After securing his 23rd title with Barcelona by helping them win the Copa del Rey, Dani Alves has claimed he is more successful than Pele. The legendary forward - who won three World Cups in his career - might have something to say about that...
There were lots of tears as Cristiano Ronaldo scooped the Ballon d'Or for the second time in his career on Monday evening.
The Real Madrid forward batted away stiff competition from treble-winning Bayern Munich star Franck Ribery and Barcelona talisman Lionel Messi, who has already won the prize four times.
"First of all I have to say a great thanks to all of my team-mates with the club and the national team," said an overjoyed Ronaldo.
"Without all of their efforts this would not have been possible. I am very happy, it is very difficult to win this award.
"Everybody that has been involved with me on a personal level I have to thank. My wife, my friends, my son. It is a tremendously emotional moment. All I can say is thank you to everybody that has been involved."
Barcelona star Lionel Messi never seems to tire of breaking records.
The Argentine re-wrote footballing history again on Sunday when his double against Mallorca took his tally for the calendar year to 76 goals in just 59 appearances, beating Pele’s record of 75.
However, Messi is still behind Gerd Muller - who netted 85 times for Bayern Munich and West Germany in just 60 games in 1972 - although having left Pele behind, the Barcelona man now has his next target clearly in sight.
far, so banal. While widely regarded as one of the greatest to have
ever played the game, the 71-year-old has also earned a reputation for
quirky sound bites and dubious predictions.
It is only a matter of time before he refers to himself in the third
person, calls out Diego Maradona and predicts the USA to be the next
superpowers in world football - although the 140 character limit might
prove to be a bit of a hindrance.
The bitter feud between Diego Maradona and Pele only continues to escalate, and judging by the Argentine's latest comments,
which include branding his arch rival a mere puppet to the Fifa family,
before accusing him of being absent from civilisation for the past 20
years, it seems a reconciliation will never see the light of day.