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Ronaldo parades Ballon d’Or, scores in Madrid win

Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo from Portugal, top, tries to score in between opposition players during a Spanish La Liga match between Real Madrid and Granada at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid, Spain, Saturday. AP

Cristiano Ronaldo paraded his Ballon d’Or trophy and scored his league-leading 22nd goal, helping Real Madrid to provisionally move top of the Spanish league with a 2-0 win over Granada on Saturday.

Posted: January 26th, 2014 in Football,Latest Sports Stories,Other Sports,Photos and Videos | Read More »

Ronaldo on target as Madrid reach Copa quarters

Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo of Portugal, celebrates his goal during their Spanish Copa del Rey round-16 second leg soccer match between Osasuna and Real Madrid at El Sadar stadium, in Pamplona northern Spain on Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2014. AP

Cristiano Ronaldo celebrated his Ballon d’Or triumph by scoring from one of his trademark free kicks as Real Madrid beat Osasuna 2-0 on Wednesday to reach the Copa del Rey quarterfinals on Wednesday.

Posted: January 16th, 2014 in Football,Latest Sports Stories,Other Sports,Photos and Videos | Read More »

Cristiano Ronaldo wins FIFA best player award

Cristiano Ronaldo of Portugal. AP FILE PHOTO

Cristiano Ronaldo couldn’t hide how much it meant to him, finally being voted the world’s best player again.

Posted: January 14th, 2014 in Football,Latest Sports Stories,Other Sports,Photos and Videos | Read More »

Cristiano Ronaldo tipped to take Ballon d’Or honors

Cristiano Ronaldo AP FILE PHOTO

After years living in the shadow of Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo is expected to lift the 2013 Ballon d’Or at Monday’s award ceremony in Zurich, pipping the Argentine and Franck Ribery in the process.

Posted: January 12th, 2014 in Latest Sports Stories | Read More »

Messi, Ribery and Ronaldo shortlisted for Ballon d’Or

Lionel Messi, Franck Ribery and Cristiano Ronaldo. AP/AFP FILE PHOTOS

Lionel Messi, Franck Ribery and Cristiano Ronaldo were on Monday shortlisted for this year’s Ballon d’Or, football’s world governing body FIFA and sponsors France Football magazine said.

Posted: December 9th, 2013 in Latest Sports Stories | Read More »

FIFA extends voting deadline for Ballon d’Or

Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates scoring the opening goal during the World Cup qualifying playoff second leg soccer match between Sweden and Portugal in Stockholm, Sweden, Tuesday, Nov.19, 2013. AP

FIFA has extended the Ballon d’Or voting deadline, improving Cristiano Ronaldo’s chances of winning after his superb performance for Portugal in World Cup qualifying.

Posted: November 20th, 2013 in Football,Latest Sports Stories,Photos and Videos | Read More »

Messi, Ribery head Ballon d’Or nominees

FC Barcelona's Neymar, third left, reacts after scoring against Real Madrid with his teammates Cesc Fabregas, right, Lionel Messi, second right, Daniel Alves, second left, and Sergio Busquets, left, during a Spanish La Liga soccer match at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona, Spain, Saturday, Oct. 26, 2013. AP

Lionel Messi, Franck Ribery, Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale and Neymar are among 23 candidates on the short list for the Ballon d’Or announced by FIFA on Tuesday.

Posted: October 29th, 2013 in Football,Latest Sports Stories,Other Sports | Read More »

Football: Messi targets record fourth world player award

FILE - FC Barcelona's Lionel Messi from Argentina, right, and Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo from Portugal gesture during their Spanish Supercup first leg soccer match at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona, Spain, Thursday, Aug. 23, 2012. (AP Photo/Andres Kudacki)

Record-breaking Lionel Messi is poised to become the first player to win four successive Ballon d’Or awards on Monday, sealing his status as the greatest player of his generation.

Posted: January 6th, 2013 in Featured Gallery,Football,Latest Sports Stories,Other Sports | Read More »

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