What happened in sports across the world in last 24 hours?

In a surprising turn of events, Eden Hazard, 32, has announced his retirement from football through his official Twitter account. Cristiano Ronaldo has reportedly told Al-Nassr about his intention to renew his deal with the club till 2027. The world of F1 has had a major development in regard to the racing calendar, which the FIA considers bringing some changes in, following the extreme weather conditions at the Qatar Grand Prix last weekend causing discomfort to the drivers.

Read below to learn details about these top stories and other happenings in the sporting world in the last 24 hours.

Football

Eden Hazard announces retirement from football

The Belgian footballer Eden Hazard, one of the biggest stars in the sport, has announced his retirement on social media at the age of 32. The former Chelsea winger, who had joined Real Madrid in 2019 on a big money contract, left the club this summer to become a free agent, sent out a retirement tweet, in which he said, “You must listen to yourself and say stop at the right time.”

Bukayo Saka gets ruled out of England squad for matches in October

One of the most sought after footballers, Bukayo Saka, who plays as a winger for Arsenal, has been ruled out of the England squad, as confirmed by FA, for their upcoming matches, a friendly against Australia on October 13, followed by Euro 2024 qualifier against Italy on October 17. The 22-year-old had missed Arsenal’s 1-0 win against Manchester City at the Emirates Stadium in London due to a hamstring injury.

Cristiano Ronaldo tells Al-Nassr his intention to renew contract till 2027: Reports

The Portuguese footballing superstar Cristiano Ronaldo has reportedly told the management at Al-Nassr his intention to renew the contract till 2027, with an intention of playing the FIFA World Cup 2026. Ever since the 38-year-old arrived in Saudi Arabia at the start of 2023, he has taken a huge liking to the Al-Nassr, both on and off the footballing pitch, scoring 25 goals and eight assists in 30 matches, while becoming the captain of the club.

Wayne Rooney agrees a deal to become new manager of Birmingham City: Reports

After leaving his role as the manager of DC United in MLS, the Manchester United legend has reportedly agreed to a deal to become new manager of Birmingham City, currently playing in the Championship. The 37-year-old is going to take over the club on a salary which is three times more than the previous manager named John Eustace, who was sacked by Birmingham City on October 10, Tuesday.

Tennis

Coco Gauff and Iga Swiatek to miss Billie Jean King Cup final

Coco Gauff, the US Open champion, and Iga Swiatek, the French Open winner, are set to miss the Billie Jean King Cup finals, the biggest team competition in women’s tennis, this year. The finals of the prestigious tournament will happen in Seville just days after the WTA Finals, one of the most significant women’s tennis events after the four Grand Slams, in Cancun, which has meant that the top players aren’t looking forward to such a quick turnaround.

Carlos Alcaraz gets the better of Dan Evans in straight sets at Shanghai Masters

The world number two men’s singles player Carlos Alcaraz of Spain got the better of Dan Evans of England in straight sets by 7-6 (1), 6-4, in a hard-fought battle lasting nearly two and a half hours. The 30th seed Englishman was a breakup in each of the two sets against the multi-time Grand Slam champion, but he failed to capitalise on those moments, leading to a tough defeat for him.

F1

FIA to consider changes in F1 calendar to deal with extreme weather conditions

In the wake of the Qatar Grand Prix race running in temperatures of more than 30°C and high humidity, which caused great discomfort to the drivers, the FIA is considering the possibility of changing the F1 calendar. After it was revealed that French driver Esteban Ocon of Alpine had vomited in his helmet during the race, the FIA statement read, “They should not be expected to compete under conditions that could jeopardise their health or safety.”

F1 needs to have more teams and fewer races, says FIA President Mohammed Ben Sulayem

Mohammed Ben Sulayem, the President of FIA has said that the F1 should have more teams and few races on their calendar, after the US-based organisation Andretti’s bid to enter the sport with an aim to expand the schedule to 24 races. Even while F1 has the option to allow Andretti in the sport, it didn’t stop Mohammed Ben Sulayem from apparently sending out a warning in terms of defying the approval of FIA in the matter.

UFC

Conor McGregor submits paperwork in his bid to enter USADA testing pool

The multi time champion in the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), Conor McGregor of Ireland has submitted paperwork in his bid to enter the USADA testing pool according to the UFC President Dana White, to become eligible to fight in the promotion down the road. The 35-year-old was removed from the testing pool last year, after he suffered a horrific leg injury in his UFC fight against the American Dustin Poirier in July 2021.

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