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Ronaldo, Salah, Modric nominated for FIFA award

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MNA Sports Desk: Cristiano Ronaldo faces stiff competition from former Real Madrid team-mate Luka Modric and Egypt’s Mohamed Salah to be crowned FIFA’s player of the year for a sixth time, reported news agency. Ronaldo was the competition’s top scorer in lifting a fourth Champions League title in five years before heading for pastures new with Juventus in July. Modric is also part of that Madrid side that has dominated the Champions League in recent years and won the Golden Ball for the best player at the World Cup for leading Croatia to the final. Salah scored 44 goals in ...

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Messi, Ronaldo, Neymar on FIFA shortlist

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MNA Sports Desk: Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi and Neymar have been nominated as finalists for the Best FIFA Men’s Player award, the sport’s governing body said on Friday. Ronaldo helped Real Madrid to a second consecutive Champions League title and finished as the tournament’s top scorer with 12 goals earlier this year. Messi and Neymar claimed the Spanish King’s Cup with Barcelona with the former finishing as La Liga’s top scorer with 37 goals last season. Juventus captain Gianluigi Buffon was shortlisted for the Best FIFA Goalkeeper award after leading the Italian club to a sixth successive Serie A title, ...

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Confederations Cup: Ronaldo strikes as Portugal down Russia

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MNA Sports Desk: Cristiano Ronaldo brushed off the tax storm clouding his Real Madrid future by scoring the only goal of the game as Portugal beat hosts Russia 1-0 at the Confederations Cup on Wednesday. The 32-year-old netted after just eight minutes to give the Euro 2016 winners their first victory in Group A as they leapfrog Russia in the standings. Group rivals Mexico and New Zealand meet later in Sochi. The Portuguese camp had insisted ahead of this game that their skipper was focused solely on matters on the field in Russia despite the speculation surrounding his future at ...

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Real Madrid reached the Club World Cup final

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MNA Sports Desk: Real Madrid reached the Club World Cup final by beating Club America 2-0 on Thursday but FIFA’s new video technology was again the talking point after Cristiano Ronaldo’s injury-time strike caused confusion. Real will meet Kashima Antlers of Japan in Sunday’s final in Yokohama, looking to become world champions for the second time in three years and earn a record 21st international title. The Spanish giants have already won 11 European Cups, three European Super Cups, two UEFA Cups, three Intercontinental Cups and one Club World Cup. New Ballon d’Or winner Ronaldo rounded off a much stronger ...

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Ballon d’Or 2016: Ronaldo and Messi to battle once again

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MNA Sports Desk: Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi will battle once again for the most prestigious award in football is given to the best performer in a calendar year, as France Football announces the 30-man shortlist for FIFA Ballon d’Or 2016 on Monday. Barcelona’s Argentine great Messi, who took the honour for a record fifth time last year, or Real Madrid’s Portuguese three-time winner Ronaldo have taken the coveted accolade every year since 2007, when AC Milan’s Kaka won. As in the previous years, Ronaldo and Messi are expected go head-to-head for this highly contested prize, with French striker Antoine ...

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Ronaldo won the UEFA Best Player in Europe Award

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MNA Sports Desk: Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo won the UEFA Best Player in Europe Award on Thursday after winning both last season’s Champions League and Euro 2016 with Portugal. Ronaldo, 31-year-old, received the accolade for the second time in his career after finishing ahead of Real team-mate Gareth Bale and Atletico Madrid’s Antoine Griezmann. “I’m obviously delighted to receive this award; it’s been an incredible season. But these two other players deserve it as well,” said Ronaldo. Ronaldo struck the winning spot-kick as Real claimed a record 11th European Cup title, beating city rivals Atletico on penalties in May, ...

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La Liga players lead UEFA Best Player shortlist

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MNA Sports Desk: La Liga players lead this year’s Best Player in Europe shortlist, declared by the continent’s governing body UEFA on Monday, with seven of the top 10 candidates for the significant award presently plying their trade in Spain. European champions Real Madrid are represented by four players, including Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale, while last year’s winner Lionel Messi and Barcelona team mate Luis Suarez, along with Atletico Madrid’s Antoine Griezmann, are on the list. Italy’s veteran goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon will be joined by Thomas Muller and Manuel Neuer of Bayern Munich on the list, which features no ...

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Taylor Swift ranked world’s highest paid celebrity

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MNA Culture & Entertainment Desk: Taylor Swift has ranked as world’s highest paid celebrity on the 2016 Forbes Celebrity 100 list. The singer earned an estimated $170 million in the past year, driven in part by her very successful 1989 World Tour. “She smashed the Rolling Stones’ North American touring record, grossing $200 million on the continent en route to quarter of a billion dollars in total. She also pads her pocketbook by shilling for brands including Diet Coke, Keds and Apple.”Forbes reports. Swift’s huge earnings were largely thanks to her “1989 World Tour” during which she cracked the Rolling ...

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Portugal beat France for Euro 2016 glory

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MNA Sports Desk: Eder’s extra-time goal saw Portugal beat host France 1-0 in Sunday’s Euro 2016 final to win their first major tournament for the journey on their road to glory. “It was not the final I wanted, but I am very happy. It is a trophy for all the Portuguese, for all immigrants, all the people who believed in us, so I am very happy and very proud.” Portuguese star Ronaldo said. “We said we would win it and we managed to do that.” He added later. Twelve years after dropping 1-0 to Greece as hosts of Euro 2004, ...

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Portugal prepared for ‘game of their lives’

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MNA Sports Desk: Portugal is prepared for ‘game of their lives’. Portugal’s players are considering Sunday’s Euro 2016 final as the game of their lives and a chance to go down in their country’s history, midfielder Joao Mario said Friday. The 23-year-old also shrugged off criticism that Portugal, who has won only one match inside 90 minutes at the tournament, had yet to sparkle. Portugal, expecting to win an international title for the first time, take on hosts France in Sunday’s final, 12 years after dropping at home to Greece in their only other major final. “I’m certain that the ...

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France faces Ronaldo in poignant Euro final

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MNA Sports Desk: France faces Ronaldo in poignant Euro final. Cristiano Ronaldo’s battle-hardened Portugal, stand between hosts France and a cathartic conquest in Sunday’s Euro 2016 final at Stade de France. The sports ground was besieged by suicide bombers during France’s friendly against Germany last November in attacks across Paris that left 130 people deceased. Following a joyous semi-final victory over Germany, France aim to prevail in a third major final on home soil after the 1984 European Championship and 1998 World Cup. “There are lots of fervor and lots of joy and happiness in France,” France coach Didier Deschamps ...

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Ronaldo hoping rest leaves him fit for Euro 2016

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MNA Sports Desk: It was an arrogant statement but correct nonetheless and will probably be an apt epitaph when Cristiano Ronaldo eventually calls time on his international career. Ronaldo is hoping that rest leaves him fit for Euro 2016. Cristiano Ronaldo clinched the Champions League this season for Real Madrid with the winning penalty. Speaking in the glossy film about his life and remarkable career released last year, he said of Portugal’s chances in international tournaments, “If we had two or three Cristiano Ronaldos in the team, I would feel more comfortable but we don’t.” He is easily Portugal’s record ...

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