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Cavani, Mbappe, Jardim Win Ligue 1 Awards

May 16, 2017 3:04 AM

Edinson Cavani has been named the Ligue 1 Player of the Year while Kylian Mbappe won Best Young Player.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic had won the Player of the Year award in three of the past four seasons.

Leonardo Jardim of Monaco won Coach of the Year.

Danijel Subasic won the Goalkeeper of the Year award.

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N'Golo Kante Named PFA Player Of The Year

Apr 23, 2017 6:58 PM

N'Golo Kante has been named the Professional Footballers' Association (PFA) Player of the Year.

Kante is on the brink of becoming the first player to win successive league titles with different clubs.

"To be chosen by the players to be player of the year means a lot to me," said Kante.

"It means the world to be chosen and it's been two beautiful seasons, one with Leicester, and we are in good form with Chelsea. To be player of the year, it's a great honor."

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Christian Pulisic Named To UCL's Breakthrough Team Of 2016

Dec 25, 2016 11:16 AM

Christian Pulisic has been named to UEFA's Champions League breakthrough team of 2016.

Pulisic started five of his club's six games in the UCL, while he has also managed two goals in 12 games in the Bundesliga this season.

Seven clubs are represented in the XI, but Dortmund have the most number of players with Pulisic joined by Ousmane Dembele and Raphael Guerreiro.

Barcelona's Sergi Roberto and Samuel Umtiti were named to the team along with Victor Lindlof of Benfica.

Bayern's Renato Sanches and Joshua Kimmich made the XI, along with Thomas Lemar of Monaco and PSG's Alphons Areola.

Andre Silva of Porto rounds out the XI.


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Ronaldo, Messi, Suarez, Griezmann Headline Guardian's Top 100 For 2016

Dec 23, 2016 10:40 AM

Cristiano Ronaldo has reclaimed his spot from Lionel Messi as the top footballer in the world, according to The Guardian's Top-100 list. Luis Suarez ranks third while Antoine Griezmann has climbed from 28th to fourth with Neymar rounding out the top-5.

Riyad Mahrez jumped from 97th to 10th while teammate Jamie Vardy is ranked 19th this season after coming in at 68 in 2015.

Bayern Munich had players in the top-100, while Real Madrid had 12, Barcelona had eight and Manchester City had seven.

(The Guardian Top-100 for 2014 and 2015)

Full List
1. Cristiano Ronaldo, Real Madrid
2. Lionel Messi, Barcelona
3. Luis Suarez, Barcelona
4. Antoine Griezmann, Atletico Madrid
5. Neymar, Barcelona
6. Gareth Bale, Real Madrid
7. Robert Lewandowski, Bayern Munich
8. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Borussia Dortmund
9. Alexis Sanchez, Arsenal
10. Riyad Mahrez, Leicester City
11. Sergio Aguero, Manchester City
12. Luka Modric, Real Madrid
13. Kevin De Bruyne, Manchester City
14. Gonzalo Higuain, Juventus
15. Andres Iniesta, Barcelona
16. N'Golo Kante, Chelsea
17. Paul Pogba, Manchester United
18. Manuel Neuer, Bayern Munich
19. Jamie Vardy, Leicester City
20. Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Manchester United
21. Toni Kroos, Real Madrid
22. Gianluigi Buffon, Juventus
23. Mesut Ozil, Arsenal
24. Diego Godin, Atletico Madrid
25. Sergio Ramos, Real Madrid
26. Leonardo Bonucci, Juventus
27. Dimitri Payet, West Ham
28. Philippe Coutinho, Liverpool
29. David de Gea, Manchester United
30. Pepe, Real Madrid
31. Thomas Muller, Bayern Munich
32. Arturo Vidal, Bayern Munich
33. Harry Kane, Tottenham Hotspur
34. Ivan Rakitic, Barcelona
35. Eden Hazard, Chelsea
36. Jerome Boateng, Bayern Munich
37. Paulo Dybala, Juventus
38. Gerard Pique, Barcelona
39. Sergio Busquets, Barcelona
40. Hugo Lloris, Tottenham Hotspur
41. Koke, Atletico Madrid
42. Jan Oblak, Atletico Madrid
43. Angel di Maria, Paris Saint-Germain
44. David Silva, Manchester City
45. Marco Verratti, Paris Saint-Germain
46. Diego Costa, Chelsea
47. Edinson Cavani, Paris Saint-Germain
48. Marcelo, Real Madrid
49. Mauro Icardi, Inter Milan
50. Karim Benzema, Real Madrid
51. Mats Hummels, Bayern Munich
52. Thiago Silva, Paris Saint-Germain
53. Casemiro, Real Madrid
54. Renato Sanches, Bayern Munich
55. Keylor Navas, Real Madrid
56. Philipp Lahm, Bayern Munich
57. Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Manchester United
58. Toby Alderweireld, Tottenham Hotspur
59. Kevin Gameiro, Atletico Madrid
60. Joshua Kimmich, Bayern Munich
61. David Alaba, Bayern Munich
62. Javier Mascherano, Barcelona
63. Douglas Costa, Bayern Munich
64. Gabriel Jesus, Palmeiras
65. Mohamed Salah, Roma
66. Giorgio Chiellini, Juventus
67. Aritz Aduriz, Athletic Bilbao
68. Laurent Koscielny, Arsenal
69. Sadio Mane, Liverpool
70. Miralem Pjanic, Juventus
71. Alvaro Morata, Real Madrid
72. Kasper Schmeichel, Leicester City
73. Aaron Ramsey, Arsenal
74. Raphael Guerreiro, Borussia Dortmund
75. Rui Patricio, Sporting Lisbon
76. Roberto Firmino, Liverpool
77. Yannick Carrasco, Atletico Madrid
78. Dani Alves, Juventus
79. Nani, Valencia
80. Gianluigi Donnarumma, AC Milan
81. Claudio Bravo, Manchester City
82. Marek Hamsik, Napoli
83. Miguel Borja, Atletico Nacional
84. Blaise Matuidi, Paris Saint-Germain
85. Ilkay Gundogan, Manchester City
86. Juan Mata, Manchester United
87. James Rodriguez, Real Madrid
88. Raheem Sterling, Manchester City
89. Arjen Robben, Bayern Munich
90. Dele Alli, Tottenham Hotspur
91. Adrien Silva, Sporting Lisbon
92. Thibaut Courtois, Chelsea
93. Fernandinho, Manchester City
94. Alexandre Lacazette, Lyon
95. Ever Banega, Inter Milan
96. Francesco Totti, Roma
97. Santi Cazorla, Arsenal
98. Thiago Alcantara, Bayern Munich
99. Julian Weigl, Borussia Dortmund
100. Ousmane Dembele, Borussia Dortmund

The Guardian

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Cristiano Ronaldo Wins 2016 Ballon D'Or

Dec 12, 2016 2:08 PM

Cristiano Ronaldo has won the 2016 Ballon d'Or, beating out fellow finalists Lionel Messi and Antoine Griezmann.

Ronaldo has now won the award for the fourth time of his career, previously winning 2008, 2013 and 2014.

Ronaldo won the Champions League with Real Madrid and also the European Championship with Portugal in 2016.

For club and country in 2016, Ronaldo has scored 51 goals in 54 matches.


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David Villa Named MLS MVP For 2016

Dec 6, 2016 11:21 AM

David Villa has been named the Most Valuable Player of Major League Soccer for 2016.

“I’m very proud to represent NYCFC and to receive this award,” said Villa.

“It’s a big day for me because this is one of the things I said I wanted to do when I came here two years ago.”

“This is an important day in my career – this is an important moment for me. This award is for the best player in this amazing league which has many quality players so this is a very happy and proud day for me.”

Villa scored 23 regular season goals.

Bradley Wright-Phillips and Sacha Kljestan were the other two finalists.

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MLS XI Of 2016 Features Just Two Americans

Dec 5, 2016 1:15 PM

The MLS has announced their Best XI for the 2016 season, which featured just two players from the United States.

2016 MLS Best XI

Goalkeeper: Andre Blake, Philadelphia Union

Defenders: Jelle Van Damme, LA Galaxy, Axel Sjoberg, Colorado Rapids, Matt Hedges, FC Dallas

Midfielders: Sacha Kljestan, New York Red Bulls, Mauro Diaz, FC Dallas, Giovani dos Santos, LA Galaxy, Ignacio Piatti, Montreal Impact

Forwards: Sebastian Giovinco, Toronto FC, Bradley Wright-Phillips, New York Red Bulls, David Villa, New York City FC

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Eden Hazard Named PFA Fans' Player Of The Month

Nov 2, 2016 12:12 PM

Eden Hazard has been named the PFA fans' Premier League Player of the Month for October.

Hazard scored three goals to go with an assist in four appearances.

Hazard passed his personal tally from last season when he scored his fifth goal of the campaign against Southampton on Sunday.

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Messi, Ronaldo, Griezmann Amongst 30 Ballon d'Or Nominees

Oct 24, 2016 11:08 PM

Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo and Antoine Griezmann headline the list of 30 nominees for the 2016 Ballon d'Or award.

Ronaldo and Messi have finished first and second in each of the past five seasons.

The current list will be reduced to three before the Dec. 13th ceremony.

Sergio Aguero (Manchester City), Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Borussia Dortmund), Gareth Bale (Real Madrid), Gianluigi Buffon (Juventus), Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid), Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City), Paulo Dybala (Juventus), Diego Godin (Atletico Madrid), Antoine Griezmann (Atletico Madrid), Gonzalo Higuain (Napoli/Juventus), Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Paris Saint-Germain/Manchester United), Andres Iniesta (Barcelona), Koke (Atletico Madrid), Toni Kroos (Real Madrid), Robert Lewandowski (Bayern Munich), Hugo Lloris (Tottenham), Riyad Mahrez (Leicester City), Lionel Messi (Barcelona), Luka Modric (Real Madrid), Thomas Muller (Bayern Munich), Manuel Neuer (Bayern Munich), Neymar (Barcelona), Dimitri Payet (West Ham), Pepe (Real Madrid), Paul Pogba (Juventus/Manchester United), Rui Patricio (Sporting), Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid), Luis Suarez (Barcelona), Jamie Vardy (Leicester City), Arturo Vidal (Bayern Munich)

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Cristiano Ronaldo Wins UEFA Best Player Of Europe Award

Aug 25, 2016 2:26 PM

Cristiano Ronaldo has been named the UEFA Best Player of Europe.

Gareth Bale and Antoine Griezmann were the other two finalists.

Ronaldo captained Portugal to glory at Euro 2016, when he was taken off injured during the final, and scored the winning shootout penalty for Real Madrid as they won the Champions League for an 11th time.

"Of course, I feel happy because it was an unbelievable season," Ronaldo said. "But it wouldn't be fair if I didn't mention these two amazing players [Bale and Griezmann]. Griezmann, I am sorry for your loss to Portugal in the final, but you are an amazing player. It was an unbelievable season."


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Eight Of 11 Players On Ligue 1 Team Of The Year From PSG
Eight of the 11 players on the Ligue 1 Team of the Year were from Paris Saint-Germain.

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Jamie Vardy Named Football Writers' Player Of The Year
Jamie Vardy has scored 24 goals for club and country this season.

The Guardian

Dele Alli Named PFA Young Player Of The Year
Dele Alli scored 10 goals to go with nine assists after arriving to Tottenham Hotspur from MK Dons last summer.

Pro Soccer Talk

Riyad Mahrez Named PFA Player Of The Year
Riyad Mahrez has scored 17 goals with 11 assists for Leicester City.

Pro Soccer Talk

Lionel Messi Win 5th Ballon d'Or
Lionel Messi has won the 2015 FIFA Ballon d'Or, the fifth time he's won the award.

RealGM Staff Report

Barcelona, Real Madrid Have Eight Of 2015 FIFPro World XI
Representing Barcelona are Lionel Messi, Neymar, Dani Alves and Andres Iniesta, while Cristiano Ronaldo, Marcelo, Sergio Ramos and Luka Modric were named to the team from Real Madrid.


Sebastian Giovinco Named MLS MVP
Sebastian Giovinco led the league in goals (22), assists (16) and shots (181).


Neymar Joins Messi, Ronaldo On 2015 Ballon d'Or Shortlist
The winner will be announced in Zurich on Jan. 11.

The Guardian

Giovinco, Kamara, Feilhaber Named Finalists For MLS MVP
Toronto FC's Sebastian Giovinco, the Columbus Crew's Kei Kamara and Sporting Kansas City's Benny Feilhaber are finalists for the MLS Most Valuable Player award.


FIFA Announces 23-Man Ballon d'Or Short List
Barcelona (6), Bayern Munich (5) and Real Madrid (4) represent 65 percent of players on the list.

RealGM Staff Report

Lionel Messi Named Best Player In Europe
Lionel Messi last won the award in 2011.

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Barça Trio, Five Juve Players, Ronaldo, Hazard On Europe Shortlist
Lionel Messi, Neymar and Luis Suarez of Barcelona are up against Cristiano Ronaldo, Eden Hazard and five Juventus players for UEFA's 2014-15 Best Player in Europe award.

Cristiano Ronaldo Wins 3rd Ballon D'Or
Cristiano Ronaldo has won the Ballon D'or for the third time of his career.

RealGM Staff Report

Andrea Pirlo Wins Third Straight Serie A Player Of The Year
Andrea Pirlo joins Zlatan Ibrahimovic as the only other player to have won the award three times.

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Carlos Vela Named La Liga Player Of The Month For November
Carlos Vela had four goals in November, including a hat-trick against Elche.

Jamie Kemp/Inside Spanish Football

Ronaldo, Messi, Neuer On Ballon d'Or Shortlist
Cristiano Ronaldo is widely considered the favorite to win the award after helping lead Real Madrid to the Champions League title.

The Guardian

Ronaldo Wants To Be Considered Best Of All-Time
Cristiano Ronaldo wants to be considered the greatest footballer of all-time.

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Gerrard Cites 'Politics' For Suárez Ballon D'Or Snub
Steven Gerrard believes Luis Suárez's bite during the World Cup is why he isn't nominated.

Chris Bascombe/Telegraph

Ronaldo Overwhelming Favorite To Win Ballon d'Or
Cristiano Ronaldo is a heavy favorite to win the Ballon d'Or with 1/6 odds.

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Löw, Sabella, Klinsmann On FIFA's Coach Of The Year Shortlist
Joachim Löw and Alejandro Sabella led Germany and Argentina to the World Cup Final.


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