• FIFA name three-man shortlist for Best Player Award

    FIFA name three-man shortlist for Best Player Award

    Atletico Madrid and France forward Antoine Griezmann has joined Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi on a three-man shortlist for The Best FIFA Men’s Player Award 2016, with Leicester manager Claudio Ranieri nominated in the coaches’ category.

    Griezmann, 25, finished as top scorer at Euro 2016, where Les Bleus were defeated by Portugal in the final, and also helped take Atletico Madrid to the Champions League final, where they lost out to city rivals Real Madrid.

    Ronaldo captained Portugal to their first major […]

  • Diaby: Only injuries stopped me from winning Ballon d’Or

    Diaby: Only injuries stopped me from winning Ballon d’Or

    Former Arsenal midfielder Abou Diaby claims that he would have won the Ballon d’Or if injuries hadn’t stunted his progress.

    The Frenchman is in his 13th season as a professional and in that time he has only made 198 appearances in all competitions for his clubs.

    In his final four seasons at Arsenal he could only manage 16 Premier League appearances as injury hampered his career.

    Since leaving the Gunners in 2015, Diaby has been on the books at Ligue 1 side Marseille […]

  • Griezmann: Winning Ballon d’Or complicated so long as Messi and Ronaldo are around

    Griezmann: Winning Ballon d’Or complicated so long as Messi and Ronaldo are around

    Atletico Madrid attacker Antoine Griezmann believes he has little chance of winning the Ballon d’Or so long as Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo are competing for the award.

    The Barcelona star and his Real Madrid counterpart have won the past eight editions of the prestigious individual award – Messi lifting the trophy five times and Ronaldo on three occasions.

    Griezmann is expected to challenge for the honour this year after guiding Atletico to the Champions League final and spearheading France’s frontline at […]

  • Ronaldo: I’ve done everything to win Ballon d’Or

    Ronaldo: I’ve done everything to win Ballon d’Or

    After winning the Champions League and Euro 2016 in what he says was his best season, the Real Madrid star has the prestigious award in his sights.

    Cristiano Ronaldo believes he has done everything possible to win the 2016 Ballon d’Or prize.

    The 31-year-old is among the favourites to claim France Football’s award for the world’s best player after a stellar 12 months for club and country.

    Ronaldo hit 51 goals in 48 matches in all competitions for Real Madrid last season, including […]

  • Ronaldo and Luis Figo back Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo for Ballon d’Or

    Ronaldo and Luis Figo back Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo for Ballon d’Or

    Former Real Madrid stars Ronaldo and Luis Figo have both backed Cristiano Ronaldo to win the 2016 Ballon d’Or.

     

    Ronaldo established himself as the favourite to win a fourth career Ballon d’Or when he won the Champions League with Madrid and Euro 2016 with Portugal, but his below-par start to the 2016-17 campaign could hinder his hopes.

    Speaking on his induction into the FIFA-recognised World Football Hall of Fame in Mexico, former Brazil international Ronaldo told Marca that — based on trophies […]

  • Lukaku: I’ve told Pogba he’ll win Ballon d’Or if he does this…

    Lukaku: I’ve told Pogba he’ll win Ballon d’Or if he does this…

    Everton striker Romelu Lukaku says Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba can become the best in the world.

    Lukaku admits he speaks regularly with Pogba, as the two share Mino Raiola as their agent.

    Speaking with SFR Sport, Lukaku says he’s convinced Pogba can win the Ballon d’Or in the future.

    “Can Pogba win the Ballon d’Or? Yes. But he knows what to do. Goals. I tell him every day of the week, more goals.

    “This is what people are looking for, goals, statistics. If […]

  • Messi should’ve won Ballon d’Or every year since 2009 – Pique

    Messi should’ve won Ballon d’Or every year since 2009 – Pique

    The Argentine led the way again for his side on Sunday against Sevilla, drawing praise from his injured team-mate.

    Gerard Pique lauded Lionel Messi following his latest masterclass, saying the Barcelona star should have won the Ballon d’Or every year since 2009.

    Messi led the way for Barca again on Sunday, scoring a goal and setting up another in the 2-1 La Liga win at Sevilla.

    The five-time Ballon d’Or winner cancelled out Vitolo’s opener prior to the interval before he assisted Luis […]

  • Bale not interested in Ballon d’Or

    Bale not interested in Ballon d’Or

    Individual glory is not something the Wales international seeks and it is something that he confessed he has “never dreamed about”

    Real Madrid star Gareth Bale has stressed he is not overly bothered about winning the Ballon d’Or, with titles at team level his preference.

    The 27-year-old made France Football’s 30-man longlist for the prestigious individual award and is regarded as one of the outsiders to win it, with Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi the inevitable favourites.

    Nevertheless, Bale, who signed a […]

  • ‘Ronaldo achievements unsurpassed’ – Ferguson in no doubt over Ballon d’Or winner

    ‘Ronaldo achievements unsurpassed’ – Ferguson in no doubt over Ballon d’Or winner

    The former Manchester United manager says that the Portuguese deserves to win a fourth Ballon d’Or after a “wonderful year”

    Cristiano Ronaldo is the standout candidate to win the Ballon d’Or, according to Alex Ferguson.

    The Real Madrid and Portugal star is the heavy favourite to be crowned the world’s best player in 2016, having been named in the 30-man shortlist for the award along with the likes of Antoine Griezmann and five-time winner Lionel Messi.

    Ronaldo has claimed the award […]

  • Atletico’s Griezmann hopes to win Ballon d’Or – Olhats

    Atletico’s Griezmann hopes to win Ballon d’Or – Olhats

    Antoine Griezmann is holding out hope to win the Ballon d’Or when the prestigious award is announced next year, says the scout who helped discover the Atletico Madrid forward.

    Griezmann has experienced a spectacular 2016 thus far, helping lead Atletico and the France national team to the Champions League and European Championship finals, respectively, this summer.

    Though his sides failed to win either title, Griezmann’s performances have seen him named a finalist for the coveted prize. And Eric Olhats, who was one […]

  • Ballon d’Or makes players selfish – Wenger

    Ballon d’Or makes players selfish – Wenger

    Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has reiterated his opposition to the Ballon d’Or, saying individual prizes lead to players “thinking about themselves.”

    France Football announced the 30-man shortlist for the 2016 Ballon d’Or this week, with Real Madrid and Portugal star Cristiano Ronaldo the favourite to take the award after his successes in the Champions League and Euro 2016.

    “I am against it because I think it gets in the head of players,” Wenger told his news conference on Friday. “We have seen […]