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1982 FIFA World Cup: Italy's Paolo Rossi gets away from Brazil's Junior.(Action Images)

Italy great and 1982 World Cup star Paolo Rossi passes away

By Reuters | Rome
UPDATED ON DEC 10, 2020 01:05 PM IST
The celebrated striker’s death comes with the soccer world still in mourning for Argentina icon Diego Maradona, who passed away late last month.
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10 inspiring quotes by Diego Maradona to boost your self-esteem(Instagram/activatemassivesuccess/mirsuhail)
10 inspiring quotes by Diego Maradona to boost your self-esteem(Instagram/activatemassivesuccess/mirsuhail)

10 inspiring quotes by Diego Maradona to begin your day with and boost self-esteem

By Zarafshan Shiraz | Hindustan Times, Delhi
UPDATED ON NOV 29, 2020 10:54 AM IST
While football world’s OG GOAT might have passed away, Diego Maradona is an ‘unparalleled magician’ like Cristiano Ronaldo called him or as Lionel Messi said ‘the eternal’ and here are 10 inspiring quotes by the Argentina legend that will continue to motivate fans for a million years
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File phot of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo at a FIFA Ballon d'Or ceremony.(Getty Images)
File phot of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo at a FIFA Ballon d'Or ceremony.(Getty Images)

Ballon d’Or cancelled this year amid coronavirus disruption

By Associated Press | Associated Press
UPDATED ON JUL 20, 2020 06:10 PM IST
Awarded by France Football magazine, the Ballon d’Or has been given out every year since Stanley Matthews won the first one in 1956.
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A file photo of Wayne Rooney.(AP)
A file photo of Wayne Rooney.(AP)

Wayne Rooney names his pick between Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON APR 20, 2020 03:08 PM IST
Both footballers have dominated football for quite some time now and it can be clear from the fact that Messi has won the coveted Ballon d’Or a record six times while Ronaldo has won it five times.
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Former soccer star Ronaldinho talks as he walks escorted by Police officers with hands handcuffed to declare to judge Clara Ruiz Diaz at Justice Palace in Asuncion, Paraguay, Saturday, March 7, 2020. Ronaldinho and his brother Roberto de Assis Moreira, right back, were alleged to enter to the country with a false Paraguayan passport.(AP Photo/Jorge Saenz)(AP)
Former soccer star Ronaldinho talks as he walks escorted by Police officers with hands handcuffed to declare to judge Clara Ruiz Diaz at Justice Palace in Asuncion, Paraguay, Saturday, March 7, 2020. Ronaldinho and his brother Roberto de Assis Moreira, right back, were alleged to enter to the country with a false Paraguayan passport.(AP Photo/Jorge Saenz)(AP)

Ronaldinho’s addition to a fat trophy cabinet: a pig

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON MAR 14, 2020 11:29 PM IST
Not one to drop the ball, Ronaldinho joined in the prison’s football league and promptly won his team the final, and with it, the cherished prize, a suckling pig.
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Mercedes driver Hamilton won his sixth world championship in 201(AP)
Mercedes driver Hamilton won his sixth world championship in 201(AP)

Messi, Hamilton joint winners of Sportsman of the Year at Laureus Awards

By Reuters | Reuters
UPDATED ON FEB 18, 2020 08:56 AM IST
Mercedes driver Hamilton won his sixth world championship in 2019, with 11 race wins and 17 podium finishes, while Messi was crowned the world’s best player for a record sixth time when he won the Ballon d’Or.
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Lionel Messi of Barcelona scores his sides third goal from a free kick during the UEFA Champions League Semi Final first leg match between Barcelona and Liverpool at the Nou Camp on May 01, 2019 in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)(Getty Images)
Lionel Messi of Barcelona scores his sides third goal from a free kick during the UEFA Champions League Semi Final first leg match between Barcelona and Liverpool at the Nou Camp on May 01, 2019 in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)(Getty Images)

LaLiga top scorer Lionel Messi reveals secret behind jaw dropping free-kick goals - EXCLUSIVE

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON JAN 03, 2020 03:01 PM IST
Within the extensive collection of goals by the culé star, in recent times his free-kick goals have shined with own light. And Lionel Messi himself reveals the secret of his improvement.
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Juventus' Cristiano Ronaldo and agent Jorge Mendes with their awards.(REUTERS)
Juventus' Cristiano Ronaldo and agent Jorge Mendes with their awards.(REUTERS)

Cristiano Ronaldo beats Lionel Messi to bag best men’s player award in Dubai

By Indo Asian News Service | Dubai
UPDATED ON DEC 30, 2019 07:42 PM IST
Ronaldo did not win the Ballon d’Or this year, finishing behind Lionel Messi who bagged it for the record sixth time and Liverpool’s Dutch defender Virgil van Dijk.
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Juventus' Cristiano Ronaldo after the match.(REUTERS)
Juventus' Cristiano Ronaldo after the match.(REUTERS)

‘If Cristiano Ronaldo was at Real Madrid, he would have won’ - Agent Jorge Mendes slams Lionel Messi’s Ballon d’Or win

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON DEC 18, 2019 11:34 AM IST
Cristiano Ronaldo’s agent Jorge Mendes said: “For me it was an injustice that Messi won. Ronaldo also won the UEFA Nations League. But life is like that.”
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Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp and Virgil van Dijk celebrate after the match.(REUTERS)
Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp and Virgil van Dijk celebrate after the match.(REUTERS)

Virgil Van Dijk deserved Ballon d’Or, says Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp

By Agence France-Presse | London
UPDATED ON DEC 03, 2019 09:16 PM IST
The Dutch captain came second to the Argentina forward despite playing a huge role as Liverpool won the Champions League last season, overcoming Messi’s Barcelona in the semi-final.
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Juventus' Cristiano Ronaldo poses with the trophy for best Italian Serie A player.(AP)
Juventus' Cristiano Ronaldo poses with the trophy for best Italian Serie A player.(AP)

Cristiano Ronaldo crowned with Serie A player of the year award

By Indo Asian News Service | Milan
UPDATED ON DEC 03, 2019 02:38 PM IST
The Portugal international scored 21 times in 31 appearances, finishing fourth in the top-scoring charts, with veteran striker Fabio Quagliarella of Sampdoria collecting the golden boot award.
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Lionel Messi and son Mateo.(Reuters and Ballon d’Or Twitter)
Lionel Messi and son Mateo.(Reuters and Ballon d’Or Twitter)

Lionel Messi wins record sixth Ballon d’Or, son Mateo’s reaction is priceless - Watch

By HT Correspodent | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON DEC 03, 2019 12:57 PM IST
Lionel Messi’s son Mateo came up with a priceless reaction seated in the audience while dad was being handed the trophy.
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Liverpool's Virgil van Dijk and Rike Nooitgedagt(REUTERS)
Liverpool's Virgil van Dijk and Rike Nooitgedagt(REUTERS)

Ballon d’Or showing can spur Liverpool to more success: Virgil Van Dijk

By AFP | Paris
UPDATED ON DEC 03, 2019 01:15 PM IST
Sadio Mane finished fourth, Mohamed Salah was fifth, and goalkeeper Alisson Becker came seventh in the voting by journalists from around the world for the prize organised by France Football magazine.
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Barcelona's Lionel Messi(REUTERS)
Barcelona's Lionel Messi(REUTERS)

Messi and Rapinoe expected to take Ballon d’Or honours

By AFP | Paris
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.
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Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.(WWE)
Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.(WWE)

Cristiano Ronaldo or Lionel Messi? Who does Kylian Mbappe think should win Ballon d’Or

By HT Correspondent | Paris
UPDATED ON NOV 25, 2019 06:34 PM IST
The 20-year-old is widely touted as one of the players who is a potential future winner of the Ballon d’Or. He finished sixth at the The Best FIFA Awards earlier this year, which Messi won.
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Cristiano-Ronaldo (while playing Real Madrid) celebrates with Iker-Casillas.(AP)
Cristiano-Ronaldo (while playing Real Madrid) celebrates with Iker-Casillas.(AP)

Iker Casillas believes Cristiano Ronaldo winning Ballon d’Or won’t be ‘logical’

By Indo Asian News Service | Madrid
UPDATED ON NOV 17, 2019 12:42 PM IST
These two awards are chosen based on performances throughout an entire season, whereas the Ballon d’Or spans a calendar year, with every match, including friendlies, taken into account, which is then chosen by 193 sports journalists.
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File photo of Luka Modric.(Reuters)
File photo of Luka Modric.(Reuters)

Luka Modric, Neymar miss out on Ballon D’Or shortlist, Megan Rapinoe included

By AFP | Paris
UPDATED ON OCT 22, 2019 11:38 AM IST
The world’s most expensive player, Neymar, missed out as France Football unveiled the nominees on Monday. Rapinoe dominated the Women’s World Cup, on and off the field, in the summer.
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Barcelona's Lionel Messi speaks after winning the Best FIFA Men's player award(REUTERS)
Barcelona's Lionel Messi speaks after winning the Best FIFA Men's player award(REUTERS)

It has been long time without winning individual prize: Lionel Messi

By ANI | Milan
UPDATED ON SEP 24, 2019 10:50 AM IST
Messi had led Barcelona La Liga title last season, his 10th since joining the club.
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Representative Image.(Getty Images)
Representative Image.(Getty Images)

Ballon d’Or organisers introduce Yashin Trophy for goalkeepers

By Agence France-Presse | Paris
UPDATED ON SEP 19, 2019 11:55 PM IST
The Yashin Trophy will be named after the Soviet international, Lev Yashin, the only goalkeeper to have won the Ballon d’Or itself.
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A file photo of Lionel Messi (L) and Cristiano Ronaldo.(UEFA via Getty Images)
A file photo of Lionel Messi (L) and Cristiano Ronaldo.(UEFA via Getty Images)

‘We might not be friends but...’: Lionel Messi reveals relationship with Cristiano Ronaldo

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON SEP 12, 2019 06:49 PM IST
During the UEFA awards ceremony, Ronaldo was once again all praise for Messi and even said that he is open to having dinner with the Argentine - something that they have not done till now.
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Paris St Germain's Neymar during training.(REUTERS)
Paris St Germain's Neymar during training.(REUTERS)

Neymar and PSG left to pick up pieces as transfer saga ends

By Agence France-Presse | Paris
UPDATED ON SEP 03, 2019 05:37 AM IST
The closure of the transfer window has finally brought to an end the lengthy saga surrounding the future of the world’s most expensive player, who will stay at PSG having failed to get the move back to Barcelona he craved.
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Brazilian soccer player Neymar speaks during an interview.(REUTERS)
Brazilian soccer player Neymar speaks during an interview.(REUTERS)

Paris Saint-Germain and French football braced as Neymar exit

By Agence France-Presse | Paris
UPDATED ON AUG 15, 2019 05:47 PM IST
Having arrived in France in 2017 hoping a world-record transfer to PSG would help him emerge from the shadow of Lionel Messi at Barcelona and win the Ballon d’Or, two years on he looks set to leave with his reputation having taken a serious hit.
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File image of Barcelona footballer Lionel Messi(REUTERS)
File image of Barcelona footballer Lionel Messi(REUTERS)

Lionel Messi deserves sixth Ballon d’Or, says Rivaldo

By ANI | Leeds
UPDATED ON APR 19, 2019 02:28 PM IST
Messi, as of now, has five Ballon d’Or under his belt and if he lifts this year’s award, it will take his tally to six.
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File image of Lionel Messi.(AFP)
File image of Lionel Messi.(AFP)

Not winning Ballon d’Or did not come as surprise, I already knew it: Messi

By ANI | Madrid
UPDATED ON DEC 27, 2018 08:57 PM IST
Messi, while admitting that Ballon d’Or is a big prize, said that he already knew that he has got no chance of winning the trophy this season.
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File image of Xavi Hernandez.(AFP)
File image of Xavi Hernandez.(AFP)

I will give Lionel Messi Ballon d’Or every time: Xavi Hernandez

By Soumitra Bose | Doha
PUBLISHED ON DEC 16, 2018 05:07 PM IST
Speaking on the sidelines of the Lusail Stadium design launch event in Doha on Saturday, Xavi Hernandez said his former Barcelona teammate should win the award “every time”.
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File image of Lionel Messi.O(REUTERS)
File image of Lionel Messi.O(REUTERS)

Lionel Messi’s fifth place in Ballon d’Or absurd: Barca coach

By Reuters | Madrid
UPDATED ON DEC 05, 2018 11:20 AM IST
Real Madrid’s Croatia midfielder Luka Modric took the prize on Monday in Paris after winning the Champions League and being named player of the tournament at the 2018 World Cup in Russia.
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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

By AFP | Paris
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.
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Real Madrid's Luka Modric with the Ballon d'Or award.(REUTERS)
Real Madrid's Luka Modric with the Ballon d'Or award.(REUTERS)

Five players who can emulate Luka Modric in denying Messi and Ronaldo the Ballon d’or

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON DEC 04, 2018 01:53 PM IST
Luka Modric won the Ballon d’Or after Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi had both won it five times each in the last 10 years. Here Hindustan Times looks at five players who could be vying for the Ballon d’Or over the next decade.
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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

By Omnisport | Paris
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.
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Olympique Lyonnais' Ada Hegerberg with the Women's Ballon d'Or award.(REUTERS)
Olympique Lyonnais' Ada Hegerberg with the Women's Ballon d'Or award.(REUTERS)

Hegerberg says ‘twerk’ request doesn’t overshadow historic Ballon d’Or

By AFP | Paris
UPDATED ON DEC 04, 2018 08:42 AM IST
The Lyon star — whose prolific form in front of goal helped the French club secure a third successive Champions League victory — edged out Danish forward Pernille Harder to claim the inaugural prize at a ceremony in Paris on Monday.
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