FIFA Ballon d’Or Award Makes a Player Selfish, says Arsene Wenger

Arsene Wenger has made a bold statement that the FIFA Ballon d’Or award makes players become more individualistic in their approach.


The award, which was formed as a unification of the Ballon d’Or award and the FIFA world Player of the Year title, is given out to the best player at the end of each calendar year. Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo have dominated this award since its inception. No other player has managed to win the title with Kaka being the last player to be crowned as the world’s best apart from this duo.

RONALDO IS ENTITLED TO BALLON D'OR - DROGBA

The Impact Montreal striker, Didier Drogba believes that Real Madrid star, Cristiano Ronaldo is worthy of winning the FIFA Ballon d’Or following his achievements with Real Madrid and Portugal.


The Portugal Internationalcame as the first runner-up behind long-time rival and Barcelona star, Lionel Messi in the competition for the BallonD'or award in 2015, but the Ivory Coast international insists Cristiano Ronaldo has done more than enough this time around to reclaim the prize which he deserves.

What's in a Name?

What is the nickname of former Ballon D'Or winner Zinedine Zidane? What about Ronaldo? WHo was called Psycho? If you know, then take ur test! :D

Marcelo Defends Ronaldo in the Argument with Xavi

Former Barcelona star Xavi and Real Madrid superstar Cristiano Ronaldo were recently in a war of words.


Xavi suggested that Lionel Messi was far superior to any other player on the planet and that included Ronaldo. The statement did not go down well with Ronaldo, even though the player has seen numerous such comparisons over the years. Messi is currently in the world record holder when it comes to the FIFA Ballon d'Orawards. However, the Argentine has managed to win fifth in his career Ronaldo is not far away with three already.

BALLACK UNSURE ON SCHWEINSTEIGER SNUB

Michael Ballack didn’t pick sides with his compatriot as the battle between Red Devils boss Jose Mourinho and Bastian Schweinsteiger continues. The former Bayern Munich and Chelsea star said that the former German captain deserved better but added that he also understood Mourinho’s stance as well.

“Jose Mourinho always spoke really high of Bastian, he really respected him as a person and a player, but as a coach you have to make decision. He made his decision and of course it’s hard for Bastian to accept because he’s a great player with a fantastic history for himself and a nice person,” Ballack told talkSPORT.

City and Liverpool set for Wembley repeat?

Last season, Manchester City goalkeeper Willy Caballero was the hero as Manuel Pellegrini’s men defeated Liverpool on penalties to win the Capital One Cup, now known as the EFL Cup.

And to be fair, both clubs look like they could be destined for another Wembley trip this season, especially if they can maintain their excellent league form throughout the duration of the domestic campaign.

City are unbeaten under Pep Guardiola and the Blues have already developed an imposing lead at the top of the Premier League table. Sergio Aguero is in fine form, with nine goals in just five matches in all competitions and the likes of Kevin de Bruyne, Raheem Sterling and Fernandinho are profiting from the Spaniard’s unique methods.

Jose Mourinho reckons Paul Pogba may never be able to clinch Ballon d’Or

Jose Mourinho reckons Paul Pogba may never be able to clinch Ballon d’Or because he doesn’t match the goal scoring tally of some of the other players in the world.


As per Mourinho, Pogba’s primary job is not to shake the net, but, to set the play and in doing that, he is an absolute expert. Probably nobody can match him in that department at this point, but, if his goals’ tally is four times lesser than someone else, he can’t win himself the Golden ball because the general philosophy is that whoever has the maximum no. of goals is better than the rest.

MESSI HAS CHANCE TO PROVE QUALITY

Barcelona superstars Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez would be squaring up against each other when Argentina take on Uruguay during the CONMEBOL World Cup qualifiers at the international break, with the winner possibly taking the advantage in the Fifa Ballon D'Or stakes. Uruguay are on top of the standings, while Argentina place third.

The game is going to be crucial to their qualifying hopes, but the emotional feel makes it special after the last meeting between both sides. At the Copa America Centenario this year in the United States, Uruguay were knocked out by Argentina in the group stage. The game left Suarez angry as he couldn’t play in the game.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic created yet another record

Zlatan Ibrahimovic created yet another record by scoring on his debut for Manchester United.


The Swedish striker has now scored on his debut for four other clubs in four different leagues. Ibrahimovic started the game against Bournemouth and led the line ahead of Wayne Rooney. The 34-year-old is trusted immensely by manager José Mourinho, whose presence was a major factor in convincing the player to arrive on a free transfer from Paris St Germain. Ibrahimovic has won league titles in Holland, Spain, Italy, and France. Winning the title in England would complete a big list, but strangely, he has never won the FIFA Ballon d’Or award.

Can Anyone Overhaul Real Madrid?

The minnows of Europe may only just be dealing with the preliminary rounds of the Champions League but as the major nations’ league campaigns get underway, fans of Real Madrid will be wondering whether they can be the first team since Milan in the late 1980s to retain the trophy.

There will be a host of familiar faces coming up against the Spanish champions, but with a Super Cup victory already recorded against Sevilla – and a jubilant Ronaldo on a high after this summer’s European Championship – can anyone stop Real Madrid this season?

Pages

Subscribe to FIFA Golden RSS