Playing against Messi would be a dream come true – Greenwood

Manchester United youngster Mason Greenwood would relish having Lionel Messi in the Premier League – even if that means facing the six-time Ballon d’Or winner in Manchester City colours. City are viewed as the frontrunners for Messi’s signature after the…

Bayern’s Lewandowski says he deserves Ballon d’Or after stellar season

Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski believes he would deserve the Ballon d’Or if the award had not been cancelled for 2020. France Football confirmed in July that the prize would not be awarded due to the disruption of the 2019-20…

Ronaldo not interested in coaching (Nation)

Cristiano Ronaldo says he does not expect to become a coach after he retires, but is not ready to rule it out entirely. The Portugal international is still going strong at 34 years, scoring 12 goals in 21 appearances for…

Why Neymar didn’t make Ballon d’or 30-man shortlist (Punch)

Neymar’s absence from the list of 30 Ballon d’Or candidates was explained Tuesday by France Football magazine which organises the prestigious award. The magazine said events in what it called Neymar’s “année noire” (black year) justified his failure to be…

Liverpool dominate Ballon d’Or shortlist with seven names (DailyTrust)

Dutch centre back Virgil van Dijk is one of seven Liverpool players on the 30-man shortlist for this year’s Ballon d’Or, with the Champions League winners dominating the nominations for France Football magazine’s prestigious award. Van Dijk’s club teammates Sadio…

Rapinoe named but Modric, Neymar miss out on Ballon D’Or shortlist (Guardian)

While Megan Rapinoe is the leading candidate for the second-ever women’s Ballon D’Or, the holder of the men’s award, Luka Modric, and the world’s most expensive player, Neymar, missed out as France Football unveiled the nominees on Monday. Rapinoe dominated…

Messi’s fifth place in Ballon d’Or ‘absurd’, declares Barca boss (Guardian)

Lionel Messi finishing fifth in this year’s Ballon d’Or vote was “absurd”, says Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde. Real Madrid midfielder Luka Modric won the prize, awarded by France Football and voted for by 180 journalists. Barcelona and Argentina forward Messi,…

Modric rewarded for ‘wonderful year’, says Solari (Punch)

Croatia midfielder Luka Modric was a deserved winner of the Ballon d’Or award after a “wonderful year” for both club and country, Real Madrid coach Santiago Solari said on Wednesday. The 33-year-old Modric won a third straight Champions League title…

Modric wins Ballon d’Or, ends Ronaldo, Messi dominance (Punch)

December 4, 2018 Luka Modric saw off competition from France’s World Cup stars as the Real Madrid and Croatia midfielder won the Ballon d’Or on Monday to end a 10-year stranglehold on the award by Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi.…

Why Luka Modric should win 2018 Ballon d’Or (Guardian)

The 2018 Ballon d’Or might end the 10-year duopoly of Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi, who have won the trophy five times each. The award is the most prestigious individual trophy that every footballer aims to win in his lifetime.…

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