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Barcelona forward Lionel Messi has hit back at rival Cristiano Ronaldo’s challenge to join him playing in Italy, by saying there is no need to take up the gauntlet and switch leagues as he already plays for the world’s best team. Juventus winger Ronaldo recently pondered the idea that Messi may be pining for his …

Manchester United thrashed Cardiff City 5-1 in the very first match since Jose Mourinho was sacked. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer got off to a perfect start since succeeding Mourinho, who was sacked in midweek. The former United striker was punching the air in delight with less than four minutes on the clock when the red devils …

Croatia and Real Madrid midfielder Luka Modric won the 2018 Ballon d’Or, becoming the first player other than Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo to claim the award in more than a decade. Former AC Milan and Brazil forward Ricardo Kaká was the last player other than Messi or Ronaldo to win it, in 2007. Modric, …

Cristiano Ronaldo, Luka Modric and Mohamed Salah will battle it out for the UEFA Men’s Player of the Year award. Ronaldo, who joined Juventus from Real Madrid this summer, scored 15 goals in 13 Champions League appearances as Los Blancos were crowned winners, beating Salah’s Liverpool in the final. Ronaldo also netted 26 goals in 27 …