Messi's departure, even his unhappiness, would give Madrid an opening, not only to win La Liga again but to establish their own period of supremacy in...
"As a kid we all have dreams. My dream was to play for a big club and win important trophies."
Ronaldo and Messi have dominated the award for the last decade, claiming it five times each.
His success means Cristiano Ronaldo remains tied with Lionel Messi having won FIFA's award in different guises five times each
It is the end of the road for Russia, who are beaten 4-3 on penalties by Croatia.
Denmark remain in pole position to join France in qualifying from Group C as they drew 1-1 with Australia.
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