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Eden Hazard says he may need Real Madrid move to win Ballon d’Or

• Chelsea forward rules out transfer in January• Hazard believes he is world’s best player on formEden Hazard has dismissed the possibility of a January move to Real Madrid but said he may have to move to Spain to win the Ballon d’Or.The Chelsea forwar…

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Ballon d’Or 2018: contenders for football’s global honour revealed

• Fran Kirby and Lucy Bronze battle for inaugural women’s award• Ronaldo, Kane, Bale and Salah make men’s listFran Kirby and Lucy Bronze have been nominated for the inaugural women’s Ballon d’Or while Gareth Bale, Harry Kane and Cristiano Ronaldo are c…

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Heirs to the throne: five players who could be next Messi or Ronaldo

With Cristiano Ronaldo 33 on Monday and Lionel Messi the wrong side of 30, who are Europe’s bright prospects shaping up to be inheritors of the Ballon d’Or duopoly’s crown?“A very good question,” mused Cristiano Ronaldo as he basked in the glory of his…

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European roundup: Cristiano Ronaldo at the double as Real Madrid thrash Sevilla

• Spanish champions stun rivals with five first-half goals• Bayern edge Eintracht Frankfurt; Dortmund lose againCristiano Ronaldo celebrated his fifth Ballon d’Or award with a brace as Real Madrid swept past Sevilla 5-0 following a blistering first-hal…

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N’Golo Kanté should win Ballon d’Or, says Chelsea manager Antonio Conte

• Italian insists Frenchman deserves top award even more than Eden Hazard• Playing style means midfielder ‘does not get the recognition he deserves’N’Golo Kanté is currently more deserving of the Ballon d’Or than Eden Hazard, according to Antonio Conte…

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Sign up now! Sign up now! Sign up now! Sign up now? Sign up now!As the 28 other blokes on this year’s 30-man Ballon d’Or shortlist arranged their features in full-on Oscar split-screen I’m-so-happy-for-him sincerity mode last night, the tension was pal…

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Cristiano Ronaldo wins fifth Ballon d’Or of his career – video

Cristiano Ronaldo has won the fifth Ballon d’Or of his career, equalling Lionel Messi’s record after a season that saw him lead Real Madrid to their 12th Champions League title. Ronaldo was presented with the award at a ceremony in Paris on Thursd…

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Cristiano Ronaldo wins fifth Ballon d’Or to equal Lionel Messi’s record

• Real Madrid forward presented with award in Paris on Tuesday• Messi finishes second with PSG’s Neymar in thirdCristiano Ronaldo has won the fifth Ballon d’Or of his career, equalling Lionel Messi’s record after a season that saw him lead Real Madrid …

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Tottenham striker Harry Kane included on 2017 Ballon d’Or shortlist

• Kane is one of seven Premier League players on 30-player list
• Arsenal’s Olivier Giroud nominated for Fifa’s Puskas award

The Tottenham Hotspur striker Harry Kane has been named on a 30-man shortlist to win the 2017 Ballon d’Or.

Kane has enjoyed a superb year, scoring 43 times in 37 appearances for club and country, to help Spurs qualify for the Champions League and England secure a place at the 2018 World Cup.

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Tottenham striker Harry Kane included on 2017 Ballon d’Or shortlist

• Kane is one of seven Premier League players on 30-player list
• Arsenal’s Olivier Giroud nominated for Fifa’s Puskas award

The Tottenham Hotspur striker Harry Kane has been named on a 30-man shortlist to win the 2017 Ballon d’Or.

Kane has enjoyed a superb year, scoring 43 times in 37 appearances for club and country, to help Spurs qualify for the Champions League and England secure a place at the 2018 World Cup.

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Ballon d’Or 2016: Cristiano Ronaldo wins award for fourth time – live!

7.53pm GMT

Yes, here we go – the Barcelona forward and Olympic gold medalist is fifth! I reckon that means Messi two, Griezmann three, Suarez four – but what do I know?

7.49pm GMT

Can’t be long til tonight’s dramatic climax – the naming of 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th!

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Cristiano Ronaldo wins Ballon d’Or for the fourth time

• Real Madrid forward lands award after Euro 2016 triumph
• Ronaldo now one short of Lionel Messi’s record tally of five

Cristiano Ronaldo has won the Ballon d’Or award for the fourth time, capping a season in which his Portugal side won Euro 2016 and Real Madrid took the Champions League.

Related: Ballon d’Or 2016: Cristiano Ronaldo wins award for fourth time – live!

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Cristiano Ronaldo wins 2016 Ballon d’Or – video

Cristiano Ronaldo has won the 2016 Ballon d’Or, it was announced on Monday. The forward enjoyed a spectacular year scoring 48 goals in 52 games in 2016, as well as winning the Champions League with Real Madrid and Euro 2016 with Portugal. It is the fourth time that Ronaldo has won the award

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Sports quiz of the week: World Series, Carlos Alberto and the Ballon d’Or

Who made $1.05m? Who gave away $1m? And who was US President in 1908?

Carlos Alberto, who has died at the age of 72, captained Brazil to glory at the 1970 World Cup. At how many World Cups did he play?

One

Three

Five

Seven

The Chicago Cubs are currently playing the Cleveland Indians in the World Series. Who was US president when the Cubs last won the championship?

Theodore Roosevelt

John Adams

Bill Clinton

Ronald Reagan

Jamie Vardy is the only English footballer on the 30-man shortlist for the Ballon d’Or award. How many games did he start for England at Euro 2016?

None

One

Two

Four

Who was the last Englishman to win the Ballon d’Or?

David Beckham

Kevin Keegan

Michael Owen

George Best

Who texted his boss with the words: “A tsunami just hit my bank account, so thank you very much”?

Paul Pogba

Claudio Ranieri

JP Fitzgerald

Boris Becker

Four of the eight teams left in the League Cup have never won the competition. Which of them has never made it to the final?

Newcastle United

Hull City

Southampton

West Ham United

José Mourinho suffered the indignity of losing 4-0 against Chelsea on Sunday. Against which team did his Chelsea side lose 3-0 in the 2014-15 season, when they won the league?

Manchester City

Manchester United

Liverpool

West Bromwich Albion

Which institution has received a $1m donation from Brooklyn Nets basketball player Jeremy Lin?

The Jon Bon Jovi Soul Foundation

The Derek Zoolander school for kids who can’t read good and want to do other stuff good too

Salvation Army

Harvard University

If it’s Nice in Ligue 1, Real Madrid and Villarreal in La Liga, and Bayern Munich, Leipzig and Hoffenheim in the Bundesliga, who is it in the Premier League?

Everton

Manchester City

Tottenham Hotspur

Arsenal

The Four Nations is being contested by England, Australia, New Zealand and which other country?

France

Great Britain

South Africa

Scotland

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Jamie Vardy crashes Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi’s Ballon d’Or party

Leicester striker flies flag for England internationals but real interest lies in battle for the title of world’s third-best player in which Gareth Bale and Antoine Griezmann are contenders

The Ballon d’Or is back in France Football’s possession, even though they contrived to elongate the release of this year’s shortlist to such an extent it made Fifa’s ceremonies seem snappy in comparison. At the conclusion of the nine-hour announcement on Monday there was still an air of predictability about it all.

Barring the most surprising result in the award’s 60-year history, Cristiano Ronaldo will be named the world’s best player for a fourth time on 9 January, with Lionel Messi trailing behind. While there were a couple of notable omissions from the list, which will not be cut to three as in previous years, all of the world’s best attacking players are present.

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Ballon d’Or 2016: Jamie Vardy joins Ronaldo and Messi on 30-man shortlist – video

France Football are flying solo with the Ballon d’Or after FIFA ended its six-year association with the award last month. This 30-strong shortlist will be voted on by a select group of journalists and football figures, with the winner announced in December.

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Leicester’s Jamie Vardy one of 30 nominees for 2016 Ballon d’Or

• England striker one of eight Premier League players in contention
• Gareth Bale, Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo among the favourites

Jamie Vardy has been nominated for the Ballon d’Or award alongside the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi and Gareth Bale after helping Leicester win the Premier League title.

The 29-year-old striker, who scored 24 goals in a historic season for the Foxes, was named on a 30-man list of nominees for the prestigious award – currently held by Barcelona’s Messi – alongside his team-mate Riyad Mahrez.

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North America emerges as leading favorite to host 2026 World Cup

Fifa rules out Uefa and Asian member bids for 2026 World CupEurope can host in 2026 only if no other bids fulfill requirementsUSA is expected to bid, either by itself or with Canada or MexicoNorth America became a stronger favorite to host an expanded …

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Ballon d’Or 2015: who voted for who in this year’s poll?

• Barcelona forward Lionel Messi collected 41.3% of votes to win fifth title
• England’s Roy Hodgson rated Cristiano Ronaldo ahead of him

Almost 500 captains, coaches and journalists had their say at Fifa’s Ballon d’Or voting, with Lionel Messi unsurprisingly walking away with his fifth title with an incredible share of 41.3%.

That was despite once again not featuring in his great rival Cristiano Ronaldo’s top three, although the Barcelona forward also repaid the compliment to his Real Madrid counterpart. Messi picked his Barça team-mates Luis Suárez, Neymar and Andrés Iniesta, while Ronaldo sided with his club colleagues Karim Benzema, James Rodríguez and Gareth Bale.

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Lionel Messi: a genius who is an antidote to football’s bloated excesses | Barney Ronay

Fifa’s Ballon d’Or ceremony is undoubtedly overblown and overdressed but Barcelona’s talisman is a worthy winner of the celebrated award

Even Fifa gets it right sometimes. In front of the usual Zurich crowd of power brokers, buffet-lurkers, desiccated legends and appallingly-tuxedoed superstars, Lionel Messi has been awarded the Ballon d’Or for 2015. And from a certain angle it is tempting simply to shrug, yawn and wonder what the fuss is about. Let’s be honest. This isn’t exactly news is it?

Fifa may be keen on casting itself as football’s key-masters, overseers and general capo di capos. But anyone with even a passing knowledge of Messi’s extraordinary feats between January and June last year knows already he has been, beyond even the tiniest crumb of doubt, the best footballer on the planet. In London earlier the same day David Cameron had also informed the world – no doubt to the world’s huge relief on this matter – that David Bowie was very good at music. In many ways Fifa’s annual pawing at the shoulders of greatness feels like it should draw a similar reaction. OK, then. Thanks for that chaps. Anyway, where were we?

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