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Zlatan Ibrahimovic declares Brazil’s Ronaldo football’s greatest of all time and not Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo
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Zlatan Ibrahimovic declares Brazil’s Ronaldo football’s greatest of all time and not Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo

Zlatan Ibrahimovic has declared Brazilian legend, Ronaldo, the greatest footballer of all time ahead of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo. Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo have dominated football for over a decade now with both scoring a phenomenal amount of goals and winning almost everything there is to win. Messi was awarded his seventh Ballon d'Or on Monday night, November 29, after another successful 12 months, while Ronaldo has five. However, Ibrahimovic, who played with Messi at Barcelona during the 2009-10 campaign, believes his former team-mate is better than Ronaldo, but doesn't think the Argentine is the greatest of all time. When asked to choose between Messi and Ronaldo, the AC Milan striker, 40, told Corriere della Sera: 'Both are very strong. I say Messi also bec...
‘Messi deserves everything beautiful in this world’ – Eto’o reveals his Ballon d’Or verdict
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‘Messi deserves everything beautiful in this world’ – Eto’o reveals his Ballon d’Or verdict

The PSG superstar claimed his seventh Ballon d’Or crown on Monday, a few weeks after he clinched the GOAL50 prize African legend Samuel Eto’o has defended Lionel Messi’s emergence as the winner of the 2021 Ballon d’Or - a record seventh win. The 34-year-old forward pipped Bayern Munich's Robert Lewandowski to the crown while Chelsea's Jorginho and Real Madrid's Karim Benzema finished in the third and fourth spots respectively. In the year under review, he led Argentina to Copa America glory and he also won the Copa del Rey with Barcelona before he clinched La Liga's top scorer award for the eighth time after scoring 30 goals in 35 games last season.  
Cristiano Ronaldo publicly backs claims Lionel Messi ‘STOLE’ the Ballon d’Or from him and Robert Lewandowski
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Cristiano Ronaldo publicly backs claims Lionel Messi ‘STOLE’ the Ballon d’Or from him and Robert Lewandowski

Cristiano Ronaldo has publicly backed claims that Lionel Messi stole the Ballon d'Or from him and Robert Lewandowski. PSG star Messi won his seventh Ballon d'Or on Monday night November 29, beating Bayern Munich striker Lewandowski to the prize by 33 votes. Ronaldo,  a five-time winner, finished sixth and 435 votes with the Manchester United forward commenting 'facts' underneath a fan post detailing why the Portugal captain deserved the gong over Messi. The post, on the page of a fan account called 'Cristiano Ronaldo - The Legendary' which Ronaldo himself follows, details Ronaldo's 2021 achievements before branding Messi's accolade as 'Theft. Dirt. Shame. Simply regrettable. The post read; ''Who saw, saw. Anyone who is smart enough knows who the real deserving ones are. ...
Ballon d’ Or 2021: We’ve to give credit to result, Messi won – Ancelotti
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Ballon d’ Or 2021: We’ve to give credit to result, Messi won – Ancelotti

Real Madrid boss, Carlo Ancelotti, has insisted that the 2021 Ballon d’ Or result deserves credit as Paris Saint-Germain’s Lionel Messi wins this year’s top individual award. Ancelotti spoke to the press on Tuesday ahead of Real Madrid’s LaLiga clash with Athletic Club on Wednesday. DAILY POST reports that France Football, organizers of the Ballon d’Or, named Messi as the winner of this year’s award on Monday night in Paris ahead of Bayern Munich’s Robert Lewandowski and Chelsea’s Jorginho. Messi’s victory sparked a rife debate but Ancelotti feels that the result must be given respect. The Italian also wished for a Real Madrid winner in next year’s edition. “You have to give credit to the result [of Ballon d’Or 2021]. Messi has won and is still a great player. And there’s ...
Ballon d’ Or 2021: ‘The Show must go on’ – Karim Benzema reacts to award snub
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Ballon d’ Or 2021: ‘The Show must go on’ – Karim Benzema reacts to award snub

Real Madrid attacker, Karim Benzema has reacted to finishing in the fourth position in the Ballon d’Or 2021. Benzema ended up behind Chelsea’s Jorginho, Bayern Munich’s Robert Lewandowski and the winner, Paris Saint-Germain’s Lionel Messi. The 2021 Ballon d’ Or was awarded to Messi on Monday in Paris. Reacting, the France international took to his Twitter handle, also thanked everyone who supported him to make the Ballon d’ Or top five this year, adding that the show must go on. Benzema tweeted, “Thanks to everyone who supports me I play football for you and the show must go on #halamadrid #nueve #alhamdulilla.” Benzema had a great year in 2021. The forward almost led Real Madrid to the La Liga title by scoring 23 goals. However, the Los Blanco mis...
Ballon d’ Or 2021: Messi predicts what’ll happen to Lewandowski next year
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Ballon d’ Or 2021: Messi predicts what’ll happen to Lewandowski next year

Paris Saint-Germain star, Lionel Messi has predicted that Bayern Munich’s Robert Lewandowski will aspire to win the 2022 Ballon d’ Or best striker of the year for the top goal scorer. Messi said this on Monday night after winning the 2021 Ballon’ Or ahead of Lewandowski, who finished in second place and Chelsea’s Jorginho, who finished in third place. Recall that Lewandowski won the 2021 Ballon d’ Or best striker award ahead of Messi. It’s the first of the two new awards that were presented on Monday night. This new prize is given to the player with the most goals for clubs in Europe and for their national sides and Lewandowski scored 38 goals in 30 league games and has 64 goals this year. “I think Robert Lewandowski had a great year. Year after year, he impr...
Ballon d’Or: Cristiano Ronaldo in explosive ‘liar’ rant at France Football editor over Messi claims
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Ballon d’Or: Cristiano Ronaldo in explosive ‘liar’ rant at France Football editor over Messi claims

The Manchester United star has denied claims that his career ambition is to win the award more times than the Paris Saint-Germain attacker Cristiano Ronaldo has hit out at France Football’s chief editor over claims the Manchester United star said he wants to win more Ballons d’Or than Lionel Messi. The Portugal international also dismissed the suggestion that he did not attend the Ballon d’Or ceremony on Monday because he must go into quarantine due to Covid-19. The 36-year-old took to Instagram to refute the comments by editor-in-chief Pascal Ferre, insisting he is not against any player winning the trophy.
Ballon d’ Or 2021: Gary Lineker agrees with Messi over comments on Lewandowski
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Ballon d’ Or 2021: Gary Lineker agrees with Messi over comments on Lewandowski

Former England international, Gary Lineker has agreed with Paris Saint-Germain’s Lionel Messi over his comments on Bayern Munich’s Robert Lewandowski after he won the 2021 Ballon d’ Or on Monday in Paris. Messi had called on France Football, the organizers of the Ballon d’Or award, to give Lewandowski the prize for last year. The Argentine said this after beating Lewandowski and Chelsea’s Jorginho to win a record seventh time Ballon d’ Or on Monday night. In his acceptance speech, Messi paid tribute to Lewandowski and said. “Robert, you deserve your Ballon d’Or. “Last year, everyone was in agreement to say that you were the big winner of this award.” However, reacting to the development, Lineker said, “I think last year’s 2020 Ballon d’Or should be retrospectively given to...
Ballon d’ Or 2021: Robert Lewandowski reacts to Lionel Messi’s 7th award
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Ballon d’ Or 2021: Robert Lewandowski reacts to Lionel Messi’s 7th award

Bayern Munich striker, Robert Lewandowski, has congratulated Paris Saint-Germain’s Lionel Messi on winning his seventh Ballon d’Or award. Lewandowski also paid tribute to Alexia Putellas, the winner of the women’s Ballon d’Or award, as well as all other nominated players. DAILY POST reports that France Football named Messi as the winner of this year’s Ballon d’Or award. The Argentine finished with 613 points, while runner-up Lewandowski amassed 580. Despite the disappointing loss, Lewandowski took to his Twitter handle to congratulate Messi on winning his seventh Ballon d’Or award. Lewandowski tweeted: “Congratulations Leo Messi and Alexia Putellas, winners of the Ballon d’Or 2021; congratulations also to all nominated players! I won the ‘Striker of the Year’ Award, and ...
Ballon d’ Or 2021: Dani Alves names player that should’ve won award ahead of Messi
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Ballon d’ Or 2021: Dani Alves names player that should’ve won award ahead of Messi

Barcelona icon, Dani Alves has named the player that should have won the 2021 Ballon d’ Or award ahead of Paris Saint-Germain star, Lionel Messi. DAILY POST reports that Messi received his record seventh Ballon d’Or on Monday night in Paris. Messi beat Bayern Munich’s Robert Lewandowski, Chelsea’s Jorginho, Real Madrid’s Karim Benzema, Chelsea’s N’Golo Kante, Manchester United’s Cristiano Ronaldo, among others to win the Ballon d’ Or. But Alves, a former teammate with Messi at Barcelona, believes the 2021 Ballon d’ Or should have been awarded to Inter Milan midfielder, Christian Eriksen, who collapsed during his country’s game against Finland in the 2020 European Championship earlier this year and had to be taken to the hospital after suffering a cardiac arrest. “I think that...
BREAKING: Ballon d’Or 2021: Messi wins record-extending seventh award
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BREAKING: Ballon d’Or 2021: Messi wins record-extending seventh award

Paris Saint-Germain superstar, Lionel Messi, has won this year’s Ballon d’Or award. Messi won the prize ahead of Bayern Munich’s Robert Lewandowski, who finished in second place. The 34-year-old, who left Barcelona for Paris Saint-Germain in the summer, has 24 goals in 28 league games this calendar year and led Argentina to the Copa America in the summer. The top five was completed by Jorginho (3rd, Chelsea), Karim Benzema (4th, Real Madrid) and N’Golo Kante (Chelsea). Messi is now the player with the highest number of Ballon d’Or prizes, as this is his seventh. His eternal rival, Cristiano Ronaldo, has five awards to his name.
Ballon d’Or: Organizers confirm introduction of two new awards
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Ballon d’Or: Organizers confirm introduction of two new awards

France Football, the organizers of the Ballon d’Or, has revealed that two new awards will be handed out tonight. This was confirmed via their social media pages, although they didn’t provide further details. The ceremony makes a return on Monday, following a COVID-19 enforced break. The 2021 Ballon d’Or ceremony will be held in Paris’ Chatelet Theatre. Lionel Messi is the hot favourite to win the best player in the male category, while Barcelona’s Alexia Putellas is tipped to win the female category. There will also be winners for the Kopa Trophy and the Yashin Award.
Ramos backs Messi for Ballon d’Or triumph after first PSG start together
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Ramos backs Messi for Ballon d’Or triumph after first PSG start together

The defender backed his new team-mate to claim the individual prize after many years as rivals Sergio Ramos says that he wishes Lionel Messi "all the luck in the world" ahead of this week's Ballon d'Or ceremony, and hopes that his new Paris Saint-Germain team-mate can bring home the honour once more. The former rivals-turned-clubmates at the Ligue 1 giants helped inspire a comeback win against Saint-Etienne this weekend on the Spaniard's full debut for the club, with the Argentine notching up a hat-trick of assists in a 3-1 win. Any previously shielded mutual respect looks to have broken free of its confines between the two players now however after their link-up in the French capital - and as Messi goes for a record seventh victory in the contest to be crowned the world's great...
Ballon d’Or 2021: Messi, Lewandowski – Winner of award revealed
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Ballon d’Or 2021: Messi, Lewandowski – Winner of award revealed

The best player in the world will be unveiled today. The Ballon d’Or event makes a return following an enforced COVID-19 break last year. Bayern Munich striker, Robert Lewandowski would have easily walked away with the prize last year after a sensational season. The Poland international is expected to be on the podium when the winners are announced on Monday. But we all know who walks away with the prize, don’t we? Lionel Messi. The 34-year-old who now plays his football with Paris Saint-Germain is the hot favourite to clinch it. If he is indeed confirmed as winner, the Argentina captain would have won it for a record-extending seventh time. Who could be the surprise winner? Lewandowski. A ‘leaked’ image of the apparent final standings went viral ...
Ballon d’Or 2021: Patrice Evra confirms winner of award this year
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Ballon d’Or 2021: Patrice Evra confirms winner of award this year

Former Manchester United defender, Patrice Evra has confirmed that Paris Saint-Germain’s Lionel Messi is all set to win his seventh Ballon d’Or at the gala on Monday. Evra disclosed this in a post via his Instagram account on Sunday. According to him, Messi is set to get his hands on the 2021 Ballon d’ Or ahead of the likes of Bayern Munich’s Robert Lewandowski, Chelsea’s Jorginho, Manchester United’s Cristiano Ronaldo, Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah and others. He wrote, “Congratulations to @leomessi for winning another ballon d’or. Also the people who do not understand me when I speak that sucks my djudju.” The 2021 Ballon d’Or ceremony is set to take place on the 29th of November. The former Barcelona captain led Argentina to a historic Copa America 2021 triumph. Messi is...
PSG cannot be counter attacking with Messi in starting XI – Anelka to Pochettino
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PSG cannot be counter attacking with Messi in starting XI – Anelka to Pochettino

Former Paris Saint-Germain striker, Nicholas Anelka, has told the club’s manager, Mauricio Pochettino, that his side cannot be a counter-attacking team with Lionel Messi in his starting XI. Anelka stated this following PSG’s Champions League 2-1 defeat to Manchester City on Wednesday night. The former Arsenal and Chelsea star also told Pochettino that he could not continue to base his team on Kylian Mbappe alone. Anelka has been less impressed with Messi since he joined PSG from Barcelona in the summer. “With Messi, PSG cannot be a counter team,” Anelka told RMC. “You cannot base the whole team on Kylian Mbappe.” Anelka had previously urged PSG to demand a lot from Messi. He said: “Today we demand from Neymar, but we can do the same with Messi. “Since the beginnin...
You won’t win UCL defending with seven players – Henry warns PSG over Messi, Mbappe, Neymar  Arsenal legend, Thierry Henry, has said that Paris Saint-Germain cannot win the Champions League “defending with seven players”.  Henry stated this on CBS, while offering his analyis on PSG’s group game at Manchester City.  Kylian Mbappe opened scoring at The Etihad, before Pep Guardiola’s men turned it around through Raheem Sterling and Gabriel Jesus.  Henry has now criticized Mbappe and fellow forwards Lionel Messi and Neymar, for their lacklustre performance on Wednesday.   He said PSG have no hope of getting their hands on the European silverware if their Ligue 1 stars continue to neglect their defensive responsibilities.  “If you want to win the Champions League, you cannot defend with seven players.  “It is impossible, I don’t care who you are. The full backs are exposed, so it’s virtually a three vs one, three vs two on the pitch.  “Team that win titles – and the Champions League even more so – have their front-three facing the ball.  “That way the full backs will feel more comfortable with what’s going on behind them.  “But right now they’re too exposed. Teams in France cannot expose them, but Man City can,” Henry said.  He added: “Pochettino is not allowed to be Pochettino at times with that team.  “How do you take (Messi, Mbappe or Neymar) off? So he put Angel Di Maria in midfield – but he was exposed and not helping.”
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You won’t win UCL defending with seven players – Henry warns PSG over Messi, Mbappe, Neymar Arsenal legend, Thierry Henry, has said that Paris Saint-Germain cannot win the Champions League “defending with seven players”. Henry stated this on CBS, while offering his analyis on PSG’s group game at Manchester City. Kylian Mbappe opened scoring at The Etihad, before Pep Guardiola’s men turned it around through Raheem Sterling and Gabriel Jesus. Henry has now criticized Mbappe and fellow forwards Lionel Messi and Neymar, for their lacklustre performance on Wednesday. He said PSG have no hope of getting their hands on the European silverware if their Ligue 1 stars continue to neglect their defensive responsibilities. “If you want to win the Champions League, you cannot defend with seven players. “It is impossible, I don’t care who you are. The full backs are exposed, so it’s virtually a three vs one, three vs two on the pitch. “Team that win titles – and the Champions League even more so – have their front-three facing the ball. “That way the full backs will feel more comfortable with what’s going on behind them. “But right now they’re too exposed. Teams in France cannot expose them, but Man City can,” Henry said. He added: “Pochettino is not allowed to be Pochettino at times with that team. “How do you take (Messi, Mbappe or Neymar) off? So he put Angel Di Maria in midfield – but he was exposed and not helping.”

Arsenal legend, Thierry Henry, has said that Paris Saint-Germain cannot win the Champions League “defending with seven players”. Henry stated this on CBS, while offering his analyis on PSG’s group game at Manchester City. Kylian Mbappe opened scoring at The Etihad, before Pep Guardiola’s men turned it around through Raheem Sterling and Gabriel Jesus. Henry has now criticized Mbappe and fellow forwards Lionel Messi and Neymar, for their lacklustre performance on Wednesday. He said PSG have no hope of getting their hands on the European silverware if their Ligue 1 stars continue to neglect their defensive responsibilities. “If you want to win the Champions League, you cannot defend with seven players. “It is impossible, I don’t care who you are. The full bac...
You’ll never win Champions League with Messi, he’s a passenger – Carragher warns PSG
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You’ll never win Champions League with Messi, he’s a passenger – Carragher warns PSG

Jamie Carragher has sounded it clear that the presence of Lionel Messi in the Paris Saint-Germain team would cost them the Champions League. According to the former Liverpool star, PSG won’t win the competition as they are ‘carrying three passengers’ in Messi, Neymar and Kylian Mbappe. The French side only finished aa runners-up in Group A after suffering a 2-1 defeat in the hands of Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium on Wednesday evening. Mbappe gave the visitors the lead but City fired back through Raheem Sterling before Gabriel Jesus scored the winner with 14 minutes remaining. City delivered a dominant display against the French side with Messi and Neymar both struggling to make much of an impact. And the Liverpool legend believes the Ligue1 giants’ fo...
Lionel Messi speaks on Cristiano Ronaldo’s Performance at Man United
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Lionel Messi speaks on Cristiano Ronaldo’s Performance at Man United

Paris Saint-Germain forward, Lionel Messi has said that his rival, Cristiano Ronaldo has ‘adapted’ admirably since moving to Manchester United from Juventus. The Argentine also believes his rivalry with the Portuguese will go down as a ‘beautiful memory’ in football history. Ronaldo has scored nine goals for United this season having completed a move back to Old Trafford on deadline day. And Messi has been impressed by the immediate impact the Portugal captain has made this term, while he, Messi, has scored only his first league goal on Saturday by comparison Messi, asked what he thinks about Ronaldo’s start, told Marca: “United is a very strong team with great players. Cristiano already knew the club, but it’s in another stage and now he has adapted in an...
Lionel Messi gives Condition to Return to Barcelona
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Lionel Messi gives Condition to Return to Barcelona

Paris Saint-Germain star, Lionel Messi, has given the condition to return to Barcelona. Messi, who left Barcelona in the summer for PSG, said he would love to return to the LaLiga giant if he could contribute and help the Catalan club. The Argentine captain left Camp Nou as a free agent in the summer transfer window this year after his contract was allowed to expire. Speaking ahead of PSG’s Champions League tie with Manchester City on Wednesday, Messi insisted that Barcelona was his home. “I have always said that I was going to return to Barcelona in some moment because it was my home and I lived there,” Messi told El Larguero via Mundo Deportivo. “I would always like to help the club in whatever way I can and obviously, if I can contribute and help the club,...
Champions League: ‘I won’t deny’ – Messi names big favourites to win trophy
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Champions League: ‘I won’t deny’ – Messi names big favourites to win trophy

Paris Saint-Germain forward, Lionel Messi has insisted that he won’t deny that Mauricio Pochettino’s side are ‘big favourites’ to win the Champions League this season. Messi said this ahead of PSG’s Champions League clash with Manchester City on Wednesday night at Etihad. The Argentine captain, however, admitted that PSG needs to be strong in order to win the Champions League this season. Last season, PSG were eliminated from the Champions League semi-final against Manchester City. Chelsea eventually won the Champions League after beating Man City 1-0 in the final. “Everyone says we are the big favourites [to win the Champions League this season],” Messi told MARCA. “I won’t deny that we are one of the candidates, but we still need some things to be a really strong team...
Messi predicts what’ll happen to Xavi at Barcelona
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Messi predicts what’ll happen to Xavi at Barcelona

Paris Saint-Germain forward, Lionel Messi has predicted that Xavi Hernández will make Barcelona grow. Messi said this while breaking his silence on Xavi’s return to Barcelona. The Argentine captain, who played alongside Xavi during their time at Barcelona, said the Spaniard knows the Blaugrana very well. The PSG number 30 said this ahead of his side’s Champions League clash with Manchester City on Wednesday. “Barcelona will grow with Xavi,” Messi told MARCA, adding “he’s a coach who knows a lot and knows the club well.” Recall that Xavi was appointed as Barcelona’s new manager a few days ago following the sacking of Ronald Koeman last month. Speaking at his unveiling, Xavi had said that Messi, his former teammate, texted him and wished him the best of luck as Barca mana...
Ballon d’Or: Ex-Chelsea star snubs Jorginho, names player to win award
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Ballon d’Or: Ex-Chelsea star snubs Jorginho, names player to win award

Former Chelsea midfielder, Gustavo Poyet, has snubbed Jorginho and backed Liverpool ace, Mohamed Salah to win the Ballon d’Or this year. Poyet believes Salah should be voted to win the 2021 Ballon d’Or because he is certainly the best currently ahead of Manchester United’s Cristiano Ronaldo and Paris Saint-Germain duo, Lionel Messi and Kylian Mbappe. He stated this ahead of Liverpool’s Premier League clash with Arsenal this weekend. Salah was recently included among the 30-man nominees shortlisted for the 2021 Ballon d’Or. The Egyptian international will rival Jorginho, Messi, Ronaldo, Mbappe, among others, for the Ballon d’ Or this year. “Certainly, you cannot vote for [Lionel] Messi or [Cristiano] Ronaldo in the Ballon d’Or, perhaps Mbappe or Salah, but the latter certai...
Ballon d’Or: Thierry Henry snubs Messi, names player that should win award
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Ballon d’Or: Thierry Henry snubs Messi, names player that should win award

Former Barcelona striker, Thierry Henry, has snubbed his former teammate, Lionel Messi, and backed Real Madrid’s Karim Benzema or Chelsea’s N’Golo Kante to win the Ballon d’Or award this year. Messi has won the Ballon d’Or six times in the past and was included in the 30-man nominees shortlisted to win the prestigious prize this year. The Argentine captain will rival Benzema, Kante, Chelsea’s Jorginho, Manchester United’s Cristiano Ronaldo, Bayern Munich’s Robert Lewandowski, among others. Speaking on who should win the Ballon d’ Or this year, Henry said in an interview with Le Journal de Dimanche, “Let’s be realistic, I hope it can be him [Karim Benzema] or N’Golo Kante. Robert Lewandowski would have been elected in 2020 if it had not been cancelled. “We can al...
Cafu names player ‘technically’ better than Messi, Ronaldo
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Cafu names player ‘technically’ better than Messi, Ronaldo

Brazil legend, Cafu, has named his fellow compatriot, Neymar, as the player that is technically better than Paris Saint-Germain’s Lionel Messi and Manchester United’s Cristiano Ronaldo. Neymar has been compared to Messi and Ronaldo from the beginning of his career. The Paris Saint-Germain star has had a glittering career so far. However, many experts and pundits feel that Neymar is yet to reach the heights of Messi and Ronaldo. But Cafu believes Neymar has to become a captain. Speaking at the Marca Sports weekend event in Seville, Cafu said: “Neymar is technically better than Messi, better than Cristiano Ronaldo, but he must assume the responsibility of a leader. “One must dedicate themselves 100 per cent to football. I’m not better than Neymar, but I’m better than ot...
Di Maria Helps Argentina Close in on WC Spot
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Di Maria Helps Argentina Close in on WC Spot

Argentina closed in on a direct World Cup spot on Friday with a 1-0 win in Uruguay despite the absence of Lionel Messi for most of the match as he recovers from a knee injury. Veteran winger Angel Di Maria scored the only goal in the seventh minute with a powerful shot from the right corner of the penalty box, with Uruguay goalkeeper Fernando Muslera not even getting close to stopping the ball. Second-place Argentina now have 28 points from 12 matches, with the top four teams in South America earning direct entry to the World Cup. The fifth-place team goes into an intercontinental playoff for a spot in Qatar next year. "Winning today was a gigantic step. We deserve this, we have worked for this," Argentina goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez said. "They needed points, playing her...
Ballon d’Or 2021: Give it to Lewandowski – Luis Suarez tells organisers
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Ballon d’Or 2021: Give it to Lewandowski – Luis Suarez tells organisers

Barcelona and Uruguay legend, Luis Suarez has made a U-turn on his choice of who wins the 2021 Ballon d’Or. Suarez, who had back in October tipped former Barcelona teammate, Lionel Messi for the award, saying, “Because in the Ballon d’Or you should not only look at what one has done in the year, but also you have to see what he is like as a player, seeing what he does year after year. I think he has no rival,” now claims he will give Bayern Munich’s Robert Lewandowski his own Ballon d’Or trophy should the Polish striker not win this year’s prize. Lewandowski appears among the favourites to win the ballon d’Or later this month following another stunning 12 months of action for both club and country. The Polish netted 55 times in 47 appearances for Bayern Munich during the 2019-20...
Ballon d’Or 2021: Stars, managers, ex-footballers pick their favourites to win award
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Ballon d’Or 2021: Stars, managers, ex-footballers pick their favourites to win award

The 2021 ballon d’Or ceremony comes up in less than 20 days and stakeholders have been picking their favourites to win the most prestigious individual gong. The 2021 award is more highly anticipated than usual majorly because the COVID-19 pandemic stopped the ceremony from happening in 2020. Organizers of the award, France Football has already made available the list of 30 stars contending for the award this year. While Lionel Messi, former Barcelona icon and now Paris Saint-Germain forward is hoping to grab a seventh award, Ronaldo is looking to make it sixth while others like Robert Lewandowski, Jorginho, N’Golo Kante, Kevin De Bruyne, Karim Benzema, among others are all contenders. At this stage, coaches, players and ex-players become like regular fans, backing their favou...
Ballon d’Or 2021: Organizers clear air on Messi winning ahead of Lewandowski, Jorginho
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Ballon d’Or 2021: Organizers clear air on Messi winning ahead of Lewandowski, Jorginho

Ballon d’Or organizers, France Football, have rubbished speculations that Lionel Messi of Paris Saint-Germain has already been informed he has won the 2021 award. There was no winner last year, as the event was cancelled because of the outbreak of COVID-19. However, on November 29, this year’s winner will be crowned in Paris, France. Messi is considered to be a frontrunner, with some suggesting that he already has his hands on a seventh individual gong in a remarkable career. But those behind the voting insist no victor has been determined as yet. France Football editor, Pascal Ferre, has told Bild of the Messi speculation: “That’s a lot of bullsh*t we’ve seen in the past 10 days. A big bluff.” Messi faces stiff competition from Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski,...
Ballon d’Or: Rivaldo names favourite player to win award this year
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Ballon d’Or: Rivaldo names favourite player to win award this year

Barcelona legend, Rivaldo, has picked Bayern Munich’s Robert Lewandowski as the favourite player to win the Ballon d’Or this year ahead of Paris Saint-Germain’s Lionel Messi and Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah. Lewandowski was recently named among the 30-man nominees for 2021 Ballon d’Or. The Poland striker will battle the likes of Messi, Salah, Chelsea’s Jorginho, Real Madrid’s Karim Benzema, Manchester United’s Cristiano Ronaldo, among others for the Ballon d’Or. The winner of the 2021 Ballon d’ Or will be announced on November 29. “Robert Lewandowski is the favourite to win the Ballon d’Or when it is awarded on November 29. He would be a deserved winner, as would Lionel Messi and Mo Salah,” Rivaldo told Betfair. “The Bayern Munich striker is a fantastic player – a prolific go...
Ballon d’ Or: It’s his time – Crouch, Ferdinand name player to win award this year
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Ballon d’ Or: It’s his time – Crouch, Ferdinand name player to win award this year

Former Premier League stars, Peter Crouch and Rio Ferdinand believe Bayern Munich’s Robert Lewandowski deserves to win the Ballon d’ Or this year ahead of Paris Saint-Germain’s Lionel Messi. Lewandowski was recently named among the 30-man nominees for this year’s Ballon d’ Or. The Polish international will battle the likes of Messi, Manchester United’s Cristiano Ronaldo, Chelsea’s Jorginho, Real Madrid’s Karim Benzema, among others for the Ballon d’ Or. Speaking on the development on Wednesday night, Crouch told BT Sport, “I can’t argue with Lionel Messi, can I? Let’s be honest. But I just think if Robert Lewandowski doesn’t win a Ballon d’Or in his lifetime, I think it would be a travesty. “And I think this year, with the amount of goals he’s scored… he’s got 22 goals now an...
Lionel Messi names seven Champions League contenders
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Lionel Messi names seven Champions League contenders

Lionel Messi has tipped Paris Saint-Germain as one of the main contenders to win the Champions League this season as well as six other clubs. Messi, who has scored three goals in as many games for PSG in the Champions League this season, said winning the top European competition is his biggest target at PSG. "I think it is my biggest target and the club's. They have been looking to win the Champions League and they have been very close. I think it is their main target," Messi told beIN SPORTS in an interview. "We are one of the main candidates, but not the only one. Everyone is talking about PSG because of the players, but other clubs have been working together for years and have also signed good players, like Man United, Man City, Bayern, Liverpool, Atletico and Chelsea. "...
Messi left out of PSG squad to face Leipzig due to hamstring & knee injuries
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Messi left out of PSG squad to face Leipzig due to hamstring & knee injuries

Mauricio Pochettino will be without the six-time Ballon d'Or winner when his side resume their Champions League campaign in midweek Lionel Messi has been left out of Paris Saint-Germain's squad to face RB Leipzig due to a couple of fresh injury complaints. Messi has not been named in Mauricio Pochettino's 21-man squad for Wednesday's Champions League group-stage clash, having come off early in their last Ligue 1 outing against Lille. Pochettino explained that the Argentine superstar had picked up a knock after the 2-1 victory, and PSG have now confirmed that he is struggling with two separate issues that have made him unavailable for selection.  
Messi names clubs that can win Champions League this season
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Messi names clubs that can win Champions League this season

Paris Saint-Germain star, Lionel Messi has snubbed Barcelona and named the clubs that can win the Champions League this season. According to Messi, PSG, Manchester City, Bayern Munich, Chelsea, Liverpool and Atletico Madrid are clubs that can win the Champions League this term. The Argentine captain stated this ahead of PSG’s Champions League tie with RB Leipzig on Wednesday. “I decided to come to PSG because of winning possibilities because they have a great team. I want to continue to grow as a player, to win the Champions League after so many years of trying. That is why I decided to come here,” Messi told Sport. “Paris is betting on its desire to win the Champions League for a long time. In recent seasons, they have been very close. “We are one of the candidates, altho...
Ballon d’ Or: Why I don’t think about winning award – Messi
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Ballon d’ Or: Why I don’t think about winning award – Messi

Paris Saint-Germain star, Lionel Messi has said that he doesn’t think about winning his 7th Ballon d’ Or because his biggest prize was to achieve success with the Argentine national team. Messi was last month nominated among a 30-man shortlist for the 2021 Ballon d’ Or. The former Barcelona captain won the Copa America with Argentina this year. When asked about his thoughts on potentially winning his 7th Ballon d’Or award this year, Messi told Sport: “Achieving a Seventh Ballon D’Or would be an extraordinary madness. “If I am honest with you, I don’t think about the Ballon d’Or. My biggest prize was to achieve success with the national team. “Having fought and fought so hard for that achievement was the ultimate goal. A seventh would be crazy. But if not, no problem.” M...
Messi clears air on wanting to play at Barcelona for free
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Messi clears air on wanting to play at Barcelona for free

Paris Saint-Germain forward, Lionel Messi, has hit out at Barcelona president, Joan Laporta, for saying he could have played for free at the club. Messi has however suggested he would have been willing to accept a bigger pay cut to stay at Camp Nou. The 34-year-old accepted a salary reduction of 50% to stay at Barca, but the LaLiga club were still unable to register him with the league body due to their spending limit for the season being cut to €97 million. Speaking after Messi had joined PSG as a free agent, Laporta said he had hoped the Argentina forward would offer to play for free. “The truth is, as I explained when I left, I did everything possible to stay. “Never at any moment did they ask me to play for free. They asked me to reduce my salary by 50% and I did it wi...
Messi opens up on returning to Camp Nou to help Barcelona
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Messi opens up on returning to Camp Nou to help Barcelona

Paris Saint-Germain star, Lionel Messi has opened up on returning to Barcelona. Messi, who left Barcelona in the summer transfer window for PSG, said he was open to the idea of returning to the Catalan club as a technical secretary after hanging up his boots. The 34-year-old expressed his intention to be part of Barcelona’s senior management in the future. “Yes, I always said that I would like to come back to help the club [Barcelona] in whatever way,” Messi told Sport. “I want to be useful and help so that the club is doing well. I would love to be a technical secretary, but I don’t know if it will be at Barcelona. “I would like to return to the club to contribute what I can because I love [Barcelona] and I would love them to keep doing well, to continue growing and to co...
Zlatan predicts what’ll happen to Messi at PSG
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Zlatan predicts what’ll happen to Messi at PSG

Former Paris Saint-Germain striker, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, has predicted that forward, Lionel Messi, will try something new at the club, having spent 21 years at Barcelona. Ibrahimovic, who currently plays for AC Milan, said this while breaking his silence on Messi’s move to PSG. Messi left Barcelona in the summer transfer window for the French Ligue 1 giants. The Argentine captain has since scored three goals in the Champions League for PSG, but he is yet to score in the Ligue 1. Speaking on the development, Ibrahimovic told French outlet Telefoot, “It’s a good challenge for Messi. “He will try something new after a long period at Barcelona and he’s going to a very ambitious club that wants to win and is rising.” He added, “Is today’s team better than the one in my era? N...
Pique, Memphis, Fati and the issues Xavi must solve when he takes over Barcelona
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Pique, Memphis, Fati and the issues Xavi must solve when he takes over Barcelona

The legendary midfielder will be taking over at the Catalan club at a time of financial woe and underperformance on the pitch When Xavi Hernandez takes over he will find a Barcelona side quite different from the one he left in 2015. The legendary midfielder departed on the back of a sensational treble-winning season, to see out his playing days in Qatar with Al-Sadd, whom he is currently coaching. Since then, Lionel Messi has departed, the team’s finances have fallen to pieces and Luis Enrique left, followed by three more coaches in Ernesto Valverde, Quique Setien and Ronald Koeman. There is a new president too, a familiar face, in Joan Laporta, and the challenge of not only restoring Barcelona back to their throne both domestically and internationally but recovering a cherished s...
Ballon d’ Or: Samuel Eto’o names player that should win award this year
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Ballon d’ Or: Samuel Eto’o names player that should win award this year

Former Barcelona and Chelsea forward, Samuel Eto’o has backed Paris Saint-Germain’s Lionel Messi to win the 2021 Ballon d’Or. Messi is among the 30-man nominees for this year’s Ballon d’ Or. The Argentine captain will battle Chelsea’s Jorginho, Bayern Munich’s Robert Lewandowski, Real Madrid’s Karim Benzema, Manchester United’s Cristiano Ronaldo and among others for the 2021 Ballon d’ Or. “[I’d] always [give the Ballon d’ Or to Lionel] Messi, who’s like a little brother to me,” Eto’o told Marca. “I appreciate him very much as a person and as a player. I watched him grow up and I’ve a special love for him.” “For me he is still the best in the world. If we remove Leo, there are others that I like, like Benzema,” Eto’o added. “He’s a player that I love. Cristiano left [Rea...
PSG vs Lille: Pochettino reveals why he substituted Messi at half time
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PSG vs Lille: Pochettino reveals why he substituted Messi at half time

Paris Saint-Germain manager, Mauricio Pochettino, has said he substituted Lionel Messi at half time against Lille “as a precaution”. The 34-year-old was taken off after 45 minutes in Friday’s Ligue 1 fixture. Mauro Icardi replaced Messi at the start of the second half with PSG losing 1-0. However, Pochettino’s men turned the game around, with Marquinhos making it 1-1 in the 77th minute, before Angel Di Maria scored the winner with two minutes left. Speaking about his decision to take off Messi, Pochettino told Amazon Prime: “We have to wait. We spoke with the doctor. “It’s a precaution. He couldn’t go on, but it’s not a big issue. He will be available for the next game.” Messi is yet to find the back of the net for PSG in the league, but has three goals in the Champions...
Cristiano Ronaldo wants to play in record 6th World Cup in 2026 with Portugal aged 41
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Cristiano Ronaldo wants to play in record 6th World Cup in 2026 with Portugal aged 41

Manchester United and Portugal superstar, Cristiano Ronaldo wants to keep playing for Portugal till the 2026 World Cup when he'll be aged 41. Ronaldo has already had a stellar international career with Portugal, winning Euro 2016, and is the all-time leading international scorer with Portugal. A new report by SunSport claims he is keen to play in the 2026 tournament, being hosted in the US, Canada and Mexico. Ronaldo and rival Lionel Messi are set to play in their fifth World Cup in Qatar next year.They will join German legend Lothar Matthaus and Mexican pair, Rafael Marquez and Antonio Carbajal, who did the same. If Ronaldo achieves the feat of playing in the 2026 world cup, it will add to a long list of records the former Juventus and Real Madrid superstar has broken.  
Ballon d’ Or: Lothar Matthaus names convincing candidate for award
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Ballon d’ Or: Lothar Matthaus names convincing candidate for award

Germany legend, Lothar Matthaus has identified Chelsea’s Jorginho as the convincing candidate to win the Ballon d’ Or this year ahead of Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah, Paris Saint-Germain’s Lionel Messi and Bayern Munich’s Robert Lewandowski. Jorginho was recently named among 30-man nominees for this year’s Ballon d’ Or. The Italy international will battle Salah, Messi, Lewandowski, among others, for the Ballon d’ Or. “What Klopp’s superstar Salah has been delivering for a few months is, of course, absolutely world-class,” Matthaus told Sky Sport via Football365. “It’s quite possible that this will help him a lot in his choice of world footballer. But that wasn’t the case for the whole year. In the spring, he and Liverpool had serious problems. “Candidate Jorginho from Chelsea...
Messi’s preferred manager to replace Koeman revealed
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Messi’s preferred manager to replace Koeman revealed

Lionel Messi told Barcelona to replace Ronald Koeman with former team mate, Xavi Hernandez, before he left the club. Cadena COPE reports that Messi already endorsed Barca’s push to make Xavi their new manager following Koeman’s sack. Messi played with Xavi for 11 seasons at the Nou Camp. Koeman was dismissed by the LaLiga giants following a 1-0 loss to Rayo Vallecano on Wednesday night. The Catalans have recorded just four wins from 10 games in the league so far and are struggling to qualify for the Champions League knockout stages. Barcelona president, Joan Laporta, is reportedly already in negotiations with their former captain, Xavi. Xavi is currently in charge of Al-Sadd and is yet to reach an agreement with the Saudi club which would allow him to return to Barcelon...
Ballon D’Or: ‘Leaked’ voting results show Lewandowski as winner ahead of Messi
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Ballon D’Or: ‘Leaked’ voting results show Lewandowski as winner ahead of Messi

Leaked Ballon D’Or voting results for this year’s award, claim that Bayern Munich’s Robert Lewandowski will win ahead of Lionel Messi. SportsMail reports the image is believed to be the final standings. Voting for the 2021 winner officially ended on Monday, October 25, the date on the document which has gone viral. According to it, Lewandowski has polled 627 points from the 176 voting nations, ahead of Lionel Messi in second place. Karim Benzema is in third place with 526 points. Lewandowski, 33, was favourite to win the Ballon D’Or last season before the ceremony was cancelled due to Covid. The Polish striker has scored 17 goals in 13 games so far this season.
Ballon d’Or: Pochettino reveals how choosing Messi caused problems with Neymar, Mbappe
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Ballon d’Or: Pochettino reveals how choosing Messi caused problems with Neymar, Mbappe

Paris Saint-Germain manager, Mauricio Pochettino, has admitted that his comment on Lionel Messi deserving to win this year’s Ballon d’Or, has caused a “problem” inside the dressing room. Pochettino backed Messi to win a record-extending seventh award earlier this month. Messi is joined on the 30-man shortlist by PSG teammates Gianluigi Donnarumma, Kylian Mbappe and Neymar. However, after Pochettino chose the 34-year-old as his preferred winner, there was a reaction among the squad. Mbappe and Neymar both have eyes on the individual prize too, which neither have ever won. Pochettino told Diario Sport: “I had a problem saying that Messi should win the Ballon d’Or. “Neymar and Mbappé told me why not them. “In any case, it would be great for any player from Paris to win ...
Ballon D’Or 2021: Winner for this year’s award decided
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Ballon D’Or 2021: Winner for this year’s award decided

The winner for the Ballon D’Or 2021 has now been decided on Monday, October 25, according to GFFN. This means voting for all the 30 shortlisted nominees has been closed. However, the winner will be unveiled at a ceremony in Paris on November 29. GFFN tweeted today: “Ballon D’Or voting for 2021 is now closed – the winner has been decided – we find out on 29th November.” A selection of international journalists, national team coaches and captains vote to decide the winner. They will choose their top five from the 30 footballers left in the running. The players will be ordered from first to fifth based on: individual and collective performances during the year, player class and an overall view of the player’s career. The total points for each player from every journa...
Ballon d’ Or: ‘He has to win it’ – Javier Zanetti names player who deserve award
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Ballon d’ Or: ‘He has to win it’ – Javier Zanetti names player who deserve award

Inter Milan legend, Javier Zanetti has named Paris Saint-Germain’s Lionel Messi as the player who should win the Ballon d’ Or this year. Zanetti believes his fellow compatriot, Messi has to win the Ballon d’ Or this year because he is still a different player from the rest. Messi, who led Argentina to win the Copa America this year, was recently nominated among a 30-man shortlist to win the Ballon d’ Or this year. The former Barcelona captain has already won the Ballon d’ Or for a record six times in the past. Speaking with Olé, Zanetti said: “For me, Messi has to win the Ballon d’Or because he is still a different player from the rest, always decisive and unbalanced. We are talking about the essence of football. “His numbers are impressive since he started playing footbal...
Ballon d’Or: ‘He has no rival’ – Luis Suarez names player who should win award
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Ballon d’Or: ‘He has no rival’ – Luis Suarez names player who should win award

Atletico Madrid striker, Luiz Suarez, has named Paris Saint-Germain’s Lionel Messi as the player who should win the Ballon d’Or this year. Suarez, a former club teammate with Messi at Barcelona, believes the Argentina captain deserves the 2021 Ballon d’Or after leading his country to win the Copa America this year. According to the Uruguay international, Messi has no rival in this year’s Ballon d’Or. Messi was recently named in a 30-man shortlist for the Ballon d’Or this year. The 34-year-old forward has already won the Ballon d’Or for a record six times in the past. Speaking with Olé, Suarez said, “I think Leo deserves to be the Ballon d’Or because he has had a spectacular year on a personal level despite only winning the Copa del Rey with Barcelona. “What he performed...
Barcelona vs Real Madrid: El Clasico missing stars, significance resulting to loss of interests
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Barcelona vs Real Madrid: El Clasico missing stars, significance resulting to loss of interests

There was a time, not too long ago, when the El Clasico was the most watched football fixture globally. The players on parade included Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo, Thierry Henry, Sergio Ramos, Xavi, Andres Iniesta and Dani Alves. However, on Sunday at the Nou Camp, we will be watching the likes of Ansu Fati, Vinicius Jr, Rodrygo, Pedri and Valverde. Not to take anything away from them, but the number of eyeballs that will tune in to watch Sunday’s LaLiga clash between Barcelona and Real Madrid, will be nothing spectacular. The absence of genuinely superstar footballers has reduced El Clasico to another random game in the Spanish top flight. Not only that the league is being stripped of these big names, but games between Real Madrid and Barcelona no longer decide who wi...

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