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Akeem ReachnaijaMarch 20, 2019
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Barcelona star, Lionel Messi can be cloned as claimed Genetics expert Arcadi Navarro, head of the European Genome-Phenome Archive (EGA).

Navarro made the claim during an interview on Spanish radio station Cadena SER, where he aid the player can have a double with the use of existing technology and techniques, The Sun UK reports

A clone of the Barcelona superstar would arrive as a baby with the same potential as one of the greatest players ever. Navarro said:

“Yes, Messi could be cloned with current techniques.

“We would achieve a being very similar to Messi, the result would look like Messi’s twin, as if two twins had been born and we had frozen one of them for 20 or 30 years.

”However, it is no guarantee that Mini-Messi would end up being as good as the real version – because of environmental and educational impacts as well as experience.

The real Messi joined Barcelona as a tiny 13-year-old from Argentina’s Newell’s Old Boys.

He’d had growth hormone deficiency and needed to have treatment for four years from the ages of 10 to 14.

He then spent years at Barcelona’s famed La Masia academy honing his skills, before playing alongside the likes of Ronaldinho, Thierry Henry, Xavi and Andres Iniesta to become one of the best players in the world.

Navarro says that all those factors make Messi the player he is today – something that might not be replicated in a Messi clone.

The scientist added: “This person could have the same potential as Messi, his qualities have a genetic component and another more educational, environmental.

“Messi isn’t who he is only because of his genes, but because of everything he has lived through, his education, his stay in La Masia, the treatment he received.

“Genetics give us potential, then to fulfil it, it’s our own work.”


Akeem ReachnaijaMarch 19, 2019
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Unai Emery will not sanction a permanent deal for Barcelona midfielder, Denis Suarez, the UK Sun reports.

Instead, Emery is targeting alternative transfers for the summer.

Suarez, 25, joined the Gunners on loan during the January transfer window, but has only made six appearances as a substitute.

Arsenal have the option to buy Suarez for £18 million when his loan deal finishes at the end of the season.

However, Emery feels Suarez has been unable to cope with the physicality of the Premier League and is already looking at other options in the transfer market.


Akeem ReachnaijaMarch 19, 2019
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Enyimba technical adviser, Usman Abd’Allah has expressed worry over his team’s inability to score goals in their recent outings.

The Peoples’ Elephant forced Sunshine Starsto a barren draw in a Nigeria Professional Football League match at the Akure Township Stadium over the weekend and while the away point is pleasing to Abd’allah, the gaffer is growing grey hairs that the goals are not just coming through for his team.

“It is a kind of bitter, sweet, sour kind of emotion; but I’m happy with the draw,” the coach told the media as he reflected on the trip to Akure.

The Enyimba defence has been a solid one lately not conceding in any of their last five matches.

While the Aba Landlords seem to have found the right mix at the back, it is a complete departure upfront where the seven-time league champions have failed to score in three of their last five games, and Abd’Allah rightly admits that there’s is still a lot of work to be done to arrest the dangerous development.

He said: “Now we have to go back again and start scoring again because at the beginning of the season we were scoring and conceding then we came back, not scoring and not conceding.

“The defence is doing well but we still have to get some bite in the attack because we only have Bashir (Abdulrahman) with four goals and Mustapha with one and three assists, so we need our strikers to keep on scoring goals. They have to keep on scoring goals. The defence is a little bit stabilised, but still, we have a lot of work to do in defence.”


Akeem ReachnaijaMarch 19, 2019
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Jose Mourinho believes Kylian Mbappe’s age and “incredible” ability makes him more valuable than even Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.

Paris Saint-Germain star Mbappe has lifted the World Cup, won Ligue 1 twice, scored 55 top-flight goals and been voted fourth in the Ballon d’Or all before his 21st birthday.

And it is his youth that former Manchester United manager Mourinho views as the critical difference when comparing his worth in the transfer market to Barcelona captain Messi, 31, and Juventus talisman Ronaldo, 34.

“For a player like Mbappe, when you speak about the future, you don’t need to say what he’s going to be like in five years’ time, in 10 years’ time,” Mourinho told beIN Sports.

“Just focus on now. He’s absolutely incredible.

“I think going by his age and [and considering] the age of Cristiano, of Messi, [both] over 30, Neymar is 27… when you go to the market level and age is also a factor, I think he’s the most valuable player in the world.

“In a hypothetical transfer, he’s the most expensive player in football now.

“In terms of his qualities, [he is] unbelievable. One word is enough. It means everything.”


Akeem ReachnaijaMarch 19, 2019
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Zlatan Ibrahimovic has revealed the quality of football in the Premier League was exactly as he expected when he signed for Manchester United – overrated.

After leaving his native Sweden, Ibrahimovic played four seasons in the Netherlands’ Eredivisie, seven seasons in Italy’s Serie A, four seasons in France’s Ligue 1 and a year in Spain’s La Liga, winning 12 domestic titles in total.

The 116-cap Sweden international finally made the move to the English top flight in July 2016, aged 34, and he explained how he anticipated he would need to adjust to the Premier League.

“It was exactly like I thought it was,” Ibrahimovic told the Mirror.

“It was very hyped, it was very intense, the pace was very high, it was good but the quality is a bit over-rated.

“Over-rated from a technical point of view. But it is high pace and intense and if you cannot handle those two things, you cannot survive.

“I don’t regret not having longer in the Premier League. I think everything that happens was meant to happen.

“The only thing is imagine if I came 10 years before I came.

“It would be a different story. But I am more sorry for the fans for not coming earlier because they would have seen a different animal.”


Akeem ReachnaijaMarch 19, 2019
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Ex-Nigeria international Mutiu Adepoju has urged the Super Eagles to take their inconsequential 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers against Seychelles seriously.

Adepoju who scored six goals in 42 international outings for the Super Eagles has advised Gernot Rohr’s men to see the encounter as part of preparation for the Afcon finals in Egypt.

“It is a dead rubber encounter and we have qualified already but that does not mean we should forget the importance of the game because it is a qualifier which we have to play as if we have not qualified,” Adepoju told Goal.

“We have to take it seriously because if we have qualified and we’re looking forward to going to the tournament which is the Africa Cup of Nations, we have to play with all seriousness and field the available key players.


Akeem ReachnaijaMarch 19, 2019
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Akwa United’s Ndifreke Effiong has submitted that his call up to the Super Eagles is a surprise gift of 2019.

Effiong who has scored five goals already for the Promise Keepers in the current season after he left Abia Warriors for the Uyo-based club at the start of the campaign disclosed that he was in a state of shock when he got the information that he has been invited to the camp of the Eagles as a last-minute replacement for injured Ola Aina.

The attacker noted that he is going to the Eagles camp to ensure he does his best and prove his worth to the national team coaches that he has what it takes to help the team excel in the upcoming Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Seychelles and the friendly with Egypt.

“I don’t think anything else will displace this call up to the Super Eagles as my special gift of the year because I am still dreaming about the whole stuff,” Effiong told Goal.

“At a time I was just thinking about our preparation for the league game with Heartland and at the next minute, I am now dreaming about playing my first game for the Super Eagles. To me, it is already a successful year for me and I doubt if anything else will be more than this.

“I hope to give a good account of myself and hoping that I am able to do just enough to get the attention of the coaches. It is still a long road to achieving that but I am up for the challenge and will be poised to contribute my quota.”