Mario Balotelli could be set for a stunning move to Argentine football, as he has reportedly identified Boca Juniors as his next destination. The Italian footballer has been with Brescia since 2019, but he appears to have lost his place in the Italian team of late. The striker has scored five goals in 19 appearances for Brescia but his contract with the team comes to an end in two years. Rather than Boca Juniors initiating the contact, it has been Balotelli’s agent Mino Raiola who has decided to offer his client to the Argentine club.
Balotelli will be turning 30 years of age next month and this presents a great opportunity for him to seek a lucrative move abroad, as there is still a lot of time left in his career. There has been a lot of negativity wherever Balotelli has gone in Europe. A switch of culture can bring about the best in the striker, as it would mean less pressure. This could lead to a better approach to training and his talent could be shone once again. Balotelli will not be the first striker to make the switch from Italy to Boca Juniors, as he will be following in the footsteps of players like Carlos Tevez.
Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has said that he is unsure when Sergio Aguero will make his comeback following a knee surgery. The Argentina international picked up the damage during the midway stage of the 5-0 Premier League win over Burnley and he has since missed two matches for the club across all competitions.
It has been reported that the Argentine could return in time for the Champions League round of 16 second leg against Real Madrid in early August but Guardiola has refused to provide an exact timescale for his return to the playing field, he told: “I don’t know right now. Once he has finished the surgery we will know the time Sergio will come back to play with us.”
Barcelona head coach Quique Setien has hailed Lionel Messi after he stood out in the club’s return to competitive action after a three-month break due to the coronavirus pandemic. The Argentine was initially deemed doubtful ahead of last weekend’s game against Mallorca after he picked up a minor thigh injury during training.
However, Setien dismissed the suggestions in the pre-match press conference and Messi showed no signs of any discomfort as he dominated the proceedings against Mallorca. The Argentine bagged one goal and two assists in the 4-0 triumph over the relegation-threatened outfit and that has ensured that the Blaugrana continue to maintain the slender advantage at the top of the league standings.
Kia Joorabchian has dismissed claims by Gary Neville that his client, Carlos Tevez, did not perform well when he was at Manchester United during a two-year spell. Neville recently criticised the Argentine striker for being unprofessional during his time with United. However, Manchester United were quite successful during this period after picking up successive Premier League titles and one Champions League medal. Despite the successes, Tevez did not have a good relationship with United towards the end of his time and he ended up switching to Manchester City, who were the arch rivals, in a very controversial move.
Opening up on the disappointment of seeing a Manchester United player join one of their fierce rivals, Neville suggested that Tevez was not showing enough to warrant a permanent transfer.Joorabchian, though, has come in defence of his client by saying that Neville have not studied Tevez well enough to comment about the striker. In order to prove his client’s professionalism,Joorabchian pointed out that Tevez has been able to pick up a trophy in every league that he has played. Even at 34 years of age, Tevez has picked up the title and has also scored the winning goal for Boca Juniors.
Boca Juniors forward Carlos Tevez has infuriated his teammates and several other players in the Argentine league by claiming that footballers can go even for a year without being paid. The world has been in a financial meltdown as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. All football activity has come to a stop and this has resulted in clubs suffering a significant decrease in income. More cuts are expected to be expected in the future, as television companies demand a return of their funds. This is highly likely when most of the season is suspended, as it will prevent the TV companies from showing live games.
Hence, clubs around the world have been requesting players to get wage cuts and this is especially prominent in Europe, where wages take up around 70% of the club’s total revenue. This is significantly less in other parts of the world, but Tévez has had the fortune of being part of big clubs like Juventus and West Ham in the past. He has even been on contracts that were worth around $ 40 million every year when he was with Shanghai Shenhua in China. However, many of the Argentine players are not in the same position and a big criticism has come in from several teammates and other players. One among them would be Arsenal goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez, who branded these statements as a lie.
Former Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino has described Lautaro Martinez as one of the best strikers in the world. The Argentina international is currently in his second season with Inter Milan where he has contributed 16 goals across all competitions.
His form has already attracted interest from the likes of Barcelona and Pochettino is definitely impressed by the marksman’s qualities, he told:“Lautaro Martinez is one of the best strikers in the world. It’s not just for what he does now, but for what his potential means going forward. If you start looking at hitmen for the big clubs, clearly his name has to be in there.”
Argentina international Marcos Rojo has admitted that he was confused by the comments made by Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer prior to his loan departure last month. The versatile defender was heavily touted to join Estudiantes during the closing stages of the winter transfer window and he eventually made the short-term move to his hometown club.
Prior to his exit, Solskjaer had suggested that Rojo may not leave the club before the transfer deadline and that has come as a surprise for the Argentine. Speaking to TNT, he told: “It was hard for the club to make my return difficult. We had been talking a lot. It was when the coach said that I was going to stay there. When he said that, it was already advanced. I didn’t understand why Solskjaer said it.”
Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi has said that Eden Hazard has plenty of quality but he can’t be regarded as a direct replacement for Cristiano Ronaldo at Real Madrid. The Belgium international made the move to the Bernabeu from Chelsea for £89m during the summer but he has since struggled for form with just one goal and two assists from 13 appearances.
Hazard is presently sidelined with an ankle problem which could keep him out until the New Year but Messi believes the Belgian can prove a quality purchase for Los Blancos in the long run, he told: “Hazard has a lot of quality. He is a different football player who can unbalance [defences]. But I think he is different to Cristiano, with different characteristics. It is very difficult to replace Cristiano, but Hazard is also a great player.”
After a long wait to get revenge on rivals River Plate, Boca Juniors were finally able to achieve this objective after a 1-0 win in the CONMEBOL Libertadores. Coach Gustavo Alfarodecide to take the gamble of going with Carlos Tevez, who has immense experience when it comes to big matches. However, the former Juventus and West Ham star is clearly not at his peak at 35 years of age. The inclusion of Tevez might have had to do with bowing to pressure, but it meant no space for Mauro Zarate, who has been the top scorer for Boca Juniors in this competition this year.
There was also an absence of Emanuel Reynoso who may have created a major impact with his powerful left foot. Even though there were occasions when Tevez was able to combine very well with teammates, he was unable to come up with the crucial goal that would prove to be the separating factor. This is because River Plate were able to contain Tevez to a great extent. The striker no longer has the pace to get past opponents. Counter-attacks and set pieces were a key weapon for Boca Juniors, who were able to make a difference in the last quarter. The introduction of Zarate was influential for the team and he helped Jan Hurtado score the winning goal.
Boca Juniors forward Carlos Tevez is confident that the club will be able to overcome the deficit of a 2-0 defeat against River Plate in the Copa Libertadores semi-final. The crucial match between the two great rivals witnessed a disappointing outcome for Boca Juniors with the team losing to goals at crucial stages. A penalty from Rafael Borre provided the lead for the home team after just seven minutes, while Ignacio Fernandez doubled their advantage in the 70th minute. Boca Juniors’ problems were mounting and the team was reduced to 10 men in the 90th minute when Nicholas Capaldo was sent off with a straight red card.
Tevez watched his team get back to winning ways with a 1-0 success overDefensa y Justicia during the weekend. This is one of the two league matches for Boca Juniors before they prepare to host River Plate in the reverse fixture at Estadio Alberto José Armando. The possibility of a historic comeback remains high. Tevez was protected for most of the first leg since he was only called up as a substitute in the 55th
minute. The former Juventus and Manchester City forward has scored only one goal in eight appearances in the Copa Libertadores this season. In the domestic league, he has fared slightly better with two goals in eight games.