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2018 Ballon d’Or: Ronaldo, Messi miss out of ‘three-man final shortlist’ 

Juventus forward, Cristiano Ronaldo and Barcelona captain, Lionel Messi, will both miss out on this year’s Ballon d’Or award.

This claim was made by respected journalist, Eric Macruth, who works for French radio station, RFI.

Recall that Ronaldo and Messi were shortlisted for the Europe topflight individual prize last month.

Ronaldo and Messi have dominated the award for ten years now.

The pair had won an incredible five awards each, with Ronaldo equalling Messi’s tally last year.

According to Express UK, Macruth disclosed that Real Madrid midfielder, Luka Modric will win the 2018 Ballon d’ Or, while Real Madrid defender, Raphael Varane and Paris Saint-Germain forward, Kylian Mbappe will be among the three-man final shortlist ahead of Ronaldo and Messi.

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“Exclusive #BallondOr: After counting half the votes, the head trio is as follows: 1) Modric 2) @raphaelvarane 3 @KMbappe. @xbarretfoot @RFIRadioFoot Info @RFIsports,” Macruth tweeted.


The 2018 Ballon d’ Or award will take place on 3rd December, 2018.

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I regained form after I stopped eating jollof rice – Footballer Isaac Success

Footballer, Isaac Success has revealed how he regained his form in the English Premier League.

Isaac says his change of diet, including a stop in eating his favorite Jollof rice, helped him. The 22-year-old injury prone Nigerian footballer, in a chat with DailyMail said:

“I was eating a lot of African food [Jollof rice inclusive]and it was a little bit heavy but I’ve cut that out and I’m on the team diet, eating with the team.

Eating earlier at night, it’s really helped. I wasn’t fit and wasn’t working. I made mistakes because I wasn’t working hard and needed to concentrate more. I stuck to my plan.

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When you’re fit it’s more difficult to get injured, and if you’re injured you recover on time. So, this season is going well because physically I’m fine. I lost a couple of kilos and that made me faster and stronger. I feel sharper.”

According to reports, Isaac has already played more minutes this season than he played in the two before.

He has also scored again in the EPL, something he last did in 2016. Has also added three Super Eagles caps to the single cap he had before October.

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Owen mention one player Chelsea must replace after 2-0 win over Man City 

Former Liverpool star, Michael Owen, has identified one player Chelsea must replace in their squad.

Owen said Alvaro Morata was no longer needed in the team having failed to establish himself since arriving last season.

Morata was not even on the bench on Saturday as Maurizio Sarri decided to play Eden Hazard as false nine.

The Spaniard has failed to live up to expectations after arriving from Real Madrid for a club-record £60million in the summer of 2017.

“Chelsea need to replace Morata,” Owen told BT Sport.

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Pep Guardiola reveals why Manchester City lost 2-0 to Chelsea 

Manchester City boss, Pep Guardiola, has revealed why they were beaten 2-0 by Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Saturday.

City suffered their first defeat of the season on Saturday with goals from N’golo Kante and David Luiz in each half.

Maurizio Sarri’s side rose from the disappointment of losing at Wolves in midweek to end City’s 21-game unbeaten league run.

Guardiola’s side was struck in the first half as N’Golo Kante fired high past Ederson from Eden Hazard’s pass.

Chelsea returned from the break stronger and much improved, securing the win with 12 minutes left when David Luiz’s glancing header following a corner bounced in off the far post

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Guardiola told post-match conference at Stamford Bridge, “The result is the result, they scored two goals, congratulations Chelsea for the victory.

“We came here with an idea, we had a great first half but conceded the goal.

“They are so strong, the first half and last 25 we were fantastic and it was a joy to see my players and they showed incredible personality to play here.

“We created enough chances to score, unfortunately, it didn’t happen. The way we played today was incredible.”

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