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Benitez compares Babayaro’s son to Messi

Rafa Benitez has invited ‎Ryan Hyacinth, son of former Super Eagles left back Celestine Babayaro, to come and train with Newcastle United’s youth team and says he hopes the boy becomes the new Messi. This was after the 10-year-old emerged the most valuable player in a small five-a-sided football competition …

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Mertesacker happy over Arsenal academy role

Arsenal captain Per Mertesacker has said he is “very happy and very privileged” after being asked to take over as the club’s academy director next year. Mertesacker, who will retire from football after the 2017-18 season, fills the role vacated by previous director Andries Jonker. The former Germany international said …

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Atletico overtake Barcelona, Bayern in UEFA rankings

Atletico Madrid have overtaken Barcelona and Bayern Munich to move into second place in the UEFA rankings for club competitions. The latest official list published ahead of the 2017-18 season sees Atletico with a coefficient of 133.799, putting them ahead of third-placed Barca (128.7990), fourth-placed Bayern (122.656) and fifth-placed Juventus …

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