Carmakers are betting on soccer to boost the sales of their automotive

For obvious reasons, Motorsports such as: NASCAR or F1 have always been one of the major division of branding that Carmakers have focused on but it is recently taking a turn as soccer is starting to turn into a market for major car manufacturers in the world for them to promote their products.

Ramos Hopes For Ballon d' Or Award

Real Madrid defender Sergio Ramos has stated that he would be happy to lift the FIFA Ballon d’Or award one day. The defender was a crucial reason towards Real Madrid winning the 10th Champions League title in their history. He not only scored goals in the semifinals, but his goal in the Champions League final also helped Madrid take the game into extra time against Atletico Madrid. Madrid were on the verge of being defeated in the final, but Ramos scored with only seconds remaining on the clock.

Ronaldo Claims Neymar Could Hold Ballon d'Or

Reigning FIFA Ballon d’Or award holder Cristiano Ronaldo has sensationally claimed that Barcelona striker Neymar could one day win the award. The former Santos striker moved to the Catalan club in the summer for around £ 80 million in total. He is also one of the best paid after the recent tax problems forced Barcelona into revealing the true details about his transfer from Brazilian club. In terms of performances on the pitch, it was a disappointing end to the season for the 21-year-old. He appeared brilliant in the first half of the season with several goals.

Ronaldo Believes Neymar Could Take Ballon d'Or

Reigning FIFA Ballon d’Or award holder Cristiano Ronaldo has sensationally claimed that Barcelona striker Neymar could one day win the award. The former Santos striker moved to the Catalan club in the summer for around £ 80 million in total. He is also one of the best paid after the recent tax problems forced Barcelona into revealing the true details about his transfer from Brazilian club. In terms of performances on the pitch, it was a disappointing end to the season for the 21-year-old. He appeared brilliant in the first half of the season with several goals.

ARSENAL LOSE TO EVERTON

Arsenal’s latest Premier League fixture saw them losing against Everton and this defeat has placed more strain on Arsene Wenger and his players as they want to finish the season on a top 4 spot but it will be extremely difficult according to Wenger.

"I’m 100 percent determined to fight for the top four but it will be difficult. We still have a fixture that is feasible but we have to first focus on the quality of our performances before we dream of places. Let’s get back to playing better’’.

BARCA STRUGGLE TO DEFEAT

Barcelona’s loss against Real Sociedad and more recently against the relegation threatened club Valladolid has allowed Real Madrid and Athletic Madrid on leaping ahead of them and the pressure is building up on Gerardo Martino as well as the players.

The players themselves are experiencing the pressure from their recent negative results of the Spanish League and Daniel Alves has told the fans that the squad will keep on fighting for a chance to win La Liga.

PLATINI BACKS DUO

UEFA president Michel Platini is of the opinion that the duo of Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi can continue winning the FIFA Ballon d’Or award for the next 10 years. The duo have shared the award between themselves since 2008.

Ronaldo has become the latest recipient of the award, which is the second time he has won it during his illustrious career. Thus, he finally managed to bring an end to the dominance of Messi, who had won it four times in a row previously. Platini, though, reckons that the domination of these two players is not done yet.

FORLAN BACKS SUAREZ

Uruguay striker Diego Forlan has backed his international compatriot Luis Suarez to win the FIFA Ballon d’Or award if he carries on performing at this same level. The Liverpool striker has become one of the best in the world this campaign after going on to score 23 goals in the Premier league already.

He is on course to beating his previous best of 30 goals last season. Forlan is a player who has played in some of the top leagues in the world like England and Spain. He is also regarded as Uruguay's greatest player in recent decades.

SHORTLIST

Ballon d’Or the award that every coach, player and fan are talking about with everyone having their own opinion on who should claim it this time around. The 3 candidates on securing the award are: Franck Ribery, C.Ronaldo and Lionel Messi.

Lionel Messi is the powerhouse as he is the only player not only to snatch it up 4 times but the Argentinean wonder-kid has won it in consecutive years with no one coming even close on taking it away from him.

WORKING HARDER

Bayern Munich's Franck Ribery has said that he was much harder than the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi, who will be his rivals for the FIFA Ballon d’Or award.

The Barcelona superstar, Lionel Messi is the current holder of this award after having won it four times in succession. Ribery, though, is a favourite to win the award this time around after having helped his team win all the major trophies last season including the Champions League. Ribery scored in the 3-1 win over Manchester City in the group stages of the competition.