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'Phenom' Cristiano Ronaldo deserves Ballon d'Or: Zinedine Zidane

'Phenom' Cristiano Ronaldo deserves Ballon d'Or: Zinedine Zidane

Ronaldo won both the Champions League with Real and Portugal`s first ever major tournament at Euro 2016 to make him the favourite to land the award for the world`s best player on January 9 next year.

Cristiano Ronaldo vows to come back stronger after injury

Cristiano Ronaldo vows to come back stronger after injury

The 31-year-old has a sprained ligament in his left knee, and Spanish sports daily Marca reported that he is unlikely to return to action before Real`s third game of the domestic La Liga season.

EURO 2016: Portugal seek support for Cristiano Ronaldo's genius

EURO 2016: Portugal seek support for Cristiano Ronaldo's genius

The Portuguese have never failed to advance beyond the group stage at a European Championship and Ronaldo will fancy his chances of becoming the first player to score at four editions.

EURO 2016: Cristiano Ronaldo's Portugal a terrorist target, claims coach

EURO 2016: Cristiano Ronaldo's Portugal a terrorist target, claims coach

Portugal start their campaign against Iceland in Saint-Etienne on June 14 in a Group F match.

Lionel Messi finally wins Spain's player of the month award

Lionel Messi finally wins Spain's player of the month award

The award was first introduced in Spain in 2013-14 season.

Lionel Messi's fans vandalise Cristiano Ronaldo's statue in Portugal

Lionel Messi's fans vandalise Cristiano Ronaldo's statue in Portugal

Messi's shirt number was also smeared in red paint on the statue in Portugal striker's hometown.

 

Ronaldo statue in Madeira tagged with Messi`s name

Cristiano Ronaldo`s statue in Funchal, capital of his home island of Madeira, has been tagged with the name and shirt number of arch-rival Lionel Messi, according to local press reports.

Gonzalo Higuain can win Ballon d`Or, says Napoli coach

Gonzalo Higuain can win Ballon d`Or, says Napoli coach

Napoli sit top of the league for the first time since 1990.

Lionel Messi voted La Liga`s top striker for 2014-2015

Lionel Messi voted La Liga`s top striker for 2014-2015

Messi scored 43 goals and was the catalyst for Barcelona`s run to three titles last season -- the Champions League, La Liga and the Spanish Cup.

Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo, Neymar shortlisted for 2015 FIFA Ballon d'Or award

Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo, Neymar shortlisted for 2015 FIFA Ballon d'Or award

Messi was the catalyst for Barcelona`s impressive run to three titles last season and will be the standout favourite ahead of Ronaldo.

Ballon d`Or ceremony set for January 11, 2016

Ballon d`Or ceremony set for January 11, 2016

 The winner of this year`s Ballon d`Or will be announced at a ceremony in Zurich on January 11, 2016, FIFA announced on Wednesday.

Czech legend Josef Masopust dies aged 84

Czech legend Josef Masopust dies aged 84

Legendary Czech midfielder Josef Masopust, the 1962 Ballon d`Or winner, died aged 84 on Monday, following a long illness, Petr Prochazka from the Josef Masopust Friends Club told AFP.

Jose Mourinho criticises Ballon d'Or's negative impact

Jose Mourinho criticises Ballon d'Or's negative impact

 Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has criticised FIFA`s Ballon d`Or award given to the world`s best player for glorifying the individual at the expense of the team.

What has gone wrong at Real Madrid?

What has gone wrong at Real Madrid?

European champions Real Madrid have been usurped by Barcelona at the top of La Liga for the first time in five months.

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.