Messi deserves the Ballon d’Or, says Antonio Habas

Kolkata, Jan 13 : Indian Super League franchise Atletico de Kolkata’s (ATK) coach Antonio Lopez Habas believes Argentina’s talismanic forward Lionel Messi deserves the FIFA Ballon d’Or which he clinched for a record fifth time. Messi edged past Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo and Barcelona team-mate Neymar to hold aloft the prestigious trophy at a […]

Would like to play in Argentine one day: Messi

Zurich, Jan 13 : European champions FC Barcelona’s star forward Lionel Messi said on Wednesday he would like to someday return to his native Argentina and play club football there. The Argentina national team skipper on Monday won an unprecedented fifth FIFA Ballon d’Or award, given to the footballer of the year by world football’s […]

Pulis plays down praise of interim Chelsea coach Hiddink for revival

London, Jan 13 : English football club West Bromich Albion’s head coach Tony Pulis on Wednesday said that giving interim coach Guus Hiddink the credit for champions Chelsea’s revival this season is bullshit. Hiddink took charge of Chelsea in December as Jose Mourinho got sacked even after winning the English Premier League last season. But […]

SAFF Cup organisation was a joke: India coach Constantine

Mumbai, Jan 13 : India football team’s coach Stephen Constantine took a dig at South Asian Football Federation (SAFF) Cup 2015 organisers for poor management and providing unplayable training pitches before the matches. India hosted the tournament in Thiruvananthapuram in Kerala. The coach also mentioned that before the competition no one thought the hosts would […]

Never dreamt of Messi’s monumental success: Father

Buenos Aires, Jan 13 : Argentine forward Lionel Messi’s father Jorge has said that he could have never dreamt of his son’s monumental success in world football. Messi collected his record fifth Ballon d’Or title at Zurich on Sunday and has enjoyed tremendous success since his family relocated from Argentina to Barcelona with him as […]

Former Roma coach Spalletti meeting club chief in Miami

Rome, Jan 13 : Former Roma head coach Luciano Spalletti has left for Miami to meet American James Pallotta, the Italian club’s president, and formalise an agreement to rejoin the Serie A side, which no longer has confidence in the current coach Rudi Garcia. Corriere dello Sport reported that Spalletti, who previously led Roma between […]