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#Ballon D'Or

# ballon-dor - Monday 8 January, 2018

Franck Ribery on Ballon d’Or: 'It was as if it was stolen from me'

The Frenchman has complained about the lack of support he is given from his homeland in 2013.

# ballon-dor - Tuesday 2 January, 2018

Messi: I'm not the perfect player... I need to practice penalties

The Barcelona superstar insists that he still needs to work on scoring from the spot as he prepares for this summer’s World Cup.

# ballon-dor - Saturday 16 December, 2017

Ronaldo: 'I've always wanted to make my mark in the world of football and I've done it'

After receiving his fifth Ballon d’or earlier this month Cristiano Ronaldo said he was honoured to share an era of individual success with Barcelona’s Lionel Messi.

# ballon-dor - Tuesday 12 December, 2017

'Cristiano has the most profitable ego in the history of football' - Real legend Valdano

The Portugal superstar is not driven by his rivalry with the Barcelona forward, instead by his desire for self-improvement.

# ballon-dor - Friday 8 December, 2017

Cristiano Ronaldo: I’m the best player in history

After drawing level with Lionel Messi in terms of Ballon d’Ors won, the Portuguese says that he’s “never seen anyone better” than himself.

# ballon-dor - Thursday 7 December, 2017

Ronaldo awarded record-equalling fifth Ballon d'Or under the Eiffel Tower

The Real Madrid superstar has drawn level with rival Lionel Messi today.

# ballon-dor - Monday 9 October, 2017

7 Premier League players among the Ballon d'Or nominees

The usual suspects like Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi also feature on the 30-man shortlist.

# ballon-dor - Monday 3 July, 2017

George Weah's son signs pro contract with Paris Saint-Germain Reward This post contains videos

George Weah's son signs pro contract with Paris Saint-Germain

The United States youth international has signed a three-year deal with the French side, which he originally joined in July 2014

# ballon-dor - Friday 10 March, 2017

Messi was the worst and is nearing the end, says Domenech

The former France manager criticised the Argentine for a poor performance against PSG.

# ballon-dor - Wednesday 11 January, 2017

Lionel Messi statue 'decapitated' in Argentina

The statue, sculpted out of black marble, was erected last June.

# ballon-dor - Friday 30 December, 2016

Open thread: Who will be the player to finally break the Messi/Ronaldo grip on the Ballon d'Or?

We’ve been arguing about this in the office.

# ballon-dor - Tuesday 13 December, 2016

Ballon d'Or breakdown: Ronaldo more than doubles Messi's tally in voting

Meanwhile, Leicester pair Jamie Vardy and Riyad Mahrez also made the top 10.

# ballon-dor - Tuesday 25 October, 2016

France Football explain why Eden Hazard was left off Ballon d'Or shortlist

The organisers have cited the player’s “insipid form” last season.

# ballon-dor - Monday 24 October, 2016

Leicester pair named alongside world's best players on Ballon d'Or shortlist

Jamie Vardy and Riyad Mahrez have been included on the 30-man list.

# ballon-dor - Monday 5 September, 2016

'Good luck with the Ballon d'Or!' - Carragher aims another jibe at Balotelli

The war between the two players has been ongoing for some time and the former England man has prodded the Italian once again

# ballon-dor - Monday 2 May, 2016

'Messi never cheats, his behaviour is exemplary'

The 36-year-old has defended the Argentina international from accusations he gets special treatment.

# ballon-dor - Thursday 14 January, 2016

Lahm slams Ballon d'Or as 'a marketing prize for the most celebrity individuals'

The Bayern Munich defender isn’t a fan.

# ballon-dor - Tuesday 12 January, 2016

Italy refused to vote in Ballon d’Or because Buffon was left off the longlist

Italian football federation asked Antonio Conte and Gianluigi Buffon to withhold their votes.

# ballon-dor - Monday 11 January, 2016

Robbie Keane did NOT vote for Lionel Messi to win this year's Ballon d'Or

Meanwhile, Irish manager Martin O’Neill nominated Eden Hazard as one of his picks.

Messi may have toned it down tonight but Paul Pogba has certainly gone all out OTT

Messi may have toned it down tonight but Paul Pogba has certainly gone all out

Move over Leo, there’s a new sheriff in town.

Who should win the Ballon d'Or later this evening? Poll This post contains a poll

Who should win the Ballon d'Or later this evening?

Usual suspects Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo are joined by Neymar in the final three this year.

# ballon-dor - Friday 4 December, 2015

Ronaldo doesn’t deserve to be a Ballon d’Or finalist – Dani Alves

Impartial Barcelona defender believes Messi and Neymar are world’s top two players.

# ballon-dor - Tuesday 1 December, 2015

Neymar ready to join Messi and Ronaldo among football's elite

Can Neymar now claim to be the best player in the world?

# ballon-dor - Tuesday 20 October, 2015

Ronaldo, Messi... or someone else? The 23-man shortlist for the Ballon d'Or is out

Five Premier League players have been nominated.

# ballon-dor - Saturday 3 October, 2015

Buffon speaks out after Ballon d’Or snub

The 37-year-old has not been named on the 59-man shortlist for the award.

# ballon-dor - Saturday 26 September, 2015

Michael D Higgins met Brazilian superstar Kaka today

The pair were both at the UN headquarters in New York for the second day of the Sustainable Development Summit.

# ballon-dor - Tuesday 7 July, 2015

Father defends Lionel Messi following Argentina backlash

The Barcelona ace’s international record is under attack again.

# ballon-dor - Friday 3 July, 2015

'I was asked if we could bring Barcelona to Thomond Park'

There are typically four types of friendlies offered to Irish clubs, writes John O’Sullivan.

# ballon-dor - Friday 13 March, 2015

Pele says Cristiano Ronaldo better than Lionel Messi

The Brazil legend believes another Barcelona star will soon be number one in the world

# ballon-dor - Monday 23 February, 2015

Barcelona fans chant 'Ronaldo doesn't drink water'

The supporters faced being fined for singing that the Real Madrid star is a drunk.

# ballon-dor - Friday 20 February, 2015

Wayne Rooney reveals the two best footballers he's ever played alongside

The Manchester United striker was asked to pick the players at a Q and A session.

# ballon-dor - Friday 16 January, 2015

Stephanie Roche has weighed in on THAT photo with Messi and Ronaldo

She didn’t win the Puskas Award but Roche did get one special memento.

# ballon-dor - Wednesday 14 January, 2015

Cristiano Ronaldo's son was chuffed to run into Lionel Messi at the Ballon d'Or ceremony

Perhaps this will finally bring Messi and Ronaldo together.

# ballon-dor - Tuesday 13 January, 2015

Why the Ballon d'Or increasingly resembles the Eurovision song contest

Greater levels of political voting means the competition is at risk of losing credibility.

# ballon-dor - Monday 12 January, 2015

Here’s how Martin O’Neill and Robbie Keane voted in the Ballon d’Or Awards

No surprises who the Republic of Ireland manager and captain went for.

Once again, Cristiano Ronaldo has picked up the greatest individual award in football

The striker won his second straight FIFA Ballon d’Or award tonight.

The incredible numbers behind Ronaldo, Messi and Neuer’s year

All three nominees for this year’s Ballon d’Or have enjoyed a remarkable last twelve months.

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