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Spanish champions Barcelona report record revenues

Image copyright AFP/Getty Revenues at La Liga winner Barcelona hit a record €914m (£809m) in the 2017-18 season, the club has said. The Spanish football giant also said it was on track to achieve revenues of €1bn by 2021. Barcelona received a world record transfer fee of £200.6m from Paris St Germain for Brazilian Neymar in 2017. Since then the Catalan club has twice broken its transfer record on the signings of Ousmane Dembele (£96.8m) and Philippe Coutinho (£106.4m). Is Messi’s blockchain interest a sign football is changing? European football is worth a record £22bn, says Deloitte Manchester United ‘remains most valuable club in Europe’ Operating profits at the club were €32m, while the net profit was €13m. “The board has valued the final balance of the year posi...

German GP: Will Sebastian Vettel taste home victory on Hockenheim’s return?

Michael Schumacher was worshipped by the Hockenheim faithful, winning four times in front of his home crowd (1995, 2002, 2004 and 2006) Guten tag, Germany… and welcome back. Hockenheim returns to the Formula 1 calendar after a two-year hiatus this weekend, and what better way to get the German fans through the gates than having one of their compatriots sitting atop the drivers’ championship. Come Sunday, Sebastian Vettel will be aiming to do what Lewis Hamilton could not at Silverstone – win on home soil. The headlines were already written for the Mercedes man to claim a record sixth British Grand Prix victory but the prancing horse had other ideas. Instead it was Vettel who held aloft the winner’s trophy to extended his lead this intriguing title race to eight poin...

‘Wilder just has to sign for Joshua bout’ – Hearn

Joshua must negotiate Alexander Povetkin before any bout is signed for 13 April Deontay Wilder just has to “add his signature” to a contract to fight Anthony Joshua on 13 April, says Matchroom Sport chief Barry Hearn. IBF, WBA and WBO world heavyweight champion Joshua has agreed to defend his titles against Alexander Povetkin at Wembley Stadium on 22 September. Joshua, 28, is contracted to fight at Wembley in April, but no deal has been reached with WBC title-holder Wilder. “Wilder has to ask: ‘Do I really believe I can beat him?'” said Hearn. Hearn, whose son Eddie promotes Joshua, added: “Wilder’s making a few million dollars a fight. “Sooner or later the penny will drop where he says: ‘I’ve been offered $15m, so every other fig...

Cristiano Ronaldo: I’m here to help Juventus finally win Champions League

Juventus’ Cristiano Ronaldo admitted he joined the Italian club as he wanted to challenge himself again and insists he win just as many trophies in Italy. With his official presentation complete, the FC guys discuss how far Cristiano Ronaldo can take Juventus domestically and in European competition. After being unveiled as a Juventus player following his move from Real Madrid, ESPN take a look at how Cristiano Ronaldo’s move to Turin unfolded. Cristiano Ronaldo said he is not obsessed with winning the Champions League but acknowledged he joined Juventus partly to help them claim the title for the first time in more than two decades. Ronaldo has won the competition five times, including in each of the last three seasons with Real Madrid, and while Juve have reached the final tw...

Sundowns finally secure Lakay capture from Cape Town City

South African league champions Mamelodi Sundowns have completed the signing Lyle Lakay from Cape Town City, completing a four-year pursuit of the player by coach Pitso Mosimane. Lakay has been signed to add squad depth and will provide cover in both the left-wing and left-back positions, an area that Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane was keen to strengthen ahead of the new campaign. Lakay was first touted for the role in November 2014 while he was at Bloemfontein Celtic and was unusually allowed to go on trial to Sundowns during the season. But the clubs failed to agree a move in the January transfer window that followed and he instead remained in the Free State. The move has been touted for some weeks and Mosimane has previously explained how he will use the 26-year-old, especially as leftbac...

Neymar sinks long three-pointer … or does he?

Having spent the summer toiling away at the World Cup, it looks like Neymar is finally enjoying some rest and relaxation ahead of the new season. Proving that his shooting skills go beyond the edge of the 18-yard box, the Brazilian superstar shared a video of himself sinking a massive three-pointer on his private basketball court. 🏀 pic.twitter.com/eTpojt1M7c — Neymar Jr (@neymarjr) 16 July 2018 Lovely technique and excellent execution. LeBron James would be proud! However, we couldn’t help but notice that the video stutters a little bit mid-way through Neymar’s shot. Surely he wouldn’t go doctoring the footage just to flatter himself on social media? That’s frankly unheard of.

World Cup final protesters jailed in Russia

Image copyright Reuters Image caption One of the pitch invaders high-fived France’s Mbappé Four members of the Russian punk activist group Pussy Riot have been jailed for 15 days for disrupting the World Cup final by running onto the pitch. They were accused of violating the rules for spectators at sporting events and wearing police uniforms illegally. They were also banned from attending sports events for three years. Pussy Riot said it was a protest against human rights abuses in Russia. Stewards hauled the four off the pitch. The incident interrupted the second half of the Croatia v France match for about 25 seconds. France went on to win 4-2. Image copyright Reuters Image caption Security was tight and it is not clear how the activists managed to get through Pussy Riot has staged...

‘I thought I was going to die’ – British champion Dobbin on seizure that left her unable to walk or talk

‘I thought I was going to die’ “Slowly, the light started to go out. I remember thinking ‘I’m going to die’, so I just wanted to let it happen.” As a teenager, Beth Dobbin suffered an epileptic seizure so severe it left her unable to walk, talk or even recognise her own father. Years of anxiety and “brutal” post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) followed – “I just had no control over it,” she says. Yet 11 years on, the 200m sprinter has smashed a 34-year Scottish record and been crowned British champion. Last week she donned a British vest for the first time at the inaugural Athletics World Cup in London, and will do so again in August at the European Championships in Berlin. Here, 24-year-old Dobbin tells BBC Sport abo...

Ronaldo sends Turin into meltdown

With his official presentation complete, the FC guys discuss how far Cristiano Ronaldo can take Juventus domestically and in European competition. After being unveiled as a Juventus player following his move from Real Madrid, ESPN take a look at how Cristiano Ronaldo’s move to Turin unfolded. Juventus’ Cristiano Ronaldo admitted he joined the Italian club as he wanted to challenge himself again and insists he win just as many trophies in Italy. Cristiano Ronaldo is in Italy to undergo his medical ahead of his big money move to Juventus. TURIN, Italy — Monday morning in Turin. The beginning of another working week in Italy’s motor city. It’s grey outside and the heavens look like they could open at any time. But the atmosphere contrasts with the mood. Outside t...

Cristiano Ronaldo: Juventus newcomer makes ‘The Myth’ become a reality

Cristiano Ronaldo: Juventus newcomer ready for the challenge It was the day ‘The Myth’ became reality. ‘CR7 Day’. The day Italian football’s most expensive signing – and one of the top four of all time – showed off his new colours. “Historic” was how one journalist described Cristiano Ronaldo’s arrival at Juventus on Monday. He was not wrong. About 200 journalists were at the Allianz Stadium for the unveiling of the five-time world footballer of the year. And, though his signing was announced last week, there was still a sense of disbelief he was a Juventus player; even the club described him as ‘The Myth’. Torrential rain and thunderstorms brought a moody edge to the day as fans – many soaked to the skin –...

Bolt in talks about football trial in Australia

Image copyright EPA Image caption Usain Bolt has played in a number of exhibition matches this year Eight-time Olympic champion Usain Bolt is in talks for a trial to play football in Australia, his agent says. The Jamaican former sprinter, 31, is negotiating a six-week stint with the Central Coast Mariners, a team in the country’s A-League competition. Club officials said “if all goes well”, Bolt could be signed for a season. His agent, Tony Rallis, said the trial had been agreed “in principle”. Bolt has previously trained with clubs in Germany, Norway and South Africa. The 100m and 200m world record holder, who retired from athletics last year, has previously spoken about his interest in becoming a professional footballer. Bolt is a fan of Manchester United a...