Real Madrid’s Portugal striker Cristiano Ronaldo was crowned the best soccer player in the world for the second year running at Fifa’s The Best awards gala on Monday. The four-time Ballon d’Or winner won a La Liga and Champions League double with the Madrid club this year, striking twice against Juventus in the European Cup final to help Real become the first team to retain the trophy in its current format. Barcelona’s Argentina forward Lionel Messi, who has won the Ballon d’or five times, and Paris St Germain’s Brazil forward Neymar were runners up for the award voted for by national team coaches and captains plus the media and fans. Real Madrid’s French coach Zinedine Zidane won the manager of the year trophy for his part in the club’s success. Zidane was awarded Best Men’s Coach Credit: Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud won the Puskas Award for the best goal of the year, which was the Frenchman’s scorpion kick against Crystal Palace, and Buffon was declared best goalkeeper. Holland’s Lieke Martens won best female player of the year, while the Dutch women’s national team coach Sarina Weigman was voted best manager after the team’s triumph at Euro The nation of Vanuatu.
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Which soccer player is better, Messi or Neymar? Messi is from Argentina, Neymar is from Brazil and they both have hero status in their respective countries. They come from rivalling football nations, uniting in Barcelona colours to form a fearsome partnership. As well as that, both are frequently compared to the legend of their respective countries, Diego Maradona and Pele. Both Neymar and Messi are very technical players. Being five years older than Neymar, Messi is arguably at the prime of his career with Neymar, at 21 years of age is beginning his European journey with Barcelona.
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Barcelona livid after referee blunder 2nd place Valencia played host to table toppers Barcelona in the La Liga. Valencia keeper Neto spilled the ball between his legs and over the line, before he swatted it away, but the match officials missed it. Referee Ignacio Iglesias’s view was blocked by the keeper’s body.
Messi has spent the whole of his career making things happen simply because he wanted them to. Even in this tournament, he scored five goals, including a stunning free-kick against the USA.
This will be the second time in a decade that Barca takes on Sundowns — in , SA football fans were treated to a frenzy of superstars when the likes of Ronaldinho, Samuel Eto’o and Deco graced our shores. Fast-forward 11 years, and the side includes elite stars like Luis Suarez, Phillipe Coutinho, Jordi Alba and Andries Iniesta — all bona fide ballers who are most likely to be included in the squad.
But because of his worldwide legendary status, it is the inclusion of Messi that would be the piece de resistance of Barca’s latest visit — if the side really wants to treat SA fans. However, other reports claim that Messi will not travel to SA, because his national side, Argentina, will want to keep him fit and injury-free before the World Cup. According to Mundo Deportivo , Barca will arrive in Johannesburg on Wednesday morning, play Sundowns that evening, then fly back to Spain on Wednesday night — so it really is a lightning visit.
The game is sold out, and all attention will be on Nasrec on Wednesday. According to mundodeportivo , Barcelona will arrive in Johannesburg on Wednesday morning, play Sundowns on Wednesday evening and then fly back to Spain on Wednesday night. Guess we’ll know tomorrow, when the team lands at OR Tambo International. Well done resting Messi, FCBarcelona. Barcelona have a friendly in South Africa against Mamelodi Sundowns on Wednesday and contractually, I imagine Leo will have to play that.
So he is rested for the Levante game.
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A brief history of one of the great sporting rivalries Posted by Harrison Prolic on Dec 2, As always, the focus will be around the two generational talents that are the faces of their clubs. The two men are among the greatest that have ever played the game, and their history together has been well documented. That award has become somewhat symbolic, as for the next eight seasons, and likely nine, Messi and Ronaldo would dominate the award, and with it, the sport.
Lionel Messi is infact getting married to a woman named Antonella. She is an Argentine like Lionel Messi and their families knew each other and Messi is happy with Antonella.
Barcelona PSV Eindhoven: The Barca captain opened the scoring in the 31st minute with a wonderful free-kick – his eighth scored in – before Ousmane Dembele 75 struck in a similar curling fashion in the second half. Messi then tapped home from close range two minutes later, although Samuel Umtiti was sent off after receiving a second yellow card not long after following a forceful challenge on Hirving Lozano. The Argentine completed his treble with a sweeping effort in the 88th minute to seal an impressive first victory of the campaign in Group B.
Man of the match: It took around 10 minutes for the game to find its feet as Philippe Coutinho picked out Luis Suarez on the right before receiving the ball back from the Uruguayan, but he put the resulting header just over the crossbar.
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Benfica goalkeeper Mile Svilar. AP Paris Saint-Germain’s attacking trio all got on the scoresheet as the French side recorded a comfortable away victory over Anderlecht in Group B. Kylian Mbappe, Edinson Cavani and Neymar all netted, while Angel Di Maria added a fourth with a late strike, in a win that maintains the Ligue 1 side’s per cent record. Advertisement Bayern Munich eased past Celtic to hand coach Jupp Heynckes a winning return to the competition he won with them in You will now receive updates from Sport Newsletter Sport Newsletter Get the latest news and updates emailed straight to your inbox.
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He began playing football at age 8, when he joined amateur youth team Andorinha. In , he signed with the local club Nacional, and was then signed by Sporting CP. Messi was born in Rosario, Argentina, on June 24th He started playing football at age 5, when he joined a local club coached by his father. The sporting director of FC Barcelona, Carles Rexach, became aware of his talent and gave him a trial with the team, offering to pay his medical bills if he moved to Spain.
Career Ronaldo becgan his adult career with Sporting CP in He is the captain of the national Portugal team and has played in the team since In , he transferred to Real Madrid, his current team. He began playing for the main Barcelona team in , and has played there ever since.
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Lionel Messi is an Argentinian football player, considered by many to be the best football player in the world. He was named FIFA world player of the year five times, in , , , and He started playing football at the age of 5. Soon after, Messi was diagnosed with a hormone deficiency, which restricted his growth. The treatment consisted of daily human growth hormone injections, which cost several hundred dollars per month.
This weekend marks the 31st time Messi and Ronaldo have met, so we take a look back at the history of one of the games great rivalries.
Even before a ball had been kicked in Russia , Hart had lost his first-team place at West Ham. Perhaps the hardest blow was when England boss Gareth Southgate followed suit and left him out of his final man squad. That was despite him playing in nine of the 10 qualifiers — only being left out for the last game against Lithuania. Joe Hart will return to training – with Manchester City Image: Reuters Read More It all began to unravel for Hart — who knew there was no way back at City while Guardiola remained manager — with a Premier League defeat at Everton.
Hart paid the price, with Hammers No. England’s Jordan Pickford makes a save Image: He wanted someone who was more comfortable with his distribution. With surprisingly few takers in this country, Hart decided to take the Italian job — and moved on loan to Torino, becopming the first English goalkeeper to play in Serie A.
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Messi’s hattrick against Real Madrid, his solo goal against Getafe, just shows that he was better than anyone in the history of football at People who says Mbappe led France to their World Cup title needs to see a doctor.
Could not subscribe, try again laterInvalid Email Lionel Messi led an all-star cast as the official World Cup ball was launched in Russia. The iconic Telstar has been given a 21st century makeover – including an NFC chip. Manchester United and Real Madrid were heavily involved in the testing process ahead of this summer’s tournament. And they were joined by Barcelona and Argentina superstar Messi. The all-star line-up in Moscow Image: The event in Moscow brought together thousands of fans as they took on the all-star five-a-side line-up.
Del Piero and Kaka in action Image: Adidas The new ball is reimagined with a traditional look with black panels dominating the design, as it did in Mexico in to stand out on television screens.