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Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi's dominance: The beginning of the end?

Just imagine a football awards ceremony without Cristiano Ronaldo or Lionel Messi walking away with the biggest prize.

For 10 years it has been an impossible image to conjure up, and when the inaugural Best FIFA Football Awards wrap up in Zurich on Monday evening, it will be either Barcelona's Argentine magician or Real Madrid's iconic No. 7 who has his name engraved on the new 12-inch, 6.4-kilogram, platinum-coated trophy that was created by FIFA after its decision to break away from the Ballon...

Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi show national pride amid differing fortunes

Both their summers ended in tears. Lionel Messi, devastated after losing to Chile in the Copa America Centenario, his third straight loss in an international final; Cristiano Ronaldo, stretchered off the field in the 25th minute of the Euro 2016 final, only to see his agony turn to tears of joy as Portugal defeated France to lift the trophy.

Portugal's success and Argentina's defeat means that Ronaldo now looks likely to take back that Ballon D'Or from Messi. He has achieved the one thing that...


Ex-World's Strongest Man calls out Cristiano Ronaldo and backs Iceland

Magnus Ver Magnusson says Cristiano Ronaldo "acted like a p---y" in criticising the four-time World's Strongest Man's native Iceland for having a "small mentality."

The tiny nation is famed for its strongman tradition, and Magnusson, one of the most well-known figures in his homeland after winning the title four times between 1991 and 1996, watched as his side beat the odds to advance to the knockout stage at Euro 2016.

Magnusson believes Iceland's relatively impressive history of sporting success...


Ronaldo wins goal battle vs. Messi but loses Pichichi to Suarez

The Spanish league season came to an end on Saturday, as did the 2015-16 scoring battle between Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.

Final goals total in La Liga: Ronaldo 35-26 Messi

Cristiano Ronaldo scored twice to seal victory in his head-to-head league goals battle with Lionel Messi, but the Real Madrid forward suffered double disappointment as Real Madrid missed out on the league title to Barcelona, for whom Luis Suarez scored a hat trick to claim the Pichichi award for top scorer...


Cristiano Ronaldo set to finish ahead of Lionel Messi in Liga goals battle

Current goals total in La Liga: Ronaldo 33-26 Messi

Entering the final weekend of the Spanish league season, Cristiano Ronaldo is almost certain to finish ahead of Lionel Messi in goals scored.

The Portuguese forward has a seven-goal lead over his Argentine counterpart and ESPN's projection model predicts that both will find the net on the final day of the campaign.

Indeed, rather than being concerned about being caught by Messi, Ronaldo might have his eyes on Luis Suarez, who...


Lionel Messi on La Liga, Copa America Centenario, Champions League, more

The day after he helped Barcelona move closer to winning La Liga by beating Espanyol 5-0, Lionel Messi spoke exclusively to ESPN's Quique Wolff. For more on Messi, click here.

This interview was conducted in Spanish and then translated into English. It has been edited for brevity and clarity.

Quique Wolff: A lot of time has passed since we first interviewed you wearing that Lanus hat. All your dreams have come true, no?

Lionel Messi: A lot of time has passed since then! Luckily there have been a...