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Why Guardiola Never Wanted Me To Date Shakira -Pique Reveals



Barcelona defender, Gérard Pique has revealed that his relationship with Colombian music star, Shakira, had caused problems between him and former manager, Pep Guardiola.

Guardiola left Pique behind at Barcelona to join Bayern Munich and is now the Manager at Manchester City.

The Spaniard had a success-laden time at Camp Nou with the help of Pique and other top football stars.

However, reflecting on their time with Guardiola, Pique admitted that he came close to quitting Barcelona between the 2011 and 2012 campaigns when his bond with Shakira was tested.

“We reached an important point of tension with him and with the dressing room in general,” Pique told La Sotana.

“The rivalry with Jose Mourinho was very exhausting. Pep wanted absolute control of everything that happened.

“I started dating Shakira and the relationship with him changed; now the relationship is perfect. I had a lot of pressure. I felt that in training I had to do everything perfectly.

“If there was a moment in which I thought about leaving Barca, it was that season 2011-12. I suffered a lot in this last year with him.”

Piqué recently extended his contract at Barcelona until 20 June 2024 with a buy-out clause of 500 million euros.

The extension is subject to the veteran defender making a certain number of appearances from the 2021-22 season.

The Barça number 3 is in his 13th season with the first team having made a total of 548 appearances.

Other first-team players who also renewed their deals are Marc Ter Stegen, Clément Lenglet and Frenkie de Jong.

They reached agreements for the extension of their respective contracts, which include a temporary salary adjustment due to the current circumstances brought about by the COVID-19 crisis.

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UCL: Chelsea Will Be Difficult To Overcome In Milan, Says Kaka



Real Madrid and AC Milan’s former midfielder, Kaka has hailed ‘very consistent’ Chelsea following their defeat of AC Milan in the Champions League on Wednesday.

The Brazilian, a former AC Milan player, admitted the Blues ‘deserved’ to beat the Italian side.

It was Chelsea’s first win in the Champions League under Potter, thanks to goals from Wesley Fofana, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Reece James.

The Italians will likely need to beat Graham Potter’s men in the reverse fixture next week to stand any chance of reaching the last 16.

“Chelsea deserved that result, said Kaka.

“I think they have a very consistent game they controlled the game the whole time. They didn’t create many opportunities but they took advantage of the opportunities they had.

“Most of them [chances] conceded by Milan and we were talking about the absence of the players and it’s important to keep the players that couldn’t play tonight but for Milan, it was a poor game.

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EPL: Arsenal Will Beat Liverpool This Weekend, Gallas Predicts



Former Arsenal star, William Gallas has made his prediction for Sunday’s Premier League clash between his former side Arsenal and visitors Liverpool.

Liverpool will travel to the Emirates to face the Gunners, who are looking to extend their lead at the top of the Premier League table after a superb start to the season.

Liverpool, meanwhile, have been in horrific form and have fallen down to ninth in the league.

Gallas told Genting Casino: “I’m getting better with my predictions, you know!

“I will back Arsenal to win this game, that is for sure. I think 3-1 to Arsenal because it will be an open game.”

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Super Eagles Drop In latest FIFA Ranking



Nigeria’s Super Eagles dropped two places in the latest men’s ranking released by the Federation of International Football Association (FIFA) on Thursday.

The latest ranking was published on FIFA’s official website.

The West Africans are now ranked 32nd in the world.

The Super Eagles fell to a 2-1 defeat to the Desert Foxes of Algeria in their only game in September.

Jose Peseiro’s side, however, maintained the number four position in Africa.

The Terangha Lions of Senegal, Atlas Lions of Morocco, and Carthage Eagles of Tunisia are the three teams ahead of Nigeria in the ranking.

Two-time African champions Algeria completed the top five teams on the continent.

The Super Eagles’ next game is a friendly against Portugal in Lisbon on November 17.

The next FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking will be published on 22 December 2022.

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