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    After sealing the deal of the summer to join Man City from Liverpool for £49m ($104 million), Raheem Sterling has put his swanky Merseyside mansion up for sale.

    And for the first time, photos of his £1.5m ($3.3 million) mansion bachelor pad have been released by real estate agents. 

    The lavish property comes complete with a Michael Jackson-themed bar and a personal barber’s salon.

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    The 20-year-old, who has been impressive during City’s opening two Premier League victories against West Brom and Chelsea, also decked out his North West mansion with state-of-the-art bathrooms that have full television facilities.

    The bar, dedicated to Michael Jackson, is equipped with a DJ deck and also includes several pieces of memorabilia ranging from photographs of the legendary singer to his trademark leather jacket and fedora trilby hat.

    Two Liverpool cushions can also be seen on a cream sofa in a separate room where Sterling often invites his barber over for a trim.

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    Meanwhile, two framed Liverpool

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  • Ronaldo is best man at super-agent Jorge Mendes’ wedding

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    Cristiano Ronaldo’s agent Jorge Mendes and his partner Sandra Barbosa tied the knot over the weekend at the São João Baptista church, located in Foz, an affluent residential part of Porto in Portugal.

    And the Real Madrid and Portugal star served as the best man for the ceremony, which was attended by 400 people, including many of the top names in football.

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    The 49-year-old and Barbosa, who have three children together, previously wed in a civil ceremony in 2005.

    Ronaldo looks up to Mendes not just as a friend and business partner, but also as a fatherly figure. Earlier this week, it was reported that the football star splurged between €30 to €50 million on a Greek island as a wedding gift for Mendes. 

    The couple’s guests included past and present football personalities including James Rodríguez, Deco, Pepe, Radamel Falcao and José Mourinho.

    Other leading football personalities who attended included Florentino Pérez, Roman Abramovich and Singapore billionaire Peter Lim, who recently

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    Barcelona star Neymar revealed a tattoo of his younger sister, Rafaella, 19, on his right arm last month.

    And it seems that the Brazilian international’s sister has returned the gesture, revealing new ink featuring her older brother’s eyes on her left arm.

    The siblings are known to be very close, with Rafaella often flying out with her friends to visit her brother in Spain.

    Her latest design was revealed by Brazilian tattoo artist Adao Rosa, who took to his Instagram page to post a few snaps.  

    “This is the tattoo that I have done on my loving friend @rafaella, a homage to her idol and her brother @neymarjr,” Rosa wrote.

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    Neymar was recently in Las Vegas to enjoy the rest of his pre-season break after a disappointing Copa America with Brazil this summer where he was sent off against Colombia.

    Earlier on Saturday, it was reported that the Brazil international’s move to the La Liga giants from Santos could end up costing the club £160million ($241 million).

    Prospective CEO Joan Oliver,

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  • England and Man City goalkeeper Joe Hart gets married

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    England goalkeeper Joe Hart married his long-term partner Kimberly Crew in a lavish Italian ceremony over the last weekend of June.

    The couple beamed as they left the romantic venue in Florence surrounded by close friends and family who cheered and showered them with rose petals.

    Crew, 32, looked stunning in a delicate white lace corseted dress which showed off her slender frame. She completed the look with an elegant lace veil.

    The 1.96m tall Hart looked equally dapper in a smart black suit and matching tie as he walked hand-in-hand with his new wife from the top secret venue.

    A source admitted that the Man City player had prepared five extra wedding shirts for the big day as he was “worried about sweating in the scorching heat”.

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    The goalkeeper, 28, has been in a relationship with the beautician for around six years. Last August, the couple welcomed their first child, Harlow.

    Hart also claims to maintain a ‘normal’ life when he talked about his relationship with Crew in 2013, often

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  • Liverpool’s Raheem Sterling goes on holiday amidst transfer drama

     

    Despite the transfer drama surrounding Raheem Sterling, the Liverpool youngster has been spotted thoroughly enjoying his summer holidays.

    Fresh reports have suggested that Manchester City are now preparing to pay £50million ($105 million) to prise him away from Liverpool. 

    The Reds previously turned down £30m ($63 million) and £40m ($84 million) bids from the Barclays Premier League runners-up.

    The 20-year-old seemed unperturbed by the buzz surrounding his future as he flyboarded and hit the beach on the Spanish party island of Ibiza. 

    He spent part of his summer break on the island while sports journalists dissect his next move.

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    Latest photographs showed him by the beach, freeboarding and tucking into a meal outside Burger King, and he returned home to England on Sunday by private jet.

    He also took his entire family on holiday, including his mother, daughter Melody and his best friends.

    Sterling could become the most expensive English player of all time if City increase their

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  • In Part 1 of our exclusive Life of a Football Agent series, FIFA Players’ Agent Ash Hashim revealed the dodgy world of football transfers. In Part 2, read about challenging aspects of a football agent’s job that include dealing with prima donna players’ unrealistic expectations.  

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    It’s mind-boggling to find the CVs of some high-profile football personalities sitting in your inbox every morning.

    These can range from talented coaches and players in the Spain’s La Liga to the Premiership and the A-League. Many of these individuals already have an existing contract or club.

    You follow up with a phone call, almost in disbelief, to check if the person in question is really looking for a new club.

    “It’s unstable here, there’s so much corruption – I need to leave,” the coach or player might say through a close confidante, or if it involves politics from the board room, they could say the club president doesn’t like them any more.

    Despite its glamorous exterior, the world of football can be a

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  • Rooney and former United stars attend Cleverley’s wedding

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    Tom Cleverley may have left Manchester United but he still maintains his friendships with his good friends at his former club.

    Many of them - including Wayne Rooney - turned up at his wedding last weekend as the 25-year-old tied the knot with former reality TV star and model Georgina Dorsett, 29. 

    Rooney uploaded a snap to Instagram with Cleverley and his former team-mates Danny Welbeck, Phil Bardsley and Wes Brown. 

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    Rooney’s wife Coleen also turned up at the celebrations along with Rooney’s teammate, Chris Smalling. 

    Cleverley and Dorsett have been an item since 2012 and celebrated the birth of their daughter in June 2013.

    Cleverley’s bride will also have to get used to some new surroundings after the midfielder agreed to team up with former manager Roberto Martinez at Everton.

    The Toffees snapped him up on a free transfer after his United deal expired, beating off interest from Aston Villa, where Cleverley spent last season on loan.

    Real Madrid star Sergio Ramos visits Cuba

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    While

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  • Aguero’s photo with son is so adorbs

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    Manchester City star Sergio Aguero took some time out of his busy schedule to pose in an adorable Instagram snap with his son Benjamin on Friday.

    The striker is currently preparing for Argentina’s participation in the Copa America and has also been travelling with Manchester City during their time in the USA.

    Aguero posted the adorable snap along with the hashtags #Benjamin and #TeAmo and young Benjie is all smiles as his dad plants a kiss on his cheek.

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    Although Aguero is divorced from Benjie’s mother, Giannina, he still keeps in touch regularly with his father-in-law, Argentinean football legend Maradona. 

    The Man City striker shares joint custody of Benjie with Giannina, and has admitted that not being able to spend more time with his son affects him emotionally.

    Benjamin will no doubt be watching his father in action on Saturday as Argentina take on Paraguay in their opening fixture of the tournament.

    The tournament favourites are hoping to get off to the best possible start ahead

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    Liverpool icon Steven Gerrard bid an emotional goodbye to his boyhood club and fans at his final game in Anfield over the weekend.

    And the tributes have been pouring in non-stop from former coaches and other past and present footballers who played alongside him. 

    But it is his latest holiday fashion campaign with British Airways that has been garnering embarrassing attention.

    Ahead of the summer travel season, the former England captain, 34, and his model wife, Alex, posed for a series of advertisements at London’s Heathrow Airport to promote the airways’ flights to the Caribbean.

    And it has already been branded ‘cringe-worthy’ by fans, who compared it to a similar ad campaign by the National Lottery featuring Ashley Cole and his then girlfriend, Cheryl Cole, back in 2006.

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    The images show Gerrard and Alex wearing summer gear and posing with suitcases on the tarmac. 

    In another photo, the couple sat on beach towels laid on the turbine of the plane, surrounded by fake tropical palm

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  • Frank Lampard to rent Robert De Niro’s Hollywood penthouse

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    Man City and former Chelsea midfielder, Frank Lampard has been spotted viewing a $39.8million (S$51m) New York home in Manhattan with his fiancee Christine Bleakley ahead of their move to the Big Apple in the summer.

    The swanky property was previously owned by Hollywood actor Robert De Niro and in fitting fashion, boasts five bedrooms, four bathrooms, a huge garage and 360-degree views of the New York skyline. The 9,000 sq ft apartment also costs $95,000 ($126,000) per month to rent, with agents saying that the player is keen on the property. 

    Lampard, 36, is preparing for life in the United States when he joins Major League Soccer (MLS) team New York City FC in July, where Spanish star David Villa also plays.

    Bleakley and Lampard travelled to New York for the weekend where they watched his new team take on Sporting Kansas City at the Yankee stadium, but house-hunting was clearly on the agenda.

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