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BRAZILIAN STAR LEAVES BARCELONA FOR CHINA

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Brazilian midfielder, who was signed by Barcelona from the Chinese super league, Paulinho, has left FC Barcelona back to the club he came from. The 27 years old star who only had a season spell at the camp nou, has returned back to Chinese club Guangzhou Evergrande on a loan deal which cost 40m euros.

Paulinho leaves Barça without losing a league game, while setting the all time Spanish record for most consecutive games unbeaten in the league from debut, he spent only 1 season with the Spanish giants, played 49 games, won 2 trophies.



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China football body enacts law to limit foreign players

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Amid the growing trend of luring foreign soccer players to China with sky-high salaries, Chinas Football Association has drafted a new regulation to limit the number of foreign players on the pitch.According to the regulation, announced by the association in Wuhan on Jan.16, a total of three foreign players can play for a team in a given game in the China Super League and China League One. Currently, the limit for each soccer club is five registered foreign players, news portal Inews.qq.com reported.

Many Chinese soccer clubs have spent billions strengthening their teams with overseas talent. One of the most high-profile cases is that of Argentinean striker Ezequiel Ivn Lavezzi, who is currently working on a two-year contract with Hebei China Fortune in the Super League, earning $56.7 million.The regulation is also a sign of more measures to come. Additional restrictions will likely attempt to standardize and curb the excessive fees in China Super League and China League One.In addition to restricting foreign players, the regulation also required that no fewer than two U23 players be enlisted per game, one of who should be in the starting line-up.

The regulation was released as a result of negotiations between the soccer associations and representatives of soccer clubs in the China Super League and China League One, according to the associations website. It is intended to help develop Chinas soccer industry and cultivate domestic players

.While some soccer experts believe the regulation will prompt clubs to focus more on training young players, others worry it could lead to unnecessary price hikes for those inexperienced players, as not all clubs run their own youth training programs, Inews.qq.com explained.

Source: Peoples Daily Online (people.cn)
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Atalanta Star player Caught Wife With Another Man; Will Miss Match Against PSG Due To Psychological Effect

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Josip Illic, the star footballer who play for the Italian club Atalanta who went to his country Slovenia to surprise, caught his wife with another man. It was learned that Ilicic, whose psychology was impaired, could leave football.

He went for surprise, his wife is cheating! according to reports, Ilicic caught him with someone else when his country went to Slovenia to surprise his wife. It was underlined that after the incident of the Slovenian football player, he was in a depression that could go to retirement when he was 32 years old.

It is stated that the star player went back to his country Slovenia on Friday to “solve his personal problems”. It was also claimed that Josip Ilicic was also afraid of death due to coronavirus other than betrayal.

It has been stated that the 32-year-old footballer’s fear of death syndrome restarted due to coronavirus and therefore it was difficult to concentrate on football.

Ilicic performed 15 goals and 5 assists in 26 games in Serie A this season with the Atalanta form. Slovenian football player managed to score 5 goals in 7 matches in the Champions League.

Despite losing 2-0 to Inter in the last game of Serie A, Atalanta supported the whole team at the end of the match in Atalanta, which guaranteed to play in the Champions League next year.



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Ex-Footballer of Brazil Star Ronaldinho Raps Against Corruption

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Brazil’s Ronaldinho has found a second calling after retiring from professional football, rapper.

The former Brazil national and FC Barcelona megastar

— full name Ronaldinho Gaucho

— has released a song along with Brazilian singer Jorge Vercillo decrying corruption in their country.

The 2005 Golden Ball award winner appears in a video, recorded in a studio, wearing a black beret and a white tank top emblazoned with the image of Saint George slaying a dragon.

Halfway through the duet, he plays the drums, then breaks out in a 30-second rap solo.

“Love is our game, from start to finish, in my heart, there are no longer enemies,” he raps.

He then asks the armour-clad Christian saint to slay “the dragon of greed” and corruption, while a chorus bemoans the squandering of public funds in detriment of “schools and hospitals.”

This is not the first musical outing for Ronaldinho, 39, who hung up his football cleats in January 2018.

He has also performed with Tunisian rapper K2rhym and was featured in the official World Cup 2018 song performed by Will Smith, Nicky Jam and Era Istrefi.

Ronaldinho even made a surprise appearance playing the drums at the World Cup closing ceremony at Moscow’s Luzhniki Stadium.

The famous midfielder, however, is not free of controversy: in November 2018, a court ordered that his passport and that of his brother Roberto be withheld for failing to pay a $2.3 million fine for environmental damage incurred during the building of a property in Rio Grande do Sul, in southern Brazil.

And during last year’s presidential campaign, he joined the far-right PRB party and threw his support behind their candidate Jair Bolsonaro.

Bolsonaro, who was elected on a sweeping promise to fight corruption, has faced his own scandals since taking office in January.

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