FIFA The Best: Mbappe, Modric in; Neymar out

World Cup stars Kylian Mbappe and Luka Modric are among the contenders to end Cristiano Ronaldo's hold on FIFA's The Best Men's Player award after the shortlist was announced on Tuesday, but Neymar was not among the nominees. Ronaldo, who has won this honour in both years of its existence, is

Mikel faced Argentina while father held for ransom

Nigeria captain John Obi Mikel faced Argentina last Tuesday in the knowledge that his father was being held for ransom, but did not tell anyone about it as the kidnappers threatened to shoot "instantly" if authorities were informed. Mikel told KweséESPN that he received a call from the kidnappers four hours

Javier Mascherano announces retirement from International football

Javier Mascherano announced his international retirement following Argentina's World Cup exit. The 34-year-old midfielder revealed his decision in the immediate aftermath of Saturday's 4-3 last-16 defeat by France. Speaking to reporters shortly after the final whistle, Mascherano said: "It's time to say goodbye and for the younger players to step in. "Hopefully in

England edge past Nigeria

England beat Nigeria 2-1 on Saturday in a friendly that provided some clues as to how coach Gareth Southgate will line up his still experimental side when the World Cup gets under way. First-half goals from Gary Cahill and captain Harry Kane helped England to victory at Wembley in their penultimate

Onazi Hails NFF On Super Eagles Welfare

Super Eagles midfielder Ogenyi Onazi has praised the present Nigeria Football Federation administration headed by Amaju Melvin Pinnick for how they have handled the general care and welfare for the various national teams. “I don’t like to compare administrations, but we must say for a fact that the present NFF has

Messi hits hat trick in World Cup warm-up

Lionel Messi has sent an ominous warning out to his World Cup rivals, hitting a hat trick as Argentina cruised to a 4-0 friendly win over Haiti on Tuesday. The Barcelona star cooly slotted home a penalty to break the deadlock in the 17th minute before adding two more goals in