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Lionel Messi makes a return from a ban for Argentina against Uruguay on Thursday, as his country faces the prospect of missing out on a World Cup final for the first time since 1970.

Two wins from their last seven qualifiers has seen the two-time World Cup winners in danger of not making it to Russia next year.

Argentina, ranked third in the world by FIFA and on their third coach of the qualification process, are fifth in the CONMEBOL standings with four fixtures left.

As it stands, they could miss out on an automatic qualification spot and instead play the winner of the Oceania qualification process (most likely New Zealand) in a play-off to grab a ticket.

However, Ecuador are just two points behind Argentina ahead of Thursday’s round of fixtures, and Jorge Sampaoli’s team travel to Montevideo to take on third-placed Uruguay.

The Uruguay squad will be nervous too. They have lost their last three qualifiers, conceding nine in the process.

If Argentina wants to remain on track for Russia 2018, they need three points against Uruguay and three more against bottom side Venezuela on Tuesday, before a winnable home clash with Peru in October.

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Cristiano Ronaldo Earns 3 Times More Than The Entire Team He Will Play Against Today

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Cristiano Ronaldo earns roughly three times more than the entire squad he will play against on Sunday.


The Juventus superstar is thought to pocket a staggering £28million a year.

Frosinone, by comparison, allocate just £9.9m for their first team.

And their highest-paid player is former Arsenal man Joel Campbell, who makes £765,000 a season after signing this summer.

Former Real Madrid man Ronaldo, 33, takes home £538,000 a WEEK.

The next highest-paid player in Serie A is Milan striker Gonzalo Higuain on £8.5m.

Serie A’s top earners

Cristiano Ronaldo, Juventus – £28m

Gonzalo Higuain, AC Milan – £8.5m

Paulo Dybala, Juventus – £6m

Miralem Pjanic, Juventus – £6m

Douglas Costa, Juventus – £5.5m

Gianluigi Donnarumma, AC Milan – £5.5m

Leonardo Bonucci, Juventus – £5m

Emre Can, Juventus – £4.5m

Lorenzo Insigne, Napoli – £4m

Mauro Icardi, Inter Milan – £4m

Edin Dzeko, Roma – £4m

Juventus will take on Frosinone, who sit second-bottom of Serie A with three defeats and one draw in their first four games, on Sunday night.

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Nigerian Footballers Encounter Robbery Attack While Traveling To Lagos (Photo)

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Players of the Abia Warriors football club of Umuahia, Abia state, have arrived Lagos for their Aiteo Cup round of 16 games against fellow Nigerian Professional Football League NPFL sides, Kano Pillars, Kwara United and Rivers Utd scheduled for the Soccer Temple, the Agege Stadium next week.


According to multiple media reports, the football players encountered an armed robbery attack today at about 2:45 pm, while they were travelling to Lagos for their Aiteo Cup round of 16 games.

The team reportedly ran into a group of armed robbers operating along the Lagos-Ibadan express way but they narrowly escaped .

It was also reported that some players out of fear during the robbery attempted to jump down from the vehicle as they sustained injuries and were treated by the medics.

The players have now arrived Lagos state ahead of the football competition

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‘I Am Unemployed’- This Former Super Eagles Goalkeeper Reveals Shocking Details

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Former Super Eagles goalkeeper, Carl Ikeme, has said he is unsure of his next move after acute leukaemia ended his career July last year.

Ikeme was first choice for Nigeria and Wolverhampton Wanderers before being forced to quit and resume chemotherapy instantly.

The 32-year-old received support globally during his recovery.

Although, he was offered a coaching role with Super Eagles by the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Ikeme says he is a bit confused about what to delve into.

“I am not sure what the future holds. I am unemployed and just taking it day by day,” he told the BBC Sport on Thursday.

“I would love to go and learn from the Nigerian FA. Come to Wolves and learn a little bit from them. Maybe do a bit of media work.

“I am not anxious to jump into something because being with my family is my priority at the minute.

“I wake up every morning happy to be here.”

The illness meant Ikeme was unable to go to the World Cup.

He was named as the team’s 24th squad member despite missing out.

“The World Cup was the hardest thing, football wise, for me to deal with,” he said.

“When we played England at Wembley in June, I felt ‘it should have been me’. It was the same during the first match of the World Cup. It is not a case of life not being fair, more that every kid wants to play at one.

“I watched the matches through multiple angles. Even though I had my own issues, I couldn’t think the games didn’t matter. I had an emotional involvement.

“They were my team-mates. People I class as friends. When Argentina scored in the last minute to knock us out, I was angry in my living room. I felt bad as a fan. I felt sad for my team-mates and sad for Nigeria.

“I can’t explain how joyous playing for Nigeria was for me. To know my whole family was proud. To know I was representing 200 million people who are mad about football. I love it there.”

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