Chelsea great Didier Drogba hopes club’s new owners can ‘carry on the vision and passion of the fans’

In March, Chelsea owner and Russian oligarch Roman Abramovich announced he planned to sell the club in the best interests of “the fans, the employees, as well as the Club’s sponsors and partners.” Abramovich’s decision to sell the club came after he declared he gave “stewardship” of Chelsea to trustees of the club’s charitable foundation. … Read more

From fintech to football: With Sporting Lagos, Paystack’s Shola Akinlade hopes to change the game in Nigeria

The match ended in a draw after Sporting Lagos equalized as a result of an own goal from Go Round FC, leaving supporters of the new club buzzing with excitement. The club, which currently plays in the Nigerian National League, the country’s second-tier, is the brainchild of Shola Akinlade, co-founder and CEO of financial technology … Read more

Football superstar Cristiano Ronaldo and partner announce newborn son has died

Ronaldo and Rodriguez said, “It is with our deepest sadness we have to announce that our baby boy has passed away. It is the greatest pain that any parents can feel.” The Manchester United and Portugal star had announced in October he and Rodriguez were expecting twins. In December, they announced they were expecting a … Read more

Real Madrid makes comeback from 0-2 down against Sevilla, edging closer to league title

Sevilla achieved an early lead within the first 21 minutes of the match thanks to Ivan Rakitić, who scored a fortuitous free kick that slid through the Madrid barrier. Madrid goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois failed to clear the ball barely four minutes later, letting Sevilla add to its tally with a strike from Erik Lamela — … Read more

Cristiano Ronaldo scores another hat-trick to lift Manchester United’s top four hopes

Discussion regarding the Portuguese icon’s impact at United has swirled in recent weeks, with the Reds — 20 points adrift of rivals Manchester City — increasingly looking set to miss out on a top four finish that would secure them a place in the Champions League next season. Yet a near-perfect weekend for Ronaldo and … Read more

Liverpool books ticket to FA Cup final after 3-2 win over Manchester City

The deadlock was broken within the first 10 minutes when Liverpool defender Ibrahima Konaté rose highest to slam home a powerful header from a corner. And the afternoon went from bad to worse for City when goalkeeper Zack Steffen wanted too much time on the ball, allowing Sadio Mané to slide in and dispossess the … Read more

Freddy Rincón: Former Colombia captain dies after car crash

The 55-year-old Rincón was admitted to hospital on Monday following a car accident in the early hours of the day, CNN en Español reported, citing local media. Five people were injured in the accident, which involved a van with four occupants, including the former player, and a bus, the Undersecretary of Mobility of Cali, Edwing … Read more

Ugly scenes as Manchester City edges past Atlético Madrid in Champions League

City held a 1-0 advantage going into the tie at the Wanda Metropolitano Stadium and held on for a goalless draw in a fiery encounter which turned ugly in the final moments. With the tie slipping away from the hosts, some Atleti players struggled to contain their emotions and bitterly lashed out at their opponent. … Read more

UEFA orders partial closure of Atlético Madrid’s stadium

During the first leg of their quarterfinal last week, Atlético was defeated 1-0 by City thanks to a Kevin de Bruyne goal in the 70th minute while its fans were charged with “discriminatory behavior” and “throwing of objects.” Atleti appealed the decision and the sanction was subsequently provisionally suspended by the Court of Arbitration for … Read more

Manchester City’s showdown with Liverpool could define a new era in English football

Both teams will still have another seven games to navigate and come full-time on Sunday, the largest the gap could be extended would be — if City were to win — a mere four points. And yet — at the risk of tempting fate and beckoning the most underwhelming, dull 90 minutes imaginable — Sunday’s … Read more