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Cristiano Ronaldo deserves Ballon d’Or now more than ever – Super agent, Jorge Mendes
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Cristiano Ronaldo deserves Ballon d’Or now more than ever – Super agent, Jorge Mendes

Cristiano Ronaldo deserves to win the Ballon d'Or this year more than ever before, according to his agent, Jorge Mendes. Ronaldo has been nominated along the likes of Lionel Messi, Robert Lewandowski and Jorginho to win the prestigious award. If he wins it, it will be the sixth time in his career and Mendes (who manages Jose Mourinho, Di Maria, Moutinho, Falcao and a host of top stars) feels he has done more than enough to win it despite winning only the Coppa Italia last season. Mendes said to France Football : "The figures and statistics linked to the name of Cristiano Ronaldo speak for him and should be enough in my opinion for him to win another Ballon d'Or. The absolutely remarkable total of 115 goals for the Portuguese national team makes him the record holder in the histo...
Ronaldo deserves Ballon d’Or now more than ever – Mendes
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Ronaldo deserves Ballon d’Or now more than ever – Mendes

The Manchester United star faces tough competition for the prize this year but his agent is convinced he deserves to win it Cristiano Ronaldo deserves to win the Ballon d'Or this year more than ever before, his agent, Jorge Mendes, claims. The Manchester United star is among the top candidates to claim the award for his performances in 2021, but has the likes of Lionel Messi, Robert Lewandowski and Jorginho to contend with. Ronaldo is looking to claim the accolade for the sixth time in his career and Mendes feels he has done more than enough to win it despite ending last season with just one trophy - the Coppa Italia - to his name.
Ballon D’Or 2021: Lewandowski backed to win ahead of Messi, Jorginho
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Ballon D’Or 2021: Lewandowski backed to win ahead of Messi, Jorginho

Bayern Munich manager, Julian Nagelsmann, has backed Robert Lewandowski to win this year’s Ballon d’Or. Nagelsmann made the pick ahead of a top-of-the-table clash with Bayer Leverkusen on Saturday. “Robert deserves to win it, because in my view he has been more unbelievably consistent than any other player,” Nagelsmann told Munich newspaper Abendzeitung. “He is so dynamic, he doesn’t get injured and he can train a lot. I back him to continue playing at the top level for a few more years yet.” Lewandowski is hoping to win his first Ballon d’Or next month after winning FIFA’s rival award for men’s player of the year in 2020. The 33-year-old has been nominated alongside Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo, Jorginho and N’Golo Kante. With seven goals already this season, Lewand...
Ballon D’Or 2021: Mason Mount reacts to making 30-man shortlist
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Ballon D’Or 2021: Mason Mount reacts to making 30-man shortlist

Chelsea midfielder, Mason Mount, has said it was special to be included in the 30-man shortlist for the Ballon d’Or. In the last six months, Mount helped the Blues win the Champions League. The 22-year-old also featured as England reached their first major tournament final since the 1966 World Cup. Mount has now been recognized as one of the best players in the year under review. “It was special. To see that and to be alongside those names is obviously a dream. “For all the years you work hard, dedicate and see something like that, it shows everything pays off. It is just the start, it doesn’t stop now,” Mount told reporters ahead of England’s World Cup qualifier against Hungary on Tuesday. Mount is not banking on winning the award, though, with Lionel Messi the favouri...
Kirby, White nominated for Women’s Ballon d’Or
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Kirby, White nominated for Women’s Ballon d’Or

England stars Fran Kirby and Ellen White, plus a host of Women's Super League players, are on the list of nominations for the Ballon d'Or. A total of 20 players have been nominated, including four members of the Barcelona team which secured victory in the Women's Champions League last season and another - Irene Paredes - who has since joined the all-conquering Catalan side. But there was no place on the list for the reigning champion, USA superstar Megan Rapinoe, who took the prize when it was last handed out in 2019. Losing Champions League finalists Chelsea also have five players on the list - Magdalena Eriksson, Sam Kerr, Pernille Harder, Jessie Fleming and Kirby. As well as Man City striker White, one of the stars for Team GB at the Tokyo Olympics, there was also a nomina...
Lionel Messi says he would vote for his PSG team-mates Kylian Mbappe and Neymar for this year’s Ballon d’Or
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Lionel Messi says he would vote for his PSG team-mates Kylian Mbappe and Neymar for this year’s Ballon d’Or

Lionel Messi has revealed that he would vote for his Paris Saint-Germain team-mates Neymar or Kylian Mbappe for the Ballon d'Or, despite being one of the favourite to win the award for a seventh time. The trio alongside fellow teammate goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma are among the 30-players shortlisted for the men's award. The prestigious prize, given to the best footballer of the year returns this year having been cancelled last year due to the coronavirus pandemic. Messi, 34, is the favourite to scoop the top prize ahead of the likes of Robert Lewandowski and Jorginho in the bookmakers' odds. But the Argentine has admitted that he would vote for his new team-mates Mbappe and Neymar. 'Obviously I have two players in my team that I would vote for, Ney and Kylian,' Messi told...
Messi has no regrets over Paris Saint-Germain move despite low-wattage start
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Messi has no regrets over Paris Saint-Germain move despite low-wattage start

The veteran forward has made a slow beginning to life at Parc des Princes after leaving Barcelona Lionel Messi has revealed that he is "very happy" to be at Paris Saint-Germain, with the Argentina superstar professing he has no regrets over choosing the Ligue 1 outfit as his new home. The veteran forward, one of the favourites to claim the 2021 Ballon d'Or, arrived at Parc des Princes in August having spent his entire career with Barcelona at club level. It has been a somewhat mixed start to life in the French capital for the 34-year-old however - but reflecting on his first two months, the striker insists that it was still an easy call to head there.  
Messi identifies three things that made him join PSG
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Messi identifies three things that made him join PSG

Paris Saint-Germain forward, Lionel Messi, has identified three things that made him join the club from Barcelona. According to Messi, he joined Mauricio Pochettino’s side because of the club’s project, the players it has and the quality of the PSG squad. The Argentine captain also said that he is very happy at PSG, professing he has no regrets over choosing the Ligue 1 giants as his new home. Recall that Messi, who is one of the favourites to win the Ballon d’ Or this year, left Barcelona in the summer transfer window for PSG. “Barca issued the statement saying that I was not going to continue and from that point on I started to wonder how I was going to bounce back,” Messi told France Football. “I had to find a new club to continue my career. I was lucky to be contacted by...
‘Ronaldo is on another level to Cantona’ – Scholes explains what makes Man Utd star special
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‘Ronaldo is on another level to Cantona’ – Scholes explains what makes Man Utd star special

One Red Devils legend has revealed why another one can be considered a class above other talismanic figures Cristiano Ronaldo has always been "another level" above the greatest enigmas at Manchester United, says Paul Scholes, with even Eric Cantona having to accept a standing below the Portuguese superstar. French talisman Cantona helped to open trophy-winning floodgates under Sir Alex Ferguson in 1992-93, with his mere presence making the Red Devils a more formidable proposition. Plenty have filled a similar role at Old Trafford since then, with five-time Ballon d'Or winner Ronaldo back for a second stint as he looks to recapture former glories in familiar surroundings.
Varane talks up Ronaldo benefit at Man Utd & hopes to recreate Ramos partnership with Maguire
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Varane talks up Ronaldo benefit at Man Utd & hopes to recreate Ramos partnership with Maguire

  The World Cup-winning defender believes working with the iconic Portuguese on a daily basis will raise collective standards at Old Trafford Raphael Varane believes working with Cristiano Ronaldo on a daily basis helps to make you a better player, with Manchester United set to benefit from the Portuguese's presence after taking him back to Old Trafford. The Red Devils pulled off a stunning coup during the summer transfer window when returning the five-time Ballon d'Or winner to English football 12 years on from seeing him depart for Real Madrid. Despite now being 36 years of age, Ronaldo has hit the ground running with three goals through his opening two games for United, and Varane believes the all-time great will help to raise collective standards in Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's ...
Zlatan Ibrahimovic considers himself ‘the best player in the world,’ says it’s irrelevant to compare players with each other
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Zlatan Ibrahimovic considers himself ‘the best player in the world,’ says it’s irrelevant to compare players with each other

Zlatan Ibrahimovic has again declared himself the best player in the world while discussing the long running debate over who is the world's greatest player. The 39-year-old Swedish and AC Milan striker has enjoyed a hugely successful career at nine clubs in seven countries, scoring 502 goals. Despite never winning the Champions League or the Ballon d'Or - honours won multiple times by both Ronaldo and Messi, Ibrahimovic still believe he's the best player. 'If you're talking about intrinsic qualities, I have nothing less than them,' he told France Football magazine. 'If you look at the trophies… yes, I didn't win the Champions League. 'But I don't know how you calculate it. I'm not obsessed with it because when you do good things collectively, the individual follows. The ...
Real reason Cristiano Ronaldo left Juventus revealed
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Real reason Cristiano Ronaldo left Juventus revealed

Former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) champion, Khabib Nurmagomedov, has provided the real reason Cristiano Ronaldo left Juventus for Manchester United. The UFC icon said Ronaldo told him he was ‘bored’ at the Italian giants in a conversation they had before the Portugal captain moved back to Manchester United. The 36-year-old former Real Madrid attacker re-signed for the Red Devils last week, signing a two-year deal and could make his second debut this weekend against Newcastle. Khabib claimed the move did not come as a surprise to him due to a chat he had with the five-time Ballon d’Or winner earlier in the summer. “A month ago, he told me that he was moving to Manchester United,” he told reporters at the New Knowledge Marathon in Moscow. “I expected this deal to tak...
Messi backed to ‘win the Champions League with PSG and retire at Barcelona’ as Riquelme makes bold prediction
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Messi backed to ‘win the Champions League with PSG and retire at Barcelona’ as Riquelme makes bold prediction

Another iconic Argentine playmaker believes an illustrious fellow countryman could retrace steps to Camp Nou before hanging up his boots Lionel Messi is being backed to "win the Champions League with PSG and retire at Barcelona", with Juan Roman Riquelme suggesting that a fellow Argentine may not have ended his love affair with La Liga giants. A six-time Ballon d'Or winner severed career-long ties with Barca this summer after seeing financial difficulties at Camp Nou make it impossible for him to be tied to a new contract. An all-time great is now making a fresh start in France, as part of another star-studded squad, and Riquelme can see an illustrious countryman claiming more silverware at Parc des Princes before retracing his steps to Catalunya.       &n...
Manchester United players would have defaced Ronaldo mural if he joined rivals Man City, jokes Grant
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Manchester United players would have defaced Ronaldo mural if he joined rivals Man City, jokes Grant

The backup goalkeeper has revealed what the Old Trafford dressing room thought of the return of a club legend from Juventus Lee Grant has joked a number of Manchester United players would have defaced an in-house mural of Cristiano Ronaldo if he had joined Manchester City. City were strongly linked with Ronaldo after it emerged he was pushing for a move away from Juventus last week, only for United to swoop in and announce they'd reached an agreement to re-sign the five-time Ballon d'Or winner. Ronaldo established himself as a club legend during his first spell at Old Trafford, and Grant has now revealed that some members of the current squad didn't react too kindly to the rumours of his potential arrival in the blue half of Manchester.  
‘Ronaldo will decide his future’ – Guardiola expects Man City squad to stay the same amid striker talks
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‘Ronaldo will decide his future’ – Guardiola expects Man City squad to stay the same amid striker talks

Sources have told Goal the Citizens spoke with the Ballon d'Or winner after missing out on Harry Kane, but the manager would not be drawn Pep Guardiola says Cristiano Ronaldo will decide his future amid Manchester City's interest in the Juventus forward. The Premier League club have had talks about signing Ronaldo after missing out on top target Harry Kane, who decided to stay with Tottenham Hotspur, sources have told Goal. However, the City boss said that he expects his squad to stay the same with the transfer deadline just four days away.  
‘Cristiano has always been an inspiration to me’ – New Juventus signing Kaio Jorge reveals admiration for Ronaldo
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‘Cristiano has always been an inspiration to me’ – New Juventus signing Kaio Jorge reveals admiration for Ronaldo

The Brazilian says he has already received advice from the five-time Ballon d'Or winner after linking up with the Bianconeri New Juventus signing Kaio Jorge has revealed his admiration for Cristiano Ronaldo, insisting that the striker has "always been an inspiration". Kaio joined Juve from Santos in a €3 million deal last week, with the 19-year-old committing to a five-year contract at the Allianz Stadium. He will now have the chance to link up with some of the world's best players, most notably five-time Ballon d'Or winner Ronaldo, who he says has already been helping him to settle in behind the scenes in Turin.
Messi included in Argentina squad for World Cup qualifiers as Icardi injury clears path for PSG debut
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Messi included in Argentina squad for World Cup qualifiers as Icardi injury clears path for PSG debut

The forward hasn't appeared for his new club this season, but he has still been called upon by Lionel Scaloni at international level Lionel Messi has been included in Argentina's squad for their upcoming World Cup qualifiers despite being yet to make his debut for Paris Saint-Germain. Messi hasn't seen a single minute of competitive action since helping Argentina beat Brazil in the Copa America final on July 11, but has still been making plenty of headlines due to a surprise change of location at club level The 34-year-old was forced to bring his 21-year career at Barcelona to an end last month due to the club's ongoing financial struggles, and he subsequently joined PSG on a free transfer, but supporters are still waiting to see the six-time Ballon d'Or winner make his first appe...
Pochettino pressed on Messi debut & Mbappe future ahead of PSG’s meeting with Brest
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Pochettino pressed on Messi debut & Mbappe future ahead of PSG’s meeting with Brest

The iconic Argentine forward is in line to make his first appearance for his new club, potentially alongside a World Cup winner Mauricio Pochettino is giving little away when it comes to his plans for Lionel Messi, with the Argentine in line to make his Paris Saint-Germain against Brest, but the coach is confident that Kylian Mbappe will remain part of his plans this season. The Ligue 1 heavyweights now boast an enviable array of attacking talent on their books, with six-time Ballon d'Or winner Messi being slotted into a star-studded squad alongside the likes of Neymar, Angel Di Maria and Mauro Icardi. It could be that Messi, who was snapped up as a free agent once no contract was signed at Barcelona, opens a new chapter in his career on Saturday, with another positive week of train...
Ronaldo to Real Madrid rumours rubbished by Ancelotti
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Ronaldo to Real Madrid rumours rubbished by Ancelotti

A Portuguese superstar has seen a return to the Spanish capital speculated on, but his former coach is not planning a reunion Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti has rubbished reports suggesting that he is plotting a move to return Cristiano Ronaldo to Santiago Bernabeu. A five-time Ballon d'Or winner called time on a previous stint in the Spanish capital back in 2018 when completing a switch to Serie A giants Juventus. He has now entered the final year of his contract in Turin and has been linked with various clubs around the world, including Real.
Jordi Alba responds to Messi blame claims and accusations of snubbing Barcelona pay cut
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Jordi Alba responds to Messi blame claims and accusations of snubbing Barcelona pay cut

The long-serving full-back says he would have done anything to keep the Argentine icon at Camp Nou after seeing him depart as a free agent Jordi Alba has hit back at claims he was partly to blame for Lionel Messi leaving Barcelona this summer, with the long-serving full-back refuting accusations of snubbing a pay cut. Financial struggles at Camp Nou have dominated headlines over recent months, with debts preventing the Liga giants from doing business many expected to be completed. They were unable to get a new contract in place with six-time Ballon d'Or winner Messi, leading to him joining Paris Saint-Germain as a free agent with cost-cutting exercises not coming quickly enough to allow salary cap demands to be met.
‘Ronaldo would be dying to be here’ – Di Maria says Messi deal is ‘much better’ for PSG
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‘Ronaldo would be dying to be here’ – Di Maria says Messi deal is ‘much better’ for PSG

The Argentina international who has played alongside two all-time greats is delighted to have his fellow countryman with him in France Paris Saint-Germain winger Angel Di Maria claims "Cristiano Ronaldo would be dying to be here", with the Portuguese superstar among those watching from afar as the Ligue 1 giants pulled off the considerable coup of signing Lionel Messi. One all-time great has arrived in the French capital, with six-time Ballon d'Or winner Messi committing to a two-year deal at Parc des Princes after seeing Barcelona fail to agree a new contract amid serious financial difficulties at Camp Nou. PSG had previously been linked with Ronaldo as he enters the final year of his terms at Juventus, but the iconic 36-year-old has, for now, missed out on the chance to join force...
Training well and in good condition’ – Allegri confident on Ronaldo and Dybala return for Juventus season opener
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Training well and in good condition’ – Allegri confident on Ronaldo and Dybala return for Juventus season opener

The Bianconeri boss says the Portuguese superstar is in "good condition" and expects the Argentine forward to be back to training on Tuesday Massimiliano Allegri has delivered an optimistic update on Cristiano Ronaldo and Paulo Dybala ahead of the 2021-22 campaign, with the Juventus manager expecting his two star forwards to step up their pre-season preparations against Atalanta on Saturday. The five-time Ballon d'Or winner saw 45 minutes of action in the Joan Gamper Trophy clash with Barcelona on Saturday, with his Argentine colleague being forced to sit that contest out as he nurses a slight knock. The intention is to have Ronaldo and Dybala raring to go for the opening day clash with Udinese on August 22.
Juventus have ‘no signal from Ronaldo’ that he wants to leave & expect Portuguese to honour contract
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Juventus have ‘no signal from Ronaldo’ that he wants to leave & expect Portuguese to honour contract

The 36-year-old is entering the final 12 months of his deal in Turin, but there is no indication that he will be seeking an exit Juventus have been given "no signal from Cristiano Ronaldo" that he wants to leave the club, claims new CEO Federico Cherubini, with the Portuguese expected to see out the final year of his contract. A five-time Ballon d'Or winner is entering the last 12 months of his deal in Turin and will be 37 by the time that agreement comes to a close. An all-time great has, however, shown no sign of slowing down - finishing as Serie A's top scorer in 2020-21 - and the Bianconeri are reading little into reports linking a prized asset with Manchester United, Paris Saint-Germain and teams in MLS.
Jorginho responds to talk of Ballon d’Or bid as Insigne puts Chelsea & Italy star in contention
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Jorginho responds to talk of Ballon d’Or bid as Insigne puts Chelsea & Italy star in contention

The classy playmaker has continued to catch the eye at Euro 2020, but he says collective success means more to him than individual recognition Chelsea midfielder Jorginho has played down talk of him coming into Ballon d'Or contention, with the Italy international prioritising collective success over individual honours. The classy playmaker is currently chasing down Euro 2020 glory with his country and has helped the Azzurri to book a quarter-final showdown with Belgium in that competition. If Roberto Mancini's side were to claim a presitigous continental prize, with Jorginho figuring prominently in that triumph, then a 29-year-old star from Stamford Bridge could force his way into the picture for a Golden Ball.
Eto’o backs Messi to stay: ‘Leo is Barcelona and Barcelona is Messi’
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Eto’o backs Messi to stay: ‘Leo is Barcelona and Barcelona is Messi’

The six-time Ballon d'Or winner is yet to make an official decision on his future, keeping many guessing on his next move Samuel Eto’o is confident Leo Messi will not leave Barcelona this summer or any time in the near future. The six-time Ballon d'Or winner is heading towards becoming a free agent, with no extension agreed to a deal due to expire at the end of June. Talks regarding fresh terms are ongoing, with there still being a chance the one-club man will put pen to paper to the deal, but according to the former Cameroon international, who is now an ambassador for the Qatar World Cup in 2022, he cannot imagine Messi wearing a different shirt apart from that of Barcelona.  
Paredes sees Mbappe being more Ronaldo than Messi as PSG midfielder discusses playing with superstars
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Paredes sees Mbappe being more Ronaldo than Messi as PSG midfielder discusses playing with superstars

The Argentina international is in the fortunate position of playing alongside some iconic figures for club and country Leandro Paredes plays and trains with Kylian Mbappe on a daily basis at Paris Saint-Germain and considers the French forward to be more like Cristiano Ronaldo in the talent stakes than Lionel Messi. The Argentina international is well placed to pass that judgement as he plays alongside six-time Ballon d'Or winner Messi when representing his country. The combative 26-year-old midfielder also works with Brazil superstar Neymar at club level, allowing him to assess the ability of some of the finest performers walking the planet.
Busquets hopeful Messi will stay at Barcelona as contract saga drags on
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Busquets hopeful Messi will stay at Barcelona as contract saga drags on

A long-time colleague of the six-time Ballon d'Or winner is eager to see fresh terms agreed at Camp Nou Sergio Busquets has added his voice to those calling on Lionel Messi to end the uncertainty surrounding his future at Barcelona and commit to a new contract. The six-time Ballon d'Or winner is heading towards becoming a free agent, with no extension agreed to a deal due to expire at the end of June. Talks regarding fresh terms are ongoing, with there still a chance the one-club man will put pen to paper, and Busquets is eager to see a long-time colleague stay put.
‘Messi has to finish his career at Barcelona’ – Koeman confident new contract will be announced ‘soon’
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‘Messi has to finish his career at Barcelona’ – Koeman confident new contract will be announced ‘soon’

The Blaugrana boss believes fresh terms will be agreed with a talismanic figure at Camp Nou, preventing him from hitting free agency Ronald Koeman says Lionel Messi "has to finish his career at Barcelona", with the Blaugrana boss expecting a contract extension for the mercurial Argentine to be announced "soon". The six-time Ballon d'Or winner is yet to make an official decision on his future, with the 33-year-old still seeing his current deal run down towards free agency. The expectation is, however, that he will extend a career-long association with the Liga heavyweights, with fresh terms on the table and ready to be signed.
‘Cristiano was my idol’ – Ronaldo sets the standard for Liverpool and Portugal star Jota
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‘Cristiano was my idol’ – Ronaldo sets the standard for Liverpool and Portugal star Jota

The Reds forward admits to using a former Manchester United star as inspiration when it came to forging his own professional career Liverpool forward Diogo Jota admits the exploits of Cristiano Ronaldo at Manchester United made a fellow Portuguese his "idol", with the Reds star using a five-time Ballon d'Or winner as "an example to follow". Jota is hoping to figure alongside an illustrious countryman when the defending champions kick off their Euro 2020 campaign against Hungary on Tuesday. The 24-year-old, who impressed during an injury-hit debut campaign at Anfield in 2020-21, has the perfect role model when it comes to forging a memorable career of his own, with Ronaldo continuing to set the standard for those around him despite now being 36 years of age.
Benzema says Brazil legend Ronaldo is his ‘role model’ as France striker prepares for major tournament return
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Benzema says Brazil legend Ronaldo is his ‘role model’ as France striker prepares for major tournament return

The Real Madrid star, who is set to feature in a major international tournament for the first time since 2014, says he based his game on the Brazilian Karim Benezma says Brazilian legend Ronaldo was his role model growing up as he prepares to make his major tournament return with France. Ronaldo is widely considered to be one of the greatest players of all time having won a string of honours during the 1990s and early 2000s, including two World Cups with Brazil and two Ballon d'Or awards. Benezma concedes Ronaldo’s skills were “a level above” his own, but says he took great inspiration from the former Barcelona and Real Madrid striker during his early career.
France president Emmanuel Macron backs Chelsea star N’Golo Kante for Ballon d’Ór
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France president Emmanuel Macron backs Chelsea star N’Golo Kante for Ballon d’Ór

France president Emmanuel Macron is among those pushing for N'Golo Kante to win the Ballon d'Or this year.   Speaking to French radio RMC on Thursday June 10, from the team's training facility in Clairefontaine where he paid a visit to the national team, Macron was full of praise for the Chelsea midfielder. "N'Golo Kante is a great player, like Kylian Mbappe and he is an example. He is an example for the youth of the country. When we see again the season Kante has had with his club, and I hope the Ballon d'Or too and I'm sure what he will do in this Euros," Macron said on the show "Top of the foot." "Him and Kylian are good people too, with values of effort and togetherness. They are loyal to the clubs where they come from. And I think it is very important for the country ...
He’s more deserving’ – Chelsea’s N’Golo Kante backed for Ballon d’Or by ex-Nigeria star Dimeji Lawal
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He’s more deserving’ – Chelsea’s N’Golo Kante backed for Ballon d’Or by ex-Nigeria star Dimeji Lawal

The former Super Eagles midfielder believes no player in the world deserves the individual accolade ahead of the Blues star Former Nigeria international Dimeji Lawal claims N’Golo Kante deserves to beat the likes of Lionel Messi to the 2021 Ballon d'Or. The France international has emerged as one of the favourites for the individual accolade thanks to his impressive displays that helped Thomas Tuchel’s Chelsea win the Champions League. He was named man of the match in both legs of the semi-final against Real Madrid and won it again in the 1-0 final win over Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City.
Man Utd star Pogba backs Chelsea midfielder Kante to beat Messi & Ronaldo to Ballon d’Or
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Man Utd star Pogba backs Chelsea midfielder Kante to beat Messi & Ronaldo to Ballon d’Or

The Red Devils midfielder believes his fellow Frenchman should be recognised as the best player on the planet in 2021 Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba believes his fellow Frenchman N'Golo Kante deserves to beat the likes of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo to the 2021 Ballon d'Or after inspiring Chelsea to Champions League glory. A hard-working 30-year-old has always seen his value recognised by those around him with club and country, but he can be an unsung hero when it comes to the handing out of prestigious individual prizes. Pogba feels the time has come for that to change, with the Red Devils star of the opinion that a man he won the World Cup alongside in 2018 is ready to be acknowledged as the best player on the planet.
Valverde has Messi story his grandchildren won’t believe as ex-Barcelona boss reflects on coaching an icon
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Valverde has Messi story his grandchildren won’t believe as ex-Barcelona boss reflects on coaching an icon

A man who guided the Blaugrana to two La Liga titles still looks back fondly on his time working with an all-time great Ernesto Valverde admits his grandchildren will not believe his tales of how he once worked with a player who was "was capable of dribbling past seven rivals and scoring", with the former Barcelona boss still in awe of Lionel Messi's remarkable talents. A man who landed two La Liga titles during his time in charge at Camp Nou has remained out of management since being relieved of his duties in Catalunya back in January 2020. Despite being unceremoniously dumped by a side that has struggled for a spark since he departed, Valverde still looks back fondly on his time in Catalunya and the opportunity to work with a six-time Ballon d'Or winner.
Ronaldo gives his view on Mbappe and Haaland battle to be the world’s next best player
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Ronaldo gives his view on Mbappe and Haaland battle to be the world’s next best player

The Juventus superstar is reluctant to pick between the PSG and Dortmund forwards, with both on course to reach the very top of the game Cristiano Ronaldo has offered a diplomatic take on the battle between Erling Haaland and Kylian Mbappe to become the next best player on the planet. The Juventus and Portugal superstar knows what it takes to scale those heights, as a five-time Ballon d'Or winner with countless records to his name. The two exciting youngsters are looking to follow in his illustrious footsteps, and the baton of world's best players may soon be passed from Ronaldo and Lionel Messi to the next generation.  
‘I want to play with Ronaldo’ – Neymar eager to link up with Juventus star amid PSG rumours
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‘I want to play with Ronaldo’ – Neymar eager to link up with Juventus star amid PSG rumours

The Brazilian says he would like to add the Portuguese star to his list of illustrious team-mates at some point in the future Neymar has revealed that he wants to play with Cristiano Ronaldo, who has been strongly linked with a move to Paris Saint-Germain in recent months. PSG paid a world-record fee of €222 million (£190m/$269m) to sign Neymar in 2017 from Barcelona, where he had established himself among the best players of his generation. The Brazilian shone alongside the likes of Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez at Camp Nou, and has also thrived in a world-class squad at Parc des Princes, but still harbours ambitions to play alongside a five-time Ballon d'Or winner currently plying his trade in Italy with Juventus.
Ronaldo lives for goals & has always been a champion’ – Kjaer remains a big fan of Juventus superstar
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Ronaldo lives for goals & has always been a champion’ – Kjaer remains a big fan of Juventus superstar

The AC Milan defender is preparing to face the Portuguese superstar in Serie A on Sunday and expects another tough test Simon Kjaer says Cristiano Ronaldo has "always been a champion" and "lives for goals", with Juventus preparing to face AC Milan on Sunday. A Portuguese superstar will head into that contest one effort short of reaching a century of strikes for the Bianconeri and with questions being asked of his ongoing presence in Turin. Kjaer is hoping to keep the 36-year-old quiet in a heavyweight Serie A encounter, but admits to being a big fan of a five-time Ballon d'Or winner that has raised the bar of individual excellence over the course of a remarkable career.
‘Guardiola has never wanted to hurt Barcelona by taking Messi’ – Father of Man City Boss
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‘Guardiola has never wanted to hurt Barcelona by taking Messi’ – Father of Man City Boss

  Valenti Guardiola admits that his son would welcome an iconic figure to the Etihad Stadium, but he is not expecting a move to be made Pep Guardiola's father, Valenti, admits that the Manchester City manager would welcome Lionel Messi to the Etihad Stadium, but doubts a move will be made as his son has never wanted to "hurt" those at Barcelona. A decorated Catalan coach has seen an approach for the six-time Ballon d'Or winner mooted as an all-time great continues to run his current contract down towards free agency. City are one of the few clubs in world football that could offer Messi the financial and sporting ambition he craves, but Guardiola has always maintained that he wants to see the iconic Argentine remain at Barca and see out the most remarkable of careers as a ...
Give Him The Ballon D’or’ – Iheanacho Inspires Twitter Meltdown
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Give Him The Ballon D’or’ – Iheanacho Inspires Twitter Meltdown

The Nigeria international conjured a magnificent performance to help the Foxes silence the Eagles, and fans waxed lyrical about him on social media Kelechi Iheanacho sent Twitter into a frenzy after inspiring Leicester City to a 2-1 victory over Crystal Palace in Monday’s Premier League clash. The Foxes were pegged down in the 12th minute after Wilfried Zaha profited from an Eberechi Eze assist to slot past goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel. Timothy Castagne restored parity for the hosts five minutes into the second half – with Iheanacho the provider. With the game heading for a 1-1 draw at the King Power Stadium, Iheanacho decided the game with a venomous effort in the 80th minute. Social media went into meltdown while praising the former Manchester City striker who has now sc...
‘Cristiano Ronaldo has Never Been a Leader and Never will be’ – Former Juventus Player Mauro
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‘Cristiano Ronaldo has Never Been a Leader and Never will be’ – Former Juventus Player Mauro

Former Juventus midfielder, Massimo Mauro has claimed the time has come for the club to offload "individualist" Cristiano Ronaldo this summer, saying the Portuguese superstar "has never been a leader and never will be". Juventus signed Ronaldo in the summer of 2018, as the five-time Ballon d'Or winner called time on a record-breaking spell at Real Madrid in order to take on a new challenge in Italy. However, Ronaldo is now approaching the final 12 months of his contract and with Champions league glory and league glory looking impossible this season. Ronaldo has seemed frustrated this season  in Andrea Pirlo's squad. Criticizing Ronaldo's influence at Juve, Mauro told Gazzetta dello Sport: "Ronaldo has never been a leader where he has played and he never w...
Cristiano Ronaldo Talks About His Next Career After Football Retirement
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Cristiano Ronaldo Talks About His Next Career After Football Retirement

Juventus forward Cristiano Ronaldo has said he's considered acting as a possible career move once he's finished his playing career. The Portugal international is regarded as one of the best players of his generation, having won the Ballon d'Or on five occasions. Even at 34, he remains highly regarded, finishing third behind Lionel Messi and Virgil van Dijk in the FIFA Best Men's Player award and Ballon d'Or voting. Speaking about life after football, Ronaldo said he would like to move on from some of the world's biggest stadiums to the silver screen, per James Westwood of Goal: "I hope I live more than 50 years to learn new things and face different challenges and try to find solutions for them. One of the things that I seek to challenge myself in, for example, is acting in a ...
Nominees For ‘Player Of The Century’ Award Have Been Revealed
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Nominees For ‘Player Of The Century’ Award Have Been Revealed

The Ballon d'Or might not be getting handed out in 2020 but there is going to be an award for 'Player of the Century,' despite the fact we're only 20 years into the century. France Football decided that the Ballon d'Or wouldn't be given out after the long pause to the football season between March and June. The decision was widely criticised due to the fact the season was still finished, and many thought that Robert Lewandowski was hard done by and that they Bayern Munich striker would have been a shoe in to win. Lewandowski can at least find some solace in the fact he's one of 28 players nominated for 'Player of the Century,' although it seems unlikely he'll win. The award is being handed out at the Globe Soccer Awards, organised by EFAA (European Association of Player's A...
PSG Vs Man Utd: Pogba Could Win Ballon D’or – Herrera
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PSG Vs Man Utd: Pogba Could Win Ballon D’or – Herrera

Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba "has everything" to win the Ballon d'Or in the future, says former team-mate Ander Herrera. The Paris St-Germain midfielder is preparing to face his old club in their Champions League group game on Tuesday. Herrera, 31, who left Old Trafford in 2019, said: "There is no other like him - one on one, box to box. "He has everything to win the Ballon d'Or if his club fights for major trophies." World cup winner Pogba, 27, has made four appearances in all competitions so far this season, scoring once in a 3-0 win over Brighton in the League Cup fourth round. Herrera moved on after winning four trophies in five years at United and the Spaniard says the current side is more "mature" than the one he played in. "There is a lot of talent, ...
Haaland will end up at Real Madrid, Man City or Bayern Munich’ – Michu expects Dortmund striker to land Ballon d’Or
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Haaland will end up at Real Madrid, Man City or Bayern Munich’ – Michu expects Dortmund striker to land Ballon d’Or

The former Swansea forward, who a Norwegian youngster has admitted to admiring, believes a big future lies in store for an exciting talent Erling Haaland’s impact in European football is similar to that made by Kylian Mbappe, says Michu, with the Dortmund striker expected to join Real Madrid, Manchester City or Bayern Munich at some stage while also fighting for “the Golden Boot and Ballon d’Or every season”. At just 20 years of age, an exciting Norwegian frontman has enjoyed a meteoric rise to prominence. The 2019-20 campaign opened with Haaland being a relative unknown on the books of Austrian outfit Red Bull Salzburg.
Neuer Would Have Deserved Ballon D’or Over Lewandowski – Joachim Low
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Neuer Would Have Deserved Ballon D’or Over Lewandowski – Joachim Low

There will be a Ballon d’Or winner this year, but Joachim Low would have voted for Bayern Munich captain Manuel Neuer. Joachim Low believes Manuel Neuer’s Champions League final performance shows he would have deserved the 2020 Ballon d’Or ahead of Bayern Munich team-mate Robert Lewandowski. France Football announced it would not present its annual award for the world’s best player this year due to the coronavirus pandemic which halted some domestic competitions in 2019-20, including Ligue 1. The decision has prompted suggestions Lewandowski has been harshly treated, having appeared the standout candidate to succeed Lionel Messi after his 55 goals fired Bayern to a stunning treble. The striker, who was named Germany’s Footballer of the Year, last week agreed he deserved the...
Inter sponsor Pirelli can help the club sign Messi, claims chief executive Tronchetti
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Inter sponsor Pirelli can help the club sign Messi, claims chief executive Tronchetti

The tyre company boss was asked whether the shirt sponsor could assist in luring the Argentine superstar from Barca Pirelli chief executive Marco Tronchetti said the Inter shirt sponsor can "help" the Nerazzurri sign Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi but club president Steven Zhang must "make an effort himself". Messi's future is once again in the headlines amid reports the Barca captain is ready to quit the La Liga giants once his contract expires in 2021. Inter have been linked to Messi previously, with former president Massimo Moratti insisting the six-time Ballon d'Or winner relocating to Milan was not a "forbidden dream at all".
20 Players Who Are Likely To Win The Ballon D’or 2020
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20 Players Who Are Likely To Win The Ballon D’or 2020

Football is back and we’re immediately at the business end of the season. Domestic leagues will be won and lost over the next couple of weeks and we’re in the latter stages of cup competitions when they eventually resume. It’s all about which teams and which players hit the ground running. While football all around the world was halted due to the coronavirus pandemic, many leagues are already back up and running. The Premier League and Serie A will join La Liga and the Bundesliga in returning to action as they conclude the 2019/20 campaign. While we won’t miss out on any club football in those four leagues, we have been robbed of international tournaments in the form of Euro 2020 and Copa America. So how has the coronavirus pandemic affected the race to win the 2020 Bal...
‘I haven’t hit my peak yet’ – Bayern’s Lewandowski targets playing career well beyond 35 years old
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‘I haven’t hit my peak yet’ – Bayern’s Lewandowski targets playing career well beyond 35 years old

Robert Lewandowski says the Ballon d'Or is not his focus but that "anything is possible" when it comes to winning the award, while insisting that his best years are still ahead of him. The Bayern Munich striker has never been in the top three for football's most prestigious individual prize, his best record coming when he finished fourth in the standings in 2015. The 31-year-old is likely to be in the running for the 2020 prize, though, having scored 45 goals in all competitions to put Bayern on the brink of another Bundesliga title. Should Hansi Flick's side also win the DFB-Pokal and Champions League this term, Lewandowski would be a strong candidate to become just the second player other than Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo to win the award since 2007. "I was at the a...
Messi Has To Win World Cup To Be B Better Than Me, Ex-Brazilian Star Tells
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Messi Has To Win World Cup To Be B Better Than Me, Ex-Brazilian Star Tells

Former Brazilian star, Edilson says Lionel Messi has to win the World Cup to prove he is better than him. The 49-year-old was part of the Brazilian side that won the Japan/Korea 2002 World Cup title. He also claimed that during his prime, he was better than Messi and Juventus star Cristiano Ronaldo. Similarly, Edilson said compatriot Neymar has to win the competition to be better than him, insisting that he was more skillful than the trio. Messi and Ronaldo have won 11 of the last 12 Ballon d’Or and have a number of individual prizes to their names. But Edilson, who played for Palmeiras and Corinthians in his home country and was never nominated or won the Ballon d’Or, stressed that his World Cup medal gave him an edge over them. “At my best, I played better than Neym...
‘The best of all’ – Eto’o names Brazil legend Ronaldo as only player better than him
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‘The best of all’ – Eto’o names Brazil legend Ronaldo as only player better than him

The four-time African of the Footballer of the Year expressed his admiration for the Brazil legend, whom he described as the best striker of all time Samuel Eto’o believes two-time Ballon d’Or winner Ronaldo is the greatest striker of all time. Ronaldo was renowned for his goalscoring exploits for Brazil and at club level for Barcelona, Real Madrid, PSV, and Inter Milan with hundreds of goals in a professional career that spanned 18 years. Aside from his success at club level, the 43-year-old won two Fifa World Cups, in 1994 and 2002, and was crowned the Fifa World Player of the Year thrice, while winning the Ballon d'Or in 1997 and 2002.

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