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Ronaldo, Messi, Salah Battle Modric For Ballon D’or
FIFA best player of the year Luka Modric remains on track for a second major award after he was named yesterday among 30 nominees for the Ballon d’Or alongside the likes of ex-Real Madrid teammate, Cristiano Ronaldo, Barcelona’s Lionel Messi and Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah.

Modric, a World Cup runner-up with Croatia, beat Juventus’ Ronaldo and Salah to win the FIFA prize last month after Messi was surprisingly left off the final three-man list.

Ronaldo, currently facing allegations of rape dating back to 2009 that he strenuously denies, has already won the Ballon d’Or five times and is the current holder of the award. Messi has also won the award on five occasions.

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FIFA split from the Ballon d’Or in 2016 to launch its own set of awards. The winner of the prestigious Ballon d’Or organised by France Football magazine will be announced on December 3.

Real Madrid and Wales forward Gareth Bale and Manchester City’s Belgium midfielder Kevin De Bruyne also featured among a list of familiar names.Bale, who scored two goals in Real’s triumph in the final of the Champions League against Liverpool including a spectacular overhead kick, is joined by club teammates Karim Benzema, Raphael Varane, Isco, Marcelo and Sergio Ramos.

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De Bruyne was nominated for helping City win the Premier League and Belgium reach the World Cup semi-finals.Antoine Griezmann, a World Cup winner with France and Europa League champion at Atletico Madrid, is nominated alongside international teammates, Chelsea midfielder N’Golo Kante, Manchester United’s Paul Pogba and PSG’s Kylian Mbappe.

Eden Hazard gives Chelsea another player in the running after starring alongside De Bruyne at the World Cup, with England’s Golden Boot winner Harry Kane also included.Manchester City forward Sergio Aguero and PSG’s Neymar are nominated as are two other prolific South American strikers: Uruguayans Edinson Cavani of PSG and Luis Suarez of Barcelona.

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Liverpool’s Brazilian forward Roberto Firmino and Uruguay’s rugged defender Diego Godin of Atletico Madrid also got the nod.Four goalkeepers are also among the 30 — Thibaut Courtois of Belgium and Real Madrid, Liverpool and Brazil stopper Alisson Becker, Tottenham’s France World Cup winner Hugo Lloris and Atletico’s Jan Oblak. The Ballon d’Or, which was first won by Englishman Stanley Matthews in 1956, is decided by a ballot of journalists from around the world.

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European Clubs May Boycott FIFA’s Club World Cup After Proposed 24-Team Expansion

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Europe May Boycott FIFA’s Club World Cup After Proposed 24-Team Expansion

FIFA have approved a revised 24-team Club World Cup starting in 2021 despite top European clubs saying they would boycott the tournament.

The new competition is expected to include eight teams from Europe.

It will run every four years and take place from June to July in the slot currently used for the World Cup warm-up event, the confederations cup.

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FIFA president Gianni Infantino is happy about the development.

The club world cup is currently held every December and features seven teams from six confederations, but the competition is largely ignored by European fans.

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Apart from eight European clubs, the new tournament would see six teams from South America, three each from Africa, Asia and North and Central America and one from Oceania.

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It has been suggested each club could earn £50m by taking part.

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UCL Quarter-Final Draw: Tottenham To Face Man City As Man Utd Get Barcelona

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UCL Quarter-Final Draw: Tottenham To Face Man City As Man Utd Get Barcelona

Liverpool, Tottenham, Manchester City and Manchester United are the four English teams in the Champions League draw the other four teams are Spanish champions Barcelona, Dutch four-time winners Ajax, Italian champions Juventus and Portuguese champions Porto.

It is the first time since 2009 that four English sides are in the last eight of the Champions League.

The last English side to win the competition was Chelsea in 2012 although Liverpool made the final last season.

Tottenham have been drawn against Manchester City in an all-English Champions League quarter-final tie, while Manchester United will face Barcelona.

Ajax will face Juventus in a rematch of the 1973 and 1996 finals. In the other two ties, last season’s finalists Liverpool were drawn against Porto, while

United and Barcelona have met twice in the final, in 2009 and 2011, with the Catalan giants winning on both occasions.

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FIFA Bans Former Guatemalan FA President Salguero

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FIFA Bans Former Guatemalan FA President Salguero

Football governing body FIFA has banned Guatemalan Football Association former president Rafael Salguero from all football-related activities for seven years for bribery.

Salguero, a former member of the FIFA and the executive committee of the Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF), has been found guilty of bribery in violation of FIFA code of ethics.

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He was investigated for “various bribery schemes during the 2006 to 2014 period related to CONCACAF and FIFA competitions, as well as the illegal reselling of tickets for the FIFA World Cup.

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Salguero is one of 16 high-ranking officials who have been indicted in the U.S. In connection with FIFA corruption scandals.

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