Barcelona’s midfielder Xavi Hernandez is set to announce his departure on Thursday. Photo: Getty Images

Barcelona captain Xavi Hernandez has announced he will join Qatari side Al-Sadd this summer, ending his 24-year run with the Catalan giants.The Spanis(...)

A camera operator films the La Liga match between Real Madrid CF and Valencia CF at the estadio Santiago Bernabeu on Saturday. The players union have called an indefinite strike on May 16th. (Photo by Denis Doyle/Getty Images)

A Spanish court could decide by Wednesday on the legality of a strike protesting against a new TV rights law called by the players’ union (AFE) whi(...)

Gareth Bale celebrates ending his goal drought against Levante. Rarely has a celebration caused such a fallout. Photograph: Juan Carlos Hidalgo/EPA

Rarely has a goal celebration been scrutinised so closely. Last Sunday, Real Madrid laboured to a 2-0 win over relegation-threatened Levante in La Lig(...)

Cristiano Ronaldo was filmed mouthing ’disgrace’ during Real Madrid’s defeat to Schalke. Photograph: Dani Pozodani/Getty Images

Two-goal Cristiano Ronaldo may have become the record scorer in European competition on Tuesday but the Real Madrid forward was left seething by anoth(...)

Lionel Messi celebrates scoring his second and Barcelona’s fourth goal with team-mate Luis Suarez  during the La Liga match against Rayo Vallecano  at Camp Nou. Photograph: David Ramos/Getty Images

Barcelona 6 Rayo Vallecano 1 Lionel Messi broke a Spanish hat-trick record and Luis Suarez struck twice as a rampant Barcelona took over top sp(...)

Real Madrid celebrate during the La Liga match between Elche FC and Real Madrid - manager Carlo Ancelotti forsees the league title being decided on the final match day. Photograph: Manuel Queimadelos Alonso/Getty Images

Real Madrid may have extended their lead over second-placed Barcelona at the top of La Liga to four points on Sunday but coach Carlo Ancelotti still (...)

Celtic’s coach Ronny Deila must take his side to the San Siro in February. Photograph: Antonio Bronic/Inpho

Celtic were handed a fearsome Europa League last-32 draw against Inter Milan while Liverpool will return to Istanbul, the scene of their memorable (...)

The crowd in the Attaturk Stadium in Istanbul  lights up after the floodlights failed during Tottenham’s  Europa League group C  match against  Besiktas. Photograph: Sedat Suna /EPA

Besiktas 1 Tottenham 0 First the lights went out at the Ataturk Olimpiyat Stadium and then on Tottenham’s hopes of topping their Europa League (...)

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 (...)

Lionel Messi of Barcelona celebrates after scoring one of his three against APOEL Nicosia in Cyprus. Photograph: EPA

Lionel Messi set a new Champions League scoring record with a hat-trick and Luis Suarez netted his first in Barcelona colours as the Spaniards compreh(...)