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Europe: Discover 3 Players To Have Won The Ballon D’or Award With 2 Different Clubs

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In the history of football, the Ballon D’or is the most prestigious award in sports arguably and its an award with significants with retired players of a different continent, Countries, and clubs would be loved to have laid their hand on because its an award that is well respected by players, fans and stakeholders of the game. This award is rewarded to passionate footballers across the world.

In 1956 the award was introduced by French Magazine new as annual football award and is one of the oldest and generally regarded as the most prestigious individual award for football players. 34 players have won the award but only three players have been able to win the award with two different clubs.

Here is the list of three great players to have won the Ballon D’or Award with two different clubs with lionel Messi not amongst

3. JOHAN CRYUFF (AJax-1971, Barcelona-1973, 1974)

Johan Cruyff

Johan Cruyff

He was a Dutch professional footballer playing for the Netherland Club Ajax in 1971 and Barcelona in Spain in 1973 and 1974, Johan Cruyff became the first player in history to win the Ballon D’or with two different clubs with Ajax ones and with Barcelona twice. Johan Cruyff was part of the team that dominated Europe in three consecutive seasons ( 1971, 1972, and 1973) and eventually won three European cups with 204 goals scored at his time at Ajax a record no player of Ajax has come close.

In 1973 in signed for Barcelona for a world record fee of 9922,000 pounds and gave the club first League title in 14 years with 59 goals in 173 matches in all competitions. In 1974, Johan Cruff won yet again another Ballon D’or and created his own history to become the first player to win the Ballon D’or three times with two different clubs.

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2. DELIMA RONALDO ( Inter Millan 1997, Real Madrid 2002)

DELIMA RONALDO

DELIMA RONALDO

Brazillian professional football Delima Ronaldo is one of the finest attackers the world has ever known and is a household name in footballing history. In 2002 Delima Ronaldo became the second player after Johna Cruyff to win the Ballon D’or with two different clubs. In 1997 he won his first Ballon d’Or after he signed for Inter Millan from Barcelona in 1996 with his effort in the Italian Club, Ronaldo scored 34 goals in 47 appearances in his first season at Inter Millan which earned him a well deserved first Ballon D’or award in 1997

After a successful spell at the Korea/Japan 2002 world Cup performance with Brazil national team, he was awarded FIFA Golden Ball award in the process, Real Madrid gave him a contract to play in La Liga and Ronaldo’s endless effort in Madrid gave him a second Ballon D’or award in 2002.

Ronaldo’s award at Real Madrid took his name in the history books as the second player after John Cruyff to win a Ballon D’or award with two different clubs.

1. CRISTIANO RONALDO ( Manchester United 2008, Real Madrid 2013, 2014, 2016, 2017)

CRISTIANO RONALDO

CRISTIANO RONALDO

The Portuguese professional footballer Christiano Ronaldo is one of the world’s best football has ever known. Christiano Ronaldo is unargubly one of all times best. History holds him as one of the greatest players of all time along with with Lionel Messi, the greatest of the last decade. Both players have dominated this award in the last 12 years. In 2007 Ronaldo was nominated for the award for the very first time but Kaka was voted the Ballon D’or winner.

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In 2008 Christiano Ronaldo won his first Ballon D’or as a player with Manchester United after a successful season with 42 goals in all competitions. His performance in Manchester United gave the club unprecedented Champions League trophy and 3 consecutive Premier League title in the process and his effort was rewarded in 2008 as he was voted the 2008 Ballon D’or winner.

Ronaldo got attracted by Real Madrid and he eventually left Manchester United in 2009 after 292 appearances with 118 goals and joint Real Madrid in Spain. It took him five seasons at Real Madrid to win his second Ballon D’or in 2013

Having won his first Ballon d’Or in 2013 at his next club, Real Madrid, he joined the elite list of great players to have won the Ballon d’Or with two different clubs and went on to score an emphatic 360 goals in 343 matches at Real Madrid. That’s an unprecedented return for a top performer like Cristiano Ronaldo as only a few players in the world could replicate that feat.

QUESTION

A) Do you think Lionel Messi is capable of winning another Ballon d’Or award with a different club, aside Barcelona?

If he does, he will join Cristiano Ronaldo on the elite list.

B) Do you also think Cristiano Ronaldo is capable of winning another Ballon d’Or award with Juventus?

If he does, this will make him the first player in football history to win the award with 3 different clubs.

C) Are these two great players capable of this great feat? Comments below and let’s have a conversation.

 

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Bundesliga: Leroy Sane Returns Home And Signs A 5 Years Deal With Bayern Munich

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By Elvis Kang Sports Writer, Cameroon


The German international Leroy Sane returns home and signed 5 years deal with the Bundesliga giant Bayern Munich this Friday 3 July 2020 after a contract talks between him and the management of Manchester city failed to push through 

According to Sky Sports and the BBC, the Bundesliga champions did not give the transfer fee, Bayern and City agreed on a fee of £54.8 million. But German daily Bild claim the fee is around 50 million euros.

The 24-year-old spent four years at City, winning two Premier League titles, an FA Cup, two League Cups, and two Community Shields, but European success eluded him.

His transfer became an open secret as Guardiola revealed earlier this week that Sane was likely to leave after rejecting a new contract offer with a year left on his existing deal at City.

Sane scored 39 goals in 135 appearances in all competitions for City after joining from Bundesliga club Schalke in 2016.

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His arrival on Wednesday in Bavaria was much hyped with reporters at Munich airport using smartphones to film the landing of a private jet from England before Sane was whisked away for his medical.

Leroy Sane now targeted Champions League glory with Bayern Munich after joining the Bundesliga giants from Manchester City

It should be noted that He is not eligible to feature in this Saturday’s German Cup final against Bayer Leverkusen in Berlin but will start preparing for the 2020/21 season next week, the club has said.

Sane has 21 caps and five goals for Germany but was a shock omission from the squad for the 2018 World Cup in Russia when the holders bowed out in the group stage.

Sane is Bayern’s third new signing for next season alongside French teenage defender Tanguy Nianzou Kouassi from Paris Saint-Germain and goalkeeper Alexander Nuebel from Schalke, both of which were free transfers.

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Premier League: Manchester City Gives Liverpool its 19th Premier League Title, Ends 30 Years Title Drought

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Liverpool was crowned Premier League champions after Manchester City lost their match against Chelsea. After Chelsea’s 2-1 win over Manchester City on Wednesday night, Liverpool’s massive lead at the top became mathematically unassailable and the historic moment was all theirs.

Liverpool has been crowned Premier League champions without kicking a ball on Thursday as Manchester City ended the Reds’ 30-year wait to win the English title. Jurgen Klopp’s men sealed a 19th league title for the club with a record seven games left to play after second-placed City’s defeat left them 23 points adrift. Liverpool had moved within two points of the title with a 4-0 demolition of Crystal Palace at Anfield on Wednesday.

Liverpool-The Magic Team

Liverpool-The Magic Team

The Reds placed both hands on the trophy with an impeccable record of 28 victories, two draws, and just a single defeat, ending their 30-year wait for a league title.

Liverpool has become the butt of so many jokes over the years with Manchester United accelerating past them to 20 league titles with 13 plaques coming in the Premier League era.

Liverpool got the favor they wanted from Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.

Willian’s 78th-minute penalty, awarded for a handball by Fernandinho, ended City’s two-year reign as champions after Kevin De Bruyne had canceled out Christian Pulisic’s opener.

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Liverpool has clinched the title earlier than any other Premier League champions, breaking the previous record of five games left shared by City and Manchester United.

Liverpool In Action

Liverpool In Action

It has been an agonizing wait for Liverpool fans across the world, with the coronavirus hiatus forcing them to put the champagne on ice after the Premier League has suspended in March with Klopp’s team two wins from the title.

The three-month delay was a final obstacle on Liverpool’s long road back to the pinnacle of English football.

Before next season becomes a topic of conversation, though, there are still so many records Liverpool can break and their immaculate win rate suggests it could be a formality.

The Merseyside club is on course to accumulate the most home and away wins as well as the largest margin of victory to go with their record of the earliest ever title win.

And their current total of 86 points tees them up nicely to break Manchester City’s record of 100 during the 2017/18 season with room to spare.

Manchester City had won the last two Premier League titles, but their campaign for a ‘three-peat’ never really gathered momentum and their next game, well, comes against Liverpool themselves.

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It will be a painful moment for Pep Guardiola and co if they follow what has become a Premier League tradition of staging a guard of honor for the newly-crowned champions.

Klopp has become the first German manager to win the Premier League, has been the architect of Liverpool’s renaissance since the former Borussia Dortmund boss arrived at Anfield in 2015.

Infusing his players with a belief in his “heavy metal” football and high-tempo “Gegen-pressing” game-plan, the charismatic Klopp has earned his place alongside Liverpool’s iconic former managers Bill Shankly, Bob Paisley, and Kenny Dalglish.

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Liverpool-FC-Squad-2020

Following years of underachievement, Klopp has brought his unique style and major trophies back to Liverpool.

It should be noted that they won the Champions League last season when they beat Tottenham in the final, 12 months after losing to Real Madrid at the same stage of the competition.

Liverpool was pipped to the title by Manchester City on the final day of last season, finishing with a record 97 points for top-flight runners-up.

But with Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino forming a formidable front three, Jordan Henderson a tireless presence in midfield and Virgil van Dijk imperious at the back, Liverpool have left City trailing in their wake this season.

 

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Laliga Joins Spanish Government To Promote The Return Of Tourism To Spain

The Spanish government, the Spanish Football Association, LaLiga and the Confederation of Employers and Industries of Spain (CEOE) have come together in a bid to boost and promote Spain as a safe destination for tourism and sport.

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The campaign dubbed, “Safe Sport, Safe Tourism #SpainAwaitsYou” is being promoted through LaLiga’s international match broadcasts.
The “Safe Sport, Safe Tourism” campaign, with the #SpainAwaitsYou hashtag, was unveiled at LaLiga headquarters, in the presence of Isabel Oliver, the Secretary of State for Tourism; Irene Lozano, CSD president; Javier Tebas, LaLiga President; Antonio Garamendi, CEOE President; Manuel Muñiz, the Secretary of State for Global Spain; and Faustino Blanco, the General Secretary of the Ministry of Health Bringing together the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Tourism, the Spanish Ministry of Culture and Sport (via the Spanish High Council for Sport), the Ministry of Health, the CEOE and LaLiga, the initiative has been created to boost the tourism and sports industries in Spain, which are both so central to the economy and have suffered over the last few months during the COVID-19 pandemic.

LaLiga is very aware of the opportunity and responsibility that it has as a global entertainment platform, which is why it will be fully supporting this initiative, whose visibility will be boosted further by a specially created logo.
LaLiga is giving global visibility to the campaign through a logo that is seen during the competition’s international broadcasts, as well as through creative pieces and posts on its social media networks (on which it has over 100 million followers), region-specific virtual perimeter advertising boards, on the virtualized stands of LaLiga matches and digital marketing strategies, among other initiatives.

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LaLiga President Tebas said, “I am immensely proud that professional football can keep helping boost Spain’s visibility beyond our borders and help the country’s economy. Football and LaLiga play a key role in promoting Spain all over the world, which is why it’s so important for us to be part of this project now.

At LaLiga, we’re going to do everything in our power for Spain to come out of this situation as quickly as possible.”

On his part, CSD president Lozano said,

“time to savour the restart.

A safe return has been outlined, in accordance with a protocol that will allow the competition to start up again successfully. Everyone should know about the effort that we have put in. We know that there’s no such thing as a zero risk but all of us, with our footballers leading the way, are giving our absolute best and acting responsibly and sensibly to ensure everything goes well.”

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“Spain is ready to safely welcome international tourists from 1st July. We have thoroughly prepared to ensure we guarantee the highest safety standards across our whole tourism industry by rolling out over 20 uniform protocols for the entire country. We want tourists to feel confident and we are sending out a very clear message that will be amplified by this campaign: Spain is waiting for you,” Oliver, the Secretary of State for Tourism said.

 

By Etienne Mainimo

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