FIFA’s ‘Best’ snubbed by world’s best Barca. Ronaldo pockets another prize

Ronaldo and Infantino

By Andrew Warshaw in Zurich

January 9 – As widely anticipated, Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo was duly crowned FIFA’s World Best player at a no-expense-spared gala in Zurich on Monday but the glittering awards ceremony – rival to the Ballon d’Or from which FIFA recently disassociated itself – was marred by a fierce attack on Barcelona for snubbing the world governing body’s inaugural showpiece event.

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World Cup shake-up plans: 48 teams and North and South America qualifiers merged

world cup

By Andrew Warshaw in Zurich

January 9 – As FIFA moves closer towards a landmark decision to expand the World Cup finals from 2026, saying the idea has the support of a vast majority of its national federations, the head of one South American association has revealed FIFA president Gianni Infantino is backing an equally ground-breaking and somewhat controversial move to merge the CONCACAF and CONMEBOL qualifiers.

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