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.

Bulky lump in pants of Cristiano Ronaldo's statue sparks controversy
Bulky lump in pants of Cristiano Ronaldo's statue sparks controversy

A statue of Real Madrid's Portuguese star striker Cristiano Ronaldo erected in his honour in his hometown in the Madeira Islands has generated a great deal of buzz related to what looks like as a bulge in the statue's pants.

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 players hail special FIFA Club World Cup victory
Real Madrid players hail special FIFA Club World Cup victory

European kings Real Madrid were crowned the world club champions after defeating San Lorenzo of Argentina 2-0 on Saturday.

Real Madrid win Club World Cup, fourth title of 2014
Real Madrid win Club World Cup, fourth title of 2014

Real Madrid defeated San Lorenzo of Argentina 2-0 on Saturday to win the Club World Cup and secure their fourth trophy of 2014.

Real Madrid, Spain dominate European club scene
Real Madrid, Spain dominate European club scene

If, after years of unbridled success, 2014 was brutally disappointing for Spain on the international stage, it was a glorious year for the country at club level.

Real Madrid sail into Club World Cup final with 4-0 romp
Real Madrid sail into Club World Cup final with 4-0 romp

European champions Real Madrid turned on the party tricks as they sailed into the Club World Cup final by crushing Cruz Azul 4-0 on Tuesday.

Five managers in European football whose season could be determined in the remaining half

The European football scenario has taken some important stronghold across the continent and as the 2014-15 season has reached its midway, the race for positions, performances, title run-in, and revival are heating up.

Cristiano Ronaldo leads Real Madrid's World Club Cup charge
Cristiano Ronaldo leads Real Madrid's World Club Cup charge

World player of the year Cristiano Ronaldo enters the Club World Cup stage on Tuesday as he heads the all star cast from Real Madrid in their semi-final against Mexican side Cruz Azul in Marrakesh.

La Liga: Cristiano Ronaldo strikes twice as Real Madrid extend record winning run
La Liga: Cristiano Ronaldo strikes twice as Real Madrid extend record winning run

Cristiano Ronaldo hit a late double as La Liga leaders Real Madrid thumped Almeria 4-1 to extend their Spanish record winning run to 20 matches on Friday.

Cristiano deserves Ballon d'Or, says Brazilian Ronaldo
Cristiano deserves Ballon d'Or, says Brazilian Ronaldo

Brazil football great Ronaldo described Portuguese star Cristiano Ronaldo's goalscoring run as "unthinkable", and said the Portuguese forward is a clear favourite for the Ballon d'Or award.

Lionel Messi reaches new record mark
Lionel Messi reaches new record mark

Lionel Messi`s goal that brought Barcelona level with Paris Saint-Germain in Wednesday`s Champions League Group F encounter saw him equal the record mark for most goals in all European competitions.

Record-setting Real Madrid complete perfect group stage
Record-setting Real Madrid complete perfect group stage

Real Madrid made it six wins out of six in Champions League Group B and set a Spanish record for consecutive victories when a Cristiano Ronaldo penalty set them on the way to a 4-0 success at home to 10-man Ludogorets on Tuesday.

Real Madrid seek record 19th win against Ludogorets
Real Madrid seek record 19th win against Ludogorets

A Cristiano Ronaldo-inspired Real Madrid can set a new Spanish record of 19 straight victories when they take on Ludogorets Razgrad on Tuesday with first place in Champions League Group B already assured.

La Liga: Lionel Messi follows Cristiano Ronaldo with another hat-trick
La Liga: Lionel Messi follows Cristiano Ronaldo with another hat-trick

A third Lionel Messi hat-trick in four games helped Barcelona keep the pressure on La Liga leaders Real Madrid as they recorded a 5-1 victory over local rivals Espanyol on Sunday.

Cristiano Ronaldo hits 23rd career hat-trick in Real Madrid win
Cristiano Ronaldo hits 23rd career hat-trick in Real Madrid win

Portuguese superstar Cristiano Ronaldo scored the 23rd hat trick of his career, taking his La Liga club Real Madrid to a 3-0 victory over Celta Vigo Saturday.

`Magnifique`: PSG coach impressed by Irishwoman Stephanie Roche`s wonder
`Magnifique`: PSG coach impressed by Irishwoman Stephanie Roche`s wonder

Paris Saint-Germain coach Laurent Blanc on Friday hailed as `magnifique` the spectacular goal by Irishwoman Stephanie Roche which now sees her challenging James Rodriguez and Robin van Persie for the Goal of the Year award.

Ballon d'Or award: Will Manuel Neuer break Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo duopoly?
Ballon d'Or award: Will Manuel Neuer break Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo duopoly?

Once again, it's that time of year when football fans argue who deserves to win the prestigious Ballon d'Or award – the greatest award an individual player can win in the sport. Like in the recent past, both Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo have already started as the favourites to win the award. But their duopoly could see an abrupt ending this January, as the Germany's World Cup winning goalkeeper Manuel Neuer has found himself as one of the three finalists.

Thomas Muller says 'will be boring' if Cristiano Ronaldo wins Ballon d'Or again
Thomas Muller says 'will be boring' if Cristiano Ronaldo wins Ballon d'Or again

Bayern Munich forward Thomas Muller has stated that it would be almost boring to see Portuguese international Cristiano Ronaldo winning the prestigious Ballon d'Or award yet again.

Manuel Neuer joins Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi on Ballon D'Or shortlist
Manuel Neuer joins Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi on Ballon D'Or shortlist

 Manuel Neuer became the first goalkeeper since 2002 to make the final short list for the FIFA world player of the year award on Monday when he was included alongside Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi in the final three.