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LeBron James praises Liverpool, Kylian Mbappe

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LeBron James, minority owner in Liverpool Football Club, has praised Kylien Mbappe.

That sound you can hear is Liverpool fans everywhere furiously typing out #Mbappe2020 once again.

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The legendary NBA star hosted an Instagram chat on Monday and was asked about his favorite soccer players. Here was the answer James gave.

“Favorite soccer players … I got a few,” LeBron James said. “First of all, every player on Liverpool. Straight up. Every player on Liverpool. Mbappe, Neymar, Cristiano Ronaldo, those guys are legends, I love those guys. Those are just a few of them.”

James also gave praise to Lionel Messi and someone else said Zlatan Ibrahimovic: Zlatan? His crazy ass. He crazy, but he damn good, though,” LeBron James responded. 

It is unlikely Liverpool would sign Neymar or Cristiano Ronaldo but the fact James mentioned Mbappe as one of his favorite players is intriguing.

Look, it’s not like James has any say in who Liverpool sign and their transfer policy. Of course he doesn’t. However, with Liverpool moving to Nike as their kit sponsor from this summer, James could be popping up at lot more at Anfield and Mbappe is also sponsored by Nike.

Did somebody say, synergy? Could Liverpool afford Mbappe? Probably not anytime soon. Still, the rumblings about him coming to the Premier League one day continue.

LeBron James is a keen soccer fan and when his playing days are over in the NBA, you could certainly see him branching out and owning a team, maybe in Major League Soccer, maybe in Europe. Who knows?

It remains to be seen if Liverpool fans everywhere will now start to send the Mbappe to Liverpool rumors into overdrive again.

Ronaldo edges LeBron, Messi for top-earning honor

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Cristiano Ronaldo’s staying on top in just about everything.

The Portuguese superstar is the highest-earning athlete for the second-successive season, holding off LeBron James for the honor.

According to Forbes.com, Ronaldo made $93 million this year, edging out NBA star LeBron James and Lionel Messi (who swapped places).

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Neymar is the next soccer player on the list, slotting 19th, while Gareth Bale and Zlatan Ibrahimovic hit the Top 30.

Wayne Rooney is next, placing 70th with $23.6 million, with Luis Suarez one slot behind. Also in the Top 100: Sergio Aguero and James Rodriguez.

LeBron James has a message for Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp

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Fresh off leading the Cleveland Cavaliers to glory in the 2016 NBA Finals, LeBron James has switched to full soccer mode.

A big fan of Liverpool, and a minority owner, James has previously visited Anfield to take in games and is open about his love for the Merseyside club.

[ VIDEO: Ronaldo’s sideline antics ]

He isn’t afraid to give Reds boss Jurgen Klopp a bit of advice ahead of Liverpool’s U.S. tour either, as he posted the following message to the German coach on his Facebook page.

Jurgen, if you need a powerful forward who is extremely competent at putting a ball in a net, LeBron is your man.

Let the “if only our best athletes played soccer” talk begin among American fans in 3, 2, 1…

Liverpool kicks off their U.S. Tour on the West Coast as they play Chelsea in Pasadena, Calif. on Jul. 27 and AC Milan in Santa Clara, Calif. on Jul. 30 in the International Champions Cup. They will also play AS Roma in St. Louis in a friendly on Aug. 1.


s/o to Coach Klopp & the Reds. Excited to hear you boys are heading out to the West Coast!! If you need a walk on, I got your back #YNWA #LFC

Posted by LeBron James on Tuesday, July 12, 2016

PHOTO: LeBron James in Brazil, VIP guest of FIFA for World Cup final

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LeBron James announced he will be returning home to Cleveland earlier this week

What he didn’t mention was a nice little trip to Rio de Janeiro on the way.

‘King James’ was invited to the World Cup final by FIFA, alongside the likes of Ashton Kutcher, Daniel Craig, head of states from across the world and many of the greatest soccer names on the planet.

Check out FIFA’s full VVIP list (that extra V means they are pretty special) here.

Below is the President of the U.S. Soccer Federation, Sunil Gulati, pictured with LeBron who is wearing a U.S. national team scarf before Sunday’s final at the Maracana Stadium.

With James’ links to soccer after investing in Liverpool Football Club, it’s easy to see why one of the biggest names in U.S. sports is high on FIFA’s list of VIP’s.

LeBron is taking his talents to Cleveland but for now, he’s chilling in Rio.

VIDEO: Landon Donovan defends LeBron James on cramping issue

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Landon Donovan’s appearance on the Dan Patrick Show wasn’t limited to soccer, as the Los Angeles Galaxy star was asked for his thoughts on the injury that has dominated the NBA world today: the cramping that caused LeBron James to miss the end of Game 1 of the NBA Finals.

Now, of course, Michael Jordan missed playoff time with cramps, and any player who wasn’t properly hydrated on a soccer pitch knows how briefly-debilitating a cramping calf or hamstring can be. But, let’s hear from the American soccer legend:

“I keep reading and hearing all this crap about how LeBron was soft and weak and I just wanted to give an athlete’s perspective…

“People can play through broken bones… pulled muscles… intense pain, but when your body seizes up on you, you have no chance. I feel bad for the guy that he’s taking so much stick.

“It’s just not fair. When it happens, you can’t move. There’s nothing you can do. It’s not a tough thing. If you don’t think he’s played through, and all those guys have played through, immense pain through all the years, you’re crazy.”

The drama surrounding how Donovan treats his body at his age, and how Jurgen Klinsmann feels about it, adds a little spice to the topic (though not much).

But the fact that his LeBron story dominated the press with anything other than, “Wow, what an inopportune time to cramp up,” is hilarious. I’m not even close to a LeBron fan and I’ve got no beef with the big man.