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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.

Man City draws Barcelona, Bayern will play Arsenal in UCL draw

Dec. 16 (UPI) --The UEFA Champions League ({link:UCL: "http://espnfc.com/news/story/_/id/1629972/champions-league-round-16-draw?cc=4716",nw}) draw takes place Monday, as big names are drawn together in the knock out stages.
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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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Kobe Bryant and Lionel Messi have 'seflie' shootout in new commercial

Kobe Bryant and Lionel Messi have 'seflie' shootout in new commercial

Dec. 4 (UPI) -- Kobe and Messi battle for "selfie supremacy" in Turkish Airlines commercial.
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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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World Cup roster nearly set

World Cup roster nearly set

(UPI) --The World Cup playoffs from Tuesday night have given the roster at next summer's tournament in Brazil near final shape, as only Uruguay has to play Jordan in Montevideo. Uruguay won 5-0 in Amman in the first leg.
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Soccer's Messi, father in court for tax evasion hearings

Soccer's Messi, father in court for tax evasion hearings

BARCELONA, Spain, Sept. 27 (UPI) -- Soccer superstar Lionel Messi and his father went before a Spanish court to answer charges they evaded paying more than $6 million in taxes.

Pope Francis 'religiously' supports Argentinean home soccer team

VATICAN CITY, Aug. 6 (UPI) -- Pope Francis may call Rome his home now, but his heart is still with his home soccer team in Argentina, a team official says.

Barcelona soccer team on Middle East peace tour

JERUSALEM, Aug. 4 (UPI) -- The Barcelona FC soccer team is on a two-day Middle East peace tour, playing friendly matches in the Palestinian territories and Israel.

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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.
Messi signs new contract with Barcelona

Messi signs new contract with Barcelona

BARCELONA, Spain, Feb. 7 (UPI) -- Lionel Messi has signed a two-year contract extension that will keep him with the Barcelona soccer team through 2018, the team said Thursday.

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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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Lionel Andrés "Leo" Messi (born 24 June 1987 in Rosario) is an Argentine footballer who plays for Spanish La Liga club FC Barcelona and the Argentine national team. Messi is considered to be one of the best football players of his generation, having received several Ballon d'Or and FIFA World Player of the Year nominations by the age of 21. He was selected as both the FIFPro and World Soccer Magazine Young Player of the Year for three years running from 2005–2008. His playing style and ability have drawn comparisons to football legend Diego Maradona. Indeed, Maradona himself declared Messi his "successor".

Messi began playing football at a young age and his potential was quickly identified by FC Barcelona. He left Newell's Old Boys's youth team in 2000 and moved with his family to Europe, as Barcelona offered treatment for his growth hormone deficiency. Making his debut in the 2004–05 season, he broke the La Liga record for the youngest footballer to play a league game, and also the youngest to score a league goal. Major honours soon followed as Barcelona won La Liga in Messi's debut season, and won a double of the league and UEFA Champions League in 2006. His breakthrough season was in 2006–07: he became a first team regular, scoring a hat-trick in El Clásico and finishing with 14 goals in 26 league games. Perhaps his most successful season was the 2008–09 season, in which Messi scored 38 goals to play an integral part in a treble winning campaign.

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