Tag Archives: Lionel Messi

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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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 100 Quotes on Lionel Messi

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No other modern day footballer has been labeled the ‘best ever’ more times than the Barcelona legend Lionel Messi. The diminutive genius is certainly one of a kind and it seems highly unlikely that we will witness someone similar in our lifetime. Messi is unarguably one of those few players who can walk into any world class team in the ...

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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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5 all-time great sporting rivalries

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Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo have shared an intense rivalry over the course of their careers and are often mentioned in conversations about the greatest footballers of all time. However, such rivalry is not unique to football. Here’s a look at similar intense rivalries from other sports. Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier Two of the greatest boxers of all-time had an ...

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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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Top European clubs with most Ballon d’Or winners

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Barcelona (11) The Catalan giants lead the clubs with most Ballon d’Or winners, having seen a player win the individual honour 11 times while playing for them. The recent dominance of Lionel Messi at the awards has definitely been the biggest reason for Barcelona’s record tally. The Argentine has collected five Ballon d’Ors, while the two Brazilians Ronaldinho and Rivaldo, ...

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