Croatia’s Luka Modric wins 2018 Ballon d’Or

Croatia’s Luka Modric wins 2018 Ballon d’Or, football’s most coveted award, having helped take his country to the World Cup final and helping his club, the Real side, retain their Champions League crown for the second year running.

Croatia’s Luka Modric on the red carpet at the Ballon d’Or

Croatia’s Luka Modric arrives on the red carpet at the 2018 Ballon d’Or ceremony. Modric is one of the favourites to win football’s most coveted award, having helped take his country to the World Cup final before being beaten by France in Moscow. The 33-year-old was also brilliant in the Real side that retained their Champions League crown for the second year running, and the Spanish club would love to see him succeed 2016 and 2017 winner Ronaldo, who has since left the Bernabeu for Juventus. IMAGES

Mbappe: Ronaldo, Messi still best but won’t win Ballon d’Or

“I don’t think one of them will win the Ballon d’or this year, because as I said, it was a World Cup year,” says PSG star Kylian Mbappé on the chances of either Messi or Ronaldo winning the award. But “no one does better” than them, he insisted during an interview with AFP.

France World Cup hero Mbappe returns to hometown of Bondy

France World Cup hero Kylian Mbappe returns to his hometown of Bondy just outside Paris for the first time since the team’s victory in Russia. IMAGES

French kids flock to football schools after World Cup win

“All summer all I heard about was football,” says one mother whose son is part of a boom in sign-ups for football schools after France’s World Cup victory in July. At the Red Star school in Jeumont, teachers are grateful for the interest and hope it lasts beyond the ‘Bleus’ summer buzz.

Brainhackers & Fall Of Rio (Trailer) | VICE on HBO

Advancements in neurotechnology are blurring the line between biology and technology. There is an emerging push to implant electronic devices inside the human body, hardwire them to our brains, and allow us to not only overcome disadvantages or injury, but open up entirely new avenues of human experience. VICE News’ Thomas Morton gets an inside look at what might be the next evolutionary step for humankind. Then…

“Pacification” in Rio, carried out ahead of the 2012 World Cup and 2016 Olympics, was meant to spread the affluence and security of the city’s wealthy, mostly white neighborhoods to the poor, mostly black favelas. But with those events gone, Brazil is in a financial crisis, its government consumed with a monumental corruption scandal and violence is rising again as drug trafficking gangs fight for control. VICE News’ Ben Anderson returns to Rio to see what happened.

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France fans finally able to buy new team jerseys

One month after France’s World Cup victory, fans are finally able to get their hands on the team’s new jerseys featuring two stars.

Wait continues for France fans looking to buy new jerseys

France fans hoping to buy their team’s new jerseys at the Nike store on the Champs-Elysees in Paris are sorely disappointed: the shirts sporting two stars for the team’s two World Cup victories are nowhere to be seen.

Pakistan marks 71st anniversary, looks ahead to new PM

Pakistan celebrates Independence Day, marking 71 years since the end of British Raj rule in India, ahead of the inauguration of a new prime minister after World Cup cricket hero Imran Khan’s party emerged victorious in recent elections.