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Ballon d’Or: Cristiano Ronaldo set to beat Lionel Messi to award

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Cristiano Ronaldo is set to win his fifth Ballon d’Or award tonight in Paris – and he will pick up the trophy at the Eiffel Tower. Ronaldo is set to go level with Lionel Messi on five Ballon d’Or awards each. The Portugal star helped Real Madrid clinch back-to-back Champions League crowns in May and also won La Liga. And despite his difficulties in ...

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Lionel Messi: Barcelona forward signs new deal until 2021

Lionel Messi, signing his new deal with Barcelona's president Josep Maria Bartomeu, made his debut in 2004 (Image credit: EPA)

Barcelona forward Lionel Messi has signed a new contract with a buyout clause worth 700m euros (£626m). The 30-year-old Argentina international’s deal now runs until the end of the 2020-21 season. Since joining the club at the age of 13, Messi has helped Barcelona win eight Spanish league titles and won the Champions League four times. Messi, whose previous deal ...

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Messi hat-trick sends Argentina to Russia 2018

Lionel Messi scored his first hat-trick in World Cup qualifying matches (Image credit: AFP)

A Lionel Messi hat-trick ensured Argentina came from behind to win in Ecuador and avoid missing a World Cup finals for the first time since 1970. The 2014 runners up began the day sixth in the group and needing a top-four place to qualify automatically. They made a terrible start in Quito, losing a goal inside 38 seconds, but fought ...

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The Best final nominees revealed

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The final nominees for a host of The Best FIFA Football Awards™ have been revealed at an event in London, with the countdown to the ceremony itself in England’s capital on 23 October now well and truly on. The Best FIFA Men’s Player 2016 Cristiano Ronaldo is once more in the final three, with long-time rival for FIFA’s top individual ...

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Buffon, Messi and Ronaldo on Player of the Year shortlist

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Gianluigi Buffon (Italy, Juventus), Lionel Messi (Argentina, Barcelona) and Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal, Real Madrid) are the three nominees for the 2016/17 UEFA Men’s Player of the Year Award. The award will be presented at the 2017/18 UEFA Champions League group stage draw in Monaco on Thursday 24 August. The shortlist of three players was selected by a jury comprising the ...

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Ronaldo, Messi make UEFA Champions League awards shortlists

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The top goalkeeper, defender, midfielder and forward in last season’s UEFA Champions League will be named on 24 August – find out the three-man shortlist for each positional accolade. Real Madrid dominate the positional awards for the 2016/17 UEFA Champions League season, providing six of the 12 shortlisted players. Shortlisted players (in alphabetical order): • Goalkeeper of the 2016/17 UEFA Champions ...

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Barcelona announce Lionel Messi will stay until 2021

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Barcelona have handed Lionel Messi a new contract, tying the Argentinian wizard to the club for four more years and pumping his weekly wage up to an eye-watering £500,000. Messi had left Barca supporters nervously trying to read the signs coming out of his camp as his current deal was allowed to run down to June 2018. But that wait ...

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FIFA Appeal Committee lifts 4-match ban on Lionel Messi

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The FIFA Appeal Committee has upheld the appeal lodged by the Argentinian Football Association, on behalf of the player Lionel Messi, against the decision taken by the FIFA Disciplinary Committee, lifting the sanctions imposed on him as a result. Following a hearing which took place in Zurich on 4 May 2017, the Appeal Committee has set aside the decision taken by the ...

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