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There have been Chinese whispers of a return to the Premier League for <b>Didier Drogba</b>, and despite the unpredictability of the Ivorian power-house, we give it a 0.01% chance of happening. The rumours surfaced as Shanghai Shenhua Chairman Zhu Jun supposedly threatened to put a lid on his cash-flow into the club, with the futures of Drogba and former Chelsea team-mate Nicholas Anelka looking edgy.

Didier Drogba is still under contract with Shanghai Shenhua claim Chinese club

Ivorian striker was announced as a Galatasaray player this week

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Barcelona forward broke 40-year-old mark of 85 goals in a calender year

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FIFA have ordered Hungary and Bulgaria to each play their next home World Cup qualifiers behind closed doors following racist or anti-Semitic abuse by their fans.

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James Lawton: Lionel Messi makes us smile – Luis Suarez shows football's ugly new face

Messi’s argument for Andres Iniesta winning the Ballon D’Or was that he was the heartbeat and creative force of Spain’s historic achievement of winning three straight major international tournaments

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Silvio Berlusconi reacts angrily to Sepp Blatter's comments about Kevin-Prince Boateng

Fifa president says AC Milan forward was wrong to walk off

Messi tipped to pick up fourth award after stellar year

Lionel Messi is poised to win a fourth Ballon d'Or tonight, making him the most decorated player in history after his achievement of becoming the highest-scoring player in a calendar year. The Barcelona forward is up against Cristiano Ronaldo and Andres Iniesta for the award, which takes place at the Kongresshaus in Zurich.

Lionel Messi poised for fourth Ballon D'Or

Award is handed out tonight, with Cristiano Ronaldo and Andres Iniesta the other contenders

Sepp Blatter disagrees with Kevin-Prince Boateng's actions over racist abuse

The FIFA president believes the midfielder acted wrongly in the face of racist chanting

Milan’s Kevin-Prince Boateng gestures towards his abusers

Kevin-Prince Boateng vows to walk-off even in Champions League games

AC Milan forward made a stand against racism after abuse during friendly

Mohamed bin Hammam is determined to disprove corruption allegations

Mohamed Bin Hammam issued with another life ban

Former presidential challenger banned by Fifa

Clashing symbol: Chelsea’s John Obi Mikel competes in the Club World Cup in Japan while on ‘day release’ from a woefully inadequate domestic ban

The Last Word: FA anti-racist action plan is just an insult

Football's leaders need to produce more than tokenism to prove they are up for the fight

Matches were fixed before 2010 World Cup, says Fifa

A FIFA report on match-fixing in the weeks before the 2010 World Cup has found “compelling evidence” that one or more friendly games involving host South Africa were fixed ahead of the showpiece tournament.

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It's official: Lionel Messi DOESN'T hold the goal scoring record

Fifa refuse to ratify Lionel Messi's goalscoring record amid challenges from Brazil and Zambia

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Tunnel bust-ups and guns spark safety fears over 2014 Brazil World Cup

Argentine side Tigre claim they were attacked by police and stadium staff but Fifa insists finals security worries unfounded

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Fifa confident over 2014 World Cup security despite violence at Copa Sudamericana final

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