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Monday July 20 2020
Official: No Ballon d'Or 2020

France Football has confirmed that the Ballon d’Or 2020 will not be assigned. ‘The winners of last year’s edition will have no successors’.

France Football set up the award in 1956 and announced through their chief editor Pascal Ferré that the 2020 edition will not be assigned.

“For the first time in its history, which began in 1965, the Ballon d’Or will not be awarded in 2020,” he explained through the French outlet. “Due to the lack of sufficient fair conditions.”

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Thursday April 2 2020
Shevchenko: 'Milan always in my heart'

Andriy Shevchenko describes his everlasting love for Milan. “These colours will always be in my heart, the club which made me a Champions League winner and helped me achieve everything in football.”

The 43-year-old Ukraine coach spent seven seasons with the Rossoneri before going on to Chelsea and Dinamo Kiev, retiring in 2012.

“Red and black, these colours will always be in my heart,” he told the official Milan Twitter account.

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Monday December 16 2019
Mendes: 'Messi Ballon d'Or unjust'

Agent Jorge Mendes claims Lionel Messi shouldn’t have won the Ballon d’Or this year. “It was an injustice. Cristiano Ronaldo would've won if he was at Real Madrid.”

The Argentine superstar collected his sixth gong earlier this month, going one ahead of the Portuguese striker in the career Ballon d’Or race, with Ronaldo finishing third on the podium.

Mendes, speaking at the Golden Boy awards in Turin, says it wasn’t the correct decision to award the prize to Messi.

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Tuesday December 3 2019
Pjanic: 'Juve not 10 points behind!'

Miralem Pjanic has warned Inter that Juventus “are a point behind, not 10” in the race at the top of Serie A.

Juve remain unbeaten this season but fell to a 2-2 draw with Sassuolo on Sunday, allowing Inter to leapfrog them into first place as they beat SPAL 2-1.

“We are not even halfway through the season, we have faced so many strong teams,” Pjanic said from the Gran Gala del Calcio in Milan last night.

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Monday December 2 2019
Chiellini: 'Ronaldo robbed of Ballon d'Or'

Giorgio Chiellini claims Juventus teammate Cristiano Ronaldo “was robbed of the Ballon d’Or last year, as Real Madrid wanted to stop him winning.”

The trophy went to Real Madrid and Croatia midfielder Luka Modric in 2018, while this evening the winner was Barcelona star Lionel Messi.

Ronaldo skipped the ceremony for two years running after learning he would not be holding the golden globe aloft.

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Monday December 2 2019
De Ligt wins Kopa award

Juventus defender Matthijs de Ligt has won the Kopa Trophy for best under-21 player of last season.

De Ligt reached the Champions League semi-finals with Ajax last season, eliminating Juve along the way, and won a domestic double.

Those exploits earned him a move to Turin over the summer for a reported €75m.

The Kopa Trophy was introduced last year, with Kylian Mbappe winning the inaugural award, beating the likes of Gianluigi Donnarumma and Patrick Cutrone.

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Monday December 2 2019
Messi to win Ballon d'Or

Barcelona talisman Lionel Messi is widely expected to win the Ballon d’Or for a record sixth time later, with Cristiano Ronaldo not even on the podium.

Both ANSA and Gazzetta dello Sport claim Messi will win the prestigious prize in Paris tonight, barely a day after scoring the winner against Atletico Madrid in a 1-0 victory.

Ronaldo, on the other hand, is being tipped to place fourth, behind Liverpool pair Mohamed Salah and Virgil van Dijk.

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Saturday November 2 2019
Mother: 'Football mafia against Ronaldo'

Cristiano Ronaldo's mother sensationally claimed the Juventus and Portugal star is the victim of a "mafia" in football. "If he was English or Spanish, they wouldn't do what they did."

The Juventus striker's mother, Dolores Aveiro, spoke to Portuguese newspaper A Bola at an event and discussed dark forces in the game.

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Wednesday October 30 2019
Koulibaly: 'Proud of Ballon d'Or nod'

Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly is proud at his 2019 Ballon d'Or nomination and African football's progress. "We've dreamed about it for years."

Koulibaly, 28, spoke to Algerian website Le Buteur about his close friend Faouzi Ghoulam, charity work and his presence in the 50-man shortlist for the Ballon d'Or award.

"The fact that there are several African nominations (for the Ballon d'Or) shows the enourmous progress African football is making," said the Senegal international.

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Monday October 21 2019
Trio up for more awards

Wojciech Szczesny and Samir Handanovic are nominated for the Yachine Trophy to crown the best goalkeeper, while Moise Kean is up for the Kopa Trophy.

The Juventus and Inter No 1s will compete with the likes of Alisson, Hugo Lloris and Manuel Neuer for France Football’s goalkeepers-only award, which complements the Ballon d’Or.

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