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Messi Misses Out As UEFA Releases 2017/18 Champions League Awards Winners



This year’s group stage draw was coupled with the awards ceremony for the second year in a row

The best goalkeeper, defender, midfielder and forward from the 2017/18 competition, which saw Real Madrid win the trophy once again after beating Liverpool in the final, were honoured during the event.

Real had a nominee in every position, while Mohamed Salah and Kevin De Bruyne were also given recognition from the Premier League. Here are all the winners of the awards handed out for their achievements last season…

UEFA President’s Award 2018

Winner: David Beckham

Awarded for outstanding achievements, professional excellence and exemplary personal qualities during their time in football. “It’s a long time since I was at an awards show like this,” said Beckham as he received his award.

On Manchester United’s treble winning season in 1999, he added: “Winning the treble was an incredible moment for me.”

UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin said the award was given as he “uses the power of football to help disadvantaged children”.

Champions League 17/18 goalkeeper of tournament

Winner: Keylor Navas (Keylor Navas)

Other nominees: Alisson Becker (Roma, now Liverpool), Gianluigi Buffon (Juventus, now Paris Saint-Germain).

Champions League 17/18 defender of tournament

Winner: Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid)

Other nominees: Marcelo (Real Madrid), Raphael Varane (Real Madrid)


Champions League 17/18 midfielder of tournament

Winner: Luke Modric (Real Madrid)

Other nominees: Kevin De Bruyne ( Manchester City ), Toni Kroos (Real Madrid)

Champions League 17/18 forward of tournament

Winner: Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid)

Other nominees: Lionel Messi ( Barcelona ), Mohamed Salah (Liverpool)

UEFA Women’s Player of the Year

Winner: Pernille Harder (Wolfsburg)

Other nominees: Ada Hegerberg and Amandine Henry (both Lyon)

UEFA Men’s Player of the Year

Winner: Luka Modric (Real Madrid)

Other nominees: Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid), Luke Modric (Real Madrid), Mohamed Salah (Liverpool)

Who won the 16/17 awards?

Goalkeeper: Gianluigi Buffon (Juventus)

Defender: Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid)

Midfielder: Luka Modric (Real Madrid)

Forward: Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid)


Euro 2020: Christian Eriksen To Get Heart-Starting Device After Cardiac Attack



Cardiac Attack

After a series of tests were carried out by experts in the field, the Inter star will have a potentially life-saving device implanted
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Christian Eriksen will be fitted with an ICD – a heart defibrillator – after he suffered a cardiac incident in the match against Finland, Denmark have confirmed.



The Inter star fell to the pitch unconscious on the second match day of Euro 2020 and had to be resuscitated before then being transported to hospital.



Now, after a series of tests carried out by medical specialists, it has been announced that Eriksen will have a potentially life-saving implant installed.



What has been said?
National team doctor Morten Boesen has been in contact with the cardiac specialist at Rigshospitalet and Eriksen, and this is the latest status: “After Christian has been through different heart examinations it has been decided that he should have an ICD (heart starter). This device is necessary after a cardiac attack due to rhythm disturbances.



“Christian has accepted the solution and the plan has moreover been confirmed by specialists nationally and internationally who all recommend the same treatment.



“We encourage everybody to give Christian and his family peace and privacy the following time.”



Has Eriksen spoken since the incident?
Yes. Taking to social media on Tuesday, the attacking midfielder wrote: “Big thanks for your sweet and amazing greetings and messages from all around the world. It means a lot to me and my family.



“I’m fine – under the circumstances. I still have to go through some examinations at the hospital, but I feel okay.



“Now, I will cheer on the boys on the Denmark team in the next matches. Play for all of Denmark.”



Will he be able to play football again?
It is not yet known whether Eriksen will be able to play football again.



It is not unheard of, though, as the example of German forward Daniel Engelbrecht showed.



Engelbrecht collapsed on the pitch while playing for Stuttgart Kickers in July 2013, having suffered from a heart attack.


He was then fitted with a defibrillator and returned to the pitch in November of 2014 after 17 months of recovery.


However, Engelbrecht suffered from more heart issues down the line and hung up his boots in 2018 to concentrate on a career in coaching.


In terms of players still in the game, Ajax and Netherlands star Daley Blind continues to play at the highest level after having an ICD implanted in December 2019.

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​Ex-Chelsea Boss Lampard Back in Crystal Palace Contention




Former Chelsea manager Frank Lampard is again being linked to the vacant Crystal Palace job.



The London club were expected to secure former Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo.



However, talks collapsed, which means they are looking for another candidate.



The Daily Mirror reports Palace have moved onto Lampard, Swansea boss Steve Cooper and Burnley manager Sean Dyche as possible targets after pulling the plug on the Nuno deal.


Lampard’s interest in the Palace job is unknown, but he had recently stated that he was ready to get back to work after his sacking by Chelsea in January.

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PSG Hijack Another Barcelona Target — Report




According to Italian journalist Guillaume Maillard-Pacini, Paris-Saint Germain have hijacked yet another Barcelona transfer target.


A few days ago, the Paris-based club stole away Georginio Wijnaldum from the Blaugranas by offering him wages worth more than double which Joan Laporta and co were ready to offer.


Now, Les Parisiens are about to do the same with former AC Milan goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma.


Touted to become one of the world’s best goalkeepers, Donnarumma is at the end of his contract in Milan. Moving away as a free agent, the goalkeeper is on the radar of several top-tier clubs across Europe. His agent, Mino Raiola, is attempting to find the Italian national the right club where he can continue to grow and develop as a player.



Barça had made contact with Raiola regarding his transfer; the high-profile agent had offered his player to the club himself. However, this transfer has not been one of the Catalan club’s main priorities over the summer, and it is likely they will continue to bet on the relatively underperforming Marc-Andres ter Stegen, who will surely bounce back into form soon.



Therefore, the conditions have been set for PSG to hijack yet another transfer target from Camp Nou. Donnarumma, whose transfer to Barça was becoming more and more likely, will now probably be pried away to Paris — a club that have the financial resources to offer him a much better contract.



It is likely that the 22-year-old’s agent will also get his notoriously large commission on this deal as well, with reports claiming he will be asking anything up to €20m, as Donnarumma will be joining PSG as a free agent, giving more leeway for a higher agent-fee. Barcelona, in any case, would have probably not been able to afford such a fee.

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