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Gianluigi Buffon, Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo are the three nominees for the 2016/17 UEFA Men’s Player of the Year Award. The winner will be announced at the Champions League group stage draw in Monaco on Thursday 24 August. The shortlist of three players was selected by a jury comprising the 80 coaches of the [...]

After winning the Champions League and EURO 2016 this year, it was not a surprise to see Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo add his fourth Ballon d’Or to his collection, finishing ahead of Lionel Messi in the voting. Ronaldo won the Ballon d’Or in 2008 and also claimed the FIFA Ballon d’Or in 2013 and [...]

Lionel Messi continues to break records seemingly every month and the greatest player of his generation won his fifth Ballon D’Or on Monday after leading Barcelona to the treble of league, cup and Champions League for the second time. To put this into context, three of the greatest players such as Zinedine Zidane, Ronaldinho and [...]

Luis Enrique said he would not be attending Monday’s Ballon d’Or gala despite the Barcelona coach being the clear favourite to win the World Coach of the Year award. Luis Enrique was speaking after Saturday afternoon’s 4-0 stroll past Granada at the Camp Nou, when Lionel Messi underlined his status as the favourite to pick [...]

Fifa have announced the three names that make up the shortlist for the Ballon d’Or awards. Barcelona duo Lionel Messi and Neymar will compete with current holder Cristiano Ronaldo for this year’s FIFA Ballon d’Or. Real Madrid forward Ronaldo has won the award for the past two years, with Messi winning it for each of [...]

FIFA and France Football have published the 23 players short-listed for the Ballon d’Or, the winner of which will be announced on 11th January 2016. The three finalists will be named on 30th November. As expected Barcelona and Real Madrid players dominated the list with the clubs contributing 11 of the 23 players. Barcelona led [...]

Cristiano Ronaldo has won the FIFA Ballon d’Or for the best player in the world for the third time, beating Lionel Messi and Manuel Neuer. Ronaldo had previously won in 2008 and 2013. The Real Madrid striker was simply brilliant in 2014, leading La Liga in goals scored (31), the Champions League (17) and winning [...]

Cristiano Ronaldo has won the 2013 FIFA Ballon d’Or award, which is given each year to the top-performing soccer player in the world, after a stunning year that saw him score an astonishing 69 goals in 59 games. Ronaldo claimed the award with a total of 1,365 points, ahead of Lionel Messi (1,205) and Franck [...]

Cristiano Ronaldo believes that Real Madrid aren’t ‘dependant’ on him, but insists that he probably deserves the Ballon d’Or. The Real Madrid has been shortlisted for the award alongside Lionel Messi and Franck Ribery. But after scoring more goals than anyone else in Europe, the forward has claimed that ‘the numbers speak for themselves’. “I [...]

FIFA and France Football has announced the candidates for the FIFA Ballon d’Or and for the FIFA World Coach of the Year. As expected the list is dominated by players who play in La Liga. The winners of all of the awards, which will be decided by the captains and head coaches of the men’s [...]