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Man U striker Rooney only Englishman short-listed for prestigious Ballon d`Or award

Last Updated: Tuesday, October 30, 2012, 21:21

Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney is the only Englishman to have made in to this year`s FIFA Ballon d`Or award despite his failure to shine at the Euro 2012.

Messi, Ronaldo and Falcao make 2012 Ballon d`Or shortlist

Last Updated: Tuesday, October 30, 2012, 08:40

The 23-man shortlist for 2012 FIFA Ballon d`Or trophy has been announced.

Del Bosque tips Andrea Pirlo for Ballon d`Or

Last Updated: Saturday, October 20, 2012, 15:35

Spain coach Vicente del Bosque has lauded Italy and Juventus midfielder Andrea Pirlo, and added that the playmaker could pip some of his side`s stars to the Ballon d`Or this January.

‘It`s much tougher being Cristiano than Messi’

Last Updated: Saturday, October 13, 2012, 18:15

Real Madrid boss Jose Mourinho has said Cristiano Ronaldo deserves to win the 2012 FIFA Ballon d`Or.

Ronaldo is better than Messi without question, says Usain Bolt

Last Updated: Monday, August 13, 2012, 09:07

Cristiano Ronaldo is a better player than Lionel Messi, claims Usain Bolt, explaining that the Real Madrid ace is a more "complete" player than the Barcelona forward.

Lionel Messi will be the best in football history: Kobe Bryant

Last Updated: Tuesday, July 24, 2012, 16:12

Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant has voiced his belief that Barcelona star Lionel Messi will become the best player in the history of football.

Messi should win the Ballon d`Or: Neymar

Last Updated: Monday, July 23, 2012, 09:18

Santos star Neymar has declared that he is tipping Barcelona forward Lionel Messi to win the 2012 Ballon d`Or award.

Xavi & Iniesta deserve Ballon d`Or: Messi

Last Updated: Thursday, July 19, 2012, 10:22

Lionel Messi is hopeful that a Barcelona player will win the 2012 Ballon d`Or, and believes both Andres Iniesta and Xavi deserve the prestigious individual award.

Casillas unsure who to back for Ballon d`Or

Last Updated: Tuesday, July 17, 2012, 09:21

Spain and Real Madrid captain Iker Casillas has admitted that he has no idea who he is going to back for this year`s Ballon d`Or.

Andrea Pirlo may win the Ballon d`Or

Last Updated: Saturday, June 30, 2012, 15:21

Andrea Pirlo is in the running to gatecrash the duopoly of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo in the Ballon d’Or race.

Messi the greatest now: Gullit

Last Updated: Sunday, January 22, 2012, 22:12

Dutch stalwart Ruud Gullit, who recently presented Lionel Messi with his third FIFA Ballon d`Or on Sunday said the Argentine and Barcelona player is the greatest footballer at the moment.

Lionel Messi set to win 3rd straight world player honour

Last Updated: Sunday, January 08, 2012, 11:10

Lionel Messi`s claim to a place in football`s pantheon of greats should be advanced tomorrow when the FIFA Ballon d`Or trophy is awarded to the world`s best player in 2011.