Luka Modric

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Barcelona’s Lionel Messi has been left off the shortlist for the Fifa Player of the Year for the first time since 2006. Photo: Lluis Gene/Getty Images

Cristiano Ronaldo could claim a record sixth Fifa men’s player of the year prize after Lionel Messi was omitted from the shortlist for the first time (...)

 Gareth Bale of Real Madrid celebrates scoring a goal against Liverpool during last year’s  Champions League final. Photograph:  MB Media/Getty Images

The draw for a new-look Champions League group stage, featuring more teams from Europe’s top five leagues and fewer representatives from the smaller o(...)

Mohamed Salah started the new season with a goal against West Ham. Photograph: Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images

Liverpool’s Mo Salah has made the three man shortlist for Uefa’s Player of the year award with the Egyptian recognised for his remarkable first season(...)

 Cristiano Ronaldo:   he scored 450 goals in 438 appearances for Real Madrid.  Photograph: Getty Images

On the day back in 2009 when Real Madrid unveiled their new world record signing Cristiano Ronaldo, an estimated 80,000 turned up at the Bernabeu Stad(...)

Juventus lifting  the trophy  following the last  Serie A  match of the season against Verona on May 19th, 2018,  in Turin. Photograph: Getty Images

This was supposed to be a grim summer for Italian football supporters. For the first time in six decades a World Cup was taking place without their na(...)

 Athletic  Bilbao’s goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga: has a release clause set at  €80 million with the Spanish side.  Photograph: Luis Tejido/EPA

Chelsea will pay a world record fee for a goalkeeper to secure Kepa Arrizabalaga from Athletic Bilbao as a replacement for Thibaut Courtois, who fail(...)

Barcelona are closing in on the signing of Arturo Vidal from Bayern Munich. Photo: A. Beier/Getty Images for FC Bayern

Barcelona are closing in on the signing of Arturo Vidal from Bayern Munich after agreeing personal terms with the Chile midfielder over a £27m transfe(...)

Kylian Mbappe celebrates with the World Cup after France’s 4-2 final victory over Croatia. Photograph: Matthias Hangst/Getty

Player of the tournament? Emmet Malone - N’Golo Kante and Luka Modric have to be among the contenders but for me it was Kylian Mbappé. The 19-year-ol(...)

France midfielder Paul Pogba is among the players who have dominated in the tournament. Photograph: Franck FIfe/AFP/Getty Images

José Mourinho has kept busy during the World Cup with a punditry gig on RT (formerly Russia Today). Listening to his analysis, you quickly realise tha(...)

‘The diminutive Luka Modric from Zadar shows that combination of talent and grit that defines great players.’ Photograph: Alexander Nemenov/AFP.

Let’s just say it was a long night. All around this village, on an Adriatic island where cars were banned many years ago and the locals amble around a(...)

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