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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.

De Bruyne was City’s player of the season last term, scoring 12 goals and providing 21 assists

Manchester City’s Kevin de Bruyne is having tests on a right knee injury suffered in training on Wednesday.

City said the extent of the injury suffered by the 27-year-old Belgium midfielder is “not yet known”.

Wilfried Zaha has committed his future to Crystal Palace until the summer of 2023

Wilfried Zaha has signed a contract extension with Crystal Palace until 2023.

Zaha came through Palace's youth academy and has been the club's Player of the Year for the past three seasons.

Mesut Ozil retired after Germany were knocked out of the World Cup

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.

Atletico Madrid

Real Madrid began life without Cristiano Ronaldo and Zinedine Zidane with defeat in the first ever Uefa Super Cup derby as Atletico Madrid scored twice in extra time.

Two excellent late goals from Koke and Saul sealed victory for Atletico after the game ended 2-2 in normal time.


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.

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