We start the daily review with a Golden Ball award – Lionel Messi won the trophy for the fifth time in his career!
Lionel Messi got 41.33% of the votes, Cristiano Ronaldo finished second with 27.76%, while Neymar finished third with 7.86% of the votes. This was Messi’s fifth title, while his biggest rival Ronaldo won three. It is interesting that they were the only two people to win this award each of the previous eight years!
The best eleven players in 2015 were: Manuel Neuer, Thiago Silva, Marcelo, Sergio Ramos, Dani Alves, Andres Iniesta, Luka Modric, Paul Pogba, Lionel Messi, Neymar and Cristiano Ronaldo.
Barcelona coach Luis Enrique is the best football coach for 2015. He won 31.08% of the votes, in front of Bayern Munich coach Pep Guardiola who won 22.97% of the votes and Chilean national team coach Jorge Sampaoli, who won 9.47% of the votes.
Brazilian Wendell Lira won the “Ferenc Puskas” award for the most beautiful goal in 2015. He scored a beautiful bicycle kick while playing for Goianesia against city rival Atletico. Alessandro Florenzi, who lobbed Barcelona’s goalkeeper from his own half and Lionel Messi, who dribbled past the almost entire Athletic Bilbao team, came second and third respectively.
Although his wife Ilari Blasi hinted Francesco Totti will retire at the end of the season, British media suggests that Totti will play for two more years.
Although British media suggested that Alexandre Pato will transfer to Liverpool this January, Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp denied that.
Late last night in NBA nine matches were played: Los Angeles Clippers defeated New Orleans Pelicans by 114:111 after extra time, Minnesota Timberwolves lost at home against Dallas Mavericks by 93:87, Memphis Grizzlies defeated Boston Celtics by 101:98, Philadelphia 76ers lost at home against Cleveland Cavaliers by 95:85, Houston Rockets defeated Indiana Pacers by 107:103 after extra time, New York Knicks defeated Milwaukee Bucks by 100:88, Denver Nuggets defeated Charlotte Hornets by 95:92, Portland Trail Blazers defeated Oklahoma City Thunder by 115:110 and Los Angeles Lakers lost at home against Utah Jazz by 86:74.
In NFL playoffs, one match was finished late last night. Washington Redskins lost at home against Green Bay Packers by 35:18.
At the European water polo championship for men four matches were played today. Romania defeated Georgia by 12:6, Russia defeated Turkey by 17:8, Italy defeated Germany by 16:5 and the match between Hungary and Greece ended as a draw, 8:8.
At the European water polo championship for women three matches were played today. Spain defeated Croatia by 29:3, Italy defeated France by 10:3 and Germany defeated Serbia by 14:13.