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UPI Almanac for Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2014.
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Cristiano Ronaldo wins FIFA's Ballon d'Or

Cristiano Ronaldo wins FIFA's Ballon d'Or

ZURICH, Switzerland, Jan. 13 (UPI) -- Cristiano Ronaldo, who had 69 goals in 59 games in 2013, has been voted the FIFA Ballon d'Or, the trophy given soccer's World Player of the Year.

Cristiano Ronaldo museum opens in Madeira

Dec. 16 (UPI) --Cristiano Ronaldo opened the {link:CR7: "http://espnfc.com/news/story/_/id/1653122/there-space-museum-ballon-dor?cc=4716",nw} museum on Sunday in Funchal where more than 50 objects are on display.
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Shortlist for FIFA World XI forwards announced

Dec. 10 (UPI) --The forwards for FIFA's World XI have been named with two of the three players on the Ballon d'Or shortlist featuring. Lionel Messi and favorite Cristiano Ronaldo join other top soccer players around the world on the list of 2013's best forwards.
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Ballon d'Or shortlist announced

Dec. 9 (UPI) --The three man shortlist for FIFA's Ballon d'Or, the top prize for an individual in soccer which translates to Golden Ball, has been named.
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Soccer players give tribute to Mandela

Dec. 5 (UPI) --Soccer players from around the world have paid tribute to Nelson Mandela following the death of former South African president and global icon.
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Spain's top three win big

Nov. 23 (UPI) --Spain's top three placed teams in La Liga all won by a margin of a{link:t least four goals: "http://espnfc.com/scores/_/date/20131123",nw} this past weekend.
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Messi heaps praise on Ronaldo

Nov. 22 (UPI) --Argentina soccer star Lionel Messi has praised rival Cristiano Ronaldo after the Real Madrid forward scored three goals to qualify Portugal for the World Cup.
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Ronaldo scores three to qualify Portugal

(UPI) --Cristiano Ronaldo scored three goals for Portugal to cancel out Sweden's two and qualify his country for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.
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Tiger Woods back on top of Forbes top sports earnings list

Tiger Woods back on top of Forbes top sports earnings list

NEW YORK, June 6 (UPI) -- Golfer Tiger Woods, paid more than $78 million in the last year, has regained the No. 1 position in Forbes magazine's list of the world's highest-paid athletes.

'Ruby Heartstealer' denies Berlusconi paid her for sex

MILAN, Italy, May 24 (UPI) -- Karima El Mahroug Friday denied in court former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi paid her for sex.

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Clooney not testifying for Berlusconi

MILAN, Italy, Jan. 21 (UPI) -- Celebrities George Clooney and Cristiano Ronaldo will not testify in the sex abuse trial of former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, judges said Monday.

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Messi collects fourth FIFA Ballon d'Or

Messi collects fourth FIFA Ballon d'Or

ZURICH, Switzerland, Jan. 7 (UPI) -- Lionel Messi was announced Monday as the winner of the FIFA Ballon d'Or, symbolic of being the best soccer player in the world in 2012.
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Cristiano Ronaldo dos Santos Aveiro, OIH, (Portuguese pronunciation: ; born 5 February 1985), commonly known as Cristiano Ronaldo, is a Portuguese footballer who plays as a winger or a forward for Spanish club Real Madrid and serves as captain of the Portuguese national team. Ronaldo currently holds the distinction of being the most expensive player in football history after being transferred from Manchester United to Real Madrid in a transfer deal worth £80 million (€94m, US$132m). In addition, his contract with Real Madrid, in which he is to be paid £11 million per year over the following six years, makes him the highest paid football player in the world.

Ronaldo began his career as a youth player for Andorinha, where he played for two years, then moved to Nacional. In 1997, he made a move to Portuguese giants Sporting CP. Ronaldo's precocious talent caught the attention of Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson and he signed the 18-year-old for £12.24 million in 2003. The following season, Ronaldo won his first club honour, the FA Cup, and reached the Euro 2004 final with Portugal, in which tournament he scored his first international goal.

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