Previous Manchester Joined star, Paul Ince, has said protector Virgil van Dijk has the right to win the Ballon d’Or over any semblance of Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi.
The three players are up for the honor, with Van Dijk having effectively beaten Messi and Ronaldo to the UEFA Player of the Year prize.
Ince is supporting him to likewise bring home the current year’s Ballon D’Or and addressed why Manchester City winger Raheem Sterling isn’t in the casing.
He revealed to Paddy Power: “The thing is about the Ballon d’Or is that we generally go with similar individuals. It’s either Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo winning it, would it say it isn’t generally?
“In any case, there’s no motivation behind why it shouldn’t be a protector. Virgil van Dijk has been extraordinary this year, yet I likewise thought Raheem Sterling ought to be available.
“It’s an intense one since Man City still won three trophies, while Liverpool just got one in the Heroes Class, but Sterling’s not in any case referenced as a potential champ.
“That puzzles me. It super does.
“It would roll out a decent improvement for Virgil van Dijk to win the honor as opposed to simply being Messi and Ronaldo constantly. I don’t trust Ronaldo’s been excessively extraordinary in any case.
“In any case, the extraordinary players are the ones who score objectives and that is the reason individuals consistently state Messi or Ronaldo.
“I know Luka Modric won it a year ago, however I think what Van Dijk’s finished with Liverpool has been amazing.
“The manner in which he took them forward as a group and contend with City as are they, so I’d offer it to him.”
Chelsea confirm deal for 20-year-old striker
Chelsea have confirmed a new long-term deal for 20-year-old striker, Armando Broja.
The new deal will see Broja remain at Chelsea until 2026.
Chelsea disclosed this in a statement via their website on Sunday.
The statement read, “Armando Broja has signed a new long-term contract at Chelsea FC that commits him to Stamford Bridge until at least the summer of 2026.
“The young striker, who will turn 20 in September, spent last season on loan in the Eredivisie with Vitesse Arnhem, where he made 34 appearances.”
Reacting, Broja said: “I’m really excited to be signing a new contract with Chelsea.
“Having come through the Academy here it was a special moment for me to make my first-team debut last year, before gaining further experience on loan at Vitesse last season.
“I want to build on these foundations and I’m really looking forward to progressing and making an impact.”
Saliba breaks silence after leaving Arsenal on loan to Marseille
William Saliba has said he is joining “one of the great French clubs” in Marseille after sealing his latest loan spell away from Arsenal.
The 20-year-old was signed by the Gunners for £27m in 2019.
But Saliba is yet to make a single appearance for the Premier League club and is now beginning his third loan move away from north London.
He was immediately loaned back to Saint-Etienne after signing for Arsenal, before spending the second half of last season at Nice.
Saliba has now signed up for the 2021/2022 campaign with Marseille.
“I am very proud to join one of the best French clubs.
“I cannot wait to be on the Orange Vélodrome pitch. Where I am from, in Paris, lots of those close to me are for Marseille, I am proud to wear this shirt,” Saliba told Marseille’s official website.
England vs Italy: UEFA receives petitions to replay Euro 2020 final
Some England fans have started a petition, asking that UEFA order a replay of the Euro 2020 final.
They feel the defeat to Italy on penalties was “unfair”, according to the Daily Mail.
Italy have been accused of playing “dirty”, after their captain Giorgio Chiellini pulled on Bukayo Saka’s collar, dragging him onto the pitch in the latter stages of the game.
While some fans have taken to social media to insist he deserved a red card for the move, he eventually got away with a yellow.
The refereeing decisions have been widely disputed since and a number of England fans have taken it upon themselves to start up petitions.
One petition, in its description, outlines: “Bukayo Saka was mistreated during the match between England and Italy as he was dragged down by his shirt by Giorgio Cheiellini and given a yellow card when it CLEARLY should’ve been a red card. I do strongly believe that the referee was biased and in favour of Italy.”
Another argues Chiellini should have been given a red card, and that a rematch should take place with a “non-biased referee”.
Currently, there are several petitions that exist, but they are struggling to gain any substantial traction.
Of the five petitions so far, one is approaching 1,500 signatures, while the others have meagre numbers.
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