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PARIS---Lionel Messi tops France Football
magazine's list of richest players for the fifth
time in six years after hitting an estimated
65 million euros (US$71.3 million) in revenue
The Barcelona forward edged Real Madrid
midfielder Cristiano Ronaldo in the list, with
Barcelona striker Neymar, Paris Saint-
Germain defender Thiago Silva and
Manchester United forward Robin Van Persie
completing the top five.
The French magazine, which ran its survey
for the 17th time, makes its estimations by
adding salaries, bonuses and advertisement
According to France Football, Ronaldo
earned 54 million euros (US$59.2 million)
last year, while Neymar cashed in 36.5
million euros (US$40 million).
A total of 12 players, including Gareth Bale
(Real Madrid) and Wayne Rooney
(Manchester United), earned more than 20
million euros (US$21.9 million) last year.
Chelsea fans to contest
LONDON---Five Chelsea fans will contest
the implementation of football banning
orders for their suspected involvement in an
incident where a black man was blocked
from boarding a subway train in Paris.
The fans attended a magistrates' court in
London yesterday for a preliminary hearing
after being served with summons by police,
who are applying for banning orders to be
Prosecutor Ian Rees Phillips told the court
that the five men opposed the banning
orders, which would prevent them from
traveling to matches at home and abroad. A
full hearing will take place on July 15-16.
The incident on the subway occurred
before a Champions League match between
Chelsea and Paris Saint-German. Several
Chelsea supporters were filmed chanting:
"We're racist, we're racist and that's the way
we like it."
Camp Nou to host
Barca's Copa del Rey
MADRID---Barcelona will have home
advantage for its Copa del Rey final against
Athletic Bilbao after Spain's football
federation voted yesterday for the Camp
Nou as the venue.
Both finalists had originally asked to play
the May 30 decider at Real Madrid's 81,000-
seater Bernabeu stadium. However, the
venue for Copa finals must be offered
voluntarily and Madrid made no such offer.
After two hours of talks failed to resolve
the issue, the federation's executive
committee took a vote from four stadium
options: Barcelona, Bilbao, Valencia and
The Camp Nou, with its maximum capacity
of 98,700, was chosen ahead of Bilbao's
53,300-capacity San Mames stadium in the
final round of voting.
Moenchengladbach to sign
Moenchengladbach will sign versatile
midfielder Lars Stindl from Bundesliga rival
Hannover for next season.
Moenchengladbach says the 26-year-old
Stindl will sign a deal to June 2020, subject
to a medical examination.
Moenchengladbach sporting director Max
Eberl says "he can play in many positions
across midfield and has shown with his
experience as Hannover's captain that he
can take responsibility."
Stindl will help fill in for Germany
midfielder Christoph Kramer, who is
returning to Bayer Leverkusen after his loan
Kicker reports that Stindl's contract with
Hannover was up next year and that
'Gladbach was paying a get-out clause of
three million euros (US$3.3 million).
Stindl has scored 15 goals and set up 20
more in 124 league matches for Hannover
since joining from Karlsruher SC in 2010.
Ibrahimovic says he's
unmoved by criticism in
STOCKHOLM---The "turbulence" in France
following his rant against a referee hasn't
affected Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
French politicians and journalists
criticized the Paris Saint-Germain
striker this month for using an
expletive to describe
France as he lashed
out against the
3-2 loss at
happening in France ... this
turbulence, panic, for me it is normal,"
Ibrahimovic said Wednesday. "There are no
problems, believe me."
Speaking to reporters in Stockholm ahead
of a European Championship qualifier
against Moldova, Ibrahimovic said he only
cares about the opinions of people who are
close to him.
"All the others, believe me, it doesn't give
me an itch," the Sweden striker said. "Even if
it's ministers and journalists. What goes
around comes around."
Ibrahimovic has apologized for the
comments, saying they were not directed at
France or the French. But he hasn't pulled
back on his criticism against the referee,
"The question is why I got angry. No one
has discussed that," Ibrahimovic said. "He
needs to do his job and he should do it in the
The Sweden captain also said his
comments had been blown out of proportion
by his critics.
"They just want to pull me down from the
top, but they won't succeed. Neither will
you," he told the Swedish reporters. "I feel
very good at the top and that's where I'll
Liverpool defender Skrtel
gets 3-match ban for stamp
defender Martin Skrtel
has been banned
for three matches
after failing to
stamping on the
leg of Manchester
David de Gea
during a Premier
Skrtel's appeal yesterday,
without its most
Arsenal and Newcastle
and an FA Cup
The incident occurred in
the last seconds of
Liverpool's 2-1 loss to
United at Anfield on
Sunday, as Skrtel chased
the ball that was gathered
by De Gea. The incident
was missed by the
referee, but was caught
out for season
Fraser Forster will miss the
rest of the season after
undergoing surgery on his left
The England international fell
awkwardly after making a
clearance in Southampton's Premier League
match against Burnley on Saturday and was
carried off on a stretcher. Scans showed
damage to Forster's patellar tendon.
Southampton says Wednesday that a
longer-term prognosis of when Forster will
return to action will be made following
further assessment once the effects of his
operation have settled down. A typical time-
frame for this type of injury is between nine
months and a year.
Forster has been one of Southampton's
top players in his first season at the club
following a summer move from Scottish
Southampton is sixth in the league
and in contention for Champions
A whirl on international football
Lionel Messi tops France
Football magazine's list of
richest players for the fifth
time in six years.
Messi tops France list of richest players
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