MADRID: Spain coach Luis Enrique was taken by surprise by the self-confidence and spark he saw in teenaged forward Ansu Fati, who became his country's youngest ever goalscorer by netting in a 4-0 win against Ukraine in the UEFA Nations League on Sunday (Sep 6). Fati, who turns 18 on Oct 31, turned in a sensational all-round display in his first start for Spain and struck his first goal for his country to make it 3-0 in the 32nd minute with a superb effort from outside the area which went in off the post. "It's not normal for him to have this spark and self-confidence at this age. But we'll try to manage that so he can help the team as much as possible, just as he did today," Luis Enrique said. Sergio Ramos had given Spain an early lead by converting a penalty earned by Fati and the defender struck again with a header, while substitute Ferran Torres rounded off an outstanding team display. Yet Fati was the unmistakeable star and his goal saw him break the late Juan Errazquin's … [Read more...] about Football: Ansu Fati becomes Spain’s youngest goalscorer with strike against Ukraine
HONG KONG: Dejan Damjanovic has been banging in goals all over Asia for 15 years and, as his playing days draw to a close, the 39-year-old has his eyes set on becoming the all-time leading goalscorer in the continent's most prestigious club competition. Known simply as Dejan, the Montenegrin striker needs just two more goals in the Asian Champions League to overtake retired South Korean marksman Lee Dong-gook at the top of the standings. Like the similarly well-travelled Swedish striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Dejan turns 40 later this year and he is firmly of the opinion that advancing years count little when it comes to finding the net. "When they are thinking you can't do any more and they are just looking at your ID and your age and not your performances on the pitch, that motivates me more to show them that age is just a number," Dejan told Reuters. "I'm not the only one showing that. When Ibrahimovic can score 15 plus goals in Serie A then I'm sure I can do that in … [Read more...] about Dejan channels Zlatan as he eyes Asia goalscoring mark
Juventus striker Cristiano Ronaldo has become the joint-highest goalscorer of all time in the history of football. Ronaldo now has 759 goals and he is tied at the first spot along with Josef Bican. The Portuguese striker achieved the feat on Sunday after scoring a goal against Sassuolo in Serie A, Goal.com reported. Ronaldo struck once in the match, and as a result, Juventus won the match 3-1 to move to the fourth spot with 33 points from 16 matches. As a result of this goal, Ronaldo also became the only player to score at least 15 goals in each of the last 15 seasons in the top five leagues. Ronaldo has scored at least 15 goals in each of the last 15 seasons in every campaign since 2006-07. Juventus is currently seven points behind Serie A table-toppers AC Milan with a game in hand. The side also sits four points before second-placed Inter Milan and one point behind third-place Roma. Juventus will next take on Genoa on Wednesday in the Coppa Italia clash and then the side … [Read more...] about Cristiano Ronaldo becomes joint-highest goalscorer of all time
ANTHONY MARTIAL lacks the desire to a be Premier League goal-machine, according to Alan Shearer. Manchester United are the top-scoring team in the Premier League this season with a staggering 53 goals from their 25 games. But Martial - expected to be the lead centre-forward this term - has managed just FOUR goals in the league. The French forward, 25, had led the United attack since the return from the original lockdown last season, with fellow forwards Marcus Rashford and Mason Greenwood pushed out wide. Edinson Cavani was signed on a free transfer in the summer to add some experience and provide some competition for Martial. But instead, the Uruguayan veteran has become the No1 striker for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, such are Martial's struggles. And Shearer - the top scorer in Premier League history with 260 goals - has torn into him in a scathing assessment. Speaking on Match of the Day 2, the Newcastle legend said: "Only four league goals this season, not … [Read more...] about Alan Shearer says Anthony Martial lacks desire to be a Man Utd goalscorer in scathing assessment of French forward
Haaland will be available for just £68 million in the summer of 2022 with his release clause kicking in but it is widely reported that Manchester City are ready to break the £100 million mark for the Norwegian as early as this summer as they look to replace their club legend Sergio Aguero. Haaland only made his move to Dortmund in January 2020 from Red Bull Salzburg but interest in him from top clubs across Europe never faded. Real Madrid were thought to be strong favourites to land the 20-year-old in the summer of 2022 but the Los Blancos are unlikely to be in a position to fight with the Cityzens financially this summer especially if they pursue their move for Kylian Mbappe. Meanwhile, the Sky blues' local rivals Manchester United are also long-term admirers of the Norway international and missed out on his signature when he opted for a move to Dortmund and it will be interesting to see whether they would be willing to pay a premium for the youngster this summer. Haaland … [Read more...] about Manchester City set sights on mega move for Aguero replacement, a good deal?