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.

TIME TO SHINE

After a number of unsuccessful and disappointing years, England is now in search of redemption that would put them back to the level and glory they experienced back in 1966 when they won their last World Cup trophy.

Despite having a fairly impressive squad available to play, England have a hard time laying their claim to the trophy, and struggle to get into the same stage as other top teams such as: Spain, Italy, Netherlands all of which have been making an impact in the recent years.

ROBBEN IS BACK TO HIS BEST

Bayern Munich star Arjen Robben had an incredible second half of the season with his club, as he helped them win the famous treble. This included the Champions league title as well.

Normally, the FIFA Ballon d’Or award title is given to the best player in the Champions League campaign. Apart from scoring in the final of the competition itself, Robben was an influential figure for Bayern Munich. Hence, he is one of the names being mentioned as a possible candidate to win this prestigious award. The player himself, though, thinks that he will not win this award.

DREAMING IN GOLD

Former Bayern Munich manager Jupp Heynckes has said that he expects a member of the Bayern Munich team to win the FIFA Ballon d’Or award this season. This award is regarded as the crowning glory in a professional's career. It is given to the individual who has had the outstanding season.

VOTING QUESTIONED

Real Madrid manager José Mourinho has revealed that he did not take part in the January gala that announced winners of the FIFA Ballon d’Or award and the manager of the year award from FIFA because he knew ahead of the ceremony that the votes were inaccurate.

Mourinho has revealed that some of the managers who have voted for the Portuguese had said that their votes were wrongly registered. As a result, Mourinho chose not to attend the gala function. He has also said that he is not regret the actions.

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RONALDO STAYS CALM

The Real Madrid striker Cristiano Ronaldo has said that is certainly not worried about not winning the FIFA Ballon d’Or award despite having a successful last season. Ronaldo was a recipient of this prestigious award back in 2008, but since then he has been beaten by the Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi in the last four seasons.

INIESTA IS WORTHY

The Spanish national team manager Vicente del Bosque has said that the Barcelona midfielder Andreas Iniesta is a worthy recipient of the FIFA Ballon d’Or award this season. This is an award that is considered as the crowning achievement for any player.

There have been a number of competitors for the award this season, which has been owned by the Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi for the past three seasons. The Argentine has scored 91 goals in all competitions for Barcelona in the calendar year, but he faces stiff competition from the likes of Iniesta and Cristiano Ronaldo.

XAVI IS WORTHY

Lothar Matthaus is regarded as one of the finest players to have represented the German national team. He has said that he regards the Barcelona midfielders Xavi and Iniesta to be more worthy of winning the FIFA Ballon d'Or award this season over the duo of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.

PSG RULE OUT RONALDO MOVE

The French club PSG has said that they have not had any contact with the Real Madrid attacker Cristiano Ronaldo, who has been linked with a move away from the club in the last few weeks.

The 27-year-old Portuguese international recently said that he was not happy at the club, but he did not disclose any reasons for being unhappy. However, it is primarily thought that Cristiano Ronaldo wants to sign a new contract that would make him the best paid player in the world. He is already earning around £ 7 million net of taxes, which is already costing Real Madrid a lot of money.

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