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Thursday 1 June 2023 Dublin: 11°C

# the best

This year
Lionel Messi in the running for top FIFA award along with four Premier League players
The 11 goal-of-the-season contenders for the FIFA Puskas Award have also been revealed.
All time
# top gong
France's Antoine Dupont named World Rugby player of the year
Meanwhile, England’s Zoe Aldcroft has won the women’s player of the year award.
# the best
Chelsea men and women heavily represented as nominees for Fifa awards announced
Two male players, four female players, and both Blues managers are up for their respective top prizes.
# Unpredictable
'We don't want an attack that's too tidy' - Farrell turns focus to the All Blacks
The Ireland head coach is keen for his team to be unpredictable.
# Family Business
If you have a younger sibling, they're probably better at sport than you are
Mark Williams explains how the ‘little sibling effect’ works.
# Pole Position
Lewandowski pips Messi and Ronaldo to win top Fifa men's award
Lucy Bronze took the women’s award, while there was also recognition for Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp.
# the best
Dundalk's Flores misses out on Puskas award
Jurgen Klopp and Marcelo Bielsa did make the shortlist for Coach of the Year.
# the best
No room for Neymar as Fifa name 10 Player of the Year contenders
Don’t worry, Kylian Mbappe, Mo Salah and Raphael Varane all made the cut this time.
# thick cut
Supermac's chips are better than McDonald’s chips and it’s time we all admitted it
One is globally famous, the other is 100% delish.
# the best
'There were many doubts, many campaigns against me from inside and outside football'
Cristiano Ronaldo has lashed out at what he claims is a media campaign against him.
# better than all the rest
Fifa introduces new 'The Best' football awards to rival Ballon d'Or
Fifa has launched ‘The Best’ football awards, with the gongs being handed out in January.
# the best
17 things that only make sense to cat people
Cat hair. Everywhere.
# the best
15 times Irish weddings went above and beyond in the name of craic
And that’s why they’re so good.
# sunday funday
Pizza is the ultimate hangover food and there should be no arguments
Let’s just enshrine this in law.
# westside
The New York Times spent a weekend in Galway and absolutely loved it
It may be Ireland’s “most charming city” apparently.
# westside
The New York Times spent a weekend in Galway and absolutely loved it
# the rings
11 struggles of being a best man
So much responsibility. And craic.
# the best
'I think Johnny Sexton is the in-form fly-half in the world' - Madigan
The Leinster man is playing second fiddle to Sexton at the moment with Ireland.
# the best
'Any day you get to play against the world champions is a good day' - Briggs
The Ireland captain is keen to restore pride at Ashbourne as England arrive.
# the best
Sturridge blows the Harry Kane away says Rodgers
The Liverpool striker is the best in England according to his boss.
# wide eyed
Definitive proof that everything is better with googly eyes
Prepare to be dazzled.