• Neymar: There’s only one Ballon d’Or winner and it’s Messi, not Ronaldo

    Neymar: There’s only one Ballon d’Or winner and it’s Messi, not Ronaldo

    Neymar believes his Barcelona team-mate and five-time Ballon d’Or winner Lionel Messi should receive France Football’s 2016 prize.

    Lionel Messi and not Cristiano Ronaldo deserves to win the Ballon d’Or, according to Barcelona star Neymar.

    Ronaldo is the overwhelming favourite to win France Football’s 2016 Ballon d’Or prize, which is announced next week, after helping Madrid win last season’s Champions League.

    He also guided Portugal to their Euro 2016 triumph as he ended the 2015-16 campaign with 51 goals in all competitions for […]

  • 2016 Ballon d’Or winner ‘leaked’, but is it Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo?

    2016 Ballon d’Or winner ‘leaked’, but is it Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo?

    The winner of this year’s Ballon d’Or has already been revealed, according to reports in Spain.

    Spanish newspaper Mundo Deportivo apparently have the inside scoop and already know who will be crowned the world’s best player.

    In news that will surprise few, if any, Cristiano Ronaldo is the man the paper claims will be told ahead of Monday’s announcement that he has won a fourth Ballon d’Or.

    In a quite incredible year for the Real Madrid forward, he has scooped another Champions League […]

  • Eto’o prefers Iniesta to Ronaldo and Messi: He deserves four Ballons d’Or

    Eto’o prefers Iniesta to Ronaldo and Messi: He deserves four Ballons d’Or

    Andres Iniesta deserves to have won multiple Ballon d’Or awards, according to the midfielder’s former Barcelona team-mate Samuel Eto’o.

    Samuel Eto’o believes Andres Iniesta is a better player than either Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi and says the midfielder should have won multiple Ballon d’Or awards.

    Iniesta returned from a month out with a hamstring injury in Saturday’s 1-1 El Clasico draw with Real Madrid and Eto’o talked up his former Barca team-mate.

    The pair won three LaLiga titles and two Champions League […]

  • 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 […]

  • ‘Costa only missing one attribute that Messi and Ronaldo have’

    ‘Costa only missing one attribute that Messi and Ronaldo have’

    Stuart Pearce considers the Chelsea striker to be ‘unstoppable’, with it only the ability to beat opponents that separates him from Barcelona and Madrid icons.

    Diego Costa has ‘got everything’ and would occupy a standing in the global game alongside Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo if he could run at opponents, claims Stuart Pearce.

    The former England international considers the Chelsea striker to be in ‘unstoppable’ form at present, with 10 goals netted in 13 Premier League appearances.

    That return is enough to […]

  • Coutinho names three Barcelona players better than Ronaldo

    Coutinho names three Barcelona players better than Ronaldo

    The Liverpool ace, who has been to Barcelona, talked up his trio of prospective future team-mates in their race to be crowned this year’s best player.

    Liverpool star Philippe Coutinho did his transfer links to Barcelona no harm by tipping Barcelona trio Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar for the 2016 Ballon d’Or – snubbing Cristiano Ronaldo in the process.

    The Brazilian has truly come of age this season, firing the Reds to Premier League title contention before suffering an untimely injury […]

  • 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 […]

  • ‘The next Messi or Ronaldo will play in England’

    ‘The next Messi or Ronaldo will play in England’

    Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino doubts the Premier League will be able to lure Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo away from Spain before the end of their careers but believes the game’s next global superstars will end up in England.

    Plenty of the world’s leading players already ply their trade on these shores and, with top-flight clubs benefiting from a new £5billion-plus three-year broadcast deal, that influx of talent is set to continue.

    However, the Premier League cannot boast either of the two […]

  • Lionel Messi reveals the real reason for his new look this season after a summer of heartbreak

    Lionel Messi reveals the real reason for his new look this season after a summer of heartbreak

    But even the world’s best had to do some soul searching this summer – which explains why he decided to overhaul his appearance.

    And there was a valid reason for his sudden change of appearance which he revealed at a promotional event this week.

    After Argentina crashed out of Copa America following their final defeat against Chile, Messi wanted “to start from zero.”

    He said: “Behind the change in look there is a little bit of everything.

    “The craziness of the moment, to change […]

  • Why Guardiola says he wants Messi to retire at Barcelona

    Why Guardiola says he wants Messi to retire at Barcelona

    Manchester City officials have been trying to put themselves in the best possible position to sign the Argentine for years, but apparently their manager does not want it to happen.

    For a man who once famously crowned Jose Mourinho as the “f***ing boss” of press conferences, Pep Guardiola certainly knows how to work a room of journalists.

    Since arriving in England, Guardiola has charmed the press with his often light-hearted but always engaging answers, but he has not been shy in letting […]

  • Messi: Barcelona are not dependent on me

    Messi: Barcelona are not dependent on me

    The Argentina captain is adamant that his side are not reliant on his magic, after his double helped put Celtic to the sword midweek.

    Lionel Messi insists Barcelona are not dependent on him, despite producing more match-winning goal heroics with a brace in the 2-0 Champions League victory at Celtic on Wednesday.

    Messi opened the scoring by converting Neymar’s chipped pass then slotted in from the penalty spot to wrap up the win and secure top spot in Group C.

    The striker’s double […]