Lionel Messi votes for Ronaldo at Best FIFA Player awards. But did Cristiano return the favour?

first_imgLionel Messi actually had Cristiano Ronaldo’s name in his three-man shortlist for the best FIFA player of the year award before the Barcelona superstar eventually bagged the top prize himself in the men’s category after edging out Ronaldo and Liverpool defender Virgil van Dyk in the final three shortlist.The captain, coaches and selected media personnel from every FIFA member votes for the men’s player of the year award. They name three players and while the first choice carries five points, the second choice carries three and the third choice only one point.Messi named Sadio Mane (Liverpool/Senegal), Cristiano Ronaldo (Juventus/Portugal) and Frenkie de Jong (Barcelona/Netherlands) as his top three picks.But Ronaldo didn’t return the favour to Messi as the Portugal captain voted for Matthijs de Ligt (Juventus/Netherlands), Frenkie de Jong (Barcelona/Netherlands) and Kylian Mbappe (Paris Saint Germain/France).Third finalist Virgil van Dyk chose Lionel Messi (Barcelona/Argentina), Mohamed Salah (Liverpool/Egypt) and Sadio Mane (Liverpool/Senegal) as his three picks.Even though Messi voted for Ronaldo, Ronaldo didn’t vote for Messi.If anything, that shows his inferiority complex.The best part? Messi is the best, and he doesn’t constantly repeat he’s the best. Unlike Cristiano, who WANTS to be the best, and tries to say he is. Universal (@BarcaUniversal) September 23, 2019Messi, who won the Spanish La Liga title with Barcelona last season as well as the European golden boot having scored 54 goals in 58 games in all competitions, won the best FIFA player of the year for a record sixth time in his career. He had last won the award in 2015.advertisementMessi’s win at the La Scala Opera house in Milan also marks a return to the dominance of the Argentine and Ronaldo, who between them have won the award all but once since 2007.Messi said it has been a long time without winning an individual prize for him after he bagged the top prize in the men’s category.”It has been a long time without winning an individual prize. It is good to have this award,” quoted Messi as saying.#TheBest | #FIFAFootballAwards (@FIFAcom) September 23, 2019USA co-captain Megan Rapinoe won the women’s top award after helping her country to the World Cup title this year in a tournament considered to be a milestone in the development and expansion of women’s football internationally.Liverpool’s Juergen Klopp was voted men’s coach of the year while USA national team coach Jill Ellis took home the best women’s coach trophy.Also Read | Been a long time without winning an individual prize: Lionel Messi after FIFA player of the year awardAlso Read | Lionel Messi wins best FIFA player of the year award for record 6th timeAlso Read | Silvia Grecco, who was seen narrating game to her blind son, named FIFA’s Best Fanlast_img read more

D’backs top Mariners in series finale, 5-2

first_img Published: August 26, 2018, 4:39pm Share: By signing up you are agreeing to our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service. Share: PHOENIX — Paul Goldschmidt and Zack Greinke are two of the players Arizona counts on most, and they came through when sorely needed on Sunday.Goldschmidt hit his 30th homer, Greinke won for the first time in almost a month and the Diamondbacks avoided a three-game sweep at the hands of Seattle by beating the Mariners 5-2.With the victory and Colorado’s 12-3 loss to St. Louis, the Diamondbacks were back alone in first place in the NL West, a game up on the Rockies and 2½ ahead of the Los Angeles Dodgers. Houston beat the Los Angeles Angels 3-1, so Seattle fell 6½ behind the Astros in the AL West.“This is an amazing game, and you can’t take anything for granted,” Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo said. “We fumbled a couple of balls out there and that leads to a couple of runs, but when we had to, we made pitches and made plays and won a very tough game. Subscribe Today Receive latest stories and local news in your email: Jeff Mathis, Greinke and Jon Jay loaded the bases with one-out singles in the third. A.J. Pollock brought the tying run home with a sacrifice fly and David Peralta made it 2-1 with a slow-rolling RBI infield single.Peralta’s was the key hit of the inning, Servais said, “an extra out.”That brought up Goldschmidt, who was 1-for-10 in the series before sending Leake’s pitch deep into the left field seats.It is Goldschmidt’s fourth career 30-homer season.“Honestly, it’s not something I’m thinking about,” he said. “We’re obviously here in a playoff race and just trying to find a way and go out and perform and help us win. Even if I don’t do that (hit 30 homers) and the team wins, that’s most important.”Seattle got an unearned run in the first when Haniger reached on shortstop Ketel Marte’s throwing error. With two outs, Haniger advanced to second on Denard Span’s single and scored when Kyle Seager singled. “When I tell you today was hard, that was probably an understatement after what we walked through last night.”Goldschmidt’s three-run shot off Mike Leake (8-8) punctuated a five-run third inning for the Diamondbacks, who bounced back from blowing a two-run lead in the ninth Saturday night and losing in 10 innings.Arizona flirted with losing this one in the ninth, too. Ben Gamel and Chris Herrmann opened the inning with singles off Yoshihisa Hirano and left fielder David Peralta dropped Dee Gordon’s line drive to allow a run to score.Brad Boxberger, who blew the save Saturday night, came in and walked pinch-hitter Nelson Cruz to load the bases. But Mitch Haniger lined out sharply to third and Robinson Cano bounced into a double play to give Boxberger his 29th save in 35 tries.center_img D’backs top Mariners in series finale, 5-2 Goldschmidt, Greinke provide spark for Arizona GO McCAIN TRIBUTEThe Diamondbacks showed a video tribute to Arizona Sen. John McCain, who died Saturday of brain cancer. McCain was a fan of the team and a regular at games until his illness forced him to stay away. The tribute even included a repeat of McCain’s tweet after the Dodgers celebrated clinching the pennant with a dip in the Chase Field swimming pool, calling it a “no class act by a bunch of overpaid, immature, arrogant, spoiled brats.”After the video, there was a moment of silence for McCain. A No. 18 jersey with the name “McCain” hung in the Diamondbacks’ dugout.In a statement, Diamondbacks President and CEO Derrick Hall said, “I am honored to consider him a friend and we will miss seeing his smiling face in the stands.”UP NEXTAfter a day off, the Mariners open two-game series in San Diego on Tuesday, with RHP Felix Hernandez (8-11, 5.64 ERA) on the mound against RHP Jacob Nix (1-2, 6.17). “We did put some pressure on them, had our chances there late,” Mariners manager Scott Servais said, “just not enough.”Greinke (13-8) gave up an unearned run and five hits in 6 2/3 innings, striking out six and walking two. He had gone 0-3 in his previous four starts.Leake fell to 0-4 in his last 10 starts and hasn’t won since June 23 despite several strong outings in that span. He was tagged for five runs and seven hits, striking out six in six innings Sunday.“It’s part of the game,” he said of the long stretch without a win. “There’s ups and downs. It’s what you learn throughout your career. It’s just part of it and you’ve just got to keep doing a good job.” The Columbian is becoming a rare example of a news organization with local, family ownership. Subscribe today to support local journalism and help us to build a stronger community. Arizona Diamondbacks’ Paul Goldschmidt celebrates with David Peralta (6) after hitting a three-run home run against the Seattle Mariners in the third inning during a baseball game, Sunday, Aug. 26, 2018, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri) By BOB BAUM, Associated Presslast_img read more