Ballon d'Or

Ronaldo, Messi lead Ballon d'Or nominees

Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi and Neymar headline an impressive 30-man shortlist unveiled on Monday for the 2017 Ballon d'Or world footballer of the year award.

December 13, 2016
December 13, 2016

No surprises -- its Ronaldo

Cristiano Ronaldo won his fourth Ballon d'Or on Monday to get one over his nemesis Lionel Messi in their long-running duel for the title of best footballer on the planet.

December 13, 2016
December 13, 2016

No surprises -- its Ronaldo

Cristiano Ronaldo won his fourth Ballon d'Or on Monday to get one over his nemesis Lionel Messi in their long-running duel for the title of best footballer on the planet.

December 12, 2016
December 12, 2016

Ronaldo's 4th?

Come 1900 GMT on Monday, what looks to be a poorly kept secret will officially be out -- Cristiano Ronaldo will bag his fourth Ballon d'Or as the world's top footballer.

November 20, 2016
November 20, 2016

Ballon d'Or just reward for hat-trick hero Ronaldo

Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane insisted he has no doubt Cristiano Ronaldo will be the deserving winner of a fourth Ballon d'Or come January, but his hat-trick in a 3-0 defeat of Atletico...

September 16, 2016
September 16, 2016

Ballon d'Or returns home to France

The Ballon d'Or deal between France football and FIFA has ended, the French publication and football's governing body announce.

July 18, 2016
July 18, 2016

Ronaldo for Ballon d'Or: Neymar

The winner of the next Ballon d'Or award won't be named for another six months, but Neymar is pretty sure who will be.

February 23, 2016
February 23, 2016

‘Messi is Barca’s leader’

Luis Enrique has lauded Lionel Messi as Barcelona's leader and "the best wherever he plays".

January 29, 2016
January 29, 2016

‘I don't work to win the Ballon d'Or’

Neymar of Barcelona has claimed that winning trophies motivates him more than being named the best footballer in the world.

January 26, 2016
January 26, 2016

Messi cuts Ronaldo's lead to five

Lionel Messi's goal at the weekend saw the Argentine reduce Cristiano Ronaldo lead to five in the pair's head-to-head scoring contest in La Liga.

January 19, 2016
January 19, 2016

Messi owes me: Ronaldo

Cristiano Ronaldo explains to reporters how he helped out his rival Lionel Messi with language issues and now expects to be paid.