Cristiano Ronaldo, has signed his new Real Madrid contract until 2021 and said it won’t be his last contract. Judging by his comments today, he could play until he is 41. “I’ve got a lot of years left in football, another 10 years” Would that be at Real Madrid? He says he would like to end his career at the Bernabeu, but added: “no one knows what the future holds.” Ronaldo has scored 371 goals since joining from Manchester United in 2009. Asked if he can reach 500 goals, he replied: “These things happen naturally, I never thought about beating Raul’s record. 500 goals is possible, but I’m not obsessed with it. It is important to win titles with the team.” Ronaldo also said he was not “obsessed” with winning the Ballon d’Or, an honour he has won twice. He added: “It is important to win, but it is important to win the Champions League and European Championships. Team awards are more important than winning individual awards.” The 31-year-old also said he was “not contemplating” early retirement from the Portugal national side.
FC Ifeanyi Ubah, have clinched a first-ever Federation Cup after they beat Nasarawa United 5-4 on penalties in the final after both teams failed to score in regulation time. The Anambra Warriors impressively converted all their kicks, while their keeper Uche Okafor saved one from Nasarawa United. The Nnewi club, will now represent Nigeria in the 2017 CAF Confederation Cup. FC Ifeanyi Ubah’s victory ensured that the two main Nigeria’s trophies remained in South East Nigeria (Igbo land) as Enugu Rangers had earlier clinched the Nigeria Professional League trophy.
Juventus and Italy legend Gianluigi Buffon made his 600th Serie A appearance as his side beat Chievo Verona. The 38-year-old is fourth on the all-time appearance list in Italy’s top division, behind Francesco Totti, Javier Zanetti and Paolo Maldini.
Fenerbahce have played down fears that Robin van Persie has suffered a serious eye injury, after he was carried off the pitch bleeding on Sunday. Netherlands striker Van Persie, 33, had scored the opening goal in the Turkish side’s 3-1 win against Akhisar before the first-half injury. Television pictures showed blood coming through a bandage on his left eye. “He received a blow to the eye and suffered a torn eyelid and bleeding,” club doctor Burak Kunduraciogl said. “After the investigations we learned that nothing important happened. His condition is good.”
Barcelona star Lionel Messi passed another milestone on Sunday after scoring his 500th goal for the club. The strike in Barcelona’s 2-1 win over Sevilla took Messi to 500 in 592 games for the Catalan club, including friendlies, with 469 of those in official fixtures.
Zambia international Rainford Kalaba scored twice as TP Mazembe of the Democratic Republic of Congo beat Algeria’s Mouloudia Bejaia 4-1 at home on Sunday to win the African Confederation Cup for the first time. Mazembe made sure of the win having held their opponents to a 1-1 draw in Algeria in the first leg of the final last weekend. They won the final 5-2 on aggregate, to add the Confederation Cup to their list of honours after winning the African Champions League in 2015. Mazembe were eliminated early in the defence of their African Champions League trophy this year and dropped down to the continent’s second tier club competition. They will receive $660,000 following their Confederation Cup triumph with Bejaia receiving the runners-up prize of $462,000. Mazembe will now play this year’s African Champions League winners, Mamelodi Sundowns of South Africa, in the 2017 African Super Cup on the weekend on 17-19 February.
Victor Anichebe started for Sunderland and played full time as they won their first game of the season 2 – 1 against Bournemouth away at the Vitality Stadium. Anichebe scored Suderland’s equalizer and got the penalty for the winner.
Kelechi Iheanacho made a substitute appearance for Manchester City in the 90th when he replaced Aguero as they drew 1 – 1 at home with Middlesbrough at the Etihad Stadium.
Victor Moses started for Chelsea and played full time as they beat Everton 5 – 0 at home at the Stamford Bridge.
Alex Iwobi started for Arsenal as they drew 1 – 1 at home with Tottenham at the Emirates Stadium. He was replaced by Giroud in the 70th minute.
Ahmed Musa started for Leicester as they lost 2 – 1 at home to West Brom at the King Power Stadium. He was replaced by Gray in the 67th minute.
Odion Ighalo started for Watford and played full time as they lost 6 – 1 away to Liverpool at the Anfield.
Isaac Success was not selected for Watford’s game against Liverpool. Mikel Obi was also not selected for Chelsea’s game against Everton – The inspiring Super Eagles captain continues to pay the price for leaving Chelsea’s pre-season to represent Nigeria at the Rio Olympics where he won a Bronze medal.