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I DESERVE MORE RESPECT! Romelu Lukaku hits back at critics over goal scoring record

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Manchester United striker Romelu Lukaku says he deserves “more respect” for his goalscoring record, hitting back at critics who have highlighted his lack of goals against the Premier League’s top clubs.

The 24-year-old scored a goal and set up Jesse Lingard’s winner in a 2-1 victory against Chelsea Old Trafford on Sunday that lifted Jose Mourinho’s side back into second place in the Premier League.

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“That’s the situation around me,” Lukaku said, after scoring his first league goal for United against a side currently in the top eight.

“I just need to keep working hard. I think I have got a nice record. I’ve scored a lot this season and I just want to keep going.”

“You expect a bit more respect but it’s the situation we’re in,” he told Britain’s Press Association. “I don’t listen to it. I just want to improve and show the people what I can do on the pitch.”

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Lukaku, who has scored 22 goals in all competitions for United this season, is two goals away from joining 27 other players to score 100 Premier League goals.

The Belgian relishes the pressure that comes with “playing for the biggest club in the world” and does not regret spurning the chance to return to Chelsea last year.

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“No, no, no,” said the former Everton player. “When I make a choice it’s with my head and my heart. I made the right choice for me.

“As you can see, I’m in a good situation. I’m with a manager and players who push me every day. The challenge is there to win and it’s something that I wanted.”

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I don’t have a girlfriend because it’s hard to find a balance- Anthony Joshua reveals

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I don’t have a girlfriend because it's hard to find a balance- Anthony Joshua reveals
Two-time unified heavyweight champion, Anthony Joshua, in the latest statement, revealed that he doesn’t have a girlfriend and it is hard getting someone to love him.

In an interview with The Sun, the Nigerian born British boxer opened up on life in lockdown with his family including becoming “super dad” to his four-year-old son, JJ, and how it has been hard for him to balance his profession together with his personal life.

Anthony Joshua said,

“I think you can date and still be a successful sportsman but it’s hard to find a balance and I would have to compromise — which I’ve not felt able to do.

“My dad never gave me advice about much. But in terms of relationships what I have learnt and what I tell my son is, it would be nice to find a high school sweetheart and to grow together because as you get older you get set in your ways.

“For me to have a relationship now means I would have to compromise and change my ways and I don’t know how easy that would be for me to do.

“So I do date but I don’t get to the stage where I actually put anyone into that position.

“I don’t have a girlfriend and I haven’t had one for a while. But as I get older I do think it would be nice to have someone, someone to grow with as well — but I honestly haven’t found anyone.”

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The British Nigerian boxer also went on to say that he hopes to find a woman who would have to understand what it’s like to be famous,

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He said;

“Maybe I need to get off the estate and start going to celebrity parties — maybe do something different.

“I hope I will — and probably meeting someone else who understands fame would make sense. I would hope so. But it needs to be someone down to earth, family-orientated – someone who can call my mum their second mum.

“It takes time to grow that and, as I said, now I am older I am stuck in my ways. As I get older it would be nice to bring someone into my world but it’s dependent on who and I just haven’t found someone yet.

“Maybe we can go on a hunt. We have all the time now.”

Joshua also revealed how he has become super-dad while in lockdown with his four-year-old son, JJ.

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Football: La Liga season to resume on June 11

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Spanish football’s top flight will resume after a three-month pause due to the coronavirus pandemic on June 11.

According to the government’s department for sports (CSD) in a statement on Friday, the La Liga will return with the local derby between Sevilla and Real Betis.

Meanwhile, league president Javier Tebas has outlined La Liga’ plans to offer viewers the chance to hear virtual crowd noise during the matches.

The matches have been scheduled to be played without supporters to prevent further spread of the virus.

“At a meeting of the contact group they form alongside the CSD, the Spanish football federation (RFEF) and La Liga have agreed to the format of the final 11 rounds of fixtures of La Liga and the second division,” said the CSD statement.

The statement added that the season would finish by July 18, “depending on the evolution of the virus”.

La Liga will be the second of Europe’s top five leagues to resume action after the pandemic paralysed all major sporting competitions around the world last March.

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La Liga is following in the footsteps of Germany’s Bundesliga which returned earlier this month.

German broadcasters have reproduced fan noise for television viewers in order to make the matches in empty stadiums more appealing.

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Tebas said the Spanish league are looking to use the same technology.

“Tonight we are doing audio-visual tests so that spectators will be able to choose between two backgrounds, the real one or one with fans and virtual sound,” Tebas told a forum organised by Spanish newspaper Marca on Friday.

“In the Bundesliga, they have chosen to have virtual sound with a lot of success and we are working to try and have the same option.

“We want to give fans two options: silence or virtual sound. The tests that we have done are very interesting and surprising, but spectators will have both options.”

England’s Premier League will recommence on June 17 while Italy’s Serie A is set to continue on June 20.

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France’s Ligue 1 was cancelled last month, with Paris St-Germain (PSG) declared champions.

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Tennis: Federer becomes world’s highest-paid Athlete, Forbes declares

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Tennis: Federer becomes world’s highest-paid Athlete, Forbes declares

According to the annual Forbes list released on Friday, Roger Federer, is now the world’s highest-paid athlete for 2020 as Lionel Messi has been knocked off the top spot.

The Swiss tennis great, owner of a men’s record 20 Grand Slam singles titles, earned 106.3 million dollars in the last 12 months, including 100 million dollars via endorsements.

This helped him to move up four places and become the first player from his sport to top the list.

Roger Federer won the Swiss Indoors at Basel for the 10th time in his career last year, demolishing young Australian Alex De Minaur 6-2, 6-2 to secure victory at his home-town tournament.

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At 38, Federer won his 103rd trophy and his fourth of the season after Dubai, Miami and Halle.

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Football players Cristiano Ronaldo (105 million dollars), Messi (104 million dollars) and Neymar (95.5 million dollars) and American basketball player LeBron James (88.2 million dollars) rounded out the top five.

“The coronavirus pandemic triggered salary cuts for football stars Messi and Ronaldo. It cleared the way for a tennis player to rank as the world’s highest-paid athlete for the first time,” said Kurt Badenhausen, senior editor at Forbes.

“Roger Federer is the perfect pitchman for companies, resulting in an unparalleled endorsement portfolio of blue-chip brands worth 100 million dollars a year for the tennis great.”

Japan’s Naomi Osaka (37.4 million dollars), who was ranked 29th on the list, surpassed fellow tennis player Serena Williams (36 million dollars) as the world’s highest-earning female athlete.

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Osaka and Williams were the only women on the list.

Basketball players led all sports with 35 players among the top 100.

American football occupied 31 spots, none higher than six-times Super Bowl champion Tom Brady (45 million dollars) who was ranked 25th.

Football was the next most-represented sport with 14 players, followed by tennis (six), boxing and mixed martial arts (five), golf (four), motor racing (three), and baseball and cricket with one each.

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