Ballon dOr 2018: contenders for footballs global honour revealed

Contenders for the 2018 Ballon dOr are revealed with Cristiano Ronaldo, Harry Kane, Gareth Bale and Mohamed Salah making the list along with Fran Kirby and Lucy Bronze Fran Kirby and Lucy Bronze have been nominated for the inaugural womens Ballon dOr while Gareth Bale, Harry Kane and Cristiano Ronaldo…

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Lionel Messi leaves Spurs toiling on a lower plane of sporting reality | Barney Ronay

Barcelonas 4-2 defeat of Tottenham in the Champions League at Wembley was an occasion just to stand and gawp at Lionel Messi, who can bend the game according to his own physical laws Sometimes you really do just have to stand and watch and maybe gawp a little, too. The…

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How Bobby Robson fought and failed to earn respect at Barcelona

Bobby Robson won trophies but did not get a second season in charge of Barcelona, as Jonathan Wilson explains in his new book Bobby Robson had turned down Barcelona twice before, once out of loyalty to Ipswich and once out of loyalty to England. The third time he was not…

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