Dutch midfielder Frenkie de Jong, Brazilian goalkeeper Alisson Becker, Dutch defender Virgil van Dijk, UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin and Argentinian forward Lionel Messi pose with their trophy at the end of the UEFA Champions League football group stage draw ceremony in Monaco on August 29, 2019. 

Monaco: Portuguese superstar Cristiano Ronaldo has expressed his desire to have dinner with arch-rival Lionel Messi, adding that they have dominated football for the past 15 years like no other player in the history of the sport.

"We shared the stage, me and him for 15 years. I don't know if it has ever happened in football before, it's not easy," Ronaldo told BT Sport on the sidelines of the UEFA awards night.


Monaco: Liverpool's Virgil van Dijk has been named 2019 UEFA Men's Player of the Year, beating superstars Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.

On Thursday, the Dutch international received the trophy at the end of the 2019-2020 UEFA Champions League group stage draw held at Grimaldi Forum in Monaco, reports Efe news.

The 28-year-old center-back was a key player in Liverpool's 2018-2019 campaign, which saw the English club win its sixth Champions League and finish second in the Premier League with a club record 97 points.


Paris: Morocco's official MAP news agency says that seven people watching a local soccer match in a southern village have died in a flash flood that swept across the football field.

The flood on Wednesday forced spectators and others at the match in Tizert, in the Taroudant region, to seek shelter on nearby roofs.

MAP reported Thursday that a 17-year-old and six adults were killed, and an elderly man was injured.

An official investigation has been opened.


Kolkata: Gokulam Kerala FC stunned East Bengal to book their place in the final of the 129th Durand Cup as they won 3-2 on penalties after the first semi-final was tied 1-1 at the Vivekananda Yuba Bharati Krirangan here on Wednesday.

Samad Ali Mallick had given East Bengal the lead in the 18th minute with a superb 40-yard strike.


Barcelona: Barely two years after his controversial transfer, FC Barcelona intends to make a written offer to Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) to get Brazilian star Neymar Jr. back on a season-long loan.

Neymar had made the transfer from Barcelona to PSG in 2017 on a five-year contract.

And now, it is understood that Barcelona's bid is to include a purchase option following the loan spell, which means no players on the Catalan side will be offered as a trade, reports Efe news.


Paris Saint-Germain's Belgian defender Thomas Meunier (L) vies during the French L1 football match between Rennes (SRFC) and Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) on August 18, 2019

Paris: Still missing Brazil forward Neymar, defending champion Paris Saint-Germain lost 2-1 at Rennes in the French league on Sunday.

PSG, which beat Nimes 3-0 last weekend in the first round, went ahead in the 36th minute when Edison Cavani took advantage of a poor back pass by Rennes defender Damien Da Silva.

M'Baye Niang leveled with a stunning effort shortly before the interval and Romain Del Castillo was left unmarked to head in what turned out to be the winner early in the second half.


Marcus Joseph

Kolkata: Marcus Joseph scored a hat-trick as Gokulam Kerala FC defeated a 10-man TRAU FC 4-1 to qualify for the semifinals of the 129th Durand Cup here on Sunday.

Joseph struck in the 59th, 64th and 83rd minutes with the second one coming through a penalty in Gokulam's final Group D match. M. Roger scored the lone goal for the I-League debutants in the 88th minute, also through a penalty.


Madrid: FC Barcelona have reached the "principal of an agreement" to loan Brazilian midfielder Philippe Coutinho to German giants Bayern Munich.

Barcelona's Director of institutional and Sporting Relations confirmed the news while speaking to TV cameras on Friday prior to Barca's first game of the new Liga Santander season away to Athletic Club Bilbao for which Neymar was left out of the starting 11 and not included among the substitutes, reports Xinhua news agency.


Madrid: Barcelona made a nightmare start to the defence of their La Liga title by losing Luis Suarez to injury and then losing 1-0 to Athletic Bilbao, after a sensational late volley from substitute Aritz Aduriz.

Suarez hobbled off in the 37th minute with what looked like a calf injury before Aduriz came on in the 88th, the 38-year-old striker who has announced he will retire at the end of the season.


Madrid: Zinedine Zidane returned to save Real Madrid and the time has come for results.

In a packed-out press conference under the Santiago Bernabeu in March, the club's president Florentino Perez delivered the grandest of re-introductions.

"We need to start working on a glorious new era," said Perez. "That is why we welcome back Zinedine Zidane." Some might have expected a bounce but nobody blamed the coach when performances continued to drag and the gap behind Barcelona, rather than narrowing, widened.