Italy midfielder Riccardo Montolivo saw his dreams of World Cup glory ended cruelly in a nondescript friendly against Ireland and he may not be the last big star to suffer a similar fate.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic is in the running to win France`s player of the year prize for the second year running after being one of three Paris Saint-Germain players shortlisted on Thursday.
The Italy midfielder earns more than any other player in the country, while the Juventus wonderkid is on a notably low wage
Italy will be without influential midfielder Andrea Pirlo for their final Confederations Cup Group A clash against Brazil on Saturday with a calf injury.
Italy midfielder Andrea Pirlo revealed that he would retire from the national outfit after the 2014 World Cup and could become a coach.
Day in Pics: 26th December
Showbiz World - December 26, 2014
Sunny Leone with Mastizaade