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Barcelona Legend, Xavi Hernández Announces He Has Tested Positive For Coronavirus In Qatar

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Barcelona icon, Xavi Hernández has tested positive for Coronavirus but is asymptomatic and currently in self-isolation.

The 40-year-old Barcelona and Spain legend, who is the current manager of Al Sadd in Qatar, announced his diagnosis today July 25 on Instagram.

He wrote on his page: ‘A few days ago, following the QSL (Qatar Stars League) protocol, I tested positive in the last COVID19 test. Luckily, I’m feeling ok, but I will be isolated until I am given the all-clear. Once the health services allow it, I will be very eager to return to my daily routine and to work.

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Barcelona legend, Xavi Hernandez announces he has tested positive for Coronavirus in Qatar

‘I’d like to thank all the authorities, especially those working in [the] QSL, [the] QFA (Qatar Football Association) and [at] Al-Sadd for supplying the means of early detection, reducing the spread of infection and that guarantees the normal development of the competition.’

Xavi will now miss the club’s Qatar Stars League game against Al Khor on Saturday as a result of contracting the disease. David Prats, Al Sadd’s reserves coach, will  take interim charge.

According to figures compiled by Johns Hopkins University, Qatar has over 108,000 confirmed Covid-19 cases with 164 deaths.

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Napoli Exclude Record Signing Victor Osimhen From 23-Man UEFA Champions League Squad.

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Napoli have excluded new record signing.

Italian football giants, Napoli have excluded new record signing, Victor Osimhen from its 23 man squad UEFA Champions League squad released on Tuesday August 4.

 

Napoli will take on Barcelona in the round of 16 of the tournament in a one-legged tie on August 8 but will be without Osimhen, who completed a €50 million transfer from Lille last month following the 2019/2020 season where he scored 18 goals and provided six assists in 38 appearances across all competitions.

 

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In Acordance to the list pronounced by Uefa, Senegal international Koulibaly is the only African star who made the club’s 23-man squad.

 

Napoli announced that the Nigeria international, Osimhen will not feature having featured in the group stage of the competition for his former club, Lille.

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Legendary Spain And Real Madrid Keeper, Iker Casillas Announces His Retirement From Football 14 Months After Suffering A Heart Attack

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Iker Casillas Announces Resignation

Famous former Real Madrid and Spain goalkeeper, Iker Casillas has announced his retirement from football at the age of 39.

 

In a post on his Twitter account on Tuesday August 4, Casillas announced his retirement in an emotional letter.

 

He said: ‘The important thing is the path you travel and the people who accompany you, not the destination to which it takes you.

 

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Casillas, who spent most of his career with Real Madrid made 725 appearances for the Spanish giants. He won three Champions Leagues, five La Liga titles, and two Copa del Rey crowns. He also led Spain to glory, winning three major tournaments, Euro 2008, the 2010 World Cup, and Euro 2012.

 

Legendary Spain and Real Madrid keeper, Iker Casillas announces his retirement from football 14 mnths after suffering a heart attack

 

The legendary goalkeeper who later moved to Porto in 2015, where he won two Portuguese Primeira Liga titles, suffered a heart attack during a training session with Porto in May last year. He returned months later but failed to make an appearance since then.

 

Real Madrid also paid their own tribute to a player who appeared in 725 competitive matches for them over the course of 16 seasons between 1999 and 2015.

 

Legendary Spain and Real Madrid keeper, Iker Casillas announces his retirement from football 14 months after suffering a heart attack

 

They wrote: ‘Real Madrid CF wants to show his appreciation, admiration and love for one of the greatest legends of our club and world football.

 

‘The best goalkeeper in the history of Real Madrid and Spanish football came to our house when he was nine years old.

 

‘Here our shirt was formed and defended for 25 years, being forever one of our most iconic captains. Iker Casillas has earned the love of Real Madrid and is a benchmark of the values ??that represent Real Madrid.

 

Legendary Spain and Real Madrid keeper, Iker Casillas announces his retirement from football 14 months after suffering a heart attack

 

‘Today, one of the most important footballers in our 118-year history, a player whom we love and admire, a goalkeeper who has enlarged the legend of Real Madrid with his work and with exemplary behavior both inside and outside, says goodbye as a professional player.

 

‘Iker Casillas was included 5 times in the FIFA FIFPro World XI and chosen 5 times best goalkeeper in the world by the IFFHS.

 

Casillas fits in to the heart of The Real Madrid Club and will be so forever. Real Madrid wants to convey to him and his family the affection of our club, which is the club of his life.’

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Lionel Messi To Be Offered A Four Year Deal Worth A Whooping £235m By Inter Milan As Barcelona Deal Comes To An End.

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The International Football Team Of The Inter Milan have been reported to offer Renowned Footballer Lionel Messi the most intrepid deal in the history of football as his Barcelona deal comes to an end.

 

According to La Gazetta Dello Sport, the Argentine playmaker, 33, has not signed a new deal at Barcelona and is able to walk away for free next summer, and Inter is set to emerge with an astonishingly lucrative deal.

 

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The Italian outlet claimed Inter will offer Messi an incredible deal with a collective salary of £235million over a four-year contract that would see him earn £60m per year to continue playing through to the age of 38.

 

If the deal goes through, Lionel Messi will link up with his old rival Cristiano Ronaldo in Serie A, who is with Juventus and will overtake the Portuguese star as the league’s top earner.

 

Cristiano Ronaldo was making £27.3m per year at Juve, before accepting pay cut due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

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