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Major Link Soccer: Messi richer than Ronaldo on Forbes list

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Messi’s earnings topped Ronaldo’s, even if Barcelona’s play was...what’s the word...um...meh?

UEFA European Club Football Season Kick-Off 2019/2020 - UCL Draw Photo by Valerio Pennicino - UEFA/UEFA via Getty Images

Multiple issues with offers and/or offers that fell apart to buy Premier League sides, a Gio Reyna goal, a great interview with Neville Southall, and a German soccer player fights a fan.

MLS/USL

The weekend’s match between the rivals ended with Everton Luiz and Braian Galavan getting into a bit of a dust up. Real Salt Lake, Colorado Rapids tempers flare after latest Rocky Mountain Cup clash | MLSsoccer.com

Inject more soccer into your veins. USL Championship Confirms 2020 Postseason Structure

D.C. United have announced their operational plans for the Under-15, Under-16, and Under-17 Academy youth teams for the 2020-21 season and moving forward, with all teams being fully-funded by the club. In addition, the club will continue their Pathway-to-Pro program; an initiative focused on partnering with elite local youth clubs. D.C. United Announce Update to Academy Programming | D.C. United

NWSL/WoSo

After signing for Tottenham Hotspur, BBC Sport assesses USA striker Alex Morgan’s status as one of the game’s greats. Meet Alex Morgan - Tottenham's new USA striker who 'transcends her sport' - BBC Sport

Week 2 in the French League produced an early surprise, and some lopsided results from England highlight the weekend of WoSo Around the World. WoSo Around the World: PSG held to draw vs. Bordeaux – Equalizer Soccer

USA

Sunday was the 21st so-called “sports equinox”, where the big four North American men’s team sports leagues play. There were a LOT of other games and matches, too. Sports equinox might hurt NFL, NBA, MLB, NHL, EPL, WNBA, tennis, golf

We honestly don’t care what Axel Witsel did. Watch: Gio Reyna scores goal in German Cup blowout - Stars and Stripes FC

The NWSL’s domestic streaming partner is getting a makeover. CBS All Access is set to become Paramount Plus next year because branding is hard - The Verge

World

Former Everton keeper takes aim at Boris Johnson and JK Rowling and reveals how helping marginalised groups in society leaves little time to himself. Neville Southall: ‘You don’t expect loose cannons to take over your own country’ | Football | The Guardian

Hamburg’s Toni Leistner entered the stands to pick a fight with Dynamo Dresden supporters after his side’s 4-1 German Cup loss on Monday. Hamburg player enters stands, manhandles fan after German Cup loss

According to a list compiled by Forbes, Messi’s total earnings this year are $126 million — $92m from his salary and $34m in endorsements. Messi beats Ronaldo, Neymar to top Forbes rich list

Any prospects of a switch to Old Trafford for the 31-year-old are dependent on the outcome of United’s pursuit of Borussia Dortmund’s Jadon Sancho. Tottenham ahead of Man Utd in pursuit of Real Madrid's Bale - sources

Marseille head coach Andre Villas-Boas defends Alvaro Gonzalez following Neymar’s racism claim against the centre-back. Alvaro Gonzalez: Andre Villas-Boas defends Marseille player after racism claim - BBC Sport

Historic England has been accused of making a ‘huge mistake’ in objecting to Everton’s plans for a new stadium at Bramley Moore dock. Historic England under fire over new Everton stadium objections | Football | The Guardian

All corporation staff to be bound by strict new social media guidelines within weeks. Gary Lineker takes 25% BBC pay cut and agrees to tweet more carefully | BBC | The Guardian

An American consortium, whose bid of £350m for West Ham was rejected last month, is expected to make another offer to the co-owners David Sullivan and David Gold. American consortium to step up efforts to buy West Ham after first bid rejected | West Ham United | The Guardian

Mike Ashley has instructed two leading QCs to represent Newcastle in their dispute with the Premier League over its rejection of the club’s Saudi-led takeover. Newcastle taking legal action against Premier League over blocked Saudi buyout | Newcastle United | The Guardian

What’s on TV?

11:45 AM - Burton Albion v. Aston Villa - EFL League Cup - ESPN+