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Former Brazil forward Ronaldinho has had 57 properties seized and his Brazilian and Spanish passports confiscated over unpaid taxes and fines, according to reports in Brazil.


The twice World Player Of The Year was fined 9.5m reais (£2.06m) for illegally building a pier at his lake house in the city of Porto Alegre, reportedly.


But as well as the environmental fine, Ronaldinho is also being pursued by creditors seeking to recover £1.69m in other debts, such as council taxes.

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Former Manchester United and Juventus defender Patrice Evra has announced his retirement from football.


The 38-year-old also played for Monaco, Nice and Marseille during a glittering 20-year playing career, which ended with a short spell at West Ham in 2018.


The defender won 21 major honours throughout his career as well as earning 81 caps for France.


Evra has revealed that he has already started preparations to become a coach and says he has the backing of legendary United manager Sir Alex Ferguson.


"My playing career is officially over," he told Gazzetta dello Sport. "I started training for the UEFA B Coaching License in 2013, now I want to finish it and then go on to get the UEFA A license.


"In a year and a half, if everything goes well, I'll be ready to lead a team. Sir Alex Ferguson had predicted at the time that two of his players would become coaches of a high level: Ryan Giggs and Patrice Evra."

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Cristiano Ronaldo is confident Serie A giants Juventus will win the Champions League, insisting "it's coming".


"After winning what I won at Madrid I needed a change and new motivation," Ronaldo said. "I still have the strength to keep winning. Juventus will win the Champions League. I don't know if it'll be this year or the next, but it's coming."


The 34-year-old superstar made a seamless transition from Madrid to Juve, helping the Italian giants to their eighth successive Serie A crown in 2018-19.

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Mason Mount continued to press his claim for a starting role for Chelsea this season as he scored twice in a 4-3 friendly win at Reading.

The Blues trailed early on to Josh Barrett's delicious lob.

Ross Barkley equalised with a 20-yard free-kick before Kenedy put Chelsea in front with a long-range strike.

Mount's two goals in three minutes - in between Michael Morrison's equaliser and a Sam Baldock consolation - made sure of the win.

It was the latest impressive display by Mount, who did not look out of place during a 2-1 victory over Barcelona on Tuesday.

With Chelsea restricted by a transfer embargo this season, the 20-year-old looks set to continue the influential role he enjoyed under manager Frank Lampard when the pair were together at Derby last season.
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Paulo Dybala wants to stay at Juventus and fight for his place under Maurizio Sarri, according to reports in Italy.


Juventus are preparing to make an offer for Manchester United striker Romelu Lukaku and had been willing to include the Argentina striker as part of the deal.


But Dybala wants to remain in Turin and could return from his summer break early in order to start learning Sarri's methods.


Dybala is currently due back at Juventus on August 5 having been given extra time off by the Serie A champions after featuring for Argentina in the Copa America this summer.


United have been negotiating with Inter Milan for Lukaku but the clubs remain far apart in their valuation of the Belgium international.

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Liverpool have completed their second signing of the summer after confirming the arrival of Fulham teenager Harvey Elliott


Elliott links up with the Merseyside outfit after a memorable campaign at Craven Cottage during which he became the Premier League's youngest ever player.


He could make his first appearance for the Reds on Sunday after being named in their squad to face Napoli at Murrayfield.


He follows teenager Dutch defender Sepp van den Berg through the doors at Liverpool after the 17-year-old's arrival from PEC Zwolle was confirmed in June.


The signing of 16-year-old Elliott is being seen as something of a coup at Anfield, with the Reds beating off interest from the likes of Arsenal, Manchester City, Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain to sign the forward.


But it is understood that Elliott's support of Liverpool was enough to persuade him to swap west London for Merseyside.

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THE FORBES AFRICA 30 UNDER 30 LIST IS THE most-anticipated list of game-changers on the continent and this year also marks the fifth milestone annual Forbes Africa 30 under 30 list with a new inclusion of new categories of game-changers.

We will, however, take time to look into bits by bits details of the collectives in no particular order. 

Today, we will be reviewing Chad le Clos, swimmer, 27, South Africa and Genzebe Dibaba, 28, Ethiopia, Track and Field Athlete


Chad le Clos:


“Seas the day”, are words multiple Olympic medallist Chad le Clos lives by.

Chad Guy Bertrand le Clos, OIS is a South African competitive swimmer who is an Olympic, World and Commonwealth Games champion as well as the Commonwealth record holder in the 50 and 100-meter butterfly.

His claim to fame is being an Olympic, World and Commonwealth Games swimming champion.

He is also the record holder in the 50-meter and 100-meter butterfly.

Born in Durban, South Africa, Le Clos began swimming competitively from the age of 10.

By the time he was 20, he beat his hero, Michael Phelps, by 0.05 seconds at the London 2012 Summer Olympics in the men’s 200 meters butterfly, and the world stood still.

Phelps had held that record and the arrival of a young South African caused a huge splash.

History was made and Le Clos continues to do so today.

On top of the many accolades, last year, he was named FINA Male Swimmer of the Year 2018.

He is currently doing plenty of swimming drills in preparation for Tokyo 2020.

The proud South African swimmer goes to show that where there’s a will, there’s a wave.



Genzebe Dibaba is a woman always gunning for gold.


Genzebe Dibaba Keneni is an Ethiopian middle- and long-distance runner. She won the gold medal in the 1500m at the Beijing World Championships and a silver medal in the 1500 meters at the 2016 Olympics. 

With 10 gold medals already to her name, she continues to run the distance and surpass many alongside her. She currently holds five world records; for the indoor and outdoor 1,500 meters, the indoor 300 meters, the indoor 500 meters and the indoor mile.


This makes her one of the best female track mile runners in history. The last two gold medals she won for Ethiopia were at the 2018 World Indoor Championships in Birmingham for the 1,500 meters and 3,000 meters.


The 28-year-old’s talents, however, run in the family. She has three siblings who are also gold and silver medal athlete winners.


The Ethiopian world record holder continues to run for her life as she remains unbeaten in the 1,500 meters since the European Championships in Berlin in 2015.


Since then, she has received a number of accolades, including the Laureus Sportswoman of the Year in 2015, and IAAF Athlete of the Year 2015.

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THE FORBES AFRICA 30 UNDER 30 LIST IS THE most-anticipated list of game-changers on the continent and this year also marks the fifth milestone annual Forbes Africa 30 under 30 list with a new inclusion of new categories of game-changers.

Together, they are 120 in total across four sectors: business, technology, creatives, and sport. 

We will, however, take time to look into bits by bits details of the collectives in no particular order. 

We will be reviewing Wayde van Niekerk, 26, South Africa, a track and field athlete; in the Sports Category.


The man currently holding the world and Olympic record in the 400 meters was born in a small town in Kraaifontein, in Cape Town.


As a child, Wayde van Niekerk dreamed of being the fastest man in the world and he is evidence that dreams do, in fact, come true. The world took notice of him when he won gold at the World Championships in 2016.


Since then, he has shown no signs of slowing down.


He came first in the 2016 Olympic Games in the 400 meters in Rio de Janeiro, and again in the 2017 World Championships in London.


However, due to a knee injury, Van Niekerk was unable to participate in any games last year and he is still on his road to recovery.


After the long and painful wait, he returns to the track and is set to compete in the IAAF World Championships in Doha in September, alongside many other world stars. Usain Bolt, world record holder in the 100 meters and now Van Niekerk’s good friend, told FORBES AFRICA, when he visited South Africa this year, about what advice he gave the South African athlete.


“I always tell Wayde, ‘it is good to be fast and to be great, but if you want to build your brand you have to show your personality’. People will want you to be a part of their brand’,” Bolt said.


After news that he had temporarily withdrawn from athletics due to his injury, he showed love to his fans by tweeting that he was determined to race again. Many look forward to his return this month and, perhaps, more records to be broken.


“The race itself is a blank experience, I only remember the end. All stresses disappear right there. It’s about me giving my everything and leaving it all there on the track,” he told FORBES AFRICA after his 2016 win.

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The Premier League says there is "no doubt" video assistant referees (VAR) will cause controversy next season but it is "prepared" for it.

VAR will be used in the English top-flight for the first time in the 2019-20 season.

It has been controversially used in World Cups, Champions League and some domestic cup matches in recent seasons.

But Premier League's interim chief executive Richard Masters says it is "ready to launch it" after testing.

"We have spent two years working up to this point, and we were committed to doing it in our heads for two years," Masters said.

"I have no doubt it will create some controversy because it is about the big decisions but we are prepared for that.

"We have been training and testing and making sure when it happens, particularly on Saturday afternoons when we have got multiple matches going on, that we have a number of VARs trained.

"We feel that is done and we are ready to launch it."

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Zinedine Zidane has been branded "a disgrace" by Gareth Bale's agent after the Real Madrid boss' comments about the winger's impending exit from the club.


Bale has been touted for a departure from the Santiago Bernabeu and Zidane confirmed that the winger is "very close to leaving" the club after leaving him out of the team for the International Champions Cup clash with Bayern Munich on Saturday.


"Bale did not play because he is very close to leaving," Zidane said.


"We hope he leaves soon, it would be best for everyone. We are working on his transfer to a new team."


Jonathan Barnett, who represents the Wales international, has reacted strongly to the Madrid coach's frank assessment of the situation.


"Zidane is a disgrace to speak like that about someone who has done so much for Real," Barnett told ESPN FC.


"If and when Gareth goes it will be because it is in the best interest of Gareth and nothing to do with Zidane pushing."


“Gareth is still one of the best players in the world, one of the top five players in terms of market value, and his future lies at a big club."

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