistently impresses for Atletico, though it is the fact he plays for Madrid’s smaller club that holds him back. They are always going to struggle to win major honours, and it is no surprise the 2016 award went to Cristiano Ronaldo, whose Real Madrid side beat Atleti in that year’s Champions League final. His most likely chance of winning the individual honour will come if he leaves Madrid, or wins silverware with France. Dele Alli (Tottenham Hotspur) – Alongside Kane, Spurs have another player who is a considered a serious future contender for the Ballon d’Or. 21-year-old Alli continues to go from strength to strength at White Hart Lane, and he ended the 2016/17 campaign with 22 goals to his name – a remarkable tally for a midfielder. Alli is aided by the fact he is a consistent goalscorer, and this record will be looked upon kindly by Ballon d’Or voters despite him not being a forward. 10 10 10last_img read more

MDFR rescues sick elderly woman from cruise ship

first_imgMIAMI (WSVN) – Miami-Dade Fire Rescue came to the rescue of an elderly passenger that fell ill on a cruise ship just moments after take-off.The Norwegian Sun was approximately three miles off the shore of PortMiami when MDFR were alerted about a sick passenger, Thursday.Seven paramedics and the ship’s nurse helped the elderly woman.The patient was eventually transported to a nearby hospital for treatment.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more