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Lionel Messi says he would vote for his PSG team-mates Kylian Mbappe and Neymar for this year’s Ballon d’Or

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Lionel Messi has stated that he would vote for his Paris Saint-Germain team-mates Neymar or Kylian Mbappe for the Ballon d’Or, despite being one of the favourites to win the award for the seventh time.

The trio alongside fellow teammate goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma is among the 30-players shortlisted for the men’s award. 

The prestigious prize, given to the best footballer of the year returns this year having been cancelled last year due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Messi, 34, is the favourite to scoop the top prize ahead of the likes of Robert Lewandowski and Jorginho in the bookmakers’ odds.  But the Argentine has admitted that he would vote for his new teammates Mbappe and Neymar. 

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‘Obviously, I have two players in my team that I would vote for, Ney and Kylian,’ Messi told L’Equipe via RMC Sport. 

The former Barcelona superstar also admitted that Lewandowski and Real Madrid’s Karim Benzema have enjoyed good seasons individually while explaining the importance of winning major trophies.

‘Afterwards, there are players at the individual level who have had a great season, like Lewandowski, Benzema,’ he added. ‘But it’s hard to say because what you have done at the collective level means a lot to win the Golden Ball. 

‘Lately, the titles have a lot of weight, if you won the Champions League, the Euro, the Copa America.

‘I think in previous years, we looked more for the player of the year, the best player. But now the titles also have a lot of weight.’ 

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#AVLMUN #Mufc Watch Aston Villa vs Manchester United live streaming

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Manchester United interim manager Ralf Rangnick has averred Cristiano Ronaldo, Harry Maguire, Jadon Sancho and Phil Jones could be available for their Premier League fixture against Aston Villa on Saturday.

He said on Friday morning: “I think they will be available. They only trained yesterday for the first time, Cristiano yesterday, Harry I think the day before yesterday. So as a team, we have to wait for the final training session this afternoon, but right now they should be available for tomorrow.”

Luke Shaw and Scott McTominay are suspended for the Villa rematch, while Paul Pogba (thigh) remains sidelined. Eric Bailly and Hannibal Mejbri are at the Africa Cup of Nations.

Aston Villa new signings Philippe Coutinho and Lucas Digne are in contention to face Manchester United.

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Barcelona loanee Coutinho is likely to be on Villa’s bench due to a lack of match fitness, while Digne, who has signed from Everton, could replace Matt Targett at left-back.

John McGinn is banned, Marvelous Nakamba and Leon Bailey are injured, Jaden Philogene-Bidace is rested and Trezeguet is on international duty with Egypt.

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Update: Tunisia’s appeal to replay their controversial 1-0 defeat to Mali at AFCON is rejected

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Tunisia’s appeal to replay their controversial 1 – 0 defeat to Mali at the Africa Cup of Nations, has been declined. 

Mali won the opening Group F match 1-0, courtesy of a penalty from Ibrahima Kone, but the match was overshadowed by poor officiating of Zambian referee Janny Sikazwe. 

Sikazwe blew the full-time whistle with just 85 minutes played before renewing play for 4 minutes, only to blow again with just 89 minutes and 43 seconds of the clash gone.

Tunisia, who had an advantage after Mali was diminished to 10 men, was enraged at the early finish and sought a replay to be sanctioned by the Confederation of African Football (CAF).

The tournament’s organizing committee met late on Thursday, January 13, to determine how to proceed and concluded that Mali’s win stands and Tunisia’s request for a replay are unsuccessful.

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‘The organizing committee has decided to dismiss the protest lodged by the Tunisian team. To homologate the match result as 1-0 in favor of Mali,’ a statement from CAF read.

Having been escorted off through a security staff blockade, Sikazwe requested both sets of players to return to the pitch 40 minutes after they had gone off.

Mali coach Mohamed Magassouba‘s post-match press conference was interrupted as it was announced the final three minutes of the game would be played.

About 40 minutes later the Mali players and officials returned to the pitch but the Tunisian players refused as they had reportedly already had their ice baths.

Explaining why his players did not go back out, Tunisia boss Mondher Kebaier said the ‘inexplicable’ refereeing left no option. 

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‘It’s a difficult situation to deal with,’ he told reporters. ‘The referee also blew with five minutes left in the first half.

‘Then he blew after 89 minutes in the second, denying us practically seven or eight minutes of added time.

‘His decision is inexplicable. I can’t understand how he made his decision and we will see what happens now.’

Asked about events after the game in trying to get the players to go back out, Kebaier concluded: ‘He blew for full-time and asked us to go to the dressing room. The players were in their ice baths when asked to come out.

‘In 30 years in this business, I have never seen anything like it.’

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It was revealed on Thursday that the referee at the center of the controversial game was suffering from heatstroke and severe dehydration and was taken to hospital after the match, according to the man in charge of officiating at AFCON.  

AFCON’s head of referees Essam Abdel-Fatah has defended the performance of Sikazwe – who officiated at the 2018 World Cup – by insisting he was suffering from the effects of the 34-degree heat level and 65 percent humidity in Limbe, Cameroon. 

‘The referee sorrowed from heatstroke and very severe dehydration, which led to him losing focus and being taken to the hospital,’ Abdel-Fatah told MBC Egypt’s Al-Laib.

‘It caused him to lose time in the 80th minute, and he ended the match in the 85th minute. He returned after directions from the assistant staff and then returned to finish the match in the 89th minute.

‘When the crisis happened and the objections and control were lost in the match, the fourth referee was the one who was going to complete the match [instead of Sikazwe], but one of the two teams refused.’

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AFCON: Controversial referee in Mali vs Tunisia game suffered sunstroke -Report

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Janny Sikazwe, the referee who blew up early for full-time twice during Mali’s win over Tunisia at the ongoing Africa Cup of Nations, battled sunstroke, according to reports.

Sikazwe was immediately rushed to the hospital after the match, according to French newspaper L’Equipe.

“Amid these chaotic scenes, Janny Sikazwe was taken to hospital having suffered from sunstroke – which could explain his baffling decision making.

“It would also explain why the fourth official was set to take charge of the remaining minutes of the match, had it been resumed,” part of the report read.

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Sikazwe was previously suspended under allegations of corruption in 2018, due to the manner in which he handled a CAF Champions League match between Espérance Sportive de Tunis of Tunisia and Primiero Agosto of Angola.

Responding to the controversy that surrounded the game, the Confederation of Africa Football said, “In relation to the TotalEnergies Africa Cup of Nations match between Tunisia and Mali played in Limbe on 12 January 2022, CAF is gathering all the necessary reports from the officials at the match.

“CAF is forwarding these documents to the competent bodies of CAF.

“At this stage, CAF is not in a position to make further comment until the responsible bodies indicate the way forward.”

The PUNCH had reported that the AFCON match between Mali and Tunisia on Wednesday ended in confusion amid bizarre scenes as the Tunisian team complained that the referee had blown the final whistle too soon.

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Zambian official Janny Sikazwe signalled the end of the match and a 1-0 win for 10-man Mali in the coastal town of Limbe first at 85th minute and later at 89 minutes and 47 seconds when the game restarted.

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Complete List Of 2022 Golden Globe Award Winners can be accessed below.

Following the Golden Globe Award 2022 that was held on Sunday 9th January, we have compiled the full list Of Golden Globe Award 2022 Winners, so make sure to read until the end.

The 2022 Golden Globe Award 2022 went ahead despite the fact that NBC pulled out of airing the show due to controversies surrounding the voting body, the Hollywood Press Association (HFPA).

If you could recall last year, the voting membership of the organization was devoid of black members. Which as a result, the organization faced a Hollywood boycott.

Due to the controversy, the ceremony was also dropped by NBC which is the reason behind the 2022 edition of the show was not televised. The nominees also were not in attendance, instead, the winners were announced on the HFPA website

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Best motion picture, drama

  • Belfast
  • Coda
  • Dune
  • King Richard
  • The Power of the Dog — winner

Best TV series, drama

  • Lupin
  • The Morning Show
  • Pose
  • Squid Game
  • Succession — winner

Best director, motion picture

  • Kenneth Branagh, Belfast
  • Jane Campion, The Power of the Dog — winner
  • Maggie Gyllenhaal, The Lost Daughter
  • Steven Spielberg, West Side Story
  • Denis Villeneuve, Dune

Best actress in a motion picture, drama

  • Jessica Chastain, The Eyes of Tammy Faye
  • Olivia Colman, The Lost Daughter
  • Nicole Kidman, Being the Ricardos — winner
  • Lady Gaga, House of Gucci
  • Kristen Stewart, Spencer

Best motion picture, musical, or comedy

  • Cyrano
  • Don’t Look Up
  • Licorice Pizza
  • Tick, Tick… Boom!
  • West Side Story — winner

Best actress in a motion picture, musical, or comedy

  • Marion Cotillard, Annette
  • Alana Haim, Licorice Pizza
  • Jennifer Lawrence, Don’t Look Up
  • Emma Stone, Cruella
  • Rachel Zegler, West Side Story — winner

Best actress in a TV series, drama

  • Uzo Aduba, In Treatment
  • Jennifer Aniston, The Morning Show
  • Christine Baranski, The Good Fight
  • Elisabeth Moss, The Handmaid’s Tale
  • Michaela Jaé Rodriguez, Pose — winner

Best actor in a supporting role in any motion picture

  • Ben Affleck, The Tender Bar
  • Jamie Dornan, Belfast
  • Ciarán Hinds, Belfast
  • Troy Kotsur, Coda
  • Kodi Smit-McPhee, The Power of the Dog — winner

Best actor in a motion picture, drama

  • Mahershala Ali, Swan Song
  • Javier Bardem, Being the Ricardos
  • Benedict Cumberbatch, The Power of the Dog
  • Will Smith, King Richard — winner
  • Denzel Washington, The Tragedy of Macbeth

Best original score, motion picture

  • Alexandre Desplat, The French Dispatch
  • Germaine Franco, Encanto
  • Jonny Greenwood, The Power of the Dog
  • Alberto Iglesias, Parallel Mothers
  • Hans Zimmer, Dune — winner

Best original song, motion picture

  • Be Alive, King Richard
  • Dos Oruguitas, Encanto
  • Down to Joy, Belfast
  • Here I Am (Singing My Way Home), Respect
  • No Time to Die, No Time to Die — winner

Best actor in a motion picture, musical, or comedy

  • Leonardo DiCaprio, Don’t Look Up
  • Peter Dinklage, Cyrano
  • Andrew Garfield, Tick, Tick… Boom! — winner
  • Cooper Hoffman, Licorice Pizza
  • Anthony Ramos, In the Heights

Best limited series or TV movie

  • Dopesick
  • Impeachment: American Crime Story
  • Maid
  • Mare of Easttown
  • The Underground Railroad — winner

Best TV series, musical or comedy

  • The Great
  • Hacks — winner
  • Only Murders in the Building
  • Reservation Dogs
  • Ted Lasso

Best actress in a TV series, musical, or comedy

  • Hannah Einbinder, Hacks
  • Elle Fanning, The Great
  • Issa Rae, Insecure
  • Tracee Ellis Ross, Black-ish
  • Jean Smart, Hacks — winner

Best actress in a limited series or TV movie

  • Jessica Chastain, Scenes from a Marriage
  • Cynthia Erivo, Genius: Aretha
  • Elizabeth Olsen, WandaVision
  • Margaret Qualley, Maid
  • Kate Winslet, Mare of Easttown — winner

Best actor in a limited series or TV movie

  • Paul Bettany, WandaVision
  • Oscar Isaac, Scenes from a Marriage
  • Michael Keaton, Dopesick — winner
  • Ewan McGregor, Halston
  • Tahar Rahim, The Serpent

Best supporting actress in a TV role

  • Jennifer Coolidge, The White Lotus
  • Kaitlyn Dever, Dopesick
  • Andie MacDowell, Maid
  • Sarah Snook, Succession — winner
  • Hannah Waddingham, Ted Lasso

Best screenplay, motion picture

  • Paul Thomas Anderson, Licorice Pizza
  • Kenneth Branagh, Belfast — winner
  • Jane Campion, The Power of the Dog
  • Adam McKay, Don’t Look Up
  • Aaron Sorkin, Being the Ricardos

Best actor in a TV series, musical, or comedy

  • Anthony Anderson, Black-ish
  • Nicholas Hoult, The Great
  • Steve Martin, Only Murders in the Building
  • Martin Short, Only Murders in the Building
  • Jason Sudeikis, Ted Lasso — winner

Best motion picture, non-English language

  • Compartment No. 6 (Finland/Russia/Germany)
  • Drive My Car (Japan) — winner
  • The Hand of God (Italy)
  • A Hero (France/Iran)
  • Parallel Mothers (Spain)

Best actor in a TV series, drama

  • Brian Cox, Succession
  • Lee Jung-Jae, Squid Game
  • Billy Porter, Pose
  • Jeremy Strong, Succession — winner
  • Omar Sy, Lupin

Best motion picture, animated

  • Encanto — winner
  • Flee
  • Luca
  • My Sunny Maad
  • Raya and the Last Dragon

Best supporting actor in a TV role

  • Billy Crudup, The Morning Show
  • Kieran Culkin, Succession
  • Mark Duplass, The Morning Show
  • Brett Goldstein, Ted Lasso
  • O Yeong-Su, Squid Game — winner

Best actress in a supporting role in any motion picture

  • Caitriona Balfe, Belfast
  • Ariana DeBose, West Side Story — winner
  • Kirsten Dunst, The Power of the Dog
  • Aunjanue Ellis, King Richard
  • Ruth Negga, Passing

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