LaLiga: Karim Benzema helps Real Madrid beat Athletic Bilbao, solidify themselves at top of the table
Benzema's 20th goal in 24 games this season proved the difference in a 1-0 victory at the Santiago Bernabeu that puts Madrid firmly in charge of the Spanish title race, even after only 15 games played.
Ligue 1: Quiet night for Lionel Messi after seventh Ballon d'Or win as Nice hold PSG to goalless draw
Despite the draw, PSG are 12 points clear at the top of the French table from Marseille, who climbed up to second with a 1-0 win at 10-man Nantes
After scoring just four goals in 11 appearances this term for PSG, the 34-year-old will need an upturn in fortunes to be named the world's best player again next year
Benzema, 33, finished fourth behind Messi, Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski, and Chelsea midfielder Jorginho
Pascal Ferre, the editor in chief of France Football, was quoted in the New York Times recently saying Ronaldo told him his primary motivation was to retire having won the accolade more often than his old rival Messi.
Lewandowski threatens to deny Messi a record-extending seventh Ballon d'Or title as the prestigious awards ceremony returns Monday after it was cancelled last year due to the pandemic
The 22-year-old insisted he is just getting started after a year in which he helped the Blues win the Champions League and England reach a first major tournament final since 1966.
Benzema was selected on the long list of 30 for the 2021 Ballon d'Or on Friday a day after scoring as France beat Belgium 3-2 and make the Nations League final.
Messi and Ronaldo face competition that includes Kylian Mbappe, Neymar, Karim Benzema, Jorginho and N'Golo Kante who are also considered as leading runners in the list unveiled by France Football magazine.
Six-time winner Lionel Messi and Megan Rapinoe won the awards the last time they were held in 2019.
As Ronaldo returns to Manchester United, here's a look at five of the best moments from his first stint at Old Trafford.
Messi, 34, will wear the number 30, the number he had when he began his professional career at Barca, and is set to be unveiled by PSG at a press conference.
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.
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.
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.
Lione Messi has 440 LaLiga goals to his name in 478 appearances and has also scored the most hattricks in the Spanish league.
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
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
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.
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.