Ronaldo, Messi, Neymar make FIFA best shortlist

Neymar was named alongside Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi on the three-man shortlist for the Best FIFA Men’s Player Award, which was announced in London on Friday,

Brazil superstar Neymar, 25, won the Copa del Rey with Barcelona last season before joining Paris Saint-Germain in a blockbuster 222 million euros move that smashed the world transfer record. Ronaldo, 32, is the overwhelming favourite to win the award, having led Real Madrid to the La Liga title and a third Champions League success in four years last season. The Argentina great, a record five-time winner of the Ballon d’Or, has made a superb start to the current campaign, scoring 12 goals in his first eight appearances in all competitions. The shortlist for the Best FIFA Women’s Player award comprises Venezeula’s Deyna Castellanos, Carli Lloyd of the United States and Dutch player Lieke Martens.

Cristiano Ronaldo dos Santos was born 5 February 1985 is a Portuguese professional footballer who plays as a forward for Spanish club Real Madrid and the Portugal national team.

Often considered the best player in the world and widely regarded as one of the greatest of all time, Ronaldo has four FIFA Ballon d’Or awards, the most for a European player, and is the first player in history to win four European Golden Shoes.

He has won 24 trophies in his career, including five league titles, four UEFA Champions League titles and one UEFA European Championship.

A prolific goalscorer, Ronaldo holds the records for most official goals scored in the top five European leagues (369), the UEFA Champions League (105) and the UEFA European Championship (29), as well as the most goals scored in a UEFA Champions League season (17). He has scored more than 600 senior career goals for club and country.

Balloon d’or past winners their country and year

1957:Alfredo Di Stefano (ESP)

1958: Raymond Kopa (FRA)

1959: Alfredo Di Stefano (ESP)

1960: Luis Suarez (ESP)

1961: Omar Sivori (ITA)

1962: Josef Masopust (CZE)

1963: Lev Yashin (USSR)

1964: Denis Law (SCO)

1965: Eusebio (POR)

1966: Bobby Charlton (ENG)

1967: Florian Albert (HUN)

1968: George Best (NIR)

1969: Gianni Rivera (ITA)

1970: Gerd Mueller (GER)

1971: Johan Cruyff (NED)

1972: Franz Beckenbauer (GER)

1973: Johan Cruyff (NED)

1974: Johan Cruyff (NED)

1975: Oleg Blokhin (USSR)

1976: Franz Beckenbauer (GER)

1977: Alan Simonsen (DEN)

1978: Kevin Keegan (ENG)

1979: Kevin Keegan (ENG)

1980: Karl-Heinz Rummenigge (GER)

1981: Karl-Heinz Rummenigge (GER)

1982: Paolo Rossi (ITA)

1983: Michel Platini (FRA)

1984: Michel Platini (FRA)

1985: Michel Platini (FRA)

1986: Igor Belanov (USSR)

1987: Ruud Gullit (NED)

1988: Marco van Basten (NED)

1989: Marco van Basten (NED)

1990: Lothar Matthäus (GER)

1991: Jean-Pierre Papin (FRA)

1992: Marco van Basten (NED)

1993: Roberto Baggio (ITA)

1994: Hristo Stoichkov (BUL)

1995: George Weah (LBR)

1996: Matthias Sammer (GER)

1997: Ronaldo (BRA)

1998: Zinedine Zidane (FRA)

1999: Rivaldo (BRA)

2000: Luis Figo (POR)

2001: Michael Owen (ENG)

2002: Ronaldo (BRA)

2003: Pavel Nedved (CZE)

2004: Andrei Shevchenko (UKR)

2005: Ronaldinho (BRA)

2006: Fabio Cannavaro (ITA)

2007: Kaka (BRA)

2008: Cristiano Ronaldo (POR)

2009: Lionel Messi (ARG)

2010: Lionel Messi (ARG)

2011: Lionel Messi (ARG)

2012: Lionel Messi (ARG)

2013: Cristiano Ronaldo (POR)

2014: Cristiano Ronaldo (POR)

2015: Lionel Messi (ARG)

2016: Christiano Ronaldo (POR)

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Montpellier 0 Paris Saint-Germain 0: 100 per cent record ends in Neymar’s absence

The absence of Neymar coincided with Paris Saint-Germain losing their 100 per cent start to the Ligue 1 season as they were held to a frustrating 0-0 draw at Montpellier.

World-record signing Neymar was ruled out of the trip to Stade de la Mosson with a reported foot injury and PSG were unable to pose the same threat that has seen them score 24 goals in six matches with him in the line-up.

PSG now hold just a one-point lead at the top of Ligue 1 after defending champions Monaco thumped Lille 4-0 on Friday.

Julian Draxler replaced Neymar in the front three and was at the heart of the brightest moments for Unai Emery’s side, but they ultimately paid the price for failing to make the most of their dominance in possession.

Kylian Mbappe was troublesome for Montpellier with his direct running causing problems, though his touch let him down when Marco Verratti – back from a three-game ban – released him in the box in the second half.

It was a common theme for PSG, who were denied a penalty when Pedro Mendes appeared to foul Edinson Cavani in the box in the closing stages and will need to improve when they entertain Bayern Munich in the Champions League on Wednesday.

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Pele: When CR7 Has Scored 1283 Goals, We’ll Talk

Pele says he was happy to see Cristiano Ronaldo overtake his mark for international goals last week, but claims the Real Madrid forward has a long way to go before he can be in his illustrious company.
The Portugal star reached 78 international strikes to surpass the Brazil great’s 77, but the 76-year-old has laid down a challenge for the Madrid ace
“I saw the goal, It was really special. Of course, these are different times,” Pele said in a interview. “But the beautiful thing about football is the goals. And I take this opportunity to send a big greeting to Cristiano Ronaldo for that victory.” 
However, in reference to his total career goals record, the three-time World Cup winner added: “Now he has to score more than 1,283 goals!”

Mayweather vs. McGregor fight results, highlights: Money wins via 10th-round TKO


LAS VEGAS — In the end, the equation we all knew coming in turned out to be true: The best boxer in the world beat one of the best mixed martial artists in a boxing match. 

In his return from a two-year retirement, Floyd Mayweather improved to 50-0 with a 10th-round TKO over an incredibly game Conor McGregor in their pay-per-view superfight at T-Mobile Arena. But the storyline was just as much about McGregor, the UFC lightweight champion, in defeat than it was about the 40-year-old Mayweather in victory.

McGregor, 29, who was making his debut as a boxer, never fought reckless or overly aggressive, in contrast to his prediction of a first-round knockout. What he did was present Mayweather with a poised and credible challenge, teasing a bright future in the boxing game should he consider it. 

“He’s a lot better than I thought he was,” Mayweather said. “He used different angles. He was a tough competitor, but I was the better man tonight.

“We talked about how he’s a tough competitor, and I think we gave the fans what they wanted to see. I chose a hell of a dance partner to dance with. Conor McGregor, you are a hell of a champion.”

Mayweather, who officially announced his retirement after the fight, was true to his prediction throughout the fight’s build when he promised it wouldn’t go the distance. He also stuck to his guns about standing in front of McGregor looking for a finish. 

After a slow start in which Mayweather gave away the first three rounds in order to pick up McGregor’s rhythms, the former pound-for-pound king began his attack.

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Mayweather (50-0, 27 KOs) focused on the body in the middle rounds in an effort to zap McGregor’s gas tank. The investment began to pay off as McGregor looked weary late in Round 7. Two rounds later, McGregor was lucky to make the final bell as Mayweather wobbled him with right hands. 

“He’s a tough competitor” Mayweather said. “Our game plan was to take our time, let him shoot all his heavy shots early and then take him out at the end down the stretch.”

Round 10 was all Mayweather as he walked down the fading Irishman with right hands. After a clean combination against the ropes, referee Robert Byrd jumped in at 1:05 to wave off the fight. 

“I thought it was close. Let me go down, let the man put me down,” McGregor said about the finish. “Wobbly and fatigued? I’m clear-headed. Let me wobble back to me corner. If they finished that round he’d be wobbling to the morgue.

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“You’ve got to put me out. No one is taking these kinds of risks.”

Mayweather outlanded McGregor, 170 to 111, according to CompuBox, and landed 58 percent of his power shots. From Rounds 6-10, Mayweather outlanded his opponent by a count of 130-60. 

At the time of the stoppage, Mayweather led on all three judges’ scorecards (87-83, 89-82, 89-81). 

Although McGregor’s punching power began to fade along with his stamina, he stayed in the fight throughout the middle rounds by using activity and slap punches. He also did well to sneak in shots from the clinch without becoming too dirty. 

In the end, McGregor never fought too far outside of boxing rules, which many had expected he would try once things got bad. Byrd gave both fighters a lengthy warning during the final seconds before the opening bell and was consistent in the amount of time he gave both fighters to work in the clinch before breaking them up. Byrd warned McGregor for rabbit punching twice — and both fighters for pushing — but never was in a position where a deduction was needed. 

For all of the pre-fight predictions about McGregor struggling as a novice, the MMA star showed good technique and an overall respect for the sweet science. He also forced Mayweather to fight and avoided a one-sided performance in defeat that nearly all critics predicted. 

“I thought I took the early rounds pretty easy,” McGregor said. “He’s composed. He’s not that fast, he’s not that powerful, but boy, is he composed.

“I turned [Mayweather] into a Mexican tonight. He fought like a Mexican.”

Mayweather, in his first fight since outpointing Andre Berto in September 2015, eclipsed the revered 49-0 mark of Rocky Marciano, who retired as unbeaten heavyweight champion. 

“A win is a win, no matter how you get it,” Mayweather said. “Rocky Marciano is a legend, and I look forward to going into the Hall of Fame one day. 

“This was my last fight tonight. For sure. Tonight was my last fight.”

Chelsea ace Morata: I’ve only played 15 minutes and the critics are already killing me!*

Alvaro Morata believes critics are already “killing” him at Chelsea, although the striker accepts his price tag invites extra scrutiny.

The Spain international made his competitive debut as a 74th-minute substitute in the clash with Arsenal at Wembley and missed from 12 yards as his side lost 4-1 to the Gunners in the shoot-out following a 1-1 draw.

Morata, who joined from Real Madrid for a reported initial fee of £58million, had only made two International Champions Cup appearances for Chelsea prior to last Sunday’s encounter following a lengthy transfer saga.
“I admit it’s a very important amount but I have the personality to play calmly and to stay on my path,” he told Marca. “I’ve only had two pre-season games, 15 minutes officially and a missed penalty, and they’re already killing me, so I know what’s ahead.

“It’s the price you have to pay for such a big transfer. It’s something that motivates me and makes me work harder every day. I know that twice as many people are looking at me now.”

Conte hits back at Wenger: I’m not looking for sympathy over Chelsea squad

Chelsea manager Antonio Conte has told Arsene Wenger he is not looking for sympathy over the size of his squad.

Amid the Italian’s reported frustration with Chelsea’s performance in the transfer market, Wenger claimed he appreciates his counterpart’s situation at Stamford Bridge, but does not feel sorry for him.
The Arsenal manager suggested Conte could bring back some of the host of players who have been loaned out if he wants a bigger squad.
Conte, though, insisted he endorses Chelsea’s decision to loan out emerging talent and would not get drawn into a debate about the club’s level of success with transfers.
“I’m not looking for sympathy from coaches in this situation, that is my message,” Conte said ahead of Saturday’s Premier League opener at home to Burnley.
“The situation is clear and I stop. I’m not looking for sympathy. If the club decide to send the players on loan for their development it is because these players are not ready to play for Chelsea.

Wenger: Arsenal not super optimistic Alexis will sign new contract

Arsene Wenger has conceded Arsenal are not “super optimistic” of star man Alexis Sanchez signing a new contract.

The Chilean, 28, has less than a year remaining on his current deal as contract negotiations continue to rumble on between both the player and the club.
But while Wenger insists Arsenal have the “firm intention” of keeping hold of Alexis this summer, the Frenchman is not hopeful of the forward remaining in north London beyond the 2017-18 campaign.
In an interview with SFR Sport, he said: “He’s an Arsenal player in the short term. Now, will we manage to extend his contract?
“We didn’t manage to do that last season so I’m not super optimistic in that regard, but we have the firm intention of not selling him.”