Tag Archives: Cristiano Ronaldo

Ballon d’Or betting: Who will win the 2016 Ballon d’Or?

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The Ballon d’Or voting will soon kick into gear as the award is presented to the world’s best player in January next year. And just like the past decade or so there are a couple of names expected to be the leading contenders: Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi. Ronaldo has very strong credentials for landing his fourth Ballon d’Or trophy ...

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5 footballers who started their own brands

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Cristiano Ronaldo The Real Madrid forward is the face of many international brands. He endorses many things from football boots to shampoo. The Portuguese national team captain, however, has gone a step beyond endorsing brands of other people and has launched his own label. And yes, you guessed it right, it is called CR7. Ronaldo is the face of his ...

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Five players who played beyond the age of 40

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The 2015/16 season was one of the best of Cristiano Ronaldo’s career. He helped Real Madrid win the Champions League and then captained the Portugal national team to a triumphant 2016 European Championship campaign in France, delivering his country its first ever major international honour in football. On the back of his success, he has signed a new five-year deal ...

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Who will The Best FIFA Men’s Player of the Year Award?

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The last 12 months or so have followed a similar narrative to the preceding eight years or so when it comes to football. Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo have shone brighter than all of their contemporaries and are clearly ahead of them when it comes to being favourites to win the newly-formed The Best FIFA Men’s Player award. The duo ...

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Prediction: The winners at The Best FIFA Football Awards

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The Best FIFA Men’s Player On the virtue of his two European triumphs last summer, Cristiano Ronaldo is the clear favourite to win the inaugural edition of the The Best FIFA Men’s Player award in January next year. The Real Madrid forward set a Champions League record by scoring 11 goals in the group stage of the competition before putting ...

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Best XI: Ballon d’Or 2016 nominees

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France Football have announced the list of 30 nominees for the Ballon d’Or 2016 to be held on January 9, 2017. FIFA have not yet announced their plans after discontinuing their six years of partnership with FFF. It is quite possible that the FIFA World Player of the Year award will be called back from retirement. Like the previous few ...

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All you need to know about the new Ballon d’Or award

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History of the Ballon d’Or The concept of awarding the best European player each year was started by the French magazine France Football, which first came up with the idea in 1956. The idea conceived by France Football editor Gabriel Hanot intended to give the Ballon d’Or to the best European player each year. The voting rights were exclusive to ...

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Top national teams with most Ballon d’Or winners

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Germany and the Netherlands (7) The two rival nations have been the most dominant at the Ballon d’Or awards with their players collecting seven gongs each. For Germany the first win came from Gerd Muller, who claimed the award in 1970. Franz Beckenbauer won it twice in the 1970s before Karl-Heinz Rummenigge won it back-to-back in 1980 and 1981. Lothar ...

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Analysis: Peak age of Ballon d’Or winners and runners-up

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It has been quite well established that the Ballon d’Or votes tend to go more in favour of the attacking players than their defensive counterparts. But does age also play a significant part in the voting? As can be seen from the graph above, 28 players have either won or finished as runner-up at the Ballon d’or at 26, which ...

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