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

The Sport Matrix: Monday 18 November 2013

Hodgson backs Hart as Sturridge takes confidence

Wales captain Ashley Williams has urged fans to get behind manager Chris Coleman following his two-year contract extension

Wales v Finland: Ashley Williams urges fans to back manager Chris Coleman following two-year contract extension

The Wales captain feels any negativity will not help the team succeed in their quest to reach the 2016 European Championships

Chris Coleman faces the media in Cardiff

I never wanted to swap Wales job for Crystal Palace return, claims Chris Coleman

The former Fulham manager has signed a new two-year contract with the national side

Cristiano Ronaldo poses in front of an advert of him wearing his new range of underpants

Cristiano Ronaldo underpants: Real Madrid forward claims his team-mates, including Gareth Bale, love his new range of boxers

Winger also says Wayne Rooney looks ‘much better’ after hair transplant

Luke Shaw

Transfer news: Tottenham ready to make move for Luke Shaw if they miss out on Fabio Coentrao

The Southampton full-back is being monitored by numerous clubs

Andre Villas-Boas's side have just six league goals from open play

Misfiring Tottenham attack heads list of problems for manager Andre Villas-Boas

Andre Villas-Boas’s side have just six league goals from open play

Real Madrid's Portuguese forward Cristiano Ronaldo (R) celebrates with Real Madrid's Welsh striker Gareth Bale

Cristiano Ronaldo nets hat-trick in Real Madrid rout of Real Sociedad

With Gareth Bale in the side, Carlo Ancelotti's team won 5-1

Andros Townsend celebrates with Tottenham team-mates Kyle Walker, Lewis Holtby and Roberto Soldado

Tottenham winger Andros Townsend believes 'team of stars' will carry Spurs to genuine Premier League title contenders this season

Townsend feels that the departure of Gareth Bale has forced the squad to become 'more of a team'

Southampton duo Adam Lallana and Jay Rodriguez have received a call-up to the England squad for the friendlies against Chile and Germany

Southampton v Hull City: Jay Rodriguez, Adam Lallana and Rickie Lambert call-ups can lift Southampton further, says Mauricio Pochettino

The trio were named by Roy Hodgson for the friendlies against Chile and Germany

Jay Rodriguez will join Southampton team-mate Rickie Lambert in the England squad

Jay Rodriguez becomes the latest Southampton Saint to state his case on the road to 2014 World Cup

Son of Spanish ex-professional given chance to audition for World Cup

Tottenham striker Jermain Defoe will be hopeful of a start

Europa League: Tottenham Hotspur v Sheriff Tiraspol match preview

A look ahead to this tonight’s Europa League tie at White Hart Lane

Shaun Derry was sent off after falling victim to Ashley Young’s tumble at Old Trafford last April

Comment: Ashley Young has fallen so low at United there may be no way back

The feeling grows the winger will join Anderson in David Moyes' first clear-out at Old Trafford

Real Madrid's Welsh striker Gareth Bale (R) celebrates after scoring a goal past Juventus' goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon

With Gareth Bale and Cristiano Ronaldo, Real Madrid 'are practically assured of three points', claims Iker Casillas

The two most expensive players in the world were on target against Juventus but their side only left with a draw

Gareth Bale celebrates scoring Real Madrid’s second goal

Champions League round-up: Gareth Bale’s strike not enough for Real Madrid

Gareth Bale scored his first goal in the Champions League for Real Madrid, but the Spanish side still lost their 100 per cent record in Group B as they were held 2-2 by Juventus.

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