Remembering the last five players to win the Ballon d’Or before the Messi and Ronaldo duopoly began

For football fans of a certain age, it is perhaps difficult to remember a time before Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo dominated the game, the two sporting giants having set unprecedented standards to become recognised as two of the best players of all-time. Messi’s coronation as the 2021 winners means that the Argentine and Ronaldo … Read more

Ten Hag the primary alternative to Pochettino for Manchester United next summer

Ajax boss Erik Ten Hag is believed to be the primary alternative to Mauricio Pochettino for Manchester United next summer, as the club plots a permanent successor to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. The Old Trafford outfit parted ways with the Norwegian last weekend following the dismal 4-1 defeat to newly-promoted Watford, the result seemingly the final … Read more

Champions League Heroes and Villains – Matchday five

Following the fifth round of Champions League group stage action, we pick out some of the heroes and villains from the best and worst of the midweek fixtures. There are just five places remaining in the last 16 following the penultimate round of group stage games, with both Chelsea and Manchester United assuring their place … Read more

Guardiola praises ‘brilliant’ Man City display as Sterling and Jesus secure pulsating victory over PSG

Manchester City joined Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester United in booking their place in the Champions League knockout stages with a hugely entertaining 2-1 win over PSG. Having reached the final last year, Manchester City came into the game knowing they still had work to do to book their place in the Champions League knockout rounds, … Read more

Man United see Pochettino approach knocked back, as Zidane’s PSG stance causes stumbling block

Manchester United have seen an approach for Mauricio Pochettino turned down by Paris Saint-Germain, with Zinedine Zidane’s stance on a move to Paris providing a stumbling block. Pochettino has emerged as the Red Devils’ leading target to replace Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, after a decision was made to sack the Norwegian following last weekend’s 4-1 defeat … Read more

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