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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.
Justin Salhani

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.
Justin Salhani
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.
Justin Salhani
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.
The top stories in sports

The top stories in sports

Swimmer Michael Phelps redefined Olympian heights in 2012 but cyclist Lance Armstrong underwent an even greater fall from the pantheon of his sport.
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Messi heads FIFA Player of the Year list

Messi heads FIFA Player of the Year list

SAO PAULO, Nov. 29 (UPI) -- Lionel Messi, who has won the last three FIFA men's soccer Player of the Year awards, is among three finalists for the 2012 honor.
Erdogan is people's choice for Time honor

Erdogan is people's choice for Time honor

NEW YORK, Dec. 13 (UPI) -- Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan is the people's choice for Time magazine's person of the year and also led Time's poll as the least popular figure.

Argentina wins second straight soccer gold

BEIJING, Aug. 23 (UPI) -- A second-half goal by Angel Di Maria Saturday gave Argentina a 1-0 victory over Nigeria and the Olympic gold medal in men's soccer.

Kaka, Marta are FIFA's players of the year

ZURICH, Switzerland, Dec. 17 (UPI) -- Brazil's Kaka and Marta were selected the FIFA World Player and FIFA Women's Worlds Player for 2007, the international soccer organization announced Monday.

Argentina reaches Copa America final

PUERTO ORDAZ, Venezuela, July 11 (UPI) -- Gabriel Heinze scored just before halftime Wednesday and Argentina went on to down Mexico 3-0 in the semifinals of Copa America.

WORLD CUP: Argentina 6, Serbia 0

GELSENKIRCHEN, Germany, June 16 (UPI) -- Maxi Rodriquez scored a pair of goals and Esteban Cambiasso added another Friday, lifting Argentina to a 6-0 World Cup victory over Serbia and Montenegro.

Argentina has much to prove

HAMBURG, Germany, June 8 (UPI) -- The enigma that is Argentina opens 2006 World Cup play against an Ivory Coast team making its World Cup debut.

Defense could rule World Cup's Group C

BERLIN, June 6 (UPI) -- The consistency of Argentina's play and the level of defense played by the rest of the group will be the deciding factors in the World Cup's Group C.
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