£19.2m per goal, £962,000 for each shot on target and even £80,000 for every pass: The astonishing stats that shame Balotelli... the man Rodgers claimed was 'outstanding value for the club'

Mario Balotelli has cost Liverpool £19.24m per Premier League goal

Balotelli's transfer fee upon arrival from Milan last summer was £16m and he has been paid £3.24m in wages so far. That means he has cost Liverpool £19.24m per Premier League goal, £962,000 per shot and £80,000 per pass. His return must be particularly galling for owner John W Henry, the man who championed 'Moneyball' purchases based on value for money at the Boston Red Sox baseball team

PSG open talks with Juventus star Pogba as Inter continue to chase Man City midfielder Toure 

PSG open talks with Juventus star Paul Pogba as Inter Milan continue to chase Manchester

TRANSFER NEWS COLUMN: Paris Saint-Germain have opened primary discussions with Paul Pogba over a possible move from Juventus. The Italian champions were kept informed even though no formal offer has yet been made to the club for the France international. Pogba and his representatives are understood to have met PSG president Nasser Al Khelaifi in Monte Carlo on Tuesday.

Harris appointed Millwall boss the day after club are relegated to League One

LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 25:  Manager of Millwall Neil Harris looks on during the Sky Bet Championship match between Millwall and Derby County at The Den on April 25, 2015 in London, England.  (Photo by Tom Dulat/Getty Images)

Neil Harris has been named Millwall manager on a permanent basis - less than 24 hours after the club were relegated from the Championship. Harris replaced Ian Holloway in March.

EXCLUSIVE: FA Cup sell-off! Emirates buy naming rights in new £30m deal

Arsene Wenger manager of Arsenal (R) lifts the trophy in celebration alongside Lukas Podolski (L), Mikel Arteta (2L) and Thomas Vermaelen (2R) after the FA Cup with Budweiser Final match between Arsenal and Hull City at Wembley Stadium on May 17, 2014 in London, England.  (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)

CHARLES SALE: The FA Cup, the oldest knockout football competition in the world, is set to be rebranded as the Emirates FA Cup in a new £30million sponsorship deal.

We've been the best team in Europe in 2015, claims Arsenal star Walcott

File photo dated 25-02-2015 of Asenal's Theo Walcott during the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 match at the Emirates Stadium, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Wednesday April 29, 2015. Theo Walcott understands just how difficult it is now to hold down a place in the Arsenal side, who he says have been the "best team in Europe" this year and could lift the title next season if everyone stays fit. See PA story SOCCER Arsenal. Photo credit should read David Davies/PA Wire.

Theo Walcott understands just how difficult it is now to hold down a place in the Arsenal side, who he says have been the 'best team in Europe' this year and and could lift the title next season.

Bayern's cup blow softened by £650m adidas kit deal... but 10-year extension is £100m LESS than United's

Bayern Munich have extended their kit sponsorship with adidas until 2030 in a deal believed to be worth up to £645million.

Rodgers has dodged flak he deserves for Liverpool's faltering season... fans will start thinking Klopp is option

28th April 2015 - Barclays Premier League - Hull City v Liverpool - Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers - Photo: Simon Stacpoole / Offside.

MARTHA KELNER: How much of Liverpool's poor form, including a 1-0 loss at Hull City for their fourth loss in seven games, is bad luck or should Brendan Rodgers shoulder more blame?

Odegaard, at 16 years and 133 days, set to become youngest Real player in history... can you name your club's?

epa04723902 Real Madrid's German midfielder Toni Kroos (L) and Norwegian player Martin Odegaard (R) warm up during their team's training session at Valdebebas Sports Complex in Madrid, Spain, 28 April 2015. Real Madrid will face UD Almeria in the Spanish Primera Division soccer match on 29 April 2015.  EPA/JAVIER LIZON

Martin Odegaard is poised to become Real Madrid's youngest-ever player if he is handed his debut against Almeria on Wednesday night, taking over from previous record holder Alberto Rivera.

From the £150m Arsenal deal to Real Madrid, PSG, AC Milan and beyond... how Emirates took over sport


Emirates Airline look set to make another mark on English football with the rebranding of the FA Cup. Here, Sportsmail takes a look at the current deals the famous company has on the table.

Klopp's shootout joy in Klassiker farewell as Bayern's treble dream comes crashing down after missing FOUR penalties to hand Dortmund a place in the German Cup Final

Bayern Munich 1-1 Borussia Dortmund (AET, 0-2 pens): Jurgen Klopp celebrates victory in

BAYERN MUNICH 1-1 DORTMUND (Dortmund win 2-0 on penalties): Jurgen Klopp's final 'Der Klassiker' ended in victory as Borussia Dortmund beat rivals Bayern Munich on penalties in the German Cup semi-final. Robert Lewandowski opened the scoring for Bayern before Dortmund later equalised in the 75th minute through Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. And it was Dortmund who prevailed in the shootout as Philipp Lahm and Xabi Alonso both slipped when taking their penalties and Manuel Neuer hit the crossbar.

...and Klopp ignores Pep by racing past his rival to celebrate cup win over Bayern

Jurgen Klopp ignores Pep Guardiola by racing past his rival to celebrate Dortmund cup win

Bayern Munich boss Pep Guardiola was left riled after Jurgen Klopp added insult to injury by sprinting past the Spanish tactician following Dortmund's DFB Pokal cup win. Instead of going over to shake Guardiola's hand after Dortmund's penalty shooutout triumph, Klopp raced over to his players to celebrate his side's progression to the final. Klopp, who announced he was leaving Dortmund in April, did not even bat an eyelid at his rival as he was focused on congratulating the likes of Sebastian Kehl and Mitchell Langerak.

MARTIN SAMUEL: It's exciting but is the Championship REALLY any good? After all, Algeria's league isn't bad...

If we use the logic applied to our own, dear, Championship, the best league in the world is Algeria's Championnat National de Premiere Division.

PROFIT 1-0 FANS: Making money is Ashley's biggest weapon but until he signs stars, Toon's losing run goes on

NEIL ASHTON: Mike Ashley is not listening to Newcastle fans. He's not a football man, certainly not in the same way as the increasing number of disillusioned supporters at St James' Park.

Real Madrid deny reports they face FIFA sanctions over signing kids

epa04721372 Manchester United's Spanish goalkeeper David de Gea reacts during the English Premier League soccer match between Everton FC and Manchester United at Goodison Park in Liverpool, Britain, 26 April 2015.  EPA/PETER POWELL DataCo terms and conditions apply 

Real Madrid have denied reports that they face FIFA sanctions over the recruitment of minors. It was reported by a Spanish radio station that they were to be handed a year-long transfer ban.

Van Persie may still have major role at United despite becoming bit-part man

28 April 2015 - Barclays U21 Premier League - Fulham v Manchester United - Robin Van Persie of Manchester United gives a thumbs up as he heads to the dressing room after being substituted - Photo: Marc Atkins / Offside.

MIKE KEEGAN: Robin van Persie's brace at a desolate Craven Cottage on Tuesday has suddenly got Manchester United fans talking about the Dutchman again.

Big Bayern blow ahead of Barca tie with Robben and Lewandowski KO

Bayern's Arjen Robben from the Netherlands leaves injured the pitch besides referee Peter Gagelmann during the German soccer cup (DFB Pokal) semifinal match between FC Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund at the Allianz Arena in Munich, Germany, on Tuesday, April 28, 2015. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)

Bayern Munich winger Arjen Robben has been ruled out for the rest of the season after tearing his left calf muscle during his side's German Cup semi-final defeat by Borussia Dortmund.

Messi, Neymar and Suarez pass century of goals this season in Barca's rout of Getafe 

Lionel Messi, Neymar and Luis Suarez surpass century of goals between them this seaso

They are Barcelona's golden boys and the unstoppable trio of Lionel Messi, Neymar and Luis Suarez have reached yet another milestone. The three stars now have a century of goals between them for the season after Barca's 6-0 demolition of Getafe on Tuesday night, a result that took them five points clear in La Liga.

Barcelona 6-0 Getafe: Messi, Neymar and Suarez help Barca move five points clear of Rea

Barcelona 6-0 Getafe: Lionel Messi, Neymar and Luis Suarez pass 100 goals for the season

PETE JENSON: Barcelona's front three of Lionel Messi, Neymar Jnr and Luis Suarez passed 100 goals for the season as the Catalans remain on course to win the La Liga title after delivering a first-half masterclass against Getafe. Messi, a Suarez brace and strikes by Xavi and Neymar put the league leaders in complete control as the league leaders blitzed their opponents at the Nou Camp on Tuesday night.

Barcelona pupils are determined to teach former master Pep a lesson

ROB DRAPER: Barcelona are a different team to the one left behind by Pep Guardiola, and the players are desperate to beat their former coach when he arrives at the Nou Camp as Bayern boss.

REVEALED: Real have 48 hours to make decision on Hernandez before first option on on-loan striker expires

Real Madrid have 48 hours to make a decision on Javier Hernandez as the clock runs down on their first option to buy the Manchester United striker.

Bayern to battle United for Gundogan as Dortmund ace nears contract end

Bayern Munich have shown interest in signing long-term Manchester United target Ilkay Gundogan. The 24-year-old Germany international midfielder is out of contract at the end of next summer.

PSG 3-1 Metz: Pastore runs the show for French champions

PARIS, FRANCE - APRIL 28:  Edinson Cavani of PSG reacts during the Ligue 1 game between Paris Saint Germain and Metz at Parc des Princes on April 28, 2015 in Paris, France.  (Photo by Aurelien Meunier/Getty Images)

Paris Saint-Germain won their game in hand against relegation-threatened Metz on Tuesday to move three points clear of Lyon at the top of the French league with four games remaining.

Athletic Bilbao 1-1 Real Sociedad: De La Bella equalises for Moyes' 10 men

Alberto de la Bella equalised for 10-man Real Sociedad to earn a draw in the Basque derby against Athletic Bilbao on Tuesday night, moving David Moyes' side up to 12th in La Liga.

Champions League dream looks over as Dawson scores first goal in two years to condemn Liverpool in vital win for Hull

Hull 1-0 Liverpool: Michael Dawson scores first goal in over two years to dent Brendan

HULL 1-0 LIVERPOOL - DOMINIC KING AT THE KC STADIUM: Steve Bruce knew it was a pointless task. Walking into a euphoric dressing room, his first instinct was to express caution. Then, as he surveyed the scene, he decided his message could wait. 'I didn't want to bring them down,' said Hull's manager, who would not have looked more shattered had he spent the preceding 90 minutes trying to charge down Liverpool's strikers. 'The job isn't done but we've given ourselves a chance - a real chance.' A first Hull goal for Captain Michael Dawson might not have secured safety for his side but this felt like a decisive night in their battle for survival and the celebrations at the final whistle - players and staff embracing as if a Cup had been won - proved the point. This was a richly deserved success.

Fit-again Van Persie opens scoring in United Under 21s win at Fulham as striker continues return from ankle injury

Robin van Persie opens scoring for Manchester United Under 21s as they take commanding

Robin van Persie scored twice to help Manchester United's Under 21 side move four points clear at the top of the U21 Premier League on Tuesday night.

Nasri a target for Roma as Manchester City look to summer rebuild 

Manchester City's Samir Nasri during a press conference in Manchester ahead of their Champions League match against Barcelona.

Roma are undergoing an overhaul this summer on and off the pitch. And they have identified the French midfielder as one of the players they could bring in should he fit into their budget.

Mourinho plans for life after legends, insisting he is Chelsea's only leader

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Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho during a press conference at Cobham Training Ground prior to the Barclays Premier League game against Leicester City on Wednesday.

For years, the mental strength of Chelsea players has been admired as one of the forces behind their prolific success but Jose Mourinho insists there is only one leader at Stamford Bridge.

Juventus to be crowned Serie A champions if they beat Fiorentina and Lazio slip up against Parma

CONTINENTAL BREAKFAST: Juventus could be crowned Serie A champions for the fourth consecutive season on Wednesday should results go their way.

ADRIAN DURHAM: United must raid Dortmund for Gundogan, Bender and Mkhitaryan to launch title bid

Recently I wrote about what United need to take them back to a challenge for glory. Now it's time to name names: Ilkay Gundogan ,Sven Bender and Henrikh Mkhitarayan.

JAMIE REDKNAPP: Howe has put sleepy town on the map after guiding Bournemouth to the Premier League

BOURNEMOUTH, ENGLAND - APRIL 27:  Eddie Howe manager of Bournemouth celebrates victory on the pitch after the Sky Bet Championship match between AFC Bournemouth and Bolton Wanderers at Goldsands Stadium on April 27, 2015 in Bournemouth, England.  (Photo by Charlie Crowhurst/Getty Images)

I couldn't wait to get out of Bournemouth, even though I loved the place. It was a holiday town, a place that would send you to sleep rather than drive you forward.

From Real Madrid's Galacticos and a key cog in Mourinho's Inter Milan treble-winners to becoming saviour at little old Leicester

Esteban Cambiasso has gone from starring for Real Madrid and winning the treble with Inter

CHARLIE SKILLEN: In 2010, Jamie Vardy signed for Halifax having played his last game for Stocksbridge Park Steels. Leonardo Ulloa had impressed for Castellon in the Spanish Second Division. Their current Leicester team-mate Esteban Cambiasso won Serie A, the Coppa Italia and the Champions League with Inter Milan under Jose Mourinho. The Foxes' revival from being three points adrift at the foot of the table at the turn of the year to four straight wins taking them out of the bottom three has been the ultimate team effort.

Udinese 1-2 Inter Milan: Forgotten man Podolski nets winner for Nerazzurri  

Udinese 1-2 Inter Milan: Forgotten man Lukas Podolski nets winner for Nerazzurri  

On-loan Arsenal forward Lukas Podolski scored the winner for Inter Milan as they triumphed 2-1 over 10-man Udinese at the Friuli Stadium on Tuesday night. Maurizio Domizzi was sent off for the hosts in the first-half for two bookable offences. Mauro Icardi put Inter ahead soon after the restart with a coolly taken penalty after Danilo had scythed down Matteo Kovacic in the box.

Toure to miss next fortnight with hamstring injury in blow for Man City

Yaya Toure of Manchester City feels the pain from a knock

Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure is expected to be out of action with a hamstring injury for at least the next fortnight. He will miss Sunday's Premier League visit to Tottenham

Rotherham boss Evans hits back at Gregory by telling Millwall forward to 'look forward to League One'

ROTHERHAM, ENGLAND - APRIL 28:  Manager of Rotherham United Steve Evans gestures during the Sky Bet Championship match between Rotherham United and Reading at The New York Stadium on April 28, 2015 in Rotherham, England.  (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)

Steve Evans told Millwall striker Lee Gregory to 'look forward to League One' after Rotherham secured their Sky Bet Championship survival and sent the Lions and Wigan down.

Scholes: Herrera is Manchester United's best signing of the season

Ander Herrera has been one of the stand-out stars of Manchester United's impressive second half of the season, and now he has a member of Old Trafford midfield royalty singing his praises.

Neil Harris appointed Millwall manager the day after club are relegated from the Championship

Serge Aurier completes permanent switich to Paris St-Germain from Toulouse after successful loan spell at Ligue 1 champions

Watford to open contract talks with manager Slavisa Jokanovic after Premier League promotion as captain Troy Deeney reveals Sir...

John Carver's win ratio of just two in 16 games is the same as Alan Shearer's when Newcastle United were relegated in 2009

Harry Kane takes his dogs for a walk as Tottenham star's life returns to normal after being named PFA Young Player of the Year

Manchester United to spark bidding war by making James Wilson available for loan  

Placido de Castro team-mates turn on each other in full-scale brawl after conceding five goals to Rio Branco in Brazil

FA Cup sponsorship deal with Emirates is 'commercialisation gone mad', says former sports minister Richard Caborn

PSG open talks with Juventus star Paul Pogba as Inter Milan continue to chase Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure 

Lionel Messi, Neymar and Luis Suarez surpass century of goals between them this season in Barcelona's rout of Getafe 

Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink distances himself from Leeds job and wants to stay at Burton

Barcelona pupils are determined to teach former master Pep Guardiola a lesson in Champions League showdown with Bayern

Theo Walcott claims Arsenal have been Europe's best team in 2015 as Gunners star targets Premier League title next season

From the £150million deal with Arsenal to rebranding the FA Cup... Sportsmail takes a look at Emirates Airline's sporting...

Everton senior players join in with the club's future generation of talent at Academy Day

Martin Odegaard, at 16 years and 133 days, set to become youngest Real Madrid player in history... so, can you name the...

Manchester United striker Robin van Persie may still have major role to play despite becoming a forgotten man at Old Trafford

Liverpool fans can't be blamed for wanting Jurgen Klopp... Brendan Rodgers deserves more flak for abysmal campaign

Memphis Depay sparks transfer rumours of move to Liverpool over Manchester United

Mario Balotelli has cost Liverpool £19.24m per league goal, £962,000 per shot and £80,000 per pass since arriving at Anfield



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MGM Grand set to host Floyd Mayweather vs Manny Pacquiao... the biggest event in Las Vegas history

An advertisement for a fight between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao is seen on a screen as people wait to check in at the MGM Grand Friday, April 24, 2015, in Las Vegas. The fight is scheduled to take place May 2 at the hotel and casino. (AP Photo/John Locher)

JEFF POWELL: The president of the MGM Grand is making a solemn promise to the hundreds of thousands of party-goers already flocking to Las Vegas for Saturday's Fight of the Century.