Well, Lionel Messi won the FIFA Ballon d'Or , beating final challengers Cristiano Ronaldo and his own FC Barcelona teammate Neymar. This was the fifth time the Argentine star won the award, and with Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo giving him stiff competition, having won the award three times.

Former Juventus and AC Milan star Andrea Pirlo believes Liverpool FC striker Mario Balotelli can still become ‘one of the top forwards in Europe’. The champions league finalist praised New York FC team mate Frank Lampard and revealed glamorous lifestyles of Milan stars Ronaldinho and David Beckham.