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Paris Saint-Germain's French forward Kylian Mbappe celebrates after the French L1 football match between Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) and Olympique de Lyon (OL) on October 7, 2018 at the Parc des Princes stadium in Paris. - AFP PHOTO - FRANCK FIFE

Kylian Mbappe: Champions League win more important than Ballon d’Or

Kylian Mbappe has been billed as a Ballon d’Or winner of the future, but the Paris Saint-Germain striker claims he would prefer to land a Champions League crown.
Roberto Carlos has expressed his sympathy at Lionel Messi's struggles to replicate the success he has achieved with Barcelona on the international stage with Argentina.

Roberto Carlos: Lionel Messi doesn’t have the same luck with Argentina as he does...

Roberto Carlos has expressed his sympathy at Lionel Messi's struggles to replicate the success he has achieved with Barcelona on the international stage with Argentina.
Lionel Messi's incredible free-kick in Wednesday evening's resounding 3-0 win over Liverpool brought the mercurial Argentine's tally to an astounding 600 goals in 683 games for Barcelona, 14 years to the day since his first strike for the Spanish champions.

Xavi: Lionel Messi still has four years left in him

Lionel Messi is “not finished yet”, says Xavi, with rivals of the Barcelona superstar warned that the mercurial Argentine still has “three or four good years left”.
Lionel Messi warned his Barcelona teammates that their place in the Champions League final is still not certain despite his two-goal salvo in a 3-0 semi-final first leg win over Liverpool on Wednesday.

Ilkay Gundogan: Cristiano Ronaldo not a Galactico like Lionel Messi

Cristiano Ronaldo is not a “Galactico” like Lionel Messi, says Manchester City midfielder Ilkay Gundogan, with Barcelona’s talismanic captain “on a different level to anyone else”.
CRISTIANO RONALDO

Cristiano Ronaldo to venture into coaching after retirement

Amidst debate among his fans that five time Ballon d'Or winner and Juventus forward Cristian Ronaldo would settle for modeling all the way after football, the Portugal forward has hinted that he has a passion for coaching, declaring he might go into coaching when he finishes playing.
Cristiano Ronaldo Juventus Atletico Madrid

Cristiano Ronaldo: Every year I have to prove that I’m good

Cristiano Ronaldo says he is "annoyed" that he is forced to prove that he is a good player every year and wants critics to leave him alone.
Lionel Messi has been told that he will “never reach Diego Maradona’s level” by Hector Enrique, a member of Argentina’s 1986 World Cup-winning squad.

Diego Simeone: Lionel Messi criticism in Argentina is not at all fair

Diego Simeone has hit out at critics of Barcelona and Argentina star Lionel Messi, particularly from his home country of Argentina.
Lionel Messi has been told that he will “never reach Diego Maradona’s level” by Hector Enrique, a member of Argentina’s 1986 World Cup-winning squad.

Hector Enrique: Lionel Messi will never reach Diego Maradona’s level

Lionel Messi has been told that he will “never reach Diego Maradona’s level” by Hector Enrique, a member of Argentina’s 1986 World Cup-winning squad.
Former AC Milan player Kaka at the St. Petersburg Stadium. MB Media via Getty Images

Kaka: Lionel Messi effect is keeping Cristiano Ronaldo at the top

Cristiano Ronaldo's motivation to stay at the top of world football comes from his rivalry with Barcelona star Lionel Messi, Kaka says.
Real Madrid president Florentino Perez says that the club do not need to sign a new first-choice striker as they already have the best number nine in the world in the shape of Karim Benzema.

Florentino Perez: Karim Benzema is the best forward in the world

Real Madrid president Florentino Perez says that the club do not need to sign a new first-choice striker as they already have the best number nine in the world in the shape of Karim Benzema.

Antoine Griezmann: Barcelona can still win ‘beautiful’ Clasico without Lionel Messi

Barcelona can still win a "beautiful" Clasico even without Lionel Messi, according to Atletico Madrid star Antoine Griezmann.
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Federico Bernardeschi: Cristiano Ronaldo is better than Lionel Messi

Cristiano Ronaldo is “the best in the world”, according to Federico Bernardeschi, with a Juventus colleague of the Portuguese superstar admitting that he has “always preferred him to Lionel Messi”.
(FILES) In this file photo taken on May 04, 2018 Manchester United's French midfielder Paul Pogba controls the ball during the English Premier League football match between Brighton and Hove Albion and Manchester United at the American Express Community Stadium in Brighton, southern England on May 4, 2018.Former Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand has warned the club not to sell France World Cup star Paul Pogba and instead to focus on strengthening the squad. Speculation about the midfielder's future is rife, with reports of interest from Barcelona, but Ferdinand has told executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward he must keep hold of the 25-year-old./ AFP PHOTO / Glyn KIRK /

Rio Ferdinand: Paul Pogba must learn from Cristiano Ronaldo’s example

“He's got an ego, that's not hard to see on social media, this boy's got an ego, wants to be looked at and talked about as the best player. There's a hunger and desire for that, with that comes a work ethic.”
Cristiano Ronaldo joined Juventus from Real Madrid earlier this summer.

Blaise Matuidi: I now understand why Cristiano Ronaldo has five Ballons d’Or

Blaise Matuidi says he has a better understanding of why Cristiano Ronaldo has won five Ballons d'Or in his career, hailing his new Juventus team-mate as a "working monster".
Cristiano Ronaldo

Ronaldo: Cristiano can ‘relaunch’ quality of Serie A at Juventus

Former Inter Milan and Brazil forward Ronaldo believes Juventus' signing of Cristiano Ronaldo could lead Italian football back to the level it reached when he was still playing.
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Cristiano Ronaldo: Why I left Real Madrid

Cristiano Ronaldo explained his decision to leave Real Madrid and sign with Italian champions Juventus in an open letter to fans, posted on the Spanish club's website not long after his move was announced on Tuesday.

Cristiano Ronaldo: Life is not all about glory or money

Cristiano Ronaldo claims his Real Madrid future will not be determined by money or glory after hinting that he could make a move away from the Santiago Bernabeu.

Samuel Eto’o: Kylian Mbappe is the future Lionel Messi

Kylian Mbappe is the Lionel Messi of the next decade, according to former Barcelona striker Samuel Eto’o.

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