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PSG Refuse To Pay Kylian Mbappe £70m Debt After Transfer To Real Madrid

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PSG have reportedly withheld payments to Kylian Mbappe to the tune of €80million (£70m) in the wake of his free transfer to Real Madrid.

The French superstar was confirmed as the newest ‘Galactico’ on Monday, ending a transfer saga as he joined the club on a five-year deal.

According to L’Equipe, the loss of their star player for nothing has prompted the withholding of large payments in order for the PSG boss not to ‘lose face in this matter’.

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The outlet report that PSG refused to pay the 25-year-old his salary in April and May as well as his bonus in February. This has allowed the side to recover around £70m – the amount promised to the France captain as a loyalty bonus when he signed his 2022 extension.

In November, French outlet RMC Sport reported that Mbappe – who was exiled from PSG’s squad last summer after he informed the club he would not be utilising his extension – was only allowed to return if he agreed to forego bonuses that he was owed.

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The report claimed PSG had originally insisted the only way he could rejoin Luis Enrique’s first team was if he signed a new deal, something the forward refused to do.

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He was subsequently left out of the club’s pre-season tour of Japan and South Korea and forced to train with a group that become known as the ‘undesirables’ – players who PSG were trying to force out.

Mbappe was then reintegrated after missing the first game of the season against Lorient.

L’Equipe’s recent report has backed up those claims but states that the dispute was only partially finalised.

The club’s all-time top scorer saw his game time dramatically reduce after he informed the PSG president of his decision to leave at the end of the campaign.

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Mbappe is currently with the France squad preparing for Euro 2024 and will formally link up with Real after his involvement in the tournament ends.

PSG have reportedly withheld payments to Kylian Mbappe to the tune of €80million (£70m) in the wake of his free transfer to Real Madrid.

The French superstar was confirmed as the newest ‘Galactico’ on Monday, ending a transfer saga as he joined the club on a five-year deal.

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According to L’Equipe, the loss of their star player for nothing has prompted the withholding of large payments in order for the PSG boss not to ‘lose face in this matter’.

The outlet report that PSG refused to pay the 25-year-old his salary in April and May as well as his bonus in February. This has allowed the side to recover around £70m – the amount promised to the France captain as a loyalty bonus when he signed his 2022 extension.

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In November, French outlet RMC Sport reported that Mbappe – who was exiled from PSG’s squad last summer after he informed the club he would not be utilising his extension – was only allowed to return if he agreed to forego bonuses that he was owed.

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The report claimed PSG had originally insisted the only way he could rejoin Luis Enrique’s first team was if he signed a new deal, something the forward refused to do.

He was subsequently left out of the club’s pre-season tour of Japan and South Korea and forced to train with a group that become known as the ‘undesirables’ – players who PSG were trying to force out.

Mbappe was then reintegrated after missing the first game of the season against Lorient.

L’Equipe’s recent report has backed up those claims but states that the dispute was only partially finalised.

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The club’s all-time top scorer saw his game time dramatically reduce after he informed the PSG president of his decision to leave at the end of the campaign.

Mbappe is currently with the France squad preparing for Euro 2024 and will formally link up with Real after his involvement in the tournament ends.

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FIFA Rankings: Super Eagles Fall Eight Places After Dismal World Cup Qualifiers

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The Super Eagles have fallen by eight places in the latest FIFA rankings, moving to 38th globally following a dismal outing in the race for the 2026 World Cup.

Nigeria lost to the Benin Republic for the first time and had before then drawn South Africa – all games in the 2026 World Cup Qualifiers for Africa – leaving their hopes of reaching the competition hanging in the balance.

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In FIFA’s latest ranking released on Thursday, the Super Eagles are now 5th in Africa, falling two steps behind on the continental pecking order.

Morocco moved up one place as the best team in Africa, placing 12th globally. They are followed by Senegal (18th), Egypt (36th), and Cote d’Ivoire (37th) in second, third, and fourth respectively on the continental rankings.

Argentina, France, Belgium, Brazil, and England in that order occupy the first five positions globally.

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5 Highest Paid Female Footballers In The World

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Women’s football has seen significant growth over the past decade, yet its financial landscape still pales in comparison to the men’s game.

While TV rights deals and spectator interest generate far more revenue in men’s football, women’s soccer is gradually attracting more attention and funding.

Cristiano Ronaldo, per Forbes, was the highest-paid footballer in 2023, earning an astonishing annual salary of over €200 million at Al-Nassr. In contrast, the women’s game, though growing, lags behind financially. Ronaldo’s earnings dwarf those of the highest-paid female footballer, Alex Morgan, whose salary is $0.8 million per year. Nevertheless, Morgan’s total annual income reaches $7.1 million when including her $6.3 million in off-field revenue, per Statista’s 2023 report.

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Two-time Ballon d’Or winner Alexia Putellas is the second highest-paid player in women’s football, surpassing Megan Rapinoe following the American’s retirement in 2023.

Highest Paid Female Footballers in the World

Here are the top five highest-paid female footballers, combining on-field and off-field earnings:

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Alex Morgan
Club: San Diego Wave
Total Annual Earnings: $7.1m

One of the most recognizable figures in women’s football, Morgan is a prolific forward known for her speed, skill, and scoring ability. She has played a pivotal role in the U.S. Women’s National Team’s success, including World Cup victories.

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Alexia Putellas
Club: Barcelona
Total Annual Earnings: $4m

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A highly skilled midfielder, Putellas has won multiple titles with Barcelona and has been named the FIFA Ballon d’Or winner twice. She is known for her vision, passing, and leadership on the field.

Trinity Rodman
Club: Washington Spirit
Total Annual Earnings: $2.3m

The daughter of NBA legend Dennis Rodman, Trinity has made a name for herself as a dynamic forward. Her speed, creativity, and goal-scoring prowess have quickly established her as one of the rising stars in women’s football.

Crystal Dunn
Club: Gotham FC
Total Annual Earnings: $2m

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A versatile player capable of playing in multiple positions, Dunn is known for her defensive solidity and attacking contributions. She has been a key player for both club and country, showcasing her adaptability and consistency.

Sophia Smith
Club: Portland Thorns
Total Annual Earnings: $2m

A young and talented forward, Smith has quickly become a standout player for Portland Thorns and the U.S. Women’s National Team. Her pace, technical skills, and goal-scoring ability make her one of the most promising talents in women’s football.

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Knocks For Osimhen After Finidi George Outburst

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Following Victor Osimhen’s outburst on social media, reactions from fans have been pouring in, with many criticizing the Napoli striker for his comments against Finidi George.

Finidi, who is said to have also resigned as the head coach of the Super Eagles on Saturday (although the NFF is yet to confirm), was quoted to have said he can’t beg Osimhen to play for the national team after the player withdrew from their last two 2026 World Cup qualifiers due to injury.

The striker was said to have been ruled out by a four-week injury and was replaced by Enugu Rangers defender, Kenneth Igboke.

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But following the Super Eagles wobbling performances against South Africa and Benin Republic, the narrative of Osimhen’s absence changed as the online medium reported that Finidi used Osimhen’s absence as a poser for the players’ bad attitude towards the national team when he and the Nigeria Football Federation chiefs met with the Sports Minister, John Enoh in Abuja on Wednesday.

Osimhen, who was apparently infuriated by the comments in a live Instagram video on Saturday, said he had lost respect for Finidi and opened up on the circumstances that led to his withdrawal from the Super Eagles last two World Cup qualifiers, adding that Finidi was adequately briefed by him and his doctor.

Jason, using the handle @zieecity, dismissed Osimhen’s actions, stating, “Let him get out, who’s he? As a professional footballer you don’t release a live video swearing and saying nonsense. No player is bigger than the team.”

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Kinq Kudos expressed his disapproval of Osimhen’s approach, saying, “I don’t like Finidi’s style of coaching but Osimhen is not supposed to handle this issue like this. He could have done this on a podcast or interview if he truly wants to address it.”

Ore Eva defended Osimhen, stating, “For years that Osimhen has been on the team, he’s never spoken against any coach. Finidi must have really been terrible.”

Iyke, with the username @drackfel, accused Osimhen of disrespect, commenting, “Osimhen feels he’s richer and bigger than Finidi so he has no right to be in charge of him. It wouldn’t happen if the coach was a white man. He wouldn’t make such comments publicly if one of his managers at Napoli did the same thing. Shame.”

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Uchenna, with the username @RichDakvng, called out Osimhen’s disrespect, saying, “Anyone that doesn’t see disrespect in this speech is a big hypocrite! When Sancho called out his manager, they said Sancho is disrespectful.”

Uche Mark emphasized that players like Finidi caused Osimhen’s failure, “This is why Finidi did not succeed. Disrespect, just look at how he’s talking to someone old enough to be his dad. They’re calling you Osimhen, your head is swelling. Have you played up to half of what Finidi played? You’re my Edo brother but I don’t support you on this.”

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