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

Antonio Rudiger’s message to Real Madrid fans after collision

6:00 AM ET Alex KirklandESPN FC ‘Antonio Rudiger returned home bandaged and bruised after scoring a late leveller for Real Madrid. Instagram @toniruediger Antonio Rudiger spared Real Madrid‘s blushes with a late goal that qualified the reigning European champions for the Champions League round of 16 on Tuesday, but his reward was a brutal collision that … Read more

Man City’s Erling Haaland gets rare 10 rating from L’Equipe

Erling Haaland stole the show once again this past weekend: The powerhouse striker became the first scorer of a hat trick in a Manchester derby as City beat United 6-3 at the Etihad. 2 Related The rampaging City star completed the feat inside 64 minutes courtesy of his 12th, 13th and 14th Premier League goals … 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

Ibrahimovic’s Asterix cameo joins pantheon of footballing movie stars

Zlatan Ibrahimovic in his new cameo. Asterix Having won just about all there is to win in football it would appear that AC Milan striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic has set his sights on conquering the movie world after landing a role in the new “Asterix” movie. 2 Related Ibrahimovic has a cameo in the new live-action reboot … Read more

Jose Mourinho joins Stormzy in ‘Mel Made Me Do It’ video

Jose Mourinho in Stormzy’s new video. Stormzy After a three-year hiatus, premier British grime star Stormzy caused waves on social media on Thursday night when his brand new track dropped without warning. The 29-year-old released new song “Mel Made Me Do It” along with a 10-minute promo video that includes a host of cameo appearances from … Read more

Ronaldo beats Messi as Instagram’s most powerful player; Gavi the breakthrough star

When the World Cup kicks off in two months, it seems certain that Portugal and Manchester United star Cristiano Ronaldo will head into the tournament as the most powerful player in the world — at least in terms of his social media influence. – Stream on ESPN+: LaLiga, Bundesliga, MLS, more (U.S.) Ronaldo beat archrival … Read more

The best moments from a rivalry in LaLiga, Champions League and more

Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid meet in LaLiga this weekend (stream live on ESPN+ on Sunday, 3 p.m. ET, US Only) as the local rivals, separated by five miles and just a handful of city districts, reprise their eternal derby duel once again. 2 Related While the maiden Madrid derby of this campaign may have … Read more

Nike’s World Cup kits – United States, Netherlands miss the mark, but Brazil and Portugal good

With the opening game of the 2022 FIFA World Cup at the Al-Bayt Stadium in Qatar on Nov. 20 getting ever closer, the 32 teams are finalising the kits they will be wearing on the pitch. 2 Related We’ve already seen some incarnations from Adidas and Puma, the latter having caused a bit of a … Read more

Erling Haaland vs. Harry Kane, but Cristiano Ronaldo misses out

This week, new Chelsea co-owner Todd Boehly made a bold, and some would say misguided, proposal for the Premier League to introduce an all-star game of North vs. South, similar to those featured in a variety of sports in the United States. 2 Related It hasn’t gone down well, given the ongoing debate around fixture … Read more