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Messi set to sign a new deal with 50 percent pay cut

Messi is Barcelona’s record scorer with 672 goals and has won 10 La Liga titles and 4 Champions Leagues

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Barcelona star, Lionel Messi, has reached a verbal agreement on a new deal that will keep him at Camp Nou for another 5 years, it will take him to a total of 26 years at the club when it expires. He was a free agent as of July 1st 2021 after he failed to agree a new deal with Barcelona.

The announcement could yet be days away because La Liga is insisting that the club should offload some wages. This means that Barcelona have to sell some players before Messi can sign the contract in order for the club to be in line with La Liga’s financial guidelines.

Earlier in July, the six-time Ballon d’Or winner helped his country Argentina to win the Copa America title after defeating Brazil. The win ended his long wait for a first major international trophy.

Last August Messi told the club to activate a clause in his contract which would have seen him leave for free. However, Javier Tebas(La Liga president) and Josep Bartomeu(The then Barca President) blocked the move and any club interested in buying the Argentine would have to pay his €700m release clause in full.

Bartomeu went on to resign in October and Messi expressed his intentions to listen to the plans of his successor Joan Laporta before deciding his future at the club.

Messi is Barcelona’s record scorer with 672 goals and has won 10 La Liga titles, 4 Champions Leagues, 6 Copa Del Reys, 3 World club titles,7 Spanish super cups and 3 European super cups.

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Akothee speaks on her struggles of being a public figure

According to the mother of five, not every stranger who approaches you has good intentions and went on to say that she has been forced to run away from her fans on several occasions

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Being a public figure comes with its own share of challenges that come as a result of high expectations from people who at time forget you are human being too.

Now, singer Esther Akoth, popularly known as Akothee, in a post on her Instagram account has opened up on the struggles she goes through in her life as a public figure. The hit maker revealed that she is always uneasy when she discovers that she has been noticed when in a public area.

“You all might not understand but allow me to express myself today. I may appear strong but deep down I have been broken so many times. I am a moving damaged goods,” She wrote.

 

Akothee said that being on the limelight might not be as glamorous as majority of the people at times believe and events from her past still give her chills when it comes to meeting her fans.

“I have realized that I have become very sensitive that I don’t even want to leave my house. I don’t like people recognizing me in public and at times I just wished I was just a normal person passing the streets in peace,” she added.

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According to the mother of five, not every stranger who approaches you has good intentions. She went on to say that she has been forced to run away from her fans on several occasions. Akothee admitted that she is always scared to meet her fans to the extent that she gets traumatized before leaving her house or jumping out of her car.

 

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“I am Samuel” film banned

The film was produced in 2020 by Toni Kamau which highlights the experiences of Samuel Asilikwa after coming out as a gay man in the streets of Nairobi

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The Kenya Film classification board(KFCB) has announced the ban of a “gay” themed documentary on Samuel Asilikwa, a Kenyan. The film was called “I am Samuel” and was directed by Peter Murimi.

In a statement on Thursday, acting KFCB Chief Executive Officer Chris Wambua said that the ban will be in effect because the film is promoting a “gay theme”

“In the course of examining a film titled: I am Samuel, which was submitted to the Board for classification, the Board noted a clear and deliberate attempt by the producer, to promote same-sex marriages as an acceptable way of life,” Wambua said.

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He went on to say that the same-sex relationship is evident in the film through repeated confessions by the gay couple(in the film) that what they feel for each other is normal and should be embraced as a way of life.

Mr. Wambua also announced that any attempts to air the film with the Kenyan territory in now deemed illegal and any to distribute it within the country shall be met with the full force of the law.

“While the Board welcomes local and foreign support to our budding local film industry, such funding should focus on production of content that is aligned with the laws of our country. Films that advocate for same-sex marriages, homosexuality or any outlawed practices shall not be allowed for exhibition, or distribution within the country,” KFCB said.

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The film was produced in 2020 by Toni Kamau which highlights the experiences of Samuel Asilikwa after coming out as a gay man in the streets of Nairobi. It also shows his experience of rejection from from friends and some family members.

 

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Red Devils cast out of Carabao, Arsenal and Chelsea go through

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Manchester United hosted West Ham United at Old Trafford yesterday, for the third round of the Carabao Cup, just few days after they played against each other in the Premier League at the London Stadium.

Both teams produced a thrilling match that was evident from the start, when Manuel Lanzini scored his first goal against the red devils just under 10 minutes of the game.

Manuel Lanzini celebrates his goal against Man United

The match went on with both teams missing to hit the target, though West Ham were the closest to scoring. Man United sought to strengthen their squad by sending in Bruno Fernandes and Mason Greenwood, but West Ham held on to claim their revenge and knock-out Man United off the competition.

Elsewhere in London, Chelsea welcomed Aston Villa to the Stamford Bridge hoping to continue win their winning record so far. Both teams had their chances as Aston Villa had their shot cleared from the line by Reece James.

In the second half, Reece James then turned provider as his neat cross was guided into the back of the net by Timo Werner, to put Chelsea on the front foot.

Timo Werner’s header that put Chelsea in front

Ten Minutes later, Cameron Archer’s header was on point from a Matty Cash cross into the box, to put Aston Villa level with Chelsea.

Cash and Archer after their leveler-goal against Chelsea

None of the teams was able to break the deadlock, sending the game to a penalty kick-off. Misses from Ashley Young and Marvelous Nakamba disadvantaged Aston Villa, as Reece James scored the winning penalty, covering for Ben Chilwell’s earlier off target shot. Chelsea went on to win 4-3, qualifying for the 4th round of the cup tie.

Reece James and Kepa celebrate after the penalty shoot-out

In North London, Arsenal proved too strong for AFC Wimbledon as they scored 3 goals to book themselves into the 4th round of the Carabao Cup. Alexandre Lacazette opened the scoring through a penalty kick in the 11th minute of the game.

Lacazette celebrates scoring his penalty

He then turned provider as Smith Rowe scored the second goal, in the 77th minute. Edward Nketiah then rounded off the goals moments later, with a wonderful back-heel from a Cedric Soares pass.

Nketiah and Soares celebrate the 3rd goal against Wimbledon

 

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