Transfers Valverde: Barca the best team in the world Dom Farrell 03:05 1/14/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images Transfers Barcelona Philippe Coutinho Ernesto Valverde Real Sociedad v Barcelona Real Sociedad Primera División With Philippe Coutinho and Yerry Mina secured as Real Madrid continue to struggle, the Barca boss reflected upon on his side’s strength The January signings of Philippe Coutinho and Yerry Mina leave Barcelona as the envy of world football, according to head coach Ernesto Valverde.Barca followed the club-record €160 million capture of Liverpool playmaker Coutinho by wrapping up an €11.8m deal with Palmeiras for Colombia centre-back Mina on Thursday.Valverde’s men sit nine points clear at the top of La Liga ahead of Atletico Madrid’s trip to Eibar, and 16 points better off than bitter rivals Real Madrid, who suffered their latest setback on Saturday with a 1-0 loss at home to Villarreal. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player It is a far cry from the unrest that surrounded Neymar’s world-record switch to Paris Saint-Germain back in August but Valverde always believed he was inheriting a team of the highest quality when he elected to leave Athletic Bilbao.”Well, I’m very happy with the players who I had before the arrival of these two players, and with the ones I had at the end of the summer and with the ones I have now,” he told reporters ahead of Sunday’s trip to Real Sociedad, which Coutinho will miss due to a thigh problem.”I thought Barca was the best team when I was the coach of Athletic and now I can see that. Barca is the best team in the world. “Yerry Mina@Phil_Coutinho The Nou guys! #BeBarça #ForçaBarça pic.twitter.com/SoVRJpBuuC — FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) January 13, 2018 Valverde went on to praise Mina’s all-round ability but suggested it is unlikely he will take part at Anoeta.”He’s a player who’s daring at the offensive area of the field. He’s spectacular in the air and defensively as well,” he said.”Seeing him train we need to see how he’s going to adapt to the team. That’s something important. He gives us the feeling he can do anything.”When might he make his debut? I don’t know. We have to see how he feels. He has to train with the team first.”We have a style of play he has to adapt to. We know it’s not easy for defenders and that’s where we think he’s going to play.”One man leaving Barca is Arda Turan, who has agreed a two-and-a-half-year loan switch to Turkish Super Lig club Istanbul Basaksehir.Time to say goodbye. pic.twitter.com/JEuiz97uO3 — Arda Turan (@ArdaTuran) January 13, 2018 The Turkey midfielder has failed to scale the heights he reached at Atletico since joining Barca and his loan move runs until the end of his Camp Nou contract in June 2020.”He’s a player who was here, he’s very talented. He’s shown it in the time that he was not just here at Barca but at Atletico,” Valverde added, having failed to grant the 30-year-old a single senior appearance during his tenure.”Maybe he didn’t have the opportunities he wanted this year, but I have nothing else to say.”
Transfers Rakip excited to link up with ‘legend’ Hodgson at Crystal Palace Dom Farrell 23:11 1/22/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images Transfers Crystal Palace Arsenal v Crystal Palace Arsenal Premier League Erdal Rakip’s history with Malmo meant the Sweden Under-21 midfielder needed little persuasion over joining Roy Hodgson’s Crystal Palace. Crystal Palace have signed midfielder Erdal Rakip on loan from Benfica until the end of the season.The Sweden Under-21 international joined the Portuguese champions from Malmo earlier this month and becomes Roy Hodgson’s first signing of the January transfer window.”I believe this is a league that suits me and my way of playing,” Rakip told Palace’s official website. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player “It’s fast-paced and physically intense, and I’m a classic, balanced number six – a box-to-box player who runs up and down the field.”I hope to adapt quickly in order to help the team and show my qualities – I have been training since the season ended and I feel fit and ready to play straight away.”Hodgson enjoyed a celebrated spell in charge of Malmo during the 1980s, winning five consecutive Allsvenskan titles and Rakip conceded the former England boss’ status in his hometown was a factor in his decision.”It will be an honour playing for Roy. He is a legend in Malmo and everyone know who he is,” Rakip added.Palace are 13th in the Premier League, three points above the relegation zone, after their impressive revival under Hodgson was checked by a 4-1 weekend loss at Arsenal.
Transfers Dembele should be with Bale at Real Madrid – Ferdinand Nicholas McGee Last updated 1 year ago 21:41 2/14/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Transfers Real Madrid Tottenham Hotspur Premier League The former Spurs striker has been underwhelmed with the Belgium international’s career in England and feels he could have progressed further Les Ferdinand is disappointed with how Mousa Dembele’s career at Tottenham has progressed, having believed he would be the next Spurs player to follow in Gareth Bale’s footsteps and join Real Madrid.Midfielder Dembele arrived from Fulham in 2012 but has seen his career in north London hampered by injuries.The Belgium international underwent ankle surgery in May but injured it again in an EFL Cup tie with Barnsley in September, keeping him on the sidelines for over a month. Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player However, he was excellent as Tottenham fought back from two goals down against Juventus to draw 2-2 in their Champions League last-16 first-leg clash on Tuesday.But such performances have been all too rare for the liking of former Spurs striker Ferdinand.He told Omnisport: “I’ll be honest; I’ve been disappointed with Mousa. I really thought he would go on and be the next player to leave Spurs and join Real Madrid. “He’s got that ability. He’s suffered a few injuries, but hasn’t hit the heights that I thought he was going to hit. “He has done really well and when he plays you can see how important he is to Spurs, but I expected him to push on from when I left [when Mauricio Pochettino arrived in 2014].”I really thought he’d be the next one to do a Gareth Bale [and join Real Madrid]. Instead, Harry [Kane] has come and overtaken him in the limelight.”
Manchester United Playing Chelsea means less and less every year, says Mourinho Ryan Benson 00:06 2/24/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(7) Getty Images Manchester United Chelsea Manchester United v Chelsea Premier League José Mourinho Paul Pogba Romelu Lukaku The Blues visit Old Trafford on Sunday in an eagerly anticipated Premier League clash, but the Portuguese is over facing his old club Jose Mourinho feels facing his former team Chelsea means “less and less” as each year passes, with Antonio Conte’s men visiting Manchester United on Sunday.Mourinho enjoyed two spells in charge at the club and is the most successful manager in Chelsea’s history, having won a total of eight trophies.His most recent tenure at Stamford Bridge ended in December 2015 after a tumultuous start to the club’s Premier League title defence, ultimately paving the way for him to join United the following May. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player This season, Mourinho’s past with Chelsea has become something of a sideshow to his feud with Antonio Conte.After the United boss dragged up Conte’s ban for match-fixing earlier in his career – for which he was later acquitted – the Italian responded by labelling Mourinho a “little man” and a “fake”.He was careful not to reignite things two days before the match at Old Trafford, however, before downplaying the significance of his meetings with Chelsea.”I don’t want to speak about it, not at all,” Mourinho said of his previous spat with Conte during Friday’s pre-match news conference.”Very good manager, fantastic team and that’s what is important for me. It’s just that.”For the past 10-15 years, Manchester United versus Chelsea have been big matches,” Jose says. “We are both fighting for the top four, but it is always a big game, regardless of what’s at stake.”#MUFC— Manchester United (@ManUtd) February 23, 2018″To play against Chelsea will mean less and less and less with the years. Of course, I left already a couple of years ago and next season it will be three years ago, then four years after that.”Step by step that feeling I was the Chelsea manager, for them, I think this disappears, so the real meaning of this game is it is two big clubs playing one more match.”Despite his somewhat fractious relationship with current Chelsea coaching staff and fans, Mourinho remains on good terms with the club’s board.He said: “I have a good relation with the board. I don’t forget how nice they were to me in a difficult period when my father departed.”They showed they see me as a friend, as someone who did his best and respected the club, so in relation to the board, they know the relationship with me is always good.”With the players I don’t have any problems, any regrets, any stones in my shoe, no problems at all and the fans are fans. With many of them in the streets I feel that empathy, a relationship that normally should be a connection forever.”When I play at Stamford Bridge, some rejections from fans are just reactions.”
Tottenham Hotspur Alli doesn’t dive, says Hodgson Dejan Kalinic 13:57 2/24/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images Tottenham Hotspur Premier League Crystal Palace v Tottenham Hotspur Crystal Palace The Tottenham star has been criticised for diving, but the Crystal Palace manager said that reputation is undeserved Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson defended Dele Alli, dismissing suggestions the Tottenham midfielder dives.Alli, 21, has been criticised on several occasions for simulation, including after a clash against Liverpool earlier this month.However, his former England boss Hodgson, whose team host Spurs on Sunday, said he did not believe Alli dived. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player “We do our team talk about Tottenham and discuss their players but we certainly don’t discuss Dele Alli and diving because I don’t think he does. Simple as that,” he said, via the Mirror.Hodgson believes Alli’s style of play means he is more likely to go to ground, but he insisted the 22-time England international did not dive.”He runs with the ball and gets knocked over. In the time I was working with him I saw no aspects to his play or to his character that suggested cheating in any way whatsoever,” he said.”Yes, he will get knocked over in the penalty area, he’ll get fouled. Some will be given as penalties and some won’t be, and when the penalty isn’t given, people will say he dived, that’s the nature of football today.”But he’s no cheat and he doesn’t dive, that’s for sure.”
World Cup Southgate looking to feed off ‘English core’ at Man City, United, Liverpool & Spurs Patric Ridge 21:53 5/20/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images World Cup England The Three Lions boss has emphasised the importance of his England players’ mentality heading into World Cup 2018 this summer Gareth Southgate believes the experience of players in the Premier League’s ‘big six’ will only benefit his England squad heading into the World Cup.Eighteen of Southgate’s squad play for clubs who finished in the top six last term, with Leicester City duo Jamie Vardy and Harry Maguire the only outfield players to not to do so, although Chelsea’s Ruben Loftus-Cheek spent 2017-18 on loan at Crystal Palace.And Southgate insists that the mentality of the top-six teams is a huge boost to England’s chances of progressing in the tournament. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now “I think it’s big,” he said, shrugging off suggestions that his squad is raw and inexperienced.”We are seeing that with Manchester City having a core of four English players most weeks, United having a core of English players, Liverpool the same.”Look at the experience Henderson, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Adam Lallana and Trent [Alexander-Arnold] have gained in the Champions League.”It was the same for the Tottenham and City boys. They have been in big-match environments where they know what it takes – the commitment and mindset and hurdles to be overcome.”They are working with top European coaches. There was always an assumption that European coaches will come here and pick foreign players.”Pochettino has gone with an English core – that is a great message for our players. They can feed off of that, and the players they work with.”Much of England’s hopes heading into the World Cup hinge on the form and fitness of Harry Kane, but Southgate claimed the squad has an abundance of young talent that can prove itself on the biggest stage in Russia, singling out Dele Alli as a likely candidate.“You perform in a World Cup and that announces you to the world,” Southgate added.”You have the chance to make history in games that really matter and that people will remember forever.”When you look at the number of goals and assists this year, [Alli] is right up there. He is still only 22 years old, it’s nothing, and I think his numbers are ahead of where Steven Gerrard and other people were at his age.”He is a player that should, and I am sure will, have a big impact for us this summer. He smells opportunity.”England take on Nigeria and Costa Rica in friendlies before kicking-off their World Cup campaign against Tunisia on 18 June in Volgograd.
Neymar ‘He made a mistake!’ – Rivaldo claims Neymar will not win Ballon d’Or at PSG Guy Atkinson 01:59 5/21/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images Neymar PSG Ligue 1 Despite an impressive first season with the Ligue 1 champions, the Brazil star has been criticised by his compatriot for leaving Barcelona Neymar made a mistake joining Paris Saint-Germain, according to former Barcelona and Brazil star Rivaldo.The 26-year-old left Barca for PSG in a world-record move last year and has excelled in Ligue 1, but compatriot Rivaldo feels he will not be able to reach his full potential in France.While conceding that the move has had huge financial rewards for Neymar and his family, Rivaldo has warned that if he wants to win the Ballon d’Or he needs to move. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now He told Sport: “If you want to be the best in the world, PSG are strong, but they don’t have tradition in the Champions League, they’re not the strongest in Europe.”The French league isn’t like the English, Spanish or German leagues, either.”For that reason, I think he made a mistake, but financially it was good for him and his family.”You have to win the Champions League, achieve something different, to win the Ballon d’Or. His team will always win the league and the cup but, like I say, it’s not the strongest championship.”Neymar is nearing a return from a fractured foot suffered with PSG as he looks to lead Brazil in this year’s World Cup and improve on a fourth-placed finish four years ago.
Transfers Fekir to Liverpool far from a done deal, declares Lyon president Robin Bairner 20:59 5/25/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images Transfers Liverpool Real Madrid v Liverpool Real Madrid Olympique Lyonnais UEFA Champions League The Reds have yet to make an official approach for the prized playmaker, who may yet decide to remain at his hometown club Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas has said that Nabil Fekir’s reported move to Liverpool is far from a certainty, denying that there has even been contact between the clubs.Fekir played a leading role in sending OL to the Champions League group stages next season, scoring 18 times and creating seven more in 30 outings for the Rhone side as they finished third in Ligue 1.Such stellar performances have caught the eye of many of Europe’s biggest clubs, but while Aulas admits that there has been interest in his ace, he has said that no official talks have been opened, either with suitors or the player. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now “We simply know that teams are interested,” Aulas, who once proclaimed that he preferred his No.10 even to Neymar, said. “His agent, Jean-Pierre Bernes has told us so. “There have been no discussions either with Nabil or with other clubs, so it’s very premature.“He’s also hesitating about whether he wants to play in the Champions League with Lyon.”Fekir, who has made Didier Deschamps’ France squad for the World Cup, was recovering from a serious knee injury the last time Lyon played in Europe’s elite competition, in the 2016-17 season. He has made five appearances for OL in the competition but has yet to show his full potential as a result of those problems.He has not dropped any clear hints as to his future, simply commenting: “We’ll see,” when asked to discuss speculation earlier this month.Aulas, meanwhile, has previously declared to SFR Sport: “You will have to be very, very rich to sign Nabil Fekir this year.”There has been speculation that the Lyon-born playmaker will join the Reds in a €70 million (£62m/ $82m) deal after they take part Saturday’s Champions League final against Real Madrid. Arsenal and Chelsea have also been associated with a move for the 24-year-old, who has spent his whole professional career at OL, where he has played 153 times since debuting in 2013. Meanwhile, he has turned out 10 time for France, scoring one goal. Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the web
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Shevchenko impressed by Ancelotti at Napoliby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveAC Milan hero Andriy Shevchenko is impressed by Carlo Ancelotti at Napoli.Ancelotti is quietly transforming the style of Napoli’s play.”I like Carlo’s team, as they are competitive and Ancelotti has changed a few things with great wisdom,” Sheva told La Gazzetta dello Sport.“Now Napoli are starting to play in his style, so this all confirms what we’ve known for a while: Carlo is an intelligent man and that is his greatest strength. He never gets swept away or distraught, he always maintains his balance.“Having said that, I struggle to see anyone prevent Juventus from taking the Scudetto again. The gap is too big, but they can work towards next season.” About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say
About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Keylor clean sheet as Real Madrid coach Zidane defends Courtois after PSG thrashingby Carlos Volcanoa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveReal Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane defended Thibaut Courtois after their thrashing by Champions League opponents PSG.Courtois was one of the Real Madrid players that struggled to perform, but Zidane didn’t want to blame his goalkeeper.”We’re all in the same boat here, I’m not going to single anyone out,” he said. “We have to forget this defeat and focus on the next match, the blame is on everyone when you lose.”Los Blancos were lacking inspiration across the pitch but what did Zidane think was the main problem?”I think it’s the intensity,” he said. “When there is a loose ball and you put your foot in and you can win duels, [then] you can win matches.”That’s the problem for me.”PSG were without Neymar, Kylian Mbappe and Edinson Cavani for the game.”They were better and they deserved the win and we were worse,” Zidane said.”If the rhythm isn’t good, it’s very complicated, they pressed us well.”
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Liverpool boss Klopp dismisses claims title race overby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has dismissed claims the Premier League title race is over.Liverpool have won their last 14 matches leading to Pep Guardiola to jokingly congratulate them as “champions” after Manchester City’s shock defeat at Norwich.Klopp said: “Nothing is won already. We have seen teams make big steps.”There is nobody you think will go down with no points. Watford and Wolves have been at the bottom, struggling, but will end up going back up. The league is much different (to last season).”So many things can happen. Five games is nothing, not even created a basis. I totally understand why Pep made a joke but it was a joke.”
Anders Dreyer happy with Brighton career planby Paul Vegas8 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveAnders Dreyer is happy with Brighton’s career plan for him.The Danish attacker moved to the Seagulls almost eighteen months ago from Esbjerg fB and is currently on-loan with Heerenveen in Holland. He is yet to make his debut with Brighton, but is highly rated at home. Dreyer is a first-choice for Denmark’s U21 team.Dreyer spent his first six months with Brighton at the Amex before spending the second-half of last season on-loan in Scotland with St Mirren. He scored one goal in his eleven appearances for the club. But the 21 year-old failed to see out the season due to a knee injury.Dreyer, however, agreed to a new loan for this term after discussing things over with Seagulls management. The feeling was that the winger still wasn’t ready for Premier League demands and a season in Holland would be of benefit.He told Bold: “Brighton told me that they don’t think I’m quite ready for it, and that’s totally fair, instead of keeping me over there without using me.”They really want me to play. They still believe it will happen.”But right now, they think there are better players, and that’s how it is.”Despite being away with Heerenveen, Dreyer feels he still has the support and confidence of Brighton’s decision makers.Dreyer added: “There is no stress from Brighton, they also take it easy, otherwise they could have just ignored me this summer if they didn’t believe me. But they certainly do, so we take it easy.”- updated 21/10 TagsTransfersLoan MarketAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Mourinho in frame for Borussia Dortmund jobby Paul Vegas2 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveJose Mourinho is being linked with Lucien Favre’s job at Borussia Dortmund.While Favre is currently safe, doubts are emerging about the Swiss inside BVB this season.And BILD says former Manchester United manager Mourinho has been discussed as a replacement.Mourinho is close to BVB chief Hans-Joachim Watzke and they’re in contact regularly.This year, the Portuguese stated: “I think the Bundesliga is really interesting. “I admire the work of BVB and its attempt to compete with a giant like Bayern.”
About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Man Utd boss Solskjaer confirms Pogba out for Norwich; De Gea to returnby Freddie Taylor2 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United will welcome back David De Gea for Sunday’s away clash with Norwich City.The Spaniard played in last weekend’s 1-1 draw with Liverpool, but was rested for Thursday’s clash with Partizan Belgrade in Serbia.”De Gea will be ready for Sunday but we didn’t take a risk with him travelling here,” manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer told reporters on Wednesday.However, midfielder Paul Pogba will remain sidelined at Carrow Road.”Paul? No,” Solskjaer later added when asked if Pogba could feature against Norwich.
COLUMBUS, OH – NOVEMBER 26: Curtis Samuel #4 of the Ohio State Buckeyes rushes the ball to the end zone to score the game-winning touchdown in overtime against the Michigan Wolverines at Ohio Stadium on November 26, 2016 in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)Heated rivalries are one of the main factors that make college football great and unique, and this weekend, there are three straight days of fantastic rivalry games. Kicking off with Texas-Texas Tech and UCF-USF on Thursday night through Bedlam at prime time on Saturday, we’ll be knee deep in rivalry games through the entire Thanksgiving weekend. Many of these games take on extra importance, as they may impact various conference races, and the ever-important College Football Playoff field. Get ready, college football fans, we have some great football coming our way. Here are the ten best rivalry games that will be played this weekend.10. South Carolina (3-8) vs. Clemson (11-0) Series Record: 66-42-4 ClemsonThe Palmetto Bowl often flies under the radar because it falls on the same day as games like the Iron Bowl and The Game, but the hate shared by Clemson and South Carolina fans is real and palpable. This year’s game loses some serious luster because of the woeful season that has befallen the 3-8 Gamecocks, but Clemson’s national championship aspirations give it some buzz. The Tigers are looking for a second straight win over the ‘Cocks after dropping five in a row from 2009-2013, which would also move them one win away from an almost-certain College Football Playoff berth.On the South Carolina side, a win over Clemson would probably be better than any middling bowl could ever be. With interim coach Shawn Elliott coaching what is likely his last game at the helm of USC, we expect the Gamecocks will have as much motivation as they have all year.On paper, Clemson should take home the easy win, but we would be surprised if South Carolina just totally laid down to the Tigers.Next: The Egg Bowl >>>Pages: Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6 Page 7 Page 8 Page 9 Page 10
Jose Mourinho still believes that a Champions League final between Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo is a possibility.Barcelona and Juventus were among the favourites for the trophy in 2018-19 but were knocked out by Liverpool and Ajax, respectively.The Portuguese coach feels that, despite the pair’s advanced years, they are still performing at the highest level and could meet in the showpiece event of Europe’s premier club competition before their careers end. 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? “First of all, I think it’s a frustration for all those who like football to never have had a [Champions League] final between the two [Messi and Ronaldo],” Mourinho told Eleven Sports.”It was almost real many times, but it never happened. I always thought that it would be a big injustice to them, in the sense that everything would be centred on them and that one would come out holding on to the big ears cup and the other would come out with his head down.”I always thought it would be a great injustice to have a duel between the titans of the two best players in the world in the last decade, for one of them to bow to the weight of defeat. That’s why it’s probably a good thing it never happened.“Can it still happen? It could still happen. They’re both in clubs that want to win. They don’t hide that they want to win themselves. Of course it can happen. I’m perfectly watching Cristiano, with his 34, I think, playing at the highest level as long as he wants.”Mourinho commented on Ronaldo’s continued success at the top level and put it down to his mentality and desire to win.”I think it’s fundamentally in his head, in his nature, in his DNA. Ambition, motivation, personal pride are things you can’t buy. They are things that are objectively born with people and I think it will be like this until it’s over. There are players who are really special and who from a mental point of view are flawless.”The former Chelsea and Manchester United boss also feels that Mohamed Salah, Kylian Mbappe and Neymar are all candidates to take over the mantle of ‘best in the world’ when Messi and Ronaldo eventually retire.”[Salah, Mbappe and Neymar] are three strong names. Unequivocally three important names who are there waiting to see what happens to the monsters. The other day I was asked a question similar to yours and I said that it has to be a winner.”A golden boot, the best player in the world, has to be a winner. This thing with a lot of quality, a lot of talent, no titles, it doesn’t work. Right now, if Juventus had won the Champions League, we were saying that Ronaldo will win the [Golden] ball.”If Barcelona had won the Champions League, they would have won the Spanish championship, now they’re going to the Copa America, the golden ball for Messi. Because they’ve been removed from the European football championship, we’re already talking about who could win, because they can’t. That’s why I always say, always sustaining victories and important victories.”