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Messi wins best FIFA player of the year for record sixth time

Tuesday, 2019-09-24 09:20:07
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Soccer Football - The Best FIFA Football Awards - Teatro alla Scala, Milan, Italy - September 23, 2019 FC Barcelona's Lionel Messi speaks after winning the Best FIFA Men's player award. (Reuters)
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Argentine Lionel Messi beat Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk and five-time winner Cristiano Ronaldo to win the best FIFA player of the year award for a record sixth time on Monday.

* US co-captain Megan Rapinoe was named the best FIFA female player of the year on Monday after helping her country to the World Cup title this year in a tournament considered to be a milestone in the development and expansion of women’s football internationally.

* Hungary and Slovakia will play their next Euro 2020 qualifiers behind closed doors after both national federations were sanctioned by European soccer's governing body UEFA on Monday (Sep 23) for racist behaviour by their supporters.

* VfL Wolfsburg missed their chance to stay in the top spots, drawing 1-1 with visitors Hoffenheim on Monday to drop to eighth place in the Bundesliga.

* Wales produced a tale of two halves as an electric start secured a deserved 43-14 bonus-point victory over Georgia in their Rugby World Cup Pool D clash on Monday, before they wilted in the energy-sapping humidity at the City of Toyota Stadium.

* Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde says he is not worried about his future despite the club's poor start to the season, dismissing suggestions the Spanish champions are in crisis. The Catalans are eighth in La Liga with seven points from five games after losing 2-0 at Granada on Saturday.

* Former triathlon champion Simon Whitfield and diving standout Alexandre Despatie are among this year's class of nine inductees to the Canadian Olympic Hall of Fame, the Canadian Olympic Committee announced on Monday.

* Russia will miss the world athletics championships for the second time in a row after the sport's governing body the IAAF extended the ban against country's federation on Monday.

* Twice Wuhan Open champion Petra Kvitova and holder Aryna Sabalenka moved into the last-16 after recording straight sets victories in the second round on Monday.

* Vadim Abramov has been named Uzbekistan manager after Argentine Hector Cuper was sacked on Monday, becoming the first coaching casualty of the Asian qualifiers for the 2022 World Cup.

Reuters, CNA