Top 10 Ballon d’Or winners since 1992 ranked by EPL legends

first_imgZinedine Zidane features in the top ten of both lists 4. Ronaldinho Ronaldinho somehow won the award just once, in 2005 – beating English duo Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard to the punch. On the Brazilian talent, Wrighty said: “I remember that game at the Bernabeu, everything he did worked, and they gave him a standing ovation. “He is the kind of player that makes the game beautiful.” 3. Ronaldo The Brazilian star won the award twice, five years apart – in 1997 and 2002 – in a career that was blighted by injuries. Amongst other huge achievements, Ronaldo helped fire his nation to the 2002 World Cup in the year of his second and final Ballon d’Or. See below for what Shearer said on the Brazilian icon…. 2. Lionel Messi A six-time winner, Messi was always going to be well up there, but he will have to settle for second in Wrighty’s list. Ronaldinho has split the opinion of pundits Wrighty and Shearer 6. Ronaldinho From No4 on Wright’s list to No6 on Shearer’s, the latter said: “He had that step-over, where he could go both ways. “The whip and bend he put on free-kicks, his balance, ball control and the no-look pass.” 5. Marco van Basten A spot higher on Shearer’s list, he explained: “He was a complete centre forward. There wasn’t anything he wasn’t brilliant at. “And let’s talk about that volley (Euro 1988) – the connection, the technique… it was sensational!” 4. Zinedine Zidane Again a single place higher on Shearer’s list, the ex-Newcastle star said: “He was the best player I ever played against. “His balance stood out to me, and his ability to control the ball with either foot. “The way he went past people and caressed or ‘loved’ the ball, was just incredible.” Barcelona legend Messi has won the gong in 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2015 and 2019. See below for what Shearer said on the Argentine wizard… 1. Cristiano Ronaldo Ronaldo has won the Ballon d’Or five times, seemingly alternating with Messi, coming out trumps in 2008, 2013, 2014, 2016 and 2017. On the Juventus star, who enjoyed most of his success at Real Madrid, Wright said: “He’s done it in different leagues and continually pushes himself. “His work-rate, his total drive for perfection, to get where he is, I think he pips it as the top man. “Even at 35, there’s no resting on his laurels. He’s an unbelievable role model.” Rivaldo is another star to make the top ten on both lists 7. Kaka Before Messi and Ronaldo dominated the show, Kaka won the 2007 Ballon d’Or thanks to his incredible performances at AC Milan, including winning the Champions League that year. On the Brazilian star, Wrighty said: “That game against Manchester United (Champions League semi-final 2007, 5-3 aggregate win) was almost the perfect performance. “He scored twice (in the first leg and once more in the second) – and his overall play was exemplary.” 6. Marco van Basten The Dutch legend claimed the first Ballon d’Or title of the Premier League era, in 1992. He edged out Hristo Stoichkov and Bergkamp to the top gong. See below for Shearer’s thoughts on the Euro 1988-winning superstar… 5. Zinedine Zidane For such a talented player, it’s a surprise to see Zidane won just ONE Ballon d’Or – having come close on a number of other occasions. The France legend clinched the trophy in 1998 and Wright said: “When people say poetry in motion, you watch Zidane and you get it.” Lionel Messi takes the top spot in Alan Shearer’s list 3. Ronaldo Also No3 on Shearer’s list, he revealed: “Look at the clubs he’s played for, and his goalscoring record at PSV Eindhoven and Barcelona. “When Bobby Robson came to Newcastle he said he enquired about me going to Barcelona but Blackburn said I wasn’t for sale so they signed Ronaldo instead. I think they got a good deal!” 2. Cristiano Ronaldo Dropping a place in Shearer’s head, he explained: “Ronaldo’s made himself as good as he is. “He’s had to work hard, it’s probably been more natural for Messi in terms of skill, but they’re both staggering.” 1. Lionel Messi The winner for Shearer, beating Ronaldo, he said: “The standard that these two have set, they’ve taken goalscoring to a different level. Read Also: Messi donates €500k towards the fight against COVID-19 “Look at how many appearances and goals they’ve had, it’s bonkers. “We’re so lucky to live in this era where we’re seeing the football these two produce. “To get to the top is one thing, but to stay there and have that hunger to keep on performing – I can’t emphasise enough the dedication they must have to keep doing it year in, year out.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Figo earned 197 voting points to Zidane’s 181. Andriy Shevchenko was third that year. See below for what Shearer said on Figo… 8. Rivaldo Then at Barcelona, Rivaldo beat David Beckham to the top gong in 1999, but would arguably go on to bigger and better things, including winning the 2002 World Cup. Wright said: “He was really slight but I thought he was magnificent in the 2002 World Cup final and scored some unbelievable goals at Barca – like that overhead kick against Valencia (in 2001).” Messi and Ronaldo feature in the top two on both lists – but who is No1? With no live sport on the TV to get our teeth into, sporting debates, fictional dream teams and classic throwback matches have been the order of the day. From the decade-long Lionel Messi vs Cristiano Ronaldo debate to Jamie Carragher’s Best XI challenges, people have been finding ways to cure the lockdown blues.center_img Cristiano Ronaldo comes in at No1 on Ian Wright’s list 10. Roberto Baggio After earning the No10 spot in Wright’s list, Shearer has whacked him in at the same spot. Shearer said: “He could play anywhere across the front. He had quick feet and was great travelling with the ball.” 9. Rivaldo The 1999 winner is a spot lower on Shearer’s list have coming in at No8 on Wright’s. See above for what Wrighty said about the Brazilian… 8. Luis Figo On the 2000 winner, Shearer said: “We were comfortable against Portugal at Euro 2000. Then he stepped on the gas and they won 3-2. “He went past players like it was easy, effortless. And he had the balls to go from Barca to Real.” 7. Kaka Speaking of the 2007 winner, also No7 on Wright’s list, Shearer said: “He was so quick, elegant and smooth. He had great vision and scored some unbelievable goals.” Wright and Shearer have somehow whittled their list of winners down to a top ten each And Ian Wright and Alan Shearer killed a bit of time by selecting their top ten Ballon d’Or winners. Since the award’s first appearance, there have been 18 different winners – with only TWO coming from the Premier League – Michael Owen (2001) and Cristiano Ronaldo (2008). But with some massive names winning the award, who makes each pundit’s top ten? Here’s what they said, while speaking on the BBC’s Match of the Day podcast… Promoted ContentWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?6 Best Natural History Museums In The WorldThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read More10 Hyper-Realistic 3D Street Art By Odeith5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksTop 10 Most Romantic Nations In The World8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its Growth8 Ways Drones Are Going To Change Our LivesWorld’s Most Beautiful Ceilings That Will Take Your Breath Away7 Universities In The World Where Education Costs Too MuchThis Guy Photoshopped Himself Into Celeb Pics And It’s Hysterical10 Legendary Historical Movies You Should See Loading… IAN WRIGHT 10. Roberto Baggio Baggio won the Ballon d’Or in 1993, during his time at Juventus, beating Dennis Bergkamp and Eric Cantona to the award. Looking back at the Italian’s greatness, Wright said: “Toto Schillaci got the goals in 1990 but at that tournament (World Cup Italia 90), along with Paul Gascoigne, Baggio was outstanding. “He dealt with the pressure of playing in his own country and being their creative player.” 9. Luis Figo The Portuguese maestro won the award in 2000, narrowly edging out Zinedine Zidane in one of the closest-run races in Ballon d’Or history.last_img read more

Syracuse’s Newborn credits emotion on court for assisting in 5-0 start to season

first_imgA.J. James stood across the court from a 12-year-old Rhiann Newborn and let loose a booming, “Come on!”Her coach had just crushed a ball past Newborn, and he yelled to encourage Newborn to yell after she won a point.“I used to play her and beat her all the time. I’d yell a lot so, whenever she could get a ‘Come on!’ in, it felt like she was getting the best of me,” James, the AJ Elite Tennis Academy coach, said. “I think that helped her. I want my students — not to celebrate every little thing — but to pump themselves up.”Newborn carried that habit with her to Syracuse, where the sophomore’s shouting makes teammates think of Serena Williams, she said. Newborn is undefeated through five singles matches this season, and credits the success to her energy and vocal nature on the court.Playing in high-pressure situations in professional tennis tournaments and competing with friends in the video game Mortal Kombat has prepped her well to bring a competitive, high-energy style to SU.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“That’s what I trained her on,” Newborn’s father, Darryl Newborn, said. “If you don’t want to get after it, stay home.”When Newborn was young, her neighbor, Olivia Garza, would play her every day in Mortal Kombat, on Newborn’s PlayStation 1. Newborn used Kitana most often, a character noted for the steel blades in her hand fans. Hurling the damage-inflicting fans at her opponent from across the arena was her favorite move.The girls struggled to establish dominance through 20-50 rounds per day.“We’d just keep playing,” Garza said. “Until one of us was satisfied with winning.”If Newborn’s hunger to win wasn’t fulfilled, she usually challenged her father to the game at home. And when her father — a former cornerback at the University of Texas El Paso — taught her other sports, he did so in the only way he knew how.“Passion and aggression,” Darryl Newborn said.When she was 4, her parents brought her to local tennis courts where they competed with hergrandparents. Newborn would storm the court and steal one of the rackets.Nearly two years later, she interrupted yet another match, announcing once again she wanted to play. But she didn’t have a racket. Armed with only a stick she had picked up nearby, Newborn demanded a spot on the court.Darryl Newborn knew he had no choice, so he replaced the stick with a racket. He worked with his daughter to craft a tennis style around her personality — competitive, aggressive and loud.“I think yelling intimidates (my opponents), which I like because then they get scared and I can beat them,” Newborn said, laughing. “This is the style I chose to play. I yell extremely loud, it just makes me want to compete harder.”Syracuse head coach Younes Limam first saw Newborn’s fiery style when he was recruiting her to Rice, where he used to coach.Fully-throated, guttural yells were heard above the sound of balls being hit. Parents of opposing players snickered and furrowed their eyebrows. Spectators familiar with Newborn’s work grinned.“She feeds off her energy,” Limam said. “Her presence makes the difference in close matches. It’s a big strength to have.”In the Orange’s home opener, Newborn was facing an opponent she had seen on the Texas junior circuit. Frustrated, she let out a particularly angry snarl.“You know, Rhiann’s always been this way,” the opponent’s mother said from the stands.And teetering on the brink of dropping the set, Newborn pulverized a forehand winner from the baseline past her opponent.Newborn pumped her fist, stiffened and delivered the most deafening howl yet.“Come on!” Comments Published on February 18, 2015 at 12:15 am Contact Sam: [email protected] | @Sam4TR Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Uganda in Pot 4 of Africa Cup of Nations draw

first_imgSeedsPot 1: Gabon, Ivory Coast, Ghana, AlgeriaPot 2: Tunisia, Mali, Burkina Faso, Democratic Republic of CongoPot 3: Cameroon, Senegal, Morocco, EgyptPot 4: Togo, Uganda, Zimbabwe, Guinea BissauJohannesburg, South Africa | AFP | Title-holders Ivory Coast, hosts Gabon and former champions Algeria and Ghana were named Tuesday as the top seeds for the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations tournament.Ivory Coast defeated four-time champions Ghana after a penalty shootout in Equatorial Guinea last year to win the African football showpiece a second time.Algeria conquered Africa when they hosted the biennial competition in 1990 while the quarter-finals is the furthest Gabon have progressed. Share on: WhatsApp Gabon, co-hosts of the 2012 Cup of Nations with Equatorial Guinea, stage the 2017 finals from January 14 to February 5 in Libreville, Franceville, Port Gentil and Oyem.Libreville, capital of the small, oil-rich central African state, hosts the October 19 draw that will split the 16 contenders into four groups with winners and runners-up securing quarter-finals places.While three former champions, Nigeria, South Africa and Zambia, are notable absentees, the third seeds for Gabon illustrate the strength of the line-up.Record seven-time champions Egypt, Cameroon and Morocco have lifted the trophy and Senegal lost on penalties in the 2002 final.All four countries are potential 2017 champions, as are second seeds Tunisia, Mali and the Democratic Republic of Congo.Uganda, back at the finals for the first time since 1978, are in the lowest pot 4. The lowest seeds include first-time qualifiers Guinea-Bissau, shock winners of a qualifying group that included Congo Brazzaville, Kenya and Zambia.last_img read more

Steelers should be better with Ben

first_img“If you had told us we’d be 3-1 at the beginning of the year without Ben, no one outside of this locker room would have given us a chance,” wide receiver Hines Ward said. “But it’s definitely great to have Ben back on our side.”Now comes the question everyone in the AFC North is asking: How much better can the Steelers be now that their franchise quarterback is back?The answer: Perhaps only as good as Roethlisberger allows them to be. And it may require a few concessions by a player who always wants the ball in his hands when the clock is winding down and games are being decided.During their month without Roethlisberger, the longest stretch they’ve played without him since his NFL career began in 2004, the Steelers returned to their roots by winning with the running game. A season after Roethlisberger threw for a club-record 4,328 yards, or 604 yards more than any other quarterback in team history, Rashard Mendenhall is second in the league with 411 yards rushing.Predictably, the Steelers are next to last in passing with a 136 yards per game, or 200 yards per game fewer than the Broncos.While consistency in the passing game is lacking, re-emphasizing the run has improved the Steelers’ ability to extend drives and preserve leads, two notable deficiencies when they missed the playoffs with a 9-7 record a season ago.What could change everything, including the newfound offensive balance, is if Roethlisberger returns Oct. 17 against Cleveland with a determination to show off his rested passing arm. Roethlisberger spent his month away from the team polishing his mechanics with a private quarterbacks coach.“We’ve got to realize that our all-world quarterback is an all-world quarterback, but what we have established is great,” wide receiver Antwaan Randle El said. “We’re going to add him to what has been established. That’s one thing we’ve got to realize, how much the run is going to complement the pass and how we can just grind it if we need to. We’re not going to get away from the things we’ve been doing well.”The Steelers, who were off last weekend, begin a stretch in which they play five of eight on the road, including games at Miami, New Orleans, Cincinnati and Baltimore and a home game against New England.While Roethlisberger always talks about the necessity of being balanced, the Steelers’ rushing attempts per season have declined from 618 during his rookie season to 428 last year. As a result, they became increasingly one-dimensional offensively, an abrupt change of direction for a franchise that has outrushed every NFL team by at least 5,113 yards since the NFL-AFL merger in 1970.The Steelers are the only team with more than 20,000 rushing attempts since then; they have 20,831, with the Bears ranking second with 19,755 attempts, according to STATS LLC.Now that he’s back, Roethlisberger should be able to open up an offense in which Ward has 12 receptions, a total surpassed by 67 other NFL receivers. Roethlisberger’s ability to throw the deep ball should help wide receiver Mike Wallace, who has two TD catches of more than 40 yards but isn’t consistently making catches of 20 yards-plus.“I think Mike’s gotten faster since I’ve been gone,” Roethlisberger said.While the Steelers will throw the ball more, left tackle Max Starks is convinced Roethlisberger won’t want to alter the offense’s rediscovered versatility.“I hope people aren’t expecting us to light it up, because we just want to play consistently, control the line of scrimmage and control the time of possession,” Starks said. “That’s the best way for us to be successful. We had that the first three games, but we lost that a little bit in the last game. And it cost us.”The Steelers were less than a minute away from beating Baltimore last weekend. But the offense couldn’t run out the clock and the Ravens drove 40 yards in a few seconds for the winning score and a 17-14 victory. If they had won, the Steelers would have been 4-0 for the first time in 31 years.Pittsburgh’s defense was superb during most of Roethlisberger’s absence, allowing only 25 points in the first, second and third quarters.Defensive end Brett Keisel insisted there won’t be a letup just because Roethlisberger is expected to give the defense more points to work with.“We’re going to go out there with the same approach that we’ve had all along, and that’s to keep other teams out of the end zone,” he said. “That gives us the best chance to win games. It’s great to have him back and what he brings to our offense, but it’s not going to change our mentality on the defensive side of the ball.”Whether Roethlisberger is willing to alter his mentality—after all, he is 68-28 as an NFL starter—might factor into how the Steelers do in their next 12 games.“The offense is definitely going to go in another direction,” Wallace said. “It won’t change too much, but at the same time we’re going to throw the ball because we’ve got one of the best guys back. So I’m excited.” GETTING READY—Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, left, stands with quarterback Byron Leftwich during passing drills at the NFL football team’s practice facility, Oct. 5. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic) by Alan RobinsonAssociated Press Writer PITTSBURGH (AP)—Maybe the Pittsburgh Steelers didn’t exceed their own expectations by going 3-1 without Ben Roethlisberger. They certainly surprised a league that figured any team forced to start its No. 3 and No. 4 quarterbacks in September was in trouble.Charlie Batch and Dennis Dixon didn’t play up to Roethlisberger’s level, but they kept the Steelers atop the AFC North and made certain their season wasn’t ruined by the time Roethlisberger returned from his four-game suspension.last_img read more

Red Bank Regional Proposing $22M Referendum

first_imgItems Include Classroom Expansion, Roof Replacement, New Turf Field |By Jay Cook |LITTLE SILVER – Residents of Little Silver, Red Bank and Shrewsbury Borough will be asked to vote on a two-part, $22-million referendum in December to fund a total roof replacement, classroom expansion and turf field installation at Red Bank Regional High School (RBR).An anticipated increase to student enrollment, the reduction of income from out-of-district students and a proactivity to expand programs for all students are driving the vote, said RBR Superintendent Louis Moore, Ph.D.“This is going to be the next crossroads” for RBR, Moore told The Two River Times Tuesday. “If this referendum goes forward, it’s going to put us in a place to continue to thrive. But if we lose, there are going to be some significant costs.”The referendum is set for Dec. 11 and will be split into two separate questions, with the second contingent upon approval of the first.The first is a projected $19.9 million bond to finance a total replacement of the high school’s roof which is “at the end of its life,” said Moore. It will also address an expansion to the school’s footprint creating 10 new classrooms along with transforming the media center into a “learning commons,” he said. This question qualifies for state debt service aid which the district projects would reduce the cost to $15.7 million.A second question, with a $2.2-million price tag, will fund replacing the existing grass stadium field with a new turf field, as well as upgrades to the concession stands and new bathroom facilities at the stadium. This question will only be approved if the first question passes, and it does not qualify for state debt service aid.With debt aid calculated in, the total project cost is roughly $18 million.Depending on average assessed home values in the three boroughs, homeowners would see a tax increase between $82 and $152 annually until 2023, when older debts are retired, according to a statement from the district. After 2023, the tax hit from this referendum would shrink to a range between $52 and $92.Here is a breakdown of the three towns with their average assessed home values and the tax levy based on those assessments using 2018-2019 budget information:Little Silver: Average Assessment = $633,785. Regional School Tax Levy = $2,728.67Red Bank: Average Assessment = $364,296. Regional School Tax Levy = $1,663.97Shrewsbury: Average Assessment = $496,184. Regional School Tax Levy = $2,508.13A combination of factors surrounding student enrollment is driving the referendum. Enrollment from in-district students is on the rise, said Moore. A demographic study commissioned last year shows an anticipated 5 to 10 percent increase in the student body. RBR has 1,217 students enrolled this year and its capacity is 1,200 students; that’s expected to jump to 1,350 in the coming years.The school is also seeing less money come in as increasing in-district enrollments have essentially barred out-of-district students. RBR drew 190 students from 15 different sending districts in the 2017-2018 school year at a tuition cost of $14,500 each. Tuition income to RBR has fallen from $4 million to $2.8 million over the past four years as the number of available spaces has declined.The district offers multiple unique Career Technical Educational academies drawing students from Belmar, Millstone and Union Beach, among others, Moore said. Those academies are for visual and performing arts, information technology, engineering and early childhood education.Moore added that the RBR Board of Education increases the out-of-district tuition roughly 2 percent annually, which is in line with the usual budget increases.Local taxpayers, however, will feel the brunt down the line if the referendum is denied, Moore cautioned.“I think this is a very responsible approach to these issues,” he said. “The truth is – and it’s a little counterintuitive – but if we don’t do this, the tax burden will actually increase.”The vote comes just before the tri-borough school district will celebrate its 50th anniversary in 2019. According to the school’s history, the original building was financed by voters in the three boroughs for a total cost of $9.4 million.“This is going to improve our facility and really let us take the next step in being able to offer remarkable programs to all of our students,” Moore said. “It’s also going to deal with these fiscal issues that we’re already seeing.”The Red Bank Regional High School District will be presenting referendum plans at borough meetings and for any groups that request it to inform the public. Questions about the vote can be emailed to [email protected] article was first published in the June 14-June 21, 2018 print edition of The Two River Times.last_img read more