Found November 30, 2012 on Soccerlens:
Ballon d’Or proves link between wealth & talent - originally posted on The Ballon d’Or shortlist has been announced and it’s a familiar story with Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo and Andres Iniesta in contention to win the highly prestigious award. Spain continues its domination in this respect which has been enabled by some very lop-sided financial deals in La Liga which enable Real Madrid and Barcelona to splash the cash in terms of the talent they can afford to retain and buy. To get an idea of the situation, it’s necessary to use a parallel. There is talk of Gareth Bale, one of Tottenham’s best players and one of the best attacking players in the Premier League, joining Barcelona next summer. However, would he even be a regular in the Barcelona first team? Probably not. The reason he’s not is because Barcelona have a whole variety of highly paid and talented stars which out the club in a brilliant position if being able to ignore players like Bale if they wish...

Messi, Ronaldo, Iniesta up for FIFA award

Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo and Andres Iniesta are the finalists for FIFA's world player of the year award. They were picked from a list of 23 candidates for this year's Ballon d'Or, with Messi looking to become the first player to win the award four times. The Argentina and Barcelona playmaker won the award last three years. The winner will be announced in Switzerland...

Iniesta asks for help to save boyhood club

Spain midfielder Andres Iniesta is asking for help to save his boyhood club Albacete from bankruptcy. In an open letter published Thursday on Albacete's club website, the Barcelona star said ''I would like to encourage all the people linked to the club (...) to purchase shares so we can save this historic club.'' Albacete, located in southeastern Spain, needs...

Messi in line for fourth crown

Lionel Messi is in contention for a fourth successive FIFA Ballon d'Or crown after being named on a three-man shortlist alongside Cristiano Ronaldo and Andres Iniesta. Barcelona superstar Messi has enjoyed an incredible year and stands on the brink of another milestone. His 82 goals in 2012 mean he is just three shy of former West Germany and Bayern Munich striker Gerd Muller...

Ronaldo, Iniesta and Messi are the three nominees for the FIFA Ballon d’Or 2012

The contenders for the FIFA Ballon d’Or for the best player of 2012 and the FIFA Women’s World Player of the Year 2012 awards have been announced at a press conference held at the Anhembi Convention Center in Sao Paulo. It was attended by FIFA President Joseph S. Blatter, FIFA Secretary General Jérôme Valcke, L’Equipe and France Football CEO François Morinière...

Messi, Ronaldo, Ibrahimovic head World XI list

Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo and Zlatan Ibrahimovic head the list of candidates for selection as forwards in a FIFPro World XI. Neymar and Uruguay teammates Luis Suarez and Edinson Cavani are also among 15 nominees for three places in the world lineup. Contenders from South America include Radamel Falcao and Sergio Aguero. Manchester United teammates Robin van Persie and Wayne...

Ronaldo, Iniesta And Messi Are The Three Nominees For The Fifa Ballon D’or 2012

Cristiano Ronaldo, Andres Iniesta and Lionel Messi have been announced as the final three contenders for the FIFA Ballon d’Or, while Marta, Alex Morgan and Abby Wambach are in the running for the women’s prize.

Kobe Bryant & Lionel Messi in Turkish Airlines ad

NBA superstar, Kobe Bryant, and prominent Argentine footballer, Lionel Messi, star in this ad for Turkish Airlines shot back in September: If you remember back in 2011 Bryant’s commercial for the airlines received a large amount of controversy in the Armenian community in Los Angeles.  It all dates back nearly hundred years to the final days of the Ottoman Empire around World...

Kobe Bryant & Lionel Messi In Turkish Airlines Ad

NBA superstar, Kobe Bryant, and prominent Argentine footballer, Lionel Messi, star in this ad for Turkish Airlines shot back in September:

Atletico poised to break Madrid's derby dominance

Led by coach Diego Simeone and striker Radamel Falcao, Atletico Madrid appears poised to finally break Real Madrid's dominance of the Spanish-capital derby with a long-awaited victory its fans have been coveting for 13 years. Atletico enters Saturday's game at the Santiago Bernabeu in second place and a commanding eight points ahead of its crosstown rivals after setting...

Christian Atsu Snubbed For Prestigious Golden Boy Award

Christian Atsu in action for FC Porto By Ameenu Shardow Ghana winger Christian Atsu has been shockingly left out of the three-man shortlist for the 2012 Golden Boy Award. The award is handed out to the most impressive U-21 player in Europe. This year’s award will be contested by Atletico Madrid goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois, Malaga midfielder Isco and AC Milan forward Stephan El...
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