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Cristiano Ronaldo slump hurts Real as in-form Messi drives Barca
Cristiano Ronaldo slump hurts Real as in-form Messi drives Barca

 When Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo collected his third FIFA Ballon d`Or award last month he was enjoying a run of form that was spectacular even by his standards and the European champions were riding high.

Cristiano Ronaldo's agent defends player over birthday party
Cristiano Ronaldo's agent defends player over birthday party

Cristiano Ronaldo`s agent has defended the FIFA Ballon d`Or winner after he was criticised for throwing a lavish 30th birthday party on Saturday hours after Real Madrid`s 4-0 La Liga drubbing at Atletico.

Ballon d`Or only for Messi, Ronaldo fumes Ribery
Ballon d`Or only for Messi, Ronaldo fumes Ribery

France`s Franck Ribery says only Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi seem capable of winning the Ballon d`Or and has voiced his frustration after Bayern Munich team-mate Manuel Neuer missed out.

Cristiano Ronaldo says his son is a Lionel Messi fan
Cristiano Ronaldo says his son is a Lionel Messi fan

Cristiano Ronaldo`s son Cris junior is a Lionel Messi fan the boy`s father said after they met up with the Argentina captain at the Ballon D`Or ceremony in Zurich on Monday.

Former Ballon d`Or winner Igor Belanov survives car wreck

The 1986 Ballon d`Or winner Igor Belanov was badly injured in a New Year`s Eve car crash, the former Dynamo Kiev striker told AFP on Wednesday.

Sergio Busquets dismisses reports of rift with Luis Enrique
Sergio Busquets dismisses reports of rift with Luis Enrique

Barcelona midfielder Sergio Busquets has become the latest to insist that all is well at the club, dismissing reports of a rift between Argentina forward Lionel Messi and coach Luis Enrique.

Lionel Messi`s purple patch of confusion
Lionel Messi`s purple patch of confusion

Lionel Messi confused everyone at the Ballon d`Or awards with his purple tuxedo and his comments about his future at Barcelona.

Germans disappointed after Manuel Neuer misses out on Ballon d'Or
Germans disappointed after Manuel Neuer misses out on Ballon d'Or

Germans, who had hoped for a clean sweep at the FIFA Ballon d`Or, expressed disappointment on Tuesday after their World Cup-winning goalkeeper Manuel Neuer came third in the vote for the 2014 world player of the year.

FIFA Ballon d`Or: James Rodriguez wins goal of the year award
FIFA Ballon d`Or: James Rodriguez wins goal of the year award

Colombian star James Rodriguez`s sublime volley for Colombia against Uruguay in their last 16 match at the World Cup was voted goal of the year at the FIFA Ballon d`Or awards on Monday in Zurich.

List of award winners at Ballon d`Or ceremony
List of award winners at Ballon d`Or ceremony

Following is the list of award winners at 2014 Ballon d`Or ceremony held in Zurich on Monday:

Cristiano Ronaldo wins Ballon d'Or award for second year in a row
Cristiano Ronaldo wins Ballon d'Or award for second year in a row

Portugal forward Cristiano Ronaldo won the FIFA Ballon d`Or award for the second year running and the third overall on Monday after a prolific, trophy-filled year with Real Madrid.

We are all French says Sepp Blatter at Ballon d`Or awards
We are all French says Sepp Blatter at Ballon d`Or awards

FIFA president Sepp Blatter paid tribute to the victims of last week`s terror attacks in France, telling Monday`s Ballon d`Or awards ceremony in Zurich that "this evening we are all a little bit French".

Cristiano Ronaldo hopes to hold off Lionel Messi, Manuel Neuer to retain Ballon d`Or
Cristiano Ronaldo hopes to hold off Lionel Messi, Manuel Neuer to retain Ballon d`Or

 Cristiano Ronaldo is the favourite to win the Ballon d`Or for the second year in succession at Monday`s gala ceremony in Zurich ahead of Manuel Neuer and Lionel Messi.

Pep urges Neuer to savour Ballon d`Or moment
Pep urges Neuer to savour Ballon d`Or moment

Bayern Munich coach Pep Guardiola on Saturday urged his goalkeeper Manuel Neuer to savour the occasion at Monday`s Ballon d`Or gala in Zurich, rather than worrying about winning the prize.

Joachim Loew counting on Manuel Neuer Ballon d`Or success
Joachim Loew counting on Manuel Neuer Ballon d`Or success

Germany`s World Cup winning coach Joachim Loew said Friday that he would be satisfied with nothing less than Manuel Neuer winning the Ballon d`Or title.

Diego Maradona backs Manuel Neuer for Ballon D`Or
Diego Maradona backs Manuel Neuer for Ballon D`Or

Argentina legend Diego Maradona said on Monday that he believes Germany goalkeeper Manuel Neuer should pip Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi to the Ballon D`Or.

Football hero George Weah in landslide Liberian Senate win
Football hero George Weah in landslide Liberian Senate win

 Liberian opposition politician and former football star George Weah won a landslide victory in Senate elections in Ebola-ravaged Liberia, official results showed Sunday.

Manuel Neuer cautious over Ballon d`Or prospects
Manuel Neuer cautious over Ballon d`Or prospects

Germany`s World Cup winning goalkeeper Manuel Neuer on Friday played down his prospects of securing the World Player of the Year award over holder Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi.

Cristiano Ronaldo returns home for statue unveiling
Cristiano Ronaldo returns home for statue unveiling

World player of the year Cristiano Ronaldo returned to his home town of Funchal on Madeira on Sunday to attend the unveiling of a statue sculpted in his honour.

Real Madrid hit out at Platini for Ballon d`Or comments
Real Madrid hit out at Platini for Ballon d`Or comments

Real Madrid on Friday released a statement expressing their "surprise" at UEFA president Michel Platini after he suggested that a member of Germany`s World Cup-winning team should win this year`s Ballon d`Or.