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Italy
Is Ronaldo peaking at right time for Juventus?
08:01 Friday 10th January 2020

It’s that time of the year when Cristiano Ronaldo kicks things up a notch. After an uneasy start to the Maurizio Sarri era, CR7 is back to his best, regaining the elite reputation for which Juventus paid a club-record fee. With eight…

Cult Heroes
Equal Time: Messi’s 6th Ballon d’Or doesn’t warrant GOAT status
17:00 Saturday 7th December 2019

People say stats don’t lie. Lionel Messi recently surpassed Cristiano Ronaldo as the all-time scorer at a top European club. At the writing, he has 614 goals for Barcelona to the Portuguese’s 608 for his four clubs, Sporting…

Football
Why Virgil van Dijk won't do a Luka Modric
17:00 Sunday 9th June 2019

A transfer window works on three levels. First, it allows clubs to improve. Second, it keeps the game fresh by allowing freer player movement between clubs. Third, it aids orthopaedists in their valuable research on the durability of thumbs…

Spain
Why Real Madrid need to cash in on Luka Modric this summer
09:00 Thursday 2nd May 2019

That Luka Modric played some of the best football of his career last year is not in doubt. He starred in a Croatian team that took the world by surprise in reaching the World Cup final in Russia. He played a key role in Real Madrid’s…

Features
Why Lionel Messi already deserves the Ballon d'Or
17:00 Wednesday 1st May 2019

It's the business end of the season. Clubs are poised for trophies. Top players are set to be recognised for excellent campaigns. Although the Champions League hangs in the balance, it's self-evident that Lionel Messi deserves a sixth…

Football
Why isn't Luka Modric living up to the Ballon d'Or tag?
16:55 Wednesday 10th April 2019

In the beginning, there was a vast sporting void. Then the English created Football. They ventured out from their Albion Garden of Eden to spread the game to the world while taking everything else in return. When the rest of the world…

France
Can PSG hold onto Kylian Mbappe long term?
12:00 Tuesday 2nd April 2019

What more is there to be said about Kylian Mbappe? At just 20, the youngster's achievements already surpass most footballer's dreams. Already among the best in the world when he burst onto the scene in 2016, his progress in…

Football
Who is leading the 2018 Ballon d'Or race
15:00 Saturday 28th July 2018

The 2018 FIFA World Cup has given players an extra chance to impress football lovers and fans. Some took their opportunity extremely well, while others fell by the waist-side. With the year already halfway complete, it's time to take a…

World Cup
The day the Ballon d'Or died
08:00 Monday 2nd July 2018

And while Lennon read a book on Marx The quartet practiced in the park And we sang dirges in the dark The day the music died There’s no American pie at the World Cup in Russia. The United States failed to qualify. Nonetheless, Don McLean’s…

France
Neymar, Paris Saint-Germain must travel same path to reach separate goals
09:00 Wednesday 27th June 2018

It's every young footballer's dream to represent a top European club. Each prospect craves the money and adulation. That's why they burn their candle at both ends. Train hard, eat healthily, sleep well, repeat. Making it at the…

World Cup
5 stars banking on World Cup currency to win Ballon d'Or?
08:00 Wednesday 20th June 2018

The World Cup arrives every four years. The best players want to shine on its stage. They desire nothing more than to hoist the trophy as champion. That is a team effort, however. Elite stars also want to put their personal stamp on the competition…

World Cup
Cristiano Ronaldo throws down the gauntlet in Russia; Can Lionel Messi respond?
09:00 Saturday 16th June 2018

In 2016, the Euros were followed by the Copa America Centenario. At the first competition, Cristiano Ronaldo led Portugal to the final. He damaged a knee ligament in the first half and had to withdraw. His knee wrapped, he emerged from the…

Premier League
Can Mohamed Salah win the Ballon d’Or?
17:00 Friday 27th April 2018

One big question doing the rounds this past week: can Mohamed Salah win the Ballon d'Or? With each performance, the Egypt international is proving he belongs in the same bracket as Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo. The two super-humans…

Cult Heroes
Why Mohamed Salah deserves to win the 2018 Ballon d’Or
13:00 Thursday 26th April 2018

What must a player do to win the Ballon d’Or? How have Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo monopolized the award for the past decade? Does Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah now deserve recognition as the world's best player? Here…

Champions League
2018 Ballon d’Or slipping away from Neymar
16:30 Saturday 24th February 2018

Neymar has been widely touted as the heir to the throne so long contested by Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo. He has been the toast of the media ever since he was at Santos. Even while playing in his homeland, the Brazilian was already commanding…