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Lionel Messi wins Ballon d’Or award for world’s best player for fifth time

Barcelona’s Argentinian
superstar, Lionel Messi, has beaten Cristiano Ronaldo and
Neymar to win FIFA’s Ballon d’Or award for the fifth time.

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Lionel Messi described his
record fifth Ballon d’Or as a “very special moment” after
receiving the iconic trophy at FIFA’s annual Gala in Zurich,
Switzerland.With 41% of the vote from national team captains, coaches and selected journalists, to finish ahead of Cristiano Ronaldo and Neymar, to claim his first going in since the 2012 ceremony.

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Messi helped Barcelona to a Spanish league, domestic cup and
Champions League treble plus the Club World Cup and also led
Argentina to the Copa America final, where they lost to
Germany.

“It’s incredible, much more than anything I dreamed of as a kid,
I want to thank my team-mates, without them none of this
would have been possible,” said Messi after receiving the award.

Jill Ellis, coach of the U.S. women’s team, and Luis Enrique,
coach of FC Barcelona, won the top coaching awards.United States World Cup winner Carli Lloyd, who scored a hat-trick in the final against Japan, was named women’s player of the year.

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Wendell Lira upsets Lionel
Messi for FIFA Puskas Award
for goal of the year.Despite scoring goal of the year he’s fighting for a job in Brazilian Serie C.

Messi’s 2015 in numbers-

1) 61 games, 52 goals and 26 assists.
2) A goal every 101 minutes and an assist every 202 minutes.
3) Directly involved in 49 goals in La Liga – 34 scored and 15
assists – which was the joint-most with Ronaldo in 2015
across the top five European leagues.
4) Scored in all six club tournaments in 2015, as Barcelona
won five of them.

Written by-Naveen Singh

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17 players not even born when Totti made his Serie A debut!

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A debutant under Vujadin Boškov in 1993, Francesco Totti has spent his
entire playing career at Roma. “Roma is everything to me,
everything a person can want: passion, love, joy – the team I
have always supported and always will,” he once told
UEFA.com.

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“I am 38 but I don’t feel it,” Totti told UEFA.com upon becoming the oldest goalscorer in UEFA Champions League history last term. He turned 39 on 27 September 2015 and is still going strong.

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These 17 players not even born when Totti made his Serie A debut-
1)Romelu Lukaku( Everton)
2)Emre Can (Liverpool)
3) Memphis Depay (Man United)
4) Eric Dier (Tottenham)
5) Lucas Digne (Roma)
6) Gerard Deulofeu (Everton)
7) Julian Draxler (Wolfsburg)
8) Hakan Calhanoglu (Bayer Leverkusen)
9) Harry Kane (Tottenham)
10) Mateo Kovacic (Real Madrid)
11) Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Arsenal)
12) Ross Barkley (Everton)
13) Luke Shaw (Man United)
14) Raheem Sterling (Man City)
15) Raphael Varane (Real Madrid)
16) John Stones (Everton)
17) Marquinhos (PSG)

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Not every footballer gets referred to as ‘ Il Bimbo d’Oro’ (The Golden Boy), ‘ Il Re di Roma’ (The King of Rome),’ Er Pupone ‘(The Big Baby), or ‘ Il Gladiatore’ (The Gladiator). With numerous records to his name, he is an household name in the Serie A record books. No prizes for guessing who this living legend is as the AS Roma club captain and living legend Francesco Totti is one of the most respected players ever in Italian football.

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European and Italian football will not be the same without this magician, or to use the famous catch phrase ”No Totti, No Party”

Written by- Naveen Singh

SAFF cup helped India to move up 3 spots in FIFA rankings

Sunil Chhetri’s sharp header and Jeje Lalpekhlua’s decent finishes helped India to win SAFF cup final against Afghanistan on Thursday for the record seventh time.

 

Out of the 11 SAFF cup finals India were playing 10th time in final. The home side under Stephen Constantine could have won by a bigger margin had the woodwork not denied them twice in the match. India moved up three places to the 163rd spot
in the FIFA football rankings, released on Thursday, after its
SAFF Cup triumph.

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Jeje Lalpekhlua (72nd minute) and Sunil Chhettri (101th)
scored for India after Zubayr Amiri had given Afghanistan
the lead in the 69th minute at the Greenfield Stadium
here. The victory for India over higher ranked
Afghanistan (150th) gave Constantine his first win of
an international tournament after taking charge early last
year for his second stint at the helm of affairs in India.

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India went unbeaten in the regional tournament, beating Sri
Lanka 2-0, Nepal 4-1 in the group stages before overcoming
the Maldives 3-2 in the semi-finals.
For Afghanistan, who have come in the tournament with 15
foreign-based players in their squad of 20, it was a sort of
disappointment as they had targeted a title win in their final
SAFF Cup participation.

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SAFF Cup title triumph would also ease pressure on the
English coach under whom India lost five and won just one
match in the 2018 World Cup qualifiers while going into the
tournament.

Indian skipper(Cricket) Virat Kohli has congratulated the Indian
football team for lifting the SAFF Cup for the seventh time.

Written by- Naveen Singh