Lionel Messi is unable to hit the target with this effort during Barcelona’s 2-0 win over Valencia.  Photo: Getty Images

Barcelona’s Lionel Messi hit his 400th career goal for the La Liga leaders deep into stoppage time to seal a 2-0 win over a Valencia side that will ru(...)

Retired tennis player Li Na was one of the most popular winners in Shanghai, picking up the exceptional achievement award. Photograph: Feng Li/Getty Images for Laureus

Security was tight around the landmark Grand Theatre building on the north side of People’s Square in downtown Shanghai, as some of the biggest names (...)

Real Madrid’s Welsh forward Gareth Bale celebrates his goal with Cristiano Ronaldo and Karim Benzema during the 9-1 win over Granada FC at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium. Photp: gerard Julien/AFP

Real Madrid winger Gareth Bale has a foot problem and could miss Wednesday’s La Liga game at Rayo Vallecano when Real will look to keep up the pressur(...)

 Luis Suarez scores Barcelona’s second. (Photograph: b David Ramos/Getty Images)

A stunning goal from Luis Suarez handed Barcelona a crucial victory as Luis Enrique’s side established a four-point lead over their bitter rivals at (...)

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 (...)

Real Madrid’s Portuguese striker Cristiano Ronaldo held his birthday party after 4-0 loss against Atletico Madrid during their Spanish Primera Division league soccer match. Photograph: Javier Lizon/EPA

Cristiano Ronaldo’s agent has defended the FIFA Ballon d’Or winner after he was criticised for throwing a lavish 30th birthday party on Saturday hours(...)

 Cristiano Ronaldo (right) of Real Madrid after  Atletico  Madrid scored their third goal  at Vicente Calderon Stadium. Photograph:  Denis Doyle/Getty Images

Atletico Madrid tore apart city rivals Real Madrid 4-0 at home to open up the La Liga title race on Saturday in a triumph crowned by a spectacular ov(...)

In-form Neymar is challenged by Villarreal’s Sergio Asenjo. Photograph: David Ramos/Getty Images

Lionel Messi struck the winner for Barcelona as they twice came from behind to beat Villarreal 3-2 at home and move a point behind leaders Real Madrid(...)