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Son Heung-Min Shares Premier League Golden Boot With Mo Salah Despite No Penalty Goals



Son Heung-min became the first Asian player to win the Premier League’s Golden Boot after scoring 23 goals this season.

South Korean captain Son scored twice in Tottenham’s 5-0 win over Norwich on the final day to tie Mo Salah, who scored once in Liverpool’s 3-1 win over Wolves.

As a result, both Son and Salah were declared winners and each received a trophy.

Surprisingly, none of Son’s 23 goals came from penalty kicks, whereas five of Salah’s did.

Son’s right foot, which is said to be his stronger foot, scored both goals against Norwich.

However, Son scored 12 left-footed goals this season, compared to 11 right-footed goals.

South Korea joins England, Holland, France, Argentina, Egypt, Ivory Coast, Bulgaria, Gabon, Portugal, Senegal, Uruguay, and Trinidad and Tobago as the 13th country to produce a Premier League Golden Boot winner.

“It’s incredible to have this award,” Son said after Tottenham’s victory over Norwich.

“I can’t believe it. I became extremely emotional. I fantasized about it as a child. It is literally in my hands. I can’t believe it.

“Until my goal, I was really frustrated because I missed so many opportunities.” I told the players that I had missed the easiest chances and scored on one of the most difficult ones. I didn’t give up.

“I was hoping to score today.” At halftime, the team was extremely helpful. They wanted to assist me, as you could see today.”

Tottenham’s victory secured fourth place ahead of Arsenal and qualification for the Champions League group stage next season.

“This season was a great lesson,” son added. We can look forward to the Champions League next season. Everyone has earned the right to be there.

“[Manager Antonio] Conte gives us so many options. Nobody thought we’d make it to the Champions League before he arrived.”

Son said of the trophy, “It’s really heavy, I wasn’t expecting that.” It was a fantastic day for me.”

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Erling Haaland Eyes Paul Pogba’s £3m Mansion Which Includes Personalised Indoor Pitch | PHOTOS



Erling Haaland is eyeing up Paul Pogba’s £3m pad as he looks to get settled in Manchester.

The Norwegian recently made the move to Manchester City after spending two-and-a-half hugely impressive years in the Bundesliga with Borussia Dortmund. Haaland is now seeking a new property to call home and has set his sights on Pogba’s mansion.

The five-bedroom home in plush Hale Barns, Cheshire, currently belongs to the Frenchman, but his recent departure from Manchester United means he has little use for it now. There is also no thought of him returning to the Premier League so offloading it may well be on the cards, reports The Sun.

The mansion includes an indoor pool
The gaff is available for £30k a month

The £3m property is also available to rent for a whopping £30,000-a-month. It boasts a gym, heated swimming pool and a sauna, but its standout feature is the indoor pitch which, was known as the P.P. Arena by Pogba. It has mini goals, an electronic scoreboard, LED lighting and Pogba’s logo on the centre circle.

The Frenchman is set to re-sign with Juventus – the club he left in 2016 – after his contract at Old Trafford expired. Pogba and Haaland are both managed by the same company and the former may be wiling to lend a helping hand.

The property boasts an indoor games room
Paul Pogba is leave Manchester so is looking for a new tenant

And a source said: “Erling is keen to get settled down as quickly as possible so he can hit the ground running at City. So a key part of that is to get himself sorted with a new home as soon as he can. He and Paul know each other and share the same management team.

“Given how Paul’s time at United has gone, he’s unlikely to return to the UK so he will be looking to sell his house but he would be happy to rent it if necessary. It has everything a top level footballer needs — and a bit of mischief in the house as well with the footie pitch. Paul and Erling are quite similar characters. They like to enjoy themselves so it could really appeal to him.”

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Wayne Rooney Quits As Derby County Coach



Manchester United legend, Wayne Rooney has quit as Derby County manager with immediate effect despite a report they are finally on the brink of exiting administration.

The England record goalscorer departed just three days before the Rams were due to report for pre-season training.. Rooney had one year left of a lucrative contract.

The news comes after Derby were relegated from the Championship to third-tier League One this past season having been handed two separate points deductions for entering administration and breaching financial rules earlier in the season.

“Over the course of the Summer I have been closely following developments regarding the ownership of Derby County,” Rooney wrote in a club statement.

“Today I met with the administrators to inform them of my decision that it was time for me to leave the club. In fairness to them, they tried tremendously hard to change my decision but my mind was made up.

“My time at the club has been a rollercoaster of emotions, both highs and lows, but I have to say that I have enjoyed the challenge.

“Personally, I feel the club now needs to be led by someone with fresh energy and not affected by the events that have happened over the last eighteen months. I will remember my time at Derby with great pride and affection and would like to thank all my staff, players and of course the fans for their incredible support. I will never forget you and hope to see you all again in the near future and in happier times.”

Last week, American businessman Chris Kirchner withdrew his bid to purchase the club.

“Finally, I am aware that the club still have interested parties who wish to take over the running of the club,” Rooney added. “To them I say this, Derby County is a great club with a great history and great fans. I wish you all the best and much success for the future.”

A spokesperson for Derby’s administrators admitted they were disappointed with Rooney’s decision.

“The joint administrators are very disappointed that Wayne has taken the difficult decision to leave the club and we have spent some time today trying to persuade him to stay but understand his reasons for wanting to go,” they wrote. “We are extremely grateful to him for his excellent work in the face of challenging on-field circumstances in the 2021/22 season and admire the manner in which he has led the team, the club and the local community through various off-field issues.

“The joint administrators recognise that staff and supporters will be frustrated and equally disappointed by this news, but we all wish him, his wife Coleen and their four boys every success in the future and we are sure they will always be welcomed back.

“All parties recognise the need to conclude a sale of the business and assets of the Club, as a matter of urgency and the joint administrators wish to reconfirm that Wayne’s departure will not affect those ongoing, positive discussions.”

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Sadio Mane Passes Mo Salah To Become Africa’s Highest Paid Player As Top Nine Listed



Sadio Mane’s recent move to Bayern Munich has seen him become the highest paid African player – surpassing former teammate Mohamed Salah.

The Senegal star chose to call time on his six-year Liverpool stay this summer with one year left on his deal. A switch to Bayern could earn the Reds just over £30m as the 30-year-old embarks on a new challenge, all while pocketing £250,000-a-week.

Wages are currently a sticking point in Liverpool’s negotiations with Salah, who too has 12 months left on his deal. The Reds have a firm wage structure, which they would have to break to retain the Egyptian’s services. The forward is seeking a reported £400,000-a-week despite currently earning £220,000-a-week.

Premier League players currently make up seven of the top nine earning African stars. Manchester City’s Riyad Mahrez and Arsenal midfielder Thomas Partey sit joint third on the list, each pocketing £200,000-a-week. The latter joined the north Londoners from Atletico Madrid two years ago.

Partey’s teammate Nicolas Pepe is also on the list, albeit he has endured a less than impressive time since his club-record move from Lille. The Gunners spent £72m on the Ivorian, who earns weekly wages of £140,000. In his three years at the Emirates he has scored just 27 times.

Pepe narrowly earns more than compatriot Wilfried Zaha, who has spent the last eight years at Crystal Palace. The winger has pushed for a move elsewhere on several occasions, only for the Eagles to stand firm on each occasion as they remain determined to hold on to their star man.

Liverpool’s Naby Keita is subject to the club’s wage structure and earns narrowly less than several of his fellow Africans, banking £120,000-a-week at Anfield. The Guinea midfielder moved to Anfield for more than £50m back in 2018 but has been unable to fully unlock his potential on Merseyside.

Andre Ayew, previously of West Ham United and Swansea City, and PSG’s Achraf Hakimi are the only two players on the list plying their trade outside of England. Ayew made a move to Qatar in 2021, now playing for Al Sadd, the team formerly led by Xavi. Hakimi meanwhile left Inter Milan for a huge fee to join up with PSG only last summer and, like most of their squad, is handsomely rewarded financially.

Highest paid African footballers

1. Sadio Mane £250,000-a-week

2. Mo Salah £220,000-a-week

3. Thomas Partey £200,000-a-week

3. Riyad Mahrez £200,000-a-week

5. Andre Ayew £180,000-a-week

6. Achraf Hakimi £176,000-a-week

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