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The Top Ten Most Expensive Release Clauses In Football Today

FIFA Ballon d'Or 2015 Shortlist

The concept of a release clause has permeated the footballing consciousness in recent seasons as clubs become richer and the opportunity to poach top players grows. European football, the Premier League in particular, has seen huge financial benefits arising from television and publishing rights, with clubs each taking a cut of the massive fees that broadcasters shell out each year. …

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12 Of The 20 Most-Watched Shows On RTÉ In 2016 Were Sport-Related

LILLE, FRANCE - JUNE 22: Robbie Brady of Republic of Ireland heads the ball to score the opening goal past Salvatore Sirigu of Italy during the UEFA EURO 2016 Group E match between Italy and Republic of Ireland at Stade Pierre-Mauroy on June 22, 2016 in Lille, France. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images) RTÉ

RTÉ Assistant News Editor, Padraic Geoghegan revealed the top 20 shows shown by our state broadcaster last year. These figures were helped by last summer’s Euro 2016 championship played in France. In fact, three of the top four most-watched programmes on RTÉ were Republic of Ireland soccer games. The most watched fixture was the last 16 tie between the Republic …

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Manchester United Target Three Players In The Summer Window [Times]

MADRID, SPAIN - JANUARY 10: Antoine Griezmann of Atletico de Madrid celebrates scoring their opening goal during the Copa del Rey Round of 16 second leg match at Estadio Vicente Calderon on January 10, 2017 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno/Getty Images)

Over the last number of seasons Manchester United’s answer to the post-Alex Ferguson era slump has been to throw money at the problem.  Now, despite Jose Mourinho appearing to slowly turn the fortunes of the club around, the Old Trafford top brass seem keen to continue their eye-watering spending. According to The Times, with Morgan Schneiderlin and Memphis Depay’s expected exits bringing …

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Claude Makelele Joins Paul Clement’s Swansea

BUCHAREST, ROMANIA - SEPTEMBER 16: Claude Makelele speaks with the media during the UEFA Champions League Trophy Tour - by UniCredit press conference at UniCredit headquarter on September 16, 2016 in Bucharest, Romania. (Photo by Srdjan Stevanovic/Getty Images)

Ex-Chelsea star Claude Makelele has joined up with Paul Clement’s coaching panel at struggling Swansea City. This season has been difficult for the Swans, who are now into the reign of their third manager this term. It’s a case of third time lucky for the South Wales club who know that their chances of maintaining a Premier League position hinge …

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Ronaldo And Messi Completely Snub Each Other As FIFA Releases Full POTY Voting Breakdown

ZURICH, SWITZERLAND - JANUARY 09: Cristiano Ronaldo of Portugal and Real Madrid receives The Best FIFA Men's Player Award during The Best FIFA Football Awards 2016 on January 9, 2017 in Zurich, Switzerland. (Photo by Philipp Schmidli/Getty Images)

Cristiano Ronaldo beat off competition from arch-rival Lionel Messi to win FIFA’s Men’s Best Player of 2016 on Monday evening. The Portugal and Real Madrid forward completed a double, having already claimed the Ballon d’Or last month, with a convincing win against Messi and Antoine Griezmann. FIFA Player of Year vote breakdown: Cristiano Ronaldo: 34.54% Lionel Messi: 26.42%. Antoine Greizmann: …

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Twitter Reacts As Cristiano Ronaldo Adds FIFA Award To His Ballon D’Or

ZURICH, SWITZERLAND - JANUARY 09: The Best FIFA Men's Player Award winner Cristiano Ronaldo of Portugal and Real Madrid kisses the trophy next to FIFA President Gianni Infantino during The Best FIFA Football Awards 2016 on January 9, 2017 in Zurich, Switzerland. (Photo by Philipp Schmidli/Getty Images)

To the surprise of absolutely nobody, Cristiano Ronaldo claimed the top prize at FIFA’s “The Best” ceremony on Monday evening. The 31-year-old forward claimed the award having been part of the Real Madrid and Portugal sides that both tasted European glory,, adding the FIFA Men’s Best Player award to the Ballon d’Or he picked up last month. Congratulations, @Cristiano Ronaldo! Winner …

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Barcelona And Real Madrid Dominate FIFPro World XI For 2016

BARCELONA, SPAIN - APRIL 02: Cristiano Ronaldo of Real Madrid CF attempts to shoot under pressure from Javier Mascherano and Gerard Pique of FC Barcelona during the La Liga match between FC Barcelona and Real Madrid CF at Camp Nou on April 2, 2016 in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by Alex Caparros/Getty Images)

Real Madrid and Barcelona have exercised high levels of dominance in FIFPro’s World Eleven for 2016. In a team voted on by fellow footballers, the two Spanish sides have come out on top in a big way as they comprise nine of the eleven players in the side, with former Barca right-back Dani Alves (now of Juventus) also being included. …

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Vincent Janssen: Understanding The Tottenham Striker’s Lack Of Goals

LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 08: Vincent Janssen of Tottenham Hotspur is put under pressure during The Emirates FA Cup Third Round match between Tottenham Hotspur and Aston Villa at White Hart Lane on January 8, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)

White Hart Lane endured its dullest atmosphere of the season on Sunday. Pre-game there was an air of excitement as some of Tottenham’s academy products and new signings would be able to express themselves in an attempt to impress coach Mauricio Pochettino. With Harry Kane’s girlfriend giving birth to their baby daughter, up stepped Vincent Janssen. The 22-year-old must have …

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