Cristiano Ronaldo (right) receives the Ballon d'Or award from Pele in 2008

Fifa Ballon d'Or: Cristiano Ronaldo closes in on award ahead of Franck Ribery and Lionel Messi after voting is extended

Voting system changed on the same night the Portugal forward scored sublime hat-trick against Sweden

Gerard Deulofeu shone for Spain Under-21s and has been likened to a young Cristiano Ronaldo

Everton vs Liverpool: Barcelona's gifted Gerard Deulofeu can make the difference in the derby

A Different League: Barca have no doubts they have the next big thing in the talented winger

Scott Brown avoids red card to become Scotland's hero in lucky win over Norway

Scotland rode their luck on and off the ball as they carved out a 1-0 friendly win over Norway in a freezing Molde.

Barcelona midfielder Xavi pictured ahead of the tie with Bayern Munich

Xavi and Cristian Tello join Lionel Messi on the Barcelona injury list

Concerns for the La Liga champions deepen with latest injuries

Both Barcelona and Lionel Messi's management have rubbished claims of a dispute over his recovery from injury

Lionel Messi injury latest: Barcelona forward refuses to rush return

The Argentina international is expected to be out until 2014

Southampton midfielder Adam Lallana made his England debut in the 2-0 defeat to Chile

England 0 Chile 2: Adam Lallana eager for more after making his international bow at Wembley

The Southampton midfielder admits he was disappointed with the result but is determined to make sure that the Chile defeat is not his last contribution to England

Adam Lallana was outshone on his debut by the visitors’ ability to dominate midfield

England 0 Chile 2: Back to the drawing board as Chile underline gulf in guile 

In this sea of sloppy passing Rodriguez in particular was lost

Radamel Falcao celebrates a goal for Colombia against Belgium
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Lionel Messi marks 10th anniversary since Barcelona debut

The world player of the year reflects on the beginning of his incredible career at the Nou Camp

Cristiano Ronaldo (right) celebrates his first goal in the 5-1 win over Real Sociedad with Gareth Bale on Saturday

Fifa Ballon d'Or: Have the 2013 achievements of Cristiano Ronaldo been played down on Fifa's website?

Real Madrid winger has been at odds with Fifa and Sepp Blatter recently

Both Barcelona and Lionel Messi's management have rubbished claims of a dispute over his recovery from injury

Rumours of Lionel Messi rift with Barcelona rubbished be representatives of the Argentina international

Messi is being treated by Argentinian doctor Luis Garcia despite him not being employed by the club triggering speculation that the 26-year-old is upset with the Catalan's medical staff

England footballers Glen Johnson (L) and Wayne Rooney (R) share a light moment as they arrive for a training session at Arsenal's training ground

England v Chile: Alexis Sanchez backs defenders to deal with Wayne Rooney at Wembley

The Barcelona forward hopes repeat of historic night in 1998

Lionel Messi is expected to be out until next year with a hamstring injury

Lionel Messi injury: Barcelona forward says he is working 'full time' to get back to fitness

Argentine is expected to be out until early next year

Eric Abidal is back in the France team for their play-offs after his liver transplant last year

Former Barcelona defender Eric Abidal stands on the verge of remarkable comeback with a third World Cup finals

A Different League: The French defender is back in the national set-up after his liver transplant last year

Barcelona players, including Cesc Fabregas, celebrate a goal

Barcelona extend deal with UNICEF which sees club pay charity £1.25m a year

The name of the charity is displayed on the back of the shirt

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