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Russia 2018: Firms shun World Cup sponsorship

Giovanni Infantino

World football governing body, Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA), is having sleepless night as it is failing to attract backing, after firms appear to desert the sponsorship of the 2018 World Cup in Russia. The development stems from the corruption scandals, hooliganism threats, and Russian President Vladimir Putin’s foreign policy in Syria and Ukraine. The once-booming and money-spinning FIFA ...

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Ronaldo retains wealthiest athletes’ top list

Cristiano Ronaldo

Portugal captain and Real Madrid forward, Cristiano Ronaldo, who topped the Forbes magazine list for the first time 12 months ago, has retained the position as the highest-paid sports person for the second successive year. He is worth staggering earnings of $93 million (£72.05 million), according to Forbes annual list of the world’s 100 wealthiest athletes. The 32-year-old saw his earnings rise by ...

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FIFA rankings: Nigeria maintains 40th position

Gernot Rohr-Nigeria

The Super Eagles of Nigeria has maintained the 40th place, the position it previously held, in the latest FIFA rankings. The three-time African champion also retains the 5th place in Africa. Egypt, who is the highest ranked African side, occupies the 19th position. Senegal is rated 30th, reigning African Champions Cameroon holds 33rd position, while Burkina Faso is 35th. The ...

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Pinnick thanks Dalung, Super Eagles improve in rankings

Amanju Pinnick

Executives of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), led by the president, Amaju Pinnick, have paid a courtesy visit to the Minister of Youths and Sports, Solomon Dalung, thanking him and Nigerians in general for their support in the last CAF elections. Pinnick won a place on the CAF Executive Committee during the elections. Pinnick said his victory would not have been possible without ...

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