Kylian Mbappe   scores to put France 3-2 ahead during the last 16 victory over Argentina in Kazan. Photograph: Sergey Dolzhenko/EPA

France 4 Argentina 3 This was surely no way for a player with a serious claim to being the best on the planet to exit the international game’s great(...)

Argentina’s Marcos Rojo celebrates scoring their second goal with Lionel Messi during the 2018 World Cup Group D clash in St Petersburg. Photo: Henry Romero/Reuters

Nigeria 1 Argentina 2 And so, when it came to it, when it seemed that all was lost, Argentina’s hero appeared. His name, this time, was Marcos Rojo. (...)

Argentina legend Diego Maradona watched his team lose to Croatia. Photograph: Getty Images

It never looked certain for Argentina. There were always questions left to answer but obscured by the euphoria, anxiety and demands of their country, (...)

“Messi is two, three players at once,” Javier Mascherano once said. Above, Lionel Messi of Argentina. Photograph: Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images

“Whenever I have trouble sleeping, I find Messi’s goals on YouTube and watch them on a loop,” the acclaimed Argentinian film-maker Lucrecia Martel sai(...)

Alexis Sanchez pictured during his time with Barcelona. Photograph: Lluis Gene/AFP/Getty Images

Alexis Sanchez’s agent has confirmed the Manchester United striker has accepted a prison sentence for tax fraud, but has described the agreement as “e(...)

New Barcelona signing Philippe Coutinho poses for a picture with a group of mascots at the Camp Nou in Barcelona, Spain. Photograph: David Ramos/Getty Images

Philippe Coutinho was given the full treatment: laid out on the stretcher, name of the club’s official medical supplier splashed on the boards behind(...)

Barcelona present new signing   Philippe Coutinho. “If Liverpool were prepared to pay their best players more than €20 million a year, as Barcelona and Real Madrid do, then they would find their stars suddenly become resistant to the lure.” Photograph: Albert Gea/Reuters

Everyone knew Philippe Coutinho was going to Barcelona sooner or later. Typically, Steven Gerrard was already getting depressed about it nearly three (...)

Barcelona’s new Brazilian midfielder poses for a picture with a Catalan flag and a Barcelona flag. Photograph: Getty Images

Barcelona 3 Levante 0 Lionel Messi marked his 400th LaLiga appearance with an early goal as leaders Barcelona beat Levante 3-0 at the Nou Camp to res(...)

Paulinho celebrates scoring Barcelona’s third against Leganes. Photograph: Denis Doyle/Getty

Barcelona striker Luis Suarez snapped a goal drought spanning five games by scoring twice in his side’s 3-0 win over Leganes on Saturday to take the C(...)

José Mourinho leaves the examining magistrate’s court number 4 in Madrid. Photo: EPA

José Mourinho declared the case brought against him for alleged tax fraud to be closed after he accepted the arguments put forward by Spain’s Inland R(...)

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