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Breaking news ! Martin Odegaard was transferred to Real Madrid !

 

Martin Odegaard is expected to finally announce a move to Real Madrid next week.

The 16-year-old Stromsgodset midfielder has been on a tour of Europe’s top clubs.

Odegaard was even praised by Real star Cristiano Ronaldo, who claimed his third Ballon d’Or award last week. 

“ [He is a] good player. He’s a young boy who can still grow – he’s 16 years old. ”said Ronaldo.

Odegaard and his father, Hans Erik, will move to Madrid straight away and the attacking midfielder will begin training with the first team. Hans Erik has been offered a job at Real and his son will play for the B team until the summer.

After the league season ended in November, Odegaard began a tour of Europe’s leading clubs and is said to have interested Manchester City, Manchester United, Arsenal and Liverpool, along with Bayern Munich, Borussia Dortmund and Stuttgart.

The transfer fee may be around 20-30 million euros – an incredible figure for such a young prospect who only turned 16 last month. The deal will also no doubt include a large sell-on bonus for Strømsgodset.

 

Arjen Robben has been bitten by a crocodile in Qatar

Man United target Arjen Robben bitten by CROCODILE at Bayern Munich training camp.

Yes, you read that correctly. Arjen Robben has been bitten by a crocodile in Qatar.

The Bayern Munich star, 30, is used to throwing himself to the ground when he’s barely been touched.

Except this time, he may just have a point.

Robben has claimed he was bitten by a crocodile while fishing a ball from a lake on Bayern’s winter training camp in Qatar.

According to German newspaper Bild, that’s the reason why Robben is now wearing a bandage round his “heavily bruised thumb, middle and ring fingers”.

Robben said: “When I got a ball from the hole by the pool, a crocodile bit me.”

Other reports claim the injury was picked up during a weights session – but we know which ones we’d rather believe.

Pictures above and below show Robben’s middle finger on his left hand heavily bandaged and Bild say that Robben has a “ heavily bruised thumb, middle and ring fingers. ”

Over the years the Dutchman has been accused of plenty of dramatic dives and simulation, so it would have been interesting to see his reaction after being bitten by a croc, right ?

The former Chelsea star has been linked with a stunning switch to Manchester United this summer.

Louis van Gaal is a huge fan of the Dutch star, whose contract runs out in June 2017.

Neymar can challenge for next year’s European Footballer of the Year

Barcelona – FC Barcelona forward Neymar has won the prestigious Samba Gold accolade, awarded to the best Brazilian player in European football.

Barcelona – FC Barcelona forward Neymar has won the prestigious Samba Gold accolade, awarded to the best Brazilian player in European football.

The 22-year-old received the majority of the votes from the judging panel, made up of 11 former Brazilian players and 11 journalists, reports marca.com Friday.

Reigning La Liga champions Atletico Madrid’s Joao Miranda and English club Chelsea’s Willian were Neymar’s nearest challengers.

Former Brazil skipper and French side Paris Saint Germain (PSG) defender Thiago Silva had won the award for the previous three seasons, but he didn’t figure in the top three this time.

As we knows,the World Cup semifinal in the last summer would probably have given Neymar some more weight in the voting process for FIFA’s gala award.

As it is, Brazil’s best player over the past five years was selected by just six voters; apart from his national team manager Dunga, only the head coaches of the Bahamas, Brunei and Samoa, as well as the Samoan captain and a journalist from Madagascar, thought he performed better than Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi and Manuel Neuer in 2014. The irony here is that last January, 11 voters had given Neymar their first preference. And he could not be a more different player from that one a year ago.

At time of writing, Neymar seems to have finally blossomed at Barcelona. His 17 goals in 21 games this season might seem pedestrian compared to the likes of Ronaldo (33 in 29) and Messi (26 in 26) but this scoring rate far eclipses in half a season what the Brazilian managed in a full one at the Camp Nou: in 2013-14, his maiden campaign in Spain and Europe, Neymar hit just 15 in 41 for the Blaugrana.

Neymar’s quiet maturity has helped him settle and become a key figure for Barcelona this season.

But it’s another parameter that draws more attention: after registering 15 assists in 2013-14, the Brazilian has just three so far for Barca this season. While one could easily point to the arrival of Luis Suarez as a factor, Messi’s new, less full-throttle role also explains the flux. That and the fact that Neymar couldn’t look more different to the reserved, almost Zen-like figure that arrived in Catalonia.

Not that it was a mistake to begin life at Barca that way. Far from it, in fact; Neymar was basically parachuted into a group of players who not only had seen a lot of combat together, but who were also wise enough to accept that Barcelona had a show run by the quiet Argentina. No matter the aplomb surrounding his signing, it looked pretty clear the Brazilian would have to dance to the beat of the tango instead of the samba.

Especially when it is considered that Messi is to strike partners what Henry VIII was to wives: since Leo’s 2008 coronation in Barcelona came with the departure of Ronaldinho, no other “wingman” has successfully managed to see out his contract with the club, a list of players that includes Zlatan Ibrahimovic and David Villa.

So it wasn’t simply media training that guided Neymar to say things like “I am here to help Messi keep on being the best in the world,” or “I am still pinching myself to be playing alongside Xavi Hernandez,” the same player who in a news conference in 2013 “welcomed” Neymar with veiled concerns about him being a team player. It was self-preservation.

His spirited and seemingly happy relationship with Lionel Messi also shows Neymar’s progress this season.

Yet a lot has indeed changed at the Camp Nou since Neymar arrived. Barca doesn’t look nearly as good as they were in 2011, the year they toyed with Manchester United at Wembley to win the Champions League for the third time in six seasons. They haven’t been to the final since then and last season’s capitulation against Atletico Madrid in the quarterfinals must have stung. They are having to deal with Xavi’s imminent goodbye, Andres Iniesta’s pedestrian season and the fact Messi, 28 in May, isn’t getting any younger, either.

This opens up a huge chance for Neymar. Double-edged as it is, since there are some big shoes to be filled, this season has offered him a chance to be more assertive on the pitch than ever. It definitely helps that Gerardo Martino has been replaced by Luis Enrique who, despite all his woes at the job has not misused Neymar so far.

It all adds up to a happier player. “Barcelona are still fighting on all trophy fronts and I am enjoying my season,” Neymar said in an interview with Globoesporte in December. “I am always trying to improve and I can’t even relax because my father is even more demanding than I am. But I feel quite comfortable to do my job.”

Neither can it be bad that Neymar’s form for Brazil has been splendid as well. Since his post-World Cup return, he has netted seven goals in six games. While his mettle has never been in dispute, the 22-year-old oozes confidence these days and as annoying as his public deference to Messi can sometimes seem, both players know the dynamics have changed a bit. Barcelona are still Messi’s team and will probably be until the man from Rosario retires or goes elsewhere, but they also need Neymar to be in this kind of form more than ever before.

In football, 12 months can feel like light years, but it’s tempting to think that at this rate Neymar could entertain the prospect of breaking into the top three in next year’s FIFA extravaganza. Given the Selecao’s 2014 and that it has been eight years since Ricky Kaka became last Brazilian to go that far in the Ballon d’Or, a podium finish would, as another pearl of philosophy from the Brazilian streets dictates, give fans beans and allow them to burp beluga caviar.

FIFA 2015 has released a list of the top 20 goal scorers used by players worldwide

FIFA 2015 has released a list of the top 20 goal scorers used by players worldwide.With Ultimate Team became the one of the most played game modes on FIFA these days,Many players looking to build their dream team of players.the most expensive position on pitch in most teams is the strikers and before the New Year begun.Here is the ranking announcement.

20. Robert Lewandowski (Bayern Munich) – 4.90 million goals

The Bayern Munich striker costs around the 100,000 coin mark, so is more difficult for players to have in their team, which probably results in him being so low on the list.

19. Mario Mandzukic (Atletico Madrid) – 4.90 million goals

Behind Karim Benzema, Mandzukic is probably the best striker in La Liga in terms of the coins you would have to spend to have him in your team. Barely costing a few thousand throughout the duration of the game, Mandzukic evidently can finish chances.

18. Stevan Jovetic (Manchester City) – 5.05 million goalsPersonally, Jovetic has been one of my favourite strikers on Ultimate Team over the past two seasons. Not an expensive player, but in front of goal, finishes just as well as the more expensive strikers.

17. Rodrigo (Valencia) – 5.48 million goals

Rodrigo was a popular choice last season in Liga Portuguese teams when he played for Benfica. This year, with a move to a more popular league, it’s no surprise that the Spanish forward is again a popular player.

16. Gonzalo Higuain (Napoli) – 5.50 million goals

Higuain, throughout FIFA Ultimate Team, is another striker that has never been too expensive, due to his lack of pace. That has given players a renowned finisher for a fraction of the price of others (for example the next player on the list).

15. Carlos Tevez (Juventus) – 5.63 million goals

Carlos Tevez, since his move to Juventus, has become the number one striker in the Serie A and his price on FIFA shows that. I have no qualms in saying that, if he were cheaper at the beginning of games (started at around 60,000 coins) then he would have almost double that total.

14. Ciro Immobile (Dortmund) – 5.75 million goals

Ciro Immobile is a new striker in the Bundesliga, a league where there are not that many options. Realistically you have the Italian, his team mate Adrian Ramos and Robert Lewandowski. With the price of Lewandowski, it’s no surprise to see the Italian forward is popular.

13. Mario Balotelli (Liverpool) – 6.25 million goals

Mario Balotelli, the man who cannot score in real life, but has been one of the most popular Ultimate Team strikers since he signed for Manchester City. His pace and power have caused many defences problems in-game and his finishing is strong, hence over six million goals scored using the player.

12. Christian Benteke (Aston Villa) – 6.28 million goals

Christian Benteke is what is known on FIFA as a ‘cheap beast’ in my opinion. Especially this year, with the new physicality option on cards, Benteke’s strength is better than most defenders in game and makes him an excellent addition to a team, especially if partnered with a pacey striker.

11. Javier Hernandez (Real Madrid) – 6.30 million goals

The little Mexican has always had an eye for goal and with him being in La Liga, where the striking options are limited for the big spenders; he has become a more popular option for players. A goal scorer, worth the 1,000 coins or so he will cost you.

10. Eduardo Vargas (QPR) – 6.50 million goals

Vargas’ move to the Premier League was going to make his card popular. Quick strikers are usually popular in the Premier League and the Chilean forward cost barely a couple of thousand coins since the game was released.

9. Diego Costa (Chelsea) – 6.59 million goals

Diego Costa is probably the most expensive option in the top ten, which highlights that he is a popular player in the game. Costing near 100,000 coins from when the game was released, few players would’ve been able to afford the Spaniard so early, so to have so many goals shows the strength of his card

8. Karim Benzema (Real Madrid) – 6.59 million goals

Benzema is similar to Costa in the fact that he was expensive at the start of the game, as he was the best striking option in the La Liga, due to Luis Suarez being suspended and Lionel Messi being far too expensive. Benzema is a quick striker, with good finishing and heading, so an all-round goal machine.

7. Victor Ibarbo (Cagliari) 7.20 million goals

Victor Ibarbo is one of the quickest players on Ultimate Team and was a popular choice last year with Luis Muriel in Serie A sides. With Muriel now an expensive silver, Ibarbo has been one of the top gold players in the league, without being too expensive.

6. Alexandre Lacazette (Lyon) – 7.31 million goals

Lacazette has been on form for Lyon this season, which has been replicated by EA giving the player two in-forms this season. His normal card is a rare gold, worth no more than one thousand coins and has plenty of pace and ability in front of goal.

5. Danny Welbeck (Arsenal) – 7.34 million goals

Danny Welbeck as a non-rare was a surprise at the start of the game, but from day one, he has been one of the cheapest, yet strongest Premier League strikers on the game. With excellent pace and finishing, Welbeck is a must buy for those with little coin totals

4. Romelu Lukaku (Everton) – 7.87 million goals

Romelu Lukaku is very similar to Christian Benteke, in the fact that, the addition of the physicality aspect of the game has made his card much stronger. The advantage Lukaku has over Benteke is that his pace is a lot stronger, which has made him more popular in my opinion.

3. Loic Remy (Chelsea) – 10.25 million goals

Loic Remy, pacey, strong in the air and a finisher in front of goal; is there much else you need in a FIFA striker? His price has been reduced considerably due to the team of the year cards and the packs being opened lately, so as you can see by the total goals, a worthy addition.

2. Daniel Sturridge (Liverpool) – 10.27 million goals

Daniel Sturridge was a strong card last year, but thanks to an excellent season with Luis Suarez last season, he has been made even better this year. Excellent pace and shooting, Sturridge is one of the best strikers in the Premier League section this year on FIFA.

1. Adrian Ramos (Dortmund) – 10.78 million goalsA possible surprise as to the number one position, but in my opinion it’s an expected one. With Germany winning the World Cup this year, the Bundesliga was always going to be popular on FIFA. With Lewandowski being so expensive and Aubameyang being moved to a right midfield position, Ramos has become the quickest and possibly strongest striking option in the Bundesliga, whilst his price has been consistently under 10,000 coins since the start of the game. Excellent card.

No surprise to see that most of the players on the list are from the Premier League, as that is without doubt the most popular league on the game. But it is a slight surprise to see that the number one position does not belong to that league. Who is your favourite striker on FIFA 15 Ultimate Team?

FIFA2015 is the best-selling games of 2014 revealed

FIFA 15 was the best selling game in the UK last year, with games the most lucrative entertainment category overall.
Data released by the Entertainment Retailers Association put FIFA 15’s total sales at 2.66 million units, well ahead of Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare on 1.84 million units. The only other game to make the entertainment top ten was Grand Theft Auto V, with 1.34 million units.
FIFA 14 took seventh place, Far Cry 4 eighth and Call of Duty: Ghosts ninth. Assassin’s Creed: Unity rounded out the top 10.
LEGO’s endless spinoffs did well too, with The LEGO Movie Videogame charting 14th, LEGO marvel Super Heroes coming 16th and LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham coming 18th. LEGO The Hobbit was 39th, LEGO Batman 2: DC Super Heroes 64th, LEGO Star Wars: The Complete Saga 75th, LEGO The Lord of the Rings 86th and LEGO Pirates of the Caribbean 100th. Should make up for The LEGO Movie’s Oscar snub.