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Report Says Messi Set To Extend PSG Stay By Another Year

Argentinian World Cup winner, Lionel Messi, is planning to play another year for Paris Saint-Germain.

This was reported by Frenchdaily Le Parisien on Wednesday.

The club reached a basic agreement with Jorge Messi, the superstar’s father and agent, on an extension by at least one season of his current contract, set to expire in the summer of 2023.

Messi moved to PSG from FC Barcelona in 2021. The Argentinian has repeatedly said he would decide on his future after the World Cup in Qatar.

Messi has reportedly also been in talks with MLS franchise Inter Miami as well as being repeatedly linked with a return to Barcelona.

Qatar-backed PSG however has the greatest financial resources.

Messi helped Argentina win their third world title in Qatar, where on Sunday they defeated defending champions France 4-2 on penalties after a 3-3 deadlock.

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Infantino Wins Third Term As FIFA Boss

Gianni Infantino has been re-elected as the president of the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) until 2027.

The 52-year-old Swiss-Italian lawyer secured a third term in office by acclamation after running unopposed at the FIFA Congress in Kigali, Rwanda, on Thursday.

The victory makes it the second time Infantino would enjoy an unopposed race to the football’s biggest job.

Speaking on his re-election, Infantino promised to continue serving the sport and all the countries under the federation.

“Being President of FIFA is an incredible honour, an incredible privilege. It is also a great, great responsibility,” he said.

“I’m truly humbled and touched by your support. I promise you I will continue serving FIFA, serving football all over the world, serving all 211 member associations of FIFA.”

Infantino was first elected president during the 2016 FIFA extraordinary congress on February 26, to complete the term of Sepp Blatter, who was forced out of office amid the corruption scandal.

The former UEFA general secretary was then re-elected in 2019.

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FIFA To Expand World Cup With More Groups, Matches

FIFA is set to endorse an expansion of the men’s World Cup with 40 more matches, starting with the 2026 edition hosted by the US, Canada and Mexico.

Sky News reports that the decision is to be approved by the FIFA council in a meeting in Kigali, Rwanda, on Tuesday.

The council had earlier vvoted to increase the number of teams in the competition to 48 from its 32-format as from 2026.

It was decided that the tournament would have 16 groups each featuring three teams.

However, FIFA is set to make a U-turn on the grouping decision, favouring to have 12 groups each with four countries.

It is understood that the group winners and runners-up, along with the eight best third-placed teams, would advance to the last 32.

Teams reaching the final, henceforth, will be playing eight games instead of the seven-run that was experienced in Qatar 2022.

The decision would increase the number of matches to 104 instead of the 64 games already proposed with the earlier format.

It was also gathered that the expansion would help FIFA hit the target of more than £9 billion in revenue.

The 2026 World Cup will be the first to be co-hosted by three countries.

The US tabled the joint bid in 2017 and defeated Morrocco for the hosting rights at the 68th FIFA congress in 2018.

Africa is set to have nine automatic qualification spots in the expanded format, while a tenth country from the continent will participate in a six-nation playoff tournament which will decide the last two slots in the tournament.

The continent currently has five automatic slots in the competition.

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UCL Knockout:Ravaging Haaland Helps Rampant City To 7-0 Rout Of Leipzig

Five star Erling Haaland scored five times as Manchester City crushed RB Leipzig 7-0 in the second leg round-of-16 clash at the Etihad Stadium on Tuesday night.

The Norwegian’s goals were the building blocks of a Man City demolition job as Pep Guardiola’s men won the tie 8-1 on aggregate.

Ilkay Gundohan and Kevin de Bruyne were the other scorers as Man City underlined their UCL favourites tag with a resounding victory.

Haaland opened the floodgates when he converted a penalty before adding a header off a rebound and another fortuitous goal on the stroke of halftime to complete his hattrick.

Gundogan drilled a precise shot into the bottom corner before Haaland scored from rebounds in quick succession to complete his quintuple of goals.

Another well struck shot from distance by De Bruyne completed the rout as Man City equalled their UCL win record in a match.

Haaland’s five goals makes him the third player since Luiz Adriano in 2004 and Lionel Mesi in 2012 to score five goals in a UCL match.

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