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Ronaldo doesn’t want to spend 90 minutes pressing – Paul Ince tells Rangnick

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Manchester United legend, Paul Ince has told manager, Ralf Rangnick, that Cristiano Ronaldo doesn’t want to spend 90 minutes pressing.

Rangnick is famed for a ‘gegenpressing’ style, an approach many feel will not be suited to Ronaldo.

But Ince feels that Rangnick and Ronaldo can definitely form a successful partnership together at Old Trafford.

“Listen, let’s put this right. Ronaldo is one of the greatest players to grace a football pitch and if it wasn’t for him, Man United wouldn’t be where they are in the table or in the Champions League. He’s been the main man, he’s scored the important goals. We need to get away from this ‘Ronaldo pressing here, Ronaldo pressing there’.

“You want him to be fresh, he is the main man and the one scoring goals. With Cavani out, they are struggling to score goals so they need that. You need to keep him fit.

“Yes, Rangnick has a pressing philosophy that he’s used wherever he has been. But he now has the best player in the world. Ronaldo doesn’t want to spend 90 minutes pressing. They need to find a solution where they press as a team and when they win it, they get it to Ronaldo’s feet and let him do what he wants to do.

“What Rangnick has done, he’s made the team compact, so when they are pressing, they’ve put some alongside Ronaldo like Rashford. Ronaldo can press five, ten yards. He’s not asking Ronaldo to press 20, 30 yards.

“What you saw at the weekend is that he could do that. As long as the team is compact and pressed together, then that will suit Ronaldo,” Ince told Mirror Football.

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Austine Eguavoen: Super Eagles coach’s pay structure revealed

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Interim coach Austin Eguavoen will be entitled to only win bonuses as the Super Eagles gaffer at the ongoing Africa Cup of Nations tournament in Cameroon.

Eguavoen was appointed on a short-term deal after the Nigeria Football Federation sacked Gernot Rohr in December.

Rohr was Nigeria’s longest-serving manager after taking charge in August 2016, but had his contract terminated after leading the Eagles to the 2022 World Cup qualifying play-offs and sealing a spot at the Nations Cup in Cameroon.

The Franco-German also led Nigeria to the 2018 World Cup and guided the team to third-place at the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt.

“Eguavoen is on the payroll of the NFF and he won’t be entitled to salary for the role he is playing as an interim coach of the team,” President of the NFF Amaju Pinnick stated recently on Arise TV.

“He will be entitled to the winning bonuses as the team progress at the tournament.”

Eguavoen has already won his opening two group games at the tournament which has sealed their place in the round of 16 in the competition

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Cristiano Ronaldo wins The Best FIFA Special Award

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Cristiano Ronaldo has been honoured by FIFA for becoming the all-time leading goalscorer at the international level.

The Manchester United star has now scored 115 goals for Portugal, breaking Ali Daei’s previous record of 109.

Ronaldo received a special in-person award and was also named in the FIFPRO Men’s World11 for 2021, at what was largely a virtual ceremony for FIFA’s The Best ceremony in Zurich on Monday.

“It’s a dream. First of all, I have to say thank you to my teammates, especially in the national team during the last 20 years that I used to play with. I never thought of beating that record,” Ronaldo said.

“I have to say thank you to my family, my wife, my kids – soon I will be a father again! I’m really proud, it’s a great achievement to be the top scorer of all time.”

Asked how he is maintaining his fine goalscoring form at the age of 36,he insisted that he is as motivated as ever to even score goals and win trophies.

“It’s a passion, I still have a passion for the game, not just to score goals but to entertain myself,” Ronaldo added. “I’ve played football since I was five or six years old so when I get to the pitch even in training I still enjoy it and my motivation’s still good.

“I’m 37 soon, I feel good and motivated. I keep working hard since I was 18 and I continue. I have that passion and want to continue.

“People ask sometimes how many more years I’m going to play and I say I hope to play more than four or five years. It’s all about mentally, because physically if you treat your body good, it’ll treat you back.”

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AFCON: Okocha names most important player in Super Eagles

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Former Nigeria captain, Austin Okocha has singled out Kaizer Chiefs goalkeeper, Daniel Akpeyi, for special praise.

Akpeyi is currently part of the Super Eagles’ squad at the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations.

The 35-year-old who has made 19 international appearances, is behind Francis Uzoho and Maduka Okoye in the pecking order after his recent injury concerns.

However, Okocha believes Akpeyi has an important role to play in the team.

“Daniel is a very important player for the squad. He only lost his place through injury. This shows how strong the whole squad is, because once you miss out because of injury, it’s always difficult to get back for a goalkeeper.

“We believe we have a great squad and we have people like Daniel we can rely on if needed.

“I am happy that we have a happy competition in our goalkeeping department and it is a plus for any coach,” Okocha said in an interview with Amakhosi’s media team.

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