Messi wins a fourth straight Ballon d'Or

LIONEL MESSI has won the Ballon d’Or for a record fourth season in a row after justifying long odds-on favouritism to beat Andres Iniesta and Cristiano Ronaldo to the award at a glitzy ceremony in Zurich.

Messi scored 91 goals in 2012 which helped him to the Ballon d’Or and Spain’s Vicente del Bosque edged out Jose Mourinho and Pep Guardiola to the Fifa Coach of the Year following Spain’s success at Euro 2012.

Meanwhile, Guardiola has said he intends to return to football next season and Paddy Power make Bayern Munich 15-8 favourites to take on the former Barca boss with Chelsea at 11-4.

Manchester City are 5-1 in the market for Guardiola’s next club, Manchester United come next at 6-1 and it’s 12-1 bar those four teams.

Match in Focus

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Germany v Finland

Home Win Draw Away Win
Key stats
  • Finland have scored just three goals in their last eight games
Expert verdict
Germany kept clean sheets in three of their five matches in Euro 2016 but they don’t have a great track record of shutouts against Finland. The Scandinavians have scored against their illustrious hosts in four of their five meetings since 2000. That said, the current Finnish outfit are without a win in eight games and haven’t scored in five of their last six outings.

 

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