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Best FIFA Football Awards : Cristiano Ronaldo named FIFA Men’s Player of the Year

In the FIFPro team of the year, Juventus' Gianluigi Buffon was selected as the goalkeeper, while Paris Saint Germain's Dani Alves and AC Milan's Leonardo Bonucci were picked in defence, along with Madrid pair Sergio Ramos and Marcelo

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London, October 24, 2017: Real Madrid star footballer Cristiano Ronaldo on Tuesday was named the FIFA men’s player of the year during a star-studded night at the Best FIFA Football Awards.

The Real Madrid icon was chosen ahead of Brazilian Neymar and Argentine Lionel Messi in recognition for his achievements over the past year.

The Real Madrid forward was also named in FIFPro team of the year alongside club-mates Sergio Ramos, Marcelo, Luka Modric and Toni Kroos.

In the FIFPro team of the year, Juventus’ Gianluigi Buffon was selected as the goalkeeper, while Paris Saint Germain’s Dani Alves and AC Milan’s Leonardo Bonucci were picked in defense, along with Madrid pair Sergio Ramos and Marcelo.

Madrid’s Luka Modric and Toni Kroos were included in midfield, together with Barcelona’s Andres Iniesta.

Buffon also won the best goalkeeper of the year award ahead of fellow nominees Keylor Navas of Real Madrid and Manuel Neuer of Bayern Munich.

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“I am very happy, for me, it is a great honor to receive this award at my age,” Buffon said.

“I think the last year has been a fantastic season for Juventus and for me personally. It wasn’t enough to win in Europe and for this year I hope that we can play better and with the national team and Juventus,” the 39-year-old added.

Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud won the FIFA Puskas Award for a goal of the year.

On accepting his award, Giroud said: “First of all I have to say it’s an honor for me.

“I’m delighted to receive this trophy today in front of legends of football. Now I’d just like to thank the people who voted for me. I would like to congratulate the 10 nominees who scored amazing goals too.” (IANS)

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Portuguese football Star Cristiano Ronaldo calls Syrian Children affected by the war as ‘True Heroes’ Children

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December 24, 2016: Portuguese football star Cristiano Ronaldo, a ‘Save the Children’ ambassador, said Syrian children affected by the war were “real heroes” and called for them not to lose hope.

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“Hello, this is for children of Syria. We know that you have been suffering a lot. I am a very famous player, but you are the true heroes, don’t lose your hope,” he said in a video message posted on social media network Twitter on Friday.

“The world is with you, we care about you. I am with you,” he added.

‘Save the Children’ said his “generous donation” would help families buy clothes, food and medical care.

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Syria has been undergoing a four-year battle over its largest city, Aleppo, with UNICEF stating earlier this month that around 100 unaccompanied children were trapped in a building in the east of the city.

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Tens of thousands of people have been killed and hundreds of thousands displaced since 2012. (IANS)

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A 5 Years old Afghan soccer fan of Messi is forced to leave his country thanks to Taliban

Five year old Murtaza continues to play football in exile, and fears no Taliban

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Afghanistan:
It might not come as a surprise  that soccer legend- Lionel Messi has a fan, who dreams someday to be like the legendd and step into his shoes.
This fan is a 5 years old Afghani boy, Murtaza Ahmadi. According to Voice of America which covered this story, Murtaza came into attention in January this year when he was spotted wearing a plastic bag as an improvised Argentinian jersey with Messi’s jersey number at the back. This caught the attention of Messi and he sent autographed jerseys to the boy in Afghanistan via UNICEF.
 All the attention and spotlight the boy received helped him to move to Kabul from his small village where he was able to practice his soccer skills. But soon after his move to Kabul, many threatening calls started coming in. These calls were by the Taliban and other criminal gangs who asked for ransom. According to Murtaza’s Father, it became difficult for them to live in such a state of fear and hence they decided to flee from the city and are presently living in Quetta in Pakistan. Mohammed Arif Ahmadi, the father of the five-year-old also informed the correspondent that it is a very unsettled condition that they are living in, owing to the financial difficulties and the legal issues surrounding their stay at the present location.
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Dreams vs Fear
The UN, on the other hand, has extended a hand to support the boy’s family to get registered with the Pakistani embassy as the legal refugees  at the place and has been helping the family to settle in the new environment. But these hurdles have not stopped the boy from practicing soccer. As per his father, Murtaza continues to practice soccer with his uncle occasionally, whenever they have a family time.

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With so many difficulties surrounding him and his family, Murtaza’s confidence holds a powerful will that he will make it big as a Football Legend, someday in the future.(VOA)

 

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Real Madrid is the highest earning football club

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Beijing: Spanish football giants Real Madrid tops the list of 30 highest-earning football clubs of the world in the season of 2014-2015 for the 11th year in a row.

More than half of the highest-earning clubs play in the English Premier League, but Spanish giants Real Madrid and FC Barcelona lead the way, reports Xinhua.

Real Madrid generated 439 million pounds ($621 million) last season from matchday revenue, broadcast rights and commercial sources.

Barcelona ranked second with 427 million pounds ($604 million), followed by Manchester United in the third place at 395.2 million pounds ($ 559 million).

French side Paris Saint-Germain is placed fourth, followed by German champions Bayern Munich and English outfit Manchester City. (IANS)