Franck Ribery blasts 'political' FIFA Ballon d'Or award
Franck Ribery blasts 'political' FIFA Ballon d'Or award

 Bayern Munich winger Franck Ribery has blasted the Ballon d'Or process, saying FIFA's top individual award is "purely political."

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.

I'm against Ballon d'Or: Arsene Wenger
I'm against Ballon d'Or: Arsene Wenger

Despite the growing popularity and importance, Ballon d'Or has its share of opposition. According to the Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger, this yearly award for the world's best player undermines the spirit of a team sports like football.

Regret voting for Cristiano Ronaldo in Ballon d'Or: Robert Lewandowski
Regret voting for Cristiano Ronaldo in Ballon d'Or: Robert Lewandowski

Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski has regretted his decision to vote Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo in the Fifa Ballon d'Or ahead of teammate Manuel Neuer.

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.

Reactions from sports personalities on Cristiano Ronaldo's Ballon d'Or win
Reactions from sports personalities on Cristiano Ronaldo's Ballon d'Or win

Portugal and Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo reigned supreme once again after he won the FIFA Ballon d`Or award for the second year running and the third overall 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.

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.

Unfortunate to be only goalkeeper in Ballon d'Or list: Manuel Neuer
Unfortunate to be only goalkeeper in Ballon d'Or list: Manuel Neuer

Goalkeepers have it tough when it comes to the world's most important honour for individuals in football. They can only expect to be outsiders in the race for the "FIFA Ballon d'Or", which was known as the World Player of the Year until 2010.

Fans pick Toni Kroos as Germany's Player of the Year
Fans pick Toni Kroos as Germany's Player of the Year

Midfielder Toni Kroos has been named as Germany's Player of the Year 2014, the German Football Association (DFB) announced.

Cristiano Ronaldo shrine awaits new trophy
Cristiano Ronaldo shrine awaits new trophy

The Cristiano Ronaldo Museum in Madeira is a family affair that is counting on getting a new trophy on Monday when FIFA announces its latest world player of the year.

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.

Ballon d'Or race: Lukas Podolski bats for Manuel Neuer
Ballon d'Or race: Lukas Podolski bats for Manuel Neuer

Inter Milan forward Lukas Podolski stated on Friday that he supports Bayern Munich and fellow Germany national teammate Manuel Neuer for the Ballon d'Or award. The award ceremony will take place on 12th January 2015.

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.

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.

Arjen Robben to the rescue as Bayern Munich snatch win at Mainz
Arjen Robben to the rescue as Bayern Munich snatch win at Mainz

Arjen Robben scored a 90th minute winner in their 2-1 victory at Mainz 05 on Friday to send Bundesliga leaders Bayern Munich into the winter break with a commanding 14-point lead.

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.

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.

Jerome Boateng wants to be Germany`s first black captain
Jerome Boateng wants to be Germany`s first black captain

Bayern Munich defender Jerome Boateng has said it would be a "huge honour" to one day lead Germany out as the first black captain of the World Cup holders.