The three nominees for Uefa’s Best Player award  2015, runner-up Barcelona’s Luis Suarez, winner Lionel Messi and Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo. Photograph: Eric Gaillard/Reuters

On the pitch, his side’s most important victories last season were sometimes delivered by the slimmest of margins but Lionel Messi’s victory over riv(...)

England fans sing their national anthem before the friendly match with the Republic of Ireland at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Stu Forster/Getty Images

It’s not often we have England for Sunday lunch, but happily the visitors to the Afifa were impeccably behaved this time, apart from those moments whe(...)

Barcelona’s Luis Suarez  scores  to put his side 2-1 up against Juventus in the Champions League final  at Olympiastadion in Berlin. Photo: Marcus Brandt/EPA

Barcelona 3 Juventus 1 Luis Suarez made it a perfect ending to Barcelona’s astonishing season with the Champions League final winner against Ju(...)

‘The world of football has possibly never known a man to distribute the ball like Xavi Hernández (L). Arguably only Andrea Pirlo (R) in the modern game can rival him in being so niggardly with possession.’ Photographs: Reuters and EPA.

Someone calculated that the gematria values – where a numerical value is assigned to a letter – of Xavi (56) and pass (55) and they are almost iden(...)

The Olympic Stadium in Berlin, where Barcelona will seek their fifth European Cup and Juventus their third. Photograph: Michael Sohn/AP

Is there a word for an anti-climax that happens before the actual event? Whatever that word is, it might in future make a snappier title for the so(...)

Barcelona remain on course for the treble after they beat Atletic Bilbao 3-1 in the Copa del Rey final. Photograph: Afp

Athletic Bilbao 1 Barcelona 3 Lionel Messi scored another wonder goal as Barcelona moved a step closer to completing the treble on Saturday nig(...)

José Mourinho says club’s needs are more important than the player’s desire. Photograph: John Walton/PA Wire.

José Mourinho would block Petr Cech from moving to a rival Premier League club, if the decision were up to him. The Chelsea manager said he would ide(...)

Neymar  scores Barcelona’s opening goal past Espanyol’s goalkeeper Kiko Casilla during the Spanish first division match at Power8 Stadium in Barcelona. Photo: Albert Gea/Reuters

Espanyol 0 Barcelona 2Neymar scored the opener to continue his rich vein of form as Barcelona won a one-sided La Liga derby against Espanyol 2-0 despi(...)

Barcelona forward Neymar  scores his second goal during the Champions League quarter-final second leg against  Paris Saint-Germain at the Nou  Camp. Photo: Josep Lago/AFP/Getty Images

Barcelona 2 PSG 0 (Barcelona win 5-1 on agg)Barcelona are in the semi-final of the Champions League for the sixth time in seven years. For Paris Saint(...)

Neymar gave Barcelona the lead in their 3-1 win away at PSG in the Champions League quarter-finals. Photograph: Reuters

Paris Saint-Germain 1 Barcelona 3Barcelona’s claim on this competition can feel irresistible on nights such as this. The Catalans prospered here where(...)