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Ozil misses Arsenal trip as Torreira battles illness before Greek test

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Mesut Ozil was a notable absentee as Arsenal headed to Greece on Wednesday ahead of their Europa League clash with Olympiacos.

The German playmaker stayed at home “due to personal reasons”, Arsenal said.

Arsenal did not provide further information, but reports said Ozil’s wife, Amine Gulse, was close to giving birth.

Head coach Mikel Arteta will have limited options in the centre of the park for the first leg of the last-16 tie.

For Arteta, the fixture is his first European game in charge of the team since succeeding previous first-team boss Unai Emery.

Ozil’s fellow midfielder Lucas Torreira also did not travel, with the Uruguayan unwell but being assessed with a view to him taking a later flight to Athens should his health show a “significant improvement”.

The unavailability of Ozil means the World Cup winner has missed all four of Arsenal’s Europa League away games this season.

 

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Messi Shaves His Beard As Enthusiastic Barca Stars Train Before Laliga Returns

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Bundesliga Restarts Today! With Dortmund Vs Schalke 04

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After 64 days of shutting down, the Bundesliga is back again to continue from where it stopped with the following matches starting off by 2:30PM.

Dortmund Vs Schalke 04
RB Leipzig Vs Freiburg
Hoffenheim Vs Hertha Berlin
Dusseldorf Vs Paderborn
Augsburg Vs Wolfsburg

All of the aforementioned matches will be played by 2:30PM Nigerian time so stay glued to your TV screens. It’s great to have football back.

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David Beckham Insists Messi Is Level Above Ronaldo

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Messi a level above Ronaldo in class of his own’ – Beckham ranks Barcelona star above former Man Utd No.7

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The Red Devils and Real Madrid legend considers an Argentine playmaker to be a better player than a man who inherited his shirt at Old Trafford
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Lionel Messi is a level above even Cristiano Ronaldo, says Manchester United legend David Beckham, with the Barcelona superstar considered to sit in a class of his own.

Many share that opinion of the mercurial Argentine forward, with his exploits at Camp Nou continuing to amaze and raise the bar of individual excellence.

Eternal rival Ronaldo is the only player to have got close to Messi, with the pair having split 11 Ballons d’Or between them.

Messi, though, has captivated audiences with his mazy dribbling and audacious finishing for the best part of 16 years, with a remarkable return of 627 goals recorded for the Blaugrana in that time.

For former England captain Beckham, who passed on the No.7 shirt at United to Ronaldo and also preceded him at Real Madrid, South American flair wins out over Portuguese power.

He told Telam: “He [Messi] is alone in his class as a player, it is impossible that there is another like him.

“He, like Cristiano Ronaldo, who is not at his level, are both above the rest.”

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Beckham briefly shared a Champions League stage with Messi towards the end of his own distinguished playing career.

The former LA Galaxy midfielder was on the books at Paris Saint-Germain by that stage, as he prepared to hang up his boots in France.

PSG were paired with Barca at the quarter-final stage of Europe’s premier club competition in 2013, with the Catalan giants eventually progressing on away goals after a 3-3 stalemate over two legs.

Beckham’s side were ahead at one stage during their visit to Camp Nou, but Messi stepped off the bench in that game and Pedro snatched what would prove to be the decisive effort in a thrilling tie.

“We were leading before Messi came in, and once he came in, Barcelona scored,” Beckham said.

“Although I enjoyed playing at that level at my age, I do not like to lose.

“Our team played well. In both matches, we did things we should be proud of.

“We didn’t lose against Barcelona, and that is something that should motivate us.”

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