Thomas Muller Claims Liverpool Star Mohamed Salah Deserves Ballon d’Or Over Ronaldo & Messi

??Bayern Munich forward Thomas Muller believes ?Liverpool’s Egyptian superstar Mohamed Salah deserves to win the Ballon d’Or following his stellar debut season at Anfield.

Since joining the Reds from Roma last summer the 25-year-old forward has notched 60 goals contributions throughout the course of the 2017/18 campaign, leading him to be tipped to become the first player besides Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo to win the Ballon d’Or since Kaka claimed the award in 2007.

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Among those who believe Salah deserves the nod over his La Liga rivals is Bayern’s Thomas Muller who feels the Liverpool forward’s performances this season have been enough to see him crowned as Europe’s finest player, assuming the Reds can beat Real Madrid in the Champions League final on Saturday, as reported by ?the Mirror.

“I think that Mo Salah was very impressive,” Muller said. “Maybe if Liverpool can win the Champions League title, he’s a big candidate.

“The whole world is looking for a new Ballon d’Or winner. Leo Messi and Ronaldo are outstanding, but the performance of Salah this season was also outstanding. I think he has a great chance.”

Elsewhere in the Premier League, Muller’s compatriot Leroy Sane helped guide ?Manchester City to a record breaking season where they claimed the Premier League title with an exceptional 100 points, with the Germany international winning the PFA Young Player of the Year award.

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However, despite Sane’s achievements this season, Muller claims that Die Mannschaft don’t posses a player capable of winning the Ballon d’Or, although went on to claim that he finds winning trophies with his team gives him more satisfaction.

“He [Sane] did very great job in the Premier League,” Muller admitted. “But I think in Germany we don’t have that single player that is better than the rest.

“We have many players that have the talent to play a season like Salah, but I think you have to win titles as well to win the Ballon d’Or.

“But in the end to win the Ballon d’Or is not the biggest thing you can reach, because when you win titles with your team, it gives you so much more intensity and good feelings – that, in my opinion, is more important.”


Man Utd Transfer Target Reportedly Seals Permanent Juventus Move as Jose Mourinho Eyes Alternative

?Manchester United transfer target Douglas Costa will not be heading to the Premier League this summer after ?Juventus CEO Giuseppe Marotta revealed the player will be making his loan deal from ?Bayern Munich permanent, according to reports. 

The Brazilian has enjoyed a scintillating season at the Allianz Stadium, netting six goals and providing 14 assists for the Turin outfit in their double-winning term after joining on a campaign-long loan last summer. 

?The Sun recently claimed that Red Devils boss Jose Mourinho would be willing to pay up to £79m to snatch the 27-year-old away from the Serie A champions’ grasp, with the Portuguese manager hoping the player opted against making his pre-agreed £33m deal – £40m including the loan payment – a permanent one.

However, according to German news outlet ?SportBildMarotta has confirmed what Munich’s CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge already announced in November; that Costa will be joining Juventus on a full-time deal this summer – bringing an end to United’s chase.

However, with the World Cup-bound attacking ace now seemingly heading to Italy, the Old Trafford boss is hopeful he can lure Mario Mandzukic to the Premier League. 

Reports from Sky Italia, as quoted by the ?Manchester Evening News, claim that Mourinho is planning to make an approach for the striker in the coming weeks, with an eye to shore up his attacking line amid rumours ?Anthony Martial could be heading for the exit door


Juve are believed to be open to the idea of losing the 32-year-old – who netted ten goals across all competitions this year – with the plan to rejuvenate their ageing squad during the transfer window. 

However, Mandzukic is also said to be angling a move to China this summer, and only a bargain price would persuade United to make a move. 



7 of the Bundesliga’s Biggest & Best Moments From the 2017/18 Campaign

Bayern Munich have been crowned as Bundesliga for a sixth consecutive season, while two of the division’s oldest and most beloved clubs Hamburger SV and FC Köln dropped out of the German top flight altogether.

The 2017/18 season had all the usual thrills and spills that we’ve come to expect from the Bundesliga, but the last nine months have been groundbreaking in how the game will be played for years to come.

So with that in mind, let’s have a look back at seven of the most memorable moments that made last season a year no one will ever forget.

7. The Bundesliga Waves Goodbye to Legends

Every year as the season comes to a close, fans prepare themselves for some emotional farewells as their club’s most iconic players lace up their boots for one final time.

This year, the German top flight waved goodbye to a number of Bundesliga stalwarts – not least of which included Stefan Kiessling and Claudio Pizarro.

The former has opted to call time on his career following an incredible 12-year stint in the ranks of Bayer Leverkusen. 

Despite making just eight cameo appearances this season, Kiessling departs the BayArena with over 160 goals to his name for Die Werkself and the 34-year-old has more often than not been the face of Leverkusen over the last decade.

In comparison with former Peru international Pizzaro, the 39-year-old goal machine has represented Werder Bremen, Köln and Bayern Munich since he first moved to Germany in 1999. 

And with 192 goals to his name in the top flight, the veteran striker ends his career as the Bundesliga’s highest non-German goalscorer of all time.

6. The Most Dramatic Revierderby Ever

The Revierderby between Borussia Dortmund and Schalke 04 is rarely game that disappoints, and this season the giants from the Ruhr served up two of the most memorable games of the campaign.

But while the latter of the two fixtures was more memorable for those in Royal Blue, Schalke’s trip to the Westfalenstadion back in November made headlines across the world.

The pendulum swung in Dortmund’s favour just 12 minutes into the game when Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang put the hosts in front. An own goal from Benjamin Stambouli then doubled their advantage before strikes from Mario Götze and Raphaël Guerreiro appeared to have three points in the bag before half time.

But goals from Guido Burgstaller and Amine Harit had the home fans bitting their nails heading into the last 10 minutes of the game, and the anxiety in the stadium was made worse when Aubameyang was sent off.

Daniel Caligiuri then scored a delightful left footed goal to get Schalke back within touching distance of an impossible comeback before Naldo, in the 94th minute of the game, rose highest from a corner to rescue a draw – although it felt more like a win – for Domenico Tedesco’s side.

5. The English are Invading

Fans across Europe have become accustomed to their country’s brightest prospects upping sticks early in their career to chase the glitz and glamour of the Premier League.

But this season the Bundesliga has started to fight back against the financial powerhouses in England by poaching some of the biggest talents that aren’t being given a chance on home soil.

Borussia Dortmund started the trend this season by signing Jadon Sancho – tipped by many to be England’s most promising young player – from Manchester City for just £8m. 

And the 18-year-old has proved himself to be one of the most exciting players in the Bundesliga this season, making an impressive 12 appearances for the Black and Yellows this campaign.

RB Leipzig have also benefited from shopping in the Premier League, with Ademola Lookman joining the club on loan from Everton during the winter transfer window. 

The former Charlton star has been involved in nine goals for the Red Bulls since January, scoring five goals and claiming four assists in just 11 appearances.

4. The First Female Referee

The Bundesliga is often held in high regard across Europe as being one of the most progressive top flights on the continent and that reputation was furthered even more this season when Bibiana Steinhaus became the first female referee to take charge of a top flight game.

With a wealth of experience from the second division behind her, Steinhaus was flawless in stepping up to the Bundesliga and she has gone on to take charge of eight games this season – the first of which was a 1-1 draw between Hertha BSC and Werder Bremen.

3. 6 League Titles in a Row

Bayern Munich secured an outstanding sixth consecutive Bundesliga title this season under the guidance of their legendary manager Jupp Heynckes, who retires this summer.

The Bavarians’ dominance in the German top flight is often misinterpreted as a poor advert for Bundesliga football, but their ability and success to dominate the Bundesliga is much more of a display of how well the club has been run in recent years.

2. A Guinea Pig for VAR

The introduction of a Video Assistant Referee (VAR) in the Bundesliga this season has been a tough pill to swallow for fans who pride themselves on tradition and history.

There appeared to be a small majority of fans who were opposed to the introduction of the new technology this year, but most supporters were willing to at least give the VAR a chance before completely dismissing it at the start of the campaign.

But those fans have increasingly grown more and more frustrated with the technology, as well as club’s staff and players, as the season has gone forward. 

With communication still a major issue in Germany, there are also concerns about what can be reviewed by the VAR, not to mention what a “clear and obvious” mistake actually is.

1. Scoring a Goal During Half Time

But perhaps the most damning incident for the Video Assistant Referee came back in April when SC Freiburg traveled to Mainz on matchday 30.

There was a fairly inconspicuous penalty shout for handball which referee Guido Winkmann waved away on the brink of half time, with the players walking down the tunnel moments later at the break.

But before Winkmann had the chance to go into his own dressing room, the VAR instructed that the official take a second look at the penalty shout. 

Despite being outside the parameters of what most considered to be a “clear and obvious” error from the official, the referee overturned his original decision and forced the players out of their dressing rooms so that Mainz could take a penalty during the half time break.

Pablo de Blasis stepped up for the hosts and converted the spot kick, and Mainz went on to win the game 2-0, but the controversy that surrounded the game has lingered for the rest of the campaign, with all eyes now on what could be a make or break World Cup for the new technology.


Bayern Munich Star Arturo Vidal Charged for His Involvement in Berlin Nightclub Brawl

?Bayern Munich’s superstar midfielder Arturo Vidal has been charged for his involvement in a nightclub dispute, according to reports in Germany.

As reported by Abendzeitung?, the Chilean international has been reprimanded for an incident on 16th September 2017, following Bayern’s win over Mainz. 

The incident occurred in the Crown’s Club in Berlin, where Vidal and his entourage became involved in a dispute with a nightclub bartender. 

According to the nightclub owner Oliver Reif however, video evidence has been obtained which shows the Bayern Munich midfielder attempting to de-escalate the situation, before a mass brawl ensued:

We have it all on the tapes of our surveillance cameras and it looks like Vidal just wanted to de-escalate.”

After his failure to ‘de-escalate’ the situation, it is reported that a three litre bottle of Grey Goose was smashed over the head of one of those involved in the brawl. 

This is by no means the first time that the 31-year-old has found himself in trouble with the law. In 2014, Vidal was fined £90,000 by Juventus for his involvement in an altercation during a night out in Turin. 

The Chilean midfielder was also reprimanded for drink driving during the 2015 Copa America, after crashing his Ferrari into a ditch with his wife and child in the car. Luckily, no one was seriously injured in this instance, but Vidal did see his driving licence revoked after a short trial in Chilean court. 

Vidal has recently been linked with a move back to the peninsula, with Napoli and AC Milan reported as possible destinations. 


PHOTO: Bayern Munich Star Arturo Vidal Pictured in Naples With Negotiations Set to Commence

?Bayern Munich star Arturo Vidal has been spotted in the city of Naples, with media outlets reporting that he is ready to do a deal with ?Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis.

Courtesy of ?Sportmediaset, the midfield dynamo was snapped at Capodichino airport, and rumours are now swirling that he is going to be the club’s first summer signing.

?The Partenopei announced Carlo Ancelotti as their new manager on Wednesday

following the departure of Maurizio Sarri, and the serial trophy winner has his sights set

on Vidal, whom he managed during his time in charge of Bayern.

Apparently Vidal would be happy to return to ?Serie A, and his market value at the moment is around €40m – Bayern would want closer to €50m to part ways with the 31-year-old.

Supposedly negotiations between the two parties are ready to begin, with De Laurentiis keen to appease new boss Ancelotti by landing him one of his top targets.

Vidal had his injury problems at Bayern in 2017/18, and was restricted to making just 22 ?Bundesliga appearances, and a further eight in the Champions League.

There is a lot of competition for places at the Bavarian club, particularly in the midfielder where Vidal plays. As he spent time on the treatment table ,the likes of James Rodriguez, Thiago Alcantara, Corentin Tolisso, Sebastian Rudy and Javi Martinez all stake their claims to be regular starters.

Ominously for Vidal, the club will welcome Leon Goretzka on a free transfer ahead of the new season, meaning there could be limited game time in the offing for him and a move to Napoli could actually be on the cards.