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 By Ian Holyman

Ballon d'Or: Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi lead list of 30 nominees

The ESPN FC guys discuss the front-runners for the Ballon d'Or, making a case for Luis Suarez to be among the top three.

Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo are set to resume their annual battle for the Ballon d'Or after both were named in the list of 30 nominees for the 2016 award on Monday.

France Football, the magazine that founded most prestigious individual honour in football, released the list in which Real Madrid man Ronaldo, 31, and Barcelona's Messi, 29, both featured. The pair have finished first and second in each of the past five years with Messi edging out his great rival three wins to two, including his...

Barcelona's Lionel Messi was scapegoat in tax case - Spanish judge

Andres Iniesta suffered a brutal injury early, while Messi saved the day scoring the game-winning penalty at the death.
Lionel Messi's penalty in stoppage time gives Barcelona a dramatic 2-3 victory over Valencia.
Lionel Messi's penalty in stoppage time gives Barcelona a dramatic 2-3 victory over Valencia.
Relive Lionel Messi's hat trick, Kasper Schmeichel's super save and more from matchday three of the UEFA Champions League.
Luis Enrique praises Lionel Messi's performance against Man City, but notes such efforts have become the norm for him.

Spanish judge Baltasar Garzon believes Lionel Messi was made a scapegoat when the Barcelona superstar stood trial this summer for tax evasion.

Messi and his father Jorge Messi were handed a 21-month suspended sentence by a court in Barcelona on July 6 after being found guilty of three counts of tax fraud.

Both are appealing to the Spanish supreme court.

Asked about Messi's case, Garzon, a Barcelona supporter, told Sport newspaper: "Leo is a person that I know, that I admire and I believe that we...

ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

Lionel Messi added to Argentina squad for crucial qualifier vs. Brazil

ESPN FC's Alejandro Moreno believes Argentina's lack of structure is related to their recent World Cup qualifying woes.
Argentina's Gonzalo Higuain doesn't offer many excuses for the loss to Paraguay but does mention how little time the squad had time train together.
Argentina head coach Edgardo Bauza doesn't believe his side deserved to lose following their shock 1-0 defeat by Paraguay.
A first-half goal from Derlis Gonzalez and a penalty miss from Sergio Aguero sealed a shocking loss for Argentina against Paraguay.

Barcelona star Lionel Messi on Friday was included in Argentina's squad for crucial November World Cup qualifiers against Brazil and Colombia.

Coach Edgardo Bauza omitted Manchester United defender Marco Rojo but otherwise made only four changes to the Albiceleste, who lost at home to Paraguay last month and are perched precariously in fifth place in the CONMEBOL table.

Messi returns to the team for the first time since scoring the lone goal in Argentina's 1-0 win over Uruguay in September....

 By Tim Vickery

Brazil may have to face Lionel Messi-led Argentina without Casemiro

Brazil and Uruguay top the CONMEBOL standings. What did they do to get there?

And so the build-up is on toward the big one: Brazil against Argentina next month in World Cup qualification.

On Friday, Brazil coach Tite named his 24-man squad. There was barely a surprise. Why should there be? Everything he has done so far in his brief reign has worked out just fine. Four consecutive wins have carried the team from sixth, outside the qualification slots, to the top of the table. His task, then, is to pat the players on the back and ask for more; and so he has been able to name...