Lionel Messi & Yaya Toure

Lionel Andrés Messi (born 24 June 1987) is an Argentine footballer who plays in La Liga for FC Barcelona and captains the Argentina national team, mainly as a forward. Gnégnéri Yaya Touré (born 13 May 1983), commonly known as Yaya Touré, is an Ivorian footballer who plays as a midfielder for Premier League club Manchester City and the Côte d'Ivoire national team. He plays with the name Touré Yaya on his jersey. 5.0/5

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Yaya Toure begged Lionel Messi not to nutmeg him in the Nou Camp
Yaya Toure's 5 Best Players in the world in order:. Lionel Messi. Cristiano Ronaldo. Aguero. Gareth Bale. Wayen Rooney
Sergio Kun Aguero v Lionel Messi, Yaya Toure v Sergio Busquet, Suarez v Silva. It can only be the . Relax, Learn & Enjoy.
Arsene Wenger has revealed Arsenal missed out on signing Angel Di Maria for NOTHING. Argentinian superstar Di Maria, 26, joins a long list of big names - including Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo, Yaya Toure and Zlatan Ibrahimovic - who nearly joined the Gunners when they were youngsters. Di Maria cost a British record £59.7m when he moved from Real Madrid to Manchester United in the summer, but Wenger admitted they nearly got him when he was just 17. But Wenger says the deal fell through because they could not get Di Maria a work permit - and they now face the same battle as they try to sign Villarreal's Brazilian defender Gabriel Paulista. Wenger has called for work permits to be SCRAPPED and borders to be "opened up completely" in football as he claims it is unfair to stop non-European players coming to the Premier League. "We had identified Di Maria when he was 17," he said. "We wanted him to come here. So he goes to Portugal [with Benfica], from Portugal he goes to Spain. Why? Because he could not . ...
Top 50 Footballers In The World For The 2014-2015 Season; Messi, Ronaldo, Or Suárez Best Player? By Jason Le Miere August 22 2014 3:40 PM Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi remain the best two players in the world. Reuters More news from Soccer 10-Man Arsenal Survive To Beat QPR Rooney Stars In Manchester United Win Chelsea Dominate West Ham In Win Wenger Faces Tough Balancing Act Join the Discussion The 2014 World Cup saw several players announce themselves on the global stage and many others confirm their world-class status. It was also a tournament where attacking play dominated, at least for the early stages. In part that confirmed that the Best Players around today are in forward areas of the pitch, rather than at the defensive end. This summer’s transfer market reflects that, with former Chelsea center back David Luiz, a player with some clear flaws, being purchased for close to £50 million by Paris Saint-Germain. Perhaps the most notable area lacking in superstar talent is at defensive midfield ...
TRANSFER GOSSIP Paris St Germain striker Edinson Cavani, 27, wants to move to Arsenal in January. (Metro) Manchester City are lining up a move for 21- year-old Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba, with the ex-Manchester United player and France international seen as a replacement for 31- year-old Yaya Toure. (Sun - subscription required) Manchester City midfielder Samir Nasri, 27, has admitted he faces an uncertain future at the club. (Daily Mail) Manchester United have suffered a blow in their pursuit of Atletico Madrid defender Diego Godin, with the Spanish champions insisting the 28-year-old is not for sale. (Daily Star) Alternatively, Atletico Madrid have told Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal that he must meet Godin's £28.5m buyout clause if he wants to land the defender in January. (Daily Express) West Ham's 26-year-old defender Winston Reid, who is out of contract in the summer, is demanding a huge wage rise to remain with the Hammers and could be sold in January, with Arsenal and Liverpool among h ...
Yaya Toure believes Manchester City team-mate Sergio Aguero is up there with Lionel Messi as one of the world's Best Players.
Iniesta Wins 2014 Golden Foot Award Ahead Of Ronaldo Veteran Spanish and Barcelona star, Andres Iniesta has become the first Barcelona and Spain player to win the Golden Foot award. The Barcelona midfielder was named ahead of Cristiano Ronaldo, Wayne Rooney, Manuel Neuer, Andrea Pirlo, Thiago Silva Franck Ribery, Yaya Toure, Thierry Henry and Brazilian female player Marta as winner of the award on Monday, October 13, 2014 at the ceremony which was held in Monaco, France. The name of Argentina superstar, Lionel Messi was missing from the 2014 Golden Foot award, an international football award given to players who stand out for their athletic achievements both as individuals and team players and for their personality.
Manchester City are preparing a £35 million bid for Arsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil and are willing to offload Yaya Toure. Liverpool are tracking Belenenses’ 20-year-old midfielder Fabio Sturgeon. Tottenham are keeping tabs on Toulouse striker Wissam Ben Yedder. For January Napoli could buy from Real Madrid Spanish defender Alvaro Arbeloa. Chilean media claim Arturo Vidal's agent is in talks with Real Madrid regarding a possible transfer, as Juventus are ready to cash in on the prolific midfielder. Spanish Club would want to sing Chelsea's goalkeeper, who has been relegated to the bench from Courtois arrive. Also, Los Colchoneros have many doubts about Oblak. Should Arsene Wenger allow Mesut Ozil to leave Arsenal in January, the French boss is ready to make a host of new signings. Real Madrid's Sami Khedira, Dortmund's Mats Hummels and Schalke's Julian Draxler are all on the Gunners' wishlist. Both Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain are monitoring Lionel Messi's current situation at Barcelona, with ...
Barcelona star Lionel Messi is one of 10 players who have been nominated for the Best Player in Europe award after guiding Argentina to the final of the World Cup. The prolific attacker was controversially handed the World Cup Golden Ball earlier this month ahead of Bayern Munich duo Thomas Muller (Germany) and Arjen Robben (Netherlands) and is now in the frame to bag yet another prestigious individual award. The 10-man shortlist for the prize is dominated by Bayern Munich players, with Philipp Lahm and Manuel Neuer accompanying the aforementioned Muller and Robben. Real Madrid have two representatives on the list in Portugal attacker Cristiano Ronaldo and Argentina's Angel Di Maria, while Colombia star James Rodriguez is the only candidate from Ligue 1. Luis Suarez and Diego Costa, who both switched clubs this summer, complete the shortlist. Sergio Ramos, Thibaut Courtois, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Andrea Pirlo and Yaya Toure all narrowly missed out and occupy places 11 to 15. A jury of journalists from each o ...
All attention is now on Brazil for the world biggest single sporting event, the World Cup. To be hosted by the samba nation The Super Eagles of Nigeria is among the 32 nations that will strive for glory. I give my full support to our national team as they don't just fly our national colours but go for honours in Brazil. We might not have a fecund goalscorer like C. Ronaldo, a midfield maestro like Lionel Messi, an off and on the pitch midfield general like Frank Lampard, rugged midfielder like Yaya Toure, versatile wingers like Eden Hazard, Gareth Bale and Mesut Ozil, no nonsense defenders like Pepe, Sergio Ramos, Gerard Pique, David Luiz or Garry Cahill not to mention best safe hands like Iker Casilas, Gianluigi Buffon, Petr Cech, Victor Valdes and Thibaut Courtois. Neither do we have world class coach like Felipe Scolari, Vincent Del Bosque, Sir Alex Ferguson, Pep Guardiola, Louis van Gaal, Rafael Benitez or Jose Mourinho. But we have one thing called the Nigerian Team Spirit.
Having sobbed up from the warriors disappointment yesterday, I got to reflecting on the real issues in our football. We are still very far off from being a real football nation. Yes we are a football loving nation but not a football playing nation. Imagine that we can lose against low ranking nations like Tanzania, then picture this. let us say we had progressed by the grace of God and are thrust in a group comprising of Ivory Coast or Ghana. who would contain Yaya Toure and Didier Drogba? who would contain Andre Dede Ayew, Kevin Prince Boatang or Sully Muntari? Imagine that we somehow go to the World Cup and come face to face with Lionel Messi, Ronaldo, Wayne Rooney, Arjen Robben or Bastian Sweinteiger or Neymar? Let us just sit down.
has seen that Yaya Toure is complaining that he doesn't get as much recognition as Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo. It's got nothing to do with the fact you are African - some of the Best Players in the world are from that continent. Let me clarify the reason as to why Messi & Ronaldo get more recognition - they are better than you, you mug.
MORNING HEADLINES Real Madrid's Sergio Ramos: Barcelona win "pre-meditated" Real Madrid defender Sergio Ramos believes that his side's 4-3 defeat to Barcelona at the Santiago Bernabeu on Sunday was "pre-meditated" . The Spanish centre-back was sent off in the second half for bringing down Neymar inside Los Blancos' box. Arsene Wenger 'holds meeting with Arsenal players following Chelsea thrashing' Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has reportedly held a clear-the-air meeting with his players following their heavy defeat to Chelsea. Barcelona's Lionel Messi breaks Clasico goals record. Barcelona forward Lionel Messi has become the highest scorer in El Clasico history with his hat- trick on Sunday. He now have 21 in 27 matches, 3 more than Madrid legend and compatriot Alfredo Di Stefano. Yaya Toure: 'Manchester United are still dangerous. Yaya Toure has insisted that Manchester United are still a dangerous team ahead of Tuesday's Manchester derby . Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo slams Clasico referee following ...
Hat tricks this weekend: ∙ Louis Suarez ∙ Yaya Toure ∙ Lionel Messi. Not a bad list at all!
FOOTBALL IS ALL ABOUT ; 1.The nimble feet of Lionel Messi, 2.The brains of Xavi, 3.The heart of Frank Lampard, 4.The sight of Giggs, 5.The physic n power of Yaya Toure. ***NOT*** 6.The selfish of Ronaldo 7.the speciality of Mourinho 8.the rudenes o Balotelli etc... Add yours..
My thoughts! The excuses came thick and fast from Manuel Pellegrini and yet there are 100 reasons or more why Barcelona tore Manchester City apart. Five Barcelona players - on City’s own ground, for goodness sake - had more than 100 touches on the ball. They were: Xavi (144), Cesc Fabregas (123), Andres Iniesta (110), Sergio Busquets (108) and Lionel Messi (103). Compare that, like for like with the £200m super team that is Manchester City and it is embarrassing. Yaya Toure (72), David Silva (62), Fernandinho (40), Alvaro Negredo (32) and Jesus Navas (28). When will we ever learn? Not now. Maybe never. Until English football learns that Barcelona and Bayern Munich have turned passing into an art form, their teams will find it tough to succeed in the Champions League. Yes, it is possible to nick the occasional result and stiff a team of Barcelona’s class on the break from time to time. But it's not possible every time to pull the plan off perfectly. At this time three weeks ago, it was easy to get car ...
Lovely pic of Lionel Messi and former Barcelona team-mate Yaya Toure after the final whistle this evening http:…
Lionel Messi gave former teammate Yaya Toure a huge hug after the game
PREDICTION TIME: I go for a scoring draw..with Lionel Messi and Yaya Toure both finding the net. Man City 2-2 BARCELONA
Who voted for whom at the Ballon d'Or? 14 January 2014 Updated 12:03 Cristiano Ronaldo didn't vote for Lionel Messi, and Messi didn't vote for Ronaldo. The captain of Cameroon voted for Ivory Coast's Yaya Toure, Brazilian defender Thiago Silva was the choice of the coach of China and the Granadan media voted for Manchester United striker Robin Van Persie. The official voting statistics from Monday's 2013 Ballon d'Or ceremony in Zurich make fascinating reading. (external) Nominations were submitted by 184 coaches, 184 national captains and 173 members of the global media, but are the the voting patterns more akin to a controversial Eurovision Song Contest? You decide. The world's best Spain (ranked 1st in the world) Iker Casillas (captain) - Cristiano Ronaldo, Franck Ribery, Arjen Robben. Vicente Del Bosque (coach) - Xavi, Andres Iniesta, Ribery. Germany (2nd) Philipp Lahm (captain) - Ribery, Ronaldo, Lionel Messi. Argentina (3rd) Messi (captain) - Iniesta, Xavi, Neymar. Alejandro Sabella (coach) - Mess ...
It emerged after Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo had won the coveted Ballon d’Or, that neither Ronaldo nor runner-up and winner since 2010, Lionel Messi, voted for the other in their top three. The Portuguese selected Radamel Falcao for first place, followed by Gareth Bale and Mesut Ozil, while the Argentine opted for Barcelona team-mates Andres Iniesta, Xavi and Neymar. England manager Roy Hodgson chose Ronaldo, Ibrahimovic and Robin Van Persie as his top three, while captain Steven Gerrard picked Ronaldo, Messi and Liverpool team-mate Luis Suarez. Nigeria’s Super Eagles’ stand-in captain Vincent Enyeama voted Messi, Ronaldo, Ribery as first, second, and third respectively, while Coach Stephen Keshi voted Yaya Toure, Ribery, and Luiz Suarez as his best three.
Vincent Enyeama voted for Lionel Messi. Stephen Keshi voted for Yaya Toure
While Vincent Enyeama voted for Lionel Messi, Nigeria head coach Stephen Keshi went for Yaya Toure to win the
Okay let's talk about the I would not dwell on the organization and poor musicianship of our mega celebrated miming kings who can't sing with a live band. Nigeria got into 7 categories and won 6, by my standards that's a clean sweep and I can not fault CAF/GLO or the voters for Mikel Obi John not winning the main trophy, I would rather congratulate Yaya Toure for winning a well deserve third award as the award is an individual award not a collective one. On the lose by Mikel... On one hand almost every Nigerian sport lover is rooting for Cristiano Ronaldo who performed individually well but did not win a pin in 2013 against a Franck Ribery who has lost count of his awards and trophies for 2013 and a Lionel Messi who still managed to wrestle the La-Liga title, the pinchichi and European Golden Boot award from all his competition even with the octopus hands of injuries not letting him to do his thing. How fair are we to bend the rules when it's convenient and favourable for us. They say he won the UEFA Urop ...
So far, John Mikel Obi has scored more goals than than Lionel Messi and Yaya Toure in 2014. LOL... CAF award comes up on Thursday in Lagos.
Yaya leads Messi to City calls Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure is urging former colleague Lionel Messi to make a switch to the Etihad Stadium. Previously, Messi's Argentina team-mate Sergio Aguero has vocalised his desire to see the double World Player of the Year at City, as did compatriot Pablo Zabaleta. A move for the Barcelona playmaker would, without a doubt, command a world record £100million-plus transfer fee. However, City - who take on Barcelona in the Champions League knockout stages - are one of few clubs who could afford the fee and Messi's wage-bill. Furthermore, City's Barcelona connections are strong with Ferran Soriano and Txiki Begirstain both holding prominent roles at the Catalan club before they moved to Manchester. "If it's to come to City, I hope Messi can leave Barca," Toure told the Manchester Evening News. While striker Aguero, who has partnered Messi in the Argentina team, said: "Yes, he should come to City. Then we'll definitely play together. City should buy him." person ...
We’ve come to the end of the Below are the answers, see how many you got right. Check back for next week’s quiz 1. Lebogang Manyama from Ajax Cape Town will be joining Supersport United in January. 2. It’s said that Chelsea have their eyes set on South African midfielder Ayanda Patosi. 3. This week Kaizer Chiefs announced that they would not be releasing their selected players for CHAN. 4. Yaya Toure, Sergio Aguero & Pablo Zabaleta have openly expressed their dream of playing alongside which football superstar Lionel Messi. 5. David Moyes believes there are similarities between Adnan Januzaj and former Red Devil Cristiano Ronaldo
*FIFA ranking for the best Footballers of the 'YEAR 2013' is out with Lionel Messi topping the List once more infront the one and *Only CR7 (Cristiano Ronaldo). Barclays Premier League remains yet Best represented with 29 Players, ahead of La Liga with 26 Players, the Bundesliga with 18 Players, Series A with 17 and Ligue 1 with 6. *La Liga have 6 players of the Top 8 - while EPL has 2 of the top 10, Bundesliga has 5 in the Top 20. *Spain have 16 Players in Top 100, Brazil have 11, Germany have 10 while England have only 2 in Top 100. There is Big concern here! - *Here is the List:- _ 1)Lionel Messi 2)Cristiano Ronaldo 3)Zlatan Ibrahimovic 4)Frank Ribery 5)Andre Iniesta 6)Neymar 7)Gareth Bale 8)Xavi 9)Luis Suarez 10)Sergio Aguero 11)Van Persie 12)Mesut Ozil 13)Edison Cavani 14)Adjen Robben 15)Philip Lham 16)Radamel Falcao 17)Thiago Silva 18)Lewandowski 19)Yaya Toure 20)B. Schweisteiger 21)Andre )ilo 22)Manuel Nuer 23) Marco Reus 24)Gianlui Gibuffon 25)Thomas Muller 26)Arturo Vidal 27)Sergio Bousquets ...
Lionel Messi Told to Join Manchester City by Yaya Toure and Sergio Aguero - Bleacher Report
Yaya Toure has joined team-mate Sergio Aguero in urging Lionel Messi to join Manchester City - if he is unhappy at Barcelona.
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All I Want for Christmas is You! Yaya Toure hopes for future Lionel Messi reunion at Man City. http:/…
Manchester City duo Sergio Aguero and Yaya Toure have sent a message out for Lionel Messi to join the Citizens, according to the Daily Mail . Messi has been...
.FOOTBALL HEADLINES. * Arsène Wenger failed for the 10th time to get the better of Jose Mourinho as Arsenal was held to a 0-0 draw by Chelsea, missing a chance to return to the top of the Premier League. * Manchester City duo Yaya Toure and Sergio Aguero want Lionel Messi to swap the sunny climes of Catalonia for the north of England. * Swansea City forward, Michu is facing at least six weeks of the sidelines after scans on Monday revealed he is likely to need surgery on his ankle. * Galatasary No. 10 Wesley Sneijder has revealed he has no reason to leave the Turk Telekom Areana amid ongoing speculation linking him with a January move to Manchester United, according to Sky Sports. * Manchester United manager David Moyes has revealed he could bolster his current squad by recalling Jesse Lingard, Nick Powell and Ryan Tunnicliffe from Birmingham City, Wigan Athletic and Ipswich Town respectively and also insisting he will get the best out of Marouane Fellaini. * West Ham boss Sam Allardyce reportedly wants ...
Lionel Messi should quit Barcelona for Manchester City, says Yaya Toure
Yaya Toure has urged Lionel Messi to join Manchester City. [Manchester Evening News]
Yaya Toure, Sergio Aguero and Pablo Zabaleta have all openly expressed their dream of playing alongside Lionel Messi at Manchester City.
What do Lionel Messi, Fabio Capello, Matthew Upson, Ruud Van Nistelrooy and Yaya Toure have in common? They have each scored just one goal at the World Cup Finals.
FOOTBALL HEADLINES :3rd December 2013: ***England manager Hodgson today travels to Brazil for the 2014 draw, which takes place in Rio on friday and has expressed a worry about where his team could be based for the tournament, in particular over the city of Manaus which is in the Amazon jungle. ***Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti has insisted his side do not need Lionel Messi since they can call upon Cristiano Ronaldo. ***Ivory Coast and Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure has won the 2013 BBC African Football of the Year award. He beat Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Victor Moses, John Mikel Obi and Jonathan Pitropia to this year's crown. ***Chelsea's defender Ivanovic says Demba Ba will make a major impact on Chelsea's bid to claim the Premier League title for the fisst time since 2010. ***Arsenal's Polish goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny is confident the pressure of trying to end the London club's trophy drought won't derail their Premier League title bid. ***Nigeria defender, Godfrey Oboabona, had a mixed ou ...
FIFA announces 2013 Ballon d'Or nominees Comment0 Share See alsoSoccer Topics FIFA Ballon D'Or Lionel Messi Cristiano Ronaldo Denis Doyle, Gonzalo Arroyo and Julian Finney/Getty Images Kyle BisioSports Examiner Subscribe Follow: Advertisement Zoom in November 17, 2013 FIFA, world soccer’s governing body, released a shortlist of 24 players today up for the Ballon d’Or (Golden Ball), the most prestigious individual award the sport has to offer. Lionel Messi of FC Barcelona looks to win his fifth straight Ballon d’Or while Gareth Bale, Cristiano Ronaldo, Franck Ribery and 19 others look to dethrone the Argentine striker. The winner will be determined by votes from coaches, team captains and journalists. The list of 24 players will be narrowed down with the winner announced on Jan. 13, 2014 in Zurich, Switzerland. Yaya Toure of Manchester City and Ivory Coast is the only nominee that does not hail from Europe or South America, all 24 nominees plays their club ball in Europe. Reigning treble winners in G ...
The FIFA Ballon d'Or – What does everyone think? 2 weeks ago, the list of the 23 finalists for the prestigious Ballon d'Or was released. Though the favourites are clearly known, this award is the root of much debate throughout the world. 23 players from all over the globe make up the list of finalists for the Ballon d'Or 2013: Gareth Bale, Edinson Cavani, Cristiano Ronaldo, Radamel Falcao, Eden Hazard, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Andres Iniesta, Phillip Lahm, Robert Lewandowski, Lionel Messi, Thomas Muller, Manuel Neuer, Neymar Jr, Mesut Ozil, Franck Ribery, Andrea Pirlo, Arjen Robben, Bastian Schweinsteiger, Luis Suarez, Thiago Silva, Yaya Toure, Robin Van Persie and Xavi. Will Lionel Messi win a fifth award in a row? Is Cristiano Ronaldo capable of defeating his eternal rival? Will Franck Ribery take advantage of Bayern's legendary season? Or will a surprise contender invite himself to the race and possibly beat the three to the title? The French public seem sure that Kaiser Franck will claim the prize. After ...
FOOTBALL:Do you know that FIFA has shortlisted Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi,Yaya Toure,John Mikel and others for the 2013 Ballon dOr award. Read
World football's governing body has announced the remaining candidates to win the prestigious individual trophy this year, with six Bayern Munich players making the cut Fifa andFrance Footballhave revealed the 23-man shortlist for the 2013 Fifa Ballon d'Or, with title-holder Lionel Messi, Bayern Munichstar Franck Ribery, Real Madridattacker Cristiano Ronaldoand world-record signing Gareth Baleamong the candidates to win the individual award. Ribery is accompanied by five Bayern Munich team-mates following the Bundesliga giants' impressive 2012-13 campaign, while Los Blancos' £86million man Bale features after an outstanding season with Tottenham. Robin Van Persie, Luis Suarez, Yaya Toure, Eden Hazard and Mesut Ozil represent the Premier League on the list, though the Arsenal playmaker features after a great campaign with Real Madrid. Usual suspects such as Andres Iniesta and Xavi have made the cut, as well as Paris Saint-Germain star Zlatan Ibrahimovic. The final decisions will be made by the captains a ...
Messi tops transfer market valuation ranking: Lionel Messi has been named the most valuable player in the world by the latest market valuation ranking undertaken by the CIES Football Observatory. The latest annual review updates the transfer valuations for the world’s top 60 stars, and according to the CIES, Messi is worth between €217m and €252m – 2.5 times the world record transfer fee. Messi at the top is little surprise though, what’s more interesting is the composition of the rest of the list. In the top 60, Chelsea have four entries – Romelu Lukaku, Oscar, Juan Mata and Eden Hazard. The Belgian is ranked highest – valued between €55.5m to €64.5m Hazard comes in at number four. There’s three Arsenal stars – Jack Wilshere (ranked 51), Theo Walcott (ranked 29) and Santi Cazorla (ranked 19) – two Tottenham players – Jan Vertonghen (ranked 58) and Gareth Bale (ranked nine) – five Manchester CityJoe Hart (ranked 50), Yaya Toure (ranked 45), Vincent Kompany (ranked 35), Dav ...
Highest Earning Players in Football 2013 There is no surprise as to who is earning the most, its Lionel Messi of FC barcelona who is reportely making £100,000 a day, while there are only two englishmen with Rooney and David Beckham making it in the top 10 highest earners. (1) Lionel Messi – £30m (2) Cristiano Ronaldo – £25.7m (3) Samuel Eto’o – £20.5m (4) Naymar – £17.1m (5) Sergio Aguero – £16.3m (6) bWayne Rooney – 15.4m (7) Zlatan Ibrahimovic – £15m (8) Yaya Toure – £14.2m (9) Fernando Torres – £14m
Who is the richest footballer in the world? 1. Drogba. 2. Cristiano Ronaldo. 3. Lionel Messi. 4. Ronaldinho. 5. John Obi Mikel. 6. Yaya Toure. 7. Zlatan Ibrahimovic. 8. David Beckham. Vote ur time start now.
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Messi shortlisted for Ballon d'Or 29 November 2012 Updated 15:37 GMT Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo and Andres Iniesta have been named on a three-man shortlist for this year's Ballon d'Or prize, Fifa has announced. Messi, 25, has scored 82 goals this calendar year - just three short of the record set by Gerd Mueller in 1972. Real Madrid's former Manchester United player Ronaldo also makes the list, along with Barcelona's Iniesta. Pep Guardiola, Vicente Del Bosque and Jose Mourinho are shortlisted for coach of the year. The winners will be announced on 7 January. Manchester United's Wayne Rooney, Britain's sole representative on the initial 23-man list, failed to make it through. His Old Trafford team-mate Robin Van Persie also missed the cut, as did Manchester City trio Sergio Aguero, Mario Balotelli and Yaya Toure. After 50 goals last season in La Liga - including breaking Barcelona's 60-year-old goalscoring record with a hat-trick in a 5-3 win over Granada in March - Messi is expected to win Fifa's pla ...
Sergio Busquets: enforcer extraordinaire By Eurosport | Pitchside Europe – 19 hours ago Sergio Busquets is a footballer who divides opinion. Not in Spain, where his class is appreciated, but further afield where he is seen as a cheat who personifies the less edifying aspects of the Spanish game. His haranguing of the referee seldom looks good, but focus on that and fail to spot one of the most internationally underrated talents in football, a talent who continues to improve, who was good enough for Barcelona keep ahead of Yaya Toure, a talent who had a serious claim to be in the FIFPro world XI. Lionel Messi aside, when Pep Guardiola gets a new club there’s one player he’d like to take with him more than any other: Busquets. He knows he could build a side around Busquets, son of the former Barcelona goalkeeper. Kids of top 90s footballers tend to have been raised in relative opulence. Xabi Alonso enjoyed a comfortable upbringing, Thiago Alcantara too. Their dads had money. Busquets is a little diffe ...
How Balotelli’s poor season has cost him £1 million Mario Balotelli’s nightmare season at Manchester City has cost him a £1million windfall. The controversial Italian striker would have banked the incredible seven-figure bonus under the terms of his £170,000- a-week contract if he had landed the World Footballer of the Year award in Zurich tomorrow. Balotelli, 22, was short-listed for the Ballon d’Or following his explosive exploits for Italy at Euro 2012. But he has started just eight games this season and has scored one Premier League goal as Roberto Mancini’s mistrust of the £24million striker has grown. City write lucrative bonus schedules into the contracts of all their players and Sergio Aguero (below) and Yaya Toure were also in line to cash in after being named on the original long list list for FIFA’s top player award. Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo and Andreas Iniesta are now battling for the honour, which will be announced tomorrow night. (UK Mirror)
Just one Premier League player, Manchester City’s Vincent Kompany, has made it into the World Soccer Team of the Year, which has been announced today. The magazine’s XI, voted for by a team of journalists, coaches, officials and former players from around the world, is led by Cristiano Ronaldo, Radamel Falcao and Lionel Messi, who also scooped the World Soccer Player of the Year prize. Kompany captained Manchester City last season as they claimed their first league title in 44 years at the expense of rivals Manchester United on the last day of the season. Kompany lines up alongside Philipp Lahm, Sergio Ramos and Jordi Alba in defence, with Ramos accumulating the most votes out of the four. The Belgian’s club team-mate Yaya Toure came close to earning a spot in midfield but just missed out to Andres Iniesta, Andrea Pirlo and Xavi. Chelsea’s Ashley Cole, Tottenham’s Gareth Bale and Manchester United forward Robin Van Persie were also in contention for a spot in the team but didn’t accumulate eno ...
Yaya Toure has called on Manchester City to maintain their unbeaten home record when rival Manchester United come to the Etihad Stadium on Sunday. “We respect United but we are at home and confident against anyone on our own pitch,” Fernando Llorente striker announced earlier this week that he will leave Athletic Bilbao when his contract expires in June. Ronaldinho believes Lionel Messi is currently the Best Player in the world, ahead of Cristiano Ronaldo, and also expects Neymar to reach the Barcelona forward's heights one day! Manchester United's desire to buy Dortmund star Robert Lewandowski doesn't scare Jurgen Klopp! Wesley Sneijder has revealed that he has no intention of signing a new - and lower-paid - Inter contract! Massimo Moratti remains confident that the Netherlands star will stay, however. Do you see the midfielder staying at San Siro?
Midfield: Andrea Pirlo and Xavi as the holders. Ahead of them: Cristiano Ronaldo, Yaya Toure and Lionel Messi.
Wayne Rooney is the only England star nominated for the Ballon D’Or. But FIFA’s 23-man list was a slap in the face for Chelsea, who do not have one nominee despite their first-ever European Cup triumph. Only Didier Drogba made the list — and he left last summer. Three-time winner Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo also made the cut. Manchester City had Sergio Aguero, Yaya Toure and Mario Balotelli nominated following their title triumph. Rooney’s United team-mate Robin Van Persie was listed for his goalscoring exploits with Arsenal before his transfer. Chelsea boss Roberto Di Matteo is a contender for manager of the year alongside City’s Roberto Mancini and United’s Alex Ferguson. FIFA will reveal the final shortlist for each category on November 29. Read more:
Who wins the Ballon d'or?Drogba’s Champions League exploits for Chelsea could see him as the main contender to the Barcelona and Real Madrid stars, but it will be hard to see past Messi after a season where he scored a record 73 goals.Here is the full list:Sergio Aguero, Mario Balotelli, Yaya Toure (all Manchester City), Wayne Rooney, Robin Van Persie (both Manchester United), Didier Drogba (Shanghai Shenhua), Zlatan Ibrahimovic (PSG), Manuel Neuer (Bayern Munich), Radamel Falcao (Atletico Madrid), Lionel Messi, Andres Iniesta, Xavi, Gerard Pique, Sergio Busquets (all Barcelona), Cristiano Ronaldo, Karim Benzema, Iker Casillas, Mesut Ozil, Sergio Ramos, Xabi Alonso (all Real Madrid, Andrea Pirlo, Gianluigi Buffon (both Juventus), Neymar (Santos).
Benisazi uba u Lionel Messi we fc Barcelona no Yaya Toure we Man City bazalwa kwa Ngutyana,ngamaNGUTYANA ngqo
Informed conjecture would suggest that Cristiano Ronaldo's salary is a match for almost any player in the world - except that of Samuel Eto'o, of course - but the Real Madrid star's wages are apparently less than you may think. According to Marca, Ronaldo is ranked only tenth in the world when it comes to wages paid by their clubs, with the likes of little known Dario Conca raking in more in than the far more illustrious Portuguese. GMF has outlined the top ten earners, according to our friends in Spain, and you may find one of two surprises along the way... 1. Samuel Eto'o - Anzhi Makhachkala: €20m-a- year 2. Zlatan Ibrahimovic - Paris Saint-Germain: €14.5m 3. Wanye Rooney - Manchester United: €13.8m 4. Yaya Toure - Manchester City: €13m 5. Sergio Aguero - Manchester City: €12.5m 6. Didier Drogba - Shanghai Shenhua: €12m 7. Fernando Torres - Chelsea: €10.8m 8. Dario Conca - Guangzho Evergrande: €10.6m 9. Lionel Messi - Barcelona: €10.5m 10. Cristiano Ronaldo - Real Madrid: €10m
Lionel Messi...Cristiano Ronaldo...Andrea Pirlo...Robin Van Persie...Eden Hazard...Yaya Toure...Santi Cazorla...Zlatan Ibrahimovic... All these great players & so many, many more return to the Champions League tonight as the group stage gets under way!
even the media, the Super Eaglesare loaded to the hilt with super stars most of whom are plying their trade outside the nation's shores. But the world appears to see our players differently, if a recent rating done by a US based sports media outfit, Bleacher Report is anything to go by. Bleacher Report's list of the world best 100 soccer stars did not include any Nigerian player as only the likes of Cameroon's Samuel Eto'o, Coted Ivoire's duo of Didier Drogba and Yaya Toure and Ghana's Michael Essien were the African stars that made the big boys list. As expected, Argentina's Lionel Messi was No.1 on the chart alongside his Barcelona team mates, Gerard Pique, Xavi, AndresIniesta and David Villa. The other first XI that made the list from outside Barcelona's camp were Real Madrid's Christian Ronaldo, Manchester United's Nemanja Vidic, Man City's Carlos Tevez, Bayern's ArjenRobben and Arsenal's Robin Van Persie. Some of the other notable players that got on the world's best 100 list include Wayne Rooney (13 ...
Carroll will defo sign as will Lionel Messi and Vincent Kompany and Yaya Toure.
Manchester City once failed with an accidental £30 million bid for Barcelona’s Lionel Messi, it has been revealed. City have shown themselves to be willing to splash the cash in order to land big names ever since being taken over by the Abu Dhabi United Group in 2008, having spent over £30 million on each of Robinho and Sergio Aguero, and over £25 million on Edin Dzeko, Carlos Tevez, Emmanuel Adebayor, Mario Balotelli, David Silva and Yaya Toure. Upon arriving at the club in 2008, City’s owners wanted to make a landmark signing and eventually splashed out on Robinho from Real Madrid, having just missed out on Kaka, Fernando Torres and Dimitar Berbatov as well. Now former Chief Executive Garry Cook, who famously accused Kaka of ‘bottling’ his move to the Etihad Stadium, has revealed that in the confusion of their attempts to land a big name in the summer of 2008, contact was made with Barcelona over the prospect of landing Messi.
Manchester City’s Yaya Toure took in €15.1 million in earnings and endorsements over the past 12 months to make Forbes’ list of the 100 highest paid athletes, and the only African. The 29-year-old Cote D’Ivoire international midfielder is however placed near the bottom at 73 rd position ofthe list topped by American boxer Floyd Mayweather with €67.35 million, followed by Filipino professional boxer and politician Manny Pacquiao, who earned €49.12 million. Former world’s richest sportsman golfer Tiger Woods comes third with earnings worth €47.07 million. The first footballer on the list is former England Captain David Beckham, who now plays for Los Angeles Galaxy. He made €36.45 million during the last 12 months to sit at 8th position ahead of Real Madrid’s Christiano Ronaldo on 9 th position with €33.6 million. Three-time Fifa Ballon d’Or winner Lionel Messi of Barcelona comes 11 th with €30.9 million earned. Below are the 10 highest paid footballers during the previous season ac ...
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SAFA mast get Pep Guardiola, He can tuen Morgan Goulg into a Carlos Puyol,Steven Pienaar into Lionel Messi, and Andile Jali into Yaya Toure. there is just 1 problem- Chelsea are interested and they migth just have a bit more money.
Ghana striker Asamoah Gyan is Africa’s highest paid sportsman, according to the latest figures from ESPN The Magazine’s Money Issue salary survey project. The list is likely to draw controversy, as other financial reports had placed Ivorian star Yaya Toure at the top of the list. However, this list comprises the earnings that represent salary and/or prize money from the 2011 calendar year or most recent season. Due to confidentiality of information for certain players, official salary figures were not available. In that case, ESPN used earnings that were based on information from multiple sources including leagues, agents, sports federations, cultural centers and the United Nations. The Black Stars player shares the ‘title’ with Liberia’s Tamba Hali, who plays American football as an outside linebacker for the Kansas City Chiefs. Worldwide, Barcelona’s Lionel Messi keeps his status as football’s highest earner. He has bagged earnings of $43.5 million yearly – that’s from wages, bonuses, ...
Barcelona’s Lionel Messi is not just the Best Player on the player. He is also the richest. The dimunitive forward came tops in the latest rich list after earning £27.4million from wages, bonuses, sponsorships and endorsements. Apart from his £13m annual salary from the La Liga powerhouse, he raked in extra cash from sponsorship deals from the likes of Adidas and Pepsi. In the survey conducted by the France Football Magazine, Messi beat superstars like Beckham, Ronaldo, Rooney to emerge top earner. £27.5m Lionel Messi (Barcelona) £26.2m David Beckham (LA Galaxy) £24.3m Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid) £19.4m Samuel Eto’o (Anzhi) £17.2m Wayne Rooney (Man United) £15.7m Sergio Aguero (Man City) £14.7m Yaya Toure (Man City) £13.9m Fernando Torres (Chelsea) £12.9m Kaka (Real Madrid) £11.9m Philipp Lahm (Bayern Munich) The battle within the coaches was well won by Jose Mourinho who earned £12.3m. The Real Madrid boss is followed by Paris St Germain’s Carlo Ancelotti(£11m) and Barca’s Pep G ...
In your all-Europ team, with Lionel Messi, Mesut Ozil, Yaya Toure, is there any question who's anchoring your attack down the right wing?
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