Who can break the Messi and Ronaldo domination at Ballon d’Or awards

Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo have established a sort of hegemony on the best player in the world award, pocketing between themselves the last eight editions of the Ballon d’Or. Their utter stranglehold over the yearly honour begs the question: Who will break the duo’s hegemony? It should come as no surprise if they stretch… Read More »

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Can Paul Pogba win the Ballon d’Or with Manchester United?

Manchester United’s world record signing Paul Pogba will have the eyes of the world watching his every move as he is being touted as one of the best midfielders in the world. And as such, the humongous price he commanded for signing from Juventus comes as no surprise. However, the massive fees will not be… Read More »

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Why Luis Suarez may never win the Ballon d’Or

Luis Suarez is arguably the greatest striker in the world at the moment, and he has been one for at least the last two seasons. The Uruguayan, who ended the last season with a flourish, seems to have continued in the same vein, having netted a hat-trick in the LaLiga opener against Real Betis at… Read More »

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Ballon d’Or Winners in Ronaldo and Messi’s absence

Since 2008 Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo have grabbed all the Ballon d’Or awards. The Argentine has won an unprecedented five, while the Portuguese has finished atop the podium thrice. But what if the duo weren’t part of their clubs and they still went on to win all the trophies they won since 2008. Who… Read More »

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Five players who returned to their old clubs

Paul Pogba Manchester United have signed Pogba from Juventus for a world record transfer fee. The Frenchman had joined the Red Devils from Le Havre in 2009 and stayed in the Manchester United reserves for two years before being promoted to the first team in 2011. However, he failed to make any major inroads in… Read More »

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FIFA Ballon d’Or – The process and favourites

Criteria The selection criteria for the Ballon d’Or is quite extensive. The award takes into consideration not a full European season that generally takes place between the period of August to May, but performances are judged from a November to November cycle, meaning that it effectively judges a player on the basis of their showing… Read More »

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5 Ballon d’Or prospects in the Premier League

Paul Pogba In one of the biggest transfers of the close season Manchester United have acquired Paul Pogba from Juventus for a world record transfer fee believed to be around £89.3 million. Pogba has long revealed his ambition to one day become the best player in the world and with the talent he has there… Read More »

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The Manchester Derby Preview

The arrival of Pep Guardiola at Manchester City and that of Jose Mourinho at Manchester United is going to add a new edge to the Manchester derby when the first of the ongoing season is played at Old Trafford on 10th September. Compared to the last couple of seasons when the Citizens were led by… Read More »

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Top 5 highly educated players of all time

Socrates The legendary Brazilian midfielder was renowned not just for his silky skills on the football pitch but also his philosophical musings about all that was happening around the world, and especially in his home country. The cerebral captain famously introduced a democratic system of decision making at his club Corinthians, where everyone from top… Read More »

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The kidnapping of Barcelona star Quini

Football has become an absolute juggernaut now, with transfer fees having gone past the €100 million barrier. Transfers in the range of €30m-€40m have become commonplace and players live in a kind of bubble that it has become almost impossible for their fans to have any kind of interaction with them. However, not too long… Read More »

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