SAO PAULO (AP) Santos coach Jorge Sampaoli has given his pay back to the Brazilian club until his players get paid.
The Argentine says the club should pay every worker on the same day.
Brazilian media say Santos has not paid its players since the beginning of February. Club executives pledged to solve the problem in early March, but that did not happen.
Sampaoli, a former coach of Argentina’s national team, also criticized the club’s executives.
After an impressive start to the season, Santos has failed to win its last three matches in the Sao Paulo state championship. The team lost to Botafogo 4-0 on Wednesday.
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Frustration overtook the common sense of some Santos fans, leading to a Copa Libertadores match last night ending before full time.
With fans of the famed Brazilian club throwing flares on the field and rioting in the stands, referee Julio Bascunan called the match late in the second half between Santos and Independiente of Argentina, giving the Argentine side a 3-0 aggregate win in the Copa Libertadores Round of 16.
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Much of the frustration from the Santos supporters came after CONMEBOL ruled that Santos used an ineligible player, Carlos Sanchez. Sanchez received a red card in a Copa Sudamericana match in 2015, and hadn’t served that suspension in South America between then and now. Although the first leg in Argentina finished 0-0, Independiente was awarded a 3-0 win due to Santos’ error.
Santos’ defeat leaves just Gremio as a non-Argentine side on their side of the knockout round bracket. Atletico Tucuman, who only qualified for the Copa Libertadores for making it to the Copa Argentina final (the club finished 15th in the Argentine league last season), incredibly defeated recent Copa Libertadores champion Atletico Nacional, 2-1 on aggregate.
Real Madrid have won three-straight European cups but they aren’t resting on their laurels.
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The Spanish giants have signed Brazilian teenage sensation Rodrygo, with the 17-year-old to join them next summer from Santos.
It has been reported that Real will pay $52 million for the Brazil U-20 international.
Rodrygo is dubbed as a star of the future for Brazil and he recently scored a nine-minute hat trick in Brazil’s top-flight for the same club which produced Pele and Neymar in the past.
It’s safe to say Real think the Santos star will follow in his footsteps.
In a brief statement on their website, Real had the following to say about signing Rodrygo.
“Real Madrid C. F. and Santos Futebol Clube have agreed that Rodrygo Goes will play his football at Real Madrid when he reaches the legal age requirement. Although the player would be able to play for our club as of January 2019, the agreement in place sets out that he will join the squad in July of that year.”
The battle for the best talent across the globe continues for the likes of Real, Barcelona and elite clubs across Europe and Rodrygo certainly falls into that category.
This signing follows on from Real forking out $53 million for 16-year-old Brazilian star Vinicius Junior from Flamengo last year, plus Norwegian sensation Martin Odegaard as there is an obvious policy to stockpile top young talent whenever they can.
Santos have a new teenage sensation up front.
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With the likes of Pele and Neymar making their name at the Brazilian club in the past, Rodrygo is following in their footsteps.
The 17-year-old scored a hat trick in just nine minutes in the first half of their 5-2 win against Vitoria on Sunday in the Brazilian top-flight.
Take a look at the video below to see the teenage sensation in action. Surely it’s only a matter of time before the Brazil U-17 international is sold to Europe for big bucks.
Remember the name: Rodrygo.
Real Madrid did everything but score, and now find themselves denied a chance at unparalleled history and in a relatively deep early hole in La Liga’s table.
A stoppage time loss to visiting Real Betis ended the club’s 73-match run of matches with a goal, and it came on the day it could’ve passed Pele’s Santos for sole possession of the longest scoring streak in history.
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Perhaps more important, Madrid now sits seven points back of first place Barcelona. Their eight points leave them sixth.
Real Madrid 0-1 Real Betis
The hosts looked so good, and so fluid… and provided any number of finishes which would’ve been goals on another day. Unfortunately for them, the only goal came from Paraguay’s Antonio Sanabria in the fourth minute of second half stoppage time.
That’s because Real Betis goalkeeper Antonio Adan was sensational, including a stunning stop on Gareth Bale‘s backheeled volley in the final quarter hour.
It could’ve gone worse for Madrid, as Mexico’s Andres Guardado had an assist called back for offside.
Before that, there was this from one of the best in history:
Athletic Bilbao 1-2 Atletico Madrid
Angel Correa and Yannick Carrasco helped the visitors go second in La Liga, as ex-Atleti midfielder Raul Garcia provided Athletic’s only goal deep into stoppage time.
Leganes 0-0 Girona
Deportivo de la Coruna 1-0 Alaves
Sevilla 1-0 Las Palmas