Ronaldo, Messi battle for Ballon d’Or for record 7th time

TVC E, SPORTS - For the seventh time in eight years, the duo of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo are expected to fill the top two places on the FIFA Ballon d'Or podium in Zurich on Monday January the 11th for the coveted prize, with Neymar the other contender on the shortlist. Even before the award was merged with France Football's Ballon d'Or in 2010, the men's World Player of the Year had effectively become an annual private 'Clasico' between two of the great players of any generation. Barcelona maestro Messi, who will now be on the podium for a record ninth successive year, won the honour four times consecutively between 2009 and 2012, while Real Madrid 's Ronaldo has won three times, once when he was at Manchester United in 2008 and the most recent two editions at Real Madrid. The only time in the last seven years when they did not...