Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Four Devils among Top 50 highest football salary getters

Four Manchester United players are among the top highest paid footballers in world made by Portuguese agency Futebol Finance. Rio Ferdinand, Wayne Rooney, Dimitar Berbatov and Ryan Giggs are in the list of “Top 50 footballers with highest salaries”.

Ex Man Utd player Cristiano Ronaldo is on the top of this list followed by Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Lionel Messi on the second and third position. Interesting thing is that all these three players are playing in Spanish League.

Manchester City’s Emmanuel Adebayor is the highest paid footballer currently playing in English Premier League. He is followed by Carlos Tevez (Manchester City), John Terry (Chelsea) and Frank Lampard (Chelsea).

For Manchester United, Rio Ferdinand is the player getting highest salary of £5.6million. He is one 18th position in the world players list. Wayne Rooney (£5.2million) is on 20th position. Dimitar Berbatov (£4.1million) and Ryan Giggs (£4.1million) are on 46th and 49th position respectively.

The whole list is as following:

1 Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid, £11.3million)
2 Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Barcelona, £10.4million)
3 Lionel Messi (Barcelona, £9.1million)
4 Samuel Eto’o (Internazionale, £9.1million)
5 Kaka (Real Madrid, £8.7million)
6 Emmanuel Adebayor (Manchester City, £7.4million)
7 Karim Benzema (Real Madrid, £7.4million)
8 Carlos Tevez (Manchester City, £7million)
9 John Terry (Chelsea, £6.5million)
10 Frank Lampard (Chelsea, £6.5million)
11 Thierry Henry (Barcelona, £6.5million)
12 Xavi (Barcelona, £6.5million)
13 Ronaldinho (AC Milan, £6.5million)
14 Steven Gerrard (Liverpool, £6.5million)
15 Daniel Alves (Barcelona, £6.1million)
16 Michael Ballack (Chelsea, £5.6million)
17 Raul (Real Madrid, £5.6million)
18 Rio Ferdinand (Manchester United, £5.6million)
19 Kolo Toure (Manchester City, £5.6million)
20 Wayne Rooney (Manchester United, £5.2million)
21 Robinho (Manchester City, £5.2million)
22 Iker Casillas (Real Madrid, £5.2million)
23 Victor Valdez (Barcelona, £5.2million)
24 Frederic Kanoute (Sevilla, £5.2million)
25 Deco (Chelsea, £5.2million)
26 Didier Drogba (Chelsea, £4.8million)
27 Gianluigi Buffon (Juventus, £4.8million)
28 Francesco Totti (Roma, £4.8million)
29 Luca Toni (Roma, £4.8million)
30 David Villa (Valencia, £4.8million)
31 Arjen Robben (Bayern Munich, £4.8million)
32 Bastian Schweinsteiger (Bayern Munich, £4.8million)
33 Ashley Cole (Chelsea, £4.8million)
34 Fernando Torres (Liverpool, £4.8million)
35 Gareth Barry (Manchester City, £4.8million)
36 Patrick Vieira (Internazionale, £4.8million)
37 Charles Puyol (Barcelona, £4.3million)
38 Andres Iniesta (Barcelona, £4.3million)
39 Sergio Aguero (Atletico Madrid, £4.3million)
40 Andreas Pirlo (AC Milan, £4.3million)
41 Willy Sagnol (Bayern Munich, £4.3million)
42 Frank Ribery (Bayern Munich, £4.3million)
43 David Beckham (AC Milan, £4.3million)
44 Wayne Bridge (Manchester City, £4.3million)
45 Lassana Diarra (Real Madrid, £4.3million)
46 Dimitar Berbatov (Manchester United £4.1million)
47 Andrei Arshavin (Arsenal, £4.1million)
48 Nicolas Anelka (Chelsea, £4.1million)
49 Ryan Giggs (Manchester United £4.1million)
50 Alessandro Del Piero (Juventus, £4.1million)

Source: Top 50 highest football salaries

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

AC Milan 2 - Manchester United 3

Man Utd have won the much awaited game against AC Milan in the first leg of Champions League Second Round.

Ace striker Wayne Rooney continued his dream form and scored twice after Scholes equalized for United in Reply to Ronaldinho's goal in the third minute. Seedorf scored in 85th minute to reduce the gap.

Final Score:
AC Milan 2
Manchester United 3

Friday, February 5, 2010

Manchester United v Portsmouth: Preview

Manchester United will face the weakest team of Premier League on Saturday at Old Trafford with a great chance of going on top of the table.

The confidence level of the United players is sky high after the win over Arsenal last Sunday. On the other hand Portsmouth is struggling and was forced to sell their top player to sustain in the league financially. So it is expected to be a one sided game in favor of the Red Devils.

Team News
Manchester United
Rio Ferdinand will remain suspend and miss this tie. Hargreaves and O Shea will remain out due to their injuries. Vidic may come back to join Evans or Brown at the center back position. Sir Alex should go with the same combination in the mid field and upfront that played against Arsenal.

Diop and Hreidarsson will miss this tie.

Manchester United must go for a kill in this game because it is a scoring game for United and this will help them to improve their goal difference.

Probable Line Up

Manchester United
Van Der Sar
Rafael - Vidic - Evans - Evra
Nani - Scholes - Carrick - Fletcher - Park

Belhadj - Ben Heim - Wilson - Finnan
O' Hara - Brown - Mokoena
Yebda - Boateng

Predicted Score

Manchester United 5
Portsmouth 0

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Owen Hargreaves out of Manchester United Champions League Team

England’s defensive midfielder Owen Hargreaves has been left out of Manchester United’s Champions League squad for the knockout rounds. Previously, Hargreaves was expected to come back in the Champions League tie against A C Milan.

Hargreaves has been out since September 2008. This 29 years old midfielder is an ex Byern Munich player. He has undergone surgery on both knees in December 2008 and January 2009.

Now the big question is whether he will be able to take part in the World Cup which is going to held in South Africa later this year. Hargreaves’ performance was eye catching in the game against Portugal in the last world cup. In fact he was the only English player to score a goal in the penalty shoot out in that game.

Hargreaves has been replaced by Ritchie De Laet, in the only change to their squad for the knockout rounds.

Reports last month suggested Hargreaves was under pressure with a lack of confidence after being out for so long.

This now makes it difficult for Hargreaves to play enough games to secure an England World Cup place. Consequently this may force Sir Alex Ferguson to think upon signing a central defensive midfielder in the summer transfer market.

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Arsenal vs Manchester United: Pictures

Arsenal 1 - Manchester United 3: Pictures

Almunia's own goal

Nani is congratulated by the team after the first goal

Wayne Rooney after scoring second goal of the match

Park scored third goal and sealed the game for United

Nani and Wayne Rooney showed great attacking display and destroyed the gunners

Andrey Arshavin tackled by Wes Brown

Song Billong closing Jonathan Evans

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Chelsea Drew with Hull: Another good result for United

Hull City and Chelsea have shared points after a 1-1 draw at . Both goals came in the first half.

Now the difference in Chelsea and Manchester United is only two points. So Man Utd will go on top of the table if they manage a victory over Portsmouth. On Sunday Chelsea will face Arsenal and it will be a do or die situation for Arsenal. Arsene Wenger knows that losing this game will virtually end their hopes of winning the trophy.

Final Score

Hull City 1
Chelsea 1

Manchester United: After Emirates triumph

Mike Phelan, often known as right-hand man of Sir Alex Ferguson, has recently said that Manchester United's convincing victory over Arsenal has added to the self-belief of the team. This win has added a lot to the team’s hope of winning the Premier League for the fourth time in a row.

As usual United has failed to cover some easy points in this season, but now they are looking to come back on their track. Phelan added that the side is now finding their stride. "I just think the belief’s there now," the coach told the pres. "The players are starting to tune in to what we are trying to do on the training ground.”

In the game the combination of Nani and Rooney has worked well ahead of strong defensive midfield of Scholes, Fletcher and Carrick. Park also did well and added one more goal to his name against the rivals.

So clearly the players have now smelt that they can win the title for record fourth season in a row.

January Transfer Window closed with no major addition to Top four!!

The Winter Transfer window has closed with no major addition to the so called top four clubs of English Premier League. The top four of English Premier League haven’t added or lost much new players to their squad.

The month of January is the month of change in English Premier League. Last season we have witnessed a few very important signings to the English Clubs in the mid season transfer window. One of them was Arshavin, who has not taken any time to prove his worth. The main reason behind the Top English clubs failing to sign big guns of soccer is the lack of money. The two most famous clubs Manchester United and Liverpool are in huge financial crisis and can’t spend like before. Chelsea, on the other hand have money to spend but their new boss Carlo Ancelotti never looked interested in signing new players. Although he knew well that he will lose players like Drogba, Mikel and Essian to AFCON in January, he was never in a mood to bring new players. Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is famous for very calculative signings signed his old player Sol Campbell for free. Wenger was also looking interested for 20-year-old Chris Smalling.

Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson has signed 20-year-old Chris Smalling from Fulham. He will join Old Trafford in July for a four year contract. Apart from Smalling United’s highly-rated striker Mame Diouf came back from loan to join squad.

Man Utd’s arch rivals Liverpool has signed free agent Maxi Rodriguez of Argentina.

Manchester United Squad

Manchester United Squad
Manchester United 2009-10