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    Here Is The World’s Most Expensive Starting 11: Liverpool’s Alisson Joins Neymar, Ronaldo, Mbappe, Pogba, Coutinho League



    After Brazilian Alisson gazumped the world-record transfer fee for a keeper – set by compatriot Ederson at Manchester City – with his £65million move to Liverpool, it got people thinking: who would form the most expensive side of all time?
    A crunching of the numbers reveals a star-studded line-up worth an eye-watering £992.65m with six stars plying their trade in the Premier League.
    With Neymar, Cristiano Ronaldo and Kylian Mbappe forming a devastating attacking triumvirate, Daily Mail takes a look at the stars in the side and the moves that put them there.

    Alisson (Roma to Liverpool for £65m)
    The Brazilian goalkeeper has been identified as the man to solve Liverpool’s woes between the sticks.
    A firm favourite at Roma, Liverpool fans will be excited with a player that managed to edge out Manchester City stopper Ederson to the No 1 shirt for the national team.
    A world-record fee for a goalkeeper was needed to bring him to Merseyside but his arrival on a six-year-deal spells trouble for both Simon Mignolet and Loris Karius.

    Benjamin Mendy (AS Monaco to Man City, £51.75m)
    Charismatic and a joker among his peers, Mendy is considered one of the best full-backs in world football, despite yet getting to show his true potential at the Etihad Stadium.
    The Frenchman ruptured his cruciate ligament in September last season and was forced to watch much of City’s record-breaking campaign from the sidelines.
    When fit he looks a major threat and his consistency at Monaco in their run to the Ligue 1 title and Champions League semi-finals in 2016-17 showed he has earned a big-money move. Don’t expect to see Fabian Delph at left back for much longer with a fit and firing Mendy back in the frame.

    Virgil van Dijk (Southampton to Liverpool, £70.1m)
    Hailed at Celtic as a talent destined for Europe’s elite, Van Dijk was one of a number of players in recent years to swap Southampton for Liverpool.
    It was a move that had been on the cards for some time before the Reds were accused of tapping up the Dutch defender.
    They got their man in January 2018 and it remains the world-record fee for a defender. With Alisson and van Dijk in the back-line, it appears Liverpool and boss Jurgen Klopp have expensive taste.

    Aymeric Laporte (Atletic Bilbao to Man City, £58.5m)
    Pep Guardiola had a clear set of targets when he took charge at City and Laporte never found himself far from the top of it after continuing to impress in Spain.
    The 24-year-old signed a deal until 2023 in January but was eased in during the second half of the campaign as he adapted to the rigours of English football.
    Technically good on the ball and a threat in the air, Laporte will be the bedrock of City’s back line for years to come with club captain Vincent Kompany likely to become less and less influential on the pitch.
    Laporte and John Stones as a partnership is what Guardiola has been building up to since he arrived.

    Kyle Walker (Tottenham to Man City, £47.5m)
    Tottenham did what they could but in the end the Englishman’s mind was made up to switch north London for Manchester. And it certainly paid off in his first season.
    Walker’s decision to move to a title rival of Tottenham was considered controversial but his desire to win trophies was vindicated when he lifted the Premier League trophy in May.
    Converted to a right-sided centre back in a back three for England, Walker will hope Guardiola continues to use his pace in wide areas and leave central areas to Laporte, Stones and Nicolas Otamendi.

    Paul Pogba (Juventus to Man United, £94m)
    Left for nothing and was brought back for an, at the time, world-record transfer fee, Paul Pogba’s return to Manchester United had everyone talking.
    The exuberant French midfielder excelled at Juventus under Antonio Conte and Massimiliano Allegri and United boss Jose Mourinho was adamant he could build a team around Pogba.
    Often at the centre of criticism from pundits and experts, Pogba will begin the new campaign as a World Cup winner and will want to prove victory in Moscow is a springboard for him to fulfil his potential at Old Trafford this season.

    Philippe Coutinho (Liverpool to Barcelona, £112.5m)
    Liverpool were adamant that their prized Brazilian was not for sale at any price. But the departure of Neymar to Paris Saint-Germain ensured Barcelona would pay whatever it took.
    They were kept at bay during the summer window of 2017 but the interest never waned and the Catalan side got their man in January for a £112.5m fee.
    It was a dream move for Coutinho and gave Liverpool the funds to strengthen their vulnerable positions, namely in defence. Coutinho has been a huge success since his arrival and will be the successor to Andres Iniesta following his departure last season.

    James Rodriguez (AS Monaco to Real Madrid, £67.5m)
    The stand-out performer from the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, there was little Monaco could do to stop Rodriguez’s head from being turned.
    In typical Real Madrid fashion, their Galactico policy led them to Rodriguez following his World Cup exploits and a £67.5m move followed for the Colombian.
    But it’s been up and down ever since and after failing to convince his doubters in Spain, was shipped off on a two-year loan to Bayern Munich. His career could be resurrected at the Bernabeu under new boss Julen Lopetegui but the jury remains out on the Colombian’s time at Madrid.

    Neymar (Barcelona to PSG, £199.8m)
    This was a move with figures that fans of the game thought they might never see. PSG had been waiting to make a move that would truly ensure they had a place at the top table and bringing in Neymar certainly did that.
    The Brazilian wanted to be the star and was unable to take that role at Barcelona with Lionel Messi around. Meeting his staggering release clause of near £200m took him to Paris but it remains unclear how long he plans to stay in Ligue 1.
    Whatever happens in the future, this move changed the transfer market forever.

    Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid to Juventus, £105m)
    Just when Ronaldo seems ready to be cut out the picture he decides he wants a new challenge at Juventus following a £105m move.
    Nine years at Real Madrid saw the Portuguese win five Ballon d’Or awards and a wealth of domestic trophies.
    Rightly considered one of the greatest of all time, he is a worthy component of this star-studded team.

    Kylian Mbappe (AS Monaco to PSG, £121m)
    A loan move with a view to buy was the only way PSG could justify Kylian Mbappe’s move to Financial Fair Play in the same summer they spent £200m on Neymar.
    Mbappe’s stock could not be higher after the 2018 World Cup where he was awarded best young player and PSG will know his value is only going to soar.
    A World Cup and two-time Ligue 1 winner by the age of 19 demonstrates how bright the future is for Mbappe. If anyone can break the world transfer record set by Neymar, it’s the speedy Frenchman.



    She Cranes Star Nuba Reveals Why She Decided To Play For Uganda Not South Sudan; Why She Regrets Giving Birth Early…



    She Cranes player Mary Nuba

    Born in South Sudan but grew in Uganda, that’s the story of the She Cranes goal shooter Mary Nuba Cholhok who was voted as the best shooter in the just concluded Fast5 Series tournament which was held in New Zealand.

    Uganda emerged in fifth position in the tournament. theGrapevine had a chance to talk to Nuba before she went back to England for her professional career.

    Grapevine: Why did you decide to play for Uganda and not for your native country South Sudan?

    Nuba: South Sudan is still lagging behind in Netball and I’m getting old, that’s why I decided to play for Uganda’s She Cranes.

    Grapevine: What challenges have you faced so far in your career?

    Nuba: Thinking about my five-year baby who stays in Uganda yet I’m in England playing for my professional club.

    Grapevine: Then what about your husband [the baby’s father] ?

    Nuba: I’m not married, though I gave birth.

    Mary Nuba was awarded Fans player of the Fast5 Series tournament

    Grapevine: How did you manage giving birth and playing Netball?

    Nuba: I realized that later that I made a mistake of getting pregnant. But I stood on my feet, forgot all the past and decided to move on with my child and my career.

    Grapevine: How do you manage those good performances?

    Nuba: I work very hard ever day in order to achieve my goals.

    Grapevine: Where do you see She Cranes in four years to come?

    Nuba: I see She Cranes winning the Netball World cup because we have good players who are still young.

    Grapevine: Tell us about the best game in your career?

    Nuba: When we defeated South Africa in the Common Wealth games in Birmingham.

    Grapevine: Who’s your role model in the game of Netball?

    Nuba: Peace Proscovia because of the way she managed to lift her life from a poor background. She is now superstar in the game.



    By Juma Ali


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    MIRACLE: All She Cranes Players Return After Incidents Of Players Disappearing While On Duty Abroad…



    She Cranes players and one of the start player Goal Shooter Mary Cholhok Nuba

    It was a miracle this time around after all the She Cranes players returned from New Zealand.

    It has been a habit for some Netball players to escape when the team travels for international tournaments.

    Just last month, two She Cranes players; Nakanyike Shakira, who was a Police Player and Rose Namutebi, who was a KCCA Player, disappeared in UK, during She Cranes international friendlies.

    The disappearance of these two players followed the disappearance of centre Player, Halimah Nakachwa, who disappeared in UK, in 2017 during another international friendly in UK.

    However, this time around, all the nine players who went for the first five series tournament in New Zealand, where She Cranes emerged fifth, after wining three games and losing three games, all returned with the team.

    National players disappearing while on duty abroad is also a habit in other sports disciplines like; boxing, table tennis, Rugby among others.


    By Juma Ali


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    It’s Time For Golola To Rest: I’m Going To Punch Him Into Retirement – General Fungu Vows…



    Moses Golola (L) and General Fungu (R)

    General Hamza Fungu has vowed to fight Moses Golola and send him into retirement come 26th December. 2022.

    Fungu said this during the launch at Akamwesi gardens today.

    Uganda’s middle weight kick boxing champion, Golola Moses is set to face his former trainer, General Hamza Fungu on bixing day at Akamwesi shopping mail gardens.

    Golola, who is known for his many words said that he has beaten many fighters who were better than Fungu, “now look at this piglet, I’m going to show him why I’m called Golola Moses ‘of Uganda ‘  and I call upon Ugandans to come and be witnesses on that day.”

    Though Golola said that he signed a contract which allows both fighters to fight until one gets tired, officials in charge of organizing the show said they will fight K-1 style for five rounds.

    Grapevine had a chance to sit down with Golola’s challenger General Fungu and and this is what he had to say;

    theGrapevine: How are you prepared for this fight?

    Fungu: I’m well prepared but they have also given us enough time. So, I’m going to prepare more.

    theGrapevine: Why, among fighters did you choose Golola?

    Fungu: I have been asking to fight Golola for the last five years but he has been dodging me. He one time asked for 20,000 dollars to fight me.

    theGrapevine: Why do you think he accepted this time around?

    Fungu: I think this time, he has been given a lot of money.

    theGrapevine: Which tactics are you going to use to defeat Golola?

    Fungu : Golola has words but I have the tactics which will defeat Golola.

    theGrapevine: Many people have come out to challenge Golola but he finally wins?

    Fungu : He has been favoured many times.

    theGrapevine: Is it true that the contract you signed for the fight allows you to fight until one of you gets tired?

    Fungu : The contract is a disadvantage to Golola not me because I was born a fighter.

    theGrapevine: What next after this fight?

    Fungu : After this fight, I will fight three more three bouts and retire.


    By Juma Ali


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