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Best in the world: Cristiano Ronaldo wins Goal.com Top 50 award

Despite a disappointing World Cup campaign, Cristiano Ronaldo's excellent season with his club has earned him Goal.com's award as best footballer on the planet.
Each year, football website Goal.com announces its list of the top 50 footballers in the game today, and ever since they began drumming up who would be on their list for this year, the feeling was that a familiar duo would battle it out for top spot.

Last year, Lionel Messi walked away with the prize as well as clinched his fourth Ballon d'Or, but this season has not been as favorable to the...

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UNBELIEVABLE: Barcelona ace apparently considered London switch

Wednesday July 23 2014,

Tags: Lionel Messi, Cesc Fabregas, Barcelona, Arsenal, La Liga

The Barcelona ace was reportedly so disgruntled with things at Camp Nou that he apparently sounded out a move to England.
They certainly do not call the summer transfer window "the silly season" for nothing.

But, by far, this story is the most incredible--and not necessarily in a good way--but rather because it's so unbelievable that it should make even the most gullible individual raise one's eyebrows in disbelief.

According to the Metro (as per Spanish publication Vozpopuli) things were going...

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Transfer opinion: Why Suarez’s signing does not answer the major problems at Barcelona

Thursday July 17 2014,

Tags: Barcelona, Luis Suarez, Lionel Messi

The Uruguayan was signed from Liverpool for a club record fee but Suarez’s arrival does not solve the real problems present at the club.
In what can be regarded as football’s worst kept secret, the current Barcelona side is screaming out for defensive reinforcements. Barcelona responded to their shortcomings by splashing out a club record £75m on their new signing Luis Suarez.

The Blaugrana experienced something similar last season when they refused to pay heed to their defensive fatalities and instead of securing...

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Diego Costa, Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez, Cristiano Ronaldo all part of list for UEFA Best Player in Europe Award

The newly signed Chelsea striker joins others such as Arjen Robben, Thomas Muller, Lionel Messi, and James Rodriguez on the 10-man list for best player.
UEFA have announced their ten man list for the Best Player in Europe Award, and there are some names that will obviously be of no surprise to fans.

Diego Costa, who was recently unveiled as Chelsea's newest striker is the only Premier League representative to make it in this elite group.

Despite being unable to win the World Cup with Argentina as they were defeated 1-0 by Germany thanks...

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Footballing world left in shock as Lionel Messi wins World Cup Golden Ball award

Many were left in shock at the sight of Argentine captain Lionel Messi clinching the 2014 World Cup Golden Ball award after losing 1-0 to Germany in the final
Lionel Messi was awarded the Golden Ball award for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

The Barcelona ace led his country throughout the competition, shaking off the disappointing 2010 campaign as he scored 4 goals in the three group stage matches.

And even though his contribution dipped afterwards, the 27-year-old still played an integral part in La Albiceleste's road to the final, grabbing...

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Messi wins Golden Ball, Neuer collects Golden Gloves, as Germany clinch the trophy

Lionel Messi didn't leave the 2014 World Cup in Brazil empty-handed as the Argentine clinched the tournament's Golden Ball award
The 2014 World Cup in Brazil has reached it's climax.

A European giants Germany won the fourth trophy in their history, their first since 1990, after 24 years of failures and frustrations.

A 113 minute goal from Mario Gotze secured the trophy for Die MAnnschaft as their 22-year-old ace doomed Argentina to a 1-0 loss, walkng away in vain as La Albiceleste's World Cup trophy drought.

This...

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World Cup Final TV listings: Germany vs Argentina LIVE stream – watch on July 13, 2014

Here’s where to stream Germany vs Argentina live on July 13, 2014. Brace yourself for what could be the best ever FIFA World Cup Final match as Lionel Messi faces the monstrous German machine!
Having not found the net in the knockout stages of the competition, La Pulga remains behind Colombia’s James Rodriguez and Germany’s Thomas Mueller in the World Cup Golden Boot chart. However, a hat-trick could see him claim the prize at the delight of his supporters who can’t wait to witness signature moves from their idol.

Sunday’s encounter will not be enormous for...

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Germany vs Argentina duels with Müller vs Messi and what Löw must do to win

Thomas Müller is much more than a lanky winger; he plays many roles in each game and can confuse defences. He will try to win the final for his country whereas Lionel Messi will try to do the same for his nation.
One of the legacies of the 2014 World Cup has been to leave behind a trail of tactical tweaks by the master tacticians on the sidelines. Alejandro Sabella has done so as has Joachim Löw. After much chipping and chopping, they have finally settled down, albeit not completely, with two different game plans. And aside from slight alterations, there is no reason why the managers will alter...

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WORLD CUP 2014: Golden Ball, Golden Gloves, Best Young Player nominees announced

The nominees for the 2014 World Cup Golden Boot, Golden Gloves, and Best Young Player awards are out, and they contain some surprise exclusions
The nominees for the Golden Ball, Golden Gloves, and Best Young Player awards of the 2014 World Cup in Brazil have been announced.

The Best Young Player candidates come in the shape of France national team duo Paul Pogba and Raphael Varane, and Netherlands' Memphis Depay. 

The Hyundai Best Young Player Award nominees are @paulpogba, @Memphis & @raphaelvarane - http://t.co/dGCo6Jsfax...

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How Lionel Messi could write history as a legend in the 2014 FIFA World Cup Final

Saturday July 12 2014,

Tags: World Cup 2014, FIFA World Cup, Germany, Argentina, Lionel Messi

Lionel Messi has successfully achieved everything club football has on offering now it is time for the Argentinean star to conquer the world as his side takes on Germany in the World Cup final.
Club football has become far too easy for Barcelona’s mercurial forward who has broken almost every record there is. If there is one that he is yet to surpass, it is inevitable that he will soon break it.

He is the only player to have won the prestigious Ballon D’or award a record four times and with the way he is progressing it will not be surprising if he registers a fifth under...

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Messi: the Movie - Trailer for film on the Argentine's life released! [VID]

The trailer for the movie based on Barca ace Lionel Messi's life has come out. It features many important figures in La Pulga's footballing life
With Lionel Messi being one of the most talented players in football history, many are curious about his childhood, upbringing, and rise to fame.

The trailer for Messi: the Movie has come out. The docudrama, based on the Barcelona ace's life, features cameos from Blaugrana legend Johan Cruyff, Camp Nou team-mates Javier Mascherano, Andres Iniesta and Gerard Pique, La Albiceleste boss Alejando...

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LIVE stream: Argentina vs Netherlands team sheets - World Cup 2014 semi-finals

Get ready to stream Argentina vs Netherlands live online, on TV on mobile or on radio this Wednesday, July 9, 2014 as the World Cup semi-final stage closes in style!
Each set of fans is confident of witnessing a true spectacle of football. Twenty-four hours after Germany literally murdered World Cup hosts Brazil 7-1, the world will be served with the much anticipated clash featuring La Albiceleste and the Oranje at the magnificent Corinthians Arena in São Paulo.

Without Angel di Maria who is injured, Lionel Messi will be tasked to once again carry...

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Messi vs Maradona comparisons: Will La Pulga lead Argentina to the World Cup 2014 final?

Argentina will be looking for their talismanic forward Lionel Messi to help them reach the final of the world cup for the first time since 1990.
The Barcelona man has been integral to the success La Albiceleste have achieved so far but it remains to be seen whether his good form can guarantee Argentina qualification to the final of the competition. The mercurial forward has been since forever likened to another Argentina great Maradona.

Like the 27 year old, Maradona also played for Barcelona, but unlike La Pulga the former Argentina...

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World Cup Golden Ball: Robben's time to beat Messi’s Argentina en route to prize

The FIFA World Cup this time has had so many talking points that very few have mentioned the Golden Ball. Arjen Robben can already lay claim to the individual trophy.
When Argentina took the pitch against Belgium, Lionel Messi's every move was tracked by Marouane Fellaini. Sometimes though, even Fellaini and two other teammates could not stop Messi. The Argentine is often considered the best player of his generation. At the other end of the pitch today will be a certain master called Arjen Robben. While Messi has many tricks, Robben has just...

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They have Robben, but he is no Messi – Alejandro Sabella backs his Barca ace

Alejandro Sabella feels Arjen Robben will be a key player in the Netherlands-Argentina semi-final game, but not as much as Messi
Argentina get ready for their all-important semi-final clash with Netherlands which will decide who will face Germany in the 2014 World Cup final.

The South American nation have not reached the final since 1990, the last time they lifted the trophy, but have a great chance of making their return as only one team stand in their way.

However, that team is Louis van Gaal's Dutch side, who...

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Lionel Messi vs Arjen Robben and all key battles ahead of Argentina-Netherlands

A mouth watering semi-final clash will see Netherlands go against Argentina on the 8th of July, here we take a look at five key battles ahead of the tie.
Both teams are unbeaten in the competition so far having enjoyed perfect runs in the group stages picking up maximum points. However both the sides have not had the easiest of journeys having endured stiff battles in the Round of 16 and Quarter-Final stages. These two World Cup contenders have a number of individual talents who have heavily contributed to the success their respective sides have achieved...

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TRIBUTE: Real Madrid’s all-time best player, Alfredo di Stefano, dies at 88

Alfredo di Stefano, who played for giant Spanish club Real Madrid during a period of 11 years (1953-1964) has died at the old age of 88. He was nicknamed the “Blond Arrow”.
During his lifetime, the Argentine-born legend was recognized with two Ballon d’Ors – in 1957 and 1959 before becoming the only football personality to receive the Super Ballon d’Or by France Football in 1989.

With 308 goals in 396 appearances for Los Blancos, he currently ranks as the club’s second highest goalscorer. In 2000, Di Stefano was named honorary president...

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Anti-Messi & pro-Ronaldo video surfaces ahead of Argentina vs Netherlands World Cup semis match

A presumed CR7 fan takes a jab at Messi with a YouTube video as the Barcelona ace gets prepared for La Albiceleste's semi-final game
The Messi vs Cristiano Ronaldo debate is back to life as the 2014 World Cup nears its end. The two La Liga superstars are always compared to one another by their loyal fans as the "who's the better player" debate continues.

However, this time, it is not their footballing talent that is heating things up, but their characters as persons instead. A video, presumably made by...

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Argentina reach first World Cup semis since 1990, Sabella trips, Courtois denies Messi

Lionel Messi helped Argentina reach the 2014 World Cup last 4 round, 24 years after Diego Maradona guided La Albiceleste to their last semi-final appearance
Argentina fans from across the globe celebrated their side reaching the 2014 World Cup semi-finals.

Under the leadership of 27-year-old superstar Lionel Messi, La Albiceleste powered past European “underdogs” Belgium to make the last 4.

The South Americans took an early lead thanks to a Gonzalo Higuain goal, in the eighth minute, and never looked back as they fought off a...

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TEAM SHEETS: Argentina vs Belgium - July 5, 2014 World Cup quarter-final match

The big duel between Lionel Messi and Eden Hazard takes place on Saturday as the World Cup's Argentina vs Belgium quarter-final match is set to create fireworks!
Get ready for a spectacle of football as these two nations meet in Brasilia to book the tournament's third semi-final spot. Both had to go through the pain of playing in extra-time before reaching this stage.

The Argentines left it late with Angel di Maria finishing off a pass from Lionel Messi to grab a 118th minute match winner against Switzerland. Belgium, meanwhile, had to wait until after...

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