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ALFREDO RELAÑO

From Cristiano-Messi to Mbappé-Haaland

Both Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi defined the global game over the past decade or so with both players almost exclusively winning the Ballon d'Or award year after year.

Alfredo Relaño

ALFREDO RELAÑO

Recognition and admiration for Di Stéfano

AS had a fine initiative recently as they asked some of their key collaborators (along with Spanish film director José Luis Garci) to chose their best XI of all-time...

Alfredo Relaño

ALFREDO RELAÑO

Ballon d'Or 2020 for 11 legends

Alfredo Relaño takes a look at France Football's decision to award this year's Ballon d'Or to a team of the best ever with the normal prize suspended for Covid-19.

Alfredo Relaño

ALFREDO RELAÑO

Messi’s sixth Ballon d’Or

The Ballon d’Or was created by journalists, just as the European Cup - today’s Champions League - was, and came into existence in 1956 as an accompaniment to the competition.

Alfredo Relaño

ALFREDO RELAÑO

Messi is jinxed with Argentina

There is no longer any doubt: Messi finding success with Argentina is becoming an even taller order, writes Alfredo Relaño.

Alfredo Relaño

ALFREDO RELAÑO

On Messi as the greatest of all time

Watching Barça’s spectacular fall at Anfield on Tuesday, I remembered the other times they have crumpled in the Champions League: the 4-0 defeat to PSG, the 3-0 defeats in both Turin and Rome.

Alfredo Relaño