Few believed anyone would reclaim the Ballon d'Or from Lionel Messi â€“ but most didn't bargain on Cristiano Ronaldo's tenacity to win the prize.
Choking with emotion after accepting his award, Cristiano Ronaldo has taken the Ballon d'Or title - a prize Lionel Messi has dominated for four years.
Brazilian great Pele has finally been awarded a Ballon d'Or, despite retiring in 1977.
Barcelona's Lionel Messi has torn a muscle in his left hamstring, meaning he will sidelined for six to eight weeks.
Lionel Messi has been ruled out for two to three weeks after suffering a thigh injury in the Barcelona game against Almeria.
The European Champions League group stage has kicked off with a hat-trick, a shock defeat and late-goal game changers.
Lionel Messi's lawyers say the tax fraud allegations against the Barcelona striker are baseless and that he will settle any obligations if needed.
Lionel Messi's spotless image as the world's greatest footballer has taken a stunning blow with accusations that he cheated on his taxes.
Barcelona's Lionel Messi and his father have been accused by Spanish tax authorities of defrauding the state of more than $5.3-million.
Barcelona's Tito Vilanova expects Lionel Messi to be fit for his side's trip to Atletico Madrid, in hopes to seal their fourth title in five years.
Barcelona has admitted that overturning a 4-0 first-leg defeat to Bayern in the Champions League semifinal depends on the fitness of Lionel Messi.
Barcelona was a city in mourning after Barca's 4-0 meltdown at Bayern Munich in a one-sided Champions League semifinal first leg.
Barcelona needs Lionel Messi to recover in time for their Champions League quarterfinal against Paris Saint-Germain, or they have to resort to Plan B.
Lionel Messi has scored a brilliant brace to help Barcelona beat AC Milan 4-0.
The 25-year-old Lionel Messi has been named the world's best player for the fourth time in a row.
Barcelona's star forward Lionel Messi has beaten a 40-year-old record after scoring his 86th goal in a year in a Real Betis match at the weekend.
Brazil striker Lucas hopes to emulate his idol Lionel Messi when he joins big-spending Paris St Germain next month.
Legendary striker Gerd Mueller's record of 85 goals in a calendar year will stand for a little longer after Barcelona decided to rest Lionel Messi.
Humbled by Celtic in the latest shock result in the Champions League, Barcelona travels to Russia this week to seal a place in the knockout stage.
A day after picking up a Golden Boot awardy, Barcelona's superstar Lionel Messi says he is not a ball hog.