Charting Cristiano Ronaldo’s, Lionel Messi’s Ballon d’Or rankings

Karim Benzema won the 2022 Men’s Ballon d’Or, the most illustrious individual award in European football, for the Real Madrid striker’s herculean efforts in 2021-22. – Stream on ESPN+: LaLiga, Bundesliga, MLS, more (U.S.) The results of this year’s awards revealed at Monday’s gala also signalled something of a sea change as both Cristiano Ronaldo … Read more

Kylian Mbappe beats Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo to top Forbes rich list

Paris Saint-Germain forward Kylian Mbappe has emerged as the world’s highest-paid football player, according to Forbes magazine, the first time a player other than Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo has topped the list in eight years. Mbappe, 23, is estimated to earn $128 million for the 2022-23 season before agents’ fees, a record for Forbes’ … Read more

FIFA’s Benzema, Messi graphics are great, but some not happy

With FIFA 23 being released around the world this week, fans of the game have been in awe at just how good the graphics are in the latest instalment of EA Sports’ flagship franchise. 2 Related Images and screenshots have been circulating on social media demonstrating the incredible detail of the high-resolution face scans. The … Read more

Lionel Messi return to Barcelona financially possible next summer

9:23 AM ET Sam Marsden Moises Llorens Barcelona vice president Eduard Romeu has said Lionel Messi‘s return to the club as a player would be financially possible next summer. Messi, 35, will be out of contract with Paris Saint-Germain at the end of the season and could potentially move back to Barca on a free … Read more

World Cup stars – Brazil’s Neymar, Argentina’s Messi shine

South America’s four World Cup-bound squads — Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay and Ecuador — all played friendlies on Monday as they prepare for Qatar. Brazil and Uruguay earned respective wins over teams that will also be at the World Cup (5-1 over Tunisia and 2-0 over Canada) while Ecuador played a scoreless draw with Qatar-bound Japan. … Read more

PSG’s Messi, Neymar, Mbappe warned to accept bench role by coach Christophe Galtier

Paris Saint-Germain manager Christophe Galtier has warned the superstar trio of Lionel Messi, Kylian Mbappe and Neymar that they need to accept a role on the bench, whether they like it or not. While former manager Mauricio Pochettino would rarely make rotations, successor Galtier didn’t hesitate to put Neymar on the bench Saturday, three days … Read more

Ballon d’Or – Lionel Messi left off nominees list for first time since 2005 as Karim Benzema leads contenders

Lionel Messi has been left off the 30-man list of Ballon d’Or nominees for the first time since 2005 after the contenders were announced by France Football on Friday. Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema leads the nominees as he bids to win the first Ballon d’Or award of his career. Cristiano Ronaldo, Robert Lewandowski and … Read more

100 days to World Cup

Your team is going to lose the World Cup. Probably. Almost every team is going to lose the World Cup. That’s just the way the World Cup works. One team wins, and most teams lose. The odds are not in your favor. 2 Related But the World Cup is officially only 100 days away, which … Read more

The impact of superstar’s move to PSG on both clubs, and on him

As United States international Brenden Aaronson struck a surprise winner for FC Salzburg in a friendly against Barcelona in Austria on Aug. 4, 2021, Barca president Joan Laporta’s activity on his phone alerted the other members of the club’s travelling delegation to an issue. Less than 24 hours later, the nature of Laporta’s frenzied calls … Read more