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Mohamed Salah Wants To Join Real Madrid?

The Egyptian international forward of Liverpool is going back to face Real Madrid for the first leg of the UEFA Champions League quarter-final along with his squad on the 14th of this month. This is a much-awaited return.

The previous meeting between the two sides was scheduled in 2018 and that match was the final of the UEFA Champions League football. The match is remembered for two big incidents mainly, the infamous injury of Mohamed Salah and two huge mistakes from the Liverpool goalkeeper Loris Karius.

Mohamed Salah
Mohamed Salah. Image Credits: Twitter

Mohamed Salah Wants To Join Real Madrid?

Despite all the bad history between Real Madrid and Salah, the Egyptians talked really nice of the Spanish giants when asked. Recently he spoke to Spanish publication Marca where he defended Real Madrid for being out of form for quite a while.

He said, “They’ve [Real] lost some great players, like Cristiano Ronaldo – the best in the club’s history, someone that scored so many goals.”

The twenty-year-old was also asked about his feelings on facing Sergio Ramon ‘again.’ He replied, “That game is in the past, so I don’t think about it. I’m thinking about the team. Everyone is focused on their team and everyone wants to win… that’s it.”

Mohamed Salah
Mohamed Salah. Image Credits: Twitter

When he was asked if this Real Madrid was weaker than the previous one he faced he said, “They’ve lost some great players, like Cristiano Ronaldo – the best in the club’s history, someone that scored so many goals. At the same time, they’ve signed [Eden] Hazard. Eden’s been unlucky, he’s been injured… But it’s a different team.”

And the most vital question that every Real Madrid wanted to ask if he would ever consider joining the Spanish League, he replied, “I hope to be able to play for many more years. Why not? No one knows what’s going to happen in the future, so… maybe one day, yes.”

Mohamed Salah
Mohamed Salah. Image Credits: Twitter

So, it is very much possible for the Egyptians to join Real Madrid any time. Since the Spanish League champions are in crisis for a regular goal-scoring forward, Salah would have been a nice choice to go for. Karim Benzema is doing pretty well for them just like every other season but he is already 33 and they need a replacement as soon as possible.

It is also rumoured that Real Madrid is in pursuit of any of the two most talked-about young forwards in the world right now; Kylian Mbappe or Erling Haaland. If they get either one of them they will be very happy. Salah being an addition to either one of the two would be the best thing for Zinedine Zidan’s side at this moment.

 

Forbes World's Highest Paid Footballers
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Highest Paid Footballers As Per Forbes’ Highest Earning Athletes: August 2020

Forbes has released their yearly ranking of the top 100 highest-earning athletes and fourteen highest paid footballers appear on the list, with two of them earning over $100 million over the year, which incredibly is more than the GDP of Tuvalu, an entire country! This list includes the 14 names who are among the highest paid footballers in the world at the moment.

While some people think that this amount of money is grotesque for a single athlete to earn, it is justified by all the revenue they generate and is objectively logical. If a club or sponsor judges that a player is worth investing money into, then it is unfair to blame the player, especially as many players give back to their communities and to charities.

Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi, Neymar Jr., Highest Paid Footballers
Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi, Neymar Jr. Image Credits: TOI

Highest Paid Footballers As Per Forbes’ Highest Earning Athletes: August 2020

The first player on the list of highest paid footballers from the UK site Findbettingsites is Cristiano Ronaldo, who earned $105 million, thanks to a $60 million annual salary and endorsements from Altice, Nike and others that net him the remaining $45 million. At a time when most players have many tattoos, Ronaldo stands out in that he has none. The reason for this is that he gives blood on a regular basis and you can’t give blood if you have tattoos.

Secondly is his greatest rival, Lionel Messi. Messi has not built himself as a brand as much as Ronaldo which explains why he gets $32 million from his partnerships with Adidas, Gatorade, Huawei and Mastercard, $13 million less than the Portuguese. On the other hand, the Argentinian winger has the biggest salary in the world, winning $72 million a year. Since the very beginning of his career, Lionel Messi has been among the highest paid footballers.

The third player is unsurprising and there is a massive drop below him. It is, of course, the Brazilian Neymar who has been among the highest paid footballers. He plays for the very, very rich PSG. He is paid $70 million a year, more than even Ronaldo and more than double anyone outside the top three.

His attitude is sometimes criticised by pundits because he is not conventionally hardworking but some of his skills, tricks and goals are genuinely unbelievable. When he is at his best, he can toy with defenders as well as anyone in history, and he often leaves opponents on the floor after performing what has been called ‘ankle breakers’.

Neymar Jr.
Neymar Jr. Image Credits: Twitter

Earning $35.5 million since June 2019, Mohammed Salah is fourth on the list. The twenty-eight-year-old is sponsored by Adidas, DHL International, EA and more for a value of $12 million but it is his annual salary of $23.1 million.

He has had many doubters like the rest of his Liverpool team but last season’s Champions League victory and winning the Premier League this season has silenced all of them. He is a deadly finisher and a very powerful runner, not only very fast but also very strong. Some say he is too selfish with the ball, but the best players must be, and it is proof of the confidence he has in himself and that the salary he is paid justifies.

Fifth on the list is the French sweetheart and by far the youngest on the list Kyllian Mbappe. He also plays for PSG and is paid $20.8 million per year as well as $13 million coming from his partners EA, Hublot and Nike. Mbappe is an electric player who can sometimes jump into life and destroy defenders.

Being just twenty-one years of age, he is already a big game player and he performs when his teams need him, showcased at Monaco, PSG and for France. His performance against Argentina was absolutely scintillating, assisting one goal, scoring himself and winning the penalty for another goal in the famous 4-3 win. Mbappe, although still very young, has been among the highest paid footballers since his miraculous season with AS Monaco.

Next is the Spanish maestro Andres Iniesta. At the age of thirty-six, he is undoubtedly past his best, but a transfer to Vissel Kobe has allowed him to keep shining and if anything, he has to rely more and more on his incredibly fast football brain and his technical ability to make a difference in games, which he still manages to do with flair.

Andres Iniesta
Andres Iniesta. Image Credits: Twitter

Even the most biased Real Madrid fans are aware that Iniesta is a truly special player, and his partnership with Xavi in the centre of the Barcelona midfield was a treat to watch. He earns $26.6 million a year from his club as well as $3 million from sponsors. Both, Xavi and Iniesta were among the highest paid footballers during their stint at FC Barcelona.

Rounding out the top ten are Paul Pogba, Oscar and Antoine Griezmann. They earn $28.5 million, $27.5 million and $26.7 million respectively and interestingly, these players all net proportionally more from their salaries and bonuses rather than their sponsors and partners. These superstars are among the highest paid footballers in 2020.

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Top 5 Footballers In The Forbes World’s Highest-Paid Athletes

One of the most famous magazines of the world, Forbes, released data of the highest-paid athletes in world on Friday. Footballers including Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi, and Neymar, all feature in the elite list of footballers who earn a lot of money through the sport they play and other associations and sponsorships.

Paydays for the world’s top-earning athletes dropped for the first time in four years, according to the 2020 Forbes ranking as the coronavirus wreaked havoc on sports and cancelled or postponed many marquee events for the first time since World War II.

Lionel Mesi and Cristiano Ronaldo
Lionel Mesi and Cristiano Ronaldo Image Source: Twitter

The 100 highest-paid athletes earned a combined $3.6 billion this year, which is 9% below 2019 and the first decline since 2016, when boxers Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao skewed the results with a $400 million payout from their May 2015 “Fight of the Century” pay-per-view bout.

Today, we’ll take a look at the top-paid footballers in the industry and do they really justify the amount being spent on them.

Top 5 Footballers In The Forbes World’s Highest-Paid Athletes

5. Kylian Mbappe ($33.8 Million)

Kylian Mbappe, Virat Kohli
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France and Paris Saint Germain’s star striker, Kylian Mbappe features on the fifth spot among the highest-paid footballers in the world. Kylian Mbape has earned a total of $33.8 Million, out of which $13 Million have been earned by endorsements and $20.8 Million have been earned by his salary and winnings. Mbappe, however, features on the 36th spot among the highest-paid athletes.

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FIFA Releases The Nominees Of The Best FIFA Football Awards 2019

On Wednesday (31st July), FIFA has released the nominations of The Best FIFA Football Awards 2019 in four categories. FIFA will announce the names of the award winners on 23rd September 2019.

The four categories are The Best FIFA Men’s Player nominees, The Best FIFA Women’s Player nominees, The Best FIFA Men’s Coach nominees and The Best FIFA Women’s Coach nominees. A total of 42 names have been nominated. Apart from nominating 12 names for The Best FIFA Women’s Player award, all other categories have ten nominations.

The Best FIFA Football Awards 2019 is the fourth edition, which has been started since 2016. After releasing the nominees for the 2019 edition, FIFA has opened the voting. To decide the winner, FIFA has equally split the voting rights between the four categories – the players, the coaches, the fans and the media.

The national team captains and the national team coaches represent the players and the coaches respectively. The fans can vote through the official website of FIFA while the selected media will represent the media.

Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi, Mohamed Salah are in the Best FIFA Men’s Player nominees

The first two-time winner Cristiano Ronaldo is in the list of the Best FIFA Men’s Player nominees along with Lionel Messi. Messi hasn’t won this trophy yet. While Ronaldo’s Portugal recently won the 2018/19 UEFA Nations League, Messi’s Argentina finished as the third-placed team in the 2019 Copa America. However, Messi was the leading goal-scorer in the 2018/19 UEFA Champions League (12 goals). Meanwhile, the previous Best FIFA Men’s Player award (2018) winner Luka Modric is not in this latest nominees.

FIFA, Cristiano Ronaldo
Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi (Image Credit: Google)

In the Best FIFA Men’s Player 2019 nominees, three players are from the 2018/19 UEFA Champions League-winning side Liverpool. These players are Sadio Mane, Mohamed Salah and Virgil van Dijk.

FIFA, Cristiano Ronaldo
Mohamed Salah (Credits: Twitter)

On the other hand, among the 12 nominees of The Best FIFA Women’s Player 2019, 11 players featured in the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2019 in France. In this list, four players are from the latest World Cup-winning side the USA. These players are Julie Ertz, Rose Lavelle, Alex Morgan and Megan Rapinoe. All the leading goal-scorers of the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2019 are in this list as they are Ellen White (England), Alex Morgan and Megan Rapinoe.

The Best FIFA Women’s Player 2018 award winner Marta is not in the latest nominees list.

The Best FIFA Men’s Player nominees

Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal) – Juventus

Frenkie de Jong (Netherlands) – Ajax / FC Barcelona

Matthijs de Ligt (Netherlands) – Ajax / Juventus

Eden Hazard (Belgium) – Chelsea / Real Madrid

Harry Kane (England) – Tottenham Hotspur

Sadio Mane (Senegal) – Liverpool

Kylian Mbappe (France) – Paris Saint-Germain

Lionel Messi (Argentina) – FC Barcelona

Mohamed Salah (Egypt) – Liverpool

Virgil van Dijk (Netherlands) – Liverpool

 

The Best FIFA Women’s Player nominees

Lucy Bronze (England) – Olympique Lyonnais

Julie Ertz (USA) – Chicago Red Stars

Caroline Graham Hansen (Norway) – Wolfsburg / FC Barcelona

Ada Hegerberg (Norway) – Olympique Lyonnais

Amandine Henry (France) – Olympique Lyonnais

Sam Kerr (Australia) – Chicago Red Stars / Perth Glory

Rose Lavelle (USA) – Washington Spirit

Vivianne Miedema (Netherlands) – Arsenal

Alex Morgan (USA) – Orlando Pride

Megan Rapinoe (USA) – Reign FC

Wendie Renard (France) – Olympique Lyonnais

Ellen White (England) – Birmingham City / Manchester City

 

The Best FIFA Men’s Coach nominees

Djamel Belmadi (Algeria) – Algeria national team

Didier Deschamps (France) – France national team

Marcelo Gallardo (Argentina) – River Plate

Ricardo Gareca (Argentina) – Peru national team

Pep Guardiola (Spain) – Manchester City

Jurgen Klopp (Germany) – Liverpool

Mauricio Pochettino (Argentina) – Tottenham Hotspur

Fernando Santos (Portugal) – Portugal national team

Erik ten Hag (Netherlands) – Ajax

Tite (Brazil) – Brazil national team

 

The Best FIFA Women’s Coach nominees

Milena Bertolini (Italy) – Italy national team

Jill Ellis (USA) – USA national team

Peter Gerhardsson (Sweden) – Sweden national team

Futoshi Ikeda (Japan) – Japan U-20 national team

Antonia Is (Spain) – Spain U-17 national team

Joe Montemurro (Australia) – Arsenal

Phil Neville (England) – England national team

Reynald Pedros (France) – Olympique Lyonnais

Paul Riley (England) – North Carolina Courage

Sarina Wiegman (Netherlands) – Netherlands national team

Salah strike in Merseyside derby proclaimed goal of the year
Mohamed Salah (Credits: Twitter)
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Mohamed Salah to quit Liverpool?

When asked about a possible move to Madrid, Mohamed Salah said ‘ Now I can’t talk about my future’

The Egyptian talisman played a key role in securing the Champions League title for Liverpool. Salah has been linked to a transfer to Real Madrid for a long time now. When asked about his future by the Spanish Media after the CL Final he said ‘Now I can’t talk about my future’ and avoided any other follow up questions.

His denial to commit his future further increases the speculations of a move in future.

The 26 year old has been linked with big clubs like PSG, F.C Barcelona and Real Madrid C.F. He has had a stellar 2 seasons after a move from Roma to Liverpool scoring 32 goals and providing 10 assists in his first season in 2017/18 and netting 22 times and providing 8 assists in the second season in 2018/19.

 

Mohammed Salah
Mohamed Salah (Credits: Twitter)

Mohamed Salah had carried his team to the UCL final last year against Real Madrid, but due to an injury mid-game he was substituted. With Salah being off the pitch Liverpool lost the match 3-1 to Madrid. The best season of his life was ruined by an injury, but he came back stronger with his team and lifted the 2019 UCL trophy.

Mohamed Salah was a huge bargain for Liverpool, who bought him for €38 million from Roma. In the current transfer market Salah is worth a very hefty amount. Salah first played for F.C Basel in Europe and was transferred to Chelsea in 2014 for €15 million. He wasn’t given enough playing time in Chelsea and was loaned for the season of 2015 to Fiorentina in the Seria A. After a season on loan in Fiorentina, Chelsea sent him to A.S Roma on another loan deal and sold him the very next season in a €20 milllion deal to Roma.

Salah scored a total of 29 goals in 65 matches for Roma. Liverpool came in running for Salah in 2017 and bought him for €38 million.

Salah currently earns a salary of 11 million euros per season and his current Anfield deal expires in 2023.

Following Ronaldo’s exit from Real Madrid C.F in 2018, Salah was one of the strikers on Madrid shortlist but with a huge price tag Madrid hesitated to make an impulsive move for the forward.

 

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Mohamed Salah Fires Lacklustre Liverpool TO Narrow Win Over Huddersfield

Mohamed Salah scored his first goal in five club games as Liverpool laboured to a hard-fought 1-0 win over struggling Huddersfield.

Liverpool were once again far from being at their best. However, unlike the previous seasons, the Reds once again managed to take all the points from a game where they clearly struggled. Their only shot on target all match proved to be the winner as Salah latched on to Xherdan Shaqiri’s through ball (24) to score his 50th goal in English football.

The result means Liverpool move back up to second behind leaders Manchester City on goal difference while Huddersfield remain in 19th on three points.

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Huddersfield vs Liverpool (Credits: AFP)

Hit by several injuries, Jurgen Klopp named Adam Lallana and Daniel Sturridge in the starting lineup. And the Reds clearly struggled to start the game on a strong note. They particularly struggled to test the home side in the final third. But minutes before the half-hour mark,  Shaqiri found Salah in a pocket of space before the Egyptian poked it across Jonas Lossl to score his fourth goal of the season.

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Huddersfield soon came agonisingly close to scoring the equaliser when Hogg’s fierce strike from 25 yards hit the post. Huddersfield continued to pile pressure but luck deserted them. They will feel they were denied a first-half penalty when the ball brushed both James Milner’s thigh and hand. Soon, they saw a goal ruled out for offside when Alex Pritchard found the back of the net with a good finish.

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Huddersfield vs Liverpool (Credits: AFP)

After the break, a header from Laurent Depoitre forced Alisson into his only save of the match 10 minutes into the second half. The second half did not produce any eye-catching chance from either of the teams. Salah had the chance to put the game to the bed but he stroked his effort wide of the far post.

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The home side also had the chance to equaliser with just ten minutes remaining. However, after Virgil van Dijk and Dejan Lovren failed to clear a cross, Steve Mounie could only fire over from 10 yards out as Liverpool held on to walk away with all the points.

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Huddersfield vs Liverpool (Credits: AFP)

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Real Madrid dominate FIFA’s 2018 World XI

London, Sep 25: The 2018 FIFPRO World XI announced here includes four current Real Madrid players and erstwhile teammate Cristiano Ronaldo.

The team was presented at The Best FIFA Football Awards gala here on Monday, reports Efe.

Ronaldo — now with Juventus — is joined on the list by Real Madrid defenders Raphael Varane and Sergio Ramos and midfielders Marcelo and Luka Modric.

Only two other clubs had more than one player qualify for the World XI: Chelsea, with Eden Hazard and N’Golo Kante; and Paris Saint-Germain, with Dani Alves and Kylian Mbappe.

Blanco’s archrival FC Barcelona are represented by Lionel Messi, while the goalkeeper spot goes to Manchester United’s David de Gea.

Nobody was surprised to see so many Real Madrid players selected after the side won the Champions League for the third straight year, but some of the omissions were striking.

The World XI excludes Liverpool striker Mohamed Salah, a finalist along with Madrid and Ronaldo for a male player of the year, and Thibault Courtois, even though the Belgian international was named goalkeeper of the year.

Salah strike in Merseyside derby proclaimed goal of the year
Mohamed Salah (Credits: Twitter)
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Salah strike in Merseyside derby proclaimed goal of the year

London, Sep 25: Though he lost out to Luka Modric for the best male player of the year, Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah did not walk away empty-handed from The Best FIFA Football Awards 2018 gala here, picking up the Puskas trophy for best goal.

The Egypt international won for his effort in a December 2017 Premier League match against Everton, reports Efe.

Playing in his first Merseyside derby, Salah put the Reds up 1-0 with a magnificent goal near the end of the first half.

Salah’s stunner prevailed over a pair of spectacular bicycle-kick goals for Real Madrid by Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale.

Ronaldo worked his magic against Juventus, the club he went on to join over the summer, while Bale’s goal came in the Champions League final against Liverpool.

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EPL 2018: Liverpool Maintain Perfect Start With Thumping Win Over Southampton

Red-hot Liverpool continued their winning run this season as they dismantled Southampton by 3-0 to register their sixth win of the season. Liverpool returned to the top of the standings with their latest win.

An own goal from Wesley Hoedt (10) set the tone for Jurgen Klopp’s men. Joel Matip’s header (21) and Mohamed Salah’s close-range strike (45+3) the sealed the game by half-time.

Xherdan Shaqiri, who was making his full debut for the Reds, was heavily involved in the game. The Swiss international set Liverpool on their way as early as the third minute. The former Stoke City star fired in a pin-point cross for Roberto Firmino only to see the Brazilian heading it over.

Salah and Sadio Mane then combined but the latter headed narrowly over. Liverpool’s persistence finally paid in the 10th minute when Wesley Hoedt turned the ball into his own net.

The defender was left cursing his luck after Shaqiri’s shot took a deflection off Shane Long, stuck Hoedt and rolled over the line.

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Liverpool 3- 0 Southampton (Credits: Reuters)

Ten minutes later, Salah got a brilliant opportunity to double the visitors lead. He was played through after a clever one-two with Firmino but was denied by an excellent last-ditch tackle by Cedric Soares. But the Saints’ soon paid for a poor piece of defending when an unmarked Matip headed home from a corner to double Liverpool’s lead.

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Liverpool 3- 0 Southampton (Credits: Reuters)

On the other end, Southampton felt they were hard done by after not getting a penalty when Firmino clipped Nathan Redmond in the box.

Liverpool, however, continued to attack as Southampton got another reprieve. Salah had the chance to score again after bursting free from Firmino’s through-ball but his cheeky back-heel missed the goal by a whisker.

Salah finally scored a goal when he fired home from close range on the stroke of half-time. The Egyptian scored the goal from a rebound after Shaqiri’s 25-yard free-kick struck the crossbar.

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Liverpool 3- 0 Southampton (Credits: Reuters)

The second half was not as happening as the first as Southampton failed to pose any threat to the high-flying Reds.

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Egypt coach says Salah at same level as Ronaldo, Modric

Cairo, Sep 17: Egypt coach Javier Aguirre said on Monday that Egypt star Mohamed Salah is at the same level as Portugal forward Cristiano Ronaldo and Croatia midfielder Luka Modric, his fellow nominees for the FIFA’s The Best 2018 men’s player award.

The Mexican coach, who took the helm at the Egyptian national team following the 2018 FIFA World Cup, spoke in an interview with EFE in Cairo during the run-up to the award ceremony, to be held September 24 in London.

“I think that the three players are equal, none of them is above the other, but there can be only one winner. Hopefully, it’ll be Salah,” Aguirre, 59, said.

Although Aguirre stressed that the Liverpool forward “is still the same Mohamed Salah” who broke the Premier League scoring record with 32 goals in the 2017/2018 season, he warned that “it is not easy to repeat.”

“This is just the beginning. The scorers go through streaks, suddenly they score three goals in one match. Scorers like Salah, Ronaldo or (Lionel) Messi can be three or four games without a netting goal, and then they let go,” he explained.

Besides Salah, Aguirre said he appreciates the players in Egyptian league have “a very good technical level,” although he complained that the country’s hot weather “doesn’t help them keep the rhythm high for 90 minutes.”

He also said it was unfortunate that some Egypt players signed to European clubs “have no chance to play” with their teams, although he added that playing abroad helps them evolve.

On his triumphant debut as Egypt’s coach, defeating Niger 6-0 on September 8, Aguirre said it “turned out nicely” and that he intends to continue with the same approach.

“I will do my best to make Egypt play soccer well and give its people joy,” he asserted. “I am very happy with the start of the national team, that people have enjoyed seeing their team, and I hope we can continue that work.”

Aguirre said does not want to judge the campaign of his predecessor, Argentine coach Hector Cuper, who (with Salah’s help) led Egypt to qualify for the World Cup for the first time since 1990, but was eliminated from the group stage.

“I don’t like comparisons. I saw the Egyptian team in the World Cup, they had bad luck,” he said.

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