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French football has been tainted by corruption, scandal and political unrest for decades – but don’t bet that the country will unite around a common enemy in the Champions League final this Sunday. In 1993, Olympique Marseille went boldly where no French club had ever been before by lifting a rebranded European Cup. It was the first Champions League of the modern era and it was supposed to be a new dawn for French football. Marseille, led by a chain-smoking pioneer of zonal marking Raymond Goethals, were genuinely innovative and fun. It was a parallel to Paris Saint-Germain of today: exciting young players, an…

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Who has the biggest bank account of them all? These are the highest paid footballer in 2020 COVID-19 may have brought financial turmoil and widespread pay cuts to our game, but elite footballers remain some of the wealthiest athletes on the planet. This year’s Forbes ranking of the 100 top earners in sport includes 14 footballers, as earnings for the best-paid athletes dropped for the first time since 2016. The figures include prize money, salaries and bonuses earned between June 1, 2019 and June 1, 2020, but the full-year salary is counted for players who have contracts running to the end of…

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