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Barcelona’s  Sergio Busquets slides in to tackle Atletico Madrid’s  Rodri    during the La Liga game at the  Nou Camp at the weekend. Photograph: Pau Barrena/AFP/Getty Images

The last time Manchester United and Barcelona met it ended with a plea for mercy. There were 10 minutes left in the 2011 European Cup final when Wayne(...)

FC Barcelona’s Lionel Messi  reserves the “first minutes” of each match for interpretation, says coach Ernesto Valverde, ignoring the ball and taking a reconnaissance walk around the opposition defence, fixing each man’s position in his head before trying to capitalise later in the game on perceived weaknesses.  Photograph: Rodrigo Jimenez?EPA

A little man in a baseball cap, sitting high in his luxury crossover SUV, drives into the players’ parking lot at FC Barcelona’s closed training groun(...)

Real Madrid’s Gareth Bale shrugs off teammate Lucas Vazquez after scoring in their LaLiga win over Levante on Sunday. Photo: Jose Jordan/Getty Images

Cristiano Ronaldo was notorious during his time at Real Madrid for not congratulating his teammates when they scored. Gareth Bale – who was signed by (...)

Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City trail Liverpool by seven points. Photograph: Paul Ellis/AFP/Getty

It’s the most wonderful time of the year. Or rather, it is if you take your lead from a chortling, bearded man who has spent most of the last month di(...)

 Divock Origi of Liverpool scores a strange goal past Jordan Pickford of Everton. Photograph: Clive Brunskill/Getty Images

Marco Silva said it after the game: the great thing about football is it always shows you something new. The 55,000 people at Anfield must have seen u(...)

Jack Wilshere and Mark Noble of West Ham  argue with referee Stuart Attwell during their Premier League match against  Bournemouth at London Stadium last Saturday. Photograph: Marc Atkins/Getty Images

Almost a week since West Ham’s defeat by Bournemouth at the London Stadium, it remains no easier to understand Manuel Pellegrini’s decision to play Ma(...)

Lionel Messi scores his second and Barcelona’s third against Alaves. Photograph: David Ramos/Getty

Barcelona 3 Alaves 0 Lionel Messi scored twice as LaLiga champions Barcelona beat Alaves 3-0 at the Nou Camp in their opening match of the new season(...)

Spanish midfielder Andres Iniesta holds off a crowd of Croatian players during the Euro 2012 championships. Photograph: Patrik Stollarz/AFP/GettyImages

Spain’s World Cup winning goal-scorer Andres Iniesta may have played his last soccer match for the country, but his family’s wine-making sideline is e(...)

Brazil’s midfielder Paulinho waves as he leaves his team’s hotel in Kazan following their World Cup exit. Photograph: Getty Images

Brazil midfielder Paulinho has re-joined Guangzhou Evergrande after just one season at Barcelona on a one-year loan, the Chinese club have announced. (...)

Iago Aspas scores Spain’s second aganist Morocco - which secured top spot in Group B. Photograph: Julian Finney/Getty

Spain 2 Morocco 2 What a thriller. The Atlas Lions bow out, then, having left their mark on this World Cup - and on their illustrious neighbours from(...)

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