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5 all-time great sporting rivalries

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

Ballon d'Or winners 1956 to 2015

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

Here’s the list of the top European clubs with most Ballon d’Or winners in their ranks throughout the history of the prestigious award. 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 dominance of Lionel Messi at the awards has definitely ...

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2016 Ballon d’Or: Who will make the top three

The Ballon d’Or ceremony next year is likely to again be dominated by the LaLiga players. More specifically, players from Real Madrid and Barcelona. Cristiano Ronaldo enjoyed another stellar season at the Santiago Bernabeu as he netted 51 goals across the domestic league and the Champions League and contributed further with 15 assists to help Los Blancos to their 11th ...

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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 their dominance over the award ...

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

Ronaldo and Messi together

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 would win the Ballon d’Ors ...

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FIFA Ballon d’Or – The process and favourites

Ballon d'Or

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 in parts of two seasons. ...

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The most undeserving Ballon d’Or winners

Michael Owen (2001) The 2000/01 season was a very successful one for Liverpool as they collected a treble of cups – the UEFA Cup, the FA Cup and the League Cup. At the forefront of the Reds’ unprecedented success was their forward Michael Owen as he racked in 24 goals from 46 appearances and went on to win the Ballon ...

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Top 5 Solo performances in football

Diego Maradona vs. England at the Estadio Azteca (1986 World Cup) There are few individual performances that can rival Maradona’s in the 1986 World Cup quarter-final against Argentina’s hated rivals England. The Argentine captain put in a performance that defeated the Three Lions both with his incredible play as well has his mendaciousness. The match saw Maradona put his team ...

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