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    Lionel Messi’s $9m Miami apartment has lift for car he’s bought ahead of huge transfer to David Beckham’s MLS side

    LIONEL MESSI has reportedly already laid down roots in Florida ahead of his reported transfer to Inter Miami.The 35-year-old ace, who inspired Argentina to a World Cup win over Mexico last night, is currently playing for French club Paris Saint-Germain after leaving Barcelona.
    Lionel Messi has reportedly bought an apartment at the Porsche Design Tower – which boasts stunning views of the Miami coastlineCredit: Getty Images – Getty
    Lionel Messi looks set to head across the Atlantic to see out his playing daysCredit: AFP or licensors
    The tower contains a lift for residents’ carsCredit: Getty Images – Getty
    A showhome from Porsche Design Tower’s grand opening reveals the luxury withinCredit: Getty Images – Getty
    But Messi will be a free agent at the end of the season when his contract expires and a new report states Inter Miami are on the verge of getting Messi.
    According to The Times, he is set to be made the highest paid player in MLS history by joining David Beckham’s franchise at the end of the current campaign.
    Discussing his future plans earlier this year, he told Spanish TV station La Sexta earlier this year: “My plan is to give all I can for the club at the moment.
    “I would like to play in the United States and experience life and the league there, but ultimately come back to Barcelona in some capacity.
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    “I’m not thinking too far ahead in the short-term and just want to see how the season finishes.”
    According to Madrid-based radio station Cadena Ser, Messi has already made his first move towards Miami with the purchase of a luxury apartment in the city.
    A pad worth at least $9million was reportedly purchased by the Argentine in 2021.
    The swanky Porsche Design Tower, completed in 2017, sits on the Sunny Isles beachfront in Miami.
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    Branded by the German supercar manufacturer of the same name, the building boasts three car lifts allowing residents to park their vehicle on the same floor as their suite.
    The forward is said to prefer to school his three kids Stateside while seeing out his playing days.
    And that obviously heightens talk of a move to David Beckham’s Inter Miami.
    Last season, they finished 11th in the MLS Eastern Conference while being linked to a wealth of star names.
    Blaise Matuidi and Gonzalo Higuain joined Inter during the 2020 campaign and Olivier Giroud was reportedly offered an apartment in Porsche Design Tower to tempt him into a move.
    Messi, for now, is focused on finally ending his World Cup hoodoo out in Qatar.
    He and Argentina face Poland on Wednesday looking to try and seal a spot in the knockouts.
    Flats inside the tower feature grandiose living areasCredit: Getty Images – Getty
    Messi could decide to mix with the great and the good of Miami inside the luxury buildingCredit: Getty Images – Getty
    The showhome’s dining room shows off the typical decor of the apartment blockCredit: Getty Images – Getty
    Messi is reportedly considering a move to MLS in 2023Credit: Getty Images – Getty
    The Porsche Design Tower was opened in 2017Credit: Getty Images – Getty More

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    England World Cup star Jack Grealish reveals secret behind his huge calves and why he wears his socks so low

    ENGLAND’S World Cup superstar Jack Grealish has revealed the secret behind his low socks and large calves.The £100million Manchester City midfielder, 27, has a notable look on the pitch in Qatar, and has lifted the lid on his style.
    Jack Grealish has revealed the superstitious reason behind his famous low socksCredit: AP
    England’s World Cup ace has also opened up over his huge calvesCredit: Richard Pelham / The Sun
    On those famous calves, he claimed it is all genetics, saying to the Daily Mail: “I actually don’t do anything. It’s just something that runs in the family.
    “My grandad always had big calves when he used to play football.
    “But I don’t do any calf exercises or calf routines in the gym or anything. Honestly, it’s just something that I’ve had since I was young.”
    And on those well-known low socks Grealish shared that superstition is the reason behind it.
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    He said: “I think I was about 14 or 15 and we were sponsored by Macron at Aston Villa and the socks used to shrink in the wash.
    “In training I couldn’t get them over my calves because the socks were so small.
    “So I started wearing them below my calves in training — and that season I ended up playing really well.
    “So then I started wearing my socks below my calves in games. It was just something that stuck because I’d had such a good season.”
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    Fans have been having their say on Grealish’s calves in Qatar, with one saying: “So like, how big are Grealish’s calves going to get?”
    Another wrote: “Was very into the US-England game until noticing Jack Grealish’s mutant calves, which became my entire focus afterwards.”
    One declared: “Jack Grealish wears his socks so low cause if he pulls them over his calves he’ll lose circulation to his legs.”
    Another added: “Someone hit me up with Grealish’s calves workout.”
    As for England’s World Cup campaign, Grealish is yet to start a match for Gareth Southgate’s side.

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    But he did give fans a glimpse of his calves as he came off the bench against Iran and the USA.
    Grealish is now hoping to get a first start against Wales on Tuesday.
    But he has warned his England teammates not to underestimate Gareth Bale and Co in the wake of their drab 0-0 draw against the States.
    Grealish said: “Wales have got some very good players – and they won’t just be playing for pride. In their heads, the Welsh aren’t out yet. They have a game to play and can still qualify.
    “It’s going to be difficult for them, but they can still go through – but it’s also in our hands as well.
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    “We go into the last game top of the group, so let’s see what happens.
    “The game against Wales is going to be an interesting one. You know it’s going to be difficult because of the rivalry.” More

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    Boxing star Dillian Whyte claims he earned JUST £300 after beating Anthony Joshua in the amateurs

    DILLIAN WHYTE only earned £300 for his win over Anthony Joshua in the amateur ranks.The two British heavyweights battled each other in 2009.
    Dillian Whyte only got £300 for beating Anthony Joshua as an amateurCredit: PA:Press Association
    He lost to AJ via TKO in 2015 when they met as prosCredit: Reuters
    Whyte was knocked out by Fury in the biggest payday of his careerCredit: AFP
    The Body Snatcher managed to defeat the future world champion via a unanimous points verdict in an all-out brawl.
    However, Whyte later revealed that he only received the small sum for the fight – but sounded very happy with his pay cheque.
    He told Carl Froch’s podcast: “I remember, I had an amateur fight somewhere and I beat the guy, I think it was the Joshua fight, and the coach comes to me and he gave me like 300 quid and he said, ‘this is your exes,’ and I was like ‘what?’.
    “So you’re telling me I get paid to beat people up? And he went, ‘yeah, here are your exes’.
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    “So I was shocked, I never came from a sporting background, I ain’t had no big amateur career.
    “I had no-one to look after me and tell me whatever, no-one in my family did anything sport-wise.”
    Whyte, 34, added: “I didn’t know how it worked, my coach said do you want to fight and I said yeah, cool, I don’t care I’ll fight anyone.
    “So he came to me and gave me [the money] and [I said], ‘so you’re telling me I can beat guys up and don’t get in trouble and I get paid’. I was like, ‘when is the next fight then’.”
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    Whyte and Joshua both moved into the pro ranks following successful amateur careers.
    They met again in December 2015 but this time Joshua got the win via knockout in the 7th round after being rocked by Whyte in the second.
    In April, Whyte had the biggest payday of his professional boxing career when he faced Tyson Fury in a heavyweight world title clash.
    Wembley increased capacity to 94,000 for the fight with Whyte getting knocked out in the sixth round.
    He missed out on a bonus £3million for winning but still pocketed an impressive £6m – showing how far he has come.
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    Joshua lost to Oleksandr Usyk for a second time in a row, and failed to win back his WBA, IBF, WBO and IBO titles to last year.
    Fury is set to fight Derek Chisora on December 3.

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    Dillian Whyte believes he one of the world’s best five heavyweights and is THIRD behind Tyson Fury and Anthony Joshua

    DILLIAN WHYTE believes Britain boasts the top three heavyweights in the world as he put himself third in his top-five list.The Body Snatcher  takes on Jermaine Franklin on Saturday at OVO Arena, Wembley – looking to get back to winning ways.
    British boxer Dillian Whyte has won 28 out of his 30 professional fightsCredit: PA:Press Association
    Last time out, the 34-year-old was knocked out by Tyson Fury inside six rounds.
    Despite that loss, as well as defeats to Anthony Joshua and Alexander Povetkin, the Jamaican-born fighter has established himself as one of the most feared men in the division thanks to epic victories against the likes of Derek Chisora, Joseph Parker and the rematch against Povetkin.
    Uploading a clip on his Instagram story in 2020, Whyte was asked by a fan who he believes are the best active heavyweights.
    And he stated that he believes he is a better fighter than former world champions Deontay Wilder and Andy Ruiz Jr.
    He said: “Top five heavyweights would have to be Tyson Fury, Joshua, me, Deontay Wilder probably and Ruiz.
    “Or one of those guys I guess.”
    Fury cemented his name as top of the tree – defeating Deontay Wilder twice, as well as scoring victory over Whyte.
    Next up is his trilogy fight with Derek Chisora at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on December 3.
    While Joshua’s career is at a crossroads after back-to-back defeats to Oleksandr Usyk
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    Whyte believes WBC champion Tyson Fury is the best heavyweight in the worldCredit: Reuters
    Whyte’s rival Anthony Joshua lost the WBA, WBO and IBF belts to Oleksandr UsykCredit: PA:Press Association More

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    People are only just realising Harry Maguire’s real name with England’s World Cup star instead going by middle name

    FOOTBALL fans are shocked to learn a little-known fact about Manchester United and England star Harry Maguire.Everyone knows he cost the Red Devils an eye-watering £80million, some know he started his career at Sheffield United, but few know his real name.
    Harry Maguire goes by his middle nameCredit: Getty
    Yes, Harry is not actually his first name, but his middle name.
    Maguire’s first name is Jacob, but he has gone by Harry from an early age.
    The United centre-back, 29, has also gone by the affectionate nickname “Slabhead” – earned thanks to his aerial prowess as well as his rather large skull.
    Fans were amused to discover Maguire’s real name after taking a peak at his Wikipedia profile.
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    One said: “This is your friendly reminder that Maguire’s real first name is Jacob”
    Another added: “It sounds so weird.”
    And a third said: “Wait until you find out Harry Maguire’s real name is Jacob Maguire.”
    Maguire started England’s 6-2 win against Iran on Monday before he was subbed off after feeling unwell.
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    But he trained with the rest of the Three Lions today ahead of tomorrow’s second group game against USA.
    James Maddison was the only one of Gareth Southgate’s 26-man squad missing from Thursday’s session.
    The Leicester playmaker is set to miss tomorrow’s clash, and could even be absent from the final group game against Wales.
    Maddison has been training on his own as he continues to recover from a knee injury picked up in the final Premier League game before the World Cup. More

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    Meet Britain’s richest man Sir Jim Ratcliffe, who wants to buy Man Utd, owns Nice and is nicknamed Bond villain Dr No

    BRITAIN’S richest man Sir Jim Ratcliffe – worth a staggering £15billion- is plotting to buy Manchester United.The billionaire businessman wants in after the Glazer family put the club up for sale – as long as it’s for the right price.
    Britain’s richest man, Sir Jim Ratcliffe, wants to buy Man UtdCredit: Getty – Contributor
    United announced on Monday that the Glazers were “looking to explore strategic alternatives” for the club.
    Ratcliffe, 70, is a lifelong Red Devils fan and it was revealed in the summer he was interested in taking over the club.
    A spokesperson said: “If the club is for sale, Jim is definitely a potential buyer.
    “If something like this was possible, we would be interested in talking with a view to long-term ownership.
    “This is not about the money that has been spent or not spent. Jim is looking at what can be done now and, knowing how important the club is to the city, it feels like the time is right for a reset.”
    Back in April, Ratcliffe put in an offer for Chelsea after speaking with former Blues chairman Bruce Buck, when sanctions placed on Roman Abramovich triggered a fire sale.
    Ratcliffe is a petrochemicals tycoon who at his peak was worth around £21BILLION.
    He runs multi-billion-pound chemicals giant Ineos, which owns French club Nice, Swiss side Lausanne, plus a third of Formula One team Mercedes.
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    Speaking in October about taking over United, he said: “If it had been for sale in the summer, yes, we would probably have had a go, following on from the Chelsea thing.
    “But we can’t sit around hoping that one day United will become available.”
    Now United IS available, and billionaire businessman Ratcliffe is ready to negotiate a potential takeover.GROWING UP
    Ratcliffe was born in Failsworth,  LancashireCredit: AFP or licensors
    Ratcliffe was born in Failsworth, Lancashire, a commuter town just outside of Manchester.
    His father was a joiner and his mother worked in accounts, with the family living in a council house until the age of ten, before eventually moving to Hull, Yorkshire.
    His father later ran a factory making lab furniture.
    Ratcliffe previously admitted that despite having a Chelsea season ticket for many years, he is actually a Manchester United fan.
    He said: “I am a season ticket holder at Chelsea, have been for years, although I’m a Manchester United fan really.
    “Or was!”
    After attending Beverley Grammar School, Ratcliffe graduated from the University of Birmingham with a degree in chemical engineering.
    He also attended the London Business School, studying management accounting and graduating in 1980.
    CAREER
    Back in 2019, Ratcliffe forked out £91m to buy NiceCredit: Jamie McPhilimey – The Sun
    Ratcliffe’s first job was with oil firm Esso, before moving to American private equity group Advent international in 1989.
    He only became an entrepreneur at 40, as co-founder of INSPEC and then in 1998 forming Ineos in Hampshire, buying out his partners.
    The company used high-yield debt to finance deals, buying unwanted operations from bigger firms such as ISI and BP.
    In 2006, Ineos bought BP’s refining and petrochemical arm Innovene, giving the company refineries in five European countries and Canada.
    Ineos quit the United Kingdom in 2010, moving their head office from Hampshire to Rolle, Switzerland.
    The move is said to have saved Ratcliffe and his firm around £100million annually because of lesser tax.
    We’d look at businesses that were unfashionable or unsexy… We’d run them a bit better, reduce the costs, make them busy, and over the cycle they are very profitableSir Jim Ratcliffe on how his company made their billions
    He did return in 2015, however, putting the chemicals and energy branch of Ineos in Knightsbridge, London, saying he was “very cheerful” about being back in the UK and untroubled by Brexit.
    In fact, Ratcliffe had voted for Brexit.
    However, he quit the UK in 2018, moving to tax haven Monaco.
    The same year, the Sunday Times named Ratcliffe as Britain’s Richest Man, with a personal wealth of £21.05bn.
    Ineos, which employs around 19,000 people across the globe, makes fuels and lubricants, food packaging and construction materials that are a huge part of everyday life.
    It also supplies natural gas to homes and produces plastics, acids and polystyrene.
    In 2018, Ineos had a turnover of £45bn and is valued at £35bn.
    He previously revealed to The Times how he made his money, saying: “We’d look at businesses that were unfashionable or unsexy, facilities owned by large corporations where you’d know they would be sloppy with the fixed costs.
    “We’d run them a bit better, reduce the costs, make them busy, and over the cycle they are very profitable.”
    Ratcliffe has been called secretive and reclusive and according to the Financial Times has been given some nefarious nicknames by rivals and staff.
    They reported he has been called JR after the scheming oil tycoon from 1980s hit show Dallas, as well as Dr No – after the Bond villain/mad scientist.
    Ratcliffe’s company, Ineos, produces a range of plastics, lubricants and products used in everyday life – such as bottle tops and toothpasteCredit: Reuters
    Ratcliffe is a supporter of controversial drilling process frackingCredit: PA:Press Association
    PERSONAL LIFE
    Ratcliffe, who is a vocal supporter of fracking, was married to Amanda Townson in 1985, before divorcing in 1995 – the couple had two sons.
    He also has a daughter from his second wife, Alicia, whom he married in the late 1990s.
    Ratcliffe had properties in Chelsea and Hampshire before quitting the country for the French Riviera.
    His move to the tax haven, where he already had a property, saved him around £4BILLION in tax.
    Ratcliffe was also made a Knight Bachelor in the 2018 Birthday Honours list for services to business and investment.
    He has owned two large super-yachts, the Hampshire, which he sold in 2011 to take order of the Hampshire II, which he still owns.
    The Hampshire II cost £130million is 257ft 6in and can house 14 guests and 23 crew.
    It features six large cabins, has a swimming pool on one of the decks, a helipad, Jacuzzi, sauna, cinema and beach club.
    The helipad can even be transformed into a special sports area fit for tennis, badminton, basketball, baseball or football.
    His other toys include FOUR private jets and a fleet of cars – although it’s not known which cars he has.
    However, he is a known lover of Land Rover Defenders and has financed his own line of cars to rival his favourite 4×4.
    The Ineos Projekt Grenadier starts at £55,000.
    Ratcliffe is a lover of sports and the outdoors – and financed a new 4×4 to replace the Land Rover DefenderCredit: Jon Bond – The Sun
    The billionaire’s super-yacht, the Hampshire II, cost £130m and includes a swimming pool, helipad and room for 14 guestsCredit: YouTube / Feadship
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    Sir Jim has always been a huge fan of sport and physical activity.
    As well as growing up a Manchester United fan, he has made expeditions to the North and South Poles and also spent three months on a motorbike trek across South Africa.
    Ratcliffe is also said to have completed the London Marathon in 2007.
    Before his interest in buying Man Utd, Ratcliffe and Ineos had already bought another football team: Swiss side FC Lausanne-Sport.
    He completed the purchase of the team in November 2017, with the club sitting fifth in the Swiss Super League.
    However, The Blue and Whites were RELEGATED in his first season at the helm, dropping down to the Challenge League.
    The club are currently fourth in the table.
    Ineos then paid £91million to take over French Ligue 1 side Nice in 2019.
    Elsewhere, Ratcliffe completed a move for cycling outfit Team Sky – and turned them into Team Ineos.
    He said: “Cycling is a great endurance and tactical sport that is gaining ever more popularity around the world.
    “Equally, cycling continues to mushroom for the general public as it is seen to be good for fitness and health, together with easing congestion and pollution in city environments.
    “Ineos is delighted to take on the responsibility of running such a professional team.”
    In 2018, Ratcliffe teamed with Olympic hero Sir Ben Ainslie to form Ineos Team UK, and they competed for the America’s Cup from 2021.
    It is believed he spent more than £110million on the project.
    Clearly, with money to burn, Man Utd fans will be getting excited at the prospect of Ratcliffe backing their club.
    Ratcliffe is a keen sailor and teamed with Olympic hero Sir Ben Ainslie to form Ineos Team UK – the billionaire has already spent £110m on the projectCredit: Getty Images – Getty More

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    Spain boss Luis Enrique joked he’ll pick Ferran Torres at World Cup 2022 ‘or daughter will come and chop my head off’

    LUIS ENRIQUE joked his daughter will chop his head off if he did not pick Ferran Torres at the World Cup. The Spain boss made the quip before Torres scored a brilliant brace in Wednesday’s 7-0 group stage opener against Costa Rica.
    Luis Enrique will be hoping to guide Spain back to World Cup glory in QatarCredit: Getty
    Ferran Torres scored twice in Spain’s 7-0 win over Costa RicaCredit: AP
    Sira Martinez is a big advocate for Torres playing for Spain at the World CupCredit: INSTAGRAM
    Enrique will be watching his back if he doesn’t pick TorresCredit: Reuters
    When asked who would lead the line before kick-off, Enrique said: “Very easy – It’s Mr Ferran Torres – otherwise my daughter will come after me and chop off my head.”
    The former Manchester City star is dating Enrique’s daughter Sira Martinez.
    The pair went public with their relationship earlier this year, but reports of their acquaintance with one another stretched back into late last year.
    Sira is a professional Spanish show-jumper in Barcelona and is a member of the swanky Barcelona Royal Polo Club.
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    Torres swapped Man City for Barcelona last January and has scored 12 goals and added seven assists in 44 appearances.
    He has also been a regular in the Spanish national team and finally ended an eight game drought with his brace against Costa Rica.

    Asked whether he felt extra pressure due to his relationship with Enrique’s daughter at a press conference, he said: “Not at all.
    “I think the coach and I, we know how to differentiate between when it’s family and when we are manager and player.
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    “I think we have to get on with it in a natural way, just that and we’re getting along fine.”
    Enrique himself made waves before Spain’s epic win over Costa Rica.
    That’s by showing off his ripped figure in a pair of shorts.
    Despite being aged 52, Enrique looked like he could still play at the highest level.
    That’s after hanging up his boots 18 years ago.
    Sira has 155,000 followers on InstagramCredit: @siramartinezc
    She and Torres went public with their relationship earlier this yearCredit: @siramartinezc More

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    Floyd Mayweather claims Logan Paul bout wasn’t ‘real’ and he would have KO’d YouTuber in first round in pro bout

    FLOYD MAYWEATHER claimed his exhibition with Logan Paul was not a ‘real fight’ – and would have won in round one if it was. The American legend returned to the ring in June 2021 for the eight-round spectacle bout, and gave away TWO STONE in doing so.
    Floyd Mayweather claimed his exhibition with Logan Paul was not a ‘real fight’Credit: Amanda Westcott
    And Paul scored a huge moral victory after taking it the distance, meaning no winner was technically declared.
    But Mayweather has now insisted had the fight been professionally sanctioned, with his 50-0 record on the line, then it would have been a different story.
    He said: “I did an exhibition with the YouTuber Logan Paul. We had fun.
    “People have gotta know, there’s a difference between a real fight and an exhibition. All I did was work out from time to time.
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    “If it was a real fight, it would’ve been a blowout in the first round.”
    Mayweather hung up the gloves as a pro in 2017 after beating ex-UFC champion Conor McGregor in ten rounds.
    But he has since returned in exhibitions, and did so firstly against featherweight kickboxer Tenshin Nasukawa, 23, in 2018.
    Mayweather knocked out Mikuru Asakura in two rounds of their exhibition bout – in front of old rival Manny Pacquiao.
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    Asakura had no defence for a barrage of right hands coming his way and he was eventually floored just as the bell sounded.
    Mayweather has since confirmed he will fight in Japan again – amid talk of an epic rematch with Pacquaio.
    He recently stopped YouTuber Deji in the sixth round of a one-sided fight.
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