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Are Messi and Ronaldo among the five best soccer players of all time?

Ronaldo and Messi together

Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi are definitely among the best soccer players of all time, but do they make the cut in the five best soccer players of all-time? At the club as well as individual level both Messi and Ronaldo have won all there is to win. Multiple times over. They have a plethora of individual honours that recognise ...

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What separates Messi and Ronaldo from other world class players

Ronaldo and Messi together

Consistency Whenever there is a media headline proclaiming Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo’s decline in form make it a point to watch their next game or two because chances are they will destroy the opposition. It’s not because they read the headlines and decide that this is it, I have to prove the naysayers wrong but because they are so ...

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Ballon d’Or betting: Who will win the 2016 Ballon d’Or?

The Ballon d’Or voting will soon kick into gear as the award is presented to the world’s best player in January next year. And just like the past decade or so there are a couple of names expected to be the leading contenders: Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi. Ronaldo has very strong credentials for landing his fourth Ballon d’Or trophy ...

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All you need to know about The Best FIFA Football awards

FIFA and France Football magazine announced their parting of ways in September this year after a six-year association that saw the magazine’s Ballon d’Or combining with FIFA’s World Player of the Year award to form a combined FIFA Ballon d’Or gong given to the best player over a defined period of 12 months. However, football’s governing body didn’t renew its ...

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Best XI: Players not nominated for Ballon d’Or 2016

Jan Oblak Oblak manned the Atletico Madrid goal like his life depended on it. The Slovenia international was the goalkeeper for the side that ended the 2015/16 campaign with the best defensive record in Europe. No doubt that Los Rojiblancos have quality throughout their backline but Oblak is one of the best young custodians in the world. David Alaba The ...

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Best XI: Ballon d’Or 2016 nominees

France Football have announced the list of 30 nominees for the Ballon d’Or 2016 to be held on January 9, 2017. FIFA have not yet announced their plans after discontinuing their six years of partnership with FFF. It is quite possible that the FIFA World Player of the Year award will be called back from retirement. Like the previous few ...

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Five Ballon d’Or 2016 nominees who deserve to win it before retirement

Andres Iniesta The Barcelona stalwart is widely regarded as the greatest midfielder of his generation. The playmaker extraordinaire has split many a defences with his vision and incisive passing, having inspired Barcelona to four Champions Leagues and eight league titles as well as the Spanish national team to the 2010 World Cup and two European Championships so far. Having done ...

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Five Ballon d’Or winners who were not from top four European leagues

Josef Masopust (1962) The former Czechoslovakia international was plying his trade for Dukla Prague, one of the most dominant teams in the Czechoslovak league during the 1960s and 70s, when he became the first player from outside of the top four European leagues to win the Ballon d’Or. Masopust helped his national team reach the final of the 1962 World ...

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5 players who won both World Player of the Year and Ballon d’Or

Lothar Matthaus (Ballon d’Or 1990; FIFA World Player of the Year 1991) The Germany legend was the first recipient of the FIFA World player of the Year award which came into existence in 1991. The defensive midfielder, who was singled out by Diego Maradona as the toughest player he ever faced, was plying his trade at the time for Inter ...

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All you need to know about the new Ballon d’Or award

History of the Ballon d’Or The concept of awarding the best European player each year was started by the French magazine France Football, which first came up with the idea in 1956. The idea conceived by France Football editor Gabriel Hanot intended to give the Ballon d’Or to the best European player each year. The voting rights were exclusive to ...

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