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Bailey signs $1.8 billion Leverkusen deal

first_imgJamaican winger Leon Bailey has signed a five-year deal with Bundesliga team Bayer Leverkusen just ahead of the European Winter transfer market deadline.Reports surfaced late yesterday out of Germany and Belgium, where the Jamaican had played for Genk, that the 19 year-old was secured by the German outfit in an £11.5-million (J$1.8-billion) deal – becoming the second most expensive player ever sold by Genk.A picture of Bailey posing with a Bayer Leverkusen jersey with the words ‘Bailey 2022’ in reference to the year his contract is scheduled to expire printed on the back alongside his adopted father and manager Craig Butler as well as club officials made the rounds on social media late yesterday ahead of Leverkusen’s expected confirmation.IMPRESSIVE PERFORMANCEBailey rose to prominence at Genk after impressive performances in the Belgian domestic competition as well as the UEFA Europa League. He scored 15 goals and provided 21 assists in his 77 league games for Genk, adding seven goals and three assists in 12 European fixtures.He is, however, yet to secure his first cap for the Jamaican senior football team.He becomes the latest noted player sold by Genk following the departure of now-established players such as Crystal Palace’s Christian Benteke, Chelsea’s Thibaut Courtois, Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City) and Kalidou Koulibaly (Napoli).Bayer Leverkusen, which finished third in last season’s Bundesliga have been one of the better performing teams in the competition in recent years and boast talents such as Javier Hernandez, Kevin Kampl, Karim Bellarabi as well as Hakan Calhanoglu.last_img read more

Mbappe is Time magazine’s ‘Future of Soccer’

first_imgMbappe made headlines in September 2017 when he moved from Ligue 1 side Monaco to Paris Saint-Germain for a staggering 180 million euros ($207 million), a deal that saw the then 18-year-old player handed a reported monthly salary of 1.5m euros ($1.8m).But the 19-year-old’s stock skyrocketed during this year’s World Cup, where a series of phenomenal displays drew compliments from Brazil legend Pele on his way to helping France end their 20-year wait to win another World Cup trophy.Mbappe became the youngest French goalscorer in World Cup history when he struck in a 1-0 win over Peru in the group stages.The teenager from the gritty Parisian suburb of Bondy then tore apart Argentina, scoring twice and earning a penalty as Les Blues eliminated the highly-fancied South Americans 4-3 in the last 16 knockout round.In doing so, Mbappe became only the second teenager, after Pele in 1958, to score two goals in a World Cup match.When Mbappe scored with a 25-yard strike in the final, a 4-2 win over Croatia, he became only the second teenager to do so, after Pele, in 1958.With a total of four goals in the tournament, Mbappe received FIFA’s award for Best Young Player of the World Cup.Arguably better still were the plaudits from Pele himself, who said: “If Kylian keeps on equalling my records, I’m going to have to dust off my boots.”Mbappe’s teenage days will end when he celebrates his 20th birthday on December 20.He played a key role for France on Thursday, equalising from the penalty spot in a 2-2 friendly draw against Iceland.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Paris Saint-Germain’s forward Kylian Mbappe, pictured on October 7, 2018, became the youngest French goalscorer in World Cup history when he struck in a 1-0 win over Peru in the group stages © AFP/File / FRANCK FIFEPARIS, France, Oct 11 – Paris Saint-Germain striker Kylian Mbappe’s rapid rise to global fame has earned the teenaged World Cup winner an appearance on the cover of Time magazine’s international edition, to appear on Friday.Time said Mbappe was a global superstar who “is the future of soccer.”last_img read more