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Saurez picks `world's best` Messi over Ronaldo for Ballon d'Or

Updated: Jul 22, 2016 22:51 IST

Barcelona, July 22 (ANI): Barcelona star striker Luis Saurez has picked team-mate Lionel Messi to clinch this year's Ballon d'Or Award over Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo, saying the Argentine is the best player in the world regardless of the results.

"Perhaps [Ronaldo] has the advantage for the title. I think Messi is the best player in the world, regardless of any others. He decides games and makes the difference although he did not win with his country [at the Copa America]," Saurez was quoted as saying by Spanish newspaper Marca.

Ronaldo inspired Real Madrid to the Champions League glory with a 5-3 win over Atletico Madrid in a dramatic penalty shootout before winning Euro 2016 with Portugal following a 1-0 win after extra time against host France.

Despite that Saurez believes the Real Madrid striker is still the second best to Messi, who took retirement from international football following Argentina's penalty shootout defeat to Chile in the Copa America final.

Messi's setbacks were not limited to the football pitch as he was also found guilty of using tax havens in Belize and Uruguay as well as shell companies in the U.K. and Switzerland to avoid paying 4.1 million euros on earnings from image rights from 2007 to 2009.

Reflecting on the same, Saurez said that Messi had always managed to bounce back despite the circumstances and, therefore, he deserved the full support of his teammates.

Messi won the Ballon d'Or title in 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2015 in contrast to Ronaldo's record of victories in 2008, 2013 and 2014. (ANI)

ICC rates Pune pitch as `poor`

Updated: Feb 28, 2017 17:08 IST

Dubai [UAE], Feb.28 (ANI): The International Cricket Council (ICC) on Tuesday announced that Chris Broad of the Emirates Elite Panel of ICC Match Referees, who was the match referee for the opening Test between India and Australia in Pune, has rated the Maharashtra Cricket Association (MCA) Stadium pitch as "poor."

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New Delhi [India], Feb. 28 (ANI): Indian wrestler Babita Phogat on Tuesday came out in defence of her recent tweet on the ongoing controversy over Delhi University student Gurmehar Kaur, who alleged rape threats over her social media campaign against ABVP, saying that she found nothing wrong in the latter's video except the view that her father was killed by war and not by Pakistan.

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Johannesburg [South Africa], Feb.28 (ANI): England swashbuckling opener Alex Hales is all set to join the national side after sufficiently recovering from a hand fracture he sustained during the ODI series in India last month.

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New Delhi [India], Feb.28 (ANI): Ace shooter Jitu Rai clinched India's third medal in the ongoing International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) World Cup when he won bronze in the 10-metre Air pistol event here at Karni Singh Shooting Range on Tuesday.

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Karachi [Pakistan], Feb.28 (ANI): Former Pakistan skipper Shahid Afridi, who recently announced his retirement from international cricket, has expressed desire to play his farewell match in Lahore.

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Colombo [Sri Lanka], Feb.28 (ANI): Left-arm spinner Rangana Herath will lead the Sri Lanka Test squad in the two-match home series against Bangladesh beginning March 7 in Galle.

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Leicester [U.K], Feb.28 (ANI): Jamie Vardy netted two goals as Leicester City registered a comfortable 3-1 win over Liverpool in their Premier League clash at the King Power Stadium here on Tuesday.

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Islamabad [Pakistan], Feb. 27 (ANI): The final match in the Pakistan Super League (PSL) T20 series will be held in Lahore as scheduled, confirmed Punjab Law Minister Rana Sanaullah on Monday.

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New Delhi [India], Feb.27 (ANI): Indian shooter Ankur Mittal missed gold by a whisker as he had to settle for the silver medal in the final round of the men's double trap here at the International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) World Cup.

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Tsonga surges back into ATP top 10

Updated: Feb 27, 2017 18:12 IST

Johannesburg [South Africa], Feb.27 (ANI): French tennis player Jo-Wilfried Tsonga surged back to the world's top 10 in the latest men's tennis rankings issued by the ATP on Monday.

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Canberra [Australia], Feb.27 (ANI): Former Australian paceman Jason Gillespie has admitted that Australia would be tempted to recall Glenn Maxwell for the second Test against India despite a massive victory in Pune, which he describes as `one of their best ever overseas`.

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New Delhi [India], Feb.27 (ANI): Ace Indian shooters Heena Sidhu and Jitu Rai on Monday clinched the gold medal in the 10m Air Pistol mixed team event here at the International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) World Cup.

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Shakib keen to play in Pakistan once again

Updated: Feb 27, 2017 13:40 IST

Karachi [Pakistan], Feb.27 (ANI): Bangladesh all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan, who is currently representing Peshawar Zalmi in the ongoing second edition of the Pakistan Super League (PSL), has expressed his desire to play again in Pakistan once things get better.

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Villarreal [Spain], Feb.27 (ANI): Despite being two goals down in the second-half, Real Madrid bounced back in style to register an enthralling 3-2 win over Villarreal and move back to the top of La Liga here on Monday.

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London [U.K], Feb.27 (ANI): Zlatan Ibrahimovic struck two goals, including a winner with three minutes remaining, as Manchester United sealed a thrilling 3-2 victory over Southampton to lift EFL Cup here at the Wembley Stadium last evening.

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Chandigarh [India], Feb.27 (ANI): Moritz Fuerste led from the front as Kalinga Lancers hammered Dabang Mumbai 4-1 to clinch their maiden Hockey India League (HIL) title here at the Chandigarh Hockey Stadium last evening.

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New Delhi, [India] Feb. 26 (ANI): With day three of competition, China maintained its domination at all the rifle and pistol events held so far at the ongoing International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) World Cup (rifle/pistol/shotgun) here.

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Karachi [Pakistan], Feb.26 (ANI): The decision regarding the venue of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) final is likely to be taken today.

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London [U.K], Feb.26 (ANI): Filipino boxing legend Manny Pacquiao will fight against Great Britain's Amir Khan on April 23, with both boxers confirming their intentions for the `super fight`, whose venue remains undisclosed.

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