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Video: Top-5 Ballon d'Or Finishers In The Cristiano/Messi Era

Dec 12, 2017 4:55 PM

In 2007, Kaka won the Ballon d'Or while Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi finished 2nd and 3rd. Every year since then, the Ballon d'Or has been won by either Ronaldo or Messi with the other player finishing 2nd. But who has finished third, fourth and fifth behind them?

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Antonio Conte: Kante More Deserving Of Ballon d'Or Than Hazard

Dec 8, 2017 6:14 PM

Antonio Conte believes N'Golo Kante is more deserving of Ballon d'Or consideration than Eden Hazard.

Kante finished eighth in the Ballon d'Or vote, which was the highest of any Premier League player.

“For sure [Hazard] is a fantastic player, he is important, but at the same time I tell you that to win the Ballon d’Or you have to win, and in your career you have to win a lot,” Conte said. “For [this year’s winner] Cristiano Ronaldo it’s the fifth time, like Messi. It means that in the last 10 years it didn’t change, two players, three players, because also there is Neymar.”

Conte has previously described Hazard as being in the world’s top three players.

onte praised Kanté but said the midfielder’s skill-set means the former Leicester player is unlikely to win football’s prestigious individual prize, awarded by France Football magazine and selected by journalists. “When I was a player I wanted to win the Ballon d’Or but I knew my characteristics, I knew that it was impossible,” Conte said. “But I won a lot in my career. I won everything. I don’t know if Kanté can win the Ballon d’Or in his life because of the characteristics of this player. He doesn’t score a lot of goals. He is a great worker.

“For me as a coach Kanté has to win, but in reality it would be very difficult. Paolo Maldini never won but he was the best defender in the world. Gianluigi Buffon never won, he was the best goalkeeper in the world for many years. But this is the story of the Ballon d’Or.

“You have to respect it is a particular classification.”

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Cristiano Ronaldo Wins 2017 Ballon D'Or

Dec 7, 2017 2:23 PM

Cristiano Ronaldo has won the 2017 Ballon d'Or.

Ronaldo also won the award last year, four out of the past five years and five times during his career.

Lionel Messi finished second while Neymar finished third. Gianluigi Buffon, Luka Modric, Sergio Ramos, Kylian Mbappe, N'Golo Kante, Robert Lewandowski and Harry Kane rounded out the top-10.

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Diego Valeri Named MLS MVP

Dec 5, 2017 9:52 AM

Diego Valeri of the Portland Timbers has been named MVP of Major League Soccer for the 2017 season.

"To be recognized for your effort on the field, it's always nice," Valeri said. "MLS has a lot of great players. I never expected this."

Valeri beat out New York City FC's David Villa, Toronto FC's Sebastian Giovinco, Atlanta United's Miguel Almiron and the Chicago Fire's Nemanja Nikolic to win the award.

Valeri recorded a career-high 21 goals and added 11 assists to become just the second player in MLS history to record at least 20 goals and 10 assists in a single season. 

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Cristiano Ronaldo Named FIFA World Player Of The Year

Oct 23, 2017 8:13 PM

Cristiano Ronaldo has been named the Fifa World Player of the Year while Zinedine Zidane was named Best Coach.

Ronaldo also won the award in 2016.

Ronaldo received 43.16% of the total vote, reflecting a year in which he won a Champions League and La Liga double with Real Madrid.

Ronaldo was asked how much longer he can continue his current level of greatness.

“I don’t know, I just enjoy the moment, the moment is great. I feel happy, I’m 32 and have won best player in the world and I’m so glad. I don’t know what’s going to happen in the next year. I just try to focus on the moment.”

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Ronaldo, Coutinho, Isco On 2017 Ballon d'Or 30-Man Shortlist

Oct 9, 2017 8:19 PM

The 30-man shortlist for the 2017 Ballon d'Or has been announced. Cristiano Ronaldo is expected to repeat as the winner.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Borussia Dortmund)
Karim Benzema (Real Madrid)
Leonardo Bonucci (Milan)
Gianluigi Buffon (Juventus)
Edinson Cavani (PSG)
Philippe Coutinho (Liverpool)
Kevin de Bruyne (Man City)
David de Gea (Man Utd)
Paulo Dybala (Juventus)
Edin Dzeko (Roma)
Radamel Falcao (Monaco)
Antoine Griezmann (Atlético Madrid)
Eden Hazard (Chelsea)
Mats Hummels (Bayern Munich)
Isco (Real Madrid)
Harry Kane (Tottenham)
N’Golo Kanté (Chelsea)
Toni Kroos (Real Madrid)
Robert Lewandowski (Bayern Munich)
Sadio Mané (Liverpool)
Marcelo (Real Madrid)
Kylian Mbappé (PSG)
Dries Mertens (Napoli)
Lionel Messi (Barcelona)
Luka Modric (Real Madrid)
Neymar (PSG)
Jan Oblak (Atlético Madrid)
Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid)
Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid)
Luis Suárez (Barcelona).

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Rashford, Mbappe, Pulisic Headline Golden Boy Award Nominees

Sep 19, 2017 12:08 PM

Marcus Rashford, Kylian Mbappé, Christian Pulisic and Ousmane Dembélé are among the 25 contenders to win the 2017 Golden Boy award.

The award goes to Europe's most impressive player under the age of 21.

Rashford finished second last season to Renato Sanches. 

Aarón Martin Espanyol; Jean-Kévin Augustin RB Leipzig; Rodrigo Bentacur Juventus; Steven Bergwijn PSV Eindhoven; Dominic Calvert-Lewin Everton; Federico Chiesa Fiorentina; Ousmane Dembélé Barcelona; Amadou Diawara Napoli; Kasper Dolberg Ajax; Gianluigi Donnarumma Milan; Gabriel Jesus Manchester City; Joe Gomez Liverpool; Benjamin Henrichs Bayer Leverkusen; Borja Mayoral Real Madrid; Kylian Mbappé Paris Saint-Germain; Emre Mor Celta Vigo; Reece Oxford Borussia Mönchengladbach; Christian Pulisic Borussia Dortmund; Marcus Rashford Manchester United; Allan Saint-Maximim Nice; Dominic Solanke Liverpool; Theo Hernández Real Madrid; Youri Tielemans Monaco; Enes Unal Villarreal; Kyle Walker-Peters Tottenham.

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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
Cristiano Ronaldo has reclaimed his spot from Lionel Messi as the top footballer in the world.

The Guardian

Cristiano Ronaldo Wins 2016 Ballon D'Or
Cristiano Ronaldo has now won the award for the fourth time of his career, previously winning 2008, 2013 and 2014.


David Villa Named MLS MVP For 2016
David Villa scored 23 regular season goals for NYCFC.

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

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Eden Hazard Named PFA Fans' Player Of The Month
Eden Hazard scored three goals to go with an assist in four appearances.

Messi, Ronaldo, Griezmann Amongst 30 Ballon d'Or Nominees
Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi have finished first and second in each of the past five seasons.

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Cristiano Ronaldo Wins UEFA Best Player Of Europe Award
Gareth Bale and Antoine Griezmann were the other two finalists.


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.

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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