FIFA CANCELS THE BEST AWARDS 2020

FIFA has scrapped The Best awards for the year 2020 in light of the Covid-19 pandemic. The awards ceremony was slated for September in Milan, but in light of the situation, FIFA feels holding such a celebratory event would be unacceptable.

Kevin de Bruyne feels he is pretty close to Ballon d’Or award

Belgium international Kevin de Bruyne believes he is pretty close to winning the Ballon d’Or, given he is entering the prime of his professional career. The 28-year-old has been a superb servant for Manchester City over the past five years and during this period, he has contributed 50 goals and 86 assists from 206 appearances.

AUSTRALIA WORLD CUP QUALIFIER POSTPONED

Australia will not proceed with the World Cup qualifiers during the international free windows in March and later in June. This is as a result of the global pandemic breakout. Fifa has announced the postponement of all international matches in order to manage the spread of the virus among players and fans.

According to Australian FA, exhibition matches will be organized to keep the team in shape during the absence of competitive matches.

KANE WANTS TO JOIN ELITE

According to an inside source at Tottenham Hotspur, captain Harry Kane is working on a summer exit, with the England international keen to move on to a top-level club to match his ambition to win the Champion's League and the Ballon D'Or.

Spurs have been very poor this year. They were knocked out of the champions league by RB Leipzig. The German were superior to Jose Mourinho 's side, as they won 4-0 over two legs. Tottenham are 8th in the league, seven points behind Chelsea in fourth place and qualification to next season's Champions League is looking unlikely.

Sarri insists Juventus are on target to achieve season objectives

Juventus manager Maurizio Sarri has said that the club are on target to achieve their objectives for the campaign despite the recent setback in the league. The Bianconeri have suffered defeats in two of the previous three games in the Serie A and that has recently seen Inter Milan leapfrog them to the top of the standings on goal difference.

Yaya Toure insists Sadio Mane deserved Ballon d’Or ahead of Messi

Former Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure has insisted that Sadio Mane deserved to win the Ballon d’Or on the back of winning the Champions League title with Liverpool. The Senegal international has been an integral part of the Reds setup over the past three years and he contributed 26 goals en route to the Reds’ European success last term.

Speaking to reporters in Doha, Toure said that there are no better players than Mane at the moment in Africa and added that he should have won the Ballon d’Or crown after the Champions League glory, he told: “To be honest he [Mane] deserved to win the Ballon d’Or first. In Africa we don’t see any better players than him. Did you see the votes? Did you see what he did in the last year, how many goals he scored, what he achieved with Liverpool? For me it is a shame when a team wins this trophy [the Champions League] and the winner of the Ballon d’Or is not coming from there.”

Sadio Mane hopeful of winning Ballon d’Or in the future

Liverpool attacker Sadio Mane has expressed his happiness after finishing as the fourth best player in the world. The Senegal international was pivotal towards the club’s Champions League success last season and he managed to finish as the second-best ranked Reds player in the Ballon d’Or ranking after Virgil van Dijk, who was named as the runner-up to Lionel Messi.

Speaking to the club’s official website, Mane was pleased with his ranking for the Ballon d’Or. He added that the team are going through an excellent phase and he is hopeful of bagging the individual prize next term with the Reds going for the Champions League and Premier League double this time around.

Sergio Ramos backs Virgil van Dijk for the Ballon d’Or crown

Real Madrid star Sergio Ramos has said that Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk deserves to win the Ballon d’Or title this year after helping his team win the Champions League title last season. The Netherlands international has been incredibly consistent with his performances at the heart of the defence since joining the Reds and he was recently named as the UEFA Player of the Year.

Speaking to Marca, Ramos said that the Ballon d’Or does not seem to be about Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo anymore. He added that there is the route for other players to win the coveted individual prize and Van Dijk would deserve the accolade based on the showing for the Merseyside giants last term.

Sergio Ramos backs Virgil van Dijk for the Ballon d’Or crown

Real Madrid star Sergio Ramos has said that Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk deserves to win the Ballon d’Or title this year after helping his team win the Champions League title last season. The Netherlands international has been incredibly consistent with his performances at the heart of the defence since joining the Reds and he was recently named as the UEFA Player of the Year.

Speaking to Marca, Ramos said that the Ballon d’Or does not seem to be about Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo anymore. He added that there is the route for other players to win the coveted individual prize and Van Dijk would deserve the accolade based on the showing for the Merseyside giants last term.

Sadio Mane says Lionel Messi deserves the Ballon d’Or

Liverpool attacker Sadio Mane has said that Barcelona star Lionel Messi deserves the Ballon d’Or and he does not have to describe the qualities of the Argentina international. Messi came a distant fifth in the race for the coveted prize last year and that came as a surprise for many, given the attacker had helped the Blaugrana win a domestic League and Cup double.

He has not been able to replicate the feat during the recent campaign, where the Blaugrana only won the league title, but a large section of the footballing fraternity have touted him for the prestigious accolade this time around. Speaking in a press conference, Mane was asked whether he can win the Ballon d’Or ahead of Messi and he responded with a ‘No’ while saying: "I will recognise that he deserves to win it. For sure, everybody knows Messi, so I don't have to describe how good he is."

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