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Cristiano Ronaldo has said he hopes to have dinner with Lionel Messi sometime in the future after saluting their “good relationship” despite their longstanding rivalry.


Messi and Ronaldo have been seen as the top two players in football for over a decade, with the pair managing to form a monopoly on Ballon d’Or for 10 years, winning five each.


But seated next to each other at the UEFA Champions League draw, the pair were seen conversing and appeared to enjoy one another’s company.


When asked about it prior to the naming of the UEFA Men’s Player of the Year, Ronaldo was full of praise for his rival, as well as admitting he hopes the pair can get dinner some time in the future.


“We shared the stage for 15 years, me and him,” Ronaldo said at the Champions League draw. “I don’t know that it’s ever happened in football, the same two guys, the same stage, all the time. It’s not easy.


“We have a good relationship. We’ve not had dinner together yet, but I hope [we will] in the future.


“Of course I miss playing in Spain – we’ve had that battle the last 15 years, which is good. It pushed me and I pushed him as well.


“It’s good to be part of the history of football. I’m there and of course he’s there as well.”


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The 2018-19 Champions League group stage draw is on Aug 29, 05:00 PM WAT from the Grimaldi Forum in Monaco.


The 32 teams that will fight for Europe's top prize will be split into eight, four-team groups ahead of the start of the group stage in September.


No team can play a club from their own association, with the exact draw procedure to be confirmed before the ceremony.


What are the pots?


Pot 1: Liverpool (title holders), Chelsea (Europa League winners), Barcelona, Manchester City, Juventus, Bayern Munich, Paris Saint-Germain, Zenit


Pot 2: Real Madrid, Atletico Madrid, Tottenham, Borussia Dortmund, Napoli, Shakhtar Donetsk, Ajax, Benfica


Pot 3: Lyon, Bayer Leverkusen, Salzburg, Olympiakos, Club Brugge, Valencia, Inter Milan, Dinamo Zagreb


Pot 4: Lokomotiv Moscow, Genk, Galatasaray, RB Leipzig, Slavia Prague, Red Star Belgrade, Atalanta, Lille


Match dates


Matchday one: 17/18 September  

Matchday two: 1/2 October  

Matchday three: 22/23 October  

Matchday four: 5/6 November  

Matchday five: 26/27 November  

Matchday six: 10/11 December


The following award winners will also be announced during the draw ceremony:


UEFA Men's Player of the Year  

UEFA Women's Player of the Year  

Goalkeeper of the 2018/19 UEFA Champions League season  

Defender of the 2018/19 UEFA Champions League season  

Midfielder of the 2018/19 UEFA Champions League season  

Forward of the 2018/19 UEFA Champions League season

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Ousmane Dembele's agent remains adamant the Barcelona winger will play no part in a mooted swap deal involving Paris Saint-Germain star Neymar.


Moussa Sissoko, the France international's representative, insists his client is completely committed to spending a third season at Camp Nou.


La Liga champions Barca are rumoured to have offered the 22-year-old World Cup winner to PSG in a part-exchange for Neymar, who continues to be overlooked for matchday squads by the Parisians.


"I repeat for the 20th time, Ousmane will stay and succeed at Barcelona," he stated.


"The deal would have been better financially in Paris for Ousmane and for me, his agent, but money is not the most important thing, it is success in his career.


"We are not scared of adversity, Ousmane has battled his entire life to get where he is today and he will keep fighting to achieve his ambitions."


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Everton went into their Wednesday night Carabao Cup clash in Lincoln as strong favourites, despite Marco Silva's side's mediocre start to the 2019-20 Premier League campaign, but the Toffees made hard work of it at Sincil Bank.


In fact, Silva watched on in horror as Harry Anderson had blasted by Jordan Pickford with less than a minute on the clock. An admittedly superb free-kick from Lucas Digne got Everton back in the game before half-time.


Captain Gylfi Sigurdsson began the rally after the break, finishing from the spot to put the Merseyside outfit in the lead for the first time in the match on the 59 minute mark. Just over ten minutes later, however, Bruno Andrade restored parity.


Then, Cenk Tosun found Alex Iwobi to restore a one-goal cushion. With two minutes of the 90 left, Digne turned provider this time, swinging in a cross that was expertly met by the head of Richarlison to all but seal the game and progression into the third round.


Seemingly not content with finally doing the job that was widely expected of Everton, Richarlison opted to go for an iconic celebration to mark the occasion, the Brazilian imitating the famous moment Lionel Messi held his name and shirt number up to the Santiago Bernabeu crowd.


As one might have expected, Everton's number 7 was targeted for mocking on social media for utilising an iconic moment in what should have otherwise been a routine win - especially given that his shirt number was facing himself rather than the crowd...


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Defending Carabao Cup champions Manchester City have been drawn away to Preston North End in the third round, while Manchester United will host Rochdale.

Last season's beaten finalists Chelsea got a home tie against either Grimsby Town or Macclesfield Town, while Champions League winners Liverpool will go to MK Dons.


Tottenham face a trip to Colchester United and their north London rivals Arsenal are at home to Nottingham Forest. 


Draw in full:


Wolves  VS Reading  

Oxford United  VS West Ham  

Watford  VS Swansea City  

Brighton & Hove Albion  VS Aston Villa  

Sheffield United  VS Sunderland  

Colchester United  VS Tottenham  

Portsmouth  VS Southampton  

Burton Albion  VS Bournemouth  

Preston North End  VS Manchester City  

MK Dons  VS Liverpool  

Manchester United  VS Rochdale  

Luton Town  VS Leicester City  

Chelsea  VS Grimsby Town (Macclesfield Town) 

Sheffield Wednesday  VS Everton  

Arsenal  VS Nottingham Forest  

Crawley  VS  Stoke City


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OPINION
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In a previous article, I shared about business lessons to learn from one of the most influential women in the world, Oprah Winfrey; I said I would be talking about the difference between being successful and being independent.


I hope I won't have to talk too much about it or write a really long paragraph on the slim distinction between the two terms.

Yes, there is a distinction between paying your own bills and independently leading your own lifestyle.

The distinction, however, slim is very recognizable.


Read the short excerpt below;

Bernard used to be my crush back then in the university and he knew this. In fact, he made it his sole responsibility to tease me with it. I didn't care so much; we were cool friends and I was in a relationship.

One Saturday morning he called to tell me he has fallen in love with a Rivers girl. I laughed so hard that my lungs began to hurt. It was rather impossible for someone who has been a flirt all his life to finally settle down into a relationship; that was exactly what I told him. So he came to my house that evening to prove to me that he was indeed serious. 


I was laughing and crying and screaming. I hugged both of them so tight and even offered to buy them dinner.


Their relationship was awesome, I got jealous once or twice but I never let it engulf me. We were still awesome friends and I even started dating again.


Three months into their relationship, the girlfriend is calling to tell me that Bernard is getting married. I was beginning to get all ecstatic and excited but then she started crying and hung up.

I wasn't sure what was going on so I called back. 

I learnt that Bernard's crazy ex had come back to the country with a 7 months baby she claimed she had secretly had for Bernard. The whole story was confusing. Both parents have already started marriage preparations between Bernard and the crazy ex. He said there's nothing much he can do about it and I want to just scream and yank off his head.


Lesson: Bernard is very successful and financially comfortable but cannot independently make decisions that affect his life. 


There are a lot of other relatable examples that could be used to perfectly explain this term but I just prefer to use this one.

You may have a fleet of cars and many acres of land but if you still can't lead your life without the influence of someone or something then I am really sorry, you are NOT INDEPENDENT.

Being independent therefore means that you will be more likely to try out new things that you want, rather than what or how you are expected to. This also means that you will have more experience than a less independent individual.

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Positive thinking is somewhat a treasure to some of us. Some of us have blended so well with pessimism that positivity  becomes alien and a virus.

We should understand that when you think positively, things will begin to change for the better. You will notice that your goals for the day will switch from things like "I am so bored and depressed today" to better things like "what can I do to make my day better?"

I never said it will be easy or simple but it will be a much better option. No one can make you happy and fulfilled than yourself.

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Hey hey, did you know that you can't talk and breathe in at the same time? My kid sister said excitedly. I stared at her like she had just said the dumbest thing ever. How can't you breathe while talking? I started saying; so when someone is talking for a very long time they don't breathe? The further I argued, the more I realized the importance and truth of that very unimportant fact.


Try talking and breathing in, it won't sync at all. 

Tried it yet? Not working right? I thought so.

There are a lot of useless facts unknown to us but their importance should not be underrated.

Check out some of these ones I gathered below:


1. Rubber bands last longer when refrigerated. This has to be a shocker, like who refrigerates rubber bands? Who even thinks of things like that.


2. Peanuts are one of the ingredients of dynamite. So we can stop the excessive production of dynamites and also reduce terrorism by protesting against peanuts?


3. The national anthem of Greece has 158 verses. No one in Greece has memorized all 158 verses. I really don't blame them.


4. There are 293 ways to make change for a dollar.


5. A shark is the only fish that can blink with both eyes. Oh, I didn't know fishes never blink with both eyes. Did you know?


6. There are more chickens than people in the world (at least before that chicken-flu thing). This explains why we all try to kill them.


7. The longest one-syllable word in the English language is “screeched.” Did you know this?


8. All of the clocks in the movie Pulp Fiction are stuck on 4:20. Pulp Fiction is a 1994 American crime film written and directed by Quentin Tarantino, who conceived it with Roger Avary. Starring John Travolta, Samuel L. Jackson, Bruce Willis, Tim Roth, Ving Rhames, and Uma Thurman, it tells several stories of crimes in Los Angeles.


9. No word in the English language rhymes with month, orange, silver or purple. Check this one out.


10. “Dreamt” is the only English word that ends in the letters “mt”. All of the other words that end with mt are variations of dreamt only(undreamt,redreamt).


11. Winston Churchill was born in a ladies’ room during a dance. Though the stories vary, they still have one thing in common- Winston was born prematurely in a closet or ladies room at Blenheim Palace 1874.


12.  Barbie's full name is Barbara Millicent Roberts. For all the Barbie lovers and fans in the house.


13. Every time you lick a stamp, you consume 1/10 of a calorie. Lick a lot of stamps and you may gain that weight you've been hoping for.


14. The average person falls asleep in seven minutes. Can someone confirm this though? Get your stop watch running before you go to bed tonight and lets find out.


15. Studies show that if a cat falls off the seventh floor of a building it has about thirty percent less chance of surviving than a cat that falls off the twentieth floor. It supposedly takes about eight floors for the cat to realize what is occurring, relax and correct itself.


16. Your stomach has to produce a new layer of mucus every 2 weeks otherwise it will digest itself.


17. The citrus soda 7-UP was created in 1929; '7' was selected after the original 7-ounce containers and 'UP' for the direction of the bubbles.


18. 101 Dalmatians, Peter Pan, Lady and the Tramp, and Mulan are the only Disney cartoons where both parents are present and don't die throughout the movie.  .


19. A pig's orgasm lasts for 30 minutes. I didn't know this.


20. A person cannot taste food unless it is mixed with saliva. For example, if a strong-tasting substance like salt is placed on a dry tongue, the taste buds will not be able to taste it. As soon as a drop of saliva is added and the salt is dissolved, however, a definite taste sensation results. This is true for all foods.


21. 'Stewardesses' is the longest word that is typed with only the left hand.


22. To escape the grip of a crocodile's jaws, push your thumbs into its eyeballs - it will let you go instantly.

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Cristiano Ronaldo has said he hopes to have dinner with Lionel Messi sometime in the future after saluting their “good relationship” despite their longstanding rivalry.


Messi and Ronaldo have been seen as the top two players in football for over a decade, with the pair managing to form a monopoly on Ballon d’Or for 10 years, winning five each.


But seated next to each other at the UEFA Champions League draw, the pair were seen conversing and appeared to enjoy one another’s company.


When asked about it prior to the naming of the UEFA Men’s Player of the Year, Ronaldo was full of praise for his rival, as well as admitting he hopes the pair can get dinner some time in the future.


“We shared the stage for 15 years, me and him,” Ronaldo said at the Champions League draw. “I don’t know that it’s ever happened in football, the same two guys, the same stage, all the time. It’s not easy.


“We have a good relationship. We’ve not had dinner together yet, but I hope [we will] in the future.


“Of course I miss playing in Spain – we’ve had that battle the last 15 years, which is good. It pushed me and I pushed him as well.


“It’s good to be part of the history of football. I’m there and of course he’s there as well.”


Read More
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The 2018-19 Champions League group stage draw is on Aug 29, 05:00 PM WAT from the Grimaldi Forum in Monaco.


The 32 teams that will fight for Europe's top prize will be split into eight, four-team groups ahead of the start of the group stage in September.


No team can play a club from their own association, with the exact draw procedure to be confirmed before the ceremony.


What are the pots?


Pot 1: Liverpool (title holders), Chelsea (Europa League winners), Barcelona, Manchester City, Juventus, Bayern Munich, Paris Saint-Germain, Zenit


Pot 2: Real Madrid, Atletico Madrid, Tottenham, Borussia Dortmund, Napoli, Shakhtar Donetsk, Ajax, Benfica


Pot 3: Lyon, Bayer Leverkusen, Salzburg, Olympiakos, Club Brugge, Valencia, Inter Milan, Dinamo Zagreb


Pot 4: Lokomotiv Moscow, Genk, Galatasaray, RB Leipzig, Slavia Prague, Red Star Belgrade, Atalanta, Lille


Match dates


Matchday one: 17/18 September  

Matchday two: 1/2 October  

Matchday three: 22/23 October  

Matchday four: 5/6 November  

Matchday five: 26/27 November  

Matchday six: 10/11 December


The following award winners will also be announced during the draw ceremony:


UEFA Men's Player of the Year  

UEFA Women's Player of the Year  

Goalkeeper of the 2018/19 UEFA Champions League season  

Defender of the 2018/19 UEFA Champions League season  

Midfielder of the 2018/19 UEFA Champions League season  

Forward of the 2018/19 UEFA Champions League season

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Ousmane Dembele's agent remains adamant the Barcelona winger will play no part in a mooted swap deal involving Paris Saint-Germain star Neymar.


Moussa Sissoko, the France international's representative, insists his client is completely committed to spending a third season at Camp Nou.


La Liga champions Barca are rumoured to have offered the 22-year-old World Cup winner to PSG in a part-exchange for Neymar, who continues to be overlooked for matchday squads by the Parisians.


"I repeat for the 20th time, Ousmane will stay and succeed at Barcelona," he stated.


"The deal would have been better financially in Paris for Ousmane and for me, his agent, but money is not the most important thing, it is success in his career.


"We are not scared of adversity, Ousmane has battled his entire life to get where he is today and he will keep fighting to achieve his ambitions."


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