The weekend is here and so is another one of Lovin Malta’s football news update.
From scores to transfers and some off-field activities, read on to know what was buzzing on and off the field this week.
1. Sarri and Lampard sing, “Mama, I’m coming home”
Maurizio Sarri’s higgledy-piggledy spell as Chelsea’s manager is coming to an end. As his inevitable return to Juventus is up ahead, there are rumours in the air of Frank Lampard’s return to his all-time overwhelming favourite club Chelsea.
Lampard led Derby County to the Championship play-off final, though he was unable to promote Rams to the premier league, he still managed to impress as Derby’s head coach, and now the blue management is ready to give me the biggest job in English football.
2. Messi beats Ronaldo… again
Not so good news for CR7 fans as the Barcelona wizard beat his arch-rival Juventus forward Ronaldo to be named the highest-paid sports star by Forbes.
Messi earned £99.8m over the last 12 months while Ronaldo earned £85.6m. PSG’s Neymar secured third-position with £82.6m in earnings.
3. Barcelona put Ivan Rakitic for sale
Ever since joining the Barca side in 2014, Rakitic has been a crucial Camp Now member.
Even after winning every title available during his time in Catalonia, Barcelona manager Ernesto Valverde approved the sale of the Croatian midfielder.
Both Manchester United and Inter Milan are reportedly closely following the World Cup finalist.
4. USA & England: Women World Cup favourites… and a 13-0 shocker
Phil Neville’s Lionesses made a winning start to their World Cup, beating debutants Scotland by 2-1 where the current champion the USA had a hard time after lifting the trophy four years ago.
Speaking of the US, the American women commenced their World Cup journey with a bang as they thrashed Thailand 13-0 in a one-sided dominating encounter.
The group phase runs until June 20, with the knock-out stage commencing on June 22. The final is scheduled to take place on Sunday, July 7.
5. Usain Bolt supports friend Paul Pogba
Nine-time Olympic champion and retired sprinter Usain Bolt is a big fan of Manchester United and advised the club manager to retain Paul Pogba.
Pogba scored 13 goals and created three assists in the Premier League this season, inspire of this, he has received criticism and has been strongly linked with a move to ex-club Juventus and Real Madrid.
“If you build the right team around him, give him the right strikers to play with who understand how he plays, then he will do great.”, Bolt said.
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Until we meet again next weekend, play nice & fair.