The Offside Daily: Is an Old Trafford legend set for Manchester United return? Neymar picked out as the world’s best, and Celtic FC’s new love of soap.

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  1. Iconic Brazilian left-back, Roberto Carlos, has told AS that he believes his compatriot, Neymar, is the true best player in the world and not Cristiano Ronaldo nor Lionel Messi.
  2. Sky Sports’ Guillem Balague has today claimed that Real Madrid’s record-breaking forward, Cristiano Ronaldo, may leave the Santiago Bernabeu at the end of the season in favour of a move to Manchester United or PSG.
  3. According to the Guardian, FIFA Vice-President Jerome Valcke ‘tried to secure a pay-off of several million pounds’ from FIFA just days before he was suspended following accusation of corruption.
  4. The Norwich City manager, Alex Neil, has defended Brendan Rodgers, saying the under-fire Liverpool manager doesn’t need to defend his choice tactics as he has already proven himself.
  5. Tottenham Hotspur goalkeeper Michel Vorm’s previous club Utrecht are taking Swansea City Football Club to court over the transfer of Vorm to Spurs.
  6. Take note Manchester City! Newcastle United recently celebrated Aleksandar Mitrovic’s birthday in hilarious style (The Independent)
  7. Leicester City manager Claudio Ranieri has promised to buy pizza for the whole team if his side can get a win against Swansea City this weekend. (The BBC)
  8. Stoke City have praised Alessandro Florenzi’s spectacular long-range effort against Barcelona in midweek but suggested that their very own Charlie Adam’s strike against Chelsea was more than a match for it’s quality (Stoke City Twitter Feed)
  9. Celtic FC have made the unusual request to their fans about their conduct inside the stadium. Nothing to do with chanting, or flares, or anything like that. Just be sure that you’re not too smelly before turning up to the match (The Daily Record)
  10. Jose Mourinho has made light work of  addressing the issue of Eden Hazard’s form, jokingly suggesting that his penalty miss in midweek may have been to do with the upcoming Rugby World Cup (The Daily Mail)

By Julian Myles

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