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Ballon d’Or set for changes after UEFA deal

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Starting next year, the prestigious individual football award, the Ballon d’Or, will be jointly organized by UEFA. This collaboration marks a new chapter in the award’s history, ending a seven-year gap since the previous partnership between the French organizers of the Ballon d’Or and FIFA came to an end.

From 2024 onward, the Ballon d’Or awards ceremony will be a joint effort between UEFA and Groupe Amaury, the publishers of France Football and L’Equipe. Between 2010 and 2016, the award was known as the FIFA Ballon d’Or, but in 2016, FIFA initiated its own Best Awards.

In this year’s Ballon d’Or event held in Paris, Lionel Messi clinched the men’s award for the eighth time, and Aitana Bonmatí received her first women’s award. According to a statement, UEFA will provide its football expertise, manage the global commercial rights, and oversee the annual awards ceremony.

Additionally, as part of this agreement, UEFA will discontinue its own player of the year awards, which have traditionally been presented in August.

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Euro 2024: Ronaldo sets new record as Portugal crush Turkey 3-0

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Portugal captain Cristiano Ronaldo made history again as his team triumphed 3-0 over Turkey at Euro 2024 on Saturday.

Bernardo Silva and Bruno Fernandes scored, with an own goal by Samet Akaydin, securing a straightforward victory.

Ronaldo assisted Fernandes in scoring the final goal, tapping into an empty net.

This assist marked the 39-year-old’s seventh in the competition, adding another record to his impressive collection.

The victory ensured Roberto Martinez’s team advanced to the last-16 as group winners.

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Aguero set to make return to football

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Former Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero has announced that he is on the verge of returning to football as a club owner. Aguero, however, declined to disclose the name of the club.

The 36-year-old made this revelation during a recent conversation with Argentine streamer Coscu, whose real name is Martin Perez Disalvo.

When asked about his interest in returning to football as a manager, the former Barcelona star replied, “The truth is that I’m considering getting involved in a football club as an owner. I’m not going to reveal which club it is, but I believe we are on the right track. I enjoy being able to manage, to help the club progress, and to build a strong team and staff.”

Aguero retired from professional football in 2021 after being diagnosed with an irregular heartbeat, just days after being hospitalized.

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EPL: Ex-Arsenal player, Kevin Campbell is dead

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Arsenal announced on Saturday that their former player, Kevin Campbell, has passed away at the age of 54.

Campbell, a striker, played for the Gunners, Nottingham Forest, and Everton.

Throughout his nearly 20-year career, he scored 148 goals in 542 club appearances.

“Everyone at Everton is deeply saddened by the death of our former striker Kevin Campbell at the age of just 54.

“Not just a true Goodison Park hero and icon of the English game, but an incredible person as well – as anyone who ever met him will know. RIP, Super Kev,” an Everton statement read.

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After retiring from playing in May 2007, Campbell went on to have a successful career in the media.

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