Madrid: Cristiano Ronaldo was the decisive figure for the second time in four days as he scored a hat-trick to lead Real Madrid to a 4-0 victory over Celta Vigo that put them in the quarter-finals of the King's Cup on Wednesday. The Portugal forward, runner-up to Lionel Messi in Monday's World Player of the Year awards, netted twice inside the first 25 minutes at the Bernabeu and sealed the victory near the end after Sergio Ramos had been sent off. Real's 5-2 aggregate win set up a meeting with Valencia next week.


Zurich: Lionel Messi won the 2012 FIFA World Player of the Year award for a record fourth-successive time after a record-breaking haul of 91 goals over 12 months.

Messi smashed Gerd Muller's 40-year-old record of 85 goals in a calendar year to beat his great rival Cristiano Ronaldo and Barcelona teammate Andres Iniesta to the accolade.

"To tell the truth this is really unbelievable to get this award, to get a fourth award, and the fourth-consecutive award," the 25-year-old winger said Monday in his acceptance speech.


Kolkata: Mohun Bagan would formally request the All India Football Federation to review its decision to impose a three-year suspension on the club for abandoning the Dec 9 I-League derby against arch-rivals East Bengal at the Salt Lake Stadium.

"We have decided that we will formally ask for a review," Mohun Bagan general secretary Anjan Mitra told IANS Sunday.

The letter would be sent to AIFF president Praful Patel by Monday.


New Delhi: The All India Football Federation (AIFF) Saturday banned Mohun Bagan from the I-League for two years for abandoning a match mid-way against East Bengal in Kolkata Dec 9.

The I-League core committee met here and endorsed the report submitted by the one-man committee of A.K.Ganguly, a retired Supreme Court Judge.


Madrid: Argentine striker Lionel Messi has extended his contract with Spanish football giants Barcelona till 2018.

Besides Messi, Xavi Hernandez and Carles Puyol have also renewed their contracts until 2016, Barcelona announced Tuesday, reports Xinhua.

Messi's renewal was surprising as his current contract runs till 2016. But Barcelona wanted to assure his continuity in the team till 2018.


Madrid: Real Madrid's German midfielder Mesut Ozil was vital as his side had to dig deep to win 3-2 away to a difficult Valladolid side in the Spanish Primera Liga.

Ozil scored his side's second goal just before the break and then curled home a pinpoint free kick with 18 minutes remaining to assure all three points, reports Xinhua.


Kolkata: Most of them have slowed down with age and lack their old fitness, but the Samba magic was all the more visible as they wove patterns with delicate dribbling and played a beautiful passing game. A host of former Brazilian world cup winners showcased their skills as they turned out in an exhibition match at the Salt Lake stadium here Saturday.


Madrid: Leo Messi was carried off the pitch as Barcelona drew goalless at home to Benfica in the Champions League football.

The Argentinean striker, who is just one goal short off the record of Gerd Muller of scoring 85 goals in a calendar year, had to be stretchered off the pitch with eight minutes remaining Wednesday night after appearing to damage his left knee in a clash with Benfica goalkeeper Artur.


Madrid: Lionel Messi moved one goal short of Gerd Mueller’s calendar-year record as Barcelona beat Athletic Bilbao 5-1 at the Camp Nou to stay top of La Liga.

Goals from Gerard Pique, Messi and Adriano Correia put Barca 3-0 up at the break, with Messi’s second-half strike putting him on 84 goals in all competitions for 2012.

Former Germany star Mueller holds the record for his 85 in 1972, and while Messi is near certain to break it before the Christmas break, his first goal may be given as an own-goal, although it was his at the time of writing.


Madrid: Goals from Cristiano Ronaldo and Mesut Ozil saw Real Madrid defeat neighbours Atletico 2-0 in the city derby in the Spanish football league, La Liga.

It is the 24th consecutive match in which Atletico have failed to defeat their neighbours, a run stretching back to 1999 and Diego Simeone's side partly had themselves to blame for the defeat as they abandoned the footballing principals which have seen them perform so well this season and try and attempt to muscle Real Madrid out of the game, reports Xinhua.