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Modric Breaks Messi And Ronaldo Duopoly Of Ballon D’Or

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Modric Breaks Messi And Ronaldo Duopoly Of Ballon D'Or

Luka Modric, Real Madrid and Croatia midfielder has won the 2018 Ballon D’or, becoming the first player, other than Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo, to claim the award in more than a decade.

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Modric, 33, won his third successive champions league in may before helping Croatia to a first world cup final.

Brazil and AC Milan former forward, Ricardo Kaka, was the last player other than Messi or Ronaldo, to win it in 2007.

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Ronaldo, who joined Juventus from Real Madrid in the summer, came second.

Barcelona forward Messi finished fifth.

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NFF, Rohr Set Aside New Contract Talk 

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The general secretary of Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) Dr Sanusi Mohammed has revealed that contract talks between the federation and Super Eagles coach, Gernot Rohr, has been put on hold to enable the two parties focus on the upcoming 2021 Africa Cup of Nations and Qatar 2022 World Cup qualifiers in March.

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Sanusi said the qualifiers were so important that the NFF would not allow the contract issue to distract the football house from its ultimate task of qualifying for both tournaments.

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Tennis Player Dalila Jakupovic Collapses During Australian Open Qualifying Due To ‘Poor Air From Bushfires’

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Tennis Player Dalila Jakupovic Collapses During Australian Open Qualifying Due To ‘Poor Air From Bushfires’

Slovenia tennis player, Dalila Jakupovic, had to drop out of Australian Open qualifying in Melbourne after collapsing with a coughing fit caused by bushfire smoke.

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Jakupovic was unable to complete one of her serves despite leading in her match against Switzerland’s Stefanie Vogele.

Jakupovic said she was given a breathing apparatus by a physio in the first set, but began to feel worse at the end of the second because a smoke haze from bushfires that hangs over the tennis arena.

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Barcelona Fires Coach Valverde, Hires Setien

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Barcelona Fires Coach Valverde, Hires Setien

The Spanish champions may be top of La Liga, but it was their results in the Champions League that ultimately cost coach Ernesto Valverde his job. The club has appointed Quique Setien as his replacement.

Barcelona has on Monday fired coach Ernesto Valverde midway through the season, replacing him with former Real Betis head coach Quique Setien, days after been eliminated from the Spanish Super Cup semifinals.

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Setien is under contract with Barcelona until the end of the 2021-22 season.

55-year-old Valverde won two La Liga titles and a Copa del Rey.

Spanish champions said in a statement late Monday. “Setien is one of the most experienced coaches in Spanish football. Throughout his career he has been a proponent of possession based, attacking football that has been attractive to the fans.”

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Under Valverde, Barcelona has not been able to show consistency in the Champions League due to defense woes, and those problems were again evident on Thursday when the team conceded two late goals to lose to Atletico Madrid, 3-2 in Saudi Arabia.

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