Lionel Messi (left) of FC Barcelona scores his team’s first goal past Salvatore Sirigu (centre) and David Luiz of Paris Saint-Germain FC  at Camp Nou Stadium. Photograph:  David Ramos/Getty Images

Neymar scored a spectacular goal as Barcelona came from behind to beat Paris St Germain 3-1 in their Champions League showdown for top spot in Group (...)

Stephanie Roche has made it to a shortlist of three for the Fifa Puskás Award for the best goal of the year with Robin van persie and James Rodriguez. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Ireland’s Stephanie Roche has been shortlisted for Fifa’s Goal of the Year award alongside Colombia’s James Rodriguez and Robin van Persie of the N(...)

  Luis Suárez of Barcelona did not make hte 23-man Ballon d’Or list. Photograph:  Denis Doyle/Getty Images

Barcelona striker Luis Suárez has been omitted from Fifa’s 23-man list of contenders for the Ballon d’Or award.The list, which will be whittled down t(...)

Zlatan Ibrahimovic celebrates scoring his third goal during the friendly between Sweden and England in November 2012. Photograph: Michael Regan/Getty Images

On his birthday, an October day so gorgeous it seems as if summer might never end on the outskirts of Paris, Zlatan Ibrahimovic remains as defiant as (...)

Paris St Germain’s Zlatan Ibrahimovic  during the team’s Champions League game against Ajax in Amsterdam . Photograph: Toussaint Kluiters/Reuters

Paris St Germain coach Laurent Blanc today admitted his team’s frailty when deprived of injured Zlatan Ibrahimovic, saying they will be meeting thei(...)

Sergio Ramos of Real Madrid celebrates scoring against Real Valladolid during the La Liga match  at Estadio Jose Zorilla  in Valladolid. Photograph: Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno/Getty Images

European round-up: Real Madrid’s La Liga title challenge was left hanging by a thread after a late Humberto Osorio header earned Real Valladolid a 1-1(...)

PSG’s Zlatan Ibrahimovic is relishing the prospect of facing his old boss Jose Mourinho.

Jose Mourinho has brought Chelsea to Parc des Princes before, though as he glanced down the p(...)

Bayer Leverkusen’s Philipp Wollscheid (right) faces  up to PSG’s Zlatan Ibrahimovic   at the Parc de Princes Stadium. Photograph: Federico Gambarini/EPA

PSG 2 Bayer Leverkusen 1 (PSG win 6-1 on aggregate) Paris St Germain(...)

Radamel Falcao could be a target for Chelsea.  Photograph:  Jasper Juinen/Getty Images

Jose Mourinho has reacted angrily after reports emerged in France of the Chelsea manager making disparaging remarks, delivered in what he appar(...)

Sweden captain Zlatan Ibrahimovic takes off the armband after defeat to Portugal on Tuesday night.  Photograph: Erik Martensson/EPA

Sweden striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic has claimed the World Cup will not be worth watching without him after his side lost to Portugal in Tuesday night’s (...)