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Ronaldo Finishes 6th In Ballon d’Or Voting, Doesn’t Attend Ceremony And Still Steals The Show

Lionel Messi edged Robert Lewandowski for the men’s 2021 Ballon d’Or, the Argentine’s record-extending seventh trophy as the best men’s player in the world. But Cristiano Ronaldo, who didn’t even attend the award show in Paris, still managed to make it all about him.

Messi, who this year helped Argentina win the 2021 Copa América and Barcelona win the Copa del Rey (lol), was also named the world’s best men’s player in 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2015 and 2019. 

The Highest Highs And Lowest Lows Of Solskjaer’s Time Behind The Wheel

Manchester United sacked manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer on Sunday, a day after a fifth defeat in seven Premier League games left the Old Trafford club seventh in the standings.

Following is a fact-box on the highs and lows of the Norwegian's time at the club:

HIGHS

Dec. 19, 2018

Appointed United's caretaker manager to replace José Mourinho for the rest of the season, marking a return to the club where he won six league titles and the Champions League as a player.

Medical Emergency In Stands Halts Play Between Newcastle And Tottenham

Newcastle United’s first match since the sale of the club to a Saudi Arabian-backed consortium was brought to a halt in the 41st minute after players, referee and medical teams quickly responded to an emergency in the stands at St. James’ Park.

Callum Wilson had given Newcastle a second-minute lead, only for Tanguy Ndombele and Harry Kane to reply for Tottenham by the 22nd. 

In the 41st, it became apparent that something was wrong when Spurs defender Sergio Reguilón could be seen trying to get referee Andre Marriner’s attention.    

24-Year-Old Ohioan Erik Palmer-Brown Completes Loan Move To Ligue 1 Side Troyes

Erik Palmer-Brown's latest loan move has been confirmed. The 24-year old will spend the 2021/22 campaign on loan with Troyes in Ligue 1. 

The USMNT center back has been shipped around the continent on loan since joining Manchester City's U23 side back in 2018, first joining Belgium's Kortrijk before spending a season in Holland with NAC Breda. He made 18 appearances for the Eredivisie side before moving on to Austria for the the 2019 season with FK Austria Vienna. The Violets liked what they saw in Palmer-Brown and brought him back for another season.

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