In 2006, Fabio Cannavaro was named as FIFA's World Player of the Year. The then-Real Madrid defender fended off competition from teammate Zinedine Zidane and Barcelona's Ronaldinho for the award after having won the World Cup with Italy that summer. Ronaldinho's colleague at the time, Lionel Messi, a floppy-haired adolescent, wasn't even in the top 10, let alone on the podium.
Germany midfielder Toni Kroos has criticised former World Cup-winning team-mate Mesut Ozil for the way he announced his international retirement.
Ozil said he was quitting international football in the wake of Germany's shock World Cup exit at the group stage in Russia.
FIFA has officially eradicated corruption. All it took was pressing the delete key.
Football officials and players who bother checking out the new code of ethics governing their conduct will find the word “corruption” missing.
They will also discover how to now avoid being banned for paying and receiving bribes.