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The stats behind Lionel Messi's impending Ballon d'Or win

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The stats behind Lionel Messi's impending Ballon d'Or win Karim Benzema's 2022 Ballon d'Or win perhaps signalled the end of Lionel Messi's dominance of the individual award. The Frenchman was a worthy winner of the accolade last year and with Messi's career approaching their twilight years, it seemed time for the Argentine to step aside.Fast forward 12 mon...

Arsenal and Barcelona forwards among potential international debutants this month

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Arsenal and Barcelona forwards among potential international debutants this month The first international break of the season is upon us, and with it; a number of players have received callups to their respective national team. Here we pick out 10 who will hope to win their first cap this month, with stars from Arsenal, Barcelona and Tottenham all featuring.Eddie Nketiah - Englan...

Throwback Thursday: The day Mario Gotze became a Germany legend

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Throwback Thursday: The day Mario Gotze became a Germany legend On the 13th of July 2014, Germany and Argentina faced off in the 2014 World Cup final. This would be Argentina’s first World Cup final since they lost to West Germany in Rome in 1990.This Throwback Thursday, we look at the build up to the showdown and the final itself, which topped off a spect...

Throwback Thursday: When Argentina icon Maradona ran rings around England

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Throwback Thursday: When Argentina icon Maradona ran rings around England It’s 37 years to the day since Argentina beat England 2-1 in the 1986 World Cup quarter-finals. Carlos Bilardo’s Argentina side went on to win the World Cup that year for the second time in their history. For Throwback Thursday this week we decided to look back on that iconic game, speci...

Man Utd teenager and Arsenal hitman among potential international debutants

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Man Utd teenager and Arsenal hitman among potential international debutants With the regular league seasons over, attention now turns to the June internationals... yes, more football! As such, we pick out 10 players hoping to earn their first international cap this month, with stars from Manchester United, Newcastle, Chelsea and Arsenal all in line to make their internation...

The reasoning behind Chelsea's willingness to spend big on Fernandez

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The reasoning behind Chelsea's willingness to spend big on Fernandez The World Cup was the perfect platform for players to showcase their talent. Knowing full well all eyes would be on the competition, there are those who used Qatar 2022 to boost their reputation ahead of the January transfer window. Perhaps the biggest breakout star, and one who'll be high on wishli...

Highlighting Emi Martinez's importance in Argentina's World Cup triumph

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Highlighting Emi Martinez's importance in Argentina's World Cup triumph The World Cup final delivered.It had everything. It pitted Lionel Messi against club teammate Kylian Mbappe. It had goals, drama and the outcome that most people wanted - an Argentina win.While the headlines will be dominated by Messi completing football and Mbappe becoming only the second player ev...

England pair among best rated individual 2022 World Cup performances

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England pair among best rated individual 2022 World Cup performances With the World Cup done and dusted, we decide to take a look back at the best rated performances in Qatar, and there were plenty of memorable displays. Lionel Messi, Kylian Mbappe and Bukayo Saka all impressed at one stage or another as we run through the top rated outings at the 2022 World Cup.10. ...

World champion Messi spearheads star-studded 2022 World Cup best XI

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World champion Messi spearheads star-studded 2022 World Cup best XI After a month of football ending with a drama filled final, it is now time to look back on the World Cup team of the tournament. While it was Argentina who went home with football’s biggest prize on Sunday, it is runners-up France who dominate the best XI with three players. There is also room...

Argentina vs France: World Cup Final team news and prediction

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Argentina vs France: World Cup Final team news and prediction Argentina face France in the 2022 World Cup final. The spectacle in Qatar draws to a close as the Copa America champions take on the World Cup holders. France beat Argentina on their way to that success in 2018, winning their knockout game against La Albiceleste 4-3. This is set to be Lionel Messi&r...