Sport Eliaquim Mangala has also attracted interest from Manchester United and Paris Saint-Germain

The Frenchman has also attracted interest from Manchester United and Paris Saint-Germain

Cristiano Ronaldo and Franck Ribery jostle for the ball during Real Madrid's match against Bayern Munich

'Bayern Munich would not swap Franck Ribery for Cristiano Ronaldo', claims president Karl-Heinz Rummenigge

Former West Germany international reveals he wouldn't swap the current Bayern winger for the Ballon d'Or winner as he is more valuable to the squad than Ronaldo would be

Lionel Messi has missed out on selection for Uefa's Team of the Year

Lionel Messi misses out on Uefa Team of the Year after fans vote him the 13th best player of 2013, adding to Ballon d'Or woe

Messi is not named for the first time since 2007 while is arch-rival Cristiano Ronaldo tops his Ballon d'Or award off with a seventh consecutive inclusion

(Clockwise starting top-left) Vicent Kompany, Radamel Falcao, Robin van Persie, Mesut Ozil, Diego Costa, Marco Reus, Neymar, Luis Suarez and Peter Cech (centre)

FifPro announces reserve Teams of the Year - but Luis Suarez and Arjen Robben won't be laughing while Iker Casillas is somehow named the second best goalkeeper of 2013

The second, third, fourth and fifth string Team of the Year has been announced and unlike the main award, both English and Premier League stars are included

Bayern Munich striker Mario Mandzukic

Transfer news: Arsenal may be frustrated in pursuit of Mario Mandzukic after Bayern Munich talk of extending striker's contract

The forward has been strongly linked with a move away from the Allianz Arena, with the Gunners reportedly first in line for his services

Nadine Angerer alongside Cristiano Ronaldo

Fifa Ballon d'Or: Nadine Angerer, winner of the women's award, in profile

The Germany captain may have drawn less attention, but was deserving of her moment in the spotlight

The FifPro Team of the Year: (Back L-R) Lionel Messi, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Cristiano Ronaldo, Franck Ribery, Xavi. (Front L-R) Dani Alves, Thiago Silva, Sergio Ramos, Phillip Lahm and Manuel Neuer (missing Andres Iniesta).

Fifa Ballon d'Or: Franck Ribery asks 'what more could I have done?' After missing out on award

The Frenchman won the treble with Bayern Munich

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'

Atletico Madrid midfielder Saul Niguez, on loan with Rayo Vallecano, in action against Real Madrid in August

Transfer news: Manchester United monitoring Atletico Madrid midfielder Saul Niguez after Phil Neville spotted in Spain - reports

The United coach was seen in the stands during Rayo Vallecano's 1-0 victory at Getafe

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

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