FIFA Ballon d'Or and the Debut of Zinedine Zidane at Real Madrid in the Best of the Week

  • Messi, the Best of the World
    1/13 Lionel Messi is the main star of this week after winning his fifth Golden Ball. Also, Zinedine Zidane made a winning debut on Real Madrid bench.
  • Lionel Messi wins 2015 Ballon d'Or
    2/13 Lionel Messi wins 2015 Ballon d'Or: Lionel Messi has won the 2015 Fifa Ballon d'Or ahead of Real Madrid rival Cristiano Ronaldo and Barcelona team-mate Neymar, claiming the prestigious award in Zurich. Messi received 41.33 per cent of the votes, with Ronaldo (27.76%) in second place and Neymar (7.86%) third.
  • Luis Enrique wins 2015 Coach of the Year
    3/13 Luis Enrique wins 2015 Coach of the Year: Barcelona boss Luis Enrique has been named as the 2015 Fifa World Coach of the Year at Ballon d'Or gala in Zurich, seeing off competition from Josep Guardiola and Jorge Sampaoli. However, he was unable to attend to this ceremony and the award was collected by Robert Fernandez, technical secretary of Barcelona.
  • Real Madrid equal treble-winners Barca in FIFPro World XI
    4/13 Real Madrid equal treble-winners Barca in FIFPro World XI: Real Madrid sprung a surprise at the Ballon d'Or ceremony with no less than four players making the FIFPro World XI - the same number as treble winners Barcelona. FIFPro World XI 2015: Manuel Neuer, Thiago Silva, Marcelo, Sergio Ramos, Dani Alves, Andrés Iniesta, Luka Modric, Paul Pogba, Neymar, Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.
  • Unknown Brazilian stuns Messi for Puskas award
    5/13 Unknown Brazilian stuns Messi for Puskas award: Wendell Lira scored a major upset by beating out Lionel Messi to the 2015 Fifa Puskas Award. The virtually unknown Brazilian was rewarded for his scissor kick for Goianesia ahead of the Argentine, who had been nominated for his solo strike in the Copa del Rey final against Athletic.
  • Real Madrid 5-0 Deportivo
    6/13 Real Madrid 5-0 Deportivo: Bale hat-trick gets Zidane reign off to perfect start: A Gareth Bale hat-trick helped Real Madrid to a thumping 5-0 win over Deportivo La Coruna in Zinedine Zidane's first match in charge. Karim Benzema flicked home the first before Bale doubled the lead in the first half against a Deportivo side who could have given Zidane much more to worry about had it not been for some wayward early finishing. But Bale promptly killed the game in the second half with a brilliant placed finish and a glancing header to take his tally to 10 goals in his last seven Liga matches.mDepor, to their credit, continued to push for a consolation, but Madrid stretched their lead oncemore through Benzema.
  • Barcelona 4-1 Espanyol
    7/13 Barcelona 4-1 Espanyol: Messi double helps hosts to comeback win: Barcelona opened up a comfortable lead in their Copa del Rey last-16 clash with Espanyol after winning the first leg 4-1 at Camp Nou. After falling behind early on, thanks to Felipe Caicedo’s goal, holders Barca retaliated within four minutes thanks to Lionel Messi and went on to dominate proceedings. Messi added his 241st goal in 241 home matches for the hosts with a sensational free-kick just before half-time and then teed up Gerard Pique in the early stages of the second period for Barcelona's third as Espanyol were unable to handle Luis Enrique's men. Neymar rubbed salt into their wounds with an excellent fourth at the end of Messi's second assist of the night in the 88th minute.
  • Rayo Vallecano 1-1 Atletico Madrid
    8/13 Rayo Vallecano 1-1 Atletico Madrid: Saul denies hosts victory: Saul Niguez came off the bench to earn Atletico Madrid a 1-1 draw in the first leg of their Copa del Rey last-16 tie against Rayo Vallecano. Rayo deservedly led at the break through Nacho Martinez's fabulous opener. Atletico struggled for clear-cut chances until Diego Simeone brought on Luciano Vietto and Saul, who finished from inside the box against a club he played for on loan after good work from his fellow substitute.
  • Everton 2-1 Manchester City
    9/13 Everton 2-1 Manchester City: Lukaku gives Toffees League Cup advantage: Romelu Lukaku scored the winner for Everton as they beat Manchester City 2-1 in the League Cup semi-final first leg to take a slender advantage to the Etihad Stadium. Everton took the lead through Ramiro Funes Mori. The defender hit home in first-half stoppage time, pouncing on a rebound from a Ross Barkley shot. Jesus Navas slotted in the equaliser in the 76th minute, finishing confidently after latching on to a perfectly weighted throughball from Sergio Aguero. Yet there was to be one final twist in the tale as Lukaku met Gareth Barry's fine cross two minutes later.
  • Stoke City 0-1 Liverpool
    10/13 Stoke City 0-1 Liverpool: Ibe gives Reds vital advantage: Liverpool will head into the second leg of their League Cup semi-final tie against Stoke City with a slim advantage thanks to Jordon Ibe's first-half goal at the Britannia Stadium. Ibe's cool finish after Joe Allen had diverted Adam Lallana's cut-back into his path proved decisive for the eight-time winners in a match of few clear-cut opportunities. The only negative for Jurgen Klopp was the lengthening of an already problematic injury list, with Philippe Coutinho and Dejan Lovren both substituted due to hamstring complaints.
  • Lloyd named Women's Player of the Year
    11/13 Lloyd named Women's Player of the Year: World Cup-winning USA captain Carli Lloyd havs been named Women's Player of the Year at the Ballon d'Or ceremony in Zurich. Lloyd scored 10 international goals during the calendar year as she earned the Golden Ball in Canada World Cup and finished second to Ballon d'Or rival Celia Sasic to the Golden Boot, but triumphed.
  • Oscar Pistorius appeals against murder conviction
    12/13 Oscar Pistorius appeals against murder conviction: Oscar Pistorius' lawyers have filed papers with a South African court asking to be granted leave to appeal against his murder conviction. The disgraced sports star faces a minimum jail term of 15 years after the country's Supreme Court of Appeal overturned his original culpable homicide conviction and found him guilty of murder for shooting his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, at his home in Pretoria, South Africa in 2013.
  • Novak Djokovic beats Rafael Nadal at Qatar ExxonMobil Open
    13/13 Novak Djokovic beats Rafael Nadal at Qatar ExxonMobil Open: Finally, Novak Djokovic has won the Qatar Open after thrashing Rafael Nadal 6-1, 6-2 in the final.The ATP world number one needed just one hour and 13 minutes out on court to seal his most emphatic victory over Nadal. The win saw Djokovic move ahead of the Spaniard for the very first time in terms of head-to-heads: 24 wins to 23.