Lionel Messi throws his jersey to the crowd as he celebrates his team’s win over Ecuador. Photograph: Getty Images

Uruguay, Argentina and Colombia qualified for next year’s World Cup on Tuesday after a dramatic last round of South American matches that also saw Per(...)

Neymar scores for Barcelona during the Celtic’s 7-0 defeat at the Camp Nou in September 2016. It was a night that raised questions about the entire competition and the role of clubs such as Celtic in it. Photograph: Alberto Estevez/EPA

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 Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo look on as Stephanie Roche arrives for the 2014 Fifa Ballon d’Or Gala. Photograph:  Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images

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James Rodríguez has joined Bayern Munich on a two-year loan deal from Real Madrid. Photograph: Aitor Alcalde/Getty

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Real Madrid’s French coach Zinedine Zidane sits at the Madrid Community headquarters during a celeration of their La Liga success. Photograph: Getty Images

For a moment there Marcelo looked a bit worried. Danilo, Casemiro and Lucas Vázquez bundled back out of the press room a little less noisily than they(...)

Real Madrid  head coach Zinedine Zidane:  “Nobody feels like champions, we have to continue until the last minute of the last game. We haven’t won anything and we will not relax.” Photograph: Chema Moya/EPA

Zinedine Zidane insisted his Real Madrid stars don’t feel like champions yet, as his side close in on a potential double. A victory against Celta Vig(...)

Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane:  “Atlético never give in, they keep fighting and they know what their strengths are.” Photograph:  Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno/Getty Images

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Lionel Messi celebrates his late winner with the travelling Barcelona fans. Photograph: Getty Images

Lionel Messi had a black eye, a bloody mouth and his Barcelona shirt in his hands. The board had gone up signalling two minutes left in the clásico: n(...)

Cristiano Ronaldo of Real Madrid in action against Napoli at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu. Photograph: Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno/Getty Images

Real Madrid 3 Napoli 1 It was fun and there is more to come. Ninety minutes, four goals, more chances and an important lead for Real Madrid to take t(...)

Real Madrid’s players celebrate the opening goal against Granada scored by Isco during the La Liga clash at the Santiago Bernabeu. Photo: EPA

Real Madrid 5 Granada 0 Real Madrid equalled Barcelona’s Spanish record of 39 games unbeaten in all competitions with a comfortable 5-0 LaLiga vict(...)