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Sunday, Jan. 8, 2012

Ronaldo won't attend FIFA gala


MADRID — FIFA Player of the Year candidate Cristiano Ronaldo and coach Jose Mourinho will skip Monday's awards gala because of team commitments, Real Madrid said Friday.

Neither Portuguese nominee nor players Iker Casillas and Sergio Ramos will be in Zurich because the team is traveling to Malaga for the return leg of their Copa del Rey series on Tuesday. Former Madrid players Zinedine Zidane and Emilio Butragueno will represent the Spanish club.

Ronaldo, who won the award in 2008, is up against Barcelona pair Lionel Messi and Xavi Hernandez for the individual prize after scoring 53 goals last season.

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