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Zlatan Ibrahimovic Announces Retirement From Football

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AC Milan’s Sweden striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic said on Sunday he had decided to end his football career.

The 41-year-old’s Milan contract expires at the end of June and will not be renewed following a season plagued by injuries, prompting him to end a remarkable and successful career.

Ibrahimovic arrived in Milan for his second spell with the club in early 2020, having won the Scudetto with them in 2011, and helped them win the title again last season.

“I say goodbye to football but not to you.”he said after being feted by the San Siro crowd after Milan’s 3-1 win over Hellas Verona in their season finale.

The striker started his professional career at Malmo FF in 1999 and left for Ajax Amsterdam in 2001 before embarking on a career that has included leading European teams including Manchester United, Inter Milan and Milan.

Ibrahimovic, Sweden’s all-time top scorer with 62 goals in 121 matches, quit the national team after Euro 2016 but returned in 2021 for their unsuccessful World Cup qualifying campaign.

Source:- Skysport

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Carlos Alcaraz Beats Novak Djokovic To Win Wimbledon Men’s Singles Final

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Carlos Alcaraz has won the Wimbledon men’s singles title, ending Novak Djokovic’s winning streak.

The 20-year-old Spaniard beat his Serbian opponent in an epic five set match, 1-6 7-6 (8-6) 6-1 3-6 6-4, to lift the trophy for the first time.

After overcoming a nervy first set, in which he won only one game, he dug in and produced a series of stunning passing shots to defeat one of the greatest players of all time.

He becomes the youngest man to lift the Challenge Cup since 18-year-old Boris Becker won the second of his three Wimbledon titles in 1986.

It is Alcaraz’s second grand slam win after claiming the 2022 US Open. He remains the world number one.

His victory stopped Djokovic from gaining his eighth Wimbledon title, something that would have put him level with Roger Federer.

The Princess of Wales, Prince George and Princess Charlotte were watching from the royal box on Centre Court.

The number two seed was on track for his 24th grand slam win and his fifth consecutive Wimbledon victory in a row – minus the 2020 tournament which was cancelled because of COVID.

Before the match, Alcaraz said that going up against a “legend from our sport” made the final more special.

I always say if you want to be the best, you have to beat the best. Novak is one of them. It would be great if I can do it,” he said.

The pair last met on court during the French Open semi-final last month, where Djokovic took the last two sets 6-1, 6-1.

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Chelsea FC confirm the exit of another player

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Chelsea Football Club are on a mission of reducing the size of their squad ahead of the new season ( 2023/24) which kicks off in August 2023.

Chelsea announced the exit of its first-team defender, Kalidou Koulibaly on its official website on Sunday, June 25, 2023. The club confirmed that the Senegalese have completed his move Al-Hilal in the Saudi professional league.

Kalidou Koulibaly
Kalidou Koulibaly

The 33-year-old time at Chelsea did not go as it was expected by football fans around the world. He was signed from Napoli during the 2022 summer transfer window as a replacement for Antonio Rudiger.

Chelsea supporters will always remember Koulibaly for his fantastic goal against Tottenham in his first game at Stamford Bridge. He made 32 appearances for the Blues during his one season at Stamford Bridge.

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Jay Jay Okocha Celebrates Skills At Ronaldinho’s Charity Game

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Okocha is proud to remind Ronaldinho and the football world of his skills in the USA.
Ronaldinho’s celebrity-studded charity game in Florida came to a wild conclusion as crowd members invaded the pitch in large numbers after the game was called early due to weather.

To organize “The Beautiful Game” at the Exploria Stadium, the 43-year-old Brazil superstar welcomed a variety of footballing faces and celebrity all-stars.

At the MLS team Orlando City’s stadium, the game featured Team Ronaldinho (R10) battling Team Roberto Carlos (RC3).

Ronaldinho vs Okocha
Ronaldinho battled Okocha in a show of skills on the pitch, reigniting their glory days before retirement.

Ronaldinho and Okocha were teammates and French Ligue 1 giants Paris Saint-Germain and took to the pitch to entertain the crowd.

Team R10’s Jay-Jay Okocha scored the game’s first goal after tricking the defense with some of his signature movement and slipping the ball past Rene Higuita of Colombia.

The goal showed that Okocha, a legend of the Super Eagles of Nigeria, still possesses incredible football skills, years after retiring.

Okocha took to his official social media platforms to celebrate his skills in the charity game that went viral.

Along with a video of the skills needed to score was a message on his official Instagram account that said, “Just a little cameo in Olando.”

Okocha, now retired, was a pundit during the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar.

Known for his football skills, Okocha is also invited to showcase them in several top-level charity games worldwide.

Okocha is regarded as one of the greatest football exports from the African continent and continues to be an ambassador for the game.

Source: Pulse Sports Nigeria

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