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Barcelona's Lionel Messi(REUTERS)

Messi and Rapinoe expected to take Ballon d’Or honours

Paris | By AFP
UPDATED ON DEC 01, 2019 10:20 AM IST
It would be an enormous shock if Rapinoe did not depart the Chatelet Theatre with the women’s prize as she returns to the country where she was the driving force on and off the field for the United States as they retained their title.
2018 FIFA Men's Ballon d'Or award for best player of the year's Real Madrid's Croatian midfielder Luka Modric poses with the trophy after the 2018 FIFA Ballon d'Or award ceremony at the Grand Palais in Paris.(AFP)
2018 FIFA Men's Ballon d'Or award for best player of the year's Real Madrid's Croatian midfielder Luka Modric poses with the trophy after the 2018 FIFA Ballon d'Or award ceremony at the Grand Palais in Paris.(AFP)

Luka Modric, from Croatian war child to Ballon d’Or winner

Paris | By AFP
UPDATED ON DEC 04, 2018 04:43 PM IST
A national hero in his home country and crowned the best player on the planet, Luka Modric was rewarded for his key role in Croatia’s historic run to the World Cup final and his club Real Madrid’s third straight Champions League trophy.
Real Madrid's Croatian midfielder Luka Modric (L) is congratulated by Former French footballer and host David Ginola after receiving the 2018 FIFA Men's Ballon d'Or award for best player of the year during the 2018 FIFA Ballon d'Or award ceremony at the Grand Palais in Paris.(AFP)
Real Madrid's Croatian midfielder Luka Modric (L) is congratulated by Former French footballer and host David Ginola after receiving the 2018 FIFA Men's Ballon d'Or award for best player of the year during the 2018 FIFA Ballon d'Or award ceremony at the Grand Palais in Paris.(AFP)

Ballon d’Or winner Luka Modric wants to retire at Real Madrid

Paris | By Omnisport
UPDATED ON DEC 04, 2018 11:56 AM IST
Real Madrid star Luka Modric wants to see out his career at the Santiago Bernabeu amid links with Inter.
France's forward Kylian MBappe inspired his team to the World Cup earlier this year.(AFP)
France's forward Kylian MBappe inspired his team to the World Cup earlier this year.(AFP)

Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi still best but won’t win Ballon d’Or, says Kylian Mbappe

Paris | By Agence France-Presse
UPDATED ON NOV 09, 2018 12:42 PM IST
Kylian Mbappe was voted Young Player of the tournament and has since become Ligue 1’s leading scorer with 11 goals as Paris Saint-Germain run away with the French title.
Cristiano Ronaldo has been in the news for all the wrong reasons recently.(REUTERS)
Cristiano Ronaldo has been in the news for all the wrong reasons recently.(REUTERS)

Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale, Kevin De Bruyne among first Ballon d’Or nominees

Paris | By Agence France-Presse
UPDATED ON OCT 08, 2018 07:37 PM IST
Gareth Bale, who scored two goals in Real’s triumph in the final of the Champions League against Liverpool, joins his club teammate Karim Benzema among the first wave of 30 nominees for the year’s best player.
Atletico Madrid's French forward Antoine Griezmann reacts during the Spanish league football match between RC Celta de Vigo and Club Atletico de Madrid at the Balaidos.(AFP)
Atletico Madrid's French forward Antoine Griezmann reacts during the Spanish league football match between RC Celta de Vigo and Club Atletico de Madrid at the Balaidos.(AFP)

Antoine Griezmann pleads case for Ballon d’Or after FIFA snub

Paris | By Agence France-Presse
UPDATED ON SEP 05, 2018 06:09 PM IST
Antoine Griezmann came third in 2016 in the voting behind Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi for the most prestigious individual award in football, despite not winning anything.
France's forward Kylian Mbappe won FIFA Young Player award at the World Cup.(AFP)
France's forward Kylian Mbappe won FIFA Young Player award at the World Cup.(AFP)

Kylian Mbappe names himself among Ballon d’Or favourites

Omnisport, Paris | By Omnisport
UPDATED ON JUL 23, 2018 09:31 PM IST
Five-time Ballon d’Or winner Lionel Messi has been overlooked as a contender for the award by France sensation Kylian Mbappe.
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