ICYMI – Rihanna and Messi receive historic honors, from Barbados to Paris
2021 has proved to be a momentous year for Lionel Messi, who claimed his record-extending Ballon D’or last week. The award came months after the super-star athlete left his boyhood club Barcelona after 21 years to join Paris St. Germain. “It doesn’t matter to me if I’m the best or not. And I’ve never tried to be the best either.” Another household name to claim the headlines last week was singer Rihanna, who was declared a national hero in her home-nation of Barbados. The announcement was made amid the celebration of Barbados being forged as a new republic, severing its last remaining colonial bonds nearly 400 years after the first English ships arrived on the Caribbean island.
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Messi claims record-extending seventh Ballon d’Or
The forward added to his 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2015 and 2019 trophies after winning the Copa America for the first time with Argentinian national team last July.
Barbados declares Rihanna a national hero
Barbados declared hit singer Rihanna a national hero during its celebration of becoming a new republic in her hometown of Bridgetown.
Russia starts regular winter military drills in region bordering Ukraine
Russia said it had started regular winter military drills in its southern military district, parts of which border Ukraine, and that 10,000 troops had relocated to training grounds across the huge area.