Gareth Bale’s injury seriously derailed Real Madrid’s famous BBC frontline. It was expected that the injured Welshman would be out for a long spell but much to the delight of Madrid fans, he recovered really quickly and was seen training effortlessly. However, Madrid fans will have to wait a while to see the star back in action as he will be joining group training and full ball contact next week. Adding more to the joy, Bale is expected to play in the 2nd leg of Champions League round of 16 against Napoli.
Former England and Chelsea player, Frank Lampard, has announced retirement from international and club football. An icon of the game, Lampard has been one of the finest midfield players England has ever produced. His ability to hold the ball was exceptional but he was equally good when it came to scoring goals from outside the box. With 177 goals to his name, he is the fourth highest goal scorer in the Premier Legaue and only Ryan Giggs (632) and Gareth Barry (615) have made more appearances in the Premier League than Lampard. Talking to the media about his decision, Lampard said:
"Whilst I have received a number of exciting offers to continue playing, at 38 I feel now is the time to begin the next chapter in my life,"
"I'm grateful to the Football Association for the opportunity to study for my coaching qualifications and I look forward to pursuing the off-field opportunities that this decision opens."
With Floyd Mayweather and Tiger Woods out of the game now, the spot at the top of the highest earning sportsman of the year was vacant. Ronaldo, for whom 2016 proved to be the most successful year, accomplished another record topping Forbes’ Chart with earnings exceeding $88 million. He is only the second individual from a team sport since 1990 to lead Forbes’ rankings. The report compiled includes salary, bonuses and prize moneys as of June 2015, which means his new contract is not taken into account. His inclusion in the list has raised a debate about tax fraud charges from Spanish court, as seen in the case of Messi.
Recent speculations have linked Sergio Aguero with a move to Real Madrid this summer, but his agent has dismissed all such rumors, stating that the Argentinean is happy at Manchester. The highest goal scorer for Manchester City has been phenomenal with his striking abilities for Man City but questions were raised over his future when Guardiola took charge of the team. Well, there are not many in the Man City ranks to replace the talent he possesses, and with 11 goals in the Premier Legaue this season, Aguero has shown immense improvement under Pep Guardiola. With many big giants including PSG and Atletico Madrid chasing the striker, his agent Hernan Reguera said:
"Yes, he is very, very happy — he will be there next season."
Almost after nine years shining for the Catalans, Ronaldinho returned to Camp Nou but as an ambassador. Barcelona has confirmed the return of Ronaldinho and has expressed joy over it. Ronaldinho enjoyed trophy laden five seasons with Barça, where he won Champions Legaue, La Liga and also the Ballon d’Or award.
Ian Ayre will leave the position of Liverpool’s CEO after serving the club for 10 long years. The search for a new CEO has begun and the 53-year-old will now take charge at TSV 1860 Munich. Ayre announced his decision last week and turned down the opportunity to extend his contract as he had already said that he is looking for a new and a fresh challenge. Ayre had a lot of contribution in building the club and helping it out in the transitional phase. Mike Gordon, President of Fenway Sports Group praised Ayre for his contribution and said:
“It goes without saying that his leadership of LFC has been instrumental to the club’s progress under our ownership,”
“It is a measure of his character and his commitment to LFC that we have been able to collectively plan and execute such a gradual, natural transition. On both a professional and personal level, he will be missed.
“The last step remaining is to conclude the process of identifying and hiring a successor to Ian.”