UEFA president Michel Platini said Ballon d’Or winner’s choice this year is the hardest in the history of awarding the trophy, but said that the main favorite is Franck Ribery, who won everything it could be win last season with Bayern Munich.
“They are favorites Messi, Ronaldo and Ribery. First two are fantastic players, but Ribery won everything this year. Choosing this year’s Ballon d’Or is the hardest in the history of the trophy. During 2006, the trophy was won by Fabio Cannavaro who was the leader of Italy, world champion. In 2010 I would have liked to win a Spaniard, Iniesta or Xavi, who were world champions, but Messi was elected “Platini said in an interview with AS. Read more
Cristiano Ronaldo will not attend to FIFA Gala in January 13 in Zurich, at which will be awarded the 2013 Ballon d’Or, due to treatment that considers the international forum has undergone in recent months.
After the incident with Blatter, Spanish press has found another proof that FIFA discriminating behavior towards Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo: on the official website of world forum, the Portuguese’s page of profiles of candidates for the Ballon d’Or is written biased, even in description is mentioned the name of Messi. “Ronaldo scored in 2012/2013 34 goals, number exceeded only by Leo Messi, with 45″ shows FIFA, although goals in 2012 no matter for the award from 2013. Instead, in 2013 the Portuguese scored more than Lionel Messi, and in the Argentinian description page there is no mentioned Ronaldo’s name. Read more
Leo Messi has missed most of the end of this season because of injury suffered in the tour leg of the UEFA Champions League quarterfinals, at the Parc des Princes against Paris Saint-Germain.
Although he appeared sporadically in the last 5 games, the Ballon d’Or holder has not played since May 12. Then was fielded in the starting XI of the Catalans, who beat on the Vicente Calderon, 2-1, but Messi left the field after 70 minutes, even if his team had made all replacements. Read more
Barcelona is ready for the clash against Bayern Munich from this evening. Catalans counting on Messi’s return and hope to get a result that give them chances of qualifying in the second leg in Spain.
Barcelona approach the game in Munich against Bayern full of confidence. The Blaugrana captain, Xavi, has only words of praise for the opponent from tonight. Bayern is already champion in Germany and wants to take revenge this season, after losing last year’s Champions League final against Chelsea.
The match against Atletico Madrid was the number 200 for the central defender Gerard Pique in Barcelona’s shirt.
It was auspicious, because the Blaugrana grouping won with the score of 4-1 and now is nine points distanced by the second place, their opponent from the Sunday’s evening.
The defender has sent arrows to Madrid, the place from which come all kinds of criticism of the man who breaks record after record at Barcelona, Lionel Messi. Real coach Jose Mourinho, pricked a little the Catalans, making reference to Messi’s injury in the match against Benfica: “Some out on a stretcher and are recovered in two days.” Read more