Fifa Ballon d'Or: Cristiano Ronaldo unable to hold back tears after beating Lionel Messi and Franck Ribery to award

The Real Madrid forward wins the award for the second time in his career

Jupp Heynckes dances the night away

Fifa Ballon d'Or: Jupp Heynckes beats Sir Alex Ferguson to coach of the year award following Bayern Munich success

Heynckes, like Ferguson, retired at the end of last season

Lionel Messi is among the XI

Fifa Ballon d'Or: No Premier League players in FIFPro World XI team of the year

Those from Bayern Munich, Real Madrid, Barcelona and PSG dominate the side

Fifa Ballon d'Or: Cristiano Ronaldo deserves to win ahead of Franck Ribery and Lionel Messi, say readers of The Independent

We asked you who deserved to win among the three short-listed players

Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates

Fifa Ballon d'Or: Cristiano Ronaldo says row with Sepp Blatter is 'no longer an issue' following telephone conversation

The Fifa president mocked the Real Madrid forward for 'spending time at the hairdresser'

Andre Villas-Boas

Former Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas will 'refresh batteries' before making return

The Portuguese coach was sacked following a sluggish start to the season

Lionel Messi heads wide in the draw with Atletico Madrid

Lionel Messi is 'an alien' says Arda Turan following Atletico Madrid's draw with Barcelona

The Argentine forward returned to La Liga action in the 0-0 game

Chelsea midfielder Kevin De Bruyne has been valued at £25m by his club if any potential January transfer is to be completed

Transfer news: Wolfsburg provide update on deal for Chelsea forward Kevin de Bruyne

The 22-year-old looks set for a return to the Bundesliga

Pellegrini is cautious when it comes to talk of multiple trophies

Can Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini win all four trophies this season?

The Chilean equates style with substance and is visibly growing in confidence at Manchester City

Bayern Munich fans will have their tickets for the trip to Arsenal subsidised by the club as a thank you for their support in 2013

Arsenal shown how it's done as Bayern Munich announce plan to subsidise Champions League tickets by £75,000

Tickets costing £62 for the last-16 first leg will be partially funded by the current champions as a thank you for the support shown over 2013

Arsenal's German midfielder Mesut Ozil in action

Arsenal playmaker Mesut Ozil wins Germany player of the year award

A poll was conducted among fans, with the former Real Madrid player coming out on top

Thomas Hitzlsperger during his time at West Ham

Comment: Thomas Hitzlsperger has made a giant stride in moving the debate about homosexuality in football forward

The former Germany international has already begun to influence opinions as well as helping show the overwhelming support within the game

Transfer news: Barcelona legend Xavi alerts potential suitors by revealing he may not retire at the Nou Camp

"Perhaps I could have been happy playing for another club, I don't know, but my priority has always been Barca."

Sam Allardyce has 14 players available to him tomorrow

Capital One Cup: Manchester City v West Ham match preview

A look ahead to Wednesday's semi-final first leg fixture at the Etihad Stadium

David Moyes says his team is in need of urgent overhaul

Comment: Patience at Manchester United for David Moyes will run out soon enough

Sir Alex Ferguson was allowed to go over three years before he started to win trophies with United

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A Syrian general speaks

A senior officer of Bashar al-Assad’s regime talks to Robert Fisk about his army’s brutal struggle with Isis, in a dirty war whose challenges include widespread atrocities
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‘A bit of a shock...’ Economist with Glasgow roots becomes Zambia’s acting President

Guy Scott's predecessor, Michael Sata, died in a London hospital this week after a lengthy illness
Fall of the Berlin Wall: History catches up with Erich Honecker - the East German leader who praised the Iron Curtain and claimed it prevented a Third World War

Fall of the Berlin Wall

History catches up with Erich Honecker - the East German leader who praised the Iron Curtain and claimed it prevented a Third World War
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Turn your mobile phone into easy money

There are 90 million unused mobiles in the UK, which would be worth £7bn if we cashed them in, says David Crookes
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Independent writers remember their Saturday jobs

"I have never regarded anything I have done in "the media" as a proper job"
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11-step recipe for creating a West End hit

Richard Thomas, the lyricist behind the Jerry Springer and Anna Nicole Smith operas, explains how Bob Dylan, 'Breaking Bad' and even Noam Chomsky inspired his songbook for the new musical 'Made in Dagenham'
Tonke Dragt's The Letter for the King has finally been translated into English ... 50 years on

Buried treasure: The Letter for the King

The coming-of-age tale about a boy and his mission to save a mythical kingdom has sold a million copies since it was written by an eccentric Dutchwoman in 1962. Yet until last year, no one had read it in English
Can instilling a sense of entrepreneurship in pupils have a positive effect on their learning?

The school that means business

Richard Garner heads to Lancashire, where developing the 'dragons' of the future is also helping one community academy to achieve its educational goals
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The world in your pocket: 10 best tablets

They’re thin, they’re light, you can use them for work on the move or keeping entertained
Lutz Pfannenstiel: The goalkeeper who gave up Bayern Munich for the Crazy Gang, Bradford and a whirlwind trawl across continents

Lutz Pfannenstiel interview

The goalkeeper who gave up Bayern Munich for the Crazy Gang, Bradford and a whirlwind trawl across continents
Pete Jenson: Popular Jürgen Klopp can reignite Borussia Dortmund’s season with visit to Bayern Munich

Pete Jenson's a Different League

Popular Klopp can reignite Dortmund’s season with visit to Bayern
John Cantlie video proves that Isis expects victory in Kobani

Cantlie video proves that Isis expects victory in Kobani

The use of the British hostage demonstrates once again the militants' skill and originality in conducting a propaganda war, says Patrick Cockburn
The killer instinct: The man who helps students spot potential murderers

The killer instinct

Phil Chalmers travels the US warning students how to spot possible future murderers, but can his contentious methods really stop the bloodshed?
Clothing the gap: A new exhibition celebrates women who stood apart from the fashion herd

Clothing the gap

A new exhibition celebrates women who stood apart from the fashion herd
Fall of the Berlin Wall: Goodbye to all that - the lost world beyond the Iron Curtain

The Fall of the Berlin Wall

Goodbye to all that - the lost world beyond the Iron Curtain