PARIS, Dec 4: Real Madrid’s Croatia midfielder Luka Modric was named winner of the 2018 Ballon d’Or on Monday, breaking Cristiano Ronaldo’s and Lionel Messi’s decade-long hold on the prestigious award.

LONDON, Feb 10: Former Ireland international Liam Miller has died at the age of 36 after suffering with cancer.

Ajax Amsterdam midfielder Abdelhak Nouri is out of danger but "kept asleep" in hospital after collapsing during a pre-season friendly against Werder Bremen in Austria, his club said on Sunday.

Swansea City have signed midfielder Roque Mesa from La Liga side Las Palmas in a four-year deal for a fee of 11 million pounds ($14.25 million), the Premier League club said on Thursday.

Brazil defensive midfielder Luiz Gustavo has joined France's Olympique Marseille with immediate effect after four years at VfL Wolfsburg, the clubs said on Tuesday.

Former England and Fulham midfielder Scott Parker has announced his retirement from professional football at the age of 36.

Brazil international midfielder Philippe Coutinho has extended his contract with Liverpool, the Premier League side said on its website ( on Wednesday.

Germany midfielder Julian Draxler has joined Paris St Germain on a four-and-a-half year contract from VfL Wolfsburg, the French champions said on Tuesday.

PRAGUE, Aug 30: After 15 years at Borussia Dortmund and Arsenal, Czech playmaker Tomas Rosicky is returning to his former club Sparta Prague.

BURNLEY, Aug 16: Burnley has completed the signing of Belgium midfielder Steven Defour from Belgian side Anderlecht for a club record fee.

BARCELONA, July 22: Barcelona has signed Portugal midfielder Andre Gomes after securing his transfer from rival Spanish club Valencia.

MADRID, July 20: Atletico Madrid has presented Argentina midfielder Nicolas Gaitan a month after securing his transfer from Benfica.

MADRID, June 17: Atletico Madrid says it has reached a deal with Benfica to sign Argentina midfielder Nicolas Gaitan.