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Brazil Announces Equal Pay for Men’s and Women’s National Teams; Cristiano Ronaldo Suffers Foot Infection, Misses Training and More (Football Round-Up)

Short Passes (Football News Round-up): Brazil announces equal pay for men’s and women’s national teams | Cristiano Ronaldo limited in Portugal camp by a foot infection | Lionel Messi's father says he could stay at FC Barcelona: Reports | Manchester City owners add French club to worldwide portfolio | I just want to play and I am fine, says Anwar Ali after tests.
Brazil football teams to receive equal pay without gender disparity

The updated policy by the Brazilian Football Federation (CBF) will ensure every player who plays football for Brazil is paid equal daily allowances/fees and prize money.

Brazil's women's and men’s football teams are going to get equal play and prizes, the Brazilian Football Federation (CBF) announced yesterday. 

The updated policy will ensure every player who plays football for Brazil is paid equal daily allowances/fees and prize money.

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CBF boss Rogério Caboclo announced that uniformity in pay was implemented in March.

"Since March this year, the CBF has equalled the prize money and daily rates between men's and women's football. That's to say, the players earn the same as those who are called up (to the national team)," Caboclo said in a press conference,held to announce the appointment of two women's football coordinators, Duda Luizelli and Aline Pellegrino.

"Women will receive the same daily rate as those who already receive them. The women's team that wins or progresses through the stages at next year's Olympic Games will receive the same as the men.”

Not long after the CBF’s announcement, The FA also revealed that they have been paying England’s men and women teams equally for appearances since January this year. Despite that though the money England’s male and female players can earn from major tournaments differs enormously because of the gender disparity in prize money offered by FIFA and UEFA.

It was a point Caboclo also emphasised in his statement. "What the men will receive at the next World Cup (2022) will be proportionately equal to what is proposed by FIFA. There is no more gender difference; the CBF is treating men and women equally."

Ronaldo Suffers Foot Infection

Cristiano Ronaldo has missed a second training session in a row with Portugal yesterday, suffering from a foot infection ahead of Nations League matches against Croatia and Sweden.

"The national team captain... has an infection in his right foot and is undergoing treatment with antibiotics," the Portuguese FA said in a statement.

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Ronaldo, 35, is currently restricted to just gym sessions.

European champions Portugal took home the trophy for the inaugural Nations League last year after they defeated Netherlands 1-0 in the final in Porto.

They will start the season at home in Croatia on Saturday and then travel to Sweden after three days.

Messi Could Stay at Barca

Lionel Messi’s father and agent, Jorge Messi hinted that the player could stay at Barcelona this season, according to footage broadcast that was aired by Spanish media.

It looked as if senior Messi replied "yes" when asked by a reporter if they had looked at the possibility of Messi staying there for a year and then leaving for free next year.

Jorge arrived in Barcelona on Wednesday, at El Prat airport on a flight from Rosario, Argentina.

Premier League giants Manchester City's owners have offered Messi the biggest sporting contract given to any player in the history of the game. They have offered as much as £623million for a five-year contract and their affiliate club New York City FC.

Messi was a no show at Barcelona’s first training session for the 2020 - 21 campaign under Ronald Koeman on Monday.

City Adds Troyes to Portfolio

Manchester City, currently owned by Saudi Arabia, added a 10th club to its worldwide portfolio after they purchased French second-division team, Troyes.

The City Football Group (CFG) will be a majority owner of Troyes after buying the shares from Daniel Masoni. 

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“We have had an interest in French football for some time and have long admired ESTAC (Troyes),” said Ferran Soriano, chief executive of CFG, “so we are delighted to have completed the acquisition of our 10th club and have a permanent presence in France,” Soriano called it a milestone.

“Our objective remains to play beautiful football, identify and develop grassroots talent and have a permanent presence in the world’s football centres,” he said. “There is no doubt that France is one of the top football countries in the world and we are proud to be part of that community.”

CGF also owns a majority stake in Indian Super League club Mumbai City, in addition to a franchise in America and one in Australia. 

I Just Want to Play: Anwar Ali

Anwar Ali, who has been going through blood tests and CT scan to determine his fitness and match risk ahead of the I-League 2nd Division matches said: “I just want to play football”. 

The U-17 World Cup star’s career is stuck in limbo since he was diagnosed with a congenital heart condition last year. If not playing football “saves him from untimely death”, Anwar believes he “might die lifting bricks” or doing some other job.

The All India Football Federation’s (AIFF) medical committee is going to take a decision on his future in competitive football based on the test reports.

Anwar says he is doing really well ever since he has got clearance certificates from doctors in Punjab, including certificates from PGIMER in Chandigarh.

“I really don’t know what the reports will be but I know, for a fact, that I am doing fine. I have no problem at all. I want to play and make a career out of football,” the defender told PTI.

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