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Megan Rapinoe Wins Woman's Ballon D'Or Award

Dec 2, 2019 6:07 PM

Megan Rapinoe has won the 2019 woman's Ballon d'Or award.

Rapinoe beat England’s Lucy Bronze, who came second, and her fellow American Alex Morgan.

Rapinoe was unable to attend the ceremony and recorded a message.

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Lionel Messi Wins Record Sixth Ballon D'Or

Dec 2, 2019 6:05 PM

Lionel Messi has won his sixth Ballon d'Or award at an awards ceremony on Monday. Virgil Van Dijk finished second while Cristiano Ronaldo finished third.

Messi and Ronaldo were previously tied with five trophies apiece.

Messi received his first Ballon d'Or in 2009.

“Ten years ago I received my first Ballon d’Or, guided by my three brothers,” he said. “Today, I receive my sixth, guided by my wife and children.

“As my wife says, it’s important to never stop dreaming and to always work to improve myself and continue to enjoy myself. I hope to continue to play for some time.

“I know I am very fortunate, even if, one day, I will have to retire. That will be difficult but I still have beautiful years in front of me.”

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Carlos Vela Named 2019 MLS MVP

Nov 4, 2019 3:17 PM

Carlos Vela of LAFC has been named the 2019 MLS MVP.

Vela scored an MLS single-season record 34 goals.

LAFC won the Supporters' Shield but lost in the Western Conference finals to Seattle.

Vela received 69 percent of the vote compared to 14 percent for Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

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Vlatko Andonovski Named Manager Of USWNT

Oct 29, 2019 1:51 PM

Vlatko Andonovski will replace Jill Ellis as the manager of the U.S. women's national team. 

Ellis, who won back-to-back World Cups with the USWNT, retired in October.

The 43-year-old Andonovski has previously won two titles with FC Kansas City in the NWSL.

"His tactical flexibility and knowledge is tremendous. Even being in the NWSL, I don't think he's really able to put on his full arsenal of what he knows," said Megan Rapinoe.

ESPN

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Messi Wins FIFA Award For Top Men's Player Of 2019

Sep 24, 2019 11:21 AM

Lionel Messi beat out Cristiano Ronaldo and Virgil van Dijk to take home FIFA's The Best award as the top men's player of last season. 

Messi scored 36 goals in 35 La Liga matches. This is the first time he's won the award since 2015.

Jurgen Klopp won manager of the year, with Alisson taking home the top goalkeeping award.

ESPN

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Virgil Van Dijk Named UEFA Men's Player Of The Year

Aug 29, 2019 1:50 PM

Virgil van Dijk was named the UEFA Men's Player of the Year, beating out Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo for the top prize.

"I'm very proud to get this trophy. It's credit to everyone who has helped me. I need to thank my team-mates, without them I would not have achieved what I have achieved. It's been a long road and it's part of my journey," said van Dijk.

Liverpool teammate Alisson was named Champions League Goalkeeper of the Season.

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Messi, Ronaldo, Van Dijk Named UEFA POY Finalists

Aug 15, 2019 10:25 AM

Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo and Virgil van Dijk have been named the three finalists for the UEFA Men's Player of the Year award.

Van Dijk was voted both the Premier League Player of the Season and the Players' Player of the Year.

The award will be presented at the Champions League group stage draw ceremony which takes place in Monaco on Aug. 29.

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PSG Extends Thomas Tuchel's Contract

May 25, 2019 1:46 PM

Thomas Tuchel will manage PSG through 2021 after receiving a contract extension from the club.

Tuchel has "received strong support from the players, staff, and all club members with his modern vision of football and sense for human relations," said the club in a statement.

Tuchel had signed a 2-year contract last season. 


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Virgil Van Dijk Wins PFA Player of the Year

Apr 28, 2019 8:53 PM

Virgil van Dijk won the PFA Player of the Year, beating Eden Hazard and Raheem Sterling for the award.

"I think it's the highest honour you can get as a player to get voted Player of the year by the players you play against every week. It's special. I'm very proud and honoured to win," said van Dijk.

Van Dijk is the first defender to win the award since John Terry in 2005. 

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Virgil Van Dijk Expected To Win EPL Footballer Of The Year Awards

Apr 17, 2019 12:15 PM

Virgil van Dijk is widely expected to win both of England's Footballer of the Year awards.

Liverpool signed Van Dijk from Southampton in January of 2018 for £75 million, which made him the most expensive defender in history.

"Every day, every week, I feel I'm getting better," he said.

Van Dijk ranks sixth in the Premier League in WhoScore Rating, which typically gives greater value to goal creators.

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Virgil Van Dijk Votes For Raheem Sterling For Player Of The Year
Van Dijk said his vote was down to either Sterling or Bernardo Silva.

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Raheem Sterling Awarded Premier League Player Of The Month
Sterling scored three goals and had three assists in November.

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Josef Martinez Receives 2018 MLS MVP Award
Martinez set a new league record with 31 goals this season.

Tom Bogert/MLS Soccer

La Liga Features 14 Out Of Top 30 Players In Ballon d'Or Voting
Real Madrid players make up 8 out of the top 30 on the list.

La Liga Lowdown

Lionel Messi Finishes In 5th Place In Ballon d'Or Voting
It's the first time in 11 years the Argentine has finished outside of the top three for the award.

RealGM Staff Report

Luka Modric Wins 2018 Ballon D'Or
Luka Modric becomes the first winner of the award beyond Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi since 2007.

RealGM Staff Report

Luka Modric Wins FIFA's The Best Award
Luka Modric ended the decade-long streak held by Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi.

ESPN

Luka Modric Named UEFA Player Of the Year
Luka Modric finished ahead of Cristiano Ronaldo and Mohamed Salah.

ESPN

Modric, Ronaldo, Salah Named As UEFA Player Of The Year Finalists
Luka Modric and Cristiano Ronaldo won their third straight Champions League title.

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Luka Modric Wins Golden Ball Of 2018 World Cup
Luka Modric beat out Eden Hazard and Antoine Griezmann to win the award for the best player of the tournament.

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Mohamed Salah Named PFA Player Of The Year
Mohamed Salah beat out Kevin De Bruyne, Harry Kane, David Silva, Leroy Sane and David De Gea for the award.

ESPN

Five City Players Headline 17-18 PFA Premier League Team Of The Year
Nicolás Otamendi, Kyle Walker, Kevin de Bruyne, David Silva and Sergio Agüero represent City.

The Guardian

Video: Top-5 Ballon d'Or Finishers In The Cristiano/Messi Era
The Ballon d'Or has been won by Cristiano Ronaldo or Lionel Messi every year since 2008 with the other always finishing second.

RealGM Staff Report

Antonio Conte: Kante More Deserving Of Ballon d'Or Than Hazard
N'Golo Kante finished eighth in the Ballon d'Or vote, which was the highest of any Premier League player.

Paul MacInnes/The Guardian

Cristiano Ronaldo Wins 2017 Ballon D'Or
Cristiano Ronaldo also won the award last year and five times during his career.

RealGM Staff Report

Diego Valeri Named MLS MVP
Diego 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
Cristiano Ronaldo received 43.16% of the total vote.

Nick Ames/The Guardian

Ronaldo, Coutinho, Isco On 2017 Ballon d'Or 30-Man Shortlist
The 30-man shortlist for the 2017 Ballon d'Or has been announced.

Press Association

Rashford, Mbappe, Pulisic Headline Golden Boy Award Nominees
The award goes to Europe's most impressive player under the age of 21.

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

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