Former Juventus defender Antonio Cabrini feels Cristiano Ronaldo is a better player than Lionel Messi because the Portugal star has proven to be a real leader both on and off the pitch.Ronaldo and Messi have won 10 Ballon d’Or trophies among them since 2008, dominating the footballing landscape for over a decade.Whereas Messi has yet to lift silverware with Argentina, however, Ronaldo led Portugal to European Championship glory in France in 2016. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Cabrini has nothing but respect for the iconic duo following their impressive achievements, yet feels the Juventus ace’s leadership exploits put him ahead of his eternal rival.”Ronaldo is probably the best player in the world,” Cabrini told reporters including Goal at a Betfair event at Allianz Stadium.”Obviously the focus in football over the last 10 years has been on the rivalry between Messi and Ronaldo. “My personal opinion is that Ronaldo is better than Messi, but mainly in terms of leadership. Ronaldo has proven himself to be a real leader on a lot of occasions and not just on the pitch. He is a leader in his life as well as in sports.”So with all due respect to Messi, there have been a few instances in his career that he came up short.”That being said, we are speaking about two great players, I think we can all agree on that.”Although Ronaldo was unable to deliver Champions League glory in 2018-19, Juventus did manage to clinch their eighth consecutive Serie A title and Cabrini believes they are on another level than all their domestic rivals.”Whether it’s the transfer market or commercial activities, Juventus always plan ahead,” Cabrini added.”That’s the reason they are ahead of their rivals. When the other Italian teams start their transfer activity, Juventus have already completed the two or three key men they wanted to in that window.”Another example is that Juventus are the first big team in Italy to own its own stadium. They all speak about it but nobody else has started to build their own home.”As official betting partner of Juventus, Betfair invited fans from the UK and Italy to play in a tournament at the Allianz stadium. The UK fans won a place on the trip by testing their Juve knowledge in a quiz named ‘beat the elite’ where they had to better the score of the Juventus players to qualify.
In her third Women’s World Cup, Sam Kerr has claimed her first goal at the tournament as she opened the scoring for Australia against Italy.The Matildas captain won a penalty in the 20th minute and though her initial spot-kick was saved, she made no mistake on the rebound as she calmly slotted the ball home.Kerr then opted pull out Tim Cahill’s iconic boxing celebration as she savoured her first World Cup goal. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? SAM KERR 👊The penalty is saved, but she slots home the rebound to give Australia the lead, and score her first ever #FIFAWWC goal! 🇦🇺#AUSITA #OptusSport pic.twitter.com/k1LEyPIt3d— Optus Sport (@OptusSport) June 9, 2019Great start and loving the celebration. Let’s see if we can build on this and add another. 💚💛⚽️ pic.twitter.com/B8sYV6fxuQ— TIM CAHILL (@Tim_Cahill) June 9, 2019Kerr’s strike, the 32nd overall for her country, would ensure the Matildas went into half-time with a 1-0 lead after Italy had an earlier effort ruled out for offside. Despite becoming a prolific goal scorer for Australia in recent years, Kerr had been unable to find the back of the net in her previous two World Cup campaigns but was always likely to break that drought in France. The 25-year-old looked dangerous from the outset against Italy and though her penalty left something to be desired, her follow-up and celebration has left a whole nation cheering for joy.
Australia will be out to secure their place in the Women’s World Cup quarter-finals for a fourth straight tournament when they play Norway on June 23 at the Allianz Riviera.The Matildas advanced to the knockout stages with a 4-1 win over Jamaica which saw them finish second in Group C following a loss to Italy and a victory against Brazil.Norway’s group record was identical as they fell to France in between victories against Nigeria and South Korea to seal second spot in Group A. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? These sides last met in February 2018 when Australia claimed a late 4-3 win and a similarly dramatic contest in Nice could be on the cards. Game Australia vs Norway Date Sunday, June 23 Time 5:00 am AEST Stream (AUS only) Optus Sport TV Channel, Live Stream & How To Watch Every Matildas match at the Women’s World Cup, including Australia’s match against Norway, is available live and free on SBS . For those looking to stream the match, Optus Sport will also be showing every match of the tournament. The platform requires a monthly subscription of $14.99 for non-Optus customers. AUS TV channel Online stream SBS Optus Sport Squads & Team News Position Australia squad Goalkeepers Williams, Arnold, Micah Defenders Simon, Polkinghorne, Roestbakken, Catley, Kennedy, Carpenter, Allen Midfielders Luik, Logarzo, Kellond-Knight, Van Egmond, Yallop, Gorry, Harrison Forwards Foord, Kerr, Fowler, Raso, Gielnik, De Vanna Confirmed Australia XI: Williams; Carpenter, Kennedy, Catley, Kellond-Knight; Van Egmond, Butt, Logarzo; Raso, Foord, Kerr. Position Norway squad Goalkeepers Hjelmseth, Fiskerstrand, Bogstad Defenders Wold, Thorisdottir, Hovland, Mjelde, Kvamme Midfielders S.Hansen, Risa, C.Hansen, Engen, Reiten, Minde, Maanum, Saevik Forwards Thorsnes, Herlovsen, Utland, Asland, Eikeland, Haavi, Nautnes Confirmed Norway XI: Hjelmseth; Wold, Mjelde, Thorisdottir, Minde; Saevik, Risa, Engen, Reiten; Hansen, HerlovsenBetting & Match Odds Ranked six places higher than Norway in the FIFA world rankings, Australia are slight favourites heading into this match going at odds of $2.20 to claim victory.Norway meanwhile are valued at $2.88 with a draw in regular time going at $3.40 .Sam Kerr is the most likely to open the scoring with odds of $5 . All odds courtesy of sportsbet and correct at time of publishing. Match Preview After a turbulent group stage, the Matildas must avoid any hiccups against Norway if they are to secure their place in the World Cup quarter-finals for a fourth straight time.Australia have been far from convincing in France with a shock loss to Italy followed up by a fortunate comeback against Brazil and a solid victory over Jamaica. Though defensively frail without a clean sheet in their past five games, the Matildas look to ready to fire in attack with star forward Sam Kerr bagging all four goals in Australia’s final group match. Despite being ranked 12th in the world heading into France, Norway know what it takes to succeed on the biggest stage, having won the 1995 World Cup, and also picked up gold at the 2000 Olympics in Sydney. Their performances at the tournament to-date have been solid, with Martin Sjogren’s side holding their own in a narrow 2-1 loss to France in the group stages.Norway are without their best player and Ballon d’Or winner Ada Hegerberg at the tournament with the star absent through protest of how her football federation continues to treat female footballers. These two nations last faced off early last year with the Matildas claiming a late 4-3 win at the Algarve Cup in Poland. Norway also fell to a 1-0 defeat at the hands of Australia’s neighbours New Zealand heading into the World Cup and on paper may struggle to contain the green and gold.
Former Inter sporting director Walter Sabatini claims that Mauro Icardi should “find a boyfriend” for his agent and wife Wanda Nara.The pair have often been the subject of controversy during the striker’s time at Inter, and now the former captain has been told to find himself a new club as he is not in new boss Antonio Conte’s plans.“If Icardi was my player, I’d find a boyfriend for Wanda so that she stepped away from Mauro, who’s a wonderful lad and a loving father,” the 64-year-old told Gazzetta dello Sport. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Sabatini has recently been appointed sporting co-ordinator at Bologna and he offer his support to coach Sinisa Mihajlovic, who has revealed that he is suffering with leukaemia.“With Sinisa, I wanted to take on the world immediately and irreverently,” said Sabatini, who was seriously ill himself in 2018. “Now it’ll take longer, but not by much. He’ll pull through.“‘Resilience’ is the key word. I’ve often come up against things with resilience too. I’ve never made pacts with the devil, only with myself, perhaps because I myself am the devil.“I’ve been in contact with the afterlife: like the doctors said, I died twice in the 40 days I was comatose. I made myself heard.“I also negotiated with God, with politeness but also fury. I felt ready for heaven, but he didn’t give me the keys.”Sabatini also revealed the reaction of striker Mattia Destro when he heard the news of his coach’s battle with leukaemia. “I was surprised by Destro’s reaction: he’s never been so intellectually open. He was edgier before.“He cried when he heard Sinisa’s name: it meant Mihajlovic had really entered his heart.”Sabatini also addressed rumours that former Southampton striker Manolo Gabbiadini would re-join Bologna this summer.“To tell you the truth, Sinisa asked us not to spend money on a new striker because he’s counting on Destro and he wants us to invest in a midfielder.“If I had a lot of money, I’d sign Neymar. I want the fans to have fun: football is something wonderful.”
Virgil van Dijk slammed Joris Gnagnon after the Sevilla man’s horror challenge on Yasser Larouci marred Liverpool’s pre-season friendly in Boston.Gnagnon was sent off in the second half of his side’s 2-1 win at Fenway Park after a crude, pre-meditated kick at 18-year-old Larouci.The Liverpool youngster was carried from the field, and later left the stadium on crutches with his right leg in a brace. Reds staff are optimistic the damage is not as bad as it might have been, with Jurgen Klopp suggesting Larouci had been lucky to avoid serious injury. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Gnagnon took to Twitter to issue an apology, while Sevilla also sent a message wishing Larouci a full and speedy recovery.Van Dijk had confronted Gnagnon at the final whistle, and speaking to Goal afterwards, the Dutchman was unimpressed by what he had seen.“I saw it from the side, it’s not nice,” he said. “Especially when it happens against such a young guy who is playing pretty well this season. I think it says something about him.“You have to just deal with it, but obviously you don’t want to have injuries in a game like this. You want to get fit, you want to get back to your best. Obviously everyone wants to win the game, but the most important thing is to get fit. Hopefully for Yasser it is not that bad.”The game had been a bad-tempered one throughout, with Klopp angered by a number of questionable challenges in the first half. The Reds boss made his feelings clear to Sevilla manager Julen Lopetegui at half-time, after Harry Wilson had been left with a facial injury following a clash with Ever Banega.A late Alejandro Pozo goal settled the game, with Divock Origi having earlier cancelled out Nolito’s opener, as Liverpool suffered their second defeat in the space of 48 hours.“Obviously it’s very hard,” said Van Dijk, who played 45 minutes as he steps up his own pre-season campaign. “But each day it gets better, and that’s the positive thing. “Obviously the conditions are hard, the opponents are tough. But it’s all good, it will all make us stronger, so let’s just enjoy these last few days in America and then we go to Scotland [to play Napoli].”Liverpool are next in action on Wednesday, when they take on Sporting Lisbon in New York’s Yankee Stadium. Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the web
Arsenal begin their quest for Premier League glory in 2019-20 at Newcastle United, with St James’ Park the stage upon which Unai Emery’s side will make their competitive bow this term.Pre-season ended with four winless games for the Gunners, including a 2-1 reverse against Barcelona in the Joan Gamper Trophy last Sunday.Newcastle, meanwhile, will be under the charge of Steve Bruce for the first time in a competitive environment, having signed off their friendly matches with a convincing 2-1 win over Saint-Etienne. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Game Newcastle vs Arsenal Date Sunday, August 11 Time 2pm BST / 9pm ET Stream (US) fubo TV (7-day free trial) TV Channel, Live Stream & How To Watch In the United States (US), the game can be watched live and on-demand with fuboTV (7-day free trial) .New users can sign up for a free seven-day trial of the live sports streaming service, which can be accessed via iOS, Android, Chromecast, Amazon Fire TV, Roku and Apple TV as well as on a web browser. US TV channel Online stream NBCSN fubo TV (7-day free trial) In the UK, the match will be shown on Sky Sports Main Event and Sky Sports Premier League. It can be streamed via Sky Go Extra. UK TV channel Online stream Sky Sports Main Event / Sky Sports Premier League Sky Go Extra Squads & Team News Position Newcastle squad Goalkeepers Dubravka, Darlow, Elliot Defenders Lascelles, Schar, Fernandez, Clark, Dummett, Willems, Manquillo, Krafth Midfielders Hayden, Ki, Shelvey, Ritchie, Almiron, S. Longstaff, M. Longstaff Forwards Atsu, Saint-Maximin, Joelinton, Gayle, Muto Newcastle starting XI: Dubravka; Schär, Lascelles, Dummett; Manquillo, Shelvey, Hayden, Longstaff, Ritchie; Almiron; Joelinton. Position Arsenal squad Goalkeepers Leno, Martinez, Macey Defenders Bellerin, Sokratis, Monreal, Mustafi, Chambers, David Luiz Midfielders Elneny, Mkhitaryan, Torreira, Maitland-Niles, Guendouzi, Xhaka, Willock, Smith Rowe, Martinelli, Ceballos Forwards Lacazette, Aubameyang, Nelson, Pepe Arsenal starting XI: Leno; Maitland-Niles, Chambers, Sokratis, Monreal; Guendouzi, Xhaka; Mkhitaryan, Willock, Nelson; Aubameyang.Betting & Match Odds Arsenal are 17/20 to kick their season off with a win at bet365 . Newcastle are 7/2 to cause a shock, while the draw is on offer at 14/5.Click here to see all of bet365’s offers for the game, including goalscoring markets, correct score predictions and more. Match Preview Unai Emery’s second season with Arsenal begins in earnest with a trip to Newcastle in the Premier League on Sunday.The Gunners had a satisfactory first campaign with the former Paris Saint-Germain boss in charge, though they missed out on the Champions League, something they will be eager to rectify between now and May.While the summer addition of Nicolas Pepe seemed to set the Emirates side up for a thrilling all-out-attack approach this season, Emery subsequently moved to secure the signings of defenders David Luiz and Kieran Tierney over the final hours of the transfer window, suggesting that some effort will be made to shore up an area that has long been considered an Achilles heel for the team.With both ends of the field strengthened, the Gunners will hope to return to Europe’s top table in little over 12 months, having narrowly missed out last time around by finishing fifth in the league last term and failing to overcome Chelsea in the Europa League final.“Our ambition is to do the best possible in the all the competitions, the most important of these is the Premier League,” Emery said. “Our first target is to be in the top four, we reduced the distance last season. Manchester City and Liverpool are stronger than the others at the beginning. “We want to compete with them and reduced the points gap. Tottenham, Manchester United and Chelsea have the same objectives. “Last year the difference was really small and the challenge now is for us to achieve a top-four finish.“Other teams are coming back, signing new players and working very well. The Premier League is the best competition in the world. We are going to work to compete and get into the top four.”Newcastle, meanwhile, are coming off the back of a complicated summer that saw Rafael Benitez depart at the end of his contract. While speculation whirled for weeks, it was ultimately Steve Bruce who was the man anointed to replace the ex Real Madrid boss.There has been scepticism over the appointment, but the Magpies turned in a strong display against Saint-Etienne in a friendly victory last weekend.“Hopefully, I’ll win those supporters who are still in doubt over,” Bruce said on Friday. “Over a period of time, hopefully, I’ll get that sort of respect they have for Rafa. Deep down I know the fans will get behind the team. You can feel a little mood swing already.”A positive result against the Gunners would only hasten that progress. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
ANN ARBOR, MI – SEPTEMBER 24: Wilton Speight #3 of the Michigan Wolverines warms up prior to the start of the game against the Penn State Nittany Lions at Michigan Stadium on September 24, 2016 in Ann Arbor, Michigan.(Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)Wilton Speight was named UCLA’s Week 1 quarterback in a surprising move to some by head coach Chip Kelly. Speight, the former Michigan quarterback, isn’t the prototypical QB for a Chip Kelly offense. Still, he won the job in the preseason.The Speight era at UCLA didn’t get off to the best start, though. Speight suffered an injury early in the Bruins’ season-opening loss to Cincinnati.Speight does not appear to have recovered well enough to play against Oklahoma today.The UCLA quarterback was not dressed during warmups.“Based on what I’m seeing during pregame, UCLA QB Wilton Speight probably isn’t playing today. He’s not dressed, meanwhile the rest of the Bruins’ QBs are on the field warming up. Based on last week, I’d suspect Dorian Thompson-Robinson is getting the start,” Lee Benson tweeted.Based on what I’m seeing during pregame, UCLA QB Wilton Speight probably isn’t playing today. He’s not dressed, meanwhile the rest of the Bruins’ QBs are on the field warming up. Based on last week, I’d suspect Dorian Thompson-Robinson is getting the start.— Lee Benson (@LeeBensonNews9) September 8, 2018UCLA has since named freshman Dorian Thompson-Robinson the starter behind center for this afternoon’s game against Oklahoma.“Freshman Dorian Thompson-Robinson will start today for UCLA vs. Oklahoma. Michigan grad transfer Wilton Speight started last week but suffered a back injury in the Bruins’ loss to Cincinnati,” he tweeted.Freshman Dorian Thompson-Robinson will start today for UCLA vs. Oklahoma. Michigan grad transfer Wilton Speight started last week but suffered a back injury in the Bruins’ loss to Cincinnati— Jason Kersey (@jasonkersey) September 8, 2018Speight, a 6-foot-6 senior quarterback, threw for 45 yards and 1 interception in the season-opening loss to Cincinnati before getting injured.UCLA and Oklahoma are set to kick off at 1 p.m. E.T. on FOX.
ARLINGTON, TX – SEPTEMBER 15: Dwayne Haskins #7 of the Ohio State Buckeyes looks for an open receiver against the TCU Horned Frogs in the third quarter during The AdvoCare Showdown at AT&T Stadium on September 15, 2018 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)Ohio State and Nebraska are a couple of hours away from kickoff at Ohio Stadium in Columbus, Ohio. Today’s matchup between the Buckeyes and the Huskers should be an interesting one.Urban Meyer’s Ohio State team is coming off one of its worst losses in years, as the Buckeyes were blown out by Purdue in West Lafayette, Ind. in Week 8. Ohio State had a bye the following week, giving the team’s coaches and players extra time to think over that terrible defeat.Nebraska, meanwhile, is starting to play well under Scott Frost. While the Huskers have just two wins on the season, there’s a sense of optimism growing in Lincoln, Nebraska. Frost’s offense is starting to put up some serious points and the defense has looked decent today.Unfortunately for Frost and Co., they are probably catching Ohio State at the worst possible time. The Buckeyes will be out for blood this afternoon, wanting to prove to everyone that the Purdue loss was a fluke and that they’re still a College Football Playoff team.Frost knows this, telling reporters that he knows it’s not an ideal time to be playing Ohio State in Columbus. Still, he’s excited to see what his team can do on the road against a top opponent.ESPN isn’t very confident in Nebraska, though. The Worldwide Leader’s computer model likes Ohio State in this one – big.ESPN’s Football Power Index is giving Ohio State a 95.6 percent chance to win this game today, giving Nebraska just a 4.4 percent chance at an upset.Can Nebraska defeat the odds in a major way? We’ll find out soon.Ohio State and Nebraska are set to kick off at noon E.T. The game will be on FOX.
SANTA CLARA, CA – JANUARY 07: Head coach Dabo Swinney of the Clemson Tigers looks on during warm ups prior to the CFP National Championship against the Alabama Crimson Tide presented by AT&T at Levi’s Stadium on January 7, 2019 in Santa Clara, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)During the Clemson Tigers’ celebratory trip to the White House, Dabo Swinney went the extra mile in his speech by showing appreciation and respect to one of the most influential figures in sports.From the moment ESPN aired Tyler Trent’s inspiring story, the entire sports world rallied around the Purdue student. In fact, the Boilermakers’ upset victory over the Ohio State Buckeyes was easily one of the memorable games of the season.Trent touched the hearts of so many people in such a small amount of time. His incredible toughness and ability to show gratitude each day in his life was truly an inspiration to us all.Although he unfortunately passed away earlier this month, Swinney made sure to share this significant moment by quoting Trent’s words when he took the podium.Instead of using his time to solely talk about his team’s performance, the Clemson head coach turned his speech into a life lesson for those that listened.“Though I am in hospice care and have to wake up every morning knowing that the day might be my last, I still have a choice to make, to make that day the best it can be. Yet, isn’t that a choice we all have every day? After all, nobody knows the amount of days we have left. Some could say we are all in hospice to a certain degree. So why don’t we act like it.”Here is the full video:Dabo Swinney quoted the late @BoilerFootball super fan Tyler Trent while speaking at the White House today ? pic.twitter.com/pXhElpCwTl— ESPN (@espn) January 15, 2019This was an extremely classy move by Swinney, who seemingly always takes the right approach to every moment.It’s clear that Trent’s spirit will continue to live on for many in college football.
(Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)One of college football’s best quarterback from the 2017 and 2018 seasons is having a rough week so far at the Senior Bowl. Former West Virginia star Will Grier entered the 2018 season as a potential first-round pick.After throwing for nearly 4,000 yards and 37 touchdowns, it looked like Grier solidified his status as one of the top quarterbacks in the 2019 draft class. However, after skipping his team’s bowl game and struggling during practice sessions at it appears his stock is falling.On Saturday afternoon, Grier was on the field once again for the Senior Bowl and he struggled to find a rhythm in the early going. His first quarter performance was quantified as a “dumpster fire” by one analyst.Will Grier has been a dumpster fire out here. It’s amazing they actually keep moving the ball via runs and penalties. Grier has thrown two, TWO passes that you could even call “competent” and they were both short slants. Every other ball had a negative grade. Some severely so.— Chris Kouffman (@ckparrot) January 26, 2019Another analyst talked about the “Will Grier Experience” as a white knuckle ride from start to finish.The Will Grier Experience will have you white knuckled from start to finish.— Kyle Crabbs (@GrindingTheTape) January 26, 2019Despite lighting up the college football world in his final two seasons with the West Virginia Mountaineers, Grier’s draft stock appears to be tumbling as he struggles to connect with his receivers at the Senior Bowl.Grier will have another opportunity to prove he’s a capable quarterback during West Virginia’s pro day and at the NFL combine in mid-February.The NFL draft kicks off on April 25 and runs through the weekend.