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5 MOST SIGNIFICANT GOALS IN WORLD CUP HISTORY    |       Andres Iniesta (Spain vs. Netherlands, 2010 World Cup final) Spain have always produced talented footballers with regularity but somehow its national team always conspired to come out empty-handed from the major tournaments. However, they managed to assemble another fantastic squad in the late 2000s and the team ended their long drought for a major trophy… Read More »

5 MOST SIGNIFICANT GOALS IN WORLD CUP HISTORY | Andres Iniesta (Spain vs. Netherlands, 2010 World Cup final) Spain have always produced talented footballers with regularity but somehow its national team always conspired to come out empty-handed from the major tournaments. However, they managed to assemble another fantastic squad in the late 2000s and the team ended their long drought for a major trophy… Read More »

ANALYSIS: PEAK AGE OF BALLON D'OR WINNERS AND RUNNERS-UP     |      It has been quite well established that the Ballon d’Or votes tend to go more in favour of the attacking players than their defensive counterparts. But does age also play a significant part in the voting? As can be seen from the graph above, 28 players have either won or finished as runner-up at the… Read More »

ANALYSIS: PEAK AGE OF BALLON D'OR WINNERS AND RUNNERS-UP | It has been quite well established that the Ballon d’Or votes tend to go more in favour of the attacking players than their defensive counterparts. But does age also play a significant part in the voting? As can be seen from the graph above, 28 players have either won or finished as runner-up at the… Read More »

TOP EUROPEAN CLUBS WITH MOST BALLON D'OR WINNERS    |     Barcelona (11) The Catalan giants lead the clubs with most Ballon d’Or winners, having seen a player win the individual honour 11 times while playing for them. The recent dominance of Lionel Messi at the awards has definitely been the biggest reason for Barcelona’s record tally. The Argentine has collected five Ballon d’Ors, while the… Read More »

TOP EUROPEAN CLUBS WITH MOST BALLON D'OR WINNERS | Barcelona (11) The Catalan giants lead the clubs with most Ballon d’Or winners, having seen a player win the individual honour 11 times while playing for them. The recent dominance of Lionel Messi at the awards has definitely been the biggest reason for Barcelona’s record tally. The Argentine has collected five Ballon d’Ors, while the… Read More »

5 UNEXPECTED SUMMER TRANSFERS OF 2016    |     Joe Hart (Manchester City to Torino) Any managerial change leads to upheavals, but Joe Hart probably didn’t see the sudden change of fortune that was to come his way after the appointment of Pep Guardiola at the helm of Manchester City. The long-serving Citizens’ custodian and a crowd favourite became a pariah and it was… Read More »

5 UNEXPECTED SUMMER TRANSFERS OF 2016 | Joe Hart (Manchester City to Torino) Any managerial change leads to upheavals, but Joe Hart probably didn’t see the sudden change of fortune that was to come his way after the appointment of Pep Guardiola at the helm of Manchester City. The long-serving Citizens’ custodian and a crowd favourite became a pariah and it was… Read More »

SHOULD PEPE WIN THE 2016 BALLON D'OR    |        There are players that take the limelight in big triumphs and then there are some whose contribution to the cause remains indispensable but they go under the radar. Pepe’s performances for Real Madrid during their Champions League-winning campaign and Portugal’s European Championship triumph earlier this summer fall in the latter category. The defender was absolutely… Read More »

SHOULD PEPE WIN THE 2016 BALLON D'OR | There are players that take the limelight in big triumphs and then there are some whose contribution to the cause remains indispensable but they go under the radar. Pepe’s performances for Real Madrid during their Champions League-winning campaign and Portugal’s European Championship triumph earlier this summer fall in the latter category. The defender was absolutely… Read More »

GREATEST QUOTES ON FRANCESCO TOTTI    |       If you don’t watch Italian football much, chances are you don’t rate Francesco Totti as highly as you should. However, it doesn’t change the fact that players like the former Italy international come once in a generation. Totti isn’t just a great player, he personifies loyalty in football. In his prime, the AS Roma legend… Read More »

GREATEST QUOTES ON FRANCESCO TOTTI | If you don’t watch Italian football much, chances are you don’t rate Francesco Totti as highly as you should. However, it doesn’t change the fact that players like the former Italy international come once in a generation. Totti isn’t just a great player, he personifies loyalty in football. In his prime, the AS Roma legend… Read More »

2016 BALLON D'OR" WHO WILL MAKE THE TOP THREE     ||       The Ballon d’Or ceremony next year is likely to again be dominated by the LaLiga players. More specifically, players from Real Madrid and Barcelona. Cristiano Ronaldo enjoyed another stellar season at the Santiago Bernabeu as he netted 51 goals across the domestic league and the Champions League and contributed further with 15 assists to help… Read More »

2016 BALLON D'OR" WHO WILL MAKE THE TOP THREE || The Ballon d’Or ceremony next year is likely to again be dominated by the LaLiga players. More specifically, players from Real Madrid and Barcelona. Cristiano Ronaldo enjoyed another stellar season at the Santiago Bernabeu as he netted 51 goals across the domestic league and the Champions League and contributed further with 15 assists to help… Read More »

WHO CAN BREAK THE MESSI RONALDO DOMINATION AT THE BALLON D'OR AWARDS    |       Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo have established a sort of hegemony on the best player in the world award, pocketing between themselves the last eight editions of the Ballon d’Or. Their utter stranglehold over the yearly honour begs the question: Who will break the duo’s hegemony? It should come as no surprise if they stretch… Read More »

WHO CAN BREAK THE MESSI RONALDO DOMINATION AT THE BALLON D'OR AWARDS | Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo have established a sort of hegemony on the best player in the world award, pocketing between themselves the last eight editions of the Ballon d’Or. Their utter stranglehold over the yearly honour begs the question: Who will break the duo’s hegemony? It should come as no surprise if they stretch… Read More »

CAN PAUL POGBA WIN THE FIFA BALLON D'OR WITH MANCHESTER UNITED    |      Manchester United’s world record signing Paul Pogba will have the eyes of the world watching his every move as he is being touted as one of the best midfielders in the world. And as such, the humongous price he commanded for signing from Juventus comes as no surprise. However, the massive fees will not be… Read More »

CAN PAUL POGBA WIN THE FIFA BALLON D'OR WITH MANCHESTER UNITED | Manchester United’s world record signing Paul Pogba will have the eyes of the world watching his every move as he is being touted as one of the best midfielders in the world. And as such, the humongous price he commanded for signing from Juventus comes as no surprise. However, the massive fees will not be… Read More »

WHY LUIS SUAREZ MAY NEVER WIN THE BALLON D'OR   |     Luis Suarez is arguably the greatest striker in the world at the moment, and he has been one for at least the last two seasons. The Uruguayan, who ended the last season with a flourish, seems to have continued in the same vein, having netted a hat-trick in the LaLiga opener against Real Betis at… Read More »

WHY LUIS SUAREZ MAY NEVER WIN THE BALLON D'OR | Luis Suarez is arguably the greatest striker in the world at the moment, and he has been one for at least the last two seasons. The Uruguayan, who ended the last season with a flourish, seems to have continued in the same vein, having netted a hat-trick in the LaLiga opener against Real Betis at… Read More »