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Napoli chief accuses Roma and Liverpool owners of collusion

Shaka Hislop explains why he's certain Liverpool will get a return on their reported £66.9 million investment should Alisson agree to move to Anfield.
With Alisson's move from Roma to Liverpool now official, the ESPN FC guys discuss where the club will finish with the Brazil goalkeeper on board.
Liverpool's record bid for Roma goalkeeper Alisson was too good to refuse, according to AS Roma's director of football.

Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis suggested on Friday that the owners of Roma and Liverpool are secretly the same, prompting Roma chairman James Pallotta to joke that he "also [owns] Barca and Bayern."

In an interview with La Gazzetta dello Sport on Friday, De Laurentiis said "a little bird has told me a few years ago" that Pallotta is in some form of partnership with Liverpool owner John Henry.

"I always had a suspicion that the real owner of Roma is the same as Liverpool, and if this were...

Barcelona's Lionel Messi makes Champions League pledge in captain's speech

New Barcelona captain Lionel Messi made clear his side's desire to bring the UEFA Champions League trophy back to the Camp Nou this season.
Malcom, Lionel Messi and Rafinha found the back of the net for Barcelona as they cruised to victory over Boca Juniors in the annual Gamper Trophy match.

Lionel Messi has pledged that Barcelona will do they can this season to bring Champions League glory back to the Camp Nou in his first public address as club captain.

Messi made the rare speech on Wendesday night before Barcelona's preseason Joan Gamper Trophy match against Boca Juniors, with his promise to the home crowd coming after the club's bitter rivals Real Madrid won a third consecutive Champions League title in May.

"Last season was really good as we did the double but we all felt bad about...

Atletico Madrid target Champions League final after Super Cup win - president

Atletico Madrid's Diego Simeone hailed his side's ability to break Real Madrid's 18-year winning run in continental cup finals.
Atletico Madrid's Diego Costa insists he has the utmost respect for Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos and will always shake hands and move on after the final whistle.
Craig Burley explains how the absences of Zinedine Zidane and Cristiano Ronaldo seemed to embolden Atletico Madrid in their UEFA Super Cup triumph.

Atletico Madrid president Enrique Cerezo said the club have set the goal this season of reaching the Champions League final, which will be held in their Wanda Metropolitano stadium.

They defeated local rivals Real Madrid 4-2 in the UEFA Super Cup in Tallinn, Estonia, on Wednesday, and Cerezo said after the game that he believes Atletico have what it takes to reach the final for the first time since 2016.

"Our objective is to improve this season, but it will be difficult," Cerezo told Movistar+....

Diego Costa's first-minute strike fastest ever in UEFA Super Cup

Diego Costa scored two goals in Atletico Madrid's 4-2 win over Real Madrid on Wednesday in the UEFA Super Cup, including a first-minute strike that was the fastest ever in the competition.

The Spanish international gave the defending Europa League titleholders the lead just 49 seconds into the match at A. Le Coq Arena in Tallinn, Estonia. 

Costa wrestled past Real defenders Sergio Ramos and Raphael Varane and powered a high-angle shot past goalkeeper Keylor Navas to hit the top of the net.


Facebook to broadcast some Champions League matches in Latin America

The ESPN FC panel answer your tweets on their five-year anniversary, whether this PSG side has what it takes to win the Champions League and more.
The ESPN FC panel answer your tweets on Man City's Champions League chances, Milan's top-four hopes and Herc's questionable wardrobe selection.
After a summer of big signings, including Arturo Vidal and Malcom, the FC crew assess whether Barcelona are early Champions League favourites.

SAO PAULO -- Social network Facebook will broadcast some Champions League matches in Spanish-speaking Latin America on a free-to-air basis over the next three seasons, UEFA said on Wednesday.

The deal, which runs from this season until 2021, gives Facebook exclusive free-to-air rights to 32 live matches each season, including the Champions League final and UEFA Super Cup, the European soccer body said in a statement.

Wednesday highlights and magazine programmes will also be shared each match-week...