Portuguese and Besiktas defender Pepe has called on compatriot Cristiano Ronaldo to join him at the Istanbul club.
During a live video on his Instagram page in September, Ronaldo was asked to “#ComeToBesiktas” and took time to respond to fans’ pleas.
“Pepe’s there and Quaresma” the 32-year-old said. “They don’t need me!”
But Pepe outlined why he would prefer his fellow country man to join him at Besiktas over any other player in the world.
“Off the pitch, Cristiano is an extremely normal person… People talk without knowing the real Cristiano. He’s a normal person with normal habits like us,” said Pepe.
“He’s demonstrated that he’s a good father and he also has a lot of time for his sons. He stresses the importance of being a father which I think is important. He’s does this perfectly and naturally.”
Barcelona and Manchester City can both claim, along with Napoli, to be the best sides in Europe at the moment. All three have made unbeaten starts to their league season, and in the cases of Barcelona and City, those starts are practically identical.
There are plenty of similarities between the La Liga and Premier League leaders – the high-flying, free-flowing attack, the possession football, the stellar playmakers (Pep Guardiola firmly believes the only player in the world better than Kevin de Bruyne is Lionel Messi), and then there are the astonishing numbers.
The one statistic that’s not on the graphic above is that both sides have healthy leads at top of their league tables – seven points for Barca, eight for City. It’s only November and both have rivals who will not give up the fight, but at the moment, they’re clear front-runners for domestic glory.
Barcelona face their toughest test of the season so far next week, with a trip to second-placed Valencia, while City’s moment of reckoning is also coming soon as they play Manchester United on December 10.
If the two teams’ stats are identical, and this good, after those games, there’s a strong likelihood that at the end of the season, it won’t just be the numbers and playing styles that Barcelona and Man City have in common.
Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Thiago Motta looks set to go under the knife for a knee complaint which will sideline him until after the winter break, the club said on Thursday.
Motta is now 35 and has been playing less as midfield starlet Adrien Rabiot, 22, gradually starts to fullfil his potential in the ambitious side.
The Brazilian-born Italy international has been complaining of severe pain in his knee and club doctors have opted for arthroscopic cleansing, cleaning up of tiny pieces of bone that may be flouting around in the knee.
“Thiago Motta has been complaining of increasing pain in his right knee since September,” PSG coach Unai Emery explained on their website.
“And this seems the best stage of the season to conduct arthroscopic cleansing,” he said.
“There are plenty of players just waiting to grab their chance to get a start,” said Emery.
Rabiot, under contract until 2019, has been pushing for more playing time and even threatening to leave the club.
Communiqué médical – Thiago Motta https://t.co/uis6aIAVrr
— PSG Officiel (@PSG_inside) November 16, 2017