Ballon d’Or

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United States forward Megan Rapinoe  might have made my top 10 list when it comes to influence and inspiration, but my winner was Julie Ertz or Lucy Bronze. Photograph: Getty Images

Awards season is always the most fun time of the year. It creates an unhealthy debate, statistics fly around, opinions are like arseholes and of cours(...)

Mo Salah: the season’s outstanding player. Photograph: Laurence Griffiths/Getty

It was getting towards the end of a lengthy Pep Guardiola press conference on Friday by the time the question came up, so maybe the Manchester City ma(...)

Jamie Vardy: who scored 24 goals in a historic Premier League-winning season for Leicester City. Photograph: Reuters

Jamie Vardy has been nominated for the Ballon d’Or award alongside the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi and Gareth Bale after helping Leiceste(...)

  Lionel Messi waves holding his trophy after receiving the 2015 Fifa Ballon d’Or award  at the Kongresshaus in Zurich. Photograph: Fabrice Coffrini/AFP/Getty Images

Lionel Messi carries home another Ballon d’Or, as if we needed another reminder about his majesty. Great is a word that can be overused in sport but i(...)

Barcelona’s  Lionel Messi is fully expected to reclaim award he has won four times. Photograph: Alex Caparros/Getty Images

When Michael Owen won the Ballon d’Or in 2001, becoming the first and still the only Englishman to win European football’s player of the year award s(...)

Mary Rose Kelly (right) in action against New York’s Alisha Jordan in the All-Ireland Ladies Football Junior Championship Final at Croke Park. Photograph: Sportsfile

Goalkeepers never like to talk about the one that got away, but for Mary Rose Kelly, one particular goal in October 2013 simply couldn’t be helped. Co(...)