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Power Ranking Lionel Messi and Previous World Cup Golden Ball Winners

Lionel Messi might not have won the 2014 FIFA World Cup, but there was some small consolation for him in the shape of the Golden Ball award for the best player at the tournament.<p>Whether or not you agree with his choice, Messi took home the trophy and thus became the third player from Argentina to …

World Cup players dominate MLS All-Star XI

(Reuters) - Eight players who took part in the World Cup have been named in on Major League Soccer’s All-Star XI for their exhibition clash with German club Bayern Munich, the league said on Wednesday.<p>Clint Dempsey of the U.S. (8) is tackled by Belgium's goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois (on the ground) …

FIFA World Rankings: Latest Standings Following 2014 World Cup

Germany have rocketed to the summit of FIFA's World Rankings after claiming their fourth World Cup title in Brazil.<p>Joachim Low's side moved up one place to top a list which has altered dramatically following the South American tournament, as reported by the governing body's official website.<p>Before …

Arsenal Transfer News: Players Most Affected by Potential Sami Khedira Deal

Sami Khedira's name continues to be linked with Arsenal, despite suggestions from Jorg Neubauer, the player's agent, that the two parties are yet to discuss a potential transfer.<p>Neubauer's recent comments, as reported by Matt Law of <i>The Telegraph</i>, certainly halt speculation toward the German …

Chelsea's Patrick Bamford Lays Down a Marker in Pre-Season Rout

ADAMS PARK, WYCOMBE—Let's not get too carried away. It was just 45 minutes in a pre-season friendly and against lower-league opposition.<p>That said, Patrick Bamford's performance against Wycombe Wanderers on Wednesday was such that it seems he has arrived as a Chelsea player.<p>Chelsea fielded a …

How Bayern Munich Plan to Cope Without Toni Kroos Next Season

Toni Kroos may have moved on to pastures new at Real Madrid this week, but Pep Guardiola's Bayern Munich don't seem too worried to see him go.<p>Despite a career-defining World Cup win for Germany, in which Kroos played a vital part in ensuring his country took home their fourth victory, Bayern look …

World Cup Champ Pays For 23 Kids' Surgeries In Brazil To Thank Host City

Mesut Ozil, of World Cup champion Germany, is still winning.<p>The midfielder announced on Facebook that instead of financing the surgeries of 11 sick Brazilian children, as he had originally promised, he was upping the figure to 23. That's one for every member of the German squad, he explained in a …

Paper Gossip: Yaya Toure Rejects Manchester United Move, Man City Eye Barkley

The big story of Friday's newspapers involves Yaya Toure, with one newspaper suggesting that he had the chance to join Manchester United this summer.<p>Elsewhere, there are more stories about Liverpool's summer spending—along with details about who City might target should Toure leave them before the …

Chelsea sell Demba Ba to Besiktas

The Blues have done well to get back what they paid for the Senegalese forward.<p>Demba Ba was a useful bench player for Chelsea last season, but they've opted to cash in on him as they overhaul their striking corps. He's off to Besiktas after passing a medical and agreeing personal terms with the …

Messi makes Best Player in Europe shortlist

The Argentina international is among the final 10 nominees to win the prestigious individual award after previously scooping the World Cup Golden Ball.<p>Barcelona star Lionel Messi is one of 10 players who have been nominated for the Best Player in Europe award after guiding Argentina to the final of …

Liverpool Transfer News: Brendan Rodgers Explains Reds' Signings, Future Plans

Brendan Rodgers is keen to continue strengthening his Liverpool squad after the departure of Luis Suarez but admits he "won't spend just for the sake of spending," as reported by Sky Sports.<p>The Northern Irish boss also confirmed that the signing of Rickie Lambert, Emre Can, Adam Lallana and Lazar …

Real Madrid ready to cash in on Isco to fund James move

The promising Spaniard could be sold as Carlo Ancelotti's side is looking to make room for the Colombia international, with Liverpool keen to lure him to England.<p>Real Madrid is ready to cash in on Isco this summer as the club is looking to generate funds for Monaco star James Rodriguez, with …

Tim Howard Is Ready For His Most Difficult Save: The Knicks

Tim Howard showed during the World Cup that he can save just about anything. The goalkeeper for the U.S. men's national soccer team recorded a historic 15 saves during an extra-time loss to Belgium in the Round of 16, sparking an amazing memes and briefly earning him the title of U.S. Secretary of …

Juventus Nearing €18m Acquisition of Arsenal Target Alvaro Morata from Real Madrid

Juventus have nearly completed the formalities for signing Arsenal target Alvaro Morata from Real Madrid as the striker arrived in Turin for medical …

Messi and his promise to keep the bar high for Argentina

Lionel Messi has thanked fans for the support that he has received following Brazil 2014 and stated that he will face the challenges that lie in front of Argentina "with the same commitment".<p>Messi and his promise to keep the bar high for Argentina<p>07/19/2014<p>Lionel Messi has thanked fans for the …

Cristiano Ronaldo's Mother Reveals She Tried to Abort Her Son in New Book

Dolores Aveiro, Cristiano Ronaldo's mother, has revealed that she tried to terminate her pregnancy with the Portuguese footballer.<p>Ronaldo, 29, has gone on to become one of the world's greatest footballers, winning numerous trophies and setting individual records across his career.<p>But in a candid …

There's something off about the cover of FIFA15

Or maybe our minds just live in the gutter.<p>Be warned: Once you see what I'm about to show you, it can not be unseen. So, please, proceed with caution ...<p>It would appear as if someone was having a bit of fun when they designed the cover of EA Sports' FIFA15 for North America. While the picture may …