Cristiano Ronaldo beats Lionel Messi to win Ballon d’Or 2016

Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo beat rival Lionel Messi to win the prestigious Ballon d’Or award for a fourth time. The 31-year-old is now one behind Barcelona’s Messi, who took the honour for a fifth time last year. Atletico Madrid’s French forward Antoine Griezmann finished third in the vote. Ronaldo helped Real Madrid win last season’s Champions League and scored …

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Brazilian football team in Colombia plane crash

Medellin’s international airport have confirmed the aircraft had departed from Bolivia. Authorities are currently responding to the emergency. It is not clear if there are any survivors. The chartered plane was carrying members of the Chapocoense football team, airport officials said. The team was due to play in the final of the Copa Sudamerica against Colombian side Atletico Nacional on …

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Mikel Obi offered N66m-a-week deal by Chinese club

Super Eagles captain, John Mikel Obi, has been offered an incredible $212,000-a-weel deal by Chinese club, Shanghai SIPG. According to report, the offer was made to the midfielder’s agent after Nigeria’s 3-1 win over Algeria in a 2018 World Cup qualifier in Uyo, where he scored the second goal. Mikel Obi is yet to play a single minute under new …

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Ortom to host Benue 2016 Handball Championship

Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom, has approved for the state to host a national handball tournament at the Aper Aku Stadium from December 5 to 12, 2016. Ortom, who gave the approval while receiving the national president of the Handball Federation of Nigeria (HFN), Alhaji Dauda Yusuf, at the old banquet hall of Benue People’s House, yesterday, said sport plays …

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Rooney to make England return against Scotland

England captain Wayne Rooney will return to the starting line-up for his country’s 2018 World Cup qualifier against Scotland on Friday, interim manager Gareth Southgate announced on Thursday. Rooney, 31, started on the bench in England’s last game, a 0-0 draw away to Slovenia, after losing his place in Manchester United’s starting XI. But he has started United’s last two …

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