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Diego Maradona makes controversial Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo claim

Messi and Ronaldo are tied record holders with five each as they continue to dominate football. Ronaldo sealed his fifth gong earlier this month as he joined Messi at the top table. No one else has won the award in its current format and you need to go back to 2007 to find someone else voted as the best player of the year. But Maradona believes he would have won even more – had he been eligible for it. “There were more [contenders] before,” Maradona told AS.  “I’d have more…

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Lionel Messi: Jose Mourinho knew exactly how to stop Barcelona star – Alonso

Messi has been at the pinnacle of world football for the past decade now. Teams all across Europe have tried and failed to prevent the Argentina international impacting the game. And Mourinho found out the hard way in his first El Clasico as Real boss back in 2010, with Messi running the show and Barcelona ending up 5-0 winners. However, the Portuguese coach quickly hatched a plan to halt Messi and that involved Alonso personally marking the 30-year-old out of the game. And the former Spain international has revealed how…

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EU needs more time to finish trade deal with South American bloc: France and Eire delaying

Mercosur delegates had hoped to announce a so-called political agreement outlining the deal’s key points this week at the World Trade Organisation (WTO) ministerial conference in Buenos Aires or during the free-trade bloc’s meeting in Brasilia next week, the source said.  But when Mercosur presented “new indications” of changes it was willing to make to its offers, the EU said it was not prepared to present new proposals of its own, said the source, who requested anonymity due to the sensitivity of the talks.  “The EU said it was not…

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‘It looks like someone’s gran’: Diego Maradona statue unveiled in India

Another football icon has been honoured by a statue with a bronze sculpture of the Argentina great, Diego Maradona, unveiled at a club in Kolkata, although the dubious likeness to the 1986 World Cup winner has attracted online ridicule. The 12-foot statue features the 1986 World Cup winner with a healthy head of hair and holding aloft the trophy he helped Argentina win in Mexico, but bears little resemblance to the then 25-year-old captain of the side. Some online commenters said the statue looked more like the former England manager,…

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Real Madrid news: Inter Milan striker Mauro Icardi passes medical – report

Mauro Icardi has been linked with a move to Real Madrid in recent weeks as Zinedine Zidane looks to add some bite to his attack. Real are struggling for goals this season with Gareth Bale and Karim Benzema struggling for fitness and Cristiano Ronaldo misfiring. Reports have suggested Icardi was set to have a medical this month ahead of a move to the Bernabeu in January. And Spanish outlet Don Balon claim the Argentina international has now undergone the necessary tests in Italy and passed. The report says he will…

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Ballon d’Or 2017: Cristiano Ronaldo beats Lionel Messi to award after Real Madrid double

The Portuguese forward enjoyed another stellar season at the Bernabeu in 2016/17, netting 42 goals in 46 appearances in all competitions. And his form was integral to Zinedine Zidane’s side securing glory in La Liga and the Champions League, their second successive success in Europe. Ronaldo has tonight seen his performances for Real in 2017 recognised with a fifth Ballon d’Or award of his career going his way. The top gong puts the former Manchester United star level with Barcelona and Argentina ace Messi, who’s finished second in France Football‘s…

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Pope want to change ‘Lord’s Prayer’ as it implies God ‘induces temptation’

The Lord’s prayer is spoken by the majority of the world’s 2.2billion Christians, and is cited by the bible as the way Jesus taught his disciples to pray. However Pope Francis has argued the Italian – and indeed the English translation – go against the teachings of the church. In the much-recited prayer, followers of the faith call on God to “lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil”. Speaking to Italian broadcasters, the Pope argued this was incorrect. He said: “It is not a good translation because…

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Football’s most unlikely half-and-half scarves | The Knowledge

“After the north London derby, a friend and I were imagining what some of the world’s most unlikely split scarves might be,” writes Chris Corrigan. “It’s fun to imagine, but in real life, what are examples of unbelievably unlikely split scarves?” Pitch up outside any major match and you are likely to find someone hawking a half-and-half scarf. We’ve riffed on the subject before and, nightmarish scourge or natty souvenir, they don’t seem to be going anywhere. Inevitably they continue to split opinion, though not exactly down the middle (your…

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‘We want answers!’ Relatives of crew on Argentina missing submarine demand search resumes

The ARA San Juan vanished on November 15 after it left the southern port of Ushuaia towards Mar del Plata in the east of the country. A rescue mission using planes and ships from more than a dozen nations was quickly launched, but failed to locate any sign of the crew. And the Argentine Navy has since ended its search, saying it does not believe the crew will be found alive. But families of the sailors protested the decision in Mar del Plata this weekend, and begged president Mauricio Macri…

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Lionel Messi statue vandalised for second time in a year – leaving just tops of his ankles

The perpetrators cut off the footballer’s legs in an attack yesterday morning, leaving just the tops of his ankles and a football attached to his magic left foot on the base of the sculpture. It was the second time in less than a year that the work of art in the Argentine capital Buenos Aires had been vandalised. In January the bronze Messi statue was cut in half from the waist up. Police are still hunting those responsible for the latest incident. The repair bill has not yet been revealed….

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