Barcelona’s Argentinian forward Lionel Messi celebrates a goal during the Spanish Copa del Rey semi-final against Valencia. Photograph: Getty Images

Lionel Messi has been named La Liga player of the month for January, the first time he has won the award. The award has been given out since the begi(...)

Barcelona’s Luis Suarez  celebrates scoring his team’s second goal during the La Liga match against  Levante at Ciutat de Valencia. Photograph:  Manuel Queimadelos Alonso/Getty Images

Levante 0 Barcelona 2 Luis Suarez scored his 36th goal of the season Barcelona won at Levante in a lunchtime kick-off to regain their three-point lea(...)

Chelsea’s Eden Hazard was the most fouled players in the English Premier League last season. Photograph: Catherine Mill/Getty Images.

The text message was sent in the aftermath of a parting of the ways, and it was meant as an apology. Eden Hazard had been receiving treatment for tha(...)

Valencia coach Gary Neville on the sidelines  during the Copa del Rey semi-final first leg against Barcelona  at Camp Nou. Photograph: Alejandro Garcia/EPA

Barcelona 7 Valencia 0 Gary Neville insisted that he had no intention of resigning as Valencia manager after his side was hammered 7-0 at Camp Nou by(...)

Real Madrid reportedly had three approaches for Barcelona’s Lionel Messi turned down. Photograph: Getty

Real Madrid have tried three times in the last five years to sign Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi, according to a report in Spain. The ‘Partido de l(...)

Lionel Messi’s acrobatic goal gave Barcelona a 2-1 win away at Malaga. Photograph: Reuters

Malaga 1 Barcelona 2 Barcelona leapfrogged Atletico Madrid to go top of La Liga after Lionel Messi’s acrobatic volley secured a hard-fought 2-1 vict(...)

  Lionel Messi waves holding his trophy after receiving the 2015 Fifa Ballon d’Or award  at the Kongresshaus in Zurich. Photograph: Fabrice Coffrini/AFP/Getty Images

Lionel Messi carries home another Ballon d’Or, as if we needed another reminder about his majesty. Great is a word that can be overused in sport but i(...)

 Barcelona’s coach Luis Enrique  poses next to Espanyol’s Romanian Constantin Galca  at Cornella-El Prat stadium in Barcelona ahead of their Copa del Rey   second leg match. Photograph:   Alejandro Garcia/EPA

Barcelona coach Luis Enrique is looking to his all-star cast of forwards in the January transfer window. Barca have one of the most potent forward li(...)

Barcelona’s Lionel Messi speaks to the audience after receiving the Ballon d’Or from acting Fifa president Issa Hayatou during the Fifa Ballon d’Or Gala 2015 at the Kongresshaus in Zurich. Photograph: Matthias Hangst/Getty Images

Even Fifa gets it right sometimes. In front of the usual Zurich crowd of power brokers, buffet-lurkers, desiccated legends and appallingly-tuxedoed s(...)

Robbie Keane voted for Cristiano Ronaldo to win the Ball d’Or ahead of Lionel Messi. Photo: Denis Doyle/Getty Images

Robbie Keane voted for Cristiano Ronaldo ahead of Lionel Messi in the Ballon d’Or vote with Neymar third on the Dubliner’s ballot paper. Martin O’Neil(...)