Here’s a list of the highest goals scorers in the La Liga so far:
- Lionel Messi (Argentina, FC Barcelona)- 12 goals (2 penalties included)
- Luis Suárez (Uruguay, FC Barcelona) 12 (0)
- Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal, Real Madrid)- 10 (3)
- Iago Aspas (Spain, Celta Vigo) 10 (2)
- Willian José (Brazil, Real Sociedad)- 9 (2)
- Rubén Castro (Spain, Real Betis) 7 (1)
- Sandro (Spain, Málaga CF) 7 (0)
- Aduriz (Spain, Athletic Bilbao) 6 (2)
Here’s the list of top 11 players who have scored the highest number of players in the premier league so far:
- Diego Costa (Chelsea) – 13 goals
- Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Manchester United) – 12 goals (1 penalty included)
- Alexis Sanchez (Arsenal) – 12 goals
- Sergio Kun Aguero (Manchester City) – 10 goals (3 penalties included)
- Romelu Lukaku (Everton)- 10 goals
- Eden Hazard (Chelsea) – 9 goals (2 penalties included)
- Michail Antonio (West Ham) – 8 goals
- Christian Benteke (Crystal Palace) – 8 goals (2 penalties included)
- Jermain Defoe (Sunderland) – 8 goals (3 penalties included)
- Sadio Mane (Liverpool) – 8 goals
- Theo Walcott (Arsenal) – 8 goals
After a protest match to the National Assembly last week Wednesday, members of the Super Falcons, have confirmed receipt of payment of their money by the Nigeria Football Federation.
The Super Falcons won a record eighth African Women Cup of Nations in Yaounde.
The players had lodged in Agura Hotel, Abuja, in protest, after they were not paid their AWCON and qualifying allowances by the federation.
However, after a protest match to the National Assembly on Wednesday, the Presidency promised to pay their money on Friday.
The placard-carrying players had stormed the NASS so that President Muhammadu Buhari, who visited the complex to present the estimates of the 2017 budget to lawmakers, would see them and put an end to their plight.
But it was the Chief of Staff to President Buhari, Abba Kyari, who addressed them and promised to offset their bills last Friday. The Federal Government then released about US$1.2m to the cash-strapped NFF on Friday to pay the ladies.
The players told PUNCH that they received bank alerts early on Monday morning, adding that the federation only paid them N4.8m, which they claimed was for winning the AWCON.
The players have insisted that they are entitled to about $25,000 each.
“I saw my bank alert this (Monday) morning and what was paid into my account was N4.8m, which is just for winning the AWCON. They have not paid us money for the qualifiers but they told us that they will pay,” a player in the squad, who pleaded anonymity, said.
Drama On Friday, December 16th, 2016, as South African Police, the Hawks, rescued 26 females aged between 14 and 37 from a brothel in Klerksdorp following a tip-off alleging that the premises is being used as a brothel run by Nigerians.
The females are South Africans and come from different parts of the country; Northern Cape, KZN, Free state, Johannesburg and Eastern Cape. A total of 18 South African men and 1 Nigerian man were found at the premises and they are currently being interrogated.
Hawks spokesperson Tlangelani Rikhotso said that possible charges of human trafficking would be brought in connection with the bust.
“Currently no one has been arrested. We are just trying to establish what was happening in that house and also we can’t rule out the fact that this could be a case of human trafficking” said Rikhotso.
The Office of the Accountant General of the Federation has released the mandate to Central Bank of Nigeria for payment of naira equivalent of US$1,173,820.00 at N305/$ to Nigeria Football Federation to pay outstanding winning bonuses for Super Eagles in the 2018 World Cup Qualifying Matches and for the Super Falcons’ participation in the 10th Women’s Africa nations Cup, Premium Times reports.
The latest development is in furtherance of the approval from Minister of Finance, Kemi Adeosun, for the said amount to be paid.
In a statement signed Kenechukwu N, on behalf of the Accountant General, said the mandate, which is a sum of N358 million, was paid by Central bank of Nigeria on Thursday.
Similarly, another mandate for N113.8 million has also been released by Office of Accountant General of the Federation for the payment of wining bonus for Super Eagles in the 2018 World Cup Qualifying matches; and for the Super Falcon’s participation in the 10th Women’s Africa Nation’s Cup.
This amount has also been paid to Nigeria Football Federation and is equally sequel to the approval of the minister of finance.
The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), on Friday, expressed heartfelt appreciation to President Muhammadu Buhari for directing that players and officials of African champions, Super Falcons be paid within days.
This was sequel to the team’s protest at the Three Arms Zone on Wednesday.
“We are grateful to the Presidency for the prompt action, and we believe this will put the minds of the players at rest.
“It has been a very difficult time for the NFF; no official of the Federation was happy that the players and officials could not be paid their entitlements immediately after the tournament.
“It is not as if the Federation did not plan to pay the players and officials their entitlements. The NFF expected some money from a number of sources but this did not work out.
“They are champions and deserve to be treated as such; there are no doubts about that,” Ademola Olajire, NFF’s Director of Media and Communications, said in the statement.
Mr. Olajire also stated that there was no time the NFF directed that the players should be ejected from their Agura Hotel, and decried claims that no official went to see the players at the hotel.
“The NFF is at the receiving end of all these, but at the end of the day, fair is fair. Before they left for Cameroon, the country’s Vice President went to meet with them at a training session.
“Also, despite the difficulties, the Federation was able to make the sum of $5,000 available to the Team Administrator for logistics.
‘The NFF President personally visited the team and prayed with them,” Olajire said in the statement.
Olajire added that “Before the team played South Africa in the semifinals, the NFF reached out to some sources and raised money to pay each player the sum of N500,000.
“The NFF President was on the tarmac of the Murtala Muhammed Airport, Lagos to receive the team and celebrated with them on arrival.
“He also impressed it on NFF partner Emzor to host the ladies to lunch and the company gave the team the sum of N1.6million.
“On arrival in Abuja, the team was received by the NFF General Secretary, Head of Protocol, Head of Women’s Football and the CEO of Jedo (a private organization), Dr. Aliyu Oroje Wammako.
“The NFF impressed it on the management of Agura Hotel to ensure the comfort of the players and officials while the Federation went about trying to raise money to pay their entitlements,’’ it said.
The statement added that Minster of Youth and Sports, Solomon Dalung visited the team in company of the NFF General Secretary, Mohammed Sanusi in their hotel.
“Honourable Minister of Youth and Sports, Solomon Dalung who personally visited the team at their hotel, NFF General Secretary, Mohammed Sanusi was at the hotel on two occasions.
“Also, the Head of Women’s Football, Ruth David has been at the hotel on regular basis. After his visit, the Honourable Minister directed that the NFF should look for money to give to the players to take them home.
“The players appealed that the amount of N50,000 proposed by the Federation should be doubled, and the NFF squeezed out N100,000 to each player and official.
“Surprisingly, the players said they would no longer leave the hotel even after that payment,’’ the statement said.
It added that “While the monies paid to the team so far may not amount to much, these are challenging times and we expect the players to understand with the Federation.
“They did not, but we thank God all these issues are almost behind us. This unfortunate situation calls for calm and patience on the part of all. The NFF cannot praise the Presidency enough.
“The players cannot say that nobody came to see them in the hotel, or that the Federation ordered that they be ejected; that is not correct.
“We passionately appeal to the players not to allow themselves to be used by some persons against the Federation and the Federal Government, as such persons do not mean well for them,’’ the statement said.
The Super Falcons captain, Rita Chikwelu explained why the she and team decided to storm the National Assembly complex in protest yesterday.
According to her, it was to possibly see the President, Muhammadu Buhari, who addressed a joint session of the National Assembly.
The Authority reports that Chikwelu, who spoke at Agura Hotel said: “We are not happy with the situation of things in our team, so we decided to find a means of seeing Mr. President and explain our predicament to him. Unfortunately, we could not see him as he was not present at the time we were there.
“Though we were addressed by Chief of Staff to the President, Abba Kyari, who sympathized with us, and told us that government was aware of the problems and that efforts were been made to remedy the situation.
“It is close to two weeks that we came back from Cameroon after winning the AWCON, most of us are yearning to go back home to meet our loved ones to celebrate the festive season. But we cannot go home empty handed as most of us are bread winners to our various families.
“We know how much that our rivals, Cameroon received from their government, corporate organizations and individuals as part of motivation. Only yesterday we heard that Samuel Eto’o gave each Cameroonian player cash worth about ten million Naira. But back here, there is nothing like that, and our little bonuses are been withheld.
“So we urge all Nigerians to come to our aid and beg the authorities concerned to pay us our entitlements as football is the only business we have. And whatever we make now is what we will use as retirement benefits,” she concluded.
According to multiple reports in Argentina, Lionel Messi and longtime partner Antonella Roccuzzo are to be married next year.
First reported by Radio Metro’s Pablo Varsky and confirmed by EFE and others, Messi, 29, and Roccuzzo, 28, will have a ceremony sometime in the middle of 2017 depending on Barcelona’s summer tour.
“Messi and Roccuzzo will get married in 2017. The date will depend on Barcelona’s schedule of games and the fortunes of the Catalan side in the Champions League,” EFE reported.
The couple met in their native Rosario in 1996 and have two children together, four-year-old Tiago and one-year-old Mateo.
Varsky reported the wedding would be in Argentina.
“I learned by chance, next year there will be a big celebration. I don’t have a clear date but it’s in Rosario,” he said.
Earlier today, the Super Falcons protested on the streets of Abuja, the federal capital territory, against the non-payment of their allowances and bonuses
The protesting Super Falcons have returned to their Agura Hotel, Abuja after the Presidency promised to pay the money owed them by the Nigeria Football Federation on Friday.
It was a record eighth title for the Nigerian ladies who instead of being honoured and celebrated were ridiculed as their allowances were denied them forcing them to protest.
It is believed each player is entitled to about $25,000.
The girls, however, returned to their hotel after the Chief of Staff to President Buhari, Abba Kyari, addressed them and promised to offset their bills in two days.
Super Falcons of Nigeria, champions of Africa for a record eighth time are currently protesting on the streets of Abuja, the federal capital territory, against the non-payment of their allowances and bonuses, Thecable report
The aggrieved players, who have now laid siege on the national assembly, won the 8th edition of the African Women’s Cup of Nations tournament in Cameroon, and have vowed not to hand over the trophy to the Nigerian Football Federation NFF until they are paid.
The African champions have also refused to leave their Agura hotel, Abuja.
Speaking to TheCable at the protest ground at the national assembly entrance, one of the players said:”We are not protesting to embarrass the nation but to beg the government to help us to get what we worked and suffered for.
“We, as women, should not be treated differently from the men. If it were to be the Super Eagles, I am sure that they would have found a solution to the issue of unpaid allowances owed.
“We went to Cameroon without any complaint. We did the nation proud. We are only appealing to the government to get our dues. We are their daughters; they should hear our cry and come to our aid. We have aged parents to take care of and other responsibilities too.”
The Nigeria Football Federation(NFF) is owing the Super Falcons team a cumulative sum of $819,000 from the qualification games tothe gold medal win against hosts Cameroon in the final.
Falcons Protest 2Breakdown of the total money owed is below:
Total money owed per player is $25,400
Total money owed the head coach is $50,800 (head coach gets twice what the players get)
Total money for each assistant coach is $33,600 ( 2 assistant coaches and one goalkeeper trainer)
Total money owed each back room staff is $33,600 (the team medical doctor, physiotherapist, media officer, team secretary and coordinator)
The curator gets half of what the back room staffs get, which is $16,800