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  • The former AC Milan and England manager has tipped the Real Madrid forward to claim the award, especially after his Euro 2016 triumph with Portugal

     

    Fabio Capello has backed Goal 50 winner Cristiano Ronaldo to lift the Ballon d'Or trophy, claiming he has outperformed "genius" Lionel Messi in 2016.

    The former AC Milan and Real Madrid manager admitted that he prefers the Barcelona forward overall, but that the two are not comparable over the last 12 months.

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    Ronaldo helped Real win their 11th European Cup title with the winning penalty in the shootout victory over rivals Atletico Madrid, and then scored three goals at Euro 2016 as Portugal won their first ever major trophy.

    The 31-year-old has eight goals in nine Liga games for Zinedine Zidane's side this season, having scored 35 in the previous campaign.

     

    Capello believes that Ronaldo's achievements in 2016 make him the prime candidate to lift the Ballon d'Or, but revealed that he still has a certain fondness for Barcelona attacker Messi.

    “He deserves to win the Ballon d’Or this season," Capello told Fox Sports Italia.

    "He’s the best player of Real Madrid and Portugal, he has won everything this season. He’s been scoring bags of goals and has great personality.

    "He’s not a genius like the other one [Messi], but he’s a great player. I prefer Messi, but Ronaldo deserves to win the Ballon d’Or.”

    Deployed as a central striker, Ronaldo scored a hat-trick against Atletico Madrid in the derby on Saturday, surpassing Alfredo Di Stefano's tally of 17 to become to highest scorer in the history of the fixture. 

    Zidane has said, however, that he was not confident that the Portugal international will continue in the No.9 role going forward.

    "It's not definitive. He was comfortable, we know that, but we'll see how things are for every match," he told reporters.

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    Capello is already looking forward to the next meeting of Ronaldo and Messi - on December 3 - and is intrigued as to whether the Portuguese will play up front.

    “It will be important to see how Zidane prepares the next game against Barcelona," Capello said.

    "He may require his strikers to help the midfield or leave them up front.

     

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  • Andy Murray becomes world number one after Raonic withdraws from Paris Masters

    Andy Murray became the second oldest player to reach number one for the first time, after John Newcombe, who topped the rankings for the first time in 1974

     

    Britain's Andy Murray will become the world number one for the first time after Milos Raonic withdrew from their Paris Masters semi-final.

    Murray, 29, needed only to reach the final in Paris after current number one Novak Djokovic lost to Marin Cilic in Friday's quarter-final.

    But Canadian Raonic announced before Saturday's match that he was injured.

    Murray will be the first British singles player to hold top spot since computerised rankings began in 1973

     

    The Scot will play John Isner in Sunday's final, after the American beat Cilic 6-4 6-3 in Saturday's first semi-final.

    Djokovic had topped the rankings for 122 weeks, and completed his career Grand Slam by beating Murray in the French Open final in June.

    But Murray has reached 11 finals in his past 12 events, and has won 73 matches in the year, a personal record.

    He will be officially confirmed as world number one when the revised rankings are released on Monday.

    @BBC.com

     

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  • The Ballon d'Or Winner Has Apparently Been Leaked Online

    Take it with a pinch of salt, but the Ballon d'Or winner has apparently been leaked online.

    According to Catalan outlet Diario Gol, the award, voted by journalists through France Football, will go to Lionel Messi instead of arch-rival Cristiano Ronaldo.

    Ronaldo scored 51 goals in all competitions last season for Real Madrid, helping his side win the Champions League and captaining Portugal as they went all the way to lift the trophy in Euro 2016.

    Messi scored ten goals less with a total of 41 as Barcelona won La Liga. However it's the Barcelona man who is leading the way in goals this season; Messi has scored 15 goals in all competitions compared to Ronaldo's seven. It appears that the Argentine will pick up the award, if the Catalan daily paper are to be believed.

    However it's the Barcelona man who is leading the way in goals this season; Messi has scored 15 goals in all competitions compared to Ronaldo's seven.

    The Ballon d'Or award will return to its old format after the joint FIFA World Player of the Year and Ballon d'Or award that was awarded to winners between 2009 and 2015 was separated, meaning Ronaldo is in the frame for some silverware in the form of the FIFA World Player of the Year award if he doesn't take home the Ballon d'Or for a fourth time.

    The FIFA World Player of the Year award will be decided by votes from national team managers, captains, players and fans alike, as opposed to the current version of the Ballon D'Or where journalists across Europe have the sole say. The 23-man shortlist is expected to be announced tomorrow.

    (h/t Sports Keeda)

     

     

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    Beşiktaş
    09:45
    Napoli
    Benfica
    11:45
    Dynamo Kyiv
    Mönchengladbach
    11:45
    Celtic
    Man. City
    11:45
    Barcelona
    Atlético
    11:45
    Rostov
    PSV
    11:45
    Bayern
    Ludogorets
    11:45
    Arsenal
    Basel
    11:45
    Paris

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