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Lionel Messi leaves the field after being shown a red card during the Spanish Super Cup final against Athletic Bilbao. Photograph: David Ramos/Getty Images

Exactly 90 seconds before the act of violence that will earn Lionel Messi his first red card for Barcelona, he’s standing just inside the halfway lin(...)

  Liverpool   defender Virgil van Dijk’s absence is causing his side to crumble. Photograph:   Catherine Ivill/POOL/AFP via Getty Images

Over the years, successive generations of Liverpool and Manchester United players have played out an almost unbroken series of appalling matches betwe(...)

Paris Saint-Germain’s new  manager Mauricio Pochettino leaving  a training session in the west of Paris on January 5th. Photograph: Bertrand Guay/AFP via Getty Images

Mauricio Pochettino has left open the possibility of Lionel Messi joining him at Paris Saint-Germain by saying “any big player in the world is welcome(...)

Celtic manager Neil Lennon during the Scottish Premier League match against Ross County at Celtic Park, Glasgow on Sunday. Photograph: Jeff Holmes/PA Wire

Celtic will investigate protests outside Parkhead after revealing some players had been left “shaken” after being targeted by missiles from their own (...)

Dublin manager Dessie Farrell at the AFL Division 1 game between Dublin and Kerry  in Croke Park on January 25th. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Most people are expecting Dublin to comfortably deal with Westmeath on Saturday, and for neutrals it may not be the most exciting prospect. But I’ve b(...)

Barcelona’s Argentine forward Lionel Messi during their Spanish League match against Getafe on October 17th. Photograph: Gabriel Bouys/AFP via Getty Images

Barcelona defender Gerard Piqué has torn into the club over their handling of the Lionel Messi contract situation, which resulted in the forward attem(...)

Lionel Messi after the 8-2 Champions League loss to Bayern Munch. ‘I would never go to court against Barca because it is the club that I love.’ Photograph: Manu Fernandez/Pool via Getty Images

Lionel Messi has confirmed he will remain at Barcelona for another season having previously stated his intention to leave the club on a free transfer.(...)

A child in a Lionel Messi jersey sits outside Barcelona’s Ciutat Esportiva Joan Gamper in Sant Joan Despi waiting for the arrival of players to undergo a medical test for Covid-19. Photograph: Pau Barrena/Getty/AFP

The Spanish league has insisted that Lionel Messi remains under contract at Barcelona, just hours after he failed to turn up for a pre-season medical (...)

Even if Messi comes to lament leaving – and on some level he knows it is guaranteed that he will. Even then, this is a stain that will not go. Photograph: Getty

The end is getting nearer, Lionel Messi said the night he collected his sixth Ballon d’Or. It was hard enough for Barcelona fans to accept then; it is(...)

Lionel Messi has reportedly told Barcelona he wants to leave the club on a free transfer. Photograph: Manu Fernandez/Getty/AFP

Lionel Messi has told Barcelona that he wants to leave the club immediately – and on a free transfer. The Argentinian, who according to RAC1 radio had(...)

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