The International News Desk

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The International News Desk is a SL Podcast exclusive which sees former Mamelodi Sundowns and Ajax Cape Town goalie Sean Roberts pick the brain fo Soccer Laduma International news correspondent Kurt Buckerfield. The guys talk all things International football from league to country!

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Cooking Books, Kasi Flavour And A Superstar Showdown!

During an expedition fixture between Al Nassr and Paris Saint-Germain, Cristiano Ronaldo took the pitch to face off against Lionel Messi for what could be the last time in History. A team combined of Al Nassr and Al Hilal players saw the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, Luis Gustavo, and Anderson Talisca take the field against a full-strength PSG outfit. It was the team from Europe who ended victorious with the scoreline ending 5-4.

Juventus have been deducted 15 points after they were found to have been issuing close to €90 million in differed wages, under the counter. The COVID-19 Pandemic caused massive financial blows, which saw players differing wages. However, it has now come out that 23 players from the Turin team knew about this "scam," including CR7. This deduction sees 'The Old Lady' drop down from 3rd place, to 10th and at the halfway point of the season, this could be detrimental to Juve's top 4 chances. The players that were 'in' on this scam, will most likely receive a 30-day suspension, provided that they are still playing in the Serie A.

Closer to know, Bafana Bafana international Lyle Foster has put pen to paper and has joined English club Burnley FC on a 4.5-year deal. Burnley is currently sitting at the top of the Championship with the likelihood of qualification to the English Premier League being high. Lyle could be the next South African to feature in the English top flight and Mzansi wishes him all the best!

On the latest episode of the International News Desk, Lyle Foster has signed for Burnley, Messi and Ronaldo met for potentially the last time, and Juventus have cooked the books which sees them drop down the Series A table!

Magical Messi, Ronaldo’s Antics, and The Manchester Derby

It is no secret that Cristiano Ronaldo has been a massive talking point in recent weeks, especially since his outrageous interview with British journalist Piers Morgan. CR7's European downfall was due to him not getting game time under United boss Eric ten Hag, as the dutchman stood up to CR7. Ronaldo's off-field antics were frowned upon and the tantrums that he threw were unacceptable. Since both Manchester United and CR7 mutually agreed to terminate his contract, the 37-year-old has put pen to paper and signed for Saudi Arabian outfit, Al Nassr. Ronaldo's contract sees him pull in close to £170 million a season, making him the highest-paid footballer in history.

In December, Lionel Messi helped Argentina win its first world cup since 1986. The little Magician was instrumental in La Albiceleste's win. With the help of a fantastic team and goalkeeping heroics by Emiliano Martínez, Messi was able to finally secure a trophy he has been dreaming of for years.

On the latest episode of the International News Desk, former Mamelodi Sundowns and Ajax Cape Town goalie Sean Roberts discusses CR7's move to Al Nassr, Magical Messi, during the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar, and previews the Manchester Derby!

Why Ronaldo Should Take This Offer...

The 2022 FIFA World Cup group stages are coming to a close with the majority of qualified teams already through to the next round. Only 4 spots are left. So far, this world cup has brought an immense level of excitement, with results causing shock and surprise throughout - most notably Argentina's loss to Saudi Arabia on match day 1. This could be seen as a blessing as you never want to peak too early in a tournament of this magnitude.

Senegal and Morocco have qualified out of the group stages with Tunisia putting in a valiant effort, having beaten the current title holders France 1-0. Ghana still stands a chance of making it to the knockout stages and Cameroon have a tougher route forward. So far, this world cup has been one of the most entertaining ones to date, what more does the 2022 tournament hold?

On the latest episode of the International News Desk, the 2022 FIFA World Cup continues with only a few group stage fixtures left and Cristiano Ronaldo has once ago been offered a ludicrous deal after the Portuguese super-star became a free agent after he and Manchester United agreed to part ways.

How CR7 Shot Himself In The Foot!

As we all know, Cristiano Ronaldo has recently been interviewed by an internet troll, Piers Morgan. The Portuguese superstar, unbeknownst to him, shot himself in the foot by unleashing and revealing his hard, and honest opinions on Manchester United and manager Erik ten-Hag. This act of cowardliness has not been well received by fans all over the world and CR7's future in Manchester looks to be over. His mural on Old Trafford has been removed, and Erik ten-Hag wants him out of the club. Part 1 of the interview aired on Wednesday night, and the forward revealed and discussed topics regarding his family, the facilities at Carrington road, and the attitude the team has. Although Ronaldo spoke on topics that were public knowledge already, this interview may very well have ended his career with the Red Devils!

This Sunday, the 2022 FIFA World Cup kicks off with host nation Qatar taking on Ecuador. This is the first time in the tournament history, that the matches are kicking off in the Winter months due to the extreme temperatures in Qatar. Current holders France have suffered an injury during a training session, which see Christopher Nkunku ruled out of the competition and hot favorites Argentina are looking dangerous! Brazil and Neymar seem to be in fine form and are being tipped to be title challengers too!

On the latest episode of the International News Desk, Cristiano Ronaldo's interview with Piers Morgan may very well have ended his Red Devil's career and the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar kicks off in a matter of days! Former Mamelodi Sundowns and Ajax Cape Town goalie Sean Roberts expressed his concern for Ronaldo and says "I am completely baffled as to why he did that."

Could Messi Move To The MLS?

Arguably the greatest player of all time, Lionel Messi, has been in the tabloids in recent days after a very respected journalist came out and said that the little genius could be making a surprise move to Inter-Miami in the MLS. Inter Miami, the club co-owned by Former Manchester United star David Beckham, states that they are very confident in getting Messi's signature! Messi has once again found his form and he is producing some magic, but considering he hasn't had privacy for close to 20 years, maybe this move will be beneficial for him and his family

The UEFA Champions League group stages have officially been concluded, with massive teams such as Barcelona and Juventus failing to progress - they find themselves in the Europa League. Bayern Munich was doubted of their chances for this season, considering they lost Lewandowski, but the Bavarian giants are showing the world that they still mean business. Benfica managed to thrash Maccabi Haifa 6-1, meaning that PSG sit second in the group and they will have to face a group topper elsewhere!

On the latest episode of the International News Desk, the UEFA Champions League has taken a strange turn, seeing Benfica top the group ahead of PSG and Bayern Munich are looking dangerous! Lionel Messi could be making a shock move to the MLS!

Why Is Ronaldo Misbehaving?

Manchester United Striker and footballing legend Cristiano Ronaldo has once again directed the world's attention to him after he stormed out of Old Trafford During the win over Tottenham hotspurs a week ago. The 37-year-old forward admittedly refused to be subbed on by head coach Erik ten-Hag, causing a slight bit of tension within the club, the fans, and former legends of the team. His punishment was being dropped to train with the U21s, and not being considered for the game against Chelsea which saw a result of 1-1. United has said that if they can replace the striker, he will be leaving the club soon. Has CR7 finally come to the end of first-team football?

The UEFA Champions League continues with PSG demolishing Macaab Haifa 7-2, a brace from Lionel Messi sees the little Argentine hit double figures for both goals and assists in the season so far. Benfica has knocked Juventus out of the competition, ending the old lady's campaign with their 4th loss - a dismal performance from a team who's director is still vouching for the Super league, Ironic.

On the latest episode of the International News desk, Cristiano Ronaldo is the hot topic of the week after causing more problems with his entitled behavior. The UCL has continued and brought with it some incredible results!

Why Benzema Deserves The Praise!

The 2022 Ballon D'Or ceremony was recently held by the France Football federation and for the first time in the history of the award, the criteria looked slightly different. In the past, the players were judged during the European Seasons, however this time round, the calendar year was the time period. No one deserved the golden ball more than Real Madrid talisman Karim Benzema: The Frenchman had close to 60 goal contributions during 2021, a UEFA Champions League trophy, La Liga, and the Spanish cup too. Benzema has been waiting patiently in the shadows and now it is his turn to bask in the glory

Manchester United superstar Cristiano Ronaldo is once again in the tabloids after he was seen walking down the tunnel 4 minutes before the final whistle during the Red Devils' 2-0 victory over Tottenham Hotspurs. Another player who just can't seem to control his attitude is Kylian Mbappe. The 23-year-old claims he was lied to by the PSG board after he was told a world-class number 9 would be signed, never mind that he has Neymar and Messi up front with him.

On the latest episode of the International News Desk, Sean Roberts asks questions about Cristiano Ronaldo's attitiude and Mbappe's tantrums. Karim Benzema gets the praise he deserves, and is Manchester United on the right path?

Messi's Future, Haaland's Dominance, and a UCL Review!

Current PSG Superstar Lionel Messi is having a season to remember; 8 goals and 8 assists including a few spectacular freekicks, It seems as if the little maestro is back at his best. News coming out of France, by a journalist very close to Messi, is that 'Leo' could be making a not-so-shocking return to Barcelona. We can all agree that the way he left Barce was messy and ugly and now that the dust has settled, a return to his boyhood club would be the icing on the cake for his career; to retire at the club that gave him everything, and vice-versa.

The Premier League hasn't seen a player of Erling Haaland's magnitude for some time now, and it is clear that the young Norweigan has set the league alight. 14 goals in 8 games; he is set to break the golden boot record in no time with a predicted over 50 goals to his name, in the league alone!

On the latest episode of the International News Desk; Could Lionel Messi make a return to Barcelona, and Erling Haaland is tearing the EPL apart! The UCL has a review done by the lads with a few big results being discussed!

UEFA Nations League, HBUFC and a Witch Doctor?

The UEFA Nations League is back and as per normal, bringing yawns and confusion to football fans around the world. UEFA decided it would be a good idea to take International friendlies, and make them into a competition, much to the demise of footballers who have complained bout the busy schedule already in place. Surprisingly, however, the 2018 FIFA World Cup winners, France, are sitting right at the bottom of their group - this could be thanks to the number of injuries they have, including star players Benzema, Pogba, and Kante.

Hout Bay United Football Community has been on the mind of Andrew Pillay for over 18 months, and it is now official: The UK-based businessman has bought a 50% shareholders stake in the club. Andrew is also the owner of Waterford FC in Ireland, and Fleetwood Town FC in England. This is an exciting time for the Cape Town-based club!

On the latest episode of the International News Desk, the Pogba brothers and the apparent witch doctor debacle are discussed. The UEFA Nations League brings boredom to football fans, and Hout Bay United Football Community has a new stakeholder!

Does Antony Warrant €100 Million?

Manchester United has never been afraid to splash the cash; Pogba for £94 million, Maguire for £80, and Lukaku for £76 million are 3 of the top 4 expensive transfers in the clubs' history. The connection? These three players have flopped for the Red Devils and the worry with that is the new signing from Ajax - Antony. Manchester United has whipped out close to €100 million (R1.7 Billion) for a player that has only spent roughly 2 seasons in a top-flight European team, where his goal contribution (goals and assists) is less than 50. Will Antony live up to the expectations and break the trend, or will Antony join the flops? When asked, International Football expert Liam Becker responds by saying ‘He won't be a flop, but it is incredibly difficult to live up to those kinds of price tags.’

The UEFA Champions League draw has been conducted and the groups have been announced. Without a shadow of a doubt, Group C is the one to watch, the group of death so to say, Barcelona, Bayern Munich, and Inter Milan will all face each other, and unfortunately for them, FC Viktoria Plzeň will finish off the group.

On the latest episode of the International News Desk, Manchester United made headlines by splashing the cash on Antony and the UCL draw brings excitement. Transfer deadline day gets discussed with some big-name transfers!

Are UTD Better Off Without CR7?

For the first time in over 100 years, Manchester United lost their two opening matches of the season, first to Brighton which saw the Seagulls overcome Man Utd 4-1, and then Brentford put another 4 past the red devils. All eyes were fixated on Manchester United vs Liverpool; protests were occurring during the week building up and a result was needed. United boss Erik ten Hag made a bold call by not only benching club captain Harry Maguire but also 5-time Ballon d'Or winner Cristiano Ronaldo as Anthony Elanga, Jadon Sancho, and Marcus Rashford lead the attack.

The Red Devils were the better side on the day as they managed to grab their first points of the season, winning that match 2-1. CR7 wasn't missed much as the youngsters up front made life incredibly hard for Liverpool's defence!

On the latest episode of The International News Desk, Manchester United is the hot topic with rumours of CR7's future still up in the air. The Red Devils looked to be the better side against Liverpool and the PSG attacking trio butt heads!

Man Utd For Sale?

Since 2005, the Glazer family has owned the majority stake in Manchester United Football Club. They have invested millions into making the club world-class, however, in recent years, they have played a major role in the club's destruction. Lack of football knowledge, greed, and selfishness have proved to be the characteristics shown by the Glazers. And the fans have officially had enough. Trophyless for seasons on end, wasting money on ‘over-hyped’ players, and pure chaos has driven the United faithful up and the wall and enough is enough.

The latest development circulating the club is that the British billionaire Sir Jim Ratcliffe is prepared to purchase the stake the Glazers are considering putting on offer - Jim would like to eventually own the club as he is a die-hard Red Devil. This news is coming as a breath of fresh air for all United fans as the last few years have been far from fruitful.

On the latest episode of the International News Desk, Manchester United is the topic of discussion and its potential sale. Cristiano Ronaldo appears to have had enough and Neymar and Mbappe are bashing heads!

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