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World Cup: Real Madrid’s Rodrygo names country he wants Brazil to avoid

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Brazil forward, Rodrygo, has admitted that he is hoping to avoid playing against Portugal at the 2022 FIFA World Cup later this year in Qatar due to the impact their captain, Cristiano Ronaldo, can have on games.

Brazil is in a group with Serbia, Switzerland and Cameroon, with a potential tie against Portugal in the next round if they progress.

But Rodrygo, while naming Brazil as one of the favourites to win the World Cup, admitted he is ‘a little afraid’ of Ronaldo’s team.

“I see Brazil very well and among the favourites, regardless of whether we see the other teams play against them and such, I see us very well,” Rodrygo told UOL Sport.

“I see France very well, I’m a little afraid of Portugal. A man there (Cristiano Ronaldo) can do anything, right? Help me there, Caio. No Argentina, I can’t give morals to the guys there.”

Rodrygo enjoyed a breakout campaign at the Santiago Bernabeu last season.

The 21-year-old Real Madrid star scored nine goals and provided ten assists in 49 appearances, including two strikes in injury-time in the second leg of the dramatic Champions League semi-final tie against Premier League champions Manchester City.

He has five Brazil caps and will want to make Tite’s squad for this year’s World Cup.

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Aubameyang wins league title despite playing just 8 minutes

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Chelsea striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has become a league champion this season.

This is despite the Gabon international playing just eight minutes of football.

Aubameyang was recognised as part of LaLiga champions Barcelona’s title-winning squad despite the former Borussia Dortmund star being a Chelsea player since last summer.

The Catalans were handed the Spanish top-flight title on Sunday after a 4-2 win at Espanyol.

The African star was part of Xavi’s side at the very start of the season before he joined Chelsea and came off the bench for a late cameo in their opening game against Rayo Vallecano.

In the top flight of English football, players need to have made a minimum of five league appearances to be considered a member of the title-winning squad.

But in Spain and elsewhere in Europe that is not the case, meaning that Aubameyang’s eight minutes game for Barca are all he needed to be crowned a champion this term.

Aubameyang has endured a dreadful season at Stamford Bridge, having scored just three goals in 21 appearances.

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Messi’s replacement: PSG to sign Arsenal star for €65m

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Paris Saint-Germain have reportedly set sights on signing Arsenal captain Martin Odegaard as Lionel Messi’s replacement.

As per a report in El Nacional, PSG are keen on signing Odegaard following his impressive season with Arsenal as Messi’s future with the French Ligue 1 champions is at the moment unclear.

The Parisians have been keeping tabs on the former Real Madrid midfielder and have decided to make a €65 million move to bring him to France.

PSG will have to battle Bayern Munich, who are also interested in Odegaard.

The report added that Bayern Munich manager Thomas Tuchel is also a big fan of the Norway international and has asked the Bundesliga champions to make a move.

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Torres vs Arbeloa: What ex-Liverpool teammates told each other during clash

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Former Liverpool teammates, Fernando Torres, and Alvaro Arbeloa, were involved in an on-pitch argument during Atletico Madrid Juvenil’s cup clash against Real Madrid on Sunday.

Torres’ Atletico Madrid side were knocked out of Division de Honor Juvenil after losing 4-2 aggregate against Real Madrid.

During the second leg of the last-eight encounter, Torres got involved in a serious verbal altercation with Arbeloa.

Due to the duo’s war of words, the referee was forced to intervene as Arbeloa was shown a yellow card while Torres was waved a red card.

However, according to Relevo, Torres threatened to hit Arbeloa.

The former Chelsea striker said: “I will blow your head off!”

Arbeloa responded: “Start whenever you want.”

Torres and Arbeloa played together at Liverpool between 2007 and 2009.

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