WILL MODRIC PIP MESSI TO THE BALLON D'OR?

After playing a dominant role as Real Madrid went on to win their third straight UEFA Champions League title, and helping Croatia to the final of the World Cup, all in one year, as well as being awarded the Golden Ball in Russia, shouldn’t Luka Modric be the one to end the Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi duopoly?

The Croatia international finished in the top five last year but with regular outstanding peformances for club and country and winning titles, shouldn’t the experienced midfielder get the nod this time?

Carlos Tevez admits he misses Juventus

Boca Juniors striker Carlos Tevez has admitted that he misses playing for Juventus, though he is content to have returned to Argentina. The 34-year-old, who spent two seasons at the Bianconeri between 2013 and 2015, recently returned to Italy for Andrea Pirlo’s testimonial at the iconic San Siro stadium.

Speaking to Gazzetta dello Sport, he said: “I follow the Italian league on TV. I’m happy that Juventus won but I’m not surprised, I always thought they’d finish in front of Napoli. They deserved the title, it’s a great club with extraordinary players.Success is part of their DNA, if it wasn’t they wouldn’t have been able to put together this incredible run. I miss Turin and Juventus, those were two beautiful years, but I needed to go home.”

Lionel Messi hints at Argentina retirement following World Cup

Argentina superstar Lionel Messi has admitted that he could step down from international duties following the summer World Cup in Russia. The 30-year-old initially retired from international football following a second successive Copa America final defeat to Chile in 2016 but he thereafter changed his mind to guide the nation through a tough World Cup qualifying campaign.

Argentina faced a must-win game against Ecuador in the final round of the qualifiers and Messi duly delivered for theAlbiceleste with a hat-trick to send them to the World Cup. Since then, there has been plenty of talk of Messi announcing his international retirement following the World Cup and he has now admitted that it could be the case, should the nation fail to win the global tournament.

Carlos Tevez Returns To Boca Juniors After Early Termination Of Shanghai Shenhua Contract

Carlos Tevez has once again returned back to Boca Juniors after having decided to terminate his Shanghai Shenhua contract well earlier than scheduled. Tevez made headlines when he made the switch to Shanghai Shenhua, after signing a contract that made him the world’s best paid player. The Argentine was earning around £ 620,000 per week – more than double that of Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi at that period. Even though he has cost a bomb, Tevez failed to deliver the goods at the Chinese club.

Lionel Messi Admits 2018 World Cup Is The Last Chance At Glory With Argentina

Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi believes the upcoming World Cup in Russia is likely to his final crack at winning a major title with the Argentina national side. The 30-year-old has won everything within reach in club football, but he has yet to witness a similar feat with Argentina, having lost in the finals of the 2014 World Cup.

Wayne Rooney picks Carlos Tevez as his favourite striker partner

Everton striker Wayne Rooney has claimed that he experienced the best time of his career when he was paired alongside Carlos Tevez at Manchester United. The former England international re-joined the Toffees on a free transfer last summer after he ended his 13-year association with Manchester United, where he became their all-time goalscorer.

Boca Juniors Confirm That Tevez May Not Return in January

Argentine outfit Boca Juniors have confirmed that they do not have any deal to bring in Carlos Tevez back to his hometown outfit. The Argentine has been struggling to settle since making the headline-making move to Shanghai Shenhua back in 2016. Back then, Tevez became the world’s highest player when he signed a £ 600,000 per week contract to play in China. Immediately upon his arrival at China, he was greeted with a large amount of fanfare but this was not immediately followed with good performances. Over the course of time, it became clear that Tevez was struggling to give his best since he did not settle in China.

Since then, rumours have been going through that the player wants a return back to Argentine football with his former club Boca Juniors. Even though it would take an astronomical sum of money to release him from the contract, it is believed that Boca Juniors were convincing Shanghai Shenhua to accept a much lower fee. This deal appears to be in the works, and a deal was expected as early as in January but it seems that Boca Juniors may not bring him after all. The club have now confirmed that there have been no negotiations with the player and that it is unlikely that a deal would be concluded in the near future.

GIVEN: MANCINI DISRUPTED MAN CITY SQUAD

Former Manchester City goalkeeper Shay Given has revealed that Roberto Mancini had a sour relationship with his players prior to his sacking in 2013. The Italian, who was infamously known for his fallouts with Mario Balotelli and Carlos Tevez, guided the Citizens to their maiden Premier League title back in the 2011-12 season.

In an extract of his autobiography, Given claimed that Mancini had further issues with other players in the squad, and he literally fell out with everyone including the physios. The former Republic of Ireland international also revealed that he was ready to throw a party for himself after Italian was dismissed from his position - following a shocking FA Cup final defeat to Wigan Athletic.

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