Ronaldo Set to miss Copa Final

Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo looks set to miss next week′s Copa del Rey final against Barcelona due to a thigh injury.

The FIFA Ballon d′Or holder sat out last Saturday′s 4-0 rout of Real Sociedad with a knee complaint, an injury that meant he could only be named among the substitutes in Tuesday′s UEFA Champions League clash with Borussia Dortmund.

Real progressed to the semi–finals 3–2 on aggregate despite a 2–0 defeat in Germany in the absence of top scorer Ronaldo.

And the Portugal captain will now definitely miss Wednesday′s Copa del Rey final with rivals Barcelona after Real confirmed on Thursday that he has sustained a thigh problem.

The club tweeted: “Ronaldo has a muscular injury in his left thigh. Awaiting developments.”

Although Real have not put a timescale on Ronaldo′s return‚ reports suggest he will be out for around 15 days‚ which means he is also likely to be sidelined for the first leg of Real′s Champions League last–four tie‚ which will take place on April 22 or 23. 

However‚ the 29–year–old should recover for the second leg and Real′s La Liga title run–in.

Ronaldo has been instrumental to Real′s success this season, topping the scoring charts in La Liga with 28 goals‚ while also equalling the record for the number of goals in a single Champions League campaign with 14.

Real currently trail Liga leaders and city rivals Atletico by three points with six games remaining, and will face Bayern Munich, Chelsea or Atletico in the Champions League semi–finals, with the draw for the last four set to take place on Friday.

Source: SBOBET Times

FIFA Ballon d’Or Nominees Revealed

Out now are the nominees for the  FIFA Ballon d’Or or “Golden Ball” award.

This award is given for the player who have shown exemplary performance in 2013. FIFA started giving out this award annually since in 2010 after merging  France Football’s Ballon d’Or and the men’s FIFA World Player of the Year. The FIFA World Player of the Year award became exclusively for women since the merge.

FIFA Ballon d’Or 2013 finalists revealed

ARG Lionel MESSI
POR CRISTIANO RONALDO
FRA Franck RIBERY

Previous Winners List

 Will it be another one for Messi?

On the other hand,

here are FIFA Women’s World Player 2013 finalists

GER Nadine ANGERER
BRA MARTA
USA Abby WAMBACH

Previous Winners List

Awarding of the winners will be on 13 January 2014 at the Zürich KongresshausZürich, Switzerland.