Lionel Messi wins record seventh Ballon d’Or

Lionel Messi has won the Ballon d’Or for a record seventh time at a ceremony held in Paris this evening while Alexia Putellas won the women’s award, Pedri won the award for the best young player and Gianluigi Donnarumma on the best goalkeeper award.

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Ralf Rangnick appointed interim manager at Manchester United

Manchester United have confirmed the appointment of Ralf Rangnick as interim manager until the end of the season, subject to work visa requirements. The 63-year-old German joins from Lokomotiv Moscow and will continue in a consultancy basis at Old Trafford come the summer.

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Jota bags brace as Liverpool beat Southampton

Liverpool moved second in the Premier League – for 24 hours at least – as they strolled past Southampton with a commanding 4-0 win at Anfield. Liverpool were unapologetic in their style of play, giving Saints chances but never once relenting in their own attacking endeavours, blitzing their opponents in the first half.

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Italy or Portugal set to miss 2022 World Cup

European Champions Italy and Portugal could meet for a place at the 2022 World Cup after being drawn in the same play-off bracket today. The Azzurri will host North Macedonia in the play-off first round, with Turkey visiting Portugal, before the winners face off for a spot at next year’s finals in Qatar.

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