Lionel Messi has won the Goal 50 award for the world’s best footballer after another record-breaking season.

The Barcelona forward says he is “very excited” after topping our annual list of the world’s most outstanding players for the the third time

Messi heads this year’s list in front of second-placed Franck Ribery, who helped European champions Bayern Munich win an historic treble. Last year’s winner Cristiano Ronaldo is third.

Alexis Sánchez es el séptimo mejor jugador del mundo

Así lo aseguró el portal especializado Goal.com “Sus actuaciones en el Udinese llevaron al Barcelona a meterse la manito al bolsillo este verano”, dice el portal sobre el ariete culé.

1.- Lionel Messi - Barcelona - Volante

2.- Cristiano Ronaldo - Real Madrid Volante

3.- Xavi - Barcelona - Volante

4.- Andrés Iniesta - Barcelona - Volante

5.- Falcao - Atletico Madrid - Delantero

6.- Nemanja Vidic - Manchester United - Defensa

7.- Alexis Sánchez - Barcelona - Delantero

8.- Mesut Özil - Real Madrid - Volante

9.- Edinson Cavani - Napoli - Delantero

10.- “Chicharito” Hernández - Manchester United - Delantero

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World Cup fan art by  Moh Ridwan Widiyana

"Beating Madrid is always satisfying, but beating Mourinho makes this victory even sweeter."

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"Why, Mourinho?" he said. "Why? Why? Why? Because we’re Barca and because we’re better than you - that’s why."

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"They can keep their Copa del Rey because we have the league and we’re going for the Champions League as well. But they had better take care of it because they won’t be winning much else."

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"I don’t know if this team is better than the Dream Team, but as long as we’re better than Madrid, then that’s just fine." 

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The Goal 50 list for the top players in the world is regarded as one of the most credible and respected awards in sport because it is chosen by the world’s biggest soccer website. Voting takes place at the end of domestic and international seasons for the majority of countries. More than 500 Goal journalists from around the world vote to select their top 50 players, giving a truly global view.
This year, Burak Yılmaz is #20 on the list. This is what was written about him:

Burak Yilmaz storms into the Goal 50 after emerging as one of the stars of last season’s Champions League. The 25-year-old was an unfamiliar name among the list of top scorers in 2012/13, joining players like Cristiano Ronaldo, Robert Lewandowski and Lionel Messi as one of Europe’s most lethal hitmen. After sealing a bargain €5 million move from Trabzonspor to Galatasary last summer, the Turkey international was the highest scorer in the Champions League group stages. It was something of a breakthrough season for Fatih Terim’s side. After years of Turkish disappointment in Europe, Gala made it all the way to the quarter-finals before eventually exiting at the hands of Real Madrid with their heads held high. Domestically, the Istanbul club were their usual dominant selves, leading the Super Lig from start to finish as Burak topped the goalscoring charts for a second season running. He is only the second Turkey international ever to appear on the Goal 50, following in the footsteps of Nuri Sahin, who placed 14th two years ago.

Congratulations, Burak!

The striker looks set to stand down from international duties next year and said he would like to finish his playing career in Germany

The striker looks set to stand down from international duties next year and said he would like to finish his playing career in Germany

Lazio forward Miroslav Klose has revealed that he plans to retire from international football after World Cup 2014 before ending his playing career back in the Bundesliga.

The veteran forward, who is one strike shy of Gerd Muller’s record of 68 Germany goals, left his homeland in 2011 for the Stadio Olimpico where he has continued to shine in attack despite being 35 years old.

Klose has admitted that international retirement after next summer’s tournament in Brazil is likely and insists that winning the World Cup is his priority, not adding to his 14 goals to break the record of 15 times that Ronaldo scored.

"I assume [my retirement] is what will happen with regards to the national team," he told Kicker.

"The title with the team has top priority [over Ronaldo’s record]. If I can win the 2014 World Cup in Brazil that would be the greatest for me. Everything else would be secondary."

The ex-Bayern Munich striker does not want to make plans beyond 2013-14 but revealed his intention to return to the Bundesliga from Serie A.

"I want to play a good season, play the World Cup and then take it from there," he added. "I am still fit and still feel like playing football, then certainly the Bundesliga is an option.

"I can really imagine finishing my career in Bundesliga."

Mourinho: Sergio Ramos is one of the best defenders around when he's on top of his game
The controversial coach has made it clear that he still rates the versatile defender, while he’s confident Mesut Ozil will find back his best form

Real Madrid trainer Jose Mourinho has voiced his opinion that Sergio Ramos is one of the best defenders in the world when he is on top of his game.


The Portuguese coach had dropped Ramos from the starting XI for Madrid’s Champions League opener against Manchester City, and a number of reports suggested that the centre-back had fallen out of favour.

However, the Spain international was reinstated against Rayo Vallecano, and Mourinho has stressed that he still rates the defender highly.

"When Sergio Ramos is on top of his game, he gives me everything I look for in a defender," Mourinho stated at a press conference.

"He brings defensive stability, is strong in the air and from set pieces, and has leadership skills.

"He is one of the best defenders around in the game when he is in good form."

Mourinho then went on to discuss the situation of Mesut Ozil, who has been struggling to replicate last year’s form in the opening weeks of the 2012-13 campaign.

He added: “He is working hard to improve. We have a great team with some superb players in midfield. A player who wants more playing time has to earn it.

"He is a player with a lot of quality, who I admire and who respects his coach. He will improve and reach top form again."

Ozil has made eight official appearances for Madrid this term, but has yet to score, while providing one assist in the process.

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