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Lionel Messi Is Now Football’s Second Billionaire

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Barcelona star, Lionel Messi has become football’s second billionaire after Cristiano Ronaldo previously achieved the feat back in June.

According to Forbes, the Argentine has now earned $1billion in pre-tax earnings during his career, making him the highest-earning player in 2020

The magazine reports that the Argentina international is set to earn a whopping $126million (salary of $92million plus $34million in endorsements).

Messi has endorsement deals with Adidas, Pepsi, Budweiser, and AI-vision company OrCam Technologies.

Ronaldo is in second place on Forbes’ list with the Juventus attacker on course to earn $117million. The Portuguese striker who is the most popular athlete in the world has deals with companies like Nike and Herbalife many more.

In third is Paris Saint-Germain winger Neymar, who is set to earn $96million. The Brazil international recently switched to Puma after his deal with Nike came to an end.

See the top 10 on Forbes’ highest-paid players in 2020.

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Ismaila Sarr: Manchester United And Liverpool Enter Battle For Watford Star’s Signature

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Manchester United’s hopes of signing their number one transfer target Jadon Sancho before the transfer window closes on October 5 are diminishing by the day.

Dortmund has made it clear to United that they won’t budge on their eye-watering £108 million asking price.

Man Utd wants to sign the England international, 20 but isn’t prepared to pay a transfer fee that they deem to be excessive.

Unless either club backs down, Sancho will remain a Dortmund player until January at the earliest.

With just over two weeks to go before the window closes, United are now considering other potential options.

And towards the top of their list of alternatives is Watford’s, Ismaila Sarr.

The Senegal international impressed last season, despite the fact Watford were relegated to the Championship.

The Independent understands that United would need to fork out at least £30 million to sign the 22-year-old, who joined the Hornets from Rennes in a deal worth roughly the same amount in August 2019.

Watford’s relegation has weakened their hand and Sarr is the club’s most valuable asset.

However, in the news that will no doubt concern the United hierarchy, Liverpool also want Watford’s No. 23.

This is according to The Daily Mail, who claim the Reds have enquired about the winger and discussed his situation with Watford.

Sarr, the Mail add, is being seriously considered as a back-up option for Liverpool’s front three.

The report also says that Watford would want at least £36 million for the attacker, who scored six goals and provided six assists in 30 appearances in all competitions last term.

Two of those goals were scored against Liverpool in February when Watford recorded a shock 3-0 victory over Jurgen Klopp’s side.

But The Independent say that Liverpool’s budget is constrained, particularly after agreeing a deal to sign Thiago Alcantara from Bayern Munich.

This, in turn, may put United in the driving seat for Sarr’s signature.

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Liverpool ‘Interested’ In Diego Jota

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Liverpool is reportedly interested in signing Wolves forward Diogo Jota. Jota’s absence from Wolves’ Carabao Cup defeat against Stoke on Thursday was shrouded in mystery.

The 23-year-old reportedly turned up at Molineux but left before the match started.

Jota was an unused substitute in Wolves’ 2-0 opening day Premier League win over Sheffield United on Monday.

And now Liverpool is said to be keen on the Portuguese star, according to The Times’ Paul Joyce.

After the 1-0 loss to Stoke, Wolves manager Nuno Espirito Santo was coy on what happened to Jota.

“He was not available for the game,” Nuno said.

“We have a short squad and all the options are good, but he and Max Kilman were not available for this game.

“He wasn’t available, these are decisions we have to make. We have to prepare the squad, have to know what is the moment of the season.

“It was a big turnaround, we have to take care of the players, improve our squad and our team and he was not available for the game. These are our decisions to make.

“I was watching the game. He was not on the squad list.

“There was no confusion. When a player is not on the squad list sometimes they see the match, if they are away, they stay at home.

“It’s because we have a bubble, we have to make a list, all those details. Nothing strange.”

Jota has been one of Wolves’ star players since their promotion back to the Premier League.

He initially joined the club on loan from Atletico Madrid in 2017, where he scored 17 goals to help them gain promotion out of the Championship.

Wolves made the deal permanent in 2018 and he has scored 16 goals in 67 Premier League appearances.

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Russian Billionaire Mikhail Prokhorov Denies Man Utd Takeover Bid

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Russian billionaire Mikhail Prokhorov has denied reports that he will be making an attempt to purchase Manchester United from the Glazer family, according to Daily Mail.

Reports of takeovers of Manchester United are becoming a regular occurrence but former Brooklyn Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov has responded to rumors linking him with a takeover bid of Manchester United.

Prokhorov, who sold his remaining shares of Brooklyn Nets after initially being a sole owner, is reportedly looking to get involved in the sports industry again.

According to reports to the Daily Mail, however, the reports are said to be false: “Prokhorov, who invested heavily into the Nets before selling his share, is an individual who does have the wealth to fund such a deal but, for now, it seems he does not have any interest in a return to sports ownership,” the publication said.

Source have told the Daily Mail that Prokhorov, who has a valued net worth of over £8 billion by Forbes, has ‘no immediate plans’ to make a return to the sporting scene.

Manchester United fans will be glad to see the back of the Glazer family if that day comes but it won’t be Prokhorov who takes the club off their hands – for now.

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