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Thursday September 26 2019
FIFA: Messi votes not falsified

FIFA has denied claims that votes for The Best FIFA Men’s Award were incorrectly given to Barcelona star Lionel Messi.

Nicaragua captain Juan Barrera said he had not voted, despite FIFA publishing he had backed Messi to take the crown on his ballot paper.

That led Tuttosport to report Juventus forward Cristiano Ronaldo - winner in each of the two previous years - had been ‘robbed’.

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Thursday September 26 2019
FIFA The Best Messi votes falsified?

There is growing controversy over FIFA’s The Best Award because votes were incorrectly given to Leo Messi, according to at least two participants.

Turin-based newspaper Tuttosport have framed this as Juventus star Cristiano Ronaldo being ‘robbed’ of the trophy.

If anything, Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk came in second on 38 rank points, followed by Ronaldo on 36, with Messi way out in front on 46.

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Thursday September 26 2019
Messi doubt to face Inter

Lionel Messi is a huge doubt to feature in the Champions League clash with Inter, as Barcelona confirmed another muscular injury.

The two sides go head-to-head at Camp Nou on October 2 and it will be a race against time for the talisman to be ready.

According to the latest statements from the Blaugrana, Messi suffered a strained left thigh muscle during Monday’s game with Villarreal, which had been his full comeback after calf problems ruled him out of the first four La Liga fixtures.

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Tuesday September 24 2019
Paratici: 'Ronaldo deserved award'

Juventus director Fabio Paratici insists they “respect Lionel Messi, but Cristiano Ronaldo deserved to win the award as The Best.”

The trophy was handed out by FIFA last night in a ceremony at Milan’s legendary Scala opera house, but Ronaldo did not attend.

This is believed to be because he knew that he hadn’t won the main award, which went to Barcelona star Messi ahead of Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk.

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Tuesday September 24 2019
Pirlo: 'De Jong most like me'

Andrea Pirlo tips Juventus for yet another Scudetto and names the player most likely to follow in his footsteps – Barcelona’s Frenkie de Jong.

The now retired midfielder spoke to Radio Bianconera about his time in Turin and the many players who have been compared to him ever since.

“When I came to Juve, I did it to open an era of victories. I was absolutely convinced that would happen, otherwise I would’ve gone elsewhere.

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Monday September 23 2019
Ronaldo: No Messi or Van Dijk votes

Juventus forward Cristiano Ronaldo ignored Lionel Messi and Virgil van Dijk in the voting for The Best FIFA Men’s Player of 2019.

Ronaldo was joined by the pair on the podium in Milan, but he did not attend the gala to watch Messi scoop up a record sixth FIFA gong.

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Monday September 23 2019
Messi beats Ronaldo to Best Player

Lionel Messi has beaten Cristiano Ronaldo and Virgil van Dijk to be crowned The Best FIFA Men’s Player of 2019.

Messi helped Barcelona defend La Liga last season, while captaining Argentina to third place at Copa America over the summer.

The No 10 is now on six FIFA best-player gongs – one more than Ronaldo and more than any other player in history.

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Monday September 23 2019
Report: Barca tabs on Fabian

Barcelona are reportedly keeping close tabs on Napoli midfielder Fabian Ruiz.

Barca were linked with Fabian over the summer, as were their arch-rivals Real Madrid.

Although no move bore fruition, Mundo Deportivo and Gazzetta dello Sport both report sporting director Eric Abidal was at Lecce’s stadium yesterday to watch the Spaniard.

It comes despite the official explanation for his visit being in aid of a possible partnership with Lecce over some of their young players.

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Monday September 23 2019
Ronaldo vies to be The Best

Juventus forward Cristiano Ronaldo will go head-to-head with Lionel Messi and Virgil van Dijk tonight to be crowned The Best FIFA Men’s Player of 2019.

Ronaldo won the award in 2016 and 2017, and he has a good case to add to his haul at th  Teatro alla Scala in Milan this evening.

The No 7 helped Juve to an eighth straight Scudetto with his 28 goals last season and captained Portugal to glory at the inaugural Nations League.

He comes up against Messi, who won La Liga with Barcelona in 2018-19 and continues to break records.

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Friday September 20 2019
Cassano backs Inter & Balotelli

Serie A favourite Antonio Cassano says he is backing Inter for the Scudetto and Mario Balotelli to work his way back into the Italy squad.

Inter appointed ex-Juventus and Chelsea boss Antonio Conte over the summer and broke their transfer record to sign Romelu Lukaku, while Balotelli is looking to re-announce himself for club and country with newly-promoted Brescia.

“Inter will win the Scudetto,” Cassano told Corriere della Sera.

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