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Lionel Messi tells Barcelona he wants to leave after nearly two decades with LaLiga giants
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Lionel Messi tells Barcelona he wants to leave after nearly two decades with LaLiga giants

Messi told Barcelona on Tuesday that he wants to leave after nearly two decades at the club, having grown unhappy after a trophy-less season ended with a humiliating loss to Bayern Munich in the Champions League.

Liverpool forward Sadio Mane says his dream is to win Ballon d'Or award one day
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Liverpool forward Sadio Mane says his dream is to win Ballon d'Or award one day

Mane played a massive role in Liverpool winning their first Premier League title in 30 years. In 2019, he spearheaded the Reds' charge to their first UEFA Champions League title since 2005.

Ballon d'Or cancelled for the first time since 1956 amid coronavirus disrupted football seasons
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Ballon d'Or cancelled for the first time since 1956 amid coronavirus disrupted football seasons

Instead of the Ballon d'Or, the magazine's jury of 180 will elect history's best team from a shortlist of five players in each position. The star-studded lineup will be known sometime in autumn.

Lionel Messi turns 33: Watch 10 best goals of six-time Ballon d’Or winner
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Lionel Messi turns 33: Watch 10 best goals of six-time Ballon d’Or winner

Lione Messi has 440 LaLiga goals to his name in 478 appearances and has also scored the most hattricks in the Spanish league.

Serie A: Cristiano Ronaldo reports to Juventus for medical tests after 10-week absence
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Serie A: Cristiano Ronaldo reports to Juventus for medical tests after 10-week absence

Cristiano Ronaldo reported to Juventus’ training center for medical tests on Tuesday after a 10-week absence.

US women’s national soccer team's Alex Morgan, Megan Rapinoe vow to push forward after legal setback to equal pay case
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US women’s national soccer team's Alex Morgan, Megan Rapinoe vow to push forward after legal setback to equal pay case

US women’s national soccer team co-captains Alex Morgan and Megan Rapinoe said they were shocked after their team’s claims for equal pay were dismissed by a court.

Laureus Awards 2020: Lionel Messi, Lewis Hamilton named Sportsman of Year; Simone Biles is Sportswoman of Year
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Laureus Awards 2020: Lionel Messi, Lewis Hamilton named Sportsman of Year; Simone Biles is Sportswoman of Year

Mercedes driver Hamilton won his sixth world championship in 2019, with 11 race wins and 17 podium finishes, while Messi was crowned the world’s best player for a record sixth time when he won the Ballon d’Or.

LaLiga: Barcelona manager Ernesto Valverde says Lionel Messi's retirement date not far away
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LaLiga: Barcelona manager Ernesto Valverde says Lionel Messi's retirement date not far away

Barcelona manager Ernesto Valverde said the football world must get used to the idea that Lionel Messi will retire in the near future, adding that he will cherish being able to tell people he was able to coach the Argentine.

Cristiano Ronaldo's sister Katia Aveiro fails to see funny side of Virgil van Dijk jibe at Ballon d’Or awards ceremony
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Cristiano Ronaldo's sister Katia Aveiro fails to see funny side of Virgil van Dijk jibe at Ballon d’Or awards ceremony

Asked by a Dutch reporter about Ronaldo’s absence, Van Dijk replied: “Why, was he a candidate?” provoking an Instagram tirade from Ronaldo’s sister, Katia Aveiro.

Ballon d'Or 2019: Virgil van Dijk deserved the award as well, opines Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp
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Ballon d'Or 2019: Virgil van Dijk deserved the award as well, opines Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp

Virgil van Dijk deserved to win the Ballon d’Or instead of losing out to Lionel Messi, Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp said on Tuesday.

Ballon d'Or 2019: Lionel Messi the ‘greatest player of all time’, says Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu after midfielder wins sixth time
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Ballon d'Or 2019: Lionel Messi the ‘greatest player of all time’, says Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu after midfielder wins sixth time

Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu has hailed Argentine striker Lionel Messi as the "greatest player of all time".

Ballon d'Or 2019: Lionel Messi beats Virgil Van Dijk for record sixth award, Megan Rapinoe wins women's prize
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Ballon d'Or 2019: Lionel Messi beats Virgil Van Dijk for record sixth award, Megan Rapinoe wins women's prize

At a glittering ceremony in Paris, Lionel Messi and Megan Rapinoe took top honours to win the male and female Ballon d'Or Awards. Matthijs de Ligt was adjudged the best U-21 player and Alisson Becker as the best keeper.

Serie A: Cristiano Ronaldo crowned player of the year, Atalanta's Gian Piero Gasperini wins coach award
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Serie A: Cristiano Ronaldo crowned player of the year, Atalanta's Gian Piero Gasperini wins coach award

Ronaldo was at the Gran Gala del Calcio in Milan to collect his prize, instead of attending the Ballon d’Or ceremony in Paris where he was third in the voting for best player in the world.

Ballon d’Or 2019: Barcelona's Lionel Messi wins award for record sixth time, Megan Rapinoe bags her first
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Ballon d’Or 2019: Barcelona's Lionel Messi wins award for record sixth time, Megan Rapinoe bags her first

Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk was second in the polling this year, followed by Cristiano Ronaldo, who shared the record of five Ballon d’Ors with Messi until Monday.

Ballon d'Or 2019: Here's how you can watch the live streaming of the 64th edition of the awards ceremony
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Ballon d'Or 2019: Here's how you can watch the live streaming of the 64th edition of the awards ceremony

As the football season reaches the halfway stage, it's time for us to switch our attention to the Ballon d'Or, the 64th edition of which takes place in Paris on Monday. It's that time of the year when we witness the crowning of the world's best men's footballer.

Top 20 footballers nominated for 2019 Ballon d’Or responsible for producing 505 tonnes of emissions, says study
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Top 20 footballers nominated for 2019 Ballon d’Or responsible for producing 505 tonnes of emissions, says study

Paris St Germain player Marquinhos alone accounted for 53.5 tonnes of CO2 emissions, while Ballon dOr hopefuls Lionel Messi of Barcelona and Virgil Van Dijk of Liverpool were responsible for 20.9 tonnes and 16.5 tonnes respectively

Champions League: Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp says team must improve European away form or risk paying price
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Champions League: Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp says team must improve European away form or risk paying price

Jurgen Klopp has urged Liverpool to improve their away form in the Champions League or risk paying the price as they prepare to face Genk in Belgium on Wednesday.

FIFA Best Player 2019: Lionel Messi pips Cristiano Ronaldo, Virgil Van Dijk to win men's award; Megan Rapinoe clinches women's prize
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FIFA Best Player 2019: Lionel Messi pips Cristiano Ronaldo, Virgil Van Dijk to win men's award; Megan Rapinoe clinches women's prize

Lionel Messi won the FIFA Men's Player of the Year award as beaten rival Cristiano Ronaldo stayed away from the star-studded ceremony in Milan's iconic La Scala Opera House on Monday.

Ballon d'Or organisers introduce The Yashin Trophy, a separate award for goalkeepers
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Ballon d'Or organisers introduce The Yashin Trophy, a separate award for goalkeepers

The Ballon d'Or for best male player was first awarded in 1956, to Stanley Matthews. It is voted on by journalists. Last year, an award for best female player was added. It was won by Norway's Ada Hegerberg.

Eight-time Serie A champions Juventus eager to shake things up with unconventional Maurizio Sarri for coach
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Eight-time Serie A champions Juventus eager to shake things up with unconventional Maurizio Sarri for coach

Maurizio Sarri did a good job while coaching the Serie A side Napoli as they played the most attractive football and pushed Juventus all the way